We’re happy to announce Bethany Lewis, LISW-S, as the new Executive Director of Preterm.
Bethany Lewis comes to Preterm with over 12 years of experience in sexual/reproductive health and the anti-violence field. Most recently, Bethany was Director of Sexual Assault Services in Lorain County, where she successfully opened the first accredited Child Advocacy Center, Rape Crisis Center, and Sexual Assault Care Unit in Huron County, Ohio.
“I am honored to be stepping into this role at such a historic moment in abortion rights in Ohio,” Bethany says. “Preterm’s services are vital to the health and wellbeing of our community, and I am committed to ensuring the continued excellence of that care as we move into our next 50 years.”
Bethany is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, holding a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sexuality Studies. Her master’s focused on community organizing with families and youth.
In addition, Bethany is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. She spent two years serving high school students and staff in rural Botswana, where she taught life skills and reproductive health education. Her other work includes facilitating intergroup dialogue around race with youth in Metro Detroit and supporting mentorship for first generation college students.
The Co-Chairs of the Preterm Board of Directors, Sarah Honig Khouri and Ryan Zymler, shared their sentiments about this new era for Preterm.
“Bethany’s insight, experience, and dedication to advancing reproductive justice will serve Preterm and our community well in this new era of growth and opportunity for abortion rights. We are so excited for the future of Preterm with Bethany at the helm.” -- Sarah Honig Khouri
“Bethany's demonstrated commitment to social justice and her collaborative approach to leadership has instilled a sense of confidence within the Board of Directors that she is the right leader at the right time for Preterm.” -- Ryan Zymler.