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Jennifer Jarvey Balistreri, MS

Jennifer Jarvey Balistreri, MS, is the Community Impact Coordinator Senior for the Aurora Cancer Care system clinical program. Jennifer has partnered with content experts and community outreach caregivers to create, implement and sustain an HPV educational program for the youth of Milwaukee communities. Jennifer is a passionate advocate for women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights, reducing barriers to health care and education for the under-served populations of the urban Milwaukee area. (HPV Education in the Community)

Maria Barker

Maria Barker is Multicultural Programs Manager for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. She is a bilingual (Spanish/English) sexuality educator who facilitates reproductive health education. She is recognized for training/using lay community workers (“Promotores de Salud”) to reach the Latino community. (Improving Adherence to Colposcopy Recommendations: Recommendations From Interviews With Individuals Advised To Receive Colposcopy)

Jay Botsford

Jay Botsford (pronouns: ze/zir/zirs or they/them/theirs) is the Program Coordinator for the Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition (WTHC). Jay works to create health care equity and health justice for transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming (trans) people and communities in Wisconsin. Ze has worked with transgender and LGBTQ+ youth and adults in WI for more than 15 years (Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusive Sexual and Reproductive Health Care)

Brittany Broaddus-Smith, BA, MSW,

Brittany Broaddus-Smith, BA, MSW, is currently completing a MEd in Human Sexuality Studies. At the intersection of sexuality and faith, Brittany provides comprehensive sexuality education and counseling using evidenced-based practices filtered through the Word of God. (If God Created My Clitoris…)

Ruthie Burich-Weatherly

Ruthie Burich-Weatherly is a Public Health Consultant specializing in HIV Prevention and PrEP education for consumers, medical providers and the general community. Through Riverside Consulting LLC in Milwaukee, she provides opportunities for all communities to learn about new and developing HIV prevention methods and advocates for increased use of novel approaches to prevention. (PrEP for HIV Prevention)

Jessi Corcoran, MPH, CHES

Jessi Corcoran, MPH, CHES is the Prevention Coordinator at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She has nine years of experience in the anti-sexual violence movement and is passionate about integrating social justice activism into the public health approach. (Centering Race in Sexual Violence Responses and Prevention)

Rev. Lacette Cross

Rev. Lacette Cross is the founder of Will You Be Whole in Richmond, VA that talks sex and faith for wholeness with black women and those who love them. She is an experienced facilitator on topics related to sexuality and spirituality. (Let’s Talk About Sex and Faith!)

Melissa DeNomie

Melissa DeNomie is a research coordinator at Medical College of Wisconsin where she coordinates community-engaged research projects aimed at understanding/addressing health disparities. She is also a doctoral student at UW-Milwaukee studying community-engaged research and Critical Race Theory. (Improving Adherence to Colposcopy Recommendations: Recommendations from Interviews with Individuals Advised to Receive Colposcopy)

Hannah Feinstein

Hannah Feinstein is a Youth Health Educator at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. She is extremely passionate about reproductive health education. While she has jumped out of a plane before, Hannah spends most of her free time on the ground watching hockey. (Scientific Evidence or Freedom of Speech? The Debate over Requiring Medically-Accurate Information in Centers And Schools)

Kathy Flores

Kathy Flores is the Wisconsin LGBTQ Anti-Violence Manager for Diverse & Resilient and a board member of Planned Parenthood Wisconsin. Kathy has been working in movements to end violence against POC & LGBTQ individuals for over two decades. (LGBTQ Love, Acceptance and Resiliency)

Jennifer Garcia, MSW, APSW

Jennifer Garcia, MSW, APSW is a Healing Counselor at Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services in Milwaukee, WI who serves victims of sexual and domestic violence by providing trauma informed crisis stabilization, advocacy, safety planning and counseling. (Navigating Sexual Violence in the Media and In the Community)

Nicky Glaser

Nicky Glaser serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services. She is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the center’s volunteer hotline services, and works to recruit, screen, train and manage volunteers. (Navigating Sexual Violence in the Media and In the Community)

Grant Heffelfinger

Grant Heffelfinger is a Youth Leadership Coordinators at IndependenceFirst. He organizes annual Youth Leadership Summits for high school students with disabilities and facilitates workshops, presentations, and Independent Living Skills classes on sexuality, relationships, independent living and disability history. Grant serves on the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) Youth Executive Committee. Grant has a passion that is in line with the Independent Living Philosophy and continues to advocate for his community. (Sexuality and Relationship Education for People with Disabilities)

Diana Love

Diana Love (Pronouns:She/Her/Hers) has been a public health nurse for 16 years. She works in both reproductive and sexual health and immunization programs. She is also part of the PHMCD (Public Health Madison and Dane County) Health and Racial Equity team. (Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusive Sexual and Reproductive Health Care)

Jocelyn Mason-Saffold

Jocelyn Mason-Saffold. (On Healing [Black] Church Hurt: Teaching Liberating Sexuality Education in Christian Faith Based Spaces)

Seema Menon

Seema Menon is on the OB/GYN faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Seema's work focuses on the unique gynecologic needs of the pediatric/adolescent population. (Contraception Counseling: How Enthusiasm Can Become Coercion)

Nestic Morris

Nestic Morris is the Outreach Coordinator at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA). Her work at includes: culturally specific outreach, rebuilding and creating new relationships, and anti-oppression and intersectionality as it relates Black sexual assault survivors presentations. (Centering Race in Sexual Violence Responses and Prevention)

Nicole Mortenson

Nicole Mortenson is a Community Educator at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. She earned a B.A. in Human Development and a B.A. in Spanish Language at Washington State University. She served in the Peace Corps as a Maternal and Child Health Volunteer. (Linking Families and Teens (LiFT): Using Family Connection and Values to Promote Sexual Health Communication)

Mia Noel

Mia Noel lives and works in Milwaukee. She graduated from Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT. Her background includes experience in public health, education, film, and volunteer work with area nonprofits. She has worked with youth and young adults for more than 14 years. Mia is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. (Data and Statistics: Tools for Discrimination)

Amy Perez

Amy Perez is a young queer activist from Madison, WI. She graduated from Madison College with a degree in Science and Engineering. As an undergrad, Amy received the President’s service award in recognition for 200+ hours of volunteer service for Planned Parenthood of WI. Upon graduation, she started working at Planned Parenthood of WI as a medical assistant. Amy has devoted her life to serving and empowering underserved and marginalized communities. (Reproductive Justice 2.0: The Politics of Health Care)

Livia Rowel-Ortiz

Livia Rowel-Ortiz, a board member of Genderqueer Milwaukee, works to expand the ways we think about and relate to gender in our communities. She does this by creating space for discussions around gender that are grounded in social justice and advocates for the adoption of practices that advance our rights on the local level.

Leslie Ruffalo, PhD, MS

Leslie Ruffalo, PhD, MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Ruffalo’s research focuses on using community-based research methods to investigate health disparities within communities across Wisconsin. (Improving Adherence to Colposcopy Recommendations: Recommendations from Interviews with Individuals Advised to Receive Colposcopy)

Yuly Sánchez

Yuly Sánchez is a health promoter with 4 years of experience in the field. He received his training at La Romana Family Clinic, located in the Dominican Republic, and has worked with organizations such as the Ministry of Public Health, USAID, Planned Parenthood, and Columbia University in New York. His work consisted in recruiting key populations, testing, counseling and follow-up for sexually transmitted infections and HIV, providing education on sexual health, and promoting the health of men. (Herramientas para Reclutar Poblaciones Claves Dentro de la Comunidad Hispano Hablante)  

Kirsten Schultz

Kirsten Schultz is a genderfluid and disabled sex educator. She works most closely with patients living with chronic illness or disability, helping them to rediscover their lives – especially when it comes to self-care, pleasure, and love. (Hurts So Good: How Pain Disorders Can Affect Sex and Sexuality)

Cathy Schulz, NP

Cathy Schulz, NP, is a surgical oncology nurse practitioner at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center and an instructor with the Alverno College Nursing Program. Cathy serves on the Milwaukee Metro Aurora Cancer Care Community Outreach Committee and regularly donates her time to volunteer in Milwaukee communities. Cathy has been champion provider for the HPV education program for Milwaukee youth for over a year and is a content expert for colorectal cancer and HPV education. (HPV Education in the Community)

Kristin Stern

Kristin Stern has worked at IndependenceFirst for 17 years. She worked as an Employment Consultant for 15 years. As a Youth Leadership Specialist, she is responsible for educating Milwaukee area youth with disabilities in the areas of sexuality, healthy and safe relationships, and independent living skills. She is passionate about empowering youth to become strong self-advocates. Kristin has a BS in Psychology from UW-River Falls and a Masters in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW-Madison.

Isabella Stokes

Isabella Stokes is a Community Educator at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. She graduated with her B.S. in Public Health from the University of Washington and got her start in health education working with other students as a peer health educator. (Linking Families and Teens (LiFT): Using Family Connection and Values to Promote Sexual Health Communication)

B. Deonn Strathman

B. Deonn Strathman is the Director of Community Engagement and Adolescent Health Initiatives for Planned Parenthood of Illinois. For the past decade, Deonn’s career in sexual health has included direct service in health clinics and mobile testing units, education in schools and community organizations, as well as advocacy through outreach and grassroots organizing. Currently Deonn’s focus has been increasing outreach, education, and healthcare access to youth and underserved communities. (Centering Youth to Develop and Implement Sexual Health Programs and Campaigns for School and Community Settings)

Beth Tadesse, MPH

Beth Tadesse, MPH, is the Program Manager for Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ adolescent sexual health programming. Having earned her Master of Public Health from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, she works to improve reproductive health services for young people and eliminate the barriers they face in obtaining contraception and avoiding unintended pregnancy. (Centering Youth to Develop and Implement Sexual Health Programs and Campaigns for School and Community Settings)

Lucky Tomaszek

Lucky Tomaszek is the education coordinator at The Tool Shed, an education-based, mission-driven sex toy store. She writes “MKE SEX” (published at milwaukeerecord.com) and is a homebirth midwife serving Southeast Wisconsin. (Pregnant Pause? Sexuality in the Childbearing Year)

Quenesha Watson

Quenesha Watson is a high school senior at Golda Meir High School in Milwaukee. She is a Youth Health Educator at Planned Parenthood of WI who enjoys the empowering youth about their sexuality and behaviors. She is currently researching African-American women's experience with rape in comparison with Caucasian women for her AP Research class. When completed she will graduate with two diplomas and many college credits. (Black Women's Rape is Still Invisible: The Intersectionality of being a Woman of Color in White America)