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MARIA SORENSEN
Acting Director

As the daughter of a midwife, Maria Sorensen grew up in a home where sexuality, healthy relationships and reproductive rights were openly discussed. On this strong foundation of honest, accurate information, Ms. Sorensen has built a career advocating for sexual and reproductive health and working at Answer to provide and promote comprehensive sexuality education for young people and the adults in their lives.

In February 2014 after three years as Answer's director of development, Ms. Sorensen was appointed acting director. In this position, she oversees Answer's sexuality education programs, finances and fundraising, and manages Answer's relationship with Rutgers University.

Ms. Sorensen has nearly 15 years of experience as a highly effective fundraiser and financial manager. Before joining Answer, Ms. Sorensen served as the Development and Communications Director of Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey where she managed all aspects of their fundraising, grant writing, special events and communications. Prior to Planned Parenthood, Ms. Sorensen used her management and donor development skills at several other nonprofit organizations, including The Jewish Museum, The New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Rutgers University Foundation. Ms. Sorensen earned a degree in art history from Douglass College at Rutgers University.

 

 

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  MARYHELEN DZUBAN
Office Manager

Maryhelen Dzuban manages all aspects of daily office operations and procedures and has provided finance and administrative support to Answer for over 12 years. Ms. Dzuban also monitors grants, creates and analyzes budget reports, and implements and tracks all purchases. She brings strong professional and administrative skills to the position from her years of experience as a senior administrative assistant at AT&T Bell Labs/Bellcore and a medical records assistant to the executive vice president at Health/ROI.

 

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  NORA GELPERIN, M.Ed.
Director of Training

Nora Gelperin, M.Ed., one of the most well-respected sexuality educators and trainers in the U.S., has 18 years of experience developing and conducting workshops for education professionals nationwide. She oversees Answer’s Sexuality Education Training Initiative, including the annual Training Institute in Sexual Health Education (TISHE) and Answer’s four dynamic online workshops: “Sexuality ABCs (Abstinence, Birth Control and Condoms),” “STD Basics,”  “LGBTQ Issues in School” and most recently "Boys and Sex Ed: Beyond Statistics and Stereotypes." Ms. Gelperin has been recognized for her expertise in the field with a Mary Lee Tatum Award from the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education and a Health Teacher of the Year award by New Jersey AHPERD. She has taught at Temple University, Montclair State University and St. Peter’s College.

 

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  LUCINDA HOLT, M.A.
Director of Communications

Lucinda Holt oversees Answer’s media relationships and external communications, including all aspects of Sex, Etc., our national, award-winning print and online resource produced by the organization’s teen editorial staff. In addition to overseeing the editing and design of Sex, Etc., Ms. Holt ensures that teen voices are kept in the forefront of our national work by providing the teen staff with writing and media training. She has worked for Condé Nast Publications and youth organizations such as Prep for Prep and the Columbia University Liberty Partnership Program. Ms. Holt holds a Master of Arts in anthropology from Columbia University.

 

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  JANINE MARTIN
Development Associate

Janine Martin brings years of experience in fundraising and community involvement to her role as development associate. Her duties at Answer include assisting in individual donor cultivation, processing donations, overseeing development correspondence, maintaining Answer’s donor records and foundation research. Ms. Martin also plays a pivotal role in organizing Answer’s annual fundraisers. She earned her degree in French and economics from Rutgers University.

 

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  AMBER MCNEIL
Marketing and Administration Coordinator

Amber McNeil provides marketing and administrative support for Answer’s training department, coordinates training logistics for conferences and in-service trainings and hosts webinars. She has a strong commitment to supporting young people, having mentored students through Committed Intelligent and Talented Youth (CITY); Big Brothers, Big Sisters; and the Reach Out and Read (ROAR) program at the Eric B. Chandler Health Center. Ms. McNeil also works as a behavioral assistant at ASAPP Healthcare, an organization that offers community-based, in-home behavioral health services. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and communication from Rutgers University.

 

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  ALEX MEDINA
Coordinator of Web Content and Social Networking

Alex Medina coordinates all aspects of Answer’s organizational Web site and its award-winning teen website, Sexetc.org, including managing content, testing usability and tracking analytics. He also engages Answer’s and Sex, Etc.’s diverse online communities through social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube. Mr. Medina’s expertise in using technology, social networking and smartphones has contributed significantly to Answer’s ability to provide technical assistance that supports organizations and school districts in effectively using technology in sexuality education for young people. He worked as a peer-to-peer counselor on sexuality and LGBTQ issues before graduating from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology.

 

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  TY OEHRTMAN
Outreach Manager

Ty Oehrtman is responsible for marketing and outreach to schools, organizations and individuals regarding Answer's training and capacity building products and services. He has worked in the field of school and adolescent health for more than a decade. His passion is ensuring that young people throughout the country have safe, supportive and healthy environments in which to learn and grow. Mr. Oehrtman holds a Bachelor's of Science in community health from Ohio University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in organizational leadership from Colorado State University, specializing in organizational training and instructional design. Mr. Oehrtman is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and a Fellow of the American School Health Association.

 

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  KAITLYN WOJTOWICZ, M.A.
Education and Communications Coordinator

Kaitlyn Wojtowicz coordinates the provision of timely, medically accurate, compelling content for Answer’s award-winning website Sexetc.org and supports the director of communications in managing Answer’s media relationships. Ms. Wojtowicz works with Answer’s staff and Sexual Health Review Board to maintain content. She also edits content written by Sex, Etc.’s teen editorial staff as well as develops and provides sexual health trainings for the teen editorial staff. Ms. Wojtowicz earned a B.A. in English and women’s and gender studies at The College of New Jersey and received her Master of Arts in women’s and gender studies from Rutgers University.

 

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