Kirby, Doug

Dr. Douglas Kirby

Douglas Bernard Kirby, PhD, was a senior research scientist at ETR Associates and a pillar in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

Dr. Kirby received his PhD in Sociology from UCLA in 1975. He was one of the world’s leading experts on school and community programs to reduce sexual risk taking, and dedicated his career to promoting sexual and reproductive health among young people through his writing, teaching, and research. He authored over 150 articles, chapters and monographs on these programs, and frequently spoke nationally and internationally on his work. He served as a scientific adviser to the CDC, USAID, WHO, UNFPA, UNESCO, and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Dr. Kirby died of a heart attack in December 2012, at age 69, while mountain climbing in Ecuador. His legacy continues to inform and transform the field.

Dr. Kirby’s career started in 1977 at Mathtech, Inc., as Director for the Social Science Group. In the early 1980s, Dr. Kirby completed a seminal study on the impact of school-based health centers while working at The Center for Population Options (now Advocates for Youth). Dr. Kirby joined ETR Associates in 1988 and continued his work in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Kirby was involved in the creation and/or evaluation of numerous sex and HIV education curricula including Reducing the Risk, Safer Choices, and Draw the Line/Respect the Line, among others. He authored several encyclopedic reviews of the scientific literature, such as Emerging Answers 2007, which summarized the literature on adolescent sexual behavior and HIV/STD/pregnancy prevention programs. This work facilitated access to scientific research and paved a pathway for progress toward more effective prevention programs. More recently, Dr. Kirby worked with colleagues to create Promoting Sexual Health, a program that focuses on STD and pregnancy prevention among young adults and features the promotion of healthy sexual relationships. He also authored a theoretical guidebook, Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk, on how to develop and adapt sexuality education curricula.

Dr. Kirby’s latest work focused on helping countries ravaged by HIV to strengthen their prevention education efforts through developing more impactful educational programs. Over the past year, Dr. Kirby delivered trainings for Ministries of Education, Ministries of Health and non-governmental organizations from over a dozen southern and eastern African countries on designing effective programs.

Dr. Kirby was a passionate professional who was incredibly generous with his time—answering inquiries from research colleagues, policy-makers, and students with thought and depth. He relished the opportunity to explore scientific issues, and continuously pondered and tackled complexities of the field. Doug was also a caring human being who took personal interest in those he met. He loved a good conversation and took the time to build relationships, show concern, and share his support no matter how overwhelmed or busy he was in his professional life.

One of Dr. Kirby’s goals in life was to help make the world a better place—he achieved that goal and more. Dr. Douglas Kirby will always hold a position of influence in the field of sexual and reproductive health and will continue to serve as an inspiration to others in the field for years to come. In his honor, ETR has established the Kirby Summer Internship, for graduate students in education, psychology, sociology, public health, epidemiology or a related field, with a focus or interest in sexual and reproductive health. ETR also launched the Kirby Summit, a gathering that focuses on the application of a particular area of emerging or ongoing research to the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

Doug was a pioneer in the field of sex education, both in the United States and internationally, identifying the key features of good quality, effective education and raising important questions about the limitations of other approaches…. He is sadly missed by all who worked with him or knew his work, but leaves the field of sex education a richer place as the result of his enthusiasm, dedication and scholarship.


Kantor, Leslie

Leslie Kantor, PhD, MPH, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Vice President of Education, is a widely respected leader in the field of sexual and reproductive health, with over two decades of experience in sex education. Since arriving at PPFA, Dr. Kantor has led efforts to develop innovative, technology-based approaches to sex education, partnered with affiliates to strengthen programs and evaluation, served as a national spokesperson, and spearheaded PPFA’s policy efforts related to sex education.

Dr. Kantor has extensive experience training professionals as well as expertise in working directly with children, adolescents, young adults and parents throughout the United States. Ms. Kantor appears frequently in the media speaking about sexual and reproductive health and has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, the Associated Press, The Daily Show with John Stewart, the CBS Evening News, NY1News and the Today Show. In addition, she is a member of the faculty at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University where she teaches “Pedagogy of Sexuality Education.”

Dr. Kantor’s scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as Sexuality Research and Social Policy, the Journal of Medical Internet Research, and the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association and she has published book chapters on adolescent sexual development and sexuality in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Sixth Edition and Epidemiology of Women’s Health. She is a member of the editorial review board for the journal Sex Education.

Dr. Kantor has received two prestigious awards from the American Public Health Association (APHA) —the Early Career Award for Excellence from the Population, Reproduction and Sexual Health section and the APHA Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award which is awarded to a public health professional who has “challenged public health practice in a creative and positive manner.” In 2011, the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education (APPLE) awarded Ms. Kantor their prestigious “Golden Apple” award for leadership in the field of sexuality education.

Dr. Kantor has served on the boards of directors of several of the major organizations in the field of sexual health including the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Answer. She is a past board member of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and chaired their board committee on community education and leadership development for several years.

Dr. Kantor holds a BA magna cum laude from Barnard College, a master’s in public health (MPH) from the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and a PhD from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is also the mother of a teenage son.
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Sutherland, Sarah

Sarah Sutherland, M.Ed. is the Peer Education Institute Manager at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. She is responsible for the standardization, replication, and evaluation of the Teen Council, a peer education program for high school students. Sarah has worked with youth for twelve years through environmental learning programs and is thrilled to bring her strenghts to lead with passion and confidence, build meaningful rapport with diverse audiences, and create engaging programs and curriculum to this award winning peer education program. Sarah facilitates the first in-school Teen Council program in a Seattle school and is enjoying partnering with other Planned Parenthoods on Teen Council implementation.

Miller, Carole

Carole Miller, M.Ed is the Chief Learning Officer for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest where she began her Sexuality Education career in 1989 as a Community Health Educator. As a former public school teacher and school board member, she saw the results of poor or no sexuality education from both the administrative and program side of the educational table, and was thrilled to join the Planned Parenthood team. Carole, along with an Education and Training leadership team, supports a passionate and dedicated team of Community Educators and Trainers, and a wide range of internal and external programs, including extensive parent education programs and a month-long October focus called “Families are Talking.” She has been providing FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) teaching training since 1990. She oversees Planned Parenthood University (PPU), an online sexuality and patient education certification series. PPGNW recently formed the Northwest Coalition of Adolescent Health with five other affiliates and was awarded a $20 million federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention grant to implement Youth Development Programs in five states. PPGNW hosted the first Drawing Water from a Deeper Well Conference for Sexuality Educators, and Carole serves as the training chair of APPLE (Association for Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education).

Taverner, Bill

The Center for Family Life Education
Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey, Inc.
Phone: 973-539-9580, x120
196 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960
Fax: 973-539-3828
Nov. 30, 2011
Contact: Enid Logan, Communications Manager, PPGNNJ, (973) 539-9580 ext. 126

New executive director named for Center for Family Life Education

Morristown, NJ – Bill Taverner has been named Executive Director of The Center for Family Life Education (CFLE), the national education arm of Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey (PPGNNJ). He had been director of CFLE, responsible for its local and national programming since joining the affiliate in 1998.

Taverner’s new role will be focused exclusively on developing CFLE’s national initiatives, including publications and training centered around Sex Ed. Two new Sex Ed manuals are expected to be released in January 2012 – the third edition, two-volume Teaching Safer Sex and an interactive teaching manual, Game On! which uses game strategies to teach sex ed.

The CFLE is also known for hosting one of the nation’s largest sex ed conferences. This year, the 26th Annual Sex Ed conference will be held Wednesday to Friday, Dec. 7 to 9 at The Imperia, Somerset.

In coordination with health education organizations and other Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide, Taverner will continue to provide and lead workshops on matters of sexual health. He has led multiple national training initiatives including, “Positive Images’’ focusing on teaching about abstinence, contraception and other aspects of sexual health. And in more than 100 cities, he trained professionals on “Unequal Partners,’’ focusing on making healthy decisions on relationships, especially those involving the power imbalances that can occur when there are significant age differences. Participants in these workshops included teachers, nurses, social workers, law enforcement and therapists.

Taverner earned a master’s degree in human sexuality from New York University and is credentialed as a certified sexuality educator from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). He was honored with the first AASECT Founder’s Award for best use of interactive learning strategies in a workshop, Planned Parenthood’s Golden APPLE Award for leadership in sexuality education, and a Sexual Intelligence Award naming him “one of the country’s pre-eminent sex educators and theorists.’’

In addition, Taverner is the editor of the American Journal of Sexuality Education,twice advocated for sexuality education before U.S. Congressional hearings, is on the sexual health review board for the Sex, Etc. web site, and was quoted in The New York Times, including its Nov. 20, 2011 magazine cover story on positively-framed sex education.

For more information on the work of The CFLE or the upcoming Sex Ed Conference, visit

William J. Taverner, MA, commonly known as Bill Taverner, is the editor of the American Journal of Sexuality Education[1] and the executive director of the Center for Sex Education (CSE).[2] He has co-authored numerous sexuality education manuals, including All Together Now: Teaching about Contraception and Safer Sex, Making Sense of Abstinence: Lessons for Comprehensive Sex Education, Positive Images: Teaching Abstinence, Contraception, and Sexual Health, Streetwise to Sex-Wise: Sexuality Education for High-Risk Youth, and Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter.[3]

As a trainer, Taverner presents such topics as “Unequal Partners,” and “Making sense of abstinence,”[4] training thousands of educators, counselors, social workers, nurses, therapists, and other professionals.[4] He frequently trains early-childhood professionals, helping them respond to young children’s sexual questions and behaviors,[5] And in 2008, he gave an address at a congressional briefing advocating for sex education.[6]

Before joining the CFLE in 1998, Taverner served as the sexuality educator and trainer for Phoenix House, where he developed Sexuality and Substance Abuse,[7] a comprehensive sexuality education program (for people in recovery from substance abuse) and training program (for their counseling staff). Prior to Phoenix House, he worked with people with developmental disabilities, and co-authored the Verbal Informed Sexual Consent Assessment Tool, to help measure an individual’s capacity to give informed sexual consent.[8]

Taverner is the editor of the eighth, ninth, and tenth editions of Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Human Sexuality, and co-authored the fifth through seventh, and eleventh through thirteenth editions of this college reader.[9] He served as a contributing author to the International Encyclopedia of Sexuality, co-author of Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter[3] and his newest publications include the fourth edition of Positive Images: Teaching about Contraception and Sexual Health[10] and the two-volume third edition of Teaching Safer Sex,[11] which won the 2013 AASECT Book Award.[12]

Taverner was the first recipient of the “AASECT Founder’s Award” in 2005.[13] Other awards he has received include the 2006 “Golden Apple Award,” given by the Association for Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education (APPLE), and a 2006 national award given by the online journal “Sexual Intelligence”.[14][15]

Formerly an adjunct professor of human sexuality at Fairleigh Dickinson University,[16] Taverner received his Master of Arts degree in human sexuality from New York University.

Richards, Ann

Former Governor of Texas Ann Richards
Mother of Cecile Richards

Richards entered politics in the 1950 as a volunteer for several Democratic gubernatorial campaigns. She later ran the successful campaign to elect Sarah Weddington-the lawyer who argued the winning side of Roe v. Wade in front of the U.S. Supreme Court-to the Texas legislature in 1972. Four years later Richards made her first bid for public office. She won a commissioner position for Travis County. She then moved from local to state government in 1982 when she won the election to become the state treasurer. She was re-elected to that post in 1986.

Boone, Cecilia

Cecilia Guthrie Boone, born in Kentucky, worked for IBM in Indiana, Ohio and Texas. In Texas she met and married her husband, Garrett. With other partners, they began their fledgling business, The Container Store, in 1978. They have three adult children.

Cecilia has focused both her volunteer work and philanthropy on the issues that most effect women and girls. She is the past chair of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Planned Parenthood of North Texas, Planned Parenthood of North Texas Action Fund, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Annie’s List. Cecilia is on the board of the Boone Family Foundation and is a member of several other community organizations in the Dallas area.

Cecilia is a retired adjunct professor at The Center of Philanthropy and has received awards for her work on gender equity from Planned Parenthood, Women’s e-news, the League of Women Voters, and many local organizations.