The professionals at SIECUS are recognized leaders in the field of sexuality education. They have years of experiences with non-profit management, development, education, training, advocacy, and, of course, sexuality. Together they have trained hundreds of thousands of educators, worked with thousands of policymakers, appeared in the leading print and broadcast media outlets, and led effort to advance sexual and reproductive health on six continents.
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President and CEO
Monica Rodriguez is the president and CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). In this role, she works closely with SIECUS’s funders and Board and manages the vision and programmatic direction of the organization. Over the course of more than sixteen years at SIECUS, where she most recently served as vice president for education and training, Ms. Rodriguez has provided speeches, workshops, training, resource development, and technical assistance related to HIV prevention and sexuality education to education and health professionals, decision-makers, and parents both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining SIECUS, Ms. Rodriguez was a sexuality educator at the Center for Family Life Education, Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey. She received a Masters of Science degree in non-profit management from New School University in New York City and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Penn State University.
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Jason I. Osher
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Osher joined SIECUS in November 2000 and has primary responsibility for strategically planning and raising the funds needed to support SIECUS’ programs, as well as oversees all finance, budgeting, and human resource functions for the organization. He has over 18 years of experience in fundraising and grants management and has been dedicated to the field of sexuality education, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health for his entire career. Prior to joining SIECUS, Mr. Osher was the Associate Director of Foundations and Corporations at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He also spent seven years working at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the world’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS organization. Mr. Osher attended Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and The Eugene Lang College of New School University. He is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), a former board member of the Greater New York Chapter of AFP, a board member of the Treatment Action Group, and has volunteered for several New York nonprofits.
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Kurt Conklin, MPH, MCHES
Mr. Conklin provides daily oversight and direction for all of SIECUS’ education and training activities. He plans and facilitates trainings, provides specialized technical assistance, and delivers other capacity-building assistance services to organizations that serve adolescents at highest risk for HIV infection, other STDs, unintended pregnancy, and interpersonal violence, such as bullying. In addition, Mr. Conklin tracks the activities of far right organizations, provides assistance where controversy erupts over sexuality education, and writes and publicizes SIECUS educational materials. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, and is an authorized trainer of facilitators for the comprehensive Our Whole Lives grades 7-9 and 10-12 sexuality education curriculum. He holds Master’s degrees in Public Health and History, both from Temple University.
Director of Public Policy
Ms. Boyer joined SIECUS in 2012 and leads our public policy and advocacy efforts in the area of sexual health and rights, concentrating her efforts at the federal level by conducting policy maker education in the United States Congress and the Executive Branch. She was previously the Policy Director for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA). Prior to NFPRHA, Ms. Boyer was a health legislative analyst for the RAND Corporation; the Government Relations Manager at the American Public Health Association; and worked on Capitol Hill. She received her BA in political science from the University of Alaska Anchorage and her MA in political science, applied politics from American University.
Kelsey Van Nice
State Strategy Coordinator
Ms. Van Nice has the primary role of implementing SIECUS’ state-based work. By building and maintaining relationships with SIECUS’ state and local partners, she collaboratively develops strategies and activities that move comprehensive sexuality education forward. Kelsey has worked as the State Policy Associate in SIECUS’ Washington, DC office, as well as working on reproductive justice policy as the Public Policy Associate for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). Her previous experience also includes serving a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA as a Coordinator for a local Teen Pregnancy coalition in Missoula, Montana. Kelsey is a trained birth and abortion doula, and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology from Montana State University.
Elizabeth M. Casparian, Ph.D.
Chair of the Board
Elizabeth M. Casparian, Ph.D. serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of SIECUS. She is the Executive Director of HiTOPS Adolescent Health and Education Center in Princeton, NJ where she also served as the Director of Educational Programs for five years. Prior to coming to HiTOPS, Dr. Casparian managed the “Ask the Experts” section of the award-winning website, Sex, Etc which is based at Answer (formerly the Network for Family Life Education at Rutgers University). Dr. Casparian has also spent the last 20 years as an educational consultant providing assistance in the development of sexual health education curricula, videos and other health education materials. She has given hundreds of lectures, workshops, and presentations on all aspects of sexual health, parenting, and adolescent development to audiences nationwide, on topics including: Raising Self-Esteem, Body Image, Fitness and Nutrition, Coping with Bullying, and Teens, Parents and Media Messages. Dr. Casparian authored a chapter on Parent Education in the recently published compendium entitled, Sexuality Education: Past Present and Future, (2009). She is the co-author of Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 4-6 and Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 10-12 and is the editor of Filling The Gaps: Hard to Teach Topics in Sexuality Education published by SIECUS. She has appeared on MSNBC and CBS News, the Today Show, and theCBS Early Show as an expert on parenting and sexuality education, and has been interviewed by Seventeen Magazine, Family Circle Magazine as well as several other publications. She served on the editorial Board of The American Journal of Sexuality Education from 2005-2009 and is an expert writer for Parenting Teens Online. Dr. Casparian received her Ph.D. and her M.S. in Education in Human Sexuality from the University of Pennsylvania and has a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University.
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