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TISHE Core Staff 2013

  Kurt Conklin, M.P.H., M.C.H.E.S., is the Director of Progams at SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.). He provides sexuality training, technical assistance, and other capacity-building services to schools, health departments, community-based organizations, and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs). His prior employers include Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Health Education, the Temple University Department of Public Health, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He holds Master’s degrees in Public Health and History, both from Temple University.


  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 three dynamic online workshops: “Sexuality ABCs (Abstinence, Birth Control and Condoms),” “STD Basics” and most recently “LGBTQ Issues in School.” 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 and serves on the executive council for the Society of State Leaders in Health and Physical Education.


  Eva Goldfarb, Ph.D., is a professor at Montclair State University in the department of health and nutrition sciences. She has spent the past 20 years preparing current and future sexuality educators, teaching courses, leading workshops, consulting on media projects, conducting seminars, working with parents and developing curricula in the areas of human sexuality and sexual health. Dr. Goldfarb is coauthor of Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 10-12 and Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 4-6. She is also coauthor of Filling the Gaps, a book on hard-to-teach topics in human sexuality. Dr. Goldfarb holds a Ph.D. in human sexuality education from the University of Pennsylvania.


  Maureen Kelly, A.C.S.E., A.C.S.C., C.F.L.E., is the Vice President for Programming & Communications with Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes where she has taught and trained locally, nationally and internationally for over 17 years. Maureen is designated as a certified family life educator by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and a certified sexuality educator and counselor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and proudly served for nine years on the Sexuality Information and Education Council of United State (SIECUS) Board of Directors. She was named as one of Ithaca’s “40 under 40” young professionals and one of Training Magazine’s 2008 Young Trainers to Watch and served as a 2008-2009 Ladder to Leadership Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kelly is the proud founder of Planned Parenthood’s Out for Health: LGBT Health & Wellness program. Maureen has published many articles and books, including My Body, My Rules: The Body Esteem Sexual Esteem Connection. She has also created many media projects, which have won international awards and honors, including a Telly Award and a Bronze World Medal from the New York Film Festival.


  Dan Rice is a sexuality, health and wellness consultant based in Virginia Beach, VA and a trainer for the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Life Education cadre. Mr. Rice has worked for local, state and national comprehensive sexual health organizations where he has provided sexuality education for students, peer mentor groups, and training for faculty, staff and parents from elementary school to college level. He has provided keynote speeches at local and national conferences all over the country and has collaborated on the development of several lesson plans and workshops on a wide-range of topics. Rounding out his professional experiences, Mr. Rice has worked extensively with LGBTQ youth populations, been certified in crisis intervention counseling, counseled incarcerated youth, facilitated sexuality trainings in the faith-based community, and served on the core staff for 2010 & 2011 Training Institute for Sexual Health Education (TISHE). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Wagner College.


  Trena P. Saunders is a professional trainer with extensive experience in developing and facilitating trainings dealing about sexuality for youth and adults. In 1998, Ms. Saunders joined the staff of the Hetrick-Martin Institute as a Sexuality Educator and Trainer and then joined the staff of Planned Parenthood of NYC as a Sexuality Educator/Trainer and School Initiatives Coordinator in 2000. While there, Ms. Saunders facilitated sexuality trainings and workshops in schools and community based organizations in conjunction with the PPNYC professional training institute. Ms. Saunders then launched Saunders Consulting Services in the spring of 2002 to meet the complex needs of both the private and public sector with training, curricula development and mentoring and is currently the Bronx Health Education Coordinator for The Children’s Aid Society. Ms. Saunders is a graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz, and has attained a degree in Black Studies and minored in Social Work.