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RUGVED DESHPANDE
Administrative Assistant 

Rugved Deshpande oversees the administration of Answer’s trainings and educational resources, including managing Answer’s online workshop enrollments and Sex, Etc. subscriptions. He also provides technical assistance and webinar trainings to educators participating in Foundations Trainings. Rugved is a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in English.

 

 

 

 

TRACIE Q. GILBERT, Ph.D.
Training and Technical Assistance Manager 

Tracie Q. Gilbert, Ph.D. (she/they) is an award-winning educator, writer and researcher, with nearly 25 years of experience in adolescent sexual health and youth development. In her role at Answer, Dr. Gilbert is responsible for providing direct training services to sexuality educators around the country, through the Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed initiative as well as other projects.

Prior to joining the Answer team, Dr. Gilbert worked as a research scientist with the Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative at Widener University, after serving a near six-year tenure as a Health Resource Center Coordinator with the Family Practice and Counseling Network in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Gilbert is the co-editor of several innovative works in the field, including Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Sexuality, and Orientation, the first-ever teaching manual on sexual orientation, identity and behavior. Dr. Gilbert holds a Master of Science in education degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in human sexuality studies from the Widener University Center for Human Sexuality Studies.

 

LUCINDA HOLT, M.A.
Director of Communications and Development

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.

 

ERICA PASS, PSY.D.
Editor

Erica Pass works directly with Answer's teen editorial staff to develop stories and blog posts for Sex, Etc., our teen-written, sexual health magazine and website. In the past, Erica worked as an editor and writer (most notably for Nickelodeon, a division of Viacom). She is the author of several books for children. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist who works in private practice. Erica has also worked at the counseling center at Rutgers University, where she was a key liaison to the RU Center for Social Justice, working closely with the campus LGBTQ student population. Erica is thrilled to be back at Answer, where she can combine her professional interests of editing, writing and working to develop sexual health content that is accessible to teens. She holds a B.A. in English from Binghamton University and a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from
Rutgers University.

 

DAN RICE, M.Ed.
Executive Director 

As a leader in the field of sex education, Dan Rice has participated in updating the National Sexuality Education Standards with the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) partnership and co-chaired the committee that developed the Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education with the Sex Education Collaborative (SEC). He is also the co-author of Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Education, author of Answer's online professional development workshop Boys and Sex Education: Beyond Statistics and Stereotypes, and works as a content expert on AMAZE.

In addition to his work expanding national access to sex education, Dan Rice has extensive experience working directly with youth in public and private schools, community-based organizations, foster programs, the juvenile justice system, communities of faith, teen-to-teen leadership programs and mentoring groups. He began his tenure with Answer in 2007 as a program coordinator, working in both the national training initiative and the Sex, Etc. teen-to-teen program. Since then, he has worked at Answer as a trainer, consultant, online workshop instructor and director of training. In addition to his work at Answer, Dan Rice, has also served as a drop-in center coordinator for Pride for Youth, the first suburban coffeehouse for LGBTQ youth in the country; trainer/co-coordinator to the teen council at HiTOPS; and the director of education and outreach at Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia. Mr. Rice holds a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from Western New England University.

 

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