Want to learn a little more about the SSCT Educators, their specialties and passions? Look no further!
Kira Manser, MEd, LSW is a triple threat: clinician, educator, and program manager with expertise in gender and sexual diversity, sexual pleasure, disability advocacy, and social justice. She is also a Licensed Social Worker with a Masters in Education in Human Sexuality. Due to her obsession with learning she is also working to complete a doctorate in Human Sexuality from Widener University- examining the experience of gender identity development for neurodiverse individuals.
Energetic and friendly, Kira strives to create spaces that challenge and support individuals to explore sexuality by using active methods and affirmative and feminist informed therapeutic modalities. She is excited to be back in Rhode Island, and humbled to be hired to work on the RI Trans* Health Initiative to create systemic change in support of accessible and sustainable health care for trans* Rhode Islanders.
Aida Manduley is an award-winning Latinx activist and presenter known for big earrings and building bridges. Trained as a sexuality educator, social worker, and nonprofit manager, they’re working to make the word a more equitable place through education, therapy, and community organizing. Their perspective is one that centers intersectionality and maximizing kindness while retaining both a sense of humor and a sense of justice.
With degrees from Brown University and Boston University, Mx. Manduley’s areas of clinical specialization are trauma, aging, and communities marginalized due to gender, sexuality, and/or race. They currently serve on the Executive Committee for the Women of Color Sexual Health Network—as well as a variety of regional coalitions—and have been with The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health in various roles since 2010. Their other areas of expertise include non-monogamy, kink/BDSM, and the integration of technology with sexuality. (Note: Currently, Aida is only available for workshops in the Boston/Providence area.)
Erin Basler-Francis, M.Ed. is a HUGE nerd. Holding a B.A. from UMASS Amherst and a M.Ed in Human Sexuality from Widener University, Erin has spent the last decade working in disability services, with eight of those years focused on increasing access to sexuality education for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through staff development, conference presentations, and direct education. Her other areas of interest include eugenic-based practices in the US (both historical and contemporary), intersectionality, and sex toy technology. If you are looking for technical specs and chemical composition breakdowns mixed with giggles and sarcasm…Erin is your educator.
Melanie Lucash, MPH
Melanie is a sex and relationships educator with a passion for developing education and facilitating conversations around sexuality, consent, communication, and empathy. After earning her Master’s in Public Health at Indiana University, Melanie moved to New England and is now working as an educator at the CSPH and the Education and Prevention Manager at New Hope, a sexual and domestic violence agency in Massachusetts. In the classroom, Melanie is enthusiastic, nerdy, and approachable. Now and in the future, she seeks to create transformative spaces in which students and communities can explore and learn about sexuality, identity, communication, consent, and empathy.