Religion, Law, & Reproductive Rights: The 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Many thanks to the Charl Ormond Williams Foundation, whose generous contribution catalyzed this event.
Representative Karen Camper
Karen Camper serves as Representative for District 87 (including Shelby County) in
the Tennessee House of Representatives. Since her election to the House in 2008, Rep.
Camper has served on the House Judiciary Committee, as well as House Committees for
Children and Family, Civil Practices and Procedures, and the House Criminal Practice
and Procedures Subcommittee as well as Government Operations. Rep. Camper has 21 years
of service in the U.S. Army and is a small business owner.
Brian Faughnan, JD
Brian S. Faughnan is special counsel with the Memphis law firm Thomason Hendrix Harvey
Johnson & Mitchell, PLLC. His growing practice in the area of lawyer ethics and professional
responsibility allows him the privilege of helping lawyers, law firms, and other businesses
navigate the increasingly complex law of lawyering. Faughnan graduated from Rhodes
College and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Memphis. He
is a former law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Diane K. Vescovo, and a former
adjunct professor of law at the University of Memphis Law School. Faughnan is a member
of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, as well as a member of
the Memphis, American, and Tennessee Bar Associations. A board member for the ACLU
of Tennessee, Faughnan is the former co-chair of the ABA Business Law Section's "Firm
Counsel Project," and also serves as Chair of the TBA Standing Committee on Ethics
and Professional Responsibility.
Betsy Mandel-Carley, LCSW
Betsy Mandel-Carley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist who has been in private practice in Memphis full time since 1983.
After graduating from the University of Chicago School of Social Work, she moved to
Austin, Texas where she worked with both single mothers and adoptive couples at Child
and Family Services. It was during this time that she participated in the initial
hearings that began Sara Weddington's journey to the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade.
Mandel-Carley later moved to Shreveport, LA where she was in private practice for
11 years, and where she helped established a rape crisis center and a program for
women experiencing domestic violence. She was Young Woman of the Year in 1977 in Shreveport.
Mandel-Carley has served on the board of the YWCA Abused Women's Shelter and Family
Services of Memphis.
Rosalyn R. Nichols, D.Min
Dr. Rosalyn Nichols is a native Memphian and proud graduate of Booker T. Washington
High School, LeMoyne Owen College, and Memphis Theological Seminary. In 2004 she received
her Doctor of Ministry degree from the historically black Virginia Union University
in Richmond, VA. In 1998, following the death of childhood friend as a result of relationship/domestic
violence, Dr. Nichols organized the nonprofit A More Excellent Way, Inc. (AWay) with
a mission to help individuals from all walks of life to enter into, engage in, and
maintain spiritually healthy relationships. Dr. Nichols has received numerous awards
including the Memphis Community Leader Award, the Visionaries Trailblazer award and
the Henry Logan Starks Alumni Award from Memphis Theological Seminary. She is a graduate
of Leadership Memphis, a lifetime member of the NAACP, and a member of the Beta Epsilon
Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also the pastor
of Freedom's Chapel Christian Church.
Owen Phillips, MD
Dr. Owen Phillips is a native of Mississippi. She obtained her undergraduate degree
from Millsaps College and her MD from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Phillips
is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science
Center, where she is also a faculty member in Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves
as Assistant Residency Program Director. Dr. Phillips is the course director for Prevention,
Community, and Culture and is the Education Director of the Center for Women's Health
Improvement. She is the former medical director of the Memphis Center for Reproductive
Health (now known as CHOICES.) and serves in multiple capacities at numerous healthcare
organizations throughout the City of Memphis. Dr. Phillips serves on the Board of
Directors of the Memphis Area Women's Council and the Board of the Charter School
Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering. She has 2 daughters of her own and 4 "little
sibs" as a Big Sister in Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Dr. Phillips is currently pursuing
a Master's in Public Health at the University of Memphis.
Carl Reddix, MD, MPH
Dr. Carl Reddix is a native of Mississippi, practicing OB/GYN in Jackson, Mississippi.
He is a 1980 graduate of Tougaloo College; 1985 graduate of the Tufts University School
of Medicine; 1985 graduate of the Harvard University School of Public Health with
a masters degree in Health Policy; and completed residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital/Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1989. Reddix served as a volunteer consultant
for a Mid-South abortion provider, past member of the MS State Board of Health, and
is active on numerous civic organization boards, as well as a past president of the
Boy Scouts of America Council in Jackson, Mississippi. He has a special interest in
racial disparities and incarcerated populations.
Mamie Shannon, MPA
Mamie Shannon is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) and committed advocate for
capacity building initiatives in the Mid-South. Shannon graduated with a Bachelor
of Professional Studies degree in Community Development and her Master's in Public
Administration from the University of Memphis. After witnessing the effects of bottom
up revitalization efforts in the Central Business District and on Historic South Main,
she committed to improving conditions in Mid-South communities through partner building.
She has worked in community development for twenty-three years in Memphis, TN. In
2010, Shannon became host/co-producer of the WKNO TV-10 weekly series, "Local Color"
to promote special events, unique adventures, and regional tourism. She has worked
with numerous nonprofits on development, marketing, fundraising, and partner building
Sarah Wilkerson Freeman, PhD
Dr. Sarah Wilkerson Freeman is a Professor of History at Arkansas State University
in Jonesboro. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill in 1996 and has taught at ASU since. Dr. Freeman currently is at work on a study
of southern women and the transformation of U.S. politics since the 1880s.
Senator Beverly Marrero
Beverly Marrero, a former Democratic member of the Tennessee Senate, was first elected
to the 103rd General Assembly after Carol Chumney resigned. She served in this position
from 2008 until 2012. From 2003-2006, Marrero served in the Tennessee House of Representatives.
As a member of the House, she was the Secretary of the Children and Family Affairs
Committee, a member of the Government Operations Committee. In 2007, she won a special
election when the state senate seat was vacated by U.S. Representative Steve Cohen.
Marrero is currently the Vice Chair of the Government Operations Committee. From 2011-2012,
Marrero served on Environment, Conservation, and Tourism Committee, as well as the
Beverly Marrero has been active in issues concerning same sex marriages and the rights
of women. She was one of only seven members of the House to vote against a measure
to hold a referendum advocating amending the Tennessee State Constitution to ban gay
marriage. Additionally, in April 2006, she voted against a proposed amendment that
would have eliminated all guarantees of a right to an abortion form the state constitution.