Many hands help The CSPH run!
Aida E. Manduley, MSW
Educator & Special Projects Consultant
Aida is a bilingual organizer, speaker, and educator hailing from Puerto Rico. To know them is to know their deep love of spreadsheets, color-coding, and keeping their calendar meticulously updated. At the CSPH, they’re held a variety of roles, but right now their main focus is working on nonprofit strategy, fundraising, and training. Outside of their work at The CSPH, Aida is pursuing their MSW at Boston University and sits on a number of advisory boards around issues like sexual health education in Rhode Island. Their past projects include (but are certainly not limited to) working as the Sexual Health Advocate at a domestic violence agency, contributing to a quarterly magazine/endurance publishing event, volunteering as an advocate with a violent crime crisis helpline, chairing the board of non-profit that organizes low-income communities of color for socioeconomic and political justice, and sitting on coalitions around HIV prevention, comprehensive sexuality education, LGBTQ anti-violence work, and more. Recently transplanted to Boston for their graduate studies, you can often find them in New York City too, as well as bouncing around the country from conference to conference. Catch them if you can!
Tanya Bass, MS, CHES
Originally from Brooklyn, NY but fully transplanted as the “Southern Sexologist”, Tanya Bass MS, CHES® has 25 years of experience as a subject matter expert in the field of health education, minority health, pregnancy prevention, HIV/STDs, reproductive health and sexual health. She is the lead instructor for Human Sexuality at her alma mater NC Central University (NCCU) in the Department of Public Health Education. She is the founder of the North Carolina Sexual Health Conference (NCSEXCON). NCSEXCON is North Carolina’s only conference that provides opportunities for agencies and individuals to share information, strategies, and best practices around sexual health across the lifespan. She enjoys creating, facilitating and participating in interactive and energizing sexual health professional development workshops and conferences.
Tanya is also a member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WoCSHN), the Association of Black Sexologist and Clinicians (ABSC), the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE). She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and is completing her PhD at Widener University in Human Sexuality Studies.
Educator & Clinical Intern
Originally from New London, CT, Noah is a writer and a high school teacher. He graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Environmental Studies, focusing on the intersection of education, cognitive science, and ecology. At Vassar, he bumbled his way into issues of social justice, eventually helping to found Vassar’s fossil fuel divestment campaign. He also attended a number of Megan’s talks and began to think seriously about the way he and his peers talked about bodies, sex, and sexual health. After graduating, Noah spent a brief stint at Dartmouth College working in a health care research lab, eventually leaving to pursue writing and teaching. Noah spends most of his time thinking about how to use language to broaden people’s perspectives on the world and themselves. He currently lives in Providence with his best friend and their cat Alaska.
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.