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Board of Directors

erica-headshot-2016Erica Busillo Adams


Erica is a passionate change maker and non-profit leader who has built her career working for incredible organizations like The Philadelphia Orchestra, Save The Bay, and The Autism Project, where she is currently the Director of Development. Erica is also the Co-Founder and CEO of (step)mom: v, a website, blog, and lifestyle brand for (step)moms, and in addition to The CSPH, sits on the Board of Directors of Fusionworks Dance Company. Erica was selected as an “Emerging Nonprofit Leader” by the Rhode Island Foundation in 2014. When not geeking-out about the non-profit sector or how amazing The CSPH is, you can find Erica performing dance improvisation at the Fringe PVD festival, attending a PVD Lady Project event, frequenting museums of all kinds, sampling one of RI’s many fine eating establishments, or hopping a plane to her next destination. Erica studied Communications, Dance, and Comparative Religion at Northwestern U and lives in Providence with her husband, Sam, two amazing (step)daughters, a sweet and lumbering chocolate lab named Jacomo, and an ever-meowing tabby cat named Rosemary.


dr-lexx-0103Dr. Lexx Brown-James

Dr. Lexx (She| Her| Doctor) 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. Dr. Lexx owns The Institute for Sexuality & Intimacy, LLC, which is 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, Dr. 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.


hintze-headshotJustyn Hintze

Justyn Hintze is an advocate for breaking binaries, and just breaking stereotypes. She has an MEd in Human Sexuality from Widener University, and is a sexologist, educator, writer, pleasure revolutionary, and public speaker. Justyn is passionate about eliminating discrimination, and creating safer spaces to foster open, raw conversations. A sexuality educator and curriculum writer at Lotus Blooms, Justyn advocates for age-appropriate, medically accurate, pleasure-based comprehensive sex ed. Justyn is on the Advisory Council for the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, and is on the Governing Committee as a Board Member for the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Justyn is also the Digital Strategist at Rad Campaign, a full-agency web development company campaigning for socially conscious nonprofits, and the Strategist for Women Who Tech, championing women in technology and helping to fund women-led startups in the US and abroad. Justyn authors curriculum on intimacy, gender, and pleasure, and is a guest writer for KinklyFrogloop, and Teaching Sex Ed, to name a few. She facilitates panels and workshops at conferences and in classrooms nationwide.

Follow Justyn on Twitter: @justynashley

Ben Lasserre


Ben graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelors in Economics and Master’s of Arts in International Economics and Finance. After his time at Brandeis, Ben stayed in Boston to work for KPMG’s Economic & ValuationServices division for two years. Ben was introduced to the CSPH during his time as coordinator of Brandeis’s Student Sexuality Information Services, a peer-run sexual health resource organization. Since then, Ben has been involved with Center joining the Board in 2015 and became board treasurer and chair of the finance committee in late 2016. Recently, Ben traded in Boston winters for the cool San Francisco sweater weather. He currently works in mergers and acquisitions.


madelinesquarelowres-web1Madeline Montgomery


Madeline Montgomery holds an MPH with a concentration in Violence Studies and a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Madeline’s introduction to the fields of public health and advocacy included HIV counseling and testing, peer sexual health education, and sexual violence survivor advocacy in college, followed by a year of AmeriCorps service  at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, and subsequently an academic focus on violence and gender in graduate school. She now works in HIV/STI prevention research at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI as her group’s resident angry queer intersectional feminist. Madeline is passionate about boosting queer and trans voices at every level of health research and care, and grateful for inspiring, healing, loving communities of advocates and activists.In her free time, Madeline likes to spend time with the small children in her life, look for feminist subtext in tv and teen magazines, and decorate with string lights year-round.

Gwendolyn Rosen

Alumni Network Coordinator

Gwendolyn Rosen (she/her) is a storyteller and a community builder who believes in the power of the digital age to connect us to new people and ideas. She started her career in sex education as a CSPH intern after graduating from Wesleyan University with a dual degree in Sociology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She serves as Woodhull Freedom Foundation’s Social Media Strategist, and has written about sexuality for Vibrant, The Lady Project, and Motif RI. Gwendolyn is currently an Account Executive at Momentum Communications Group, focusing on nonprofit and education clients. When she’s not behind a screen, Gwendolyn spends her spare time exploring NYC’s concert scene and searching for the best ice cream shops. Connect with Gwendolyn online atgwendolynrosen.com and on Twitter: @gwen_rosen.


best portraitBonnie L. Shepard

Bonnie is an independent consultant and researcher with more than 30 years of experience in program evaluation, research, and strategic planning.   She brings a gender and human rights perspective to sexual and reproductive health programs.  Through interactive methods that build staff capacity, she assists a variety of NGOs, non-profits, foundations, and international agencies to design cost-effective and user-friendly monitoring, evaluation and learning systems. Bonnie specializes in conducting advocacy evaluations and portfolio evaluations for foundations and donor agencies.  Based on her research and evaluations, her publications include a book of advocacy research and program case studies:  Running the Obstacle Course to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Lessons from Latin America (Praeger: 2006), as well as peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Currently, she works as the monitoring and evaluation consultant for EMpower, a global foundation supporting programs for vulnerable youth.  She is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, with proficiency in French.  For more information on Bonnie’s professional experience, visit her website:   www.blshepardconsulting.com


bea-trumannBea Trumann

Bea Trumann, a giant Black-Haudenosaunee mixed femme, hails from the great northern Maine woods, and has called New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, and the Philippines home. They have spent years working in the environmental sector while maintaining a strong advocacy role with sex and reproductive justice, and is currently conducting research at the intersection of the two. Bea is a former Global Population and Environment Program Fellow, has worked as Research Assistant with The Nature Conservancy in Maine’s Diversity Program, and served with AmeriCorps’ Community HealthCorps in a large low-income health center in Syracuse, New York. Bea will soon graduate from Goddard College with a degree in Social Innovation and Sustainability, having completed extensive research and coursework focusing on environmental racism. They are a national public speaker, having spoken primarily at environmental conferences on the necessity of diversity in STEM. Bea believes strongly in normalizing larger, browner bodies in traditionally smaller, whiter spaces. Bea’s best friend is their stinky old lady boston terrier rescue, known lovingly as “Toots.”

Ilia Walsh

Ilia is passionate about all types of education and loves to share information with others. She started her career in Training & Development in the Investment Banking industry in NYC earning an MBA in Organizational Development. After ten years, she decided to switch gears and earned a Master’s in Education and worked in the public school system for another eight years.  During that time, Ilia found her calling working with students on the Autism Spectrum and is currently the Director of Adult Services at the Asperger Autism Network in the Greater Boston area. Ilia lives in Central Massachusetts with her husband, two teenage children and two adorable pups! On her free time she loves traveling, hiking, painting and yoga.