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.
Kayla Wingert currently serves as Executive Director of the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Johnson and Wales University with a Bachelor’s degree in Event Management and a concentration in Sociology, Kayla began her career at the CSPH as an intern. She quickly transitioned into the role of Event and Outreach Coordinator, leading and organizing events such as ‘Sticky Stories’ and ‘Queer Porn Night’, before ultimately becoming the Organizational Development Director. Her prior experience in the fields of sexual pleasure and health and community advocacy includes having worked for Day One Sexual Assault and Trauma Center, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ community center: ‘Center on Halsted’, and her current work as a Gynecological Teaching Assistant at colleges and universities such as Boston University and Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown. A prior recipient of the prestigious Point Foundation Scholarship for LGBT students, Kayla has been a featured speaker at the Annual World AIDS Day event at the Rhode Island State House and serves as the Lead Organizer for the Rhode Island Trans Health Conference at Brown University.
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.
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.
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.
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Melanie is a sex and relationships educator with a passion for developing education and facilitating conversations around sexuality, consent, communication, and empathy. Her first foray into the sexuality field was as a sexual health peer educator in high school. It was during an ice breaker in that peer education group where Melanie first whispered the words “butt plug,” and so began her quest to bring sex-positive, consent-based, LGBTQ-inclusive, trauma-sensitive sex education to as many people as she could. Fast forward – after earning her Master’s in Public Health at Indiana University, Melanie moved to New England and began working as an educator for Partners In Sex Education, and as a community prevention educator and outreach specialist at New Hope, a rape crisis center in southeastern Massachusetts. In the classroom, Melanie is enthusiastic, nerdy, and approachable. Now and in the future, she seeks to create transformative spaces – online and off – in which students and communities can explore and learn about sexuality, identity, communication, consent, and healthy relationships.