Since 2009, The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health has been home to an interdisciplinary team, ensuring that our work addresses the physical, emotional, and mental needs that arise within the complex intersections of health and pleasure. Our team includes staff, our Board of Directors, interns, volunteers, consultants, and contributors.
Kira 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. She has worked as a sex educator in a large range of settings, from middle schools to medical schools for over a decade. She recently moved from Philadelphia where she worked as the LGBT Health and Capacity Training Manager at The Mazzoni Center, organized the 13th Annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, and co-founded the sex education collaborative ScrewSmart. Energetic and friendly, she 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.
Erin started her career as a sexuality educator at age 4 when she learned about reproductive processes and shared the information with her (appropriately distressed) best friend. After a brief stint focused on becoming a fact-checker for Dennis Publications, Erin started to pursue work in the disability services field. It was through working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the MA Department of Developmental Services, that Erin met her mentor, Pat Carney, and found her passion to provide accessible, comprehensive sexuality education to people of all capacities. Throughout the course of her B.A. from UMASS and M.Ed. at Widener University, Erin has spent much of her time learning all the sex and disability things including; capacity to consent, developmentally considerate educational methods, adaptive sexuality, and the importance of ongoing sexual education through the lifespan. Erin is a major nerd, reading about social/sexual development theory, writing lesson plans, and investigating the nuances of lube composition for fun. In her spare time, she is a cat mom, crafter, and political TV junkie.
Kayla graduates in November from Johnson & Wales University where she studied Meeting & Event Management and concentrated in Sociology. She started with the CSPH as an intern in Fall 2013 then served as the Event & Outreach Coordinator bringing you events like Sticky Stories and Queer Porn Night and today is the Development Manager. Kayla has also worked on-campus at her university’s Gender Equity Center and as an event intern at the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ community center, Center on Halsted. She is a Point Foundation Scholar and has spoken at the annual World AIDS Day event at the Rhode Island Statehouse and at the Rhode Island AIDS Walk. When she’s not at the CSPH you can probably find Kayla at one of her many other jobs including the Providence Flea or at home playing with her feisty, curious kitten Little Bear.
Intern & Events Maven
Lilly Rogers is a New England native who graduated from Suffolk University in 2012, having majored in Sociology: Health, Medicine, & the Body and minored in Women & Gender studies. Her passions lie in LGBTQA rights, feminism, and truly comprehensive, inclusive sexual health education. Lilly enjoys teaching about sexual pleasure aids and lube. She resides in RI with a library that is encroaching upon her entire apartment, too many pieces of Mid-Century Modern furniture, and a sassy tabby cat. Lilly also aspires to someday rescue a dog. In her sparse spare time, she can be found curled up with excellent fiction, working on a local food truck, or cocktailing.