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-1Jeffrey Anthony
Jeff is the program coordinator of the nationally acclaimed Center for Sex Education (CSE). Jeff is the registrar for the National Sex Ed Conference, maintainer of the Sex Ed Network, distributor of the CSE’s award-winning resources, as well as manager the social media accounts. Jeff is a New Jersey State-Certified HIV counselor, as well as a certified health educator, with an broader educational background in public health and its intersections.

Prior to working at the CSE, Jeff worked for Rutgers University Student Life. He served as an assistant advisor to student organizations, and assisted in the implementation of student organizational training, and the first and second “Sex, Love, & Dating: Interpersonal Relationships” conferences at the University.

Jeff does in fact enjoy long walks on the beach in the moonlight, as well as cooking, museums, thunderstorms, parks, yoga, and Crossfit.

Ali Glaser, MSW, CSE
Vice President of Community Services, PPNCSNJ

Rayne2smKaren 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 smBill 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.”
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Tanya Pink Blazer headshotTanya Bass
With over 20 years of public health education experience, Tanya is considered a subject matter expert in the areas of minority health, pregnancy prevention, HIV/STDs and reproductive/sexual health. She is an alumna of North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of Public Health Education, where she has served as an adjunct instructor for the past 10 years. Currently, Tanya is the lead instructor for Human Sexuality.

She is the former president for the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE) and former co-chair for the 2014 National Sex Ed Conference. Tanya is also a current member of the editorial board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education.

As a facilitator and trainer, audience members and training participants describe Tanya as “dynamic, energetic and captivating.” She is praised for her ability to connect with a multitude of audiences.

Tanya has provided training in Changes, Changes, Changes, a curriculum on puberty education.

Steve BrownSteve Brown, Psy.D.
Steve is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers (New Britain, CT). He also is Coordinator of the Risking Connection® training program, an international trauma training program used by organizations to implement trauma-informed services. His work bridges the fields of trauma, trauma-informed care, sexual violence prevention, and sexual health promotion. He is a longtime sexuality educator and trainer and co-author of Streetwise to Sex-Wise: Sexuality Education for High Risk Youth, a curricula used internationally by agencies and schools serving high risk youth. He is former board chair of Stop It Now!, a leading national child sexual abuse prevention organization.

Steve is currently writing the 3rd edition of Streetwise, due out in early 2016.

tc pix widener SandA ConsortTerri Clark, MPH
Terri has been doing work in health education, training, and facilitation for nearly 25 years, and is currently the Coordinator of Prevention Services at ActionAIDS in Philadelphia, PA. Terri is a member of Widener University’s Consortium on Sexuality and Aging, and an adjunct instructor at Arcadia University. She is a certified trainer with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and serves on the American Society on Aging’s Leadership Council of their LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) constituent group. She is also an advisory board member of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s PrimeTime Health Committee.

Terri has extensive experience in the field of sexuality education and training, including HIV prevention and LGBT topics. She is currently working on a number of projects to advance the field of sexuality and aging. Throughout her career in public health, she has been an advocate for gender equality and sexual health across the lifecycle.

Terri is currently developing a new manual, Teaching about Sexual Orientation, due out in 2016.

Kirsten deFurKirsten deFur
Kirsten is a sexuality educator and trainer specializing in utilizing sex-positive educational approaches, teaching about healthy and unhealthy relationships, and preventing sexual and intimate partner violence. A contributing author to the curricula Teaching Safer Sex, Sex Ed in the Digital Age and the American Journal of Sexuality Education, Kirsten writes lesson plans and develops curricula on topics such as sexual pleasure, pornography, fear-based methods, and consent. Kirsten has been facilitating workshops since 2001 in a variety of settings for participants of all ages, especially as an Our Whole Lives facilitator and trainer with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Kirsten is the co-author of the 2nd edition of Our Whole Lives for grades 4-6.

In her day job, Kirsten is the Assistant Director of Training & Prevention at Columbia University’s Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center. Prior to her position at Columbia, Kirsten directed a peer education program on dating violence and healthy relationships for the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

Kirsten received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in Sexuality & Health. She enjoys the critical analysis of social and cultural constructs of sexuality with her sexuality-based book club, made up of sexuality professionals throughout NYC. She shares insights on topics related to sexuality education on her blog, and tweets with the handle @FearlessSexEd. Kirsten lives in Brooklyn, NY and brings as much enthusiasm to cooking, biking, and cats as she does to sexuality education.

Kirsten is currently editing the 4th edition of the Center for Sex Education’s curriculum Unequal Partners, due out in late 2015.

Melissa Keyes DiGioiaMelissa Keyes DiGioia, CSE
Melissa is a Certified Sexuality Educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. As Co-Founder and Director of Education at Finding Your Individuality (FYI, LLC), she facilitates professional development workshops and education sessions on varying sexuality and sexual health topics and specializes in program delivery for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Melissa is author of Taking a Special Education Approach a guide for religious educators implementing Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9(2nd Ed.) to adapt lessons and methodology for audiences with special needs. She is coauthor of Game On! The Ultimate Sexuality Education Gaming Guide and contributing author to Unequal Partners: Teaching about Power and Consent in Adult-Teen and Other Relationships (3rd Ed), Older Wiser Sexually Smarter, and Teaching Safer Sex (Volumes 1 & 2). She has a graduate certificate in Human Sexuality from Montclair State University and received her BA with concentrations in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey. She serves as co-chair for the 2015 & 2016 AASECT Annual Conferences.

Tracie GilbertMs. Tracie Q. Gilbert is an educator and project manager, having specialized in youth and adolescent development for nearly 20 years. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate with the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University; her topics of interest include adolescent sexuality development, sexuality and faith, and social justice-based sexuality education.

Tracie’s work with CSE includes a re-vamping of sexuality education curriculum for Girls, Inc., a federal intervention project, and a manual on sexual orientation, all currently in the works.

Mary Lyn KovalMary Lyn Koval is president of Claremont House, an editorial and marketing services company she founded in 1998. Mary Lyn has three decades’ experience in marketing communications and project management, with a background in professional services marketing, online publishing, book publishing and exhibit graphics. Her broad expertise includes editorial oversight, content development, copyediting, production management, and brand development and implementation.

A volunteer for Planned Parenthood since 1996, Mary Lyn served on the board of PPGNNJ (now PPCGNNJ) from 1999 to 2005.

Mary Lyn has copyedited nine manuals for The Center: Sex Ed in the Digital Age (2014); Positive Images (4th ed., 2013); Teaching Safer Sex (2012); Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter (2009); Unequal Partners (3rd ed., 2007); Sex Ed 101 (2005); Making Sense of Abstinence (2005); Streetwise to Sex-Wise (2001); and Educating About Abortion (2001).
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Conference History

  • The National Sex Ed Conference has a long and amazing history of keynote speakers. Included here are the names of those speakers and the titles of their keynotes. (See the National Sex Ed Conference’s historic award winners in our Sex Ed Hall of Fame!)

    2016 Keynote Speakers

    • Evelyn Kappeler: Driving Outcomes: Building the Case for Evidence in Teen Pregnancy Prevention
    • Jaclyn Friedman: You Can’t Have One Without the Other: Responsible Sex Education & Rape Prevention
    • Fransisco Ramirez: Hacking Sex Ed: Thwarting Threats to Human Rights
    • Adam Thompson: HIV & AIDS: PrEPing Sexuality Educators for New Conversations
    • James Wadley: #BlackSexualLivesMatter

    2015 Keynote Speakers

    • Cindy Lee Alves, Marlene Pray, and Trina Scott: Racial Justice: Solidarity Statement 2.0
    • Kirsten deFur: Consent: So Simple, Yet Oh So Very Complicated
    • Laci Green: Meeting Young People Where They Are – On YouTube!
    • Marty Klein: America’s War on Sex
    • World Association for Sexual Health: Sara Nasserzadeh, Eusebio Rubio, and Kevan Wylie: Sex Ed Around the World
    • A selection of videos from 2015 keynotes and award winners!

    2014 Keynote Speakers

    • Megara Bell and Bryan Flaherty: Mythbusters (with prizes!)
    • Carolyn Cooperman: Revolutionary Changes: Sex Ed in the Digital Age
    • Jane Fonda: Jane Fonda on Being a Teen
    • Debby Herbenick: Sex, Love, Intimacy, and Orgasm: Integrating Sex Ed and New Findings from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior
    • Ileana Jiménez: Creating Safe and Inclusive Schools for LGBT Youth Locally and Globally
    • David Satcher: The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior
    • A selection of videos from 2014 keynotes and award winners!

    2013 Keynote Speakers

    • Heather Corinna: Don’t Fear the Router: How the Internet Can Save Sex Ed
    • Debra W. Haffner: Snapshots & Lessons From a Life in Sexuality Education
    • Sam Killermann: The Genderbread Person: Breaking Through the Binary
    • Trina Scott: Let’s Talk: A Candid Conversation about Sex Ed and the Dimensions of Racial Diversity
    • Al Vernacchio: For Goodness Sex! Reframing Sexuality Education

    2012 Keynote Speakers

    • Joycelyn Elders: Sex Ed and the Nations
    • Barbara Huberman: The National Standards for Sexuality Education
    • Deborah Roffman, Jessica Danforth, Melanie Davis, & Mary Jo Podgurski (Keynote Panel): Sex Ed Everywhere
    • Eric Schoenberg: Hot or Not? The Psychology of Sexual Decision-Making
    • Bill Taverner & Susan Milstein: Teaching Safer Sex: The Next Generation

    2011 Keynote Speakers

    • Peggy Brick: Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter: From Ageist Stereotypes to New Expectations
    • Koustuv Dalal, Jessica Ezekiel-Hart, Jennifer Walsh, Julie Wilgen, & Christie Winkelmann (Keynote Panel): Sex Ed Around the World
    • Robie Harris: It STILL Perfectly Normal
    • Amy Kramer: Not Your Mother’s Sex Ed: Using MTV’s ’16 and Pregnant’ as a Teaching Tool
    • Christian Thrasher: A Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health Throughout the Lifespan

    2010 Keynote Speakers

    • Paul Joannides: The Conversations We Are NOT Having with Our Teens and Pre-Teens
    • Bill Taverner: New Technologies, New Opportunities! Technology as an Ally in Sex Ed
    • Leslie Walker-Hirsch: The Facts of Life…and More: Meaningful Sexuality Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

    2009 Keynote Speakers

    • Ashley Generallo, Allyson Sendak, and Bill Taverner: What’s So Funny? Using Humor to Teach Sex Ed

    2008 Keynote Speakers

    • Melissa Keyes DiGioia and Jessica Shields: Games, Games, Games!!!

    2007 Keynote Speakers

    • Elizabeth Schroeder and Bill Taverner: State of the (Sex Ed) Nation

    2006 Keynote Speakers

    • Bill Smith: Turning the Corner: Has “Abstinence-Only” Had Its Day?
    • Bill Taverner: Making Sense of Abstinence
    • Teen Editors of Sex, Etc. (Keynote Panel): Make Abstinence a Choice, Not a Requirement

    2005 Keynote Speakers

    2004 Keynote Speaker

    • Judy Kuriansky: Dr. Judy

    2003 Keynote Speakers (none)

    2002 Keynote Speaker

    • Joan O’Leary (Spring conference): Teens and Sex in Europe: A Story of Rights, Respect, and Responsibility
    • Elizabeth Schroeder (Fall conference): CTRL-ALT-DELETE: Recharging Sex Ed with Effective, New Approaches and Strategies

    2001 Keynote Speaker

    • Don Dyson (Spring conference): To Share or Not to Share? A Sensitive Question
    • Video presentation (Fall conference): Teens and Sex in Europe: A Story of Rights, Respect, and Responsibility

    2000 Keynote Speakers

    • Judith E. Steinhart (Spring conference): Credibility and Caring: Sexuality Education from the Heart
    • Tamara Kreinin (Fall conference): Envisioning Healthy Sexuality: How Do We Get There?

    1999 Keynote Speakers

    • Robert Selverstone (Spring conference): Love Education: What’s Sex Got To Do With It?
    • Judith E. Steinhart (Fall conference): Credibility and Caring: Sexuality Education from the Heart

    1998 Keynote Speaker

    • Robert Selverstone: Love Education: What’s Sex Got To Do With It?

    1997 Keynote Speakers

    • Wayne Pawlowski
    • Sharon Thompson

    1996 Keynote Speakers

    • Maggi Boyer
    • Wayne Pawlowski

    1995 Keynote Speakers

    • Peggy Brick
    • Randy Grauerholz, Anna Kostowitz, Diane Pearson, Jhon Velasco, & Louise Yohalem (Keynote Panel)
    • Rosalind Petchesky

    1994 Keynote Speakers

    1993 Keynote Speakers

    • Leslie Kantor & William Firestone
    • Myriam Miedzian

    1992 Keynote Speakers

    1991 Keynote Speaker

    • Joseph Giordano

    1990 Keynote Speaker

    • Robert Selverstone

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