Meet our Presenters

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Pre-conference Presenters

Lucie Fielding, PhD (she/they)

Lucie Fielding is a white, queer, non-binary femme, and a Resident in Counseling, practicing in Charlottesville, VA. She received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute (2018). Lucie also holds a PhD in French from Northwestern University (2008), where she specialized in eighteenth-century literature, histories of sexualities, and erotic literature. Her background in literature and history attunes her to the many ways that image, metaphor, and cultural scripts shape and inform the narratives we carry with us as we move through the world as well as how these narratives inscribe themselves on our bodies. She is the author of Trans Sex: Clinical Approaches to Trans Sexualities and Erotic Embodiments (Routledge, May 2021).

Martha Kauppi, MS, LMFT, CST, CSTS

Martha Kauppi is an educator, author, speaker, AASECT-certified sex therapist and supervisor. She specializes in training therapists to work with relational challenges, sexual health, and improved function. She is the author of Polyamory: A Clinical Toolkit for Therapists (and Their Clients) (Rowman/Littlefield).

Raquel Savage, MFT (she/her)

Raquel Savage is a Therapist, Sex Educator and Sex Worker. She is trained as a counselor in Marriage and Family Therapy and currently facilitates coaching sessions and an online healing group exclusively for femme-identified sex workers through Zepp Wellness Center, a non-profit organization she founded in 2019 that centers the mental health needs of Black queer folx and sex workers. She does the majority of her sex education online via Patreon (where she posts monthly educational videos, #ThoughtProvokingThirstTraps, live streams, and more) and via Onlyfans (where she posts her #SexxxEd series, a hands-on, informative and real-life version of sex ed that shows you how to put a condom on an actual penis, not a banana). She offers Savage Sex Ed workshops and consultations, and also facilitates in-classroom lectures for undergrad, graduate and/or PhD students around sex work, systems of oppression and human sexuality. She was a full-service sex worker for 6 years and currently creates adult content for Onlyfans. She also founded a production company called Kink Media Group, where she executive produces creative projects for BIPOC, sex workers and queer folx.

Angie Gunn, LCSW, CST (she/her)

Angie Gunn is an unapologetic badass centering the experiences of marginalized sex and gender communities in all of her work. Licensed in Oregon and Idaho, Angie co-owns a private practice and a digital consulting company, focused on providing avenues for healing trauma, expanding authenticity and vulnerability, and finding infinite pathways to pleasure and connection. She treats primarily LGBTQIPA+, kinky, non-monogamous, sex worker, and sexual trauma survivor clients through the lenses of intersectionality, social justice, and trauma informed care. As a queer, kinky, non-monogamous abuse survivor, and sex worker, she’s experienced the daily fight to balance personal and professional fulfillment and sexual expression. Through mediation, workshop facilitation and one on one support, her goal is personal integration with all the parts of herself, to provide transformation for all the parts of each of you, your relationships, and your communities.

Neil Cannon, PhD, LMFT, CST, CSTS

Neil “Nelly” Cannon is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist & Supervisor, as well as a WPATH Certified Gender Specialist. Nelly has a private practice in Denver, Colorado with extensive experience treating individuals, couples, families, and teens. With a doctorate degree in Human Sexuality, a master’s degree in Public Health, post graduate certification in Marriage and Family Therapy, and post graduate certification in LGBTQ Family Systems, Nelly offers an abundance of range to clients and supervisees and has treated clients with most every presenting concern that clients bring to sex therapy.

Kimberly Castelo, MS, LMFT, CIIP, CST, CSTS

Kimberly Castelo is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, AAMFT Supervisor, Washington State Supervisor, AASECT Supervision in training, and an EFT Supervisor in training. She also is a Certified Integrated Intimacy Professional who focuses on how spirituality and sexuality are connected.  She works with clients on such topics as religious shame, recovering from affairs, chronic illness, sexual dysfunction, Kink/BDSM, Consensual non-monogamy and learning how to create deep connection within relationships.

Kimberly is a national speaker. Speaking on topics of faith, sexuality, grief, coping with Multiple Sclerosis, High Tone Pelvic floor, and menopause.

In 2000-2003, Ms. Castelo worked in North Carolina as a Chaplain for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs working with groups and individuals on spirituality, addictions, grief and loss, and lead weekly meetings collaborating with the medical staff to aid geriatric patients and veterans.

Kimberly currently works with adults and couples. “I believe each person is unique. I have a client-centered approach and strive to meet my clients’ needs in our time together”

Kimberly’s style is described as kind, compassionate, understanding, and has the ability to and meet clients where they are in their process of healing.

Mesha Ellis, PhD, CST

Dr. Mesha Ellis is the founder of The Institute for Relationship Wellness & Sexual Health. She is a Licensed Psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and Certified Gottman Method Therapist. Dr. Ellis works with individuals, couples, and families. She provides services to residents of California, Georgia, Nevada, and Tennessee.

Dr. Mesha Ellis specializes in working with individuals and couples struggling with relationship, intimacy, and sexual concerns. She also works with children, adolescents, and adults of all sexual orientations. Dr. Ellis uses solution focused, supportive, non-judgmental, and safe practices. She also conducts employment related, psychoeducational, and pre-adoption evaluations.

Dr. Ellis also offers an online group for high school students that addresses the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world. Topics covered include: anatomy and physiology, puberty and adolescent development, identity, pregnancy and reproduction, sexually transmitted infections and HIV, healthy relationships, and personal safety.  Dr. Ellis’ therapeutic approach is characterized by warmth, empathy, humor, and a caring yet direct approach. “I enjoy helping clients create the kind of change that makes them happier and fulfilled.”

Aleece Fosnight, MSPAS, PA-C, CSC, CSE, NCMP, IF

Aleece Fosnight has been a physician assistant for the past 10 years and has been a sexual health counselor and educator for almost 6 years.  Aleece opened up her own private practice June 2020, Fosnight Center for Sexual Health, in Asheville, NC. She is a provider of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health, basic urologic care, and gynecological care for Western North Carolina and the Southeast.

Aleece provides all-inclusive urologic care to all generations. Her interests include pelvic floor dysfunction, biofeedback, urinary incontinence, urodynamics, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, low libido, interstitial cystitis, menopause, female sexual health, low testosterone and erectile dysfunction.  She is also a nationally certified sexual health counselor and educator, providing sexual health education, information and personalized counseling to patients of all ages.

Aleece recognized the lack of sexual health awareness not just in the Western North Carolina community but in its providers as well and founded the Fosnight Foundation in 2016.  Her hope for this foundation is to provide a place for sexual health providers to collaborate, gain vital educational and up-to-date information on the ever-changing sexual health field, and to promote referral resources across WNC and its surrounding regions.

Melanie Davis, MEd, PhD, CSC, CSE, CSES (she/her)

Melanie Davis is the author of Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults and is co-president of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University. She co-developed and taught the first Sexuality and Aging course for Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies. An AASECT certified sexuality counselor, educator, and educator supervisor, Dr. Davis is a partner in the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness, through which she counsels clients across the lifespan. In her role as Our Whole Lives Program Manager for the Unitarian Universalist Association, Dr. Davis develops resources and curricula, interacts with domestic and international constituents, supervises 130 trainers, and assists thousands of volunteer facilitators. She is a skilled facilitator, trainer, and speaker. She has presented at several AASECT and National Sex Ed conferences, and annual meetings of Leading Age, the Council for Health and Human Services, and the NJ Institute for Successful Aging, among others. She contributed chapters to The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision, (Wadley and Segal, eds.); Sexuality Leadership, Empowerment, and Consultation (Wadley, ed.); and “How I Got Into Sex…Ed (Rayne, Taverner, and Dukes, eds.)

Robin Wilson-Beattie, BA (she/her)

Robin Wilson-Beattie is a speaker, writer, and advocate for disability and sexuality as well as one of the first people to talk about disability, sexuality, and marketing to adult produce retailers and manufacturers. She combines years of personal experience and medically sound research to provide a unique perspective on how life and identity impact one’s sexual expression. She wrote a workshop titled, “Reframing Sexuality, Disability, and Chronic Illness” for Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults and is writing a book about the reproductive health experiences of people with disabilities. Wilson-Beattie’s speaking engagements include multiple keynotes and panels, including presentations for the Adult Video News convention three consecutive years. Her work has helped innumerable disabled people and has inspired others to advocate for the underserved area of sexuality and disability education. She is a member of AASECT and the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), and she is a graduate and member of the San Francisco Sex Information training program. She is a deep-fried Southern woman, mid-century buff, and proud Mama to one amazing person.

Richelle Frabotta, MSEd, CSE, CSES

Richelle Frabotta began her almost three-decade career as a Sexuality Educator in 1992 when she was employed at Planned Parenthood (Dayton, Ohio). First certified as a Sexuality Educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educator Counselors and Therapists in 1998, she is also a CSE Supervisor since its inception in 2015.

In addition to being Education Services Director for SOSECS, LLC, Richelle occupies Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) where she is Coordinating the Dennis L. Carlson Sexuality Education Studies Center; Instructing in the Family Science and Social Work Department; and wrapping up her doctoral program, Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, in the Educational Leadership Department. Richelle’s scholarship interrogates contemporary *sex/ual/ity education curriculum and teaching preparation practices. She teaches a multitude of human sex/ual/ity subjects to diverse populations and in various venues for a cumulative number of students in the tens of thousands. She emphasizes that sex/ual/ity education should be taught from a medically accurate, research informed, compassionate, person-centered lens with methods that are developmentally relevant, culturally inclusive, grounded in social justice praxis and a strong ethical code. Richelle prioritizes supporting those who want to be credentialed and trained in best practices pedagogy and praxis. She also has a profound respect for marginalized identified folx, believes in prevention education, and encourages healthy choices for sexual pleasure, health, and well-being. Teaching about human sex/ual/ity is Richelle’s passion…she never forgets that teaching also means learning.

*sex/ual/ity: a visual representation to remind that this word encompasses behaviors and what is assigned at birth (sex), feelings and energy (sexual), and identities (sexuality)

Lawrence Siegel, MA, CSE, CSES

Lawrence Siegel is a Clinical Sexologist, Certified Sexuality Educator and Certified Sexuality Educator Supervisor. In addition to being the founder and Director of Education & Training for Sage Institute for Family Development, Larry serves on faculty of several colleges, universities and nursing schools, as well as faculty at Modern Sex Therapy Institutes and co-host of the YouTube show Sex Talk with the Siegel Brothers.  As an educator, trainer, and consultant for over 30 years, Larry has traveled extensively around the world and is recognized as a leading educator in the areas of sexual health, development, pharmacology and substance abuse.  Lawrence has also published numerous book chapters and articles in such areas as challenging the “sex addiction” model, sexual changes in aging adults, sex and drug-linked behavior, relationships, and enhancing sexual experiences. Larry has most recently been recognized as an important voice with regard to senior sexuality and relationships, while also consulting with various organizations and elder-care communities on developing policies and procedures that acknowledge the sexual and erotic needs of our changing senior populations.

Anna Randall, DHS, LCSW, MPH (she/Her)

Anna Randall is Co-Founder & Exec. Dir. of TASHRA – The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (, an international nonprofit research and clinical healthcare training organization. She holds a Doctorate in Human Sexuality, a Master’s in Public Health, and a Master’s in Social Work from Boston University.  TASHRA trains a variety of healthcare professionals in the provision of compassionate and knowledgeable care to stigmatized sexual minorities. Dr. Randall is a published researcher on the lived-experienced of kink-involved (BDSM & fetish) individuals, one of the drafters of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Working with People with Kink Interests and she is the Co-Lead Investigator on the International Kink Health Survey 2021.  Anna is an adjunct faculty at Widener Univ. and teaches for various institutes and universities. She is in clinical practice as a sex therapist in San Francisco Bay Area.

Richard A. Sprott, PhD

Richard Sprott received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1994. He is currently directing research projects focused on identity development and health/well-being in people who express alternative sexualities and non-traditional relationships, with a special emphasis on kink/BDSM sexuality, and polyamory or consensual non-monogamy. He is the President-Elect of the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Division 44) for 2020-2021. He is also the co-author of Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and Communities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Along with Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, he is co-editor of a new book series Diverse Sexualities, Genders, and Relationships from Rowman & Littlefield. Richard currently teaches courses in the Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay and graduate level courses at various universities and institutes in the Bay Area.

Plenary Speakers

Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CST (he/him)

Juan Camarena is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and certified sex therapist. Dr. Camarena started his career as an educator in 2003 and is a full-time Lecturer at San Diego State University where he teaches multicultural counseling and sex therapy courses. Dr. Camarena also provides psychotherapy at his independent practice with specialties in Latinx sex, Queer relationships, and consensual nonmonogamy. He has been passionate about experiential learning, social-justice focused research, and combating marginalization via psychotherapy since receiving his master’s degree in counseling from San Diego State University. He also earned a masters and doctorate degree in Human Sexuality from Widener University.

Shadeen Francis, LMFT, CST (she/her)

Shadeen Francis is a licensed psychotherapist, media personality, and author whose expertise spans the domains of sex therapy, emotional intelligence, and social justice. She has been featured on platforms like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and the New York Times to share her unique perspective, and her insights have been printed by Cosmopolitan, MindBodyGreen, Refinery29, Playboy, Nylon magazine, and Tinder Swipelife, among others. Known for her signature brand of warmth and humour, all of Shadeen’s work is inspired by her commitment to helping people live lives full of peace and pleasure.

Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD (she/they)

Tracie Gilbert is an educator, writer and researcher, with nearly 25 years of experience providing service to urban youth, young adults, and their advocates. Tracie received her Masters of Science in Education at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and her PhD with the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University. Her dissertation was a grounded theory on the lived experience of sexuality among African Americans, from which she created a multi-layered, culturally-centered epistemological model of sexiness development.

Dr. Gilbert has taught for a number of universities and non-profits, including Widener University, Christiana Healthcare Systems, the Innovative Learning Institute, and the Center for Sex Education. She is the inaugural Minority Faculty Fellow at Murray State University, where she taught for 2 years in the departments of Psychology and Gender and Diversity Studies. At present, Dr. Gilbert conducts direct services for youth and teen audiences through her independent agency, Thembi Anaiya, LLC. More info can be found about Dr. Gilbert and her services at

Kristen Lilla, LCSW, CST, CSTS, CSE, CSES (she/they)

The only AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator in the state of Nebraska, Kristen Lilla provides sex therapy to Omaha and its surrounding cities. Kristen is both an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST), AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE), AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor (CSTS) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Kathryn Macapagal, PhD

Kathryn Macapagal is a research associate professor of medical social sciences and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She also is Associate Director of the THRIVE Center within Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. Her work intersects sexual behavior, public health, and psychology and uses qualitative and quantitative methods to shed light on sexual and gender minority adolescents’ sexual health and experiences. She leverages social media and technology to reach youth where they are, and also seeks to understand the role of media and technology in youth’s sexual health, development, and well-being. Her ultimate aim is to use these insights to develop digital sexual health promotion interventions that are affirming of LGBTQ adolescents. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, and in addition to over 60 scientific publications, she has written about sex, HIV, and sexual and gender minority youth for outlets such as Scientific American, Rewire News, and Ms. Magazine. Dr. Macapagal has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, M.Ed. from the University of Houston, and Ph.D. from Indiana University, where she received doctoral training in human sexuality and clinical psychology at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She completed a residency in HIV and medical psychology at the Medical College of Georgia and a fellowship in LGBT health services and outcomes research at Northwestern University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist.

Eli R. Green, PhD, CSE, CSES (he/his)

Eli Green is a formally trained educator with over 20 years of experience facilitating transgender-related content for cisgender audiences. He has helped thousands of people have a stronger understanding of what it means to be transgender, how to be effective allies, and how to provide crucial support and affirming services to help transgender and non-binary people survive and thrive in today’s world.  Dr. Green is the founder of The Transgender Training Institute, a trans-owned training and consulting company comprised of transgender and non-binary educators, working toward the goal of creating a more just, equitable and affirming world. He is also the co-author of the award-winning book, The Teaching Transgender Toolkit: A facilitator’s guide to increasing knowledge, decreasing prejudice and building skills. He specializes in helping fellow educators expand skills and build capacity for implementing high quality transgender trainings through TTI’s Training of Trainers (TOT) courses and virtual supervision for TTI TOT alums. His work has been honored by the Society for the Study of Psychological Issues (SPSSI), LGBTQ division of the American Psychological Association (APA – Div 44), and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Dr. Green holds a PhD in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University, and Masters’ Degrees in Human Sexuality Education (Widener University) and Applied Women’s Studies (Claremont Graduate University). Dr. Green is a Certified Sexuality Educator Supervisor (CSES) through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). More about Dr. Green’s work can be found at

Dominique Morgan (she/her)

Dominique Morgan is an award-winning artist, activist, and TEDx speaker. As the Executive Director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States. She works daily to dismantle the systems that perpetuate violence on LGBTQ/GNC people and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Partnering her lived experience of being impacted by mass incarceration (including 18 months in solitary confinement), with a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy, and background in public health, she continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and transformative youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and its impact on our communities. Ms. Morgan is a 2020 Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award recipient, NAACP Freedom Fighter Award recipient, and 2020 JM Kaplan Innovation Prize recipient. Her new album Pisces In E Flat Major is available on all platforms and her book “Sex Ed for System Facing People” will be availiable Jan 2022. Find out more about Dominique at Check out her TEDxTalk on Resilience 

Joan Price, MA

Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She is the author of four books about sex and aging, including the award-winning Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex and Sex after Grief: Navigating Your Sexuality After Losing Your Beloved. Joan’s blog ( has been offering senior sex news, views, and sex toy reviews from a senior perspective since 2005.

At age 77, Joan Price continues to talk out loud about senior sex – partnered or solo – in speeches, workshops, and webinars. She writes the Sex at Our Age column for and is the “resident senior sexpert” for the Senior Sex Hub at Joan is the co-creator of the film, “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Senior Sex,” which won AASECT’s AV Award 2020.

Find Joan and her books and blog at

Jessica Drake

An iconic actress in the adult film industry turned educator and activist, Jessica Drake recognized the need for ethically produced, shame-free sex ed. She created Jessica Drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex and became a certified sex educator.

Emily Nagoski, PhD, MS, BA (she/her)

Emily Nagoski is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Come As You Are and The Come As You Are Workbook, and co-author, with her sister, Amelia, of New York Times bestseller Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. She earned an M.S. in counseling and a Ph.D. in health behavior, both from Indiana University, with clinical and research training at the Kinsey Institute. Now she combines sex education and stress education to teach women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies. She lives in Massachusetts with two dogs, a cat, and a cartoonist.

Concurrent Workshop Presenters

Worner Leland, MS, BCBA (they/them) 

Worner Leland is a researcher and educator at Upswing Collaborative and an educator with Sex Ed Continuing Ed. Worner is passionate about expanding affirming sexual education, consent and assent education, neurodiversity education, and self-as-expert education. Their research has focused on intimacy-related behaviors in the queer community, and they value centering affirmation of all identities and relationship styles in intimacy-related research. Worner is also a past president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International Sexual Behavior Research and Practice Special Interest Group.

Lexx Brown-James, PhD, LMFT, CSES, CSE (she/her/Dr) 

Dr. Lexx is a sex therapist, educator, and media consultant. The #CouplesClinician runs The Institute for Sexuality and Intimacy, LLC and is an Amazon best-selling author! She’s the coolest nerd you’ll ever meet and she’s passionate about helping clients build, maintain, and perpetuate true intimacy with #shamefreesexed.

Chelsea Cebara (she/her) 

Chelsea Cebara has been helping humans effectively and intentionally combine sex and cannabis since 2010 as a professional sex educator, product developer and medically-certified cannabis consultant. She developed the world’s first water-based THC lubricant, Velvet Swing, and authors the bimonthly cannabis advice column “To Be Blunt.”

Ashley Manta (she/her) 

Ashley Manta is an award-winning sex coach and has become a sought-after authority on mindfully combining sex and cannabis through her brand, CannaSexual®. She is the author of The CBD Solution: Sex and is an internationally recognized speaker and facilitator.

Reba C. Thomas (she/her)

Reba C. Thomas is a sex educator and entrepreneur, specializing in sexual health education, content development and entrepreneurship coaching for sexuality pros. She is the Founder and CEO at Sexpert Consultants, a company geared toward bridging the sexual health education gap among adults; and she also hosts and produces the On The Business of Sex podcast with Switch & Board. She is @rebathediva on all social platforms.

Jordan Tishler, MD (he/him)

Jordan Tishler is a physician and cannabis specialist. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a frequent speaker on a variety of topics related to the medical applications of cannabis for human sexuality.

Beverly Dale, Dmin (she/her) 

The Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale, an ordained Christian clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary, has spent most of ministry helping people reconnect their spirits and their bodies and confronting sex-negativity in the church and culture. “Rev Bev” was an ecumenical campus minister at the University of Pennsylvania for twenty-one years where she observed the hook-up culture and religiously grounded sexual issues facing sexual minority communities and women. She has served as a solo pastor for five years and is now a clergy-in-residence to a progressive congregation in Pennsylvania. She is currently the founder and chair of the Incarnation Institute for Sex & Faith and an adjunct professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Dale and Keller are the co-authors of Advancing Sexual Health for the Christian Client, Data and Dogma. (2019 Routledge)

Rachel Keller, LCSW-C, CST (she/her) 

Rachel Keller is a practicing psychotherapist specializing in sexuality and trauma in her private practice in Maryland. Having received her dual degree program in social work and human sexuality from Widener University, she is certified through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and the Maryland Board of Social Work, and is an active member of the American Academy of Psychotherapists. Having come of age during the height of the evangelical purity movements, Rachel has spent many years exploring the intersection of sex and faith and believes ethical sexual empowerment is key to overcoming many of the sexual problems that plague our culture.

Shanae Adams, MA, LPCC (she/they) 

Shanae “HonestlyNae” Adams serves her community in a variety of ways including therapist, educator, and sex-positive enthusiast. Her mission is sexuality normalization, explanation, and melaninated representation. Her passion revolves around the liberation of embracing sexuality. She is known for her dynamic workshops, sex-positive mindset, and eliminating the “taboo” surrounding sex and sexuality.

Marty Klein, PhD, CST, CSTS

Dr. Marty Klein has been an MFT and Certified Sex Therapist in Palo Alto, CA for 39 years. The author of 7 books, his honors include AASECT’s Book of the Year and CAMFT’s Literary Achievement Award.

Marty has trained therapists, physicians, and policymakers in 35 countries. Audiences across the U.S., Europe, and Asia call his talks practical, thought-provoking, and entertaining.

Marty appears frequently in the national media, including The New York Times, National Public Radio, and The Daily Show. He is a qualified forensic expert providing testimony in sexuality in state, federal, and international courts. Marty recently gave two Congressional briefings on evidence-based sex education.

Esther Perel says Marty’s work “liberates, provokes, and illuminates the way to change;” Dan Savage says Marty’s work “makes me feel sane;” and Psychology Today says “to improve your sex life, just read Klein’s books.”

Marty’s popular Sexual Intelligence blog is

Jane Epstein, MSN, NP (she/her) 

Jane Epstein is a nurse practitioner and a sexuality researcher and educator. She is writing a book entitled, Getting to Pleasure. Check out her blog at and her TEDx Talk, Why We Need to Talk to Girls about Sex

Melvin Lee Phillips, EdD, LCSW, CSAC, CST (he/him) 

Dr. Lee Phillips is in private practice in Reston, VA where he specializes chronic illness, disabilities, and sexuality. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. He is a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Dr. Phillips has been in private practice for more than a decade, working with individuals and couples on sexuality after chronic illness. He lectures on topics including sexuality, chronic pain, preventative services, anxiety and stress management, caregiving stress, depression in the elderly, mindfulness and cognitive strategies for chronic pain, reclaiming sexuality for couples with chronic illness, ethical decision making, assessment of mental disorders, and exploring sexual communication, freedom, and pleasure for gender minorities with chronic illness, pain, and other disabilities. He has been a featured expert in The Lily Newspaper, Healthline, and Teen Vogue. He writes for YourTango, PsychCentral, PsychAlive, and Psychology Today. He has published in the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, conducting a research study on LGBTQ-Affirmative Teaching at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Understanding Program Directors Views. Dr. Phillips is writing his first book, Sex & Love When You’re in Pain which helps couples overcome shame and the sexual limitations caused by illness and gives strategies to create and reclaim a sex life that works. He is the host of the Sex & Chronic Illness Podcast. His podcast features stories from individuals, couples, and other experts in the field on overcoming shame and the sexual limitations caused by illness and disability. He holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Behavioral Health from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. In addition, Dr. Phillips is an adjunct professor in the Master of Social Work program at New York University and an instructor with the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute and Modern Sex Therapy Institutes. He can be found at

Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, DipPST, CSC (she/her) 

Sara Nasserzadeh is a social psychologist. AASECT Approved Provider and a Certified Sexuality Counselor. She is a supervisor and senior accredited member of the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) in England. She chairs the Division of Diversity and Social Justice at the California Psychological Association and serves as an Advisory Board member at the World Association for Sexual Health. She is a senior cultural advisor to the United Nations. She resides in Los Angeles California and sex clients from around the country and the world.

Coreen Haym, MS, LMFT (she/her) 

Coreen Haym served as a Visiting Faculty member for five years in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine, teaching adjunct and fulltime for UNLV since 2007. She has also served as an adjunct faculty for Adams State University for the past ten years, primarily teaching sexuality in the graduate program. She has several publications on consensual non-monogamy as well as considerable experience presenting and instructing on clinical work and supervision with adolescents, non-traditional families and diverse populations. Additionally, she works with sexual issues, crisis/suicide, language and diversity, LGBTIA/Queer studies, kink-friendly psychotherapy, and gender and sexuality. She is a clinical fellow and Approved Supervisor of the AAMFT and serves as the Media/Book Review editor for the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy. She currently supervises students and interns in both family therapy and professional counseling and is also a member of the American Counseling Association. Coreen has a 25-year history of advocacy and social justice action beginning through her work with several affiliates of Planned Parenthood as a sexuality and community educator. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Adams State University and is also a licensed marriage and family therapist/co –founder of Desert Counseling Center in Las Vegas, NV. Coreen works primarily intersectionally with gender and sexuality and families and individuals in diverse family structures. Coreen obtained her graduate degree in Marriage and Family therapy from UNLV in 2006 and her undergraduate education at Rutgers University (Sociology and Gender Studies) and continues to dedicate her time to service in areas of writing, training, social justice, and community unification and development.

Nhakia Outland, MSW (she/her) 

Nhakia Outland is a mom of 3, social worker, advocate, educator, owner and principal consultant of Prevention Is Key Consulting, LLC and the founder of Prevention Meets Fashion Inc. Prevention Meets Fashion increases sexual health knowledge in communities of color, Black, LGBTQIA and nonbinary communities through fashion, advocacy, community and education (F.A.C.E). She is an adjunct at Temple University School of Social Work, where she teaches courses in human behavior in the social environment (HBSE), health inequity, family therapy, and direct practice. She is also a field instructor for several schools of social work and sexuality. Nhakia is currently working to become an AASECT certified sex therapist and educator. Nhakia’s work has led many to look at how we can use social work in different ways to create change while using creativity to educate and engage communities.