Monique S. Howard, Ed.D, MPH

Dr. Monique Howard is the Executive Director of Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), the only rape crisis center in Philadelphia. WOAR’s mission is two pronged: eliminate rape and to provide services and advocate for those individuals how have experienced rape or sexual assault. Dr. Howard is an accomplished public health administrator with a 20-year history […]

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Stephanie Zapata

Stephanie Zapata is a Bronx thorough bred (Yerrr)- unapologetic and queer AF, Boricua sex educator. She comes to NSEC with 7 years experience in the field. Having previously received a Certification of Merit from Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Junior, for her work with the LGBTQ+ community- Stephanie is no stranger to the fight for […]

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Joann Schladale, M.S., L.M.F.T

Joann is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in positive youth development, sexual health, trauma, violence prevention, problem sexual behavior, teen pregnancy prevention, and Motivational Interviewing. She is the developer of the innovative and promising intervention, Practice Self-Regulation™ being studied through multi-year federal grants around the country. She co-authored Stop It! A Practical Guide […]

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer may best be known for having pioneered talking explicitly about sex on radio and television, but as it turns out, that is only a small part of her rich and diversified life. Born in Germany in 1928, Dr. Westheimer went to Switzerland at the age of ten to escape the Holocaust, which […]

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Pam Wilson, MSW

Pamela Wilson has 40 years of experience in the fields of youth development, sexuality education and reproductive health. She works as an independent consultant and trainer on many different local, national, and international projects. Pam has taught human sexuality courses at several universities, staffed national sexuality training initiatives, and has written or co-authored over 15 […]

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Donna Oriowo, PhD, LICSW

Donna Oriowo, Ph. D, M.Ed, MSW is Nigerian (Yoruba) American, first of 4 girls, and first generation to the U.S. A graduate of Morgan State University, a premier HBCU in Baltimore, Maryland, Donna began her journey there. It was during her senior project that it became apparent that though much research referred to Black people […]

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S. Bear Bergman

S. Bear Bergman is an award-winning writer, educator and storyteller. He is also the author of six books as well as the founder of Flamingo Rampant, a children’s press focused on feminist, LGBTQ-positive, racially-diverse children’s books and writer of the advice column Ask Bear for Bitch Magazine. His most recent book for grownups (Blood, Marriage, […]

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Joycelyn Elders, MD

Dr. Elders is a distinguished pediatrician and public health administrator, having served as a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and was the first African American appointed as Surgeon General of the United States. Currently a professor emerita of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Elders herself never […]

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Laura Lindberg, PhD

Dr. Laura Lindberg is a Principal Research Scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally. She is a national expert on adolescent sexual and reproductive health with over 70 peer-reviewed publications. Her extensive work monitoring trends in […]

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Steve Brown, PsyD

Steve Brown, Psy.D., is the author Streetwise to Sex-Wise: Sexuality Education for High Risk Youth, now in its new third edition. Steve worked as a full-time Sexuality Educator, working under the legendary Peggy Brick, at the Center for Family Life Education from 1988-1991. He still describes himself as a sexuality educator/trainer which mostly means he […]

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