2017 Planning Team
We are so happy to announce the 2017 NSEC Co-Chairs and Planning Team!
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.
Shadeen Francis, MFT, MSc – Continuing Education
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 underserved 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.
Courtney Geter, LMFT – Sponsorship and Fundraising
Courtney is a licensed marriage and family therapist with additional training in sex therapy. She received her bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development from The University of Georgia and earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Presently, she is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a current member of the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and a lifetime member and past board member with the LGBTQ Therapist Resource.
Courtney operates a full private practice in Atlanta, Ga. In addition to private practice, Courtney volunteers to facilitate a support group with Atlanta Polyamory. Previously, Courtney also volunteered with 50. Cents. Period. to provide sexual health and mental health education to refugee women.
Courtney is also the creator, producer, and host for the Let’s Talk Sex podcast providing entertainment though education about sexual health and relationships. Courtney has also been featured in major news publications including Bustle, AskMen, Reader’s Digest, and Prevention.
Lorena Olvera, MEd – Social Media
Lorena is a Mexican sexuality educator who came to the United States with a Fulbright scholarship. 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 conferences and last year was the co-chair of this conference. Lorena has volunteered at reproductive health organizations in Mexico, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Norristown. She has worked as a host on educational radio and television shows about sexuality in Mexico and Philadelphia, where she currently hosts “EduSex Phila” in Philatinos Radio. She holds a Spanish-language educational Facebook page, Sexprésate, with more than 90,000 followers, where she writes about sexuality, gender equality, and relationships. Lorena is currently completing a PhD in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University, and is a member of AASECT.
Nyk is a traditional and digital graphic artist with a degree in Media Arts & Animation from the Art Institute of Houston. She has been drawing since she became capable of holding a pencil, and began animating in 2008. She has had the privilege of working on art for Coca-Cola, Disney, Grantland, the American Physiological Association, The Center for Sexuality Education, and several others. You can view her work including her cartoon The Adventures of Dr. Blah-kman & Mr. Meow online at www.1000wordstudio.com. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her wife, three kids, two dogs, and cat at home in Austin, TX.
Persephone Wilson – General Support
Persephone’s first official sexual health position was as a peer educator in the health center at the University of New Mexico. While working for the feminist artist, Judy Chicago in 1998, she was recruited to work at Planned Parenthood of New Mexico’s (PPNM) surgical center and over the next decade, managed all four of PPNM’s health centers.
For seven years, Persephone has served as the Regional Director of Community Education for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and has been ensuring the delivery of comprehensive sex education to young people in regions with some of the highest teen pregnancy and birth rates in the country. She currently supervises amazing staff in New Mexico, Southwest Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada.
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 worth of 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 four youth-focused curriculum (three 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.”