In addition to the many people who have helped us pilot and refine the Spark*ED courses, we wanted to specifically recognize the amazing folks who have acted as course reviewers to ensure our courses are medically accurate, sex-positive, LGBTQ+ inclusive, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive.
Cindy Lee Alves
M.Ed., ABD is an award-winning sexologist with over a decade of experience in facilitating challenging conversations with both adults and young people. They have educated thousands of people on sex ed and wellness with interests in pleasure, gender, and social justice.
As Founder and Head Educator of Ascension Institute, Cindy Lee offers workshops, consulting, and private coaching around pleasure, sexual shame, and sexological professional development. She is also the host of Sex on Shuffle – a podcast discussing teachable moments in music and popular culture. Cindy Lee’s downtime involves dancing, yummy food, and shimmying often.
Lisha Amin, M.Ed. (she/they), is a queer educator, consultant, and changed-maker in the areas of sexuality education, LGBTQ+ affirming best practices, and working with adolescents in a school-based clinical setting. Based in Colorado, they have provided consultation and training at the individual and organizational level, including Sex Positive Families, Denver Health, Denver Public School District, University of Northern Colorado, and PFLAG. Currently, Lisha works as a health educator for Denver Health’s school-based clinics in Denver public schools. Lisha also oversees the Denver Health LGBTQ Champions Group comprised of physicians, medical assistants, and dental hygienists to instruct on most up-to-date and affirming practices for LGBTQ+ youth. Lisha holds an M.Ed specializing in human sexuality from Widener University in education.
Kara Cadwallader, MD is the Chief Medical Officer for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. Kara received her MD from UC San Francisco and her residency at Family Medicine at Tacoma Family Medicine, where she was the Chief Resident. She completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Washington. She is on the Faculty of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho and served on the National Medical Committee for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and also served as Vice-President of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director Committee (MeDC). She lives with her partner and 3 children in Boise, Idaho. She loves to travel, snow and water ski, cycle, and play with her dogs.
Dr. Jaymie Campbell
Dr. Jaymie Campbell has over a decade of experience facilitating dynamic and impactful training on topics related to race, gender, and sexual orientation. Dr. Campbell’s subject matter expertise and educational approach stem from his non-profit career serving individuals and communities who endure intersecting oppressions, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), transgender and non-binary people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) adults and youth. A Black, queer, and transgender activist, he infuses his passion for the topics, love of teaching, and his whole heart throughout his work. When Dr. Campbell is not facilitating trainings, devising plans for dismantling white supremacy, or cultivating healing spaces for BIPOC, he can be found riding his bike, kayaking, or heavily engrossed in a memoir.
Jennifer Driver, Founder of Take Root Strategies, is an award-winning reproductive health, rights, and justice policy and advocacy leader. During the past 20 years she has focused on reducing health disparities and elevating the importance of incorporating health equity across fields. As the former SIECUS VP of Policy and Strategic Partnerships, she provided leadership to drive the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts and build cross-movement and intersectional strategic partnerships and collaborations that advance sexual and reproductive freedom for all at the intersection of queer liberation, racial justice, and reproductive justice. Jennifer has been featured and quoted in national media, including The Washington Post, Vogue, The New York Times, Rewire, The Zig Zag Podcast, The Harvard Political Review, B*TCH Media, and Politico.
Louise Marchena is the Senior Director of Programs at Equal Justice USA, a national organization that works to transform the justice system by promoting responses to violence that break cycles of trauma. She works to build, manage, mentor, and inspire an extraordinary team of change-makers to foster a spirit of collaboration, innovation, and learning. Before joining the team in 2019, she was the Senior Director of Youth Programs at Planned Parenthood of New York City for 15 years. She oversaw the coordination of a series of community-based teen pregnancy prevention and sexual health programs citywide. Louise has more than 20 years of experience working in the mental health field, specializing in children and family therapy. Louise graduated from Fordham University with a Master of Social Work degree.
Katricia Rogers is a Community Educator with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Hawai’i, Alaska, Indiana and Kentucky. Based in Eastern Kentucky, she has focused on building relationships with community stakeholders and helped build a curriculum that supports the unique needs of youth in Appalachia. She is a strong advocate for delivering sex education to underserved youth. As a former middle and high-school math teacher, she brings a strong knowledge of curriculum development and classroom management. She earned an MA in Instructional Leadership. Katricia is the mother of 3 beautiful children who are full of life and keep her on her toes. Katricia also loves working large jigsaw puzzles and is currently working on one that is 40,320 pieces.
Shambricia Spencer is a Director of Experience with the Planned Parenthood Experience Team (PPX) at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, providing strategic consulting services to create rich, meaningful, employee, and patient experiences. She has 16 years of experience where her work focused on integrating social and racial justice into Equity and Inclusion, Educational Leadership, Capacity Building, and Management trainings. Shambricia was recognized as a YWCA 2018 Womxn of Achievement. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound, with an emphasis on Stereotypes Threat and Racial Anxiety. Shambricia lives in Washington with her two children.
La Shea Walker
La Shea Walker is a Community Educator with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Hawai’i, Alaska, Indiana and Kentucky. She regularly works with groups in the Indianapolis community to implement evidence-based sexual health education programs which often include youth involved in the Department of Corrections and others who are “at-risk.” La Shea facilitates health education and training with adults and young people in and around Indiana. Her prior professional experience includes peer education program, working with youth and adults in residential mental health settings, and assisting adults in addiction recovery. La Shea holds an MA in Sociology from Indiana University. In her spare time, La Shea enjoys riding her motorcycle, playing and watching sports, and participating in trivia night at local pubs.