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.
Megan Andelloux, founder and executive director of The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (CSPH), is a Clinical Sexologist, AASECT certified Sexuality Educator, and ISSWSH Fellow. Her innovative education programs, writing, social media presence, and ambitious speaking schedule have helped make her one of America’s most recognized and sought-after experts in the growing field of sexual pleasure, health, and politics. She is an in-demand lecturer at universities and sexuality institutions nationwide. She has delivered her dynamic programs at more than 175 institutions of higher education, including 7 of the 8 Ivy League universities. Ms. Andelloux is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Brown University Medical School. She is frequently called on by TV networks for her insights and commentary, including CNN, NPR, MSNBC, Fox, and ABC as well as radio and print media. She has been labeled by the press as “The Princess of Pleasure,” and “The Sex Ed Warrior Queen.” The industry also recognizes her leadership in the field of sexuality.
Ms. Andelloux was presented with the 2012 First Tracks Award for Innovation in Sexology by Honest Exchange. Author of Hot and Fast: Sexy, Spontaneous Quickies for Passionate Orgasms (Amorata Press, 2012), Ms. Andelloux has also written timely consumer feature stories, industry trend reports, and journal articles for the education and research communities. In 2011 she published Sexual Health Education and Policy in Medical Schools: The Importance of Incorporating Basic Human Rights into Medical Education and Training which lead to her involvement in the Medical School Sexual Health Initiative Summits in Minneapolis, MN. When she isn’t researching, educating or gallivanting with her sex nerd colleagues, she can be spotted snuggling with her kittens or rummaging around in curiosity shops.
Having acted as the Executive Director of the Center from its opening in 2010, in the summer of 2015, Megan passed the torch to Kira Manser, long-time colleague and friend, to focus on new life adventures.
Interim Executive Director
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.
Cassandra’s foray into sex education began in a Barnes & Noble after a disappointing fourth-grade sex and relationship education class. Her fascination with sexual health and wellness grew from there, and it hasn’t stopped growing since then. Cassandra graduated from New College of Florida in 2015 with a BA with Honors in Literature and Gender Studies, where her thesis focused on modern, feminist adaptations of classic fairy tales.
While at New College, Cassandra co-organized the first ever Sex Week and organized and facilitated Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities. She co-authored New College’sBest Practices Recommendations for Gender Inclusivity in the Classroom, led Title IX working groups, was one of the designers of the “Consent Is [Not]” viral photo campaign, and fought for better trans-inclusive policies on campus. In 2014 she opened the SHARE (Sexual Health and Relationship Education) Resource Center, a 24/7 drop-in center dedicated to providing a safe space to learn about un/healthy relationships and healthier sexual behaviors. When she isn’t teaching, studying, or organizing, you can find her elbow-deep in cake batter or cuddling with any of her three fur-children (hopefully not both at the same time).
Shayna Parker was seduced into permanently working for the Center during her two term stint as an intern. After she received her B.A. in Anthropology from Brandeis University, Shayna saw the CSPH internship as an opportunity to apply her interest in human cultures by examining sex and sexuality from an anthropological perspective. Her time as an intern not only expanded her academic interests, but fueled her passion for pursuing the social justice intersections that occur within human sexuality. When the Operations Manager position opened, Shayna‘s administrative skills, financial proficiency, and sassy comebacks were welcomed with open arms. Her favorite part of working at the CSPH is watching each intern develop throughout the semester then carry those sex positive lessons into their next adventure. When not at the CSPH, Shayna can likely be found exploring new breakfast spots or chasing down a frisbee.
Digital Media Proctor
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.