Alicia Andrews, M.Ed
Alicia is currently working as a Youth Development Educator, specializing in sexuality education. As a trained and experienced Sexologist, she is passionate about educating and cultivating an environment where sexuality education methods and comprehensive programming is adopted and integrated into traditional sectors. With an undergraduate degree from NC Central University’s Public Health Education program and a Master of Education degree in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University, Alicia has merged her love of public health education and the complex support of sexuality studies. It is with this passion, she is motivated to expose the community at-large on how sexuality impacts total well-being through holistic, sex-positive strategies and methods. Alicia is excited to be a part of NC SEXCON inception, recognizing the unspoken need for quality sexuality/sexual health professional development opportunities in NC, and the Southeastern region of this country. She is excited to work alongside a talented group of Sexologists, Clinicians, and Sexual Health providers and educators in the efforts of coordinating an amazing experience for fellow professionals in the field.
Tanya Bass, MS, CHES
Tanya Bass, MS, CHES® is the founder of the North Carolina Sexual Health Conference (NCSEXCON). NCSEXCON is North Carolina’s only conference that provides opportunities for agencies and individuals to share information, strategies, and best practices around sexual health across the lifespan. Her vision for NCSEXCON is to connect professionals and students within the various disciplines of the sexual health profession including but not limited to clinical care, maternal and child health, intimate partner violence, counseling, education, reproductive health and justice, HIV/STDs, LGBTQ healthcare, advocacy, policy development, and overall sexuality from birth to death. With over 20 years of experience, she is a subject matter expert in the field of health education, minority health, pregnancy preventions, HIV/STDs, reproductive health and sexual health. Tanya is a member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WoCSHN), the Association of Black Sexologist and Clinicians (ABSC), the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE). She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and enjoys planning as well as attending professional development opportunities. Tanya is committed to increasing health equity and is pursuing her PhD at Widener University in Human Sexuality Studies.
DeAndra Bodiford, BSPH
DeAndra is presently working on a health research study through her employment with RTI International located in Research Triangle Park, NC. She graduated from North Carolina Central University in 2013 and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH). She have been in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and research for the past 6 years and is currently building her skills in social/ clinical trials. She is furthermore an active member for UNC Global Clinical Trials Unit CAB (Community Advisory Board), Duke HRT (HIV Research and Treatment) CAB (formerly known as DART), and member for UNC CAP (Community-Academic Partnership) for Project IFE. She has also recently became a member of UNC CFAR (Center for AIDS Research). DeAndra is very passionate about social epidemiology and changing the way health research is viewed and accessed by at-risk communities.
Cassandra is an independent sex educator and social media strategist based in Durham, NC. Formerly a victim advocate, her teaching areas focus in un/healthy relationships, violence prevention, and LGBTQ+ health. While an undergraduate, Cassandra founded a 24/7 relationship education resource center, institutionalized Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming, facilitated Title IX working groups, co-authored a best practices document for gender inclusivity in the classroom, co-authored a safe space training program, and taught a course in bystander intervention program development. When she isn’t teaching, you can find her at a park with her dog or curled up with a book.
A. Bernard Davis, MBA/HCM
Bernard Davis is a seasoned professional in public health and sexology. He is currently the Healthcare Administrator for Rosedale Infectious Disease in Huntersville, NC. He is also a guest trainer for NC DHHS Communicable Disease Branch/Field Services Unit. While working full time, he is also a full-time student at the California Institute of Integral Studies Human Sexuality Ph.D. program. His current research is looking at the History and Inception of the Black church and how it has affected the development of masculinity and sexual risk in Black men who have sex with men.
Kevin J. Harrell, MPH
Kevin Harrell earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Health Policy and Administration and a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kevin has worked in public health and sexual health education in higher education settings for over 15 years.
Ja’Nell Henry, BA
Ja’Nell Henry is a 2009 graduate of Guilford College where she studied Spanish and Business. She has several years of experience working as an adolescent health educator in four middle schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System. Currently, she is completing her Masters of Public Health Education and Promotion at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She is the owner of J. Cardinal Events and co-founder of Black August in the Park North Carolina. Ja’Nell is very passionate about sexual and reproductive health and advocates for effective education in communities of color.
Sarah E. Hoffert, M.Ed.
Sarah is in her 4th year at Children and Family Resource Center where she works with teens and their families to prevent unintended teen pregnancies as the Community Based Prevention Coordinator. She coordinates the Adolescent Parenting Program, the Parents Matter! Program, and supervises a child abuse prevention partnership with Henderson County DSS. She has been in the field of sexuality and youth development for over 10 years. She received a BA from Otterbein University in Westerville, OH and MEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont. She is a 2013 graduate of the NC School Health Training Center’s Family Life Institute at Appalachian State University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Human Sexuality. Sarah, her spouse, and their 7 year old (& very spirited) Dachshund enjoy living in Western North Carolina.
Jasmine Getrouw-Moore, MPA
Jasmine Getrouw-Moore is a passionate public health educator, Social Determinants of Health Conveyor, Health Disparities Slayer, & Social Marketing Maven. Jasmine applies health education competencies and responsibilities to every aspect of her life: serving as a resource person, assessing needs, planning programs (community health solutions and processes), implementing these plans and evaluating outcomes of the proposed plan. Jasmine’s professional expertise has been scaffolded by maternal and child health education with a focus on implementing community health education programs to reduce health disparities amongst North Carolinians. Jasmine is a thrice trained Anti-Racism trained organizer (Crossroads Anti-Racism Training, Crossroads Advanced Organizer Training, Racial Equity Institute Anti-Racism Training) and public sector personnel trainer, focusing on reducing implicit bias amongst public health personnel (in Forsyth County, NC). Jasmine is committed to using innovative approaches for addressing systemic health inequities which have historically impacted marginalized women and children in North Carolina. Jasmine’s maternal and child health education “toolbox” includes childbirth education, prenatal parenting education, Safe Sleep education, life skills education for adolescents and positive parenting education. You will find Jasmine going into her public health education “toolbox” to educate young families across the state of North Carolina at the palm of their hands as the Young Families Connect Media Outreach Coordinator. Jasmine received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education from UNC – Greensboro and her Master of Public Administration from DePaul University.
Jamika Lynch was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in rural Columbus County, NC. She began her work as the Program Coordinator at Columbus County’s DREAM Center, a local non-profit organization, Lynch’s familiar presence is both welcomed and appreciated amongst the youth and her own cohort. She is now Health Educator for the Columbus County Department of Public Health. Her commitment to sexual health education began in June 2011 upon the completion of the Family Life Institute at Appalachian State University implemented by the North Carolina School Health Training Center. Since then she has attended trainings and professional development to maintain and refine her skills as a “sex-ed” ambassador. Currently, her speciality is adapting and meeting a spectrum of needs for the youth in and around Columbus County. Lynch is responsible for the facilitation of sexual and reproductive health education to adolescences. When she isn’t actively serving the youth in her community, Lynch is typically enjoying the company of her family or her precious miniature schnauzer, Gracie. When she is not found in Columbus County, she may be taking flight to the Virgin Islands, the home of her late father, to put her toes in the sand.
Lolita E. Smith-Moore, MA
Lolita Smith-Moore has 9 years of experience in the field of health education, community outreach, reproductive health and maternal and child health. Lolita is committed to ensuring all individuals receive quality services and education that enable them to achieve high levels of wellness at all stages of life. Lolita received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Studies with a Concentration in Community Health in 2007 and a Masters of Arts in Health Education in 2010, both from East Carolina University.
Tom Murray, PhD, LMFT, LPCS
Dr. Tom Murray directs Counseling Services at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. He has held faculty appointments within Walden University’s Marriage and Family Counseling program, as well as a clinical professorship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Wake Forest University. He received his PhD in Couple and Family Counseling from the University of Florida in 2005. His current professional service includes the editorial review board of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling and faculty member for the August, 2016 NC Sexual Health Conference. Dr. Murray has 13 publications to his credit, which have appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including the Family Journal, the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, Contemporary Family Therapy, among others. His commentary has also appeared in online publications of Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines. In 2015, Dr. Murray obtained the AASECT Sex Therapist designation and has a small private practice specializing in sex and couples therapy (www.triadsexpert.com). He currently resides in Greensboro, NC along with his two sons, ages 7 and 10.
Bernie Newton, MS, LPC, CSAT
Bernie is currently working as a licensed professional counselor in private practice and business consultant to other psychotherapists. Having received a degree in Neuroscience from William & Mary and a Masters in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary, he enjoys postmodern conversations around the intersections of neurophysiology, mental health, family systems, and a broad view of spirituality. He has been a lay sex educator for his peers since middle school and continues that tradition of education and support in his practice, now studying to make it official through the Sex Therapy certificate program at the University of Michigan. When not in the office, Bernie can be found on and off stage at his local community theatre and enjoying life in downtown Winston-Salem with his husband, Chris.
Folashade Omisore, MPH
Folashade Omisore is the Director of Operations at the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA). She has worked in the field of public health for 15 years. Folashade is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, major in African and Afro-American Studies, and University of South Florida, Masters of Public Health. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees along with her work experience at ASHA greatly influence her passion for addressing health disparities and social justice issues.
Kia Thacker, MPH
Kia Thacker, MPH, has a passion for public health, social justice and health equity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Community Health Education from UNC Greensboro.
During the past 5 years, Kia worked as the Priority Populations Coordinator on SHIFT NC’s 5-year joint CDC and OAH funded project, Gaston Youth Connected, where she managed youth outreach, outreach to the most high-risk populations in Gaston County and provided technical assistance to community implementation partners. She also successfully coordinated the local youth leadership team, the Teen Action Council, which has since been sustained by the local health department.
In her current role with SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens), Kia serves as the Project Coordinator for the Every Teen Counts Initiative- a 5-year, OAH (Office of Adolescent Health) funded project that focuses on building the organizational and programmatic capacities of the Juvenile Justice and Foster Care Systems in the northeastern part of North Carolina. Over the next 5 years, Every Teen Counts’ goal is to effectively integrate evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and strategies within these two systems, while better understanding how to improve sexual health outcomes for higher risk and underserved youth.
Kimberly M. Walker, BA
Kimberly Walker is the Associate Director of the Duke University Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research. She serves as the Principal Investigator of two North Carolina-based programs focused on teenage pregnancy prevention. In collaboration with the NC AIDS Training and Education Center at the University of NC at Chapel Hill, Ms. Walker develops curriculum and facilitates sessions on Cultural Responsiveness to HIV health care providers.