Who We Are

Feminists for Nonviolent Choices is a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization headquartered out of Rochester, New York. We are active throughout the state of New York and, via social media, across the world.  We believe in grassroots efforts to Counter the Culture and so we rely on our members and allies to be an active and consistent voice for all human life.


We promote the belief that all people, by virtue of their human dignity, have a right to live without violence from conception to natural death.

Board of Directors

Kathy McQueen


Kathleen McQueen LMSW is the current President of the FFNVC Board and has served in that capacity for a total of seven years. Prior to her retirement in 2018, Kathleen was a medical social worker at Monroe Community Hospital, a 550 bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility. In her Rochester city parish, Kathleen and her husband serve as mentors to engaged couples encouraging mutual respectful communication based on the equal dignity of men and women. In the same parish, Kathleen has been active in refugee resettlement for persons from Kosovo and Somalia. The educational programs of FFNVC are another avenue in which she is able to promote the inherent worth of every person. Kathleen lives with her husband in Rochester, where they are enjoying their first grandchild.

Christine Paoletti

Vice President

Christine Paoletti has served as the Vice President of FFNVC since 2018. She works in the hospitality industry in Rochester, NY. Additionally, Christine has been part of the 40 days for life campaign in the greater Rochester area and coordinated several fundraising events.

Joann White


Joann White B.S.; M. Ed joined the board of Feminists Choosing Life after her retirement in 2007. She is married and has 3 adult children who have blessed her with 5 grandchildren on whom she loves to dote! Joann was introduced to economic justice issues when she was part of a grass-roots Head Start program. Her continued passion for education and growing social justice concerns played a part in her decision to become a Religious Education Coordinator for 23 years. She currently coordinates a volunteer tutoring program for refugee and neighborhood children in the city of Rochester and helps with social ministry projects at her church. In addition, Joann has been an Election inspector and site Chair for the Democratic party, County of Monroe for many years.

Mary Smith


Mary Smith has devoted many years to service in her faith and community, resulting in her being awarded the Diocese of Rochester’s Vita Award in 2003. Mary holds leadership positions in numerous religious groups including the Glory of the Most High Franciscan Fraternity, Our Lady of the Angels Franciscan Fraternity in Geneva, and Women's Interfaith Coalition. She is invested in a wide range of causes, as evidenced by her work with the Global Environment Committee and Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking, as well as the Diocesan Public Policy Committee. Outside of her free time spent reading and knitting, Mary volunteers at local theatres and the Brighton Memorial Library, touching all those who cross her path.

Dr. Mary Dahl Maher

Board Member

Mary Dahl Maher, PhD, MPH, CNM, Ob/Gyn NP, RN, teaches undergraduate nursing and women’s studies courses in maternity, women’s health, transcultural care, and health care policy at Nazareth College. As a certified nurse-midwife, she has worked in her own private practice, as an employee in a hospital system and in a federally funded community health center. She is an international partner in the world’s first transatlantic dual degree nursing program, has worked in Haiti, studied birth outcomes of Latina migrant workers, and worked in Africa, Europe, and Latin America. She and her husband Ken live in Rochester's 19th Ward and are still very actively involved in their community and as grandparents to 13 grandchildren.

Mary Ellen Finucane

Board Member

 Mary Ellen Finucane is a RN BSN, who has worked as a nurse for over 40 years in primary care at Highland Family Medicine Center as well as working in Telemedicine doing pediatric after hours phone triage. Mary and her husband are transplants from St. Matthew’s parish in Livonia to St. Louis church in Pittsford. They have 3 married children and 4 much loved grandchildren. After graduating from nursing school, she became involved with Pro–Life activities beginning with the Birthright and Rochester Area Right to Life Speakers Bureau. Through the Bureau, she was involved in public speaking/debates as well as speaking to high school students. She also volunteered for several years as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Health Center. Most recently, she volunteers at The Margaret House in East Rochester, a residence for pregnant woman and their newborn children needing transitional housing and help with a new career path as mothers.

Margaret Colin

Honorary Co-Chair

Margaret Colin is an award-winning actor famous for her roles in Independence Day, As the World Turns, Now and Again, and Gossip Girl. Among many other feature film and television credits, she has starred on Broadway as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in "Jackie an American Life".  and locally in the first Geva production in Rochester. Margaret testified before Congress against human cloning and won the 2003 Pro-Life Woman of the Year Award. She is currently helping to produce a film about human trafficking. Born and raised in New York, Margaret has been a voice for Life because of the work of her mother Doris Colin, and has been a member of several pro life organizations and a fund raiser for many pro-woman, pro-life causes. 

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Candice Ozolins (2016)

Research Intern

Candice Ozolins has her dual Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Social Sciences. In the past, she has acted as a volunteer in Grass
Roots Human Trafficking Coalitions in the State of Pennsylvania;
Assisting with legal research and advocating for the passage of Senate Bill 75 to assist Human Trafficking victims. Candice believes in following your heart, mind, and path in the multitude of directions it may take you. She has worked Seasonally for NYS Park Police and currently fits custom dressage and jump saddles for horses. As an avid equestrian she isn’t afraid to take the path that hasn’t been trekked before, no matter where that leads her.

Mary Jo Carney (2016)

Research Intern

Mary Jo Carney is pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in music at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. With an interest in broad-spectrum women's rights issues and holistic women's healthcare, Mary Jo co-founded and co-led UNL Students for Life. A volunteer at her local pregnancy outreach center, Salvation Army and Huskers for Life, Mary Jo is an engaged member of her community.Passionate about honesty and action, she encourages others to be courageous through sharing their stories, and endeavors to do the same in her every day interactions. In her free time, Mary Jo enjoys singing, playing the piano, reading, kick-boxing, hiking, kayaking, and long drives at night with obliging friends.

Rezaun Nahid Mercy (2015)

Research Intern

Rezaun Nahid Mercy is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics with a minor in Fine Arts at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. As a practicing Muslim, she likes to challenge social norms and values that condescend women and the unprivileged people in society. She has volunteered at local NGOs and been involved with student organizations that empower marginalized communities such as Hijras in South Asia. Mercy envisions a just and equal world based on love, respect and peace for each and every individual. She likes to collect souvenirs from different places, learn about local art, and wear traditional clothes from across the world.

Eugenia Geisel (2015)

Research Intern

Eugenia Geisel is currently pursuing a degree in Korean Language at the University of Washington where she is active in the Korean Student Association, the Hip Hop Student Association, and on the Multicultural Committee at a local Catholic center. Eugenia has a particular interest in East Asian geopolitics and the effects those have on social issues concerning women, girls, and their born and pre-born children. Eugenia speaks three languages imperfectly, (English, Korean, and Mandarin), and balances student life with helping to care for her two baby brothers. In her brief moments of silence, she can be found writing raps and screenplays, sipping on bubble tea, and marathoning Korean soap operas.

Caroline Bennett (2015)

Office Intern

Caroline Bennett grew up in Rochester, NY and attended Churchville-Chili High School, where she was Vice President of a club devoted to community service. In this capacity, she was team captain for the Relay for Life, served meals at the Ronald McDonald House, and assisted children at the Batavia School for the Blind. Caroline just completed her freshman year at Cornell University, where she is a member of the Women’s Caucus and the Cornell Organization for Labor Action.  Caroline is also a member of the Pediatric Cancer Awareness Club and is a passionate blood donor for the American Red Cross. She enjoys playing soccer, jet skiing, and cheering on the Buffalo Bills!

Karla Lott (2015)

Office Intern

Karla graduated from Lee University in the Spring of 2014 with a degree in History Education. She has a deep passion for learning about the past and why things are the way they are today. In college she was president of Lee's chapter of Students for Life, tutored youth, and volunteered at a pregnancy resource center. Karla currently volunteers as a mentor for low income mothers and with children at her church. Some of her hobbies include reading mysteries and historical fiction, binge watching Netflix shows, shopping, creative writing, nature walks, discussing politics and theology, and spending time with friends.

Margaret Palmer (2015)

Research Intern

Margaret Palmer, originally from Boston, studies Classical Studies at the University of Edinburgh, where she is the president of the Edinburgh University Life Society. She has written and worked for SPUC, APS, Pro-Life Youth, and the Alliance of Prolife Students.  Margaret volunteers regularly at a soup kitchen and has worked as a horseback riding instructor, which provided her the opportunity to work with children with disabilities. Known for being strong-willed and outspoken, Margaret rarely shies away from a good discussion or debate. She enjoys riding adorable ponies through the Scottish hills, singing in a choir, and spending time with her family of equally strong-willed women.

Anne Mulrooney (2014)

Office Intern

DeAnna Darling (2014)

Office Intern

Victoria Tucci (2013)

Office Intern

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