Julie Burkhart worked side by side with Dr. George Tiller for seven years. She first began as the Chair for the Wichita Choice Alliance. It was there that Julie lead the charge against the anti-choice organizations that attempted to “finish the job” at Women’s Health Care Services during the 2001 Summer of Mercy Renewal. Julie next became the spokesperson for his Clinic.
In 2002, Dr. Tiller created ProKanDo where Julie was CEO; thus, creating the largest political action committee in Kansas. Julie now carries Dr. Tiller’s vision for reproductive rights as the Founder and Executive Director of Trust Women PAC.
In 1991, Ms. Burkhart was at ground zero during the infamous Summer of Mercy, as she worked at the Wichita Women’s Center, which was heavily targeted by Operation Rescue, the Lambs of Christ and other anti-choice extremists. Driven by political justice, she went on to manage a number of political campaigns in Washington State then worked for the Washington State Democratic Party and the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.
Ms. Burkhart holds a Bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University and a Master’s degree from Wichita State University, both in Political Science with an emphasis on African Studies. Ms. Burkhart was inspired by the feminist movement of the 1970′s and has dedicated her life’s work to the protection of reproductive freedom.
Ms. Burkhart has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and various local news and radio shows. She has had opinion pieces appear in a variety of newspapers, from the San Francisco Chronicle and Kansas City Star to the Wichita Eagle. She has also been quoted and interviewed by national press, including the New York Times, the Washington Post and international media such as Annabelle in Switzerland.
Molly Oakley is the Operations Director at Trust Women. Molly was born and raised in Tulsa and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies. Molly has volunteered for various reproductive rights groups and is a blogger at Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice.
Amber is the Development Director at Trust Women. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with BAs in Psychology and Sociology. During her time at OSU, she served on executive boards for various feminist and LGBTQ student organizations, co-founded the annual Stillwater Queer and Women’s Arts Festival, and worked as a sexual assault victim’s advocate for Wings of Hope Domestic Violence Services.
Lorelei is the Executive Administrative Assistant at Trust Women. She is currently a student at Wichita State University pursuing a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and History.
Katie is the Social Media intern at Trust Women. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. She is from Healdton, Oklahoma.
Christina is a 23-year-old professional living with her two cats in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A Des Moines native, she graduated from The University of Iowa last May with a degree in American Studies. While in college, she was the president of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, where she became fully aware of the many things at stake regarding women’s reproductive rights. It is now one of her biggest passions.