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.
Tanya Bass, MS, CHES – Conference Co-chair
Tanya Bass, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE is the founder of the North Carolina Sexual Health Conference (NCSEXCON). NCSEXCON LLC. is North Carolina’s only conference that provides opportunities for agencies and individuals to share information, strategies, and best practices around sexual health across the lifespan. Tanya is a member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WoCSHN), the Association of Black Sexologist and Clinicians (ABSC), the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE). She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE). She is a current member of the editorial board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education. Tanya 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 15 years. Currently, Tanya is the lead instructor for Human Sexuality. She enjoys planning as well as attending professional development events. Tanya is committed to sexual health equity and is pursuing her PhD in Education at Widener University in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies.
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.
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.
Susan Stiritz, an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) and Supervisor, a research psychoanalyst, and a university professor, chairs and teaches in the Specialization in Sexual Health and Education at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on transformative sexuality education. Previous work as a community action writer and photographer for an Office of Economic Opportunity agency, a director of a Model Cities Day Care Center, a director of a six county family planning education and training program, and a professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies informs her view of sexuality issues as social justice issues. She presents workshops locally, nationally, and internationally and publishes papers on sexuality education in peer reviewed and law journals . At AASECT, she has chaired the CE Approval Committee and the Professional Education Steering Committee, and she revived AASECT’s Institutes in 2013, after their four year hiatus. Her transdisciplinary education includes a PhD in American and English Literature, a Graduate Certificate in Women Studies, an MBA in finance and marketing, and an MSW.
Chris F. Fariello, PhD, MA, CST, LMFT
Dr. Chris Fariello is the Founder and Director of the Philadelphia Institute for Individual, Relational & Sex Therapy (PhIIRST). He has 30 years of experience as an educator, trainer, public speaker, writer, and therapist. He holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Drexel University, a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education from NYU and a doctorate in Human Sexuality from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT approved Supervisor. He is also certified as an AASECT Sexuality Educator, Sex Therapist and Supervisor. He has served on numerous boards, including several terms for the Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for which he was President. He is recognized nationally as a relationship and sexuality expert and has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and talk shows. He has contributed to several videos and books and has written two books including The Lover’s Guide Encyclopedia. He has presented many times at AASECT and SSSS conferences and teaches Sex Therapy at Drexel University.
Rosalyn Dischiavo, MA, CSES
Dr. Rosalyn Dischiavo is the founder and director of Institute for Sex Education & Enlightenment (ISEE), a professional training program for educators, counselors, therapists and clinicians, and the current Chairperson for the AASECT Professional Education Steering Committee. Rosalyn began as a licensed addictions counselor and then had a private practice for marriage and family therapy for many years. She has a Doctor of Education degree in human sexuality, a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and Sexuality Educator Supervisor. She was the Director of both the Women’s Center and the Health Education office at the University of Hartford from 1999-2006. Dr. Dischiavo has been presenting retreats, workshops and lectures on topics related to wellness, spirituality, sex and gender issues for 30 years A former radio personality, she uses humor and insight to dynamically engage participants in a meaningful and unique dialog about sexuality and other wellness-related topics.