National Sex Ed Conference

The Center for Sex Education (CSE) has been hosting an annual Sex Ed Conference since 1985. What started as a one-day conference for New Jersey health educators has grown into the largest conference in the United States that is exclusively devoted to sexuality education. Participants attend from across the nation and many other parts of the world to network and learn best practices in sexuality education, addressing a spectrum of topics, audiences, and ages.

The CSE is also the publisher of sexuality education manuals used throughout the world. Guides range from how to answer young children’s questions about sexuality to teaching senior citizens about sex ed. Every age in between is addressed, providing sexuality educators with user-friendly, cost-effective lesson plans addressing puberty, healthy and unhealthy relationships, contraception, sexual safety, and much more. CSE publications are available at The website is introducing a membership option where members can access searchable, electronic versions of the lesson plans. This option is available when registering for the conference.

The Center for Sex Education, led by executive director Bill Taverner, considered an expert in sexuality education, provides keynotes, workshops, inservice training, and other professional development at reasonable fees. For more information, contact

The CSE is dedicated to the proposition that all people have a right to education that will help them understand, appreciate and take responsibility for their sexuality. Based in Morristown, NJ, it is the national education division of Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey.

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2017 Planning Team

We are so happy to announce the 2017 NSEC Co-Chairs and Planning Team!


ZeenaZeena 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

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.

Planning Team

Heather Alberda, CSE – Sponsorship and Fundraising
Heather is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator for the Ottawa County Department of Public Health in Holland Michigan where she has worked for the past 15 years. Her work at the health department includes collaborating with community partners as she expands a condom availability program (which now reaches young adults under 25 with FREE access to condoms in 5 counties and 3 college campuses), serves as a member of many Sexual Health Advisory Boards(SEAB) helping school districts implement comprehensive sex education, teaches sexual health classes at the local juvenile detention center, recently implemented school wide STI testing/treatment and this year will be piloting this same program within our local migrant camps, empowers youth through education and accessing sexual health services, mentors the next generation of sexual health educators, writes for the app Juicebox, and so much more….all in just 20 hours a week. She is very excited and honored to be a part of the 2017 Conference Planning Committee!!

Tanya M. Bass, MS, CHES – Participant Engagement
Tanya is a sexuality educator, trainer and consultant. She is a subject matter expert in the field of health education, HIV/STDs, reproductive and sexual health. Tanya is the lead instructor for Human Sexuality at North Carolina Central University in the Department of Public Health Education (NCCU DPHE). Tanya is a member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WoCSHN), the Association of Black Sexologist and Clinicians (ABSC), and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). As a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and enjoys planning and providing professional development for her colleagues and peers. In 2016, Tanya founded the North Carolina Sexual Health Conference for sexual health professionals of various disciplines. Tanya is a current member of the editorial board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education. Tanya has a Masters in Health Promotion and Human Sciences and is completing a Masters in Human Sexuality at Widener University, pursuant a doctorate degree to research issues impacting sexual health equity.

Laura Bouchard – Special Events
Laura is in the final year of her Master’s of Science in Psychology at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario). Laura aims to conduct research that challenges preconceived ideas about gender and sexuality and aids in our understanding of how to promote sexual pleasure and well-being. She has presented at annual meetings of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, the International Sex Research Academy, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Laura is passionate in her role as teaching assistant for courses Human Sexuality and Intimate Relationships, and aspires to a career in the field of sex education and outreach. Laura has enjoyed volunteering with the Canadian Centre for Sexual Diversity and the 2016 Consent Conference held at Trent, and is excited to be a part of the 2017 National Sex Ed Conference team!

Erin Elo – Special Events
Erin manages a rural Sexual Health Center for young people in Forestville, California. She has a degree in Social Work and extensive experience with case management and development of diverse populations including foster, homeless, at-risk and LGBTQ youth. Erin is a Certified Family Planning Health Worker and is also trained as an Abortion Doula. She currently facilitates a local queer youth group. In an effort to bring inclusive medical care to underserved populations in her community, she cofounded a local gender expansive community clinic. In collaboration with other community organizations, she serves as co-chair for the Teen Health Advocacy Coalition, a large network of youth service providers aimed to develop and implement advocacy strategies to improve youth health in her county. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her furbabies and riding her Vespa through the beautiful landscapes of Northern California!

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.

Goody Howard – Volunteer Coordinator
Goody Howard is a sex educator and HIV activist! She’s been an industry insider for over 10 years and she informs, educates and empowers her clients with the knowledge that sexual pleasure IS sexual health. She initiates both proactive and reactive approaches to HIV/AIDS activism. Goody proactively focuses on at risk youth populations and engages them in ways that combat high risk behaviors. Her reactive response to the epidemic is to produce testing drives and awareness events with local public health organizations and community partners. Her goal is to empower people to create healthy sexual ethics for themselves. Goody provides education around the country that are focused on intimacy & empowerment for men, women, and couples. She layers her focus on sex positivity, enjoyment, and responsibility with her energetic and engaging presentation style. Goody guides couples through their intimacy challenges and speaks nationwide on topics of sexuality. She successfully promotes healthy, safe(r), more satisfying sex for all. Goody is determined to normalize sex positive conversations as a way to ease stigma and improve sexual responsibility.

Beth_HeadshotBeth Kaufer, MA – Animator
Beth is a motion graphics artist with a BFA in computer graphics from Syracuse University. She currently works at Townhouse Worldwide as a supervisor in the post-production industry creating animations for television commercials, websites and social media. The clients span from Fortune 100 companies and beauty brands to sports, pharmaceuticals, and not-for profit organizations. Beth also has an MA in Human Sexuality from New York University.

Nancy Daley Moore, PhD, CPH, CHES – Website Coordinator
Nancy is a public health practitioner, sexual health qualitative researcher, and Assistant Professor at Truman State University. She received her MPH in Epidemiology and PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia. Her research area focuses on understanding the different ways individuals communicate about sex, understanding how people seek out sexual health knowledge and how that changes over the lifespan, identifying different barriers people experience when it comes to sexual pleasure, and the impact of contraception use on the sexual encounter. She has presented her work at both national and international conferences. She has served in an advisory role to help develop training workshops focused on sexual health and sexual assault prevention. She also has worked to develop, implement, and evaluate sexual health programming for college students, and she currently works to train students as sexual health peer educators.

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 Rayne
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 When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her wife, three kids, two dogs, and cat at home in Austin, TX.

Jessica Smarr, MPH – Speaker Engagement
Jessica provides comprehensive sexuality education in the Austin, Texas community to students and their parents through Unhushed. She strives to build inclusive and creative environments where students can be empowered through information, discussion, and the occasional felt board or fake mustache. Jessica completed her Master of Public Health with Texas A&M in 2016, where she focused primarily on pathways to improving sexual health in high risk populations. Currently, she is assisting Dr. Karen Rayne in the creation of comprehensive curricula for middle school students.

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

CorbinheadshotCorbin Knight-Dixon, MS
Corbin is a sexuality educator and trainer in New York City with over a decade of experience working with young people, adults, and professionals. He is committed to providing shame-free, inclusive, and participant-centered sex education. As the Professional Programs Manager for Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC), Corbin oversees training programs and organizational capacity building efforts that reach hundreds of providers annually. He also manages the new Sex Education for Adults program, which aims to reduce health disparities for New Yorkers in need of sexual and reproductive health services through high-quality sex education and direct linkage to care. Corbin is a consult and social media manager for the Center for Sex Education (CSE). This is his fifth year work on the planning team for the National Sex Ed Conference and his second year serving as the Continuing Education Chair.

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 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 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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