Nominees for WV NOW State Board Positions

KATY LEWIS

Katy Lewis is an ardent feminist and activist on progressive social issues. Soon after moving to West Virginia in 2018, she became an active member of the Morgantown Chapter of NOW. Katy seeks to serve as a member on the Board of WVNOW where she plans to bring her commitment to social justice and equality for all to WVNOW. 

Katy is an immigration attorney and has been practicing immigration law for over 13 years. She has represented individuals from all over the world who are facing deportation, requesting protection from persecution or torture, or seeking to be reunited or remain together with family in the United States. 

Since 2018, Katy has and continues to serve as a board member of the non-profit organization Mountain State Justice, which purses significant litigation on behalf of low-income West Virginians. She has also been a long-time member of the American Civil Liberties Union.

JOHANNA WINANT

Johanna Winant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at West Virginia University, and she is also a faculty affiliate in the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies. She teaches and writes about modern literature with an emphasis on women’s poetry. Johanna helped restart Morgantown NOW in 2016 and was the Vice President in 2017, and she has been an active member since, working on the fight against Amendment 1 and helping to organize events. One of her earliest memories is 1986’s March on Washington for abortion rights organized by National NOW.

REBEKAH ARANDA

Rebekah (Bekah) Aranda has been an active member of Morgantown NOW since 2017 and in that time has served in a variety of roles including Legislative Committee chair, WV Women Vote of Morgantown committee member, and current MNOW President (term expiring January 2020). She is a mother to three young daughters who provide her with a wealth of motivation to continue the work that was initiated by generations of feminists before her.  Bekah is primarily driven to understand inequality in all its forms, and while admittedly she has very much to learn, she is using her knowledge and enthusiasm to work toward addressing that in legislative, community, and personal contexts. Outside of volunteer activism, Bekah is employed as an acute care physical therapist where she works with a variety of patients to achieve their highest level of functional independence. 

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