Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CST – Conference Co-chair
Dr. Juan Camarena is a bilingual licensed marriage & family therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) practicing in San Diego. Besides clinical work, Juan teaches at San Diego State University in the Department of Counseling & School Psychology in the Community Based Block Graduate Counseling Program. Juan has also provided trainings on LGBTQ mental health, working with Latinos in community mental health settings and supervising diverse mental health clinicians. Juan completed his doctoral degree and master’s degree at Widener University in the field of Human Sexuality, with a focus on Clinical Sexology. Juan also has a Master of Science degree in Counseling from San Diego State University.
Jane Fleishman, PhD, MEd, MS – Conference Co-chair
Dr. Jane Fleishman is a Certified Sexuality Educator with more than 30 years’ experience. She travels the US and abroad leading pre-conference seminars and workshops for professionals and scholars, community centers for queer youth, continuing care communities for aging adults and their caregivers, and workshops for teachers, parents, and youth. For her doctoral dissertation research, she assessed the sexual satisfaction of aging adults in same-sex relationships. Jane serves as the Eastern Region Representative for AASECT, was the co-chair of the Sexuality and Aging Institute for the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, is part of the Leadership Team for the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University, and co-hosts a podcast, Our Better Half with Dr. Ashley Mader. She just finished writing a book about LGBTQ elders and the impact of the Stonewall Rebellion on their sexuality, politics, and aging process. Jane has led organizational change programs for social change organizations, public sector agencies, unions, and universities in the US. She works at the intersection of age, sex, gender, race, and class. Currently, Jane is on a mission to promote the sexual well-being of older adults in continuing care communities teaching and developing curriculum and organization-wide changes for administrators, staff, residents, and family members on sexuality and aging. In her ‘spare’ time, she volunteers on political campaigns and believes that activism in support of human rights is her patriotic duty. In 2000, Jane received Governor’s Service Award in Healing of Racism, in 2015, a Graduate Scholar Award from the Aging and Society Knowledge Community, and in 2016, the William R. Stayton Award for Leadership in the field of human sexuality. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with her partner, Joan Tabachnick, where they have raised their two children, Ezra and Rosie, who are now young adults.
Lexx Brown-James, PhD, LMFT, CSE
Lexx Brown-James hails from St. Louis, MO by way of Atlanta, GA. As an educator, therapist, and sexologist she is passionate about creating and maintaining safe spaces for people of color, both personally and professionally. Lexx is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE), and she owns The Institute for Sexuality & Intimacy, LLC, an educational and therapeutic practice that primarily serves the Black and Queer communities of the St. Louis metropolitan area.
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Lexx finds helping others cultivate healthy and sex positive relationships keeps her grounded. When not in healing with others, she loves to educate professionals about positive, safe and comprehensive sexuality.
Tanya Bass, MS, CHES
With over 20 years of public health education experience, Tanya is considered a subject matter expert in the areas of minority health, pregnancy prevention, HIV/STDs and reproductive/sexual health. She is an alumna of North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of Public Health Education, where she has served as an adjunct instructor for the past 10 years. Currently, Tanya is the lead instructor for Human Sexuality. Tanya is a highly-requested trainer, facilitator and mentor. Much of her work has been in collaboration with community-based organizations, churches, academic institutions, and state and national conferences. She is the former President for the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE) and the Co-chair for the 2014 National Sex Ed Conference. She is also the Co-chair of the NCCU Department of Public Health Education (DPHE) Alumni Committee and serves as a mentor for several NCCU DPHE students and alumni. Tanya is also a current member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education.
Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, PhD, LCSW, CST
Dr. Sabitha Pillai-Friedman is a licensed clinical social worker, AASECT certified sex therapist and AASECT approved supervisor. She is also an Associate Professor at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University, Pennsylvania, where she teaches various courses on couple and sex therapy. Additionally, she teaches courses on sexuality in the DSW program at the Penn School of Social Work and Social Policy and the Drexel Medical School in Philadelphia. She has been a psychotherapist for nearly 25 years and has a wealth of experience working with individuals and couples in all stages of the life cycle. She continues to maintain a clinical practice in Philadelphia and practices individual, relational and sex therapy and provides supervision to social workers and sex therapists. She has conducted grand rounds on sexuality related issues at various medical schools in and around Philadelphia. Sabitha has been on the board of AASECT for two terms and is currently on the Board of Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC). She is also on the health advisory board of LBBC and Unite for Her, both organizations that provide services to breast cancer survivors. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented nationally and internationally on various topics related to sexuality.