2017 Planning Team
We are so happy to announce the 2017 NSEC Co-Chairs!
Zeena Hazuri is a Capacity Building Specialist for the CDC-funded national capacity building assistance program Hands United at the Latino Commission on AIDS. She is skilled at effectively tailoring and meeting the capacity-building needs of HIV/AIDS service organizations across the United States and US territories. She specializes in building capacity for recruitment strategies via social networks and linkage to care trainings. Her public health interests include reducing racial ethnic health disparities, especially among the African American community. Ms. Hazuri is experienced in conducting sexual/reproductive health and HIV prevention health education with women of all ages. She has held direct service positions with the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network, the Coalition on AIDS in Passaic County and The Central Jersey Maternal and Child Health Consortium. Her commitment to health education and risk reduction began on the campus of Rutgers University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Ms. Hazuri is a young woman of color from a Pakistani and Panamanian union from New Jersey. Zeena enjoys designing costumes, cosplay, and yoga.
Kristen Lilla is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) through the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and is listed as a Kink Aware Professional (KAP) through the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF). She has a private practice in Omaha, NE and works with individuals and couples doing sex therapy. Kristen also works part-time at Girls Inc. of Omaha as the Director of Sex Education. Kristen obtained a dual degree from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Women’s Studies. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, with an emphasis in high-risk youth and Jewish Communal Services, from the University of Denver.
Additionally, she also serves on the Association of Private Practice Therapists Nebraska board, the Friends Board of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, and the Women’s Fund Circles group. She is the AASECT Mid-Continent Section Leader for the state of Nebraska and has a position as the Chair of the Development Committee for the national AASECT organization. Due to her dedication to victims/survivors of sexual assault, Kristen has organized a community production of the award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, in Omaha since 2013. Kristen has notably raised and donated over $13,000 to local non-profit organizations in Omaha.
In addition to doing therapy, education, and social activism, Kristen Lilla has been published in the 4th edition of Unequal Partners: Teaching About Power, Consent, and Healthy Relationships as well as a yet-to-be-named manual on Sexual Orientation, both published by the Center for Sex Education. She has also had material published on Girls Inc. Affiliate Central. In her free time, Kristen enjoys drinking banana lattes, playing with her two cat-kids, and traveling.
We will be announcing our 2017 NSEC Planning Team
in the next few weeks – so stay tuned!
The Center for Sex Education Team
Karen Rayne, PhD
Karen is the sexuality education and training specialist for The Center for Sex Education. A curriculum development expert with more than two decades’ experience in sexuality education, Dr. Rayne is passionate about providing comprehensive sexuality education to people of all ages and stages with sensitivity and a touch of humor. Dr. Rayne has served as chair of the National Sex Ed Conference and Associate Editor of the American Journal for Sexuality Education. She is the author or editor of several teaching manuals, including Streetwise to Sex-wise: Sexuality Education for High Risk Youth, Orientation: Teaching about Identity, Attraction, and Behavior, two parent-child communication curricula (one for the Unitarian Universalist Association and one in conjunction with the United Nations Population Fund and the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health), and two youth-focused curriculum (one for Girls, Inc. and one for a federally funded project through Carnegie Mellon University).
Bill Taverner, MA, CSE
Bill is the executive director of the nationally acclaimed Center for Sex Education (CSE) and is the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Sexuality Education. He has co-authored many sex ed teaching resources, including Making Sense of Abstinence; Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter; Positive Images; Sex Ed 101; and eight editions of Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Sexuality. Bill served as editor-in-chief for the two-volume third edition of Teaching Safer Sex, which received the 2013 AASECT Book Award. A trainer of thousands throughout the United States, who has twice advocated for sexuality education at U.S. Congressional briefings, Bill has received other national awards recognizing his leadership in sexuality education: the first “Schiller Prize” given by the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists for best workshop using interactive strategies; Planned Parenthood’s “Golden Apple Award” for leadership in education; a Sexual Intelligence award naming him named “one of the country’s pre-eminent sex educators, trainers, and sex education theorists,” and the “Golden Brick Award” for “encouraging the growth of sex ed professionals.”