Our Amazing Board
Ellen Etten is a writer, comedian and producer who hails from Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes. She grew up forcing her brothers to perform in her elaborate basement productions, and later attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with honors and received an award for Excellence in the Arts. While at NYU, Ellen performed in a sketch comedy group and went on to teach sketch comedy at The Atlantic Theater Company. She has also studied sketch comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade and The Groundlings. Most recently, Ellen wrote for SCROLL WHEEL OF TIME, an interactive comedy executive produced by Paul Scheer. This past year, she created and wrote the digital series TWO WOKE GURLS for Elizabeth Banks' digital company WhoHaha in an effort to get out the vote for the midterm elections. She’s also written and directed spots for organizations like Planned Parenthood, Families Belong Together, and Black Women for Wellness, as well as writing for Obama’s re-election campaign. Ellen has written punch-up on various features and TV pilots, and her pilot HERLAND was developed by Warner Horizon studio. She performs stand up regularly around LA, hosts the monthly comedy show Bash Comedy, and has performed with Sarah Silverman, Nick Kroll, Ali Wong and many others.
Jill Sergison, CNM, MA is the Strategic Policy Advisor for Upstream North Carolina. She is a reproductive health and contraceptive research professional with 14 years of experience working as a Certified Nurse Midwife coupled with four years of experience in contraceptive product R&D and 20 years of contraceptive counseling experience. Her clinical experience includes full-scope practice in private, public and academic settings with an emphasis on family planning education and provision. Jill most recently held the position of Associate Scientist at FHI 360 where she was the lead safety coordinator for multiple international contraceptive clinical trials. She co-developed the “NORMAL” job aid designed to communicate bleeding expectations associated with the use contraceptive methods, which is being integrated into many domestic and international programs such as the PSI Choice manual, Ministries of Health across multiple countries in Africa, and bedsider.org. She has served as a technical advisor on contraceptive research and development programming throughout the world and was part of an FHI 360-led initiative to introduce 2.5M affordable contraceptive implants into sub-Saharan Africa.
Jill received a BA in Biology from Wake Forest University and a Master of Arts in Nursing with a certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from New York University. She lives in Durham with her husband and two sons. In 2018 she founded The Benevolent Table, a one-part cooking class, one-part dinner party, which has raised thousands of dollars for social-justice organizations.
Anjali Bhimani is an award winning singer/actress whose career spans from Broadway to television, films to video games, and more. International audiences know her as Symmetra, the light-bending architect from the hit game Overwatch, as well as from numerous onscreen roles such as Nina Patel on Modern Family, Joya in Alex Inc, SWAT, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, NCIS, Grace and Frankie, the Sopranos, and many many more. On Broadway, she has been seen as Myrrha and others in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and as Bollywood diva Rani in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Bombay Dreams. She is the creator and host of I Am Fun Size, a YouTube series to encourage people to live their fullest lives and find new ways to face life challenges. When not performing, you can catch Anjali climbing mountains, building, trees, and whatever she can get her hands on, probably while wearing high heels. She is the proud mama of Charley the Wonderdog. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube at @sweeetanj and at www.AnjaliBhimani.com
Sarah Moore is a St. Louisan, and an executive regulatory affairs leader for bioMerieux, a global in vitro diagnostics company. With a passion for creating opportunities for women in the workplace and in the community, Sarah devotes her time to charitable engagements in addition to her career. She serves Doorways Interfaith Residences, an HIV/AIDS housing and healthcare program, Springboard to Learning, and Charis Chorus, the flagship St. Louis Women's Chorus. Most recently Sarah joined the efforts of the Ripley Rader Camp Rocky Road Board. A devoted mom, Sarah is thrilled by the mission to create young women leaders, ready to change this world! You can usually find Sarah traveling the globe for work and play, with her family Jay, Simon and Sadie
Elliot LaPlante is a Los Angeles based Production Designer and Creative Consultant. She specializes in visual story telling and impact media – with a background in communications, content strategy and graphic design. Having recently worked on projects for Universal Television, Paramount, Rabbit Bandini, and The Spirit Awards, Elliot is currently the Art Director for NBC’s hit comedy Superstore. In addition to her design work, Elliot is dedicated to creating opportunities for those whose circumstances have unjustly held them back. She worked as the Program Manager for the Actor’s Gang Prison Project, which brings rehabilitative theater to prison inmates across the state of California. As a leader in that initiative, Elliot worked with Mayor Garcetti, Kamala Harris, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as an Arts-in-Corrections advocate. Elliot previously spent six months teaching art and music at Banglahope, an orphanage in Bangladesh. She is currently Executive Producing a documentary on the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, an award-winning program that brings Shakespeare to life for hundreds of high school students every year. Her non-profit work blends her love for art and aesthetic with her commitment to social change and advocacy. Elliot is proud to be joining the Board of Camp Rocky Road, and excited to bring her passion to it’s vital mission.