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AASECT Board of Directors

President -  Susan E. Stiritz, PhD, MSW, MBA, CSE, CSES

Susan Stiritz, an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) and Supervisor, a research psychoanalyst, and a university professor, chairs and teaches in the Specialization in Sexual Health and Education at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on transformative sexuality education. Previous work as a community action writer and photographer for an Office of Economic Opportunity agency, a director of a Model Cities Day Care Center, a director of a six county family planning  education and training program, and a professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies informs her view of sexuality issues as social justice issues. She presents workshops locally, nationally, and internationally and publishes papers on sexuality education in peer reviewed and law journals . At AASECT, she has chaired the CE Approval Committee and the Professional Education Steering Committee, and she revived AASECT;\’s Institutes in 2013, after their four year hiatus. Her transdisciplinary education includes a PhD in American and English Literature, a Graduate Certificate in Women Studies, an MBA in finance and marketing, and an MSW.

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President - Elect - Chris F. Fariello, PhD, MA, LMFT, CST, CSE, CSTS

Dr. Chris Fariello is the Founder and Director of the Philadelphia Institute for Individual, Relational & Sex Therapy (PhIIRST). He has 30 years of experience as an educator, trainer, public speaker, writer, and therapist. He holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Drexel University, a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education from NYU and a doctorate in Human Sexuality from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT approved Supervisor. He is also certified as an AASECT Sexuality Educator, Sex Therapist and Supervisor. He has served on numerous boards, including several terms for the Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for which he was President. He is recognized nationally as a relationship and sexuality expert and has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and talk shows. He has contributed to several videos and books and has written two books including The Lover’s Guide Encyclopedia. He has presented many times at AASECT and SSSS conferences and teaches Sex Therapy at Drexel University.

Chris may be contacted at

Secretary - Melissa Novak, LCSW, CST, CSTS

Melissa Novak a licensed clinical social worker and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST), specializing in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, personality disorders and anxiety related disorders.  She earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she focused her studies on human sexuality and sexual therapy. In 2011, Melissa completed a yearlong fellowship program at the Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic, focused on further developing skills within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other empirically validated approaches. She works with individuals and couples, sex workers and people in the kinky and poly communities. Ms. Novak also serves as a national educator and supervisor, and is an adjunct professor for University of Chicago’s Social Service Administration Program where she teaches Human Sexuality Across the Lifespan and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Her private practice is in Chicago, IL.

Melissa may be contacted at

Treasurer - Todd Malloy, MA, LMFT, CST, CSE

Todd Malloy is a LMFT, CST, CSE, in 2011 founded Inner Peace Counseling Center, to create a safe space where emotional, sexual and personal healing could occur. At Inner Peace Counseling Center, he serves as clinical director with offices in Charlotte, and Huntersville, NC. He is on the teaching staff of the Univ. Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program, producer of "Mancave Conversations" a forum to inform men in the areas of manhood, relationships, sexual heath, intimacy, passion and beyond and provides women a bird’s eye view of what men talk about in Man Cave Conversations. He is also the co-author of the book “Time to Rise,” stories of personal growth and professional transformation that help you find your purpose and live your best life. He is also an advocate for the sexual health issues of the Intellectually Developmentally Disabled community. Todd has served on the AASECT Ethics Committee and is now the Treasure of AASECT.  

Todd may be contacted at

Vice President of Membership - Lexx Brown-James, LMFT, CSE, CSES

Dr. Lexx Brown-James {She|Her|Dr} is an Amazon Best Selling author of These are my Eyes, This is my Nose, This is my Vulva, These are my Toes. She a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sexuality educator and supervisor with AASECT. In St. Louis, she owns The Institute for Intimacy & Sexuality where she contracts with various organizations to train others in reproductive justice and accessible, comprehensive, intersectional, and anti-oppressive sexuality education. As an LMFT and CSES, she merges the educational and therapy worlds to help others succeed as sexuality professionals while educating the public about healthy sexuality. As an educator, Dr. Lexx has had the pleasure of publishing articles within the field about comprehensive sexuality interviewing. She enjoys using her skillset training professionals, teaching budding & senior sexologists, and various types of clinicians. As a therapist, Dr. Lexx works to ensure folks who attend therapy de-stigmatize barriers to mental health, build and maintain fulfilling intimate relationships.

Chair, Certification Steering Committee- Sally Valentine, PhD, FAACS, LCSW, CST, CSTS

Sally Valentine earned a doctorate in clinical sexology, is a licensed clinical social worker, and AASECT certified sex therapist. She is also certified in: Imago Relationship Therapy, trauma-informed EMDR therapy, hypnotherapy, and a registered Sivananda yoga teacher. Valentine has a private practice in Boca Raton, FL specializing in relationship/intimacy issues, sexuality concerns, trauma, life stressors and runs meditation groups. She offers popular Tantra workshops for couples, geared for professionals and interested couples wishing to delve deeper into Tantra. She has taught workshops and offered trainings in areas of healthy sexuality and sacred sexuality for the last 15 years.

Additionally, Sally is an AASECT Certified Supervisor for Sex Therapists and a state approved Clinical Supervisor for Licensees of Clinical Social Work. She works toward empowering new therapists with a solid foundation of clinical experience, direction and support which ultimately benefits the clients they counsel. 

Dr. Valentine is a national and international presenter and workshop facilitator. She teaches in areas of enhancing sexuality, tantra sexuality, healing the mind-body connection of trauma, and personal growth transformation.                                         

Sally may be reached at

Chair, Professional Education Steering Committee (PESC) - Rosalyn Dischiavo, EdD, MA, CSE, CSES

Dr. Rosalyn Dischiavo, MA, CSES is the founder and director of Institute for Sex Education & Enlightenment (ISEE), a professional training program for educators, counselors, therapists and clinicians, and the current Chairperson for the AASECT Professional Education Steering Committee. Rosalyn began as a licensed addictions counselor and then had a private practice for marriage and family therapy for many years. She has a Doctor of Education degree in human sexuality, a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and Sexuality Educator Supervisor. She was the Director of both the Women’s Center and the Health Education office at the University of Hartford from 1999-2006. Dr. Dischiavo has been presenting retreats, workshops and lectures on topics related to wellness, spirituality, sex and gender issues for 30 years A former radio personality, she uses humor and insight to dynamically engage participants in a meaningful and unique dialog about sexuality and other wellness-related topics.

Rosalyn may be reached at

Chair, Public Relations, Media & Advocacy Steering Committee (PRMA) - Margie Nichols, PhD, CST, CSTS

Margaret Nichols, Ph.D. is a psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor, and founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Personal Growth, a psychotherapy organization in New Jersey  specializing in sex therapy and other clinical work with the sex and gender diverse community.  She is an international speaker on LGBTQ issues and author of many articles and papers on LGBTQ sexuality and mental health issues.  Her current primary clinical areas of interest are differences between same and mixed sex couples’ sexual function, transgender and gender nonconforming young people, and those who make up the ‘Q’ in LGBTQ, e.g. kinky, polyamorous, and queer people. Recent  publications include papers on LGBTQ therapy, same sex couples, clients who practice ‘kink’, and parents of transgender people,  Psychotherapy Networker articles on transgender youth and consensual nonmonogamy, and a TEDx talk entitled “Beyond the  Gender Binary.”.   Current projects include her work as a new Board Member of AASECT and Chair of the Public Relations, Media, and Advocacy Committee,  and  the development of a certification program for transgender mental health through Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.

Margie may be contacted at

Chair, Communications Steering Committee - Eli R. Green, PhD, CSE

Eli R. Green is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies Graduate Program at Widener University and is the founder of the Transgender Training Institute. As an author, researcher and educator, Dr. Green’s work focuses on excellence in sexuality education. Dr. Green’s award winning book, co-authored with Luca Maurer, The Teaching Transgender Toolkit:  A Facilitator’s Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Reducing Prejudice & Building Skills is the first of it’s kind and establishes standards of excellence for teaching transgender topics. Through the Transgender Training Institute, he works nationally as an educator and consultant who helps non-profits, direct service, medical providers and educational professionals expand their transgender-related cultural competency and create inclusive and affirming environments.This work includes developing curricula, leading train-the-trainer courses and providing ongoing technical assistance and coaching for current educators and trainers. His research focuses largely on reducing prejudice toward transgender people and communities through education and training. Dr. Green holds a PhD in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University, in addition to Master's Degrees in Human Sexuality Education (Widener University) and Applied Women’s Studies (Claremont Graduate University). He is a Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) and is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Learn more about Dr. Green at and The Transgender Training Institute at

Eli may be contacted at

Chair, Outreach Steering Committee - Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CST

Juan Camarena (el/he/him/his) is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Certified Sex Therapist.  Dr. Camarena is the Executive Director of the San Diego State University - Center for Community Counseling and Engagement and is a Lecturer in both the Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling Program at San Diego State University and the California Institute for Integral Studies Human Sexuality PhD program.  Dr. Camarena also provides psychotherapy at his independent practice and he trains other therapists on working effectively and compassionately with Gender and Sexually Diverse persons/relationships across multiple intersectional identities.

Dr. Camarena earned his Master of Science degree in Counseling from San Diego State University with concentrations in Multicultural Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, and School Counseling.  He also earned his Master of Education degree and PhD in the clinical track of Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies. Dr. Camarena is passionate about experiential teaching and learning, social justice-focused research, and combating marginalization via psychotherapy. 

.Juan may be contacted at