Membership Directory

This is a list of active WOCSHN members, their brief biographies, location, and ways to contact them. Each member has her own honorarium, fees associated with her work, value, and vision. Please contact specific members you are interested in working with. If you are interested in a WOCSHN presentation or training please contact the Founders and Executive Committee members at info@wocshn.org or wocshn@gmail.com.

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Aida Manduley, MSW         Boston, MA

small aida blueAida Manduley is an award-winning Latinx activist and presenter known for big earrings and building bridges. Trained as a sexuality educator, social worker, and nonprofit manager, they’re working to make the word a more equitable place through education, therapy, and community organizing. Hailing from Puerto Rico with over a decade of activism under their belt, they have presented across North America on a variety of sexuality topics and their intersections with issues such as digital literacy and racial justice. Manduley completed their Master’s of Social Work at Boston University—with a focus on aging populations—and holds a B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Brown University, where they won awards for leadership and fostering diversity. Past projects include sexual health and LGBTQ work at a domestic violence agency, crisis-response with victims of sexual assault, and leadership on a number of national and regional coalitions on HIV prevention, comprehensive sexuality education, and LGBTQ anti-violence. Their other areas of expertise include organizational development, sexual stigma, non-monogamy, kink/BDSM, and youth education. You can poke them on Twitter (@neuronbomb), sign up for their newsletter, and find out more on their website.

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Aiesha Turman, MA          Brooklyn, NY

aiesha.jpbAiesha Turman is scholar-practitioner whose intellectual work focuses race and gender, historical trauma and grief, inter-generational transfer, and cultural production, with broad specialties in Critical Race, Gender and Cultural Theory. Aiesha’s research that centralizes the voices of Black women and is looking to make an impact on how we view cultural production for and by women across the African Diaspora. She holds a BA in Cultural Studies with an emphasis on Women’s History and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis on African American Women’s Literature and Culture, both from the State University of New York, Empire State College, and is currently a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Humanities and Culture and a creative writing and women and gender studies certificate candidate at Union Institute & University. Aiesha is the Founder and Executive Director of The Black Girl Project, a leading-edge grassroots/community organization whose mission is to transform individual lives and whole communities through reclaiming, rewriting and remixing narratives.

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alea adigweme, MFA     Iowa City, IA

Adigweme Photo -- Phippsalea is a writer, artist, and educator based in Iowa City.  Her research, which is deeply informed by her experiences as a sex worker, centers around the ways women of visible African descent use visual media to subvert dominant narratives about their sexuality.  In addition to teaching Rhetoric and English Language Acquisition at the undergraduate level, alea has also led workshops on negotiation, consent, healthy sexual communication, and BDSM 101.  In August 2015, she began a doctoral program in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, where also she earned an MFA in Nonfiction Writing in 2012. Contact alea at her website and follow her on Twitter @gildthatlily.

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Amanda Singh Bans, MA    Medford, OR

Amanda Singh Bans comes from a multiethnic and multicultural home that includes Mexican, East Indian, and white ancestry. She received her M.A. in American Studies with an emphasis in race, class, and ethnicity, from the University of New Mexico in 2009, and will receive a Master’s degree in Social Work from Portland State University in June of 2018. Amanda began her service in the non-profit sector in 2006, with several years in both domestic violence and sexual assault organizations based in Oregon and California. In 2007, she interned at Young Women United (YWU), a nonprofit in New Mexico that worked to help empower young women and girls of color. There, she organized and supervised YWU’s Anti-Violence against Women Campaign, and worked to help support a building reproductive justice movement for young women of color in Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Amanda has been a university instructor since the fall of 2010, and has taught a variety of courses in both Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. One of her courses highlights histories of violence against women of color in the U.S., with a focus on reproductive justice. In 2017, Amanda was hired on as the Equity Coordinator for SO Health-E, a project with the Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon that seeks to advance policy, systems, and environmental changes that promote equity and address the social determinants of health. One of the work groups Amanda facilitates is called Reproductive and Sexual Health, which seeks to reduce reproductive and sexual health disparities for racial-ethnic communities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ communities, and low-income individuals, as well as teens and youth.

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Anne Mauro, LMFTA, DHS     Tacoma & Seattle, WA

anne mauroBorn and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Anne obtained a Doctorate in human sexuality, Associates in Sex Education, and Certification in Clinical Sexology, from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with specialization in Couples and Family Therapy from Antioch University Seattle. She is a licensed marriage and family therapy associate (MG60669377). Has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education from the University of Washington Tacoma. Currently, she is working towards becoming a Certified Sex Therapist with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). A member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT), AASECT, and the Science for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). Her experience has offered her the opportunity to work with diverse populations and marginalized groups. Her clients consist of birth-five years old, adolescents, tweens, teens, adults, seniors, caregivers, individuals, couples, and families.  She also acquired a specialization in diagnosing, consultation, and treatment of hoarding disorder while working with The Hoarding Project. You may contact Anne at 206-588-6094 for a free 15-minute consultation, email contact@annemauro.com, or visit her website at www.AnneMauro.com for more information.

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Bianca I. Laureano, MA, CSE        New York City, NY

biNSECBianca is an award-winning LatiNegra sexologist who has been in the US sexology field for over 20 years. Her background is in Black and Latinx sexualities, education, media justice, and youth culture. She resides in New York City where she provides education, consultation, training, and skillshares on various topics in the sexuality field. Bianca earned a BA in Women’s Health & Latino Communities from the University of Maryland, a MA in Human Sexuality Education from NYU, and a MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland. She is co-directing a feature-length documentary film titled BLACK PERVERT, about the intersections of Black and kink communities. She is a founding member of WOCSHN and founder of The LatiNegrxs Project and LatinoSexuality.com. Bianca is on the board of The Black Girl Project and CLAGS The Center for LGBT Studies at CUNY and is trained to lead Emotional Emancipation Circles. Bianca has written inclusive intersectional curricula for two decades. Her most recent curricula, What’s the REAL DEAL about Love and Solidarity?, centers young Black femmes. She teaches with the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment (ISEE) on Sexuality and Culture and her webinar on the needs of LatiNegras may be heard here. She is AASECT Certified as a Sex Educator. To reach or hire Bianca visit her site BiancaLaureano.com.

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Bilqis “Billie” Amatus-Salaam, BFA    Savannah, GA

Billie Amatus-Salaam Work ProfileBillie is an aspiring sexual health educator and recently graduated from Armstrong State University with a Master of Public Health. She graduates in May 2015. She is a member of her university’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force and co-writes a sexual health column for the university’s student publication, The Inkwell. Thus far her professional background has been in data support for fundraising and development.

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Brittany Brathwaite, MA, MPH     New York City, NY

Brittany BrathwaiteBrittany is a feminist youth worker and reproductive justice activist from Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a graduate student at Columbia University pursuing a dual-degree in Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work. Brittany has a Bachelors degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University, where she founded SPEAK!, a grassroots,  youth-led sexual and reproductive justice organization for inner-city girls in Syracuse. Brittany currently co-chairs Advocates for Youth’s Young Women of Color Leadership Council where she advocates on the national level for the sexual and reproductive rights of young people. Previously, Brittany has worked on Capitol Hill as a Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar in the office of the Honorable Congressman Ed Towns of Brooklyn, NY. Currently, Brittany is a community organizer at Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) where she works with young women of color youth organizers on a participatory action research project on the impact of harsh discipline and young women of color in NYC. Follow Brittany on Twitter @urbintelligence.

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Candice Crowell, MS, PhD     Kentucky

candaceDr. Candice Nicole is a counseling psychologist specializing in sex as a scientist-practitioner. She is an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky’s counseling psychology program, where her research team study relationships, intimacy, and sexual enrichment. Dr. Candice Nicole works with individuals, couples, and groups who have relationships, intimacy, and sexual concerns. She also offer retreats, training, and workshops for people and organizations in those same areas. Having facilitated training at Emory University, Howard University, the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, and for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she is well-trained, down to earth, and passionate about what she does. Dr. Candice Nicole is living her dream of being a psychologist, one she’s had since she was 16 years old. Find her at www.drcandicenicole.com, @dr.candicenicole on Instagram, Dr. Candice Nicole on Facebook, and @drcandicenicole on Twitter.

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Cecilia Villero, MSW     Boston, MA

cecilia vOriginally from Los Angeles, CA, she moved to Boston in 2004 to achieve her Masters in Social Work from Boston University.  After graduating in 2006, she soon joined Athena’s Home Novelties and discovered her passion for sexuality education. Cecilia is now a Certified Sexuality Educator, and has taught classes with youth for both Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Partners in Sex Education. In 2012, she became one of Athena’s Company Trainers. She has presented topics such a “Sex After Trauma” and “The Clitoris,” which featured her creation, “Voula the Vulva.” Today, she is the Connection Coordinator for Athena’s Home Novelties, assisting new distributors in the field, and a volunteer for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s Survivor Speaker Bureau. When she isn’t geeking out about sexuality, she geeks out about mermaids, takes Middle Eastern dance classes, and sings really loudly in her car. Reach Cecilia through her website.

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Celiany Rivera-Velázquz, PhD     New York, NY

celianyOriginally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Rivera­ Velázquez has explored a broad range of LGBT/queer movements across the Spanish­-speaking Caribbean and the United States. She obtained her doctorate on Communications & Media at the University of Illinois in Urbana­-Champaign in 2011, while simultaneously working at New York University’s LGBTQ Student Center in between 2009 and 2015. She served as the Director of NYU LGBTQ for the last three years and as an Adjunct Faculty for the Silver School of Social Work for the last four. Dr. Rivera­-Velázquez is an alumna of the 21st Century Fellows Program of the Pipeline Project, which focuses on the advancement and strategic development of people of color working in LGBTQ and social justice non­-for­-profit organizations. She also completed a two year term as part of the Executive Board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals as one of the Chairs of the QPOC Constituency Group. Since 2015, she has served as an consultant in Caribbean issues for the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and for the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (G.I.F.T.). Throughout her career, she has combined written and visual knowledge production to train and consult, as well as screen and present, her work in national and international settings. Contact Celiany at celiany.rivera.velazquez@nyu.edu.

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Chanel Jaali     Washington, DC

chanel jaaliChanel Jaali is an independent researcher and sexual educator focusing on the topics of sexual development, sexual attitudes and behaviors, and reproductive rights. Her research has been presented at The National Council for Black Studies Conference,  the AYA conference at Temple University, and the BGSA conference at Northwestern University. She is a HIV/AIDS activist and conducts community workshops nationwide on subjects from safer sex practices to sexual assault. With her background in psychology, sociology, and Marriage and Family Therapy, she works extensively in the public and private sectors offering her services in public speaking and research. She currently lives in Washington, DC and can be contacted via email at jaali.company@gmail.com, her Facebook page or find her on Twitter @jaali_co

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Christina Tesoro     Queens, NY

tesoro_wocshn photoChristina is a writer and sex educator from Queens, NY. Trained as a holistic sex educator through ISEE (the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment), Christina firmly believes that pleasure is integral to healing, and that embracing one’s right to pleasure is a radical act of self-love. She is currently bringing sex education community workshops and discussion groups to the Ridgewood/Bushwick area, in partnership with Troll Hole, a local feminist and sex positive bookstore. Christina focuses on topics such as: body positivity; unlearning internalized sex negativity; intro to polyamory and kink; and sex ed for parents. She is a speaker for RAINN’s Speaker’s Bureau, where she leads workshops on consent culture and proactive, pleasure-centered sex education at the high school and college level. She works as a counselor with LGBTQ+ youth in Emergency Housing at the Ali Forney Center, was a LAMBDA Literary Fellow in 2016, and runs Along Came Poly, a blog dedicated to poly, orgasms, sex (and sex ed!) and dating. She is available to lead Bare, her nude body image discussion group, and is hard at work developing the No Name Intimacy Project, a podcast series of interviews about the intersection of identity and intimacy. She can be reached on Twitter @storyqday and you can ask her anything on her blog or email her.

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Cicely Paine, MA     St. Louis, MO

cicely Cicely is a sex educator and birth doula living and working in her hometown of St. Louis. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University and Master of Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies from University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is also a DONA-trained birth doula, and has been providing labor and birth support since 2013. Supporting and educating women, youth, and communities to improve maternal and child health outcomes motivates her work, and she is oriented in her work by the tenets of Reproductive Justice and public health. Reach her via email cicelypaine@gmail.com and follow her on Twitter @sizzlyp.

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Cinnamon Williams     Atlanta, GA

cinnamon williamsCinnamon Williams is an undergraduate at Williams College where she majors in American Studies with a concentration in Africana Studies. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, her research captures narratives from young, Black women that focus on their introductions to sex and sexuality. She is currently at Spelman as a domestic exchange student. Follow her blog on WordPress Black Girl Get Free, or her Twitter timeline @itsnotnutmeg.

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Cindy Lee Alves, M.Ed         New York, NY

Cindy Lee is a doctoral candidate at Widener University’s Center for Sexuality Studies, where she also earned her Master’s in Education. As a graduate of Stony Brook University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies, Cindy Lee’s work is interdisciplinary. Her research interests include sexual orientation, gender, pleasure, and intersectionality. Currently, Cindy Lee teaches human sexuality courses at various colleges in NY and NJ, as well as guest lectures, and provides workshops for adults and young people. She has worked with No Labelz Magazine as the Sexuality Editor, as the Sexuality Educator and Radio Personality at Doolhouse Media Group, a CAPP Facilitator with Safe Space NYC, and a Life Skills Instructor with Grand Street Settlement. Cindy Lee is on the planning committee for the 2014 CSE National Sex Ed Conference and is an Executive Committee member with WOCSHN.  Contact Cindy for workshops and trainings.

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De-Andrea Blaylock-Johnson, LCSW       St. Louis, MO

de-andreaDe-Andrea Blaylock-Johnson is licensed in the State of Missouri as a clinical social worker and has served the St. Louis community since 2005. She is passionate about helping others achieve their goals and live as whole persons. De-Andrea firmly believes that you must be the change you wish to see in the world and endeavors to positively impact her clients through her interactions with them. De-Andrea has worked in many settings, serving as a hospital social worker at an inpatient psychiatric unit, a contract therapist, and as a school social worker. She has helped clients with various issues, including addiction, mood disorders, anxiety, chemical dependency, relationship issues, and trauma. Currently, she hosts a YouTube show, Ask A Sex Therapist, where she answers questions related to sex and sexuality. She also conducts workshops on various topics related to sexual health and building intimacy.

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Deborah Levine    New York, NY

Deborah LevineMs. Levine serves as the Executive Director of Love Heals The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, Inc. which empowers young people in the fight against HIV and other sexual transmitted diseases. Previously, Ms. Levine, served as a Senior Manager for one of the oldest and largest African American policy organization the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), has built upon her  20+ years helping others by applying Capacity Building & Technical Assistance to community-based organizations, houses of worship and other stakeholders by implementing strategies that increase access to and utilization of health promotion, disease prevention and risk-and reduction avoidance services for racial/ethnic minority individuals. Prior to joining the staff of NBLCA, she held the position of the Senior Manager at a faith-based organization dedicated to building a coalition within a major city; namely, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI), she is a founding/current Board member and National Secretary/Communications Director of the National Black Women’s HIV/AIDS Network. She has also joined several national and local advisory boards at CBO, hospitals, and faith-based spaces. Ms. Levine’s dedication to helping others has been recognized by several professional, civic and religious organizations. To contact Deborah visit her here.

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Delaine Powerful     Baltimore, MD

Delaine PowerfulDelaine Powerful is currently living in Baltimore, MD as a MPH candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, concentrating in adolescent sexual health, health systems and policy, and intervention development and evaluation. Prior to this, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) coordinating and implementing the TORCH Program that focused on gender identity, sexual and reproductive justice, youth advocacy, and youth leadership development. Delaine is a member of the NYC chapter of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) having had leadership roles as the organizing co-chair and chapter co-chair. BYP100 is an activist membership based organization of 18-35 year olds fighting for the social, political, economic, and educational of all Black people through a Black Queer Feminist lens. As a Women Deliver Young Leader, Delaine has intentionally centered her work addressing oppressive structures, anti-Blackness, and the decolonization of global sexual and reproductive health. Delaine can be contacted via email at Delaine.Powerful@gmail.com

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Dena Cox, MPH, CPH                    Brooklyn, NY

Dena Cox.jpgDena Cox is a sexual health educator based in New York City, specializing in adolescent and young adult sexual health. She holds a Master of Public Health, with a certificate in Sexuality, Sexual, and Reproductive Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; she is also Certified in Public Health. She currently works in high schools around NYC providing one-on-one counseling and small group/classroom presentations on a wide variety of topcs, aiming to increase youth access to sexual and reproductive health services. Dena is also a Concierge for My Secret Soirée, where she hosts adult sexual health education parties and consultations to help clients find or enhance pleasure through intimate products and toys. Other projects include starting a podcast that discusses the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. To contact Dena about general sexual health topics, you can contact her at: makedac@gmail.com. To contact Dena specifically about My Secret Soirée, you can contact her at: dena@mysecretsoiree.com

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Desirée N. Robinson, MSW     Washington, DC & Maryland

Desiree RobinsonDesirée Robinson is a Psychotherapist, Sex Therapist, Clinical Hypnotist and Certified Nonprofit Professional located in Maryland – right between Washington, DC & Baltimore, MD. From her personal and professional experiences, Desirée has learned the importance of navigating both the needs of the individual and the systems surrounding them. Desirée enjoys utilizing traditional and complimentary therapies in order to address the diverse needs of her equally diverse clientele. Some areas of interest and advocacy have included women’s health issues in the lens of their emotional health and culture – specifically PCOS, FGM/Female Circumcision, STI Culture, Kink Awareness and Women working towards fertility. Outside of work, Desirée enjoys dancing, learning new languages and traveling.  She may be reached at www.DesireeNRobinson.com

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Devi Ward     Washington

DeviWardjoyDevi Ward is an internationally recognized Tantra and Female Sexuality Expert, Certified Tantric Healer, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Tibetan Tantric Dakini of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage, and one of the first Westerners qualified to teach the Secret Tibetan Five Element Sexual Tantras, which stem from a 2,600 year old lineage of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism. She is an Author and Radio Host of Better Love and Sex with Devi Ward, airing live Thursdays at 7pm PST, on Contact Talk Radio. Her personal journey from Stripper, to Monk, to Tantrika enables her to call upon her own experience of profound life transformation through Tantra and sexual healing. As a survivor of sexual abuse, Devi provides down-to-earth, experience-based insight into the areas of sacred sexuality, spirituality, Tantra, and sensual empowerment for women.  She has had extensive training in Non-Violent Communication and has been facilitating Meditation and personal growth workshops since 2000. Devi has been featured as a Tantra and Female Sexuality Expert in countless articles, and over 30 different radio and television networks world-wide including; Playboy Radio, Men’s Health Magazine, CBS, NBC and Rogers TV. She is a featured Female Sexuality Expert in Gaberielle Anwar and Catherine Oxenberg’s upcoming documentary “Sexology”. Connect with Devi at her website or on Twitter @DeviWardTantra

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Donna Castelblanco, MBE     New York, NY

donna-castelblancoDonna is a Research Coordinator at New York University. She coordinates Dr. Kelly Doran’s NIH-funded project aiming to prevent homelessness among Emergency Department patients at Bellevue Hospital. On the side, she researches family planning with ACCESS Uganda, writes about motherhood and maternal health for Romper, volunteers for Every Mothers Counts, and mentors a high school student for the Give Something Back Foundation. Donna also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy with a 4.0 GPA in the Master of Bioethics program in May 2016. From 2014-2015, Donna served as an AmeriCorps member in the National Preparedness and Response Corps, coordinating emergency preparedness programs and serving as a caseworker for marginalized people who suffered a natural disaster. Prior to graduate school and her year of service, Donna obtained her BS in Professional Studies from Misericordia University in Dallas, PA. During her undergraduate and graduate studies she examined issues in ethics, medicine, public health, social policy and social justice. You can contact her via e-mail at donnacastelblanco@gmail.com and on LinkedIn.

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Donna Oriowo, M.Ed, MSW    Upper Marlboro, MD

DonnaDonna Oriowo is a Well Being Counselor and Social Worker at two schools in Washington DC and a full time dissertating student at Widener University.  Donna earned her Master’s of Education and Master’s of Social Work in Spring of 2012. Since then Donna has worked with children, teens, and adults in various forms of therapy and case management. She continues that work with her current employers and incorporates sexuality into the conversation. Donna has presented and completed presentations/trainings/workshops both in the US and internationally regarding sexual health for young adults, how to talk to teens about sex, body image, and media effects on African American female sexuality. Donna’s current research is on how hair texture impacts sexuality in African American women with natural hair. She is also collaborating with others on special projects. Donna is available to speak at your school or organization and is available for trainings and workshops that are tailored to your organization and your needs. Please email Donna.Oriowo@gmail.com to set up your appointment and follow her on Twitter @herhighnessDon.

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Dulce A. Garcia, MA      Oakland, CA

Dulce_Garcia_As a bilingual Sexual Health Professional and CA state certified Rape Crisis Counselor, Dulce advocates for self-empowerment through education that is fun, non-judgmental, and accessible to her audiences regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race or ability status. She graduated from UC Irvine with two Bachelor degrees and received her Master’s degree in Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in Queer Latina/o Sexualities from San Francisco State University. Born in Mexico City and raised in East Los Angeles, she blends book smarts with street smarts and has passionately served underrepresented and underserved communities since the age of 19 through workshops, peer education, staff trainings, and consultation services. Her expertise includes topics such as: Queering Sex Education (HIV/STD prevention), Sexual Communication and Consent, Rape Prevention, Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence, Stopping Internet and Technology Violence, and Bystander Intervention. Dulce’s award-winning documentary “With Conviction”, is about fierce queer fat femmes of color, has screened internationally and won QWOCMAP’s Audience Choice award in 2011. Contact Dulce for workshop/lecture descriptions and request forms.

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Elisha R. Oliver, MA   Dallas, TX & Oklahoma City, OK

ebwElisha is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Oklahoma. She is a biocultural anthropologist specializing in Sexual and Reproductive Health in communities of color. Her areas of research and research interests include sexual and relationship diversity, aging and sexuality, early childhood development and attachment, feminist anthropology, women’s bodies and race, space, and place, health disparities in rural communities experienced by women and children, women and aging, alternative medicine and healing, blended identities, structural violence, and erotics as empowerment. Elisha is a partner at the Healthy Life-course Research Center and at the Center for Research in Sexual Diversities in the Texas-Oklahoma-New Mexico-South Dakota area. Elisha may be reached via email at: elisha.r.oliver-1@ou.edu or elisharoliver@gmail.com, and you may visit her Facebook page as well.

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Elisabet Gonzalez-Sonko      El Paso, TX

eligonzasonkElisabet is a proud Mexica Muslim Feminist and aspiring Sex Educator from the border region. Growing up in Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico and El Paso, Texas she has had the unique opportunity to not only be a part of two worlds, but to also have to navigate what sex and sexuality means in these somewhat contrasting societies. She attended the University of New Mexico where she received a Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology and another in Latin American Studies. Elisabet is passionate about empowering communities of color and worked with undocumented/documented families as an Adult Bilingual Literacy Educator, a researcher for the Institute of the Study of “Race” and Social Justice, and a state caseworker connecting families to resources such as food and healthcare. Elisabet became interested in Sex Education at a young age due to recognizing there was a need for sexual education in Latinx comminutes. Elisabet’s interests include healthy and inclusive sex education, body positivity, gender equality, reproductive rights (among many other things), and is looking forward to connecting, networking, and sharing knowledge with other WOC so that she can be a more valuable and strong asset to her community. Elisabet can be reached via Facebook or email at egonzsonk@hotmail.com.

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Ericka Hart, MA     New York City, NY

erickaEricka is a black, queer, kinky, poly, Sagittarius, cancer-warrior, activist, Sex Educator, and performer.  She has her Masters in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Ericka has taught sex education from elementary aged youth to adults; across New York City for the past six years. The catalyst of her work in sex education was her service as a Peace Corps HIV/AIDs volunteer in Ethiopia (Dec 2008July 2p10). Currently, she works as the Director of Adolescent Sexual Health at a community-based organization in New York City. Her keynote presentations on Sexualizing Cancer have been featured at all of the US national conferences. Ericka’s pronouns are she/they.  Contact Ericka via email at Ericka.L.Hart@gmail.com.

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Gabrielle Evans, MPH, CHES    Mebane, NC

gabrielle evansGabrielle is a sexuality educator from North Carolina and recently started her career in HIV prevention research.  She holds a Master of Public Health degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).  During her time as a graduate student, she was an intern for Planned Parenthood where she led advocacy and programming efforts. She has taught comprehensive sexuality education to elementary, middle, and high schoolers, adults, and college students.  She is committed to expanding sexuality education in rural areas and reducing the rates of STIs and unintended pregnancies among people of color, especially Native American populations. Gabrielle can be reached at gabrielle.sevans@gmail.com for sexual health topics and workshops. You can also follow her on Instagram at @gabrielle_semora.

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Goody Howard     Dallas, TX

goodyGoody Howard is an intimacy consultant, sex educator, speaker and HIV activist!  She’s been an adult industry insider for over 10 years and runs askgoody.com, an online space for sex toy sales and reviews, answers to sex/love questions and beyond. Her tag line is “Sex Toys. Sex Info. Sex Positive.” and she informs, educates and empowers her clients with the knowledge that sexual pleasure IS sexual health.  Goody layers her focus on sex positivity, pleasure and responsibility with an energetic, engaging presentation style. She hosts adult toy parties, coed accessory events and teaches Oral Technique workshops around the country that focus on intimacy & empowerment for men, women and couples. Goody’s mantra is “Be Good or Be Good At It!” and she’s determined to normalize conversations about sex as a way to ease stigma and improve sexual responsibility, inclusion, health and pleasure. Goody Howard is @askGOODY on FaceBook, Twitter and IG or email her at askgoody@gmail.com.

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Ime Kerlee, MS, PhD, WGS      Portland, OR

ImeIme Kerlee is a multicultural, feminist, Queer, Trans and QTPoC affirming Therapist and Academic Coach. Her specialties include trauma recovery (cultural trauma, complex trauma, abuse and neglect) and identity exploration (sexuality, gender, opening up relationships, deepening intimacy). She has experience helping youth and adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence, teaching race and sexuality courses in Women and Gender Studies, and mentoring feminists of color on and offline. Ime has come full circle helping students, couples, and individuals feel safe in their bodies, connect with others, and express healthy sexualities. Ime offers both in person services in her home base of Portland OR and web based coaching, which allows her to support women of color all around the U.S. and abroad. To hire Ima visit her website or make an appointment online.

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Jamilah Williams

Jamilah williamsJamilah Williams is a 24 year old Regional Field Organizer at a reproductive health center. She graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelors degree in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and a Diversity minor. She’s politically engaged in women’s health politics and passionately pro-choice. Although her current work revolves mostly around policy, legislation, and community organizing, positive sexual health education has always been important to her. She currently serves on the Outreach Committee for You Grow Girl, a non profit dedicated to mentoring and empowering young girls. She is also involved in the starting of a “Radical Brownies” group in Seattle called “Radical Ravens”. One day she would love to get her PhD in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.

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Janet Trevino, MA     San Antonio, TX

Janet is a vibrant force of nature. Her insatiable curiosity & challenge of the status quo drive her to create brave, open spaces for authentic freedom in her clients and her community. Her primary work is as a Certified Cuddlist Professional Cuddlist with Cuddlist.com. This one-on-one, client-led work in mutual consent and touch revolutionizes professional touch services and prioritizes clients asking for what *they* want above everything.  In addition to one-on-one services, Janet’s brave spaces include group opportunities for the San Antonio community. At, San Antonio Embracing Sexuality, San Antonians are accepted as they are in their sexuality while Janet invites those present to explore in innovative ways how their lives continuously intersect with their sexuality.  Janet is certified in Bodysex, a vulva-only workshop created by Betty Dodson, and is pursuing her certification in Cuddle Party. Janet also gives presentations and classes creating conversations around sexuality in the community. Janet is available for one-on-one coaching. Find her on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Youtube.

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Jayleen Galarza, PhD, LCSW, M.Ed     Hershey, PA

jayleenDr. Jayleen Galarza (Dr. Jay to most!) is an Assistant Professor within the Social Work Department at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA. She is a clinical social worker who specializes in sexuality social justice issues. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania as well as a certified sex therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She is also an appointed member of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression. She completed her PhD in Human Sexuality at Widener University with a focus on exploring the intersections of queer, Latina identities and experiences. Dr. Galarza’s service and research interests include: intersectionality, Latina sexuality, sexual/gender identities and experiences, empowerment, sexuality social justice, narrative therapy, and feminist therapy. Email her at jgalarza@ship.edu and follow her on Twitter @jayleen_galarza.

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Jeanae M. Hopgood, MFT     Philadelphia, PA

JeaneaJeanae hails from Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Jeanae carriers an undergraduate dual degree in Psychology and English from Albright College.  She also carries a master’s degree in family therapy (MFT) from Drexel University and is currently a Ph.D. student at Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies program. She will receive her second master’s in education (M.Ed) from Widener in the summer of 2015. Interests include gender expression within the black lesbian community, black feminism, couple and family therapy with same-sex couples, same-sex parenting within the black lesbian community and all things female empowerment related.  Currently she is employed as a Clinical Care Manager at a managed care organization in Philly where she manages acute inpatient hospitalization stays for children & adolescents in crisis. She also has a long history of working with children, adults and families providing outpatient, couples, individual and family-based therapy.  She is a member of the planning committee for the 2015 Careers in Sexuality Conference and will also be presenting regarding visibility of Black Sexologists in the field. She is a member of the AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy) and the ABSC (Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians).  Contact her at Jeanae.Hopgood@gmail.com for any trainings, presentations, clinical consultation or teaching opportunities.

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Jessica Brown, MPH     Sacramento, CA

jessicabrownJessica Brown is a public health official who is the founder of the Encouraging Life Organization (ELO).  The ELO is a community-based organization that was established in 2010. The sole purpose of the ELO is to create community health initiatives that assist in the elimination of sexual and reproductive health disparities among under-served communities. The ELO accomplishes this through developing community outreach efforts, while providing resources and education on health. As the founder of the ELO, it is her focus to coordinate community outreach initiatives and build community partnerships to combat with sexual and reproductive health disparities. Ms. Brown is a native of Sacramento, CA and graduated from San Jose State University where she received her master degree in Public Health. She also currently works for the California Department of Public Health as a Health Program Specialist in HIV/AIDS Surveillance. For more information on ELO, please visit the ELO website.

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Jimanekia Eborn   Los Angeles, CA

J ebornJimanekia is currently working on her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received her undergraduate  degree in Psychology from California Baptist University, in Riverside, California. She has had nine years working with all areas of mental health with a focus on trauma. She has worked with all ages from teenagers to the elderly. Currently she is continuing focus on supporting women that have experienced trauma to reconnect with their spirituality as well as their sexuality. She is also able to support other forms of trauma: traumatic grief, domestic violence, complex trauma, and mental abuse. Jimanekia is currently the Emissary Sexgeekdom Los Angeles Hub; she provides a safe space once a month for fellow sex geeks. To find out more about how to join please go to Sexgeekdom.com. Jimanekia, currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. She may be contacted via email at Ebornj@hotmail.com.

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Joy Messinger, MSW, MPH, CHES     Chicago, IL

joyJoy Messinger’s life and career have been guided by a commitment to social justice, health, and leadership development. Named an AAPIP “Leader in Action” in 2015 and one of the “30 Under 30” in Chicago’s LGBTQ communities in 2013, she is a skilled facilitator, passionate community activist and organizer, and sought-after speaker and educator with a background in sexuality education, youth development, reproductive justice, adoptee issues, and LGBTQ and Asian American community building. Currently, Joy is an independent/freelance educator and nonprofit consultant, working with diverse clients to provide program coordination, technical assistance, and capacity building services around social media advocacy, digital storytelling, participatory evaluation, and sexuality education. Joy is also an active community advocate at the local and national levels, previously serving as a Board Member of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and currently serving a Core Member of Invisible to Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago & Co-Chair of Chicago Foundation for Women’s LBTQ Giving Council. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with an MPH in Health Behavior, Health Education, and Nonprofit Management from the University of North Carolina and an MSW in Community Health and Urban Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. You can connect with Joy via email at joy.messinger@gmail.com, Twitter at @joydelivery, or through her website at www.joymeetsworld.net.

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Juliette Maughan    Bridgetown, Barbados

julietteFrom Catholic schoolgirl to budding adult sex educator and advocate for gender equality, Juliette considers herself a good girl turned better! She is the Founder of Ev-O!-lution, a social start-up based in the Caribbean that is dedicated to positive sexuality, open communication, body-safe materials and ingredients, and individual empowerment through healthy sexual exploration. Through Ev-O!-lution, she serves up safe, guilt-free pleasure by providing intimate products and sharing tips and tricks on even the most taboo topics. Together with Shakirah Bourne, she is also the Co-Editor of Senseisha: Memoirs of the Caribbean Woman, a collection of non-fiction, personal short stories written by women across the Caribbean. Published the end of 2014, the inaugural edition covers the thematic areas of First Time Experiences, Coming Out Stories, Love and Intimacy, Overcoming Abuse and Embracing the Taboo.  From a girl’s first period to the elation of a first orgasm, Senseisha takes the reader on a voyeuristic journey of love, lust, pain and pleasure from a Caribbean female perspective. Juliette has appeared on television and radio programs online and in her native island of Barbados, discussing Caribbean sexuality and promoting healthy, pleasurable sexual lifestyles.

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Kendra Malone, MA     Iowa City, IA

Kendra Rainbow FlagKendra Malone has been addressing issues of diversity and social justice for 10 years as a trainer, consultant, facilitator, instructor, speaker and activist. Kendra is a Diversity Resources Coordinator at the University of Iowa. In this role she works on a variety of initiatives that support inclusivity and community building on campus. She coordinates the Safe Zone Project, a campus-wide program that offers a visible message of inclusion, affirmation, and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the university community and provides support for various Chief Diversity Office initiatives. Kendra has a breadth of experience developing and providing cultural awareness training with a particular focus on communities of color, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities, anti-sexual violence, and community empowerment. Prior to joining the University of Iowa she worked at the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault doing online communications work, providing technical assistance to sexual assault programs in Iowa and creating publications for the Resource Sharing Project, a peer-based national initiative that supports state and territorial sexual assault coalitions. Kendra holds a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Iowa State University and firmly believes that you have the skill and ability to turn the challenging realities of oppression into righteous action. You may reach Kendra at kendrakmalone@yahoo.com.

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Kimberly Huggins     Brooklyn, NY

KimberlyHugginsKimberly’s passion and dedication for sexual health started with the loss of a loved one to HIV in 2010. The death of her uncle sparked an unwavering desire to learn more about the disease and learn why many people like him are stigmatized. Every since, Kimberly has been committed to educating her community about sexual health disparities and helping her community make safer sex choices. While earning her B.A. in Psychology at Syracuse University, she was able to serve her community as a peer educator by facilitating various workshops on safer sex, condom negotiation, testing and STDs and HIV and AIDS, healthy relationships and self-empowerment. Currently, Kimberly is a Public Health Masters candidate at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, a National Youth HIV/AIDS Day Ambassador, and an Adolescent Health Educator in Brooklyn, NY.

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LaDawn Lanier, MA     Philadelphia, PA

LadawnLaDawn Lanier is a doctoral candidate at Widener University’s Center for Sexuality Studies. With Masters degrees in both School Psychology and Human Sexuality, she has been incorporating her experiences into providing psychoeducational services for a multicultural population and their families. LaDawn has provided a number of professional development opportunities, public school staff consultation, provided individual/group counseling, led psychoeducational groups and provided psychoeducational evaluations. Past work also includes safer sex college workshops and sexuality education in high school aged populations. LaDawn’s dissertation focuses on intimacy and relationship satisfaction in African American couples but her interests also include curriculum development in the areas of disabilities and sexuality as well as providing workshops for adults and young people on various topics. A native New Yorker currently living in Philadelphia, she can be contacted through email at ladawnlanier@gmail.com, her Facebook page or website.

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Latishia James, MDiV(c)      San Francisco, CA

LJames_HeadshotLatishia is on a mission to illustrate the intersection between sexuality, reproduction, and spirituality. She felt called to explore another aspect of the reproductive & sexual justice world after encountering youth and adults whose experiences with spiritual trauma directly impacted their sexual & reproductive lives. A Reproductive Justice and Faith Activist, Latishia is determined to shift the dominant negative narrative around religion and reproductive decision making. She is a Master of Divinity Candidate at Pacific School of Religion where her studies are focused in sexuality and religion as well as pastoral care. Currently a Chaplain Intern at San Francisco General Hospital, she has spearheaded a partnership between the Reproductive Health Units and the Chaplaincy. Her accomplishments include being a former CoreAlign Generative Fellow, being named an LGBT/SGL Emerging Leader to Watch by the National Black Justice Coalition and most recently being selected as one of the 99 Dream Keepers under the Gate Keeper category by Planned Parenthood. Follower her @PurposefullyLJ and contact her at her website.

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Lenée Voss      Philadelphia, PA

leneeBorn and raised in Philadelphia, Lenée Antoinette is a writer, media maker, and cultural critic. Lenée has hosted Hip Hop is for Lovers Radio since 2011, and her writing has been featured at No Shame Movement, Complex, BlogHer, and Feministe. Her writing covers a range of topics including intimacy, sexuality, and personal empowerment through an intersectional queer Black womanist lens. Lenée is slated to launch a series of intimacy and relationship workshops in spring 2015. She lives in Philadelphia, PA and may be reached here.

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Lexx Brown-James, PhD, LMFT     St. Louis, MO

LexxDr. Lexx is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Sexuality and Intimacy located in Saint Louis, MO. She has a PHD in human sexuality education and is also a licensed Marriage and Family therapist who subspecializes in sex therapy. She has a passion for working with couples in conflict and women who are struggling to find their peace in life, but looks forward to educating . Dr. Lexx won the William Stayton award for leadership in Human Sexuality. She also won first place for her presentation on black women, sexual fantasy and power. Furthermore, Dr. Lexx has participated in numerous media presentations including It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle. Lastly, as an educator and professor, Dr. Lexx believes in educating from a constructivist paradigm. Dr. Lexx has experience with therapy, experiential education (both on the higher education and K-12 levels), curriculum development, and didactic corporate trainings. To contact Dr. Lexx email her at: Lexxsexdoc@gmail.com

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Lilanta Joy Bradley, MFT     Atlanta, GA
Lilanta Joy BradleyJoy Bradley is a PhD student at the University of Georgia’s Department of Health Promotion and Behavior, College of Public Health. She has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her research interests are adolescent sexuality, parent-child sexual health communication, the influence of pop culture on communities of color, and social media research. She is a qualitative researcher because of her interest in the stories behind the numbers. Her dissertation topic is how family communication among Black families impacts adolescent sexual identity development using a sex-positive framework. You can follow her on twitter @Qualrsch_STAN.
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Lisa Swinney    Baltimore, MD
lisa swinneyLisa Swinney is a pleasure and empowerment based sex educator, coach and consultant and the founder of Afrosexual.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2007 and minored in Ethnic Studies. After graduating, Lisa started working in reproductive health, for the National Abortion Federation hotline for several years and then she had the honor of working at reproductive health centers around the Washington D.C. and greater Maryland area, where she was lucky enough to participate in helping women make reproductive choice a reality in their lives.  Lisa gives educational workshops to schools, community agencies and individuals, dedicating to making sure the most accurate and current information is put in the heads and hearts of those who need it. In the interest of sharing sexuality empowerment with as many people as possible, Lisa is also on the board of the Incarnate Institute of Sex and Faith and is in the process of becoming a certified trainer for that organization. Contact Lisa at @AfroSexuality@gmail.com.
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Liz Andrade     Seattle, WA
Liz_Andrade_2016Liz is a sex-positive graphic designer and comic maker who strives to use her creative skills to break down stigmas about sexuality and advocate for social justice. She has owned and operated  CMD+Shift Design, a full-service design studio that has provided high-quality design, development and marketing strategy since 2008. She lives in Seattle WA where she co-founded All Cycles, a grassroots Outreach Project for community members to bring menstrual supplies to folks in need. She currently runs the Seattle chapter of Sex Geekdom, a worldwide community of people creating safer spaces to have open and honest conversations about sex. In 2015, Liz partnered with the National Sex Ed Conference to design a t-shirt that included the 2014 Racial Justice Solidarity Statement written by WOCSHN (shown in Liz’s picture). These t-shirts were given to all participants and are available for sale (contact us!). Liz is a Pro-Intersectional Feminist, Internet Nerd, and Fanatical Cat Lady! Follow Liz on Twitter @lizandrade.
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Lola     Brooklyn, NY

lolaLola is a naughty storyteller, sex encourager, sex toy peddler, and the creator and host of the live sex-positive Q&A  go-go show and podcast Sex Ed A Go-Go. During the last five years, she has shared her distinctive brand of kickass body and sex-positivity and her personal journey into the kink and polyamorous lifestyles with the masses. Lola has presented at Catalyst Con East and during sex week at Baruch College on a variety of sexuality and relationship topics. She is also co-emissary of Sex Geekdom NY. You can find her on Twitter as @DirtyLola, Facebook as Lola DirtyLola, and behind the counter at Shag Brooklyn. To book Lola or her infamously funny and educational Sex Ed A Go-Go send requests to Lola@SexEdAGoGo.com.

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Lorena Olvera-Moreno, MEd, MPsT     Philadelphia, PA
Lorena OlveraLorena is doctoral candidate and sexuality educator for the past 8 years. Originally from Mexico, Lorena came to the United States with a Fulbright scholarship in 2012. In Mexico, she worked at the high school and college level, teaching human sexuality courses and developing sexuality curricula. She has presented workshops at national and international sexuality conferences. Lorena has volunteered at reproductive health organizations, where she facilitated a program for the Latino community of Norristown. Her interest in the media has motivated her to work as a host on educational radio and television shows about sex in Mexico as well as in Philadelphia, where she currently hosts “EduSex Phila” in Philatinos Radio. She holds a Spanish-language educational Facebook page, Sexprésate, with more than 14,000 followers, where she writes about sexuality, gender equality, and relationships. Lorena has been the Associate Chair and is currently co-Chair for the National Sex Ed Conference and she is also working as a volunteer at the Mexican Consulate of Philadelphia, facilitating workshops in condom use, HIV prevention, and contraception. Contact her via email lorenaolvera@gmail.com and follow her on Twitter @lorenaolvera.
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Lorin Clay, MPH, MEd, CHES     New Jersey
LorinLorin is the Project Education Specialist for the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative- a non-profit maternal and child health organization. Lorin is a Certified Health Education Specialist, with a focus on health issues related to women’s health and sexual health. She is passionate about designing training programs that meet the unique needs of professional learners. Her philosophy is that all professionals should have the opportunity to seek further knowledge that is culturally informed, inclusive, and scientifically sound. Lorin strives to break the norm of the traditional lecture- style training with programs that are interactive, informative and salient to the professionals attending. Lorin holds her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Health Education from Rutgers University. As of August 2015, Lorin will have her Masters of Education with a focus in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University; she is also currently pursuing her doctorate in Human Sexuality Education at Widener University. Email her at clay.lorin@gmail.com.
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 M’kali-Hashiki     Oakland, CA
m'kaliM’kali-Hashiki is a Mystic Sexual Renegade & A Renegade Sexual Mystic.  A Certified Sexological Bodyworker; a Certified Sound, Voice & Music Healing Practitioner; and a Certified Tantric Sacred Intimate. A Black, queer, polyamorous, middle-aged Femme, published author, a progressive social justice organizer; a devotee of the Yoruban spiritual & science tradition of Ifa, she believes the spiritual & the sexual are irrevocably intertwined. Her spirituality & her politics inform her private practice, The Enstatic Body: Somatic Sex Education & Erotic Wellness Facilitation. The Enstatic Body offers private sessions to individuals, couples, and triads as well as Erotic Breathwork workshops and webinars. M’kali-Hashiki also facilitates Team-Building & Stress Reduction workshops using Enstatic Breathwork for companies, political organizations, and arts organizations. You can find out more about her and her work at her website and follow her on Twitter @MkHashiki.
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Maisha Aza, MSW, CMT      Atlanta, GA

maishaMaisha is a Tantra sacred intimacy coach, a reiki II practitioner, a massage therapist, and a priestess, with a Master’s degree in social work. She is the founder of A Life Alive Consulting and Black Girl Tantra, in Atlanta, GA, where she uses the erotic marriage of spirituality and sexuality to provide sexual healing and experiential workshops.  Maisha draws from her Black lesbian activist roots and social work background, to create comprehensive experiential healing sessions, that impact all aspects of a person’s psycho sexual and spiritual world. She offers individual, partner and group sacred intimacy coaching, spiritual consulting, and erotic bodywork.  Her 13 years in BDSM, 15 years in bodywork, 11 years of facilitating, and 5 years in mental health; alongside her own spiritual and sexual liberation, inform her deeply transformational work.  Maisha is an active member of Black FemDoms Atlanta, and Black Atlanta Munch,and a member of the Society for the Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy in Atlanta, GA.

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Mariotta Gary-Smith, MPH, CSE     Portland, OR

mariottaBorn & raised in the Pacific Northwest (Portland, OR) has given Mariotta a unique experience to draw from. She proudly states that she’s a 3rd generation “agitator” of change – her early exposure to women’s health from her mother’s lifework led her to choose sexology as her career. Mariotta’s educational history/career (first degree from Agnes Scott College; her MPH from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health; and alum of the Center of Excellence in Sexual Health at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where she studied sexuality/sexual health) gives her a diverse perspective that she brings to the community based sexuality/sexual health education that she provides.  She works to build networks with communities in the most need of sexuality and sexual health care and prevention efforts. Mariotta is one of the founding members of WOCSHN and is AASECT Certified as a Sex Educator.

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Marla Renee Stewart, MA     Atlanta, GA

MarlaMarla is a Lecturer at Clayton State University. She is also a co-founder of the Sex Down South Conference and the Sexual Liberation Collective.  She is a sexologist, a professional sex, intimacy and relationship coach and sexuality educator. Gaining her reputation for being “The Sex Architect,” she created Velvet Lips, a sexuality education company, to empower people of all ages to embrace, educate and enjoy their sexuality and their sexual lives. She has studied human sexuality for more than 15 years at San Francisco State University and Georgia State University, respectively, and has expert knowledge in a wide variety of subjects. She has published academic articles and continues to do sexuality research. She has conducted workshops at conferences, not-for-profit and private organizations, as well as universities in the Atlanta area. She has been featured on many radio shows, documentaries, books, magazines and has been invited to speak at Universities around the country.  She also sits on the board for SPARK Reproductive Justice Now and the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition. For more information, you can check out her websites (velvetlipsllc.com or sexdownsouth.com) or find her on Twitter: @1marlastewart/@VelvetLipsLLC/@sexdownsouthatl or Instagram:@1marlastewart.  You can also email her at marla@velvetlipsllc.com.

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Misia Denéa     San Francisco, CA

misia deneaMisia Denéa is founder of Hatha Holistic Integrative Wellness LLC. Hatha Holistic provides a safe healing body positive holistic wellness experience for those who seek deep & meaningful connection to Mother Earth, the Divine, and embodied inner harmony vision. Misia offers a wide array of services ranging from corporate wellness, private sessions, weekly yoga classes, workshops that focus on Reiki, holistic nutrition, herbal & plant based magic for plus size practitioners. Misia is a 500-hour certified Yoga instructor (200- Hour Dhyana Yoga Philadelphia, PA & 300-hour Embrace Yoga Washington D.C.) has a B.F.A in Dance from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, and also graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the Raw Food Institute and East Bay Meditation Center’s Year Long Practice in Transformative Action and has recently completed the Fall 2015 Permaculture Design Course with URBAN PERMACULTURE INSTITUTE SAN FRANCISCO. Her mission is to Coach, Heal, and Transform those who want to shift their relationship to themselves and cultivate holistic habits to feel vibrant, and liberated with yoga, meditation, and mindful eating. Since 2008 Misia has lead yoga trainings, dance workshops and retreats at yoga studios, Universities & Colleges, throughout the US and in the Caribbean/Latin America. Misia is a survivor sexual violence, incest  and is available  for  trauma sensitive yoga sessions with clients. Find her on twitter @EmBODYiedYogini, sign up for her e-zine, and email her for more information.

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Myrtle C. Means, Ph.D.     Detroit, MI

myrtleMyrtle is a Clinical Psychologist in the Metro Detroit area, who lives with her husband and their two children. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University and University of Detroit Mercy, respectively. Dr. Myrtle Means trained under past AASECT president Dr. Barnaby Barratt at the now disbanded Midwest Institute of Sexology. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy and Michigan School of Professional Psychology were she taught psychology and human sexuality courses. Dr, Means has been practicing for over fifteen years. In her private practice, she provides service to a diverse population, treating diagnoses such as mood disorders, personality disorders, and PTSD (including survivors of sexual abuse). Dr. Means specializes in human sexuality and believes, “Throughout our lifetime we all will struggle with aspects of sexuality: from the man who struggles with controlling his ejaculatory response to the postmenopausal woman who struggles with arousal. I want to make these struggles more palatable and assist in finding a personal answer to these very personal quandaries. The Recipe for Ecstasy is just the beginning of our long-term relationship”. She has written two titles in The Recipe for Ecstasy series including – The Recipe for Ecstasy What Women Want: Sexual and Relationship Satisfaction and The Recipe for Ecstasy The Couples’ Guide to Intimacy and Pleasure. She is currently conducting research to gather information for her next series of books. To find out more visit her website at www.therecipeforecstasy.com. For bookings contact Dr. Myrtle C. Means at drmeans@therecipeforecstasy.com follow her on Twitter @DrMeans.

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Nicole Clark, MSW      New York City

nicole clarkNicole Clark is a licensed master of social work and owner of Nicole Clark Consulting, an independent firm that works with organizations to build their capacity in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs and services that reflect higher accountability, clearer transparency, and greater impact for the communities they serve. Grounded in the reproductive justice framework, Nicole leads evaluation projects for organizations, as well as provides in-person and remote trainings and technical assistance for organizations who want to design and evaluate their own programs and services. Nicole also designs and facilitates workshops and participate in speaking engagements on a variety of topics, including sexual health, parent-child communication, feminism, reproductive justice, sexuality and spirituality, and other issues that impact women and young women of color.

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N’jaila Rhee  New Jersey

n'jalia rheeN’jaila’s philosophy is: Sexuality is a part of a whole being, denying it is self-destruction. Her work strives to make sex and body positive spaces where people of all races can have their voice heard. N’jaila Rhee is host of TWIB After Dark on Twib.fm. She is a journalist, part-time ecdysiast and BBW adult entertainer. Her site BlasianBytch.com celebrates and explores sexuality from a Black / Asian perspective. This includes erotic stories, interviews with Sex Workers, and the humorous explorations of sex. BlasianBytch.com has N’jaila’s way of making Black and Asian sexuality less taboo and alien. The site encourages erotic exploration of sexuality and critical but not-stigmatizing look at the adult industry.  N’jaila Rhee is currently a marketing professional and freelance journalist. She received her B.A in Journalism and Communication Media from Rutgers University and went on to work in print, broadcast, and public / media relations. Rhee has been a speaker at Banana 2, the Asian American media conference speaking on niche blogging and online community building. She has given seminars at Exxxotica Expo on Sex Positive Body Acceptance, and niche blogging. She has spoken on panels at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit & Catalyst Con. She currently writes freelance in addition to hosting TWiB After Dark as a video & audio podcast. N’jaila writes for ThisWeekInBlackness.com & WeNerdHard.com, she has contributed to Racebending.com, XOJane.com, and TitsandSass.com. Follow her on twitter @BlasianBytch and contact her at her site: njailarhee.com

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Park Cannon     Atlanta, GA

Park CannonPark Cannon is a young, politically active, pro-choice woman of color who matriculated from UNC Chapel Hill. Studies in Linguistics and Women’s and Gender studies along with a trilingual fluency pave Park’s path to a dual mastery of JD and MPH degrees. Past work includes policy creation, grant writing, grassroots organizing, lobbying, sexual education and domestic violence prevention. Current work includes patient advocacy, program coordination, and health education in one of the last late-term abortion clinics in the South. Park loves being on SisterSong‘s board, traveling, and sending emails. Contact her by Park.ECannon@gmail.com!

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Pritma “Mickey” Irizarry, MA, CHES     Washington, DC

pritmaMickey is a DMV native and currently the Director of the Wellness Center at American University. She has over eight years of experience in college health education with niche interests in sexual health, high risk behavior and harm reduction. Prior to obtaining her position at AU, she served as the Assistant Director of Health Education at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Mickey is a two-time graduate of the University System of Maryland, having completed her undergraduate work at UMD in community health, and her graduate work at UMBC in sociology where she focused on HIV/AIDS and barriers to care, and also on environmental & social factors that influence high risk drinking behavior on college campuses. She loves to talk to students, friends and strangers alike about sexual health and is a strong advocate of women’s health. She currently lives in Silver Spring, MD and can be reached via email at pritma.m.irizarry@gmail.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.

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Renyea Colvin, MPH, CHES    Oakland, CA

renyeaRenyea has over 10 years of experience in health education and wellness promotion at the federal, state, and county levels, including several years as a contractor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  With particular expertise in the fields of sexual/reproductive health and HIV/STD prevention, she is invested in improving the health status of women and girls of color around the world.  She takes a “whole-health” approach in delivering engaging trainings and presentations on topics ranging from healthy relationships to reproductive justice.  Renyea is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of Georgia State University.  She is the founder of Healthier Futures, a health and wellness collaborative that encourages participants to pursue vibrant health, on purpose, starting today!  She currently resides in Oakland, CA and can be reached at healthierfutures@gmail.com.

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Robin Wilson-Beattie      San Francisco, CA

robinRobin is from the US south living in Atlanta, GA, and focuses on the intersections of disability and sexuality. Her workshops discuss ways to make sexuality spaces accessible for people of various disabilities, the intersections between kink and disability, and realistic support and education for people with disabilities about sex/uality and reproductive health. She travels often, has read and performed for Bawdy Storytelling, and hosts several informational gatherings centering accessible resources and products in Atlanta. Visit her website, SexAbled, to hire Robin. Follow her on twitter as well @sexAbled.

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Ruby Bouie Johnson, LCSW, LCDC     Dallas, TX

Ruby B Johnson PicRuby received her Bachelors of Social Work in 2002 from Texas Women’s University and her Masters of Social Work in 2004 from the University of Texas at Arlington. Since 2003, Ruby’s roles have included clinical practitioner, community and professional development educator, and graduate and undergraduate adjunct professor. In private practice, her areas of expertise are substance use disorders, obsessive and compulsive sexual behaviors, attachment disorders, multi-cultural families and couples, gender expression/gender identity issues, consensual nonmonogamous partnerships/families, and Kink/BDSM. In August 2015, Ruby received her certification as a master forensic social worker and is listed as an expert with addiction disorders. Additionally, Mrs. Johnson is a Credentialed Advance Mediator within the state of Texas. Ruby is CEO and Sole Practitioner with Inamorata LLC and Inamorata LLC Forensics. Ruby Johnson is CEO and organizer for PolyDallas Millennium© LLC. She has presented at several national, state, and local conferences including Society of Social Work Research Conference, Council of Social Work Education Conference, DFW Behavioral Health Symposium, The Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians, International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals, and The State of Texas Association of Addiction Professionals Conference. Her opinion and expertise on race relations, profiling, and systemic implications has been featured in the encyclopedia, African Americans and the Criminal Justice System, Carol The Sex Addiction Coach Radio Show, Ms. Beautiful Magazine, Vice News, Politiken, Our Sexuality! Magazine, and as a regular commentator on the Dallas Weekly Radio: First Amendment Show. Most recently, Mrs. Johnson has been invited to present with the Center for Healthy Sex’s Sexpert Webinar and invited to write 5 essays for the upcoming Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality: Understanding Biology, Psychology, and Culture.

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Rosita Castillo, BSW   Las Vegas, NV

1385596_10201926152776708_2051435319_n[3]Rosita is the Promotores de Salud Program Manager at Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada. After practicing as a Chemical Dependency Professional most of her adult life in the State of Washington. She was a volunteer with the American Red Cross as a Trainer of Trainers in the Mensajeros de Salud HIV/AIDS educational program for 5 years. She served on the Board of Directors for one of the largest community health centers in the nation since 1995; Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic, and served in the Secretary of Health Advisory Council on Migrant Health as Vice Chair for 5 years. She has dedicated her work toward the improvement of access to health services for the Latino Communities. She believes that “knowledge is power,” and is an advocate for education at all levels. In her role as Promotores Program Manager Rosita states that she gets to do, “something I have dedicated most of my life as a volunteer doing and I love.” Rosita obtained a Bachelor in Social Work degree from Heritage University, in Toppenish, Washington, and a Chemical Dependency Professional Certificate both in 2000.

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S. Robyn Charlery White, PhD, MPH    New York City

robynSu-Anne Robyn Charlery White is a published scholar with over 10 years of research experience. She holds a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior, MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences and B.A in Psychobiology. Su-Anne’s sexual health work in Black youth and emerging adults has focused on gender disparities in sexual health risks, and on exploring the interrelationships of cultural norms, gendered roles and gendered power in intimate relationships. Su-Anne has extensively researched sexual health in the Caribbean population and has presented her evidence-based findings at international conferences, policy briefings and NGO meetings. She intends for her research to continue informing entities that work particularly with females from the Caribbean and other communities of color. Su-Anne is certified in interdisciplinary qualitative research methods, and is equally as qualified in quantitative and evaluative research, having previously assumed competitive research positions at renowned health institutions (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health). She currently serves as the Director of Public Policy at the Younger Women’s Task Force of New York City, (a non-profit gender-equality advocacy group for young women) where she facilitates women’s rights and equality advocacy efforts. Su-Anne splits her time working between her home island, Saint Lucia and Brooklyn, NY. Contact Su-Anne at robync@uga.edu for any presentation, research, publications or teaching opportunities. Follow her on Twitter @CWISHealth.

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Sadia Arshad, MPH     Atlanta, GA

Arshad_Sadia_BioPhotoBorn and raised in Miami, Sadia is a South Asian Pakistani Guyanese/West Indian, Muslim woman with experience as a peer sex educator and reproductive justice advocate. She completed her studies in psychology and public health at Boston University, where she was involved with Fenway Health, SaheliBoston (a South Asian interest intimate partner violence organization), and the Repeal Hyde Art Project. She has created youth engagement interventions, conducted confidential counseling over the phone, and performed social media management. She works in South Asian American communities to destigmatize and integrate these issues into daily conversations. Sadia is particularly interested in inter-ethnic conflict and identity in relation to sexuality, sexual trauma, and health outcomes. Sadia plans to have intergenerational conversations about reproductive justice in the South Asian and Muslim community. She lives in Atlanta, GA and is interested in bringing discussions of race, class, ability, religion, and everything in between into mainstream sexual and reproductive health practice. Currently, she works in health communications, serves as a peer educator with HEART Women and Girls, and serves on Advocates for Youth’s Young Women of Color Leadership Council. Find her on Twitter at @sadiasmusings.

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Samantha Daley     Orlando, FL

samanthaSamantha is a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Her major of study was Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences with a minor in Women’s Studies. Currently Samantha serves as a health educator full time and works with adolescent girls for an Evidenced based Safer Sex program. Samantha has helped perform research on bullying and harassment in middle schools, and currently is the Alumni board member of the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Central Florida. Samantha is passionate about all things surrounding reproductive justice, and one day hopes to open up a women’s clinic and provide programming for girls on issues of sexual and reproductive health as well as leadership. In participating as a URGE blogger, she has been able to share her points of view on a number of issues and also volunteered for a time at The Inspiration Family Birth Center in Winter Park Florida. Samantha is passionate about all things related to reproductive justice. Contact Samantha at scddaley@gmail.com and follower her on Twitter @geminiaunatural.

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Sara Brinel Henderson     Mendocino County, CA

saraSara Birnel Henderson, a Brooklyn native, is a researcher and educator who has worked in HIV and AIDS prevention with a focus on reducing disparities for over 10 years. Sara received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College, where she began her career working on several social research projects on women’s health. She is currently a research coordinator for Cornell University working on projects centered on HIV/AIDS education, pregnancy prevention, parenting, and positive youth development.  Sara is also a sex health educator for Love Heals’ Leadership Empowerment and Awareness Program (LEAP) for Girls, which educates and trains community educators and activists residing in NYC communities most impacted by HIV and AIDS.   In addition to her work as a researcher and educator, Sara is also a member of the Planned Parenthood NYC activist counsel where she holds a position as health center escort co-chair, supporting patients at health centers throughout the five boroughs.

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Sara C. Flowers, PhD   Brooklyn, NY

sara flowersSara C. Flowers completed her Doctorate in Public Health degree at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her dissertation”Perceptions of Fidelity and Adaptation in Evidence-Informed Interventions by Women of Color Sexuality Health Educators,” was defended September 2016. Concurrently, Sara is a CUNY adjunct professor for York College and the School of Public Health. At York College, Sara also serves as a Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow for The Collaborative Research Group on Health Policy & Promotion + the UrbanHealth Lab. Since 2009, Sara has worked as Program Director of the Leadership Empowerment and Awareness Program (LEAP) for Girls, a behavior change intervention program of Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education. Sara is an advocate for evidence-informed practice and emotional intelligence in sexuality health education. Her research interests focus on fidelity and adaptation of sexuality health education curricula in the urban classroom, and other sexual health topics as they relate to disparities, youth of color, and abortion access. Until recently, Sara was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF), serving as manager of data and evaluation. When she isn’t teaching or working on her dissertation, you can find Sara enjoying life in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with her husband, George, and their daughter, Zora.

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Shadeen Francis, MFT, MSc     Philadelphia, PA

Shadeen is a marriage and family therapist, professor, and author specializing in sex therapy and social justice. She has spoken internationally on topics such as sexual self-esteem, inclusivity in medical care, and the intersection of power and social media. Her curricula on healthy relationships are implemented nationally, and her signature combination of warmth, humour, and compassion has allowed her to develop inter-professional training programs that raise the bar for humanistic healthcare. Shadeen’s belief is that the world is built on the strengths of communities. This worldview has propelled her to focus on under-served populations: ethnic and cultural minorities, the kinky/poly/queer communities, and victims of economic hardship. Her work allows people of all backgrounds to improve their relationships and live the lives they desire. Contact Shadeen at shadeen.francis@gmail.com.

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Shemeka Thorpe, MS  Greensboro, NC

shemekaShemeka is a sexual health educator and researcher. She is currently a doctoral student in Community Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Her research interests are hookup culture, sexual identity development of black women, and sexual communication across dyads. She graduated from Florida State University (FSU) with her Masters in Family and Child Sciences in April 2016.  She facilitated two Real Talk Real Sex programs at FSU through the Campus Action Team for the Improvement of Sexual Health (CATFISH) entitled The Art of Foreplay and Netflix and Chill: Real Talk about Hookup Culture.   She is a social media ambassador for the American Sexual Health Association and continues to teach comprehensive sex education middle and high schoolers across North Carolina. Shemeka has guest lectured at FSU and continues to lecturer at colleges across North Carolina. Being raised in a rural area, Shemeka believes that representation is vital and strives to provide a safe space for people of color to ask questions. In 2017, Shemeka will be launching a blog entitled The Minority Sex Report to support these efforts.  You can contact her for workshops and/or consultations at shemeka.thorpe@yahoo.com.

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Shayla D. Tumbling
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ShaylaShayla is on a Mission to help women ESPECIALLY BLACK WOMEN realize their Beauty, Power, & FULLY Integrate the Creativity, Power, & Bliss of OUR SEXUALITY into our lives.  Find out more about Shayla’s work here. She is dedicated to positive sexuality, advocacy, humanitarianism, and RE-Alignment.  Shayla works with clients to better understand how sexuality is an integral part of our humanity and how to achieve our own unique healthy relationship with our personal sexuality. Shayla works with young girls & women to identify and connect with their femininity & personal power. She is integrative in her mentoring/coaching style utilizing some traditional (talk & evidence based approaches) & non-traditional (experiential exercises, meditation, etc.) coaching & counseling methods. Shayla worked as a teacher’s assistant in Human Sexuality undergraduate courses while pursuing her Doctorate degree at TN State Univ, as well as presenting several guest lectures about sexuality in other college courses. Understanding the different levels to Human Connection & Intimacy Shayla is also the co-founder of A Southern Touch Company: A Cuddling & Companionship Company based in Atlanta, GA.  Shayla currently facilitates Client Relations for Organic Blood Yoni Eggs. Contact Shayla here and visit her website.

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Shirley Denise Jefferson, MA    Dallas, TX

Shirley Denise JeffersonS. Denise Jefferson is a clinical sexologist, sexual health educator, doula, and activist for women’s sexual health. Her work is driven by her desire to help women to learn about their bodies, sexual desires, childbirth, and becoming their best sexual self. She believes most people require some level of liberation to fully embrace their inner sexual self, to take ownership of their bodies and to claim their personal desires. She talks to women about the whole woman; our sex lives are cyclic—from teaching gynecologic exam, self-exams, sexual health counseling, pregnancy and childbirth to dismantling the “death bed.” Shirley  currently juggles a dual career as Managing Director for her private company ClinicalSHE and a Coordinator for Undergraduate Medical Education at Baylor University in Dallas, Texas. She is a Gynecologic Teaching Associate and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner trainer at several medicals school around the country and adjunct faculty at The Farm Midwifery School in Summertown, TN facilitating yearly workshops for their Advance Midwifery Course students. She conducts dozens of workshops throughout the year, including programs designed specifically for same gender, mixed gendered and/or cis-gendered couples.

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Sonalee Rashatwar. MSW, MEd     Philadelphia, PA

SonaleeNSECNames mean a lot to Sonalee and she doesn’t use a nickname because she really likes the name her nani (maternal grandmother) gave her. A rabble rouser by definition fat-positive, post-colonial, anti-oppression activist of color, who completed her education at Widener University’s MSW/MEd program. A second-generation immigrant of Indian parents, Sonalee has a vested interest in ethnic identity development of South Asian adolescents in the US and Canada. Her work is rooted in facilitating discussion groups with South Asian adolescents and young adults. In developing workshops on topics like decolonizing sex positivity and fat sexuality, Sonalee is able to intersect her activism interests with sexuality issues. She is working to develop sexuality education curricula for South Asian parents and youth groups in places of worship, attempting to weave lessons on anti-racism and anti-black racism discourse. This is her second year co-chairing the Careers in Sexuality Conference. In contributing to her zest for activism, Sonalee is thrilled last year’s thematic ties of social and racial justice will carry over and continue to amplify the experiences of the marginalized. In her free time she read blogs, collects stationary, and goes hiking with my German shepherd. Her research interests include ethnic identity development in relation to sexual identity development.  Sonalee is on the WOCSHN Executive Committee. Reach her on twitter @sonaleer.

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Stacey Herrera     San Pedro, CA

Stacey Herrera - bio picStacey Herrera is a Sensual Activist for women who are ready to tap into their femininity, ignite their sensual fires, and fully embody spirituality, all while creating an amazing life, on their own delicious terms. Stacey helps her clients to experience life through the lens of all 6 senses. She also encourages joy-seeking through her free challenges, poses thoughtful questions in her videos, and gives soulful nudges through her writing. When she’s not igniting sparks, fanning flames, and fueling women to spontaneously combust in their own sensual fires, you can find her hosting solo dance parties in the kitchen, baking cookies in the nude, or reading on the floor of her closet, in sunny San Pedro, California. You can contact Stacey here and follow her on Twitter @StaceyNHerrera.

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TaMara Griffin, DHS, MSW, MSED     Chicago, IL

TaMara GriffinDr. TaMara loves nothing more than talking about sex! At the age of 13, she told her mother she wanted to be a Sex Therapist! Her passion is deeply rooted in spreading messages about healthy sexuality. Dr. TaMara is a certified clinical sexologist, sex therapist, best selling author and powerful motivational speaker with more than 20 years of experience speaking, writing and teaching about sexuality. She travels the country helping individuals embrace and honor their sexuality. Dr. TaMara has published numerous books and articles. She is the owner of L.I.F.E. by Dr. TaMara- Live Inspired Feel Empowered LLC-LIFE. Dr. TaMara is also the Editor-in-Chief of Our Sexuality! Magazine. Our Sexuality! is the premiere magazine for women’s sexuality and sexual health. Dr. TaMara is a “Thought Leader” for the Association of Black Sexologist and Clinicians. She is also a member of the American College of Sexologists International. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook at LIFE by Dr. TaMara or Instagram, or her Live Inspired Feel Empowered (L.I.F.E.) blog www.drtamaragriffin.com. Join Dr. TaMara movement of Healthy Sexuality #HowDareINot #ISaveLives www.howdareinot.com

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Tania Chatterjee, MHS   Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC

tania chatterjeeTania is a recent graduate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master’s in Reproductive and Cancer Biology, and is currently working as a certified HIV Counselor in Baltimore. In her spare time, Tania is a facilitator for the Sexual Health Leadership Course through the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). She is currently working on a project that is very near and dear to her heart – creating a safe space (both online and in-person) for South Asian youth in the DMV area to talk about issues surrounding sexual health, mental health, and LGBTQ issues. Though at the moment in its planning stages, Tania, along with her team of fellow South Asian youth, hope to launch the project in 2016, and eventually expand out of the DMV to reach the greater South Asian diaspora. Outside of reproductive health, Tania is a very involved member of her local South Asian community, is a trained Indian Classical Dancer, and a part-time professional photographer. Contact Tania via email.

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Tanya Bass, MS, CHES      Durham, NC

Tanya BassWith over 20 years of public health education experience, Tanya is viewed as a subject matter expert in the field of minority health, pregnancy prevention, HIV/STDs, and reproductive/sexual health. She is an alumna of the Department of Public Health Education at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), where she has been a part time Human Sexuality instructor for 10 years. Tanya is a highly requested trainer, facilitator and mentor; her work has been in collaboration with community-based organizations, churches, academic institutions, state and national conferences.  She was the 2014 Past President for the North Carolina Society of Public Health Education, Co-Chair for the 2014 National Sex Ed Conference, and serves as a trainer for the HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral program, in addition to the Youth Education and Prevention Program of Duke University Medical Center, Partners in Caring/Pastoral Services. She also serves as the co-chair of the NCCU Department of Health Education (DPHE) Alumni Committee where she mentors NCCU DPHE students and alumni. Tanya is working towards her doctorate in Human Sexuality. Contact Tanya for workshops and facilitation.

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Tanya Bender Henderson, MBA, PhD     Oakland, CA

Tanya Bender HendersonTanya is the Project Director for the Community Impact Solutions Project (CISP) with ETR Associates, providing capacity building assistance to community-based organizations (CBOs) nationwide through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). After more than 20 years in Marketing Communications, mainly in health care and education, Tanya began working in the HIV/AIDS field through outreach to the faith community. She assisted places of worship in developing HIV prevention and testing programming. Tanya also served as a strategic planning consultant for CBOs and helped to build a training initiative focusing on treatment adherence to the HIV/AIDS provider community in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Tanya’s PhD is in Organizational Communication and she has a Master of Business Administration both from Howard University, and has a Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University. She has done advanced studies in HIV Science and Treatment through a joint program between the Black Aids Institute and the University of California, Los Angeles–Center for World Health. Her interest in Human Sexuality led to her advanced study through the Center for Education in Gender Studies at San Francisco State University. She plans to do additional research into sexuality and aging. Tanya is the mother of three adult children and grandmother to the beautiful and bright Samiya Joi, who will become a big sister in March 2016. Contact Tanya today to build with her.

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Tasha Fierce     Los Angeles, CA

tasha fierceTasha Fierce is a Black feminist writer, blogger, and Los Angeles native. Her work has been featured on websites such as EBONY.com Jezebel, The Huffington Post, Racialicious, Clutch, BitchMedia.com, and in print magazines such as the comic Bitch Planet and Bitch Magazine. Her writing can also be found in the anthologies White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race, and Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion.   She blogs about race, politics, sex, and pop culture at Tastefully Ratchet (formerly known as “Sex and The Fat Girl”). You can follow her on Twitter as @MissTashaFierce.

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Tracie Q. Gilbert, M.Ed, MS.Ed      Philadelphia, PA

tracieMs. Tracie Q. Gilbert is the founder of Gilbert Educational Ministries, and has over 15 years of experience working with young people and youth development programs. She has turned her attention toward the issue of holistic sexuality development—particularly among African Americans. She is currently in pursuit of her doctorate in human sexuality education from Widener University, with which she hopes to increase our collective understanding of African American sexual phenomenology. Ms. Tracie was the 2011 winner of Women for Social Innovation’s Turning Point Prize, provided presentations for a variety of different special events, including the Black Male Development Symposium, the National Black Child Development Institute’s Annual Conference, and Congressman Chakah Fattah’s National Conference on Higher Education.

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Trina Scott      Washington, DC

trinaOriginally from Fayetteville, NC, Trina earned her first degree at an HBCU, Howard University and studied at the University of Maryland, University College. Residing in Washington, DC, Trina has held various director positions with organizations such as Advocates for Youth and Kaiser Family Foundation. As a Black Sex Coach, Trina’s approach is interdisciplinary and rooted in pleasure for all parties involved. Her extensive background in training, positive youth development, engaging approaches to working with populations that are living positive with HIV, and capacity building makes Trina an amazing advocate and facilitator. Trina is one of the founding members of WOCSHN. Follow Trina on twitter @BlackSexCoach.

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Vanessa Geffrard, MPH       Baltimore, MD

vanessageffrardVanessa is a passionate health educator residing in West Baltimore. She is the founder of VagEsteem™, a workshop series for women who are committed to learning, sharing, and building knowledge about their sexual health and the components to lead healthy and satisfying relationships and sexual lives. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Community Health at University of Maryland, College Park and a masters degree in Public Health from Morgan State University. Her journey into the health and policy field started when she worked on the International Youth Leadership Council with Advocates for Youth, where she advocated and lobbied on behalf of adolescent reproductive health. While in graduate school, Vanessa focused on health policy and conducted her final project on the positive impact of web-based interventions as they related to decreasing the risk of HIV/AIDS among young women of color. Contact Vanessa for rates and workshops.

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Whitney Bond, MDiv     Chicago, IL

whitney bond-2016Whitney Bond is a native of East Saint Louis, IL. As a teen, Whitney discovered her passion for performing arts in the St. Louis Metro area. As a proud alumna of Spelman College, she received her B.A. in Drama with a Concentration in Dance. During her time at Spelman, she was very active and held several leadership positions. Her proudest position was that of founder of The Sisters Chapel Mime Ministry, Anointed Vessels, which grew from 5 to 25+ members by its second year, and continues to be a vibrant part of Spelman’s community. After graduating from Spelman, Whitney worked in Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA in the entertainment industry as a public relations account manager, co-producer of the red carpet of multiple award shows, and as an actress.Whitney is a May 2016 graduate of The Candler School of Theology at Emory University where she received her Master of Divinity with a concentration in Black Church Studies. In the past, Whitney has presented at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in the Religion and Sexuality Group and served as moderator for both AAR and the Love Thyself convening. She is currently a PhD student in the field of Theology, Ethics and the Human Sciences at Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Her research centers on bridging gaps between pastoral care, practical theology, and psychology within human sexuality and spiritual spaces for Black bodies. Additionally, she is SafeSpace trained and creator of the apparel line, Unbossed and Unbought. She can be best described by her Twitter bio, “Silent Assassin Scholar. PhD Student at CTS. Black Church & Sexuality. Food is my love language.” You can follow her shenanigans on Twitter @MsBond2U or contact her via email at whitney.re.bond@gmail.com.

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Whitney Sewell, MSW       St. Louis, MO

whitneyWhitney Sewell is a recent graduate of social work at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and current PhD student in St. Louis, MO. She majored in sociology at Tufts University, and received a BA in psychology from Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include human sexuality and reproductive justice. At UNC, Whitney is a lead facilitator for the UNC LGBTQ Center’s Safe Zone training program, a training that promotes awareness, inclusiveness and ally development. She also serves as an HIV counselor for the Student Health Action Coalition, providing clients with pre/post test counseling. Whitney is committed to bringing evidence based, culturally inclusive, and sex positive sexual education interventions to marginalized communities.

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Yvonne S. Yu      Providence, RI

IMG_7285-1Yvonne is an anthropologist-activist with a background of work primarily focused on sexual assault prevention, sexual health education, sexual shame, reproductive health, and the intersections of race and gender. She is currently completing her BA in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology from Brown University. Presently serving on the Brown University Sexual Assault Task Force, she is working on developing and implementing efficient trauma-informed policy addressing cases of sexual assault at the university level. Yvonne’s prior experience includes two and a half years of development and social media work at The Center For Sexual Pleasure and Health, a series of sex/sexuality columns for Motif Magazine, and a stint at the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, where she investigated claims of discrimination against minority and protected classes. Contact Yvonne for further information.

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Zelaika S. Hepworth Clarke, PhD, MSW, LSW, MEd    New York

z clarkeDr. Zelaika S. Hepworth Clarke is a sexosopher, sexual epistemologist, cultural and clinical sexologist, sexecologist, African-centered social worker, decolonizing autoethnographer, and the founder of BlackHealers.org, an upcoming social networking website aimed at decreasing vicarious traumatization among healers throughout the African diaspora. Zelaika received a Bachelor’s degree in Sexuality, Culture and Oppression at New York University. Zelaika has studied internationally in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Trinidad, Netherlands, and Cuba. In 2012, Zelaika obtained a Masters in Social Work and Masters in Education of Human Sexuality from Widener University as well as a certificate from the National Academy for African-Centered Social Work. In 2014, Zelaika conducted decolonizing research in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil which focused on exploring Ọ̀ṣunality, an African-centered, sex-positive, post-colonial paradigm that affirms diversity in sensuality, sexual pleasure and eroticism. In 2015, Zelaika received a Ph.D. at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies. Zelaika is committed to: undoing negative effects of colonialism while combating internalized oppressions; healing; the decolonization project; human empowerment; sexual-sensual liberation; intersectional mindfulness; expanding consciousness; self-knowledge; self-reflexivity; self-actualization; counter-oppressive discourses; critical thinking; and increasing sexual epistemic justice and diversity. Contact Dr. Zelaika at Zelaika@gmail.com.