Presenters, speakers, and panelists are nationally renowned sex education experts. We are excited to have so many knowledgeable individuals come together, share their expertise, and learn from each other.
Dr. Joycelyn Elders
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.
Ginny Ehrlich has dedicated her more than 20-year career to improving the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, and families and currently the CEO at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Prior to taking the helm at the National Campaign.
Bill Taverner is the Executive Director of The Center for Sex Education and is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Sexuality Education. He is the author or editor of more than 75 publications, including teaching manuals and curricula, college readers, journal articles, chapters, lesson plans, and other contributions in sexuality education.
Dr. Donna Oriowo
Dr. Donna Oriowo is an international speaker, clinical social worker, and a sex and relationship educator and therapist. Dr. Donna combines mental health, sexuality, and intersectionality to create and present dynamic and transformational presentations that are both educational and entertaining.
Julia Applegate directs the Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity at Equitas Health where she leads LGBTQ health education, research and community engagement efforts to improve the health and wellness of LGBTQ communities across Ohio. Julia holds a Master of Arts in Women’s, Sexuality and Gender Studies from The Ohio State University and has 20 years of teaching experience in this field at the University level. She is currently working on obtaining a Master of Public Health degree from The Ohio State University.
Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown
Elizabeth Brown was elected in November of 2015 to Columbus City Council. In addition to serving on Council, Brown is the part-time executive director of the Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network and has prior experience in economic development, nonprofit service, and state government. Brown served as an economic development manager to the City of Columbus, worked with middle school students to improve literacy as a City Year Americorps member, and has been published in New York Magazine and National Public Radio affiliate WOSU.
Monica Cerrezuela is the Advocacy & Community Outreach Manager at The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, where she is responsible for developing the organization’s advocacy program. In this position, she helps foster collaborative partnerships for impact, educates lawmakers on issues, and creates opportunities to mobilize the community to promote social change.
Sarah Dahlston is a Sexual Health Educator who works to provide community members from all walks of life with comprehensive, unbiased, and inclusive sexual health education. In her two years at Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, Sarah has provided direct education to hundreds of young people in schools, juvenile justice centers, foster care agencies, and other community-based organizations. In addition, Sarah worked to secure funding that allows the education department at Planned Parenthood to develop and deliver educational sessions to people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers.
Diego Espino has been with Planned Parenthood since 2004. In his current position, Diego oversees all programming at the Ohio Center for Sex Education and Planned Parenthood community engagement initiatives conducted by a team of 30 Community Health Education Specialists. During his tenure with Planned Parenthood, Diego has also managed the PPGOH Marketing Department and Public Affairs Department. Diego is part of the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education and co-author of peer reviewed paper on evaluation of comprehensive sexuality education programs in the Family Science Review. Diego is involved in several statewide organization including the Oho Domestic Violence Network as part of its Leadership Team; the Oho Adolescent Health Partnership; and is a member of the Infant Mortality Advisory group – the Fatherhood Initiative.
Richelle Frabotta has been a professional community-based Sexuality Educator since 1992 when she started at Planned Parenthood (Dayton); certified as an Educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educator Counselors and Therapists since 1996 and as a Supervisor since 2014. When training colleagues and those working in human services, she emphasizes that sexuality education should be taught from a medically accurately informed, compassionate, and person-centered perspective with methods that are developmentally relevant, culturally appropriate, grounded in research, and informed by a code of ethics. She never forgets that teaching also means learning from her students. Currently, Richelle is at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where she serves as an Instructor in the Family Science and Social Work Department.
Erin Ryan is a policy analyst at Innovation Ohio Education Fund (IOEF), a policy and advocacy non-profit in Columbus, Ohio. Her portfolio is focused on a broad set of policy issues affecting women and families, including paid family leave, abortion and reproductive health care, and pay equity. She also currently serves as the managing director of the Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network, a coalition convened by IOEF of more than 30 organizations working collaboratively to advance polices that create economic security for women and strengthen families.
Chelsea Varnum, M.Ed., is a community educator with an expertise in sexual health, sexualities, and community development. Currently, she works as the Youth Wellness Manager at Columbus Public Health. She has over 8 years of experience in education with adolescents and adults, including developing inclusive programming and community-centered curricula. She specializes in creating sex education and leadership development programming for adolescents and LGBQ and Trans/Gender Non-Conforming communities. Chelsea received her Masters of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University in 2012.
More information, including break-out session topics and speakers, will be available soon.