Our Advisory Board
Our Advisory Board is made up of thoughtful leaders in the sex-positive movement including professors, therapists, sexuality educators, bloggers, community leaders, doctors, sex-workers, and ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things. Our AB helps shape our vision and offers guidance and advice. Some of our wonderful AB members are not listed here for privacy reasons, but we are incredibly grateful for their support..
Dr. Laurie Bennett-Cook is a Clinical Sexologist and Surrogate Partner Therapist. In addition to seeing individual clients, she facilitates small group discussions, speaks internationally and works as a media consultant for documentaries regarding sexuality. Currently she serves as director for our chapter: Sex Positive Utah. She can be reached at
I studied Education at the University of Michigan and Law at UCLA, where I focused on Critical Race studies. I enjoy envisioning what the world would be like absent colonialism, and the ubiquitous influences of a white supremacist hetero-patiriarcy. In short - I see sex postivity as a site of personal resistance.
Mx. Nicky Endres (they/them & she/her) is a Non-Binary, Transfeminine, Genderqueer actor, comic, and martial artist who is passionate about promoting a culture of consent and sex-positivity. Nicky has served on the Membership Team for the Sex Positive Los Angeles chapter since 2016 and is honored to also serve on the SPW Advisory Board.
Hercules is a relationship coach, educator, writer, speaker & activist.
He focuses his work & expertise on various topics of pleasure-positive awareness, activism, and education, but never limits himself to talking about other areas of relationships and life.
James E. Brooks, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University. He has published academic articles on topics related to interracial relationships and multiracial families. He brings a critical evaluation of the impact of race on the development of multiracial relationships and is the director of Race and Relationships. He has served on a task force for the International Association of Relationship Research and Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Brooks is on the leadership team of Sex Positive Nashville and will begin research at the intersection of sex-positivity and social consciousness.
I've been a member of SPP for over 4 years. As many of you know I was the Community Director of Hedonisia Hawaii Eco-Community which was lost in the Kilauea volcanic eruption in 2018. As the Director of a sex positive ecofeminist community for 14 years, I bring sociology and entrepreneur experience to my position on the Advisory board as well as insights on intentional community management.
LCSW, MPA, CST is a skilled psychotherapist and educator with
specializations in sex therapy and trauma. Her practice, Pandora's Awakening, offers services and educational outreach that help destigmatize mental and sexual health services. She is a skilled facilitator offering trainings and workshops to healthcare and social services professionals on mental health, sexual health, and reproductive justice. In addition to her work at Pandora's Awakening, she is also the executive director of the Tennessee Alliance of Sexual Health, AASECT’s Mid-Continent Representative, on the community board for Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, an active member of the Association of Black Sexologist, and is a writer and educator for various mediums including Pure Romance, Bedroom Kandi and CNN. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College, a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a Post Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy and Education from the University of Michigan, and is AASECT certified as a sex therapist.
is a Master Black Belt Nia instructor who has been passionately practicing Nia for 18 years. He is also a professional performer and musician who has been featured on over 40 CD's, and has opened for several international acts, including Cheryl Crow, Crash Test Dummies, and Barenaked Ladies. His embodiment and transmission of music and rhythm stir profound transformation in his students. Saffire co-founded two experimental dance companies in 1986 and 1989, and has performed with Danelle Hellander Dance Company and Mergence Dance Theater. For seven years he was co-director of the Ecstatic Choir, five at Naropa University where he was also a musical accompanist for dance and movement classes, and taught drumming classes for the continuing education program. He has taught Drumming and Dance into Being workshops throughout the US, Europe, Mexico and Bali for the past 10 years. His greatest joy is helping to Embody the world, one Community at a time!
Intimacy Coach/erotic professional 25years. Mentor. Neo-tantra leader and facilitator, humble tantric student, Jaya Kula. Yoga practitioner with inmates Oregon Department of Corrections. Facilitator at Death Cafes, where I’m discovering the profound connection between sex and death, both portals, invitations to vulnerability and intimacy, and often the two most difficult subjects to broach with those we love. Honored to be serving with you all.
Christine is dedicated to change cultural norms and attitudes around self-expression. As an advocate for the disability, veteran, and LBGTQ communities, she brings experience from organizing grassroots efforts to crafting public policy to enact change. She brings this experience to help expand the efforts of the sex-positivity movement. Christine is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a United States Army veteran.
Rob Santos, MFT, is a psychotherapist and sex therapist in Los Angeles CA. He has trained under a number of the leading thinkers in the world of sex therapy, especially Doug Braun-Harvey, and specializes in promoting an egalitarian, pleasure-centered alternative to shame-based approaches to sexuality. As a white able-bodied straight cisgender man from a privileged background, he is consciously concerned with understanding his positionality within the frameworks of social power and difference; he hopes to advocate for an increasing level of care for those concerns within the broader SPW community.
Dawn (they/them pronouns) is a queer climate scientist who was formerly the co-director of Sex Positive Los Angeles (SPLA) before moving to Washington D.C. for work. As a leader of SPLA, Dawn loved designing creative events for the community and generating educational materials to help people unlearn sex negative norms and move toward relationships and interactions focused on mutual pleasure. Dawn has been deeply influenced by their upbringing in rural Appalachia, which has given them a passion for community-building and activism. For Dawn, the sex positive movement provides a crucial paradigm shift to help us move away from the current culture of shame and scarcity when it comes to touch, love, and sex and instead towards one of abundance and joy.
David brings 35 years of business experience, owning and managing a restaurant franchise with sales in excess of $50 million annually at the time he retired. Having experienced life in its ups and downs has allowed him to have a non judgmental view of others. He has spent the last 10 years immersed in the sex positivity movement, taking classes from Body Electric, tantra teachers, the Canadian Somatic Sex Educators Alliance and others. He is a certified Somatic Sex Educator from the SSEA.
If you are interested in serving on the
advisory board, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order of importance, we’re looking for diversity, passion, a willingness to roll up your sleeves, experience and or education within sex positive circles, and connections.