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AASECT Board of Directors


Dr. Lexx Brown-James, PhD, LMFT, CSE, CSES

Lexx Brown-James, PhD, LMFT, CSE, CSES (She|Her|Dr) is a Black, fat, pansexual, southern, parent. She is one of 3 sexuality educators of color supervisors and has worked on AASECT’s Bylaws, Conference Planning, Certification Task Force, and Board for the past 8 years. As an educator, Lexx guest lectures, and collaborates with organizations to perpetuate shame-free sex education from womb to tomb. Lexx is also an LMFT sex therapist, who runs The Institute for Sexuality & Intimacy, LLC where she primarily supports others to build, create, maintain, and perpetuate intimacy. Lexx also volunteers time as a mentor and colleague in the field to various sexuality professionals. Her passion is to remove obstacles that have kept people from accessing education, experience, position, and pleasure. She hopes to continue to remove obstacles and build more opportunities at AASECT for all.


Tameca N. Harris-Jackson, PhD, LCSW, CSE, CIMHP

Tameca N. Harris-Jackson (she/her/hers), PhD, LCSW, CIMHP is a sex and relationship therapist, Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, and the Founder and Director of Hope & Serenity Health Services, a holistic women’s mental health and sexual wellness agency in Central Florida. Tameca began her career in the helping profession over 20 years ago in Virginia, working primarily with youth and single mothers. She received her bachelor’s degree in counseling from Old Dominion University, her master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland-Baltimore, and her PhD in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Her background includes a myriad of experiences, including teaching, researching and developing sexuality and social work courses for various universities, supervising registered interns, volunteering with youth, LGBTQIA+, and DEI-centered programs, and developing and leading international wellness and academic programs.


Christopher K. Belous, PhD, CSE, CST

Dr. Belous (he/him/his) is the current Treasurer of AASECT, and an Associate Professor and the Director of the Couple and Family Therapy graduate program at Purdue University Northwest. Affectionately known as “Dr. B” he is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, Certified Sex Therapist and Educator with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, a Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Gay Affirmative Psychotherapist through the California Division of AAMFT. He sits on the editorial board for several journals and is the Clinical Reviews Associate Editor for Sexual and Relationship Therapy. His research focuses on sex and sexuality (broadly defined), social justice, and couple and family therapy education and supervision. He has over 20 published works, 40+ Presentations at Inter/National and Local conferences, and has completed 7 different research grants. His most recent research involves the examination of efficacy and development of approaches to sex therapy and treatment.

Vice President of Membership

Tanya Bass, PhD, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE

Tanya Bass, PhD, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE (she/her/hers) an award-winning sexuality educator and the "Foundress" of the North Carolina Sexual Health Conference (NCSEXCON), a conference that provides opportunities for agencies and individuals to share information, strategies, and best practices around sexual health across the lifespan. Dr. Bass is an alumna of North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of Public Health Education, where she has served as an adjunct instructor for several years and is currently the lead instructor for Human Sexuality. She completed her PhD in Education at Widener University in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies.

Dr. Bass remains committed to seeking professional development and is a member of the NC Society for Public Health Educators, the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WoCSHN), the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians (ABSC), and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE). Tanya is a current member of the editorial board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education.

Chair, Certification Steering Committee

Wendy Haggerty, LMFT, CST

Wendy Haggerty (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist & Supervisor. Wendy is the founder of Sex and Love Therapy in Connecticut and Florida where she and her team has served the needs of thousands of individuals, couples and partners for many years. She is also a former professor of Family Therapy, Human Sexuality & Systemic Sex Therapy at University of Saint Joseph. Wendy has been an active member and volunteer for AASECT over the last decade, serving in roles with the Conference Committee (reviewer of proposal submissions) and the Certification Committee (former reviewer of CST applications & current CST co-chair).

Chair, Public Relations, Media & Advocacy Steering Committee (PRMA) 

Shadeen Francis, LMFT, CST 

Shadeen Francis (she/her) is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified sex therapist, graduate professor, and author. Her clinical work focuses on demystifying pleasure, building emotional intelligence, and the intersection between sexual wellness and social justice. Shadeen is a sought-after speaker who has been featured on national media platforms like ABC, NBC, FOX and the New York Times, as well as sharing clinical insights with recognized brands like Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Essence, and Tinder, among others. An avid writer, Shadeen has authored several textbook chapters on topics ranging from sexual fluidity to leadership in education. Known for her signature brand of warmth and humour, Shadeen’s work is always inspired by her commitment to helping people live lives full of peace and pleasure.

Chair, Communications Steering Committee

Colby Agostinelli, LMFT, CST

Colby Agostinelli (they/them) is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Graduate Professor and Speaker. Colby is also the Director of Philly Couples & Sex Therapy located in, you guessed it, Philadelphia, PA. Colby’s work centers on relational work, kink, non-monogamy, sex work, queerness, gender expansivity, and racial justice. They’re passionate about creating space for radical change and accessibility and bring a warm, intuitive, nuanced approach to all that they do. Connect with them via email or on Instagram @sextherapywithcolby.

Chair, Outreach Steering Committee 

Cheryl D. Walker, MA, NCC, LPC, CST 

My name is Cheryl Walker (she/her) and I am a certified sex therapist in Atlanta, GA, the stolen territory of the Muskogee nation. My upbringing and exposure to various cultures and worldviews positioned me to appreciate the intricacies of the human spirit. I attained my bachelor’s degree in marketing from Hampton University and my master’s degree in mental health and counseling from Argosy University. My early years of adulthood were spent relentlessly volunteering while raising my four daughters. And while these things still exist for me, my sex therapist practice has afforded me a profound extension of my altruistic intentions and a constant thirst for knowledge. Aside from raising conscientious and respectful daughters, I am most proud of my work in the communities that I serviced. My efforts include food pantries, meal services, voter registration sites, school and teacher support, disaster emergency services, and financial contributions for grassroot organizations. I currently reside with my husband, two of my daughters, and an extremely entitled cockapoo.  

Chair, Professional Education Steering Committee (PESC)

Eliza G. Boquin, MA, LMFT, CST 

Eliza Boquin (she/her) is the founder of the Flow & Ease Healing Center, Inc. in Houston, Texas, where she specializes in guiding individuals through the complexities of shame and trauma towards healthier, more pleasure-filled lives. She is also the co-founder of Melanin & Mental Health, LLC, which is deeply dedicated to breaking down barriers to mental wellness in Black/Brown communities. Eliza is passionate about assisting individuals to reclaim their narratives and pursue paths toward healing and liberation. She is committed to fostering safe, affirming, and inclusive spaces where all individuals can thrive.