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Executive Director, Advocates for YouthContent Expert for AMAZE
Deb Hauser is the President and Executive Director of Advocates for Youth, an organization that partners with youth leaders, adult allies and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information, confidential sexual health services and equitable social and economic opportunities. Deb has been at the center of numerous innovations in the field of adolescent sexual health, including co-founding the Future of Sex Education—an initiative that produced the first-ever National Sexuality Education Standards, designing an innovative HIV/AIDS prevention and testing-to-treatment program on the campuses of historically black colleges and universities, expanding the Great American Condom Campaign into a ground-breaking effort to normalize condom use on more than 1,000 college campuses across the U.S., and helping to build the infrastructure of the LGBT youth movement in the Global South. Deb is committed to a cascading style of leadership that promotes youth activists as change agents and leaders in the field. Deb is a member of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment. She is proficient in Spanish and holds a Master of Public Health in Population Planning and International Health from the University of Michigan.
Executive Director, Youth Tech HealthTechnology and International Advisor for AMAZE
Bhupendra Sheoran is the Executive Director of Youth Tech Health (YTH), an organization committed to advancing youth health and wellness through technology. He began his career as a medical doctor in India and started working with young people over 15 years ago when he worked with teenage mothers to provide them with nutrition education. Sheoran has since moved into public health; designed, implemented and evaluated text messaging health campaigns; and conducted social media outreach for at-risk and hard-to-reach populations. Today he works with the YTH program team to design new media and technology programs. He also provides capacity building assistance to agencies that want to apply these technologies to their work, especially in sexual and reproductive health for young people. Sheoran holds an MBA in health management and has published articles in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. His work has been featured in both online and print media including POZ magazine, Aegis and BAR. Sheoran likes to bring a combination of clinical and public health knowledge and experience to address health issues at both individual and population level. He believes in compassion, respect and humility; these are the values he continues to incorporate in his work at YTH.
Executive Director, AnswerContent Advisor for AMAZE
Dan Rice is the Executive Director for Answer, a national sex education organization based at Rutgers University. Mr. Rice has worked directly with youth in public and private schools, community-based organizations, foster programs, the juvenile justice system and communities of faith as well as advised teen-to- teen leadership and mentor groups. Through years of experience, Mr. Rice knows the powerful impact sexuality education can have on the lives of young people, and he has worked for almost 15 years to train educators to provide the high-quality sexuality education that young people deserve. Mr. Rice is the co-author of Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Education, a national model used for skills-based teacher training; contributed to the development of the National Sex Education Standards, Second Edition and co-chaired the committee for the development of the Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education. He holds a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from Western New England University.
Project Coordinator for AMAZE
As Program Manager, Kristi Mahoney is responsible for oversight and coordination of AMAZE’s video production, marketing and branding. She excels at managing a diverse group of stakeholders and maintaining clear communication between sexual health experts, video producers, animators, web developers and the marketing and branding team. She holds a Master of Public Health from Tufts University, has a background in business administration and holds degrees in marketing and French from Lehigh University. She also serves as the co-leader of the Youth Working Group at the Funders Network for Reproductive Health and Rights and serves on the Advisory Council of the Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.
Technology and Management Advisor for AMAZE
Paul Hess specializes in management planning and execution for advanced technology projects. Paul has worked on several internet, e-commerce and content management projects such as the Attitude Network / Happy Puppy sites which at the time constituted the largest gaming related internet property on the web, and the original development of HotelDiscount.com (now Hotels.Com) which was one of the few consistently profitable e-commerce sites during the early internet bubble.
Sex Education Program Manager, Advocates for YouthProgram Coordinator for AMAZE
Ashley Benson is a program administrator for Advocates for Youth, an organization that partners with youth leaders, adult allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information; accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth. Prior to joining Advocates she was a conference coordinator for the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. Ashley holds a Masters in Applied Psychology and a graduate certificate in Human Resource Management from Sacred Heart University.
Associate Director for Strategic Project, Advocates for YouthCommunications Manager for AMAZE
Lincoln Mondy is the Senior Manager of Strategic Projects at Advocates for Youth. Lincoln drives campaigns, media outreach, and partnerships focused on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Prior to Advocates, Lincoln was a Senior Account Executive at BerlinRosen, a public relations firm where he supported progressive organizations on a range of issues including criminal justice, reproductive health, and racial equity. He is the filmmaker behind Black Lives / Black Lungs, a short film investigating the infiltration of the black community by the tobacco industry, which received media attention from NPR, HuffPost, AJ+, and other media outlets under his direction. A native Texan, he graduated from The George Washington University.
Sex Education Program Manager, Advocates for YouthCommunications Team for AMAZE
Emily Bridges oversees Advocates’ innovative and dynamic communications strategy, including a wide array of social media properties and groundbreaking online activism campaigns. Emily manages the content of Advocates’ web sites, including www.advocatesforyouth.org, finalizes materials for publication, develops fact sheets and other educational materials, and assists staff, Advocates’ partners, and the public with research. Emily has a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Maryland and a BA in English from Towson University. She has been with Advocates since 2006.
Director of International Youth Health and Rights Division, Advocates for YouthInternational Director for AMAZE
Nicole Cheetham, MHS, is the Director of the International Youth Health and Rights Division at Advocates for Youth. She has more than 20 years of experience working in international public health and provides technical assistance and training to partner organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America in support of adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights program design and implementation. Core areas of expertise include school-based and out-of-school sexuality education, community mobilization, peer education, youth-friendly services, parent-child communication, and youth-led advocacy. Nicole leads the organization’s international efforts on comprehensive sexuality education, with expertise in curriculum development and review and teacher training. She is the author of a teacher training module for sexuality education developed in collaboration with UNESCO and UNFPA for East and Southern Africa. Nicole holds a Masters of Health Sciences in International Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of American Sexuality Education, and speaks English, Spanish and French.
Director of Sexuality Education and Training, Advocates for YouthContent Expert for AMAZE
Nora Gelperin is the Director of Sexuality Education and Training at Advocates for Youth. Nora is one of the national technical assistance providers on the Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed (WISE) initiative and has been a member of the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) initiative since it’s founding. She has more than twenty years of experience providing sexuality education to youth and professional development to school health and education professionals. Prior to joining Advocates she was the Director of Training at Answer where she founded the Training Institute in Sexual Health Education (TISHE) and Answer’s online professional development workshops. She was a community educator with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey. Nora holds a Masters in School Health Education from Temple University was awarded a Mary Lee Tatum Award from Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education (APPLE) and has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American School Health Association.
Training and Technical Assistance Manager, AnswerContent Advisor for AMAZE
Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD (she/they) is the Technical and Training Assistance Manager for Answer at Rutgers University, responsible for providing direct training services to sexuality educators around the country. Prior to joining the Answer team, Dr. Gilbert worked as a research scientist with the Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative at Widener University, after serving a near 6-year tenure as a Health Resource Center Coordinator with the Family Practice and Counseling Network in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Gilbert is the co-editor of several innovative works in the field, including Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Sexuality, and Orientation, the first-ever teaching manual on sexual orientation, identity, and behavior. Dr. Gilbert holds a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in Human Sexuality Studies from the Widener University Center for Human Sexuality Studies.
Director of Communications and Development, AnswerMarketing Advisor for AMAZE
Lucinda Holt is theDirector of Communications and Development for Answer at Rutgers University. Lucinda Holt oversees Answer’s media relationships and external communications, including all aspects of Sex, Etc., our national, award-winning print and online resource produced by the organization’s teen editorial staff. In addition to overseeing the editing and design of Sex, Etc., Ms. Holt ensures that teen voices are kept in the forefront of our national work by providing the teen staff with writing and media training. She has worked for Condé Nast Publications and youth organizations such as Prep for Prep and the Columbia University Liberty Partnership Program. Ms. Holt holds a Master of Arts in anthropology from Columbia University.
Youth Social Media and Web Manager, Advocates for YouthYouth Social Media and Web Manager for AMAZE
Shazmin manages the youth-facing social media and web presence for AMAZE, Answer’s animated video series for 10-to 14-year-olds created in partnership with Advocates for Youth and YTH. In addition, she is responsible for tracking social media analytics and strategizing digital marketing efforts. Prior to joining the AMAZE project, she managed digital content and social strategy for a variety of publications and B2C clients that include The Knot magazine, HarperCollins Publishers and IHOP. Shazmin earned her B.A. in journalism and media studies at Rutgers University and earned her M.A. in multimedia communications at Academy of Art University.
Global Partnership Fellow, Advocates for YouthGlobal Partnership Fellow for AMAZE
Cynthia Chinchilla is AMAZE’s Global Partnerships Fellow at Advocates for Youth. Cynthia focuses on AMAZE’s international expansion through our Global Partnerships Programme by supporting collaborations with non-profit organizations, youth-centered groups, as well as multilateral and government agencies. Cynthia holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University. She speaks English, Spanish, and French.
Advocates for YouthInternational AMAZE Consultant
Darcy Weaver has over 15 years of experience in technical assistance, project delivery and scale-up of domestic and global sexual and reproductive health initiatives. Darcy is a Consultant for AMAZE and is responsible for expanding global partnerships and commitments. Her expertise focuses on the development and delivery of high-quality global comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). In addition, she has extensive experience in managing large-scale STI and HIV prevention, testing and support services. Prior to becoming a Consultant, she was the Senior Technical Advisor on CSE at International Planned Parenthood Federation where she led capacity building initiatives to enhance the quality of CSE delivery, improve evaluation mechanisms and expand interventions to young people in out of school and Humanitarian settings. Darcy was National Operations Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust, the largest HIV charity in the UK as well as a Sexual Health Commissioner for the National Health Service in England. She started her career as a community educator with Planned Parenthood Great Plains. Darcy holds Masters Degrees in both Public Health and Public Administration.
Media Specialist for AMAZE
Inna Komarovsky-Rana is an illustrator and graphic designer who creates a wide variety of graphics for AMAZE’s events, outreach, and education. Her illustration work outside of AMAZE has focused around other education initiatives, including classroom mobile apps, science curriculum, and museum-based activities for families. Inna holds a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design.
Senior Manager of Digital Campaign Strategy, Advocates for YouthChief Comedy Officer of AMAZE
Geoff Corey is the Senior Manager of Digital Campaign Strategy at Advocates for Youth where he develops digital campaigns that support young people in leading efforts to shift policy and programs at the local, state, and national level. He uses email, social media and other digital strategies to engage and mobilize the Youth Activist Network (YAN), a group of approximately 100,000 youth willing to take action to support people of all genders in their fight for sex education; LGBTQ health and rights; reproductive rights and justice, including access to birth control and abortion care; HIV prevention, treatment and care; and gender-based violence prevention; among others.
Geoff was previously a Digital Media Director in the U.S. Senate, where he worked on national digital campaigns to protect the Affordable Care Act, stop the border wall, defend and uplift stories of DREAMers, oppose Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and expose human rights abuses (both abroad and within U.S. agencies, such as ICE). He also led digital rapid response efforts around the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State. Geoff graduated from SUNY Albany, where he was the founder of GLBTQ Organizing & Educating (GOE), an activist group that successfully lobbied for gender neutral housing options on campus, and educated students around queer & trans issues.
Youth Tech HealthInternational Website advisor for AMAZE
Emma is a Program Coordinator at the YTH Initiative of ETR. She contributes to a variety of YTH programs related to teen pregnancy prevention, teen dating violence and substance abuse. Emma has studied in both Ireland and Argentina, two countries with very restrictive reproductive rights, inspiring her passion for reproductive justice.
Prior to working at YTH, Emma held many direct service positions, including working with young people with autism, Latino men struggling with substance abuse, and Spanish-speaking preschoolers. Most recently, Emma worked at Exhale, the country’s first and only after-abortion talkline.
Emma graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with a BA in Sociology and Spanish Literature.
Pound & Grain is a digital marketing agency founded in 2010. The Pound is big-picture digital creative and strategic thinking. The Grain is delivering results and connecting audiences. From content-driven campaigns to technical solutions, their goal is to put digital marketing ideas at the forefront. Embedded throughout is a culture of hustle as their 5 rules define who they are and what they stand for: Work hard, be nice, think big, love digital and have fun.
Ben Eppard is the owner of Burwind, a Charlottesville-based studio specializing in branding, strategy, and design. He is enthusiastic about developing organizational narratives and has 12 years experience in public relations and the non-profit sector. Previously, he served as Director of Communications for Madison House, the student volunteer center at the University of Virginia.
Rebecca Braun has 15 years of domestic and global public health experience, working with partners in academic, nonprofit, philanthropic, public, and private sectors across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States. At ETR, Rebecca serves as Head of Programs for the Youth Tech Health (YTH) Initiative, designing innovative solutions for youth health and wellness using new media and technology. She brings extensive experience in program leadership and management, training and facilitation, digital health, and user-centered design, with content expertise in sexual and reproductive health and rights, and maternal, child and adolescent health. She holds a DrPH and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.
Prior to ETR, Rebecca was a Manager at Global Impact Advisors, a social impact consulting firm where she led a portfolio of strategy, evaluation and implementation projects for foundations and nonprofit organizations. She also served as the Senior Advisor for Digital Health at Ipas, leading efforts to design creative, technology-based solutions to improve access to comprehensive abortion care across Asia, Africa and Latin America. She has provided independent research consulting services to several global health organizations, including FHI360, MSI and PSI. Rebecca has published articles in Contraception, Global Health Science & Practice, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and the American Journal of Public Health, and has spoken widely about using digital health solutions to improve global access to reproductive health.
Creative Director, Women OnlineParents Content Manager for AMAZE
A former music and brain neuroscientist, Christine Koh has spent the last decade creating and advising on content to help people live better, happier, and with elevated purpose and intention. She is the creative director at Women Online (a communications firm that specializes in using social media for good), founder/editor of Boston Mamas (a pioneer in the hyperlocal lifestyle niche), co-host of the Edit Your Life Show (a podcast devoted to helping people edit their lives to make room for awesome), co-author of Minimalist Parenting (a book to help parents enjoy family life more by doing less), and designer/co-owner of Brave New World Designs (a stylish, advocacy-oriented design collection).
Founder, Women OnlineParents Content Manager for AMAZE
Morra Aarons-Mele is an Internet marketer who has been working with women online since 1999. She is the founder of the digital cause marketing agency Women Online and its database of women influencers, The Mission List.
Morra was founding Political Director for BlogHer, and has written The Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, The Wall St. Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian. She covers events from the White House to the campaign trail in her role as a blogger on women, politics, and work. She has taught at the Yale Women’s Campaign School, the Harvard Kennedy School, and at the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders forum at Harvard, as well as at the Johns Hopkins Graduate School of Communication. See where she’s at now.
Animated: Top Signs Boys are in Puberty & Talking Sexual Orientation with Jane & Being Female, Male, Transgender or Fluid & Top Signs Girls are in Puberty& Masturbation: Totally Normal & Body Image & All About Getting Your Period & Consent & Porn: Fact or Fiction? & The Jimmy Pimple Show-All About Male Puberty & Birth Control Basics: Condoms, The Pill & Patch & Is it Love? & Bullying & What is HIV?
Nadav Arbel is the founder and owner of “The moving company” animation studio, which specialize in creating high quality and original animation movies. Nadav lives and works in Israel and has almost a decade of experience in producing directing and animating 2D animation shorts. He is also a lecturer of cinema and animation at The NB Haifa School of Design.
Animated: Boobs and More
Rachel Gitlevich is a 2D Character Animator living and working in New York City. For the past 4 years she’s been with Titmouse Animation and worked on projects like Home, Ninja Turtles, China IL, Hot Wheels, SuperJail, Turbo F.A.S.T., and a handful of pilots, music videos, and commercials. They’ve worked for Dreamworks, Netflix, Adult Swim, Nickelodeon, and Disney.
As an executive creative producer, Erica brings over a decade of experience in helping for-profits, non-profits, and government organizations create powerful communication. Her area of expertise is in cause-based messaging, with a special focus on the role and implementation of video content. She is the producer of award winning projects such as The Story of Stuff video series, the Alliance for Climate Education national assembly program and the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop “Mr. Imagination” series. Erica’s experience spans the range of everything from smaller budget micro-documentary work, to animation, to longer form episodic content mixing both live-action and animation. She is passionate about storytelling as a tool for transformation.
The AMAZE team is working with: Rich Chapple & Justin Lee.
See the other brilliant animators we have worked with over the years.
Country Director México & CCA at DKT Int’l
Vice President for Programming & Communications at Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes
Global Programs Manager at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands
“Diane Bushley is the Global Programs Manager at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI), and has more than 15 years of experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health (SRH), both in the U.S. and on projects in 12 countries in the Global South. Diane manages all aspects of PPGNHI’s Global Programs, including creating overall program strategy, developing strategic partnerships, collaborating with partner organizations in the Global South to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights, and directing program marketing and communications. Current PPGNHI Global projects in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam focus on sexuality education with very young adolescents. Prior to joining PPGNHI, Diane worked in various roles with a wide variety of SRH-focused organizations, including as an educator and patient advocate at a Planned Parenthood health center in Arizona, a project manager and trainer for innovative SRH participatory action research projects in Bolivia and Peru, and as a program officer for a USAID-funded global family planning project. Diane holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Latin American Studies from Oberlin College, and a Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology (with an emphasis on Public Health, Medical Anthropology, and International Development) from Northern Arizona University.”
Director of Health Information
Jennifer Johnsen is the Director of Health Information at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Her primary responsibility is to ensure the accuracy and educational value of the health-related content on plannedparenthood.org and on PPFA’s social networking properties. Her previous experience includes delivering sexuality education programs at Planned Parenthood Nassau County and writing a guide for pediatricians to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of their patients at the New York City Department of Health. Jennifer earned her BS in community health education and master of public health with a concentration in sexual and reproductive health from Hunter College.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Maria Trent is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland. She serves as the Training Director for the DC Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities, Adolescent Medicine Fellowship, and the LEAH Training Program. As an independent scientist, she has utilized a variety of research strategies to understand and intervene on the barriers and facilitators to adolescent and young adult (AYA) sexual and reproductive health care delivery and patient adherence to treatment for complicated sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to reduce STI-related health disparities. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has received numerous awards by professional and lay organizations for her research and service to the community. Dr. Trent currently serves as a consultant to several professional organizations, is the Chair of the Section on Adolescent Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and provides care to tweens, teens, and young adults in the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
When 17-year-old Iman isn’t doodling in her note pad or making music playlists on her computer, she focuses on learning about different countries around the world. She’s already visited nearly every continent. From the bullet trains of Japan to southern France, Iman has seen a lot. Although she tends to prioritize sleep, her favorite pastime by far is reading. Finding out about Sex, Etc. was perfect for Iman because she wants to learn more about sexuality. She hopes to inform other teens who are also wondering if there is more to “the birds and the bees.” She mainly wants to write about subjects related to teen pregnancy and gender roles. Iman also wants teens to learn about their bodies, so they can make informed choices. In the future, she pictures herself in politics, and although she’s not sure exactly what profession, she definitely sees herself helping people.
Student and Community Organizer
Marcella Morales-Lugo joined the Young Women of Color Leadership Council of Advocates for Youth in 2012 at the tender age of 14 to raise awareness about the need for HIV prevention efforts, the inclusion of young women of color in planning and implementing sex education programs, and to empower young people, especially young girls of color, to get involved in advocacy efforts. In addition to her role at Advocates for Youth, Marcella has been a key organizer in the Committee to Honor Puerto Rican Women on International Working Women’s Day, an annual event celebrating women who fight for the rights and freedoms of Puerto Ricans willingly with love and dedication. Marcella has donated her personal resources, time and talents to organize this annual event attended by hundreds. She is the youngest member of the group working with seasoned organizers and activists in the Puerto Rican community.
Marcella brings great understanding and patience in her efforts. She acquired this as a young volunteer in Puerto Rico where she spent her summers working with the Associacion de Sindrome Down, and where she supported the independent living skills of young and adult Puerto Ricans with Down Syndrome. She traveled with their dance troupe of Bomba and Plena, helped them with arts and crafts and this resulted in Marcella’s deep understanding of differently- abled people.
Marcella is a dedicated young woman who commits fully with passion and drive. She is results oriented and produces beyond expectations. Marcella also participated in YouthBridge-NY a non-profit organization that convenes, trains, and prepares young people to meet the challenges of an extremely diverse New York City. In addition Marcella completed one year of Model United Nations where she represented the needs of the country Chad to the World Health Organization. She is passionate about social justice issues and has a global understanding given her travels to Africa, the Caribbean and throughout the USA. In the future Marcella wished to study criminal justice to pursue a career in Law.
Human Sexuality educator, author, and consultant
Named one of Time Magazine’s “Top Sixteen Parenting Experts for the 21st Century,” Debbie Roffman is a sexuality educator, consultant, and author based in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has taught sexuality education in grades 4-12 at the Park School for more than 35 years. Debbie’s most recent book, Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids’ “Go-To” Person About Sex, was published in 2013 by Perseus Books. In addition to her constant writing and teaching, she’s worked with parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, students, alumni, and trustees at more than 400 schools and organizations across the country, and she publishes widely throughout the national media. She’s referred to by her colleagues as the most articulate professional voice in the US on the need for broad-based human sexuality education. Her ability to find common ground by keeping the focus on young people and their universal needs around healthy sexual development is one of her gifts.
Health and Physical Educator and Creator of TedEd video "What is Love video"
Brad has taught health and physical education since 1995. He has used a variety of strategies to reach teenagers. His educational goal has been to inspire young people to pursue a lifelong active and healthy lifestyle. He has been a teacher of the year recipient, a two time Wisconsin nominee for the Kohl fellowship award and has presented on best practices at various workshops and clinics. He currently is pioneering a blended model of instruction in his Health and Physical Education classes. Through his website www.healthteacher101.com he uses his video lectures to deliver content while using hands on activities in the classroom. One video “what Is Love” is featured on TEDEd and has been used in various setting all over the country. Brad currently lives in southern WI with his wife and 4 children. He enjoys outdoor activities, coaching and spending time with his family. Brad has been excited about being part of the AMAZE team. “It is humbling to have been asked to be a part of this project and have an impact all over the globe. To see how big the vision is and the importance of its purpose is truly “AMAZING”!
Director of Research for the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University
Rebecka Lundgren is the Director of Research for the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University. Rebecka has over 25 years of comprehensive, hands-on experience in the design, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable reproductive health and behavior change programs, with particular interest in youth and gender. Rebecka’s current research interests are focused in the areas of gender, gender-based violence and very young adolescents. As an applied anthropologist, Rebecka has particular interest in applying qualitative and ethnographic methods to her work.
Founder of Girlology & Guyology
Dr. Melisa Holmes is a mom, physician, author, and Founder of Girlology & Guyology, a national physician-led sexuality education platform that provides parent-child programs, a web community, and a series of books on puberty and emerging sexuality for youth. Girlology & Guyology started in 2003 as a local “hobby,” but has experienced a national expansion into 20 states where community based programs target children ages 8-12 and their parents. Dr. Holmes is a Clinical Associate Professor of Ob-Gyn and Pediatrics at the University of SC School of Medicine in Greenville, SC where she provides reproductive healthcare for children, teens and young adults and directs a new Teen Health Center. As an advocate for adolescent health, she served on the Adolescent Healthcare Committee for the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and continues to serve on the board of Directors for the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. She speaks to national audiences about adolescent health and changing the culture of sexuality education. She has also presented a TEDx talk titled “Eight is Great” for talking to kids about sex. She likes to spend her “up” time with her husband and three daughters – one tween, one teen and one young adult.