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Featured Speakers

Cindy Lee Alves

Cindy Lee Alves is an award-winning sexologist, educator, and writer with over a decade of experience in facilitating challenging conversations with both adults and young people. She has taught thousands of people on topics including comprehensive sexuality education, youth development, pleasure, gender, and social justice. As they take their expertise on the road, Cindy Lee travels for workshops, keynotes, and professional development; they also host the podcast, “On Shuffle with Cindy Lee”. 

Fabulous and Thriving: Wellness in the Land of Fatphobia

Emily Aytes

Emily Aytes is an educator with Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky who teaches inclusive, comprehensive sex education to youth in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is also the facilitator of the Indianapolis Teen Council program, which empowers local high school students to learn how to become sex educators so they can teach their peers. 

Teen Council: Empowering Peer Education and Teaching Sex Education in the Community

Carla Arriola

Together We Can Make Shift Happen (Spanish-language)

Sasha Bariffe

Sasha Bariffe is an Afro-Latina mother, partner, midwife, and lover of her indoor plant garden. Inspired by Milwaukee’s community doulas, she has made it her mission to do her part in making community midwifery accessible to folks of color, of any gender, folks of size, and any citizenship status.

Centering Birth Equity: Impacts of Community Midwifery on Birthing Families of Color

Maria Barker

Maria Barker is the Director of Latinx Programs and Initiatives for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. She is a bilingual (English/Spanish) sexuality educator who facilitates reproductive health education. She is recognized for training and using lay community workers (Promotores de Salud) to reach the Latino Community. 

Together We Can Make Shift Happen (Spanish-Language)

LaToya Bates-Barnes

LaToya Bates-Barnes is the Director of Educational Programming and Outreach at Wounded Wings: Association for the Betterment of Women and Girls, an interfaith organization whose mission is to better the lives of women and girls through educational opportunities and support systems. LaToya is a founding leader of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Program. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Management with support areas in adult education and psychology, and a master’s of adult education and organizational development from Alverno College.  LaToya also earned her Master of Pastoral Studies from Cardinal Stritch University.

Rights Not Rescue: Empowering Sex Workers and Eliminating Sex Trafficking

Ashley Beal

Ashley Beal is a Peer Support Specialist, an Independent Living Youth Services Coordinator, and sex educator for youth with disabilities. She works to help youth transition into adulthood with self-advocacy skills and sexual education in order to live independently.

Neurodiversity and Sex – for Muggles!

Laura Brundage

Laura Brundage has their Master of Social Work (MSW) and is currently a sexual health educator with the Responsible Sex Education Institute of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Laura has a rich background working on reproductive and social justice issues, especially those regarding LGBTQ+ identities and rights.

Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ+ Monogamous and Polyamorous Relationships

Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is founder and creator of TeamTeal365, a small grassroots organization devoted to empowering, educating, advocating and supporting ALL survivors of sexual assault. TeamTeal365 partners with various agencies in the Milwaukee area and is currently working with Neu-Life Community Development to implement a human trafficking prevention program.

Sex Trafficking Prevention: The Need, the Challenges, the Successes

Yesi Llerenas Daniel

Yesi Llerenas Daniel has been an educator with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Santa Fe, NM for a little over two years. Yesi manages and delivers bilingual comprehensive sex education programming in schools and in the community to participants of all ages.

Proactive LGBTQ Allyship

Amy Doczy

Together We Can Make Shift Happen

Lorenzo Edwards, Jr.

Lorenzo Edwards, Jr. is a legal practitioner with extensive experience and interest in family law, including domestic violence and harassment injunctions. He takes a special interest in researching and studying dynamics of domestic abuse and child safety in families.

“Logging off” Isn’t the Answer: Domestic Abuse, LGBTQ Victims, and the Internet

Linda Guijosa

Linda Guijosa is a sex educator and facilitator of the Linking Families and Teens (LiFT) program in Mason County, Washington, where she supports families and teens in establishing effective communication strategies that result in strong family-teen connections and positive adolescent sexual health outcomes. A seasoned facilitator and trainer, Linda is committed to culturally responsive partnerships and programming, and establishing service strategies specific to rural, Latino and traditionally underserved communities. As a Technical Assistant with PPGNHI Global Programs, she supports the development of a digital support network for Fortaleciendo el Autodetermination de Madres Adolescentes (FAMA) a study designed to improve the health outcomes of adolescent mothers and their babies, as well as reducing teen pregnancy rates in the Dominican Republic.

From Flats to Heels: Am I Really Ready?

Helen Hermus

Lessons Learned: Strengthening the U.S. Response to Resistant Gonorrhea

Rachelle Hoehnen

Rachelle Hoehnen is Manager of Organizational Development at Planned Parenthood of WI. She is passionate about working to improve both patient experience and employee engagement through abortion stigma reduction and education.

Together We Can Make Shift Happen

Elle Hill

Elle Hill is a Black woman of trans experience, dedicated to equity, visibility and inclusivity of all LGBTQIA/QTPOC. She is currently placed as a Public Ally at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, serves on the Advisory Boards of two Wisconsin Department of Health Services agencies, and is a member of the National Black AIDS Institute Ambassadorship of Biomedical Prevention. She is also a member of The Board of Directors at Diverse and Resilient. Elle is a recipient of the 2019 Rising Star Award for Volunteerism Recipient Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTAC), is a 2019 Milwaukee Pridefest Individual of the Year Award recipient, and a Transfaith Bobbie Jean Baker & Gender Reveal podcast Grantee. Her mother is Evangelist Veronica Sears; Elle’s community work honors her mother’s example of unconventional community leadership. 

Sara Jetson

Sara Jetson works as a bilingual (Spanish/English) staff member at Planned Parenthood of WI health centers. She is passionate about providing inclusive healthcare to all patients regardless of their language, gender, race, sexual orientation, and all other identities.

Asexual Health Care: An Introduction

Erica Koepsel

Erica Koepsel is a program manager for the Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH) Program. As a sexual health educator, she’s been working to improve health education for adolescents for over 10 years.

Providers and Teens Communicating for Health

Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis currently works as the Clinical Program Coordinator for the Ryan White, HIV Prevention, and Inclusion Clinic programs in the Division of Infectious Disease at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

“Logging off” Isn’t the Answer: Domestic Abuse, LGBTQ Victims, and the Internet

Michael Munson

Michael Munson is the Executive Director of FORGE, a national training and technical assistance organization.  Munson's educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis on trauma-informed care and non-traditional healing modalities. His work on violence against transgender and non-binary individuals stresses the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing.

Transgender Sexual Health: An Advocate’s Guide to Disclosure, Exposure & Consent

PATCH Teen Educators

The PATCH Teen Educators are high school students from many diverse backgrounds who are experts on the concerns of young people. They use storytelling and guided discussion to share their health experiences and advocate for youth-friendly changes within health care systems.

Providers and Teens Communicating for Health

Nikotris Perkins

Milwaukee native Nikotris Perkins is steadfast in helping people see the power they have in their communities and identifying resources to fuel that power. For the last 18 years, Nikotris has worked with individuals, communities, and institutions around creating spaces that value all voices. Nikotris sees language as integral to recognizing human dignity and cultivating community. She is skilled in building capacity around holding spaces that encourage teaching and learning as mentally and emotionally safe.

Dialogues on Safe Sex: An Intersectional Perspective

Nataly Quintero

Nataly Quintero is an Education & Outreach Program Manager at Planned Parenthood of the North Central States. Nataly implements the Safer Sex Intervention program and the adult program, Entre Amigas. She is passionate about community outreach and health education being accessible to all communities and all ages. Before joining Planned Parenthood, Nataly spent many years working as a youth worker and assistant teacher in Minneapolis Public Schools. Nataly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of MN Twin Cities.

From Flats to Heels: Am I Really Ready?

Katherine Reinemann

Katherine Reinemann attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Nursing and has earned a certificate degree in Gender and Women's Studies. She is a trained birth doula and is passionate about anti-racist activism and promoting social justice in birth work and healthcare.

Patriarchy in Medicine: Restoring Our Autonomy

Katherine Sieger

Katherine Sieger, PhD, is a sociology instructor and community educator focused on social justice issues related to gender and sexuality. She is currently partnered with Neu-Life Community Development, designing a human trafficking prevention program for youth ages 12-18. The curriculum will be implemented within schools and after school programs in the Milwaukee area.

Sex Trafficking Prevention: The Need, the Challenges, the Successes

Kirsten Schultz

Kirsten Schultz is a writer, sex educator and health activist currently located in Madison, WI. They work to open hearts and minds to conversations about sex, chronic illness, pain, and disability through their website, Chronic Sex.

Neurodiversity and Sex – for Muggles!

Sonia Tellez

Sonia Tellez is a Health Promoter with CCmaS of the Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin education department. She educates the Latinx community about reproductive and sexual health and has guides families and individuals of all ages to be safe, healthy and strong. With over six years of experience, she focuses on healthy sex and restoring intimacy with couples in order to achieve their best sex life.

Let's Talk About Sex: Beyond the Birds & the Bees

Lucky Tomaszek

Lucky Tomaszek is a birthworker, sexuality educator, and writer living in Milwaukee, WI. In addition to her current role as education coordinator at The Tool Shed, she writes the semi-monthly column, "MKE SEX" at MilwaukeeRecord.com, and has contributed to Madison Young’s "The Ultimate Guide to Sex Through Pregnancy and Motherhood."

Centering Birth Equity: Impacts of Community Midwifery on Birthing Families of Color

Payton Udo

Payton Udo is a senior nursing student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, with aims of working in public health. She is passionate about health equity, holistic health, and hopes to make alternative medicine more accessible for marginalized people.

Patriarchy in Medicine: Restoring Our Autonomy

Elizabeth Wolfe

Elizabeth Wolfe has been a Health Educator with Planned Parenthood for four years and has worked in Health Education for over eight years. Her favorite topics include creating inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ community, consent, body positivity, pleasure and kink.

There's Bound to Be Someone Into Kink: An Intro to Kink for Educators, Health Care Professionals, and the Curious