|Connie Bowes, MA, MS, PhD
||Connie is a professional career coach and human sexuality therapist. She brings more than 25 years of experience in career planning and career decision-making, in both corporate organizations and private practice. Dr. Bowes holds a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality from Widener University and has been providing individual counseling for more than 20 years. Her practice is located in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
|Melanie Davis, MEd, PhD, CSE, CSES
||Honest Exchange LLC
||Melanie, the SaferSex4Seniors developer and coordinator, consults with individuals and couples through the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness. Through Honest Exchange LLC she trains healthcare providers, medical students, and educators about sexuality and communication; she also speaks on self esteem, body image, and on the sexual impact of cancer, menopause and aging. She is an adjunct professor at Widener University, Moravian Theological Seminary, and Moravian College. Melanie is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education. She is an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator and Supervisor. She is the author of Look Within: A Woman’s Journal, and the leaflet, “Taking the Mystery out of Female Orgasm,” as well as hundreds of articles, lesson plans and curriculum. She has been the co-president of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University since 2010.
|Melissa Donahue, LCSW, OCST
||New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness
||Melissa is a Certified Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists. She trained at the Institute for Sexual Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine with Dr. Irwin Goldstein, a leader in the field of sexual medicine. She holds a Louis Lowy Certificate in Gerontological Social Work for her studies and research on aging and elderly issues at Boston University, which included an internship at Allcare VNA in Lynn, MA. Ms. Donahue uses talk therapy to treat diagnoses of desire, arousal and orgasm phase difficulties, sexual dysfunctions, body image, relationship issues, pain, sexual abuse, sexuality and oncology issues, and sexuality and disability issues.
||Garrity Health Consulting & Training
||Joan has spent 30+ years nurturing the ability of healthcare and social service providers to be more effective in addressing sexuality issues with clients, young and old. Her highly engaging workshops provide concrete strategies participants can immediately apply to their work. Joan is on the Board of OWEL – Older Women Embracing Life – a network of senior women providing support and health related education to women and their families infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Joan is an editor for SaferSex4Seniors.org
|Robin Goldberg-Glen, PhD, MSW
||Robin is a professor in Social Work Education, teaching courses in aging, human behavior, research, and social work practice. She is highly published in journals on aging and gerontology, and she has presented at more than 100 conferences.
|Karen M. Hicks, PhD
||Karen M. Hicks
||Karen has been a sexuality educator for more than 25 years. She conducts sexuality staff training for long-term care facilities. She facilitates community workshops on topics including body image, menopause, and sexuality in aging and aged populations. In 2010, she founded Say Yes to Pleasure, a sexuality “edutainment” event planning business.
|Anita M. Hoffer, PhD, EdD
||Anita worked at Harvard Medical School for over 25 years, where she served as an Associate Professor and Director of Research in Urology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She subsequently worked in the bio-pharmaceutical industry on women’s health subjects. Her workshops address older women’s sexual concerns and sexual literacy; she teaches health care providers about the special needs of this population; she educates lay audiences on female sexuality and aging; and she does sexual coaching.
|Paul Joannides, PsyD
||Goofy Foot Press
||Paul is a research psychoanalyst and the author of the Guide To Getting It On, a highly-regarded how-to book on sex that’s used in college and medical-school sex-ed courses. He is on the Board of Directors of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. He is the producer and host of 90 Seconds on Sex, a radio feature on the latest on sex in science, medicine and psychology.
|Jean Levitan, PhD
||Jean works with those interested in examining sexuality in mid and older adulthood from a personal and/or professional perspective. Her approach to sexuality education is to address the real, the practical, and the possible, with a regard for the value of humor and caring. She is a professor in the Department of Public Health at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She has taught undergraduate courses focused on sexuality and health for over 35 years, co-authored the textbook Healthy Sexuality, conducted training sessions for both educators and healthcare providers, and has held a number of positions of leadership for The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
||Website & Blog
||Joan calls herself an “advocate for ageless sexuality.” Her memoir, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty (Seal Press, 2006), celebrates the joys of older-age sexuality. After hundreds of readers wrote Joan with questions and concerns, she wrote Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex (Seal Press, 2011), to address the problems of sex and aging. Her latest books are Ageless Erotica (Seal Press, 2013) and The Ultimate Guide to Sex after 50 (Cleis Press, 2014). Naked at Our Age won the 2012 Outstanding Self-Help Book award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the 2012 Book Award from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Joan continues to talk out loud about senior sex with seminars and workshops.
|Al Vernaccio, MsEd, Al Vernacchio, MsEd
||Al is a sexuality educator at Friends Central School. His work was featured in the 11-20-11 New York Times Magazine article, “Teaching Good Sex”. This FAQ is adapted from Al’s TED TALK presented at TED2012, March 2, 2012, Long Beach Performing Arts Center.
|Eli R. Green, MEd, MA, PhD
||Eli R. Green
||Eli has a PhD Human Sexuality Education and is a college professor and a consultant helping non-profits, service & medical providers, educators and business increase their transgender cultural competency and inclusion. He is available for training, teaching, and consulting.
|Bill Taverner, MA, CSE
||Bill Taverner, MA, CSE,is the executive director of the nationally acclaimed Center for Family Life Education and is the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Sexuality Education. He has co-authored many sex ed teaching resources, including Making Sense of Abstinence; Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter; Sex Ed 101; Streetwise to Sex-Wise and seven editions of Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Sexuality. Bill’s newest publication is the forthcoming two-volume third edition of Teaching Safer Sex, for which he serves as editor-in-chief.
|Terri Clark, MPH, CHES
||Email or 917-204-7883
||Terri Clark, MPH, CHES is an accomplished program planner, trainer and facilitator who has been providing education and training for nearly 25 years. She is currently Prevention Coordinator at ActionAIDS in Philadelphia. She is a certified trainer with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. She is a member of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University and is an adjunct instructor at Arcadia University. Throughout her career in public health, she has been an advocate for gender equality and sexual health across the life cycle. Her expertise is in sexuality, including LGBT issues.
|Judith Hersh, MD, FACOG
||Judith Hersh, MD, FACOG, is a Board-certified obstetrician gynecologist who co-founded Central Jersey Women’s Health Associates in Bedminster, NJ. She treats patients with sexual dysfunction through the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness in Bedminster, NJ, which she co-founded. She is a partner in the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness. Judith is a clinical assistant professor of Ob/Gyn at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and is the director of Women’s Services at Matheny School and Hospital. She is fellowship trained in pediatric and adolescent gynecology and also has a strong interest in helping older women manage age-related sexual health issues.
|Peggy Brick, MEd, CSE
||Peggy Brick, MEd, CSE, a sexuality educator for over 40 years, is a consultant specializing in sexuality in mid and later life. She is co-author of Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter: 30 Sex Ed Lessons for Adults Only (2009) and New Expectations: Sexuality Education for Mid- and Later Life (2003). She is an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator who has received numerous awards for her leadership in the field of human sexuality. She has trained thousands of educators and health care professionals across the nation.