guest host & Moderator

Alicia is the founder and visionary of BeFree Wellness Education and Consulting, LLC, based in North Carolina.  Known as the “Public Health Sexologist,” Alicia intersects her love and expertise in public health and sexuality education.  Her educational career extends from North Carolina Central University to Widener University, specializing in health education and human sexuality studies. She has been serving vulnerable populations in the fields of public and sexual health for 15 years and counting.  Alicia’s experience range includes designing and facilitating sexuality education lessons, curricula, and sexuality-related professional development opportunities; and coordinating community education programs, sexual health conferences, and other community-wide social-public health community events. Alicia believes freedom lies in the power of communication and knowledge.

Tanya Bass, PhD, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE

guest host & Moderator

Tanya Bass, PhD, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE(she/her/hers) is the founder of the North Carolina Sexual Health Conference (NCSEXCON). She is An award-winning sexuality educator and subject matter expert in sexuality education, reproductive health, and health equity. Tanya 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. She is the lead instructor for Sexuality Education. She completed her PhD in Education at Widener University in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies.

She is a member of 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). She is a current member of the editorial board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education.

NancY Daley-Moore, PhD, MPH, CPH, CHEs®


 Nancy is an Associate Professor of Health Science at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. She received a MPH in Epidemiology and a PhD in Health Promotion & Behavior from the University of Georgia. Her research areas include  understanding how people talk about sex (and how people talk to their partners about sex), identifying different barriers to sexual pleasure, incorporating technology in the classroom, and identifying abortion perceptions. She has presented her work at both national and international conferences. At Truman, she teaches human sexuality, women’s health, and a course about HIV, and she advises (and trains) students in the Sexual Health Advocacy Group (SHAG) on Truman’s campus to implement sexual health peer education programming. She also works with some of the medical students in Kirksville to help implement and evaluate sexual health programming on their campus. Outside of work, she’s either running, cycling, playing with her pups, or listening to a podcast. 



Kayla Henry


Kayla is a graduate of Montclair State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education and a minor in African American Studies in 2020.Currently Kayla is a MPH student at Montclair State University, where she will be graduating in May of 2022.

Amado pacheco


Amado Pacheco is  a MPH student at Montclair State University. He currently works in the HIV/STD prevention field. Amado is excited to be working as an intern for Sex Ed Lecture Series!



Sameera Qureshi, MS, OTI

Guest host & Moderator

Sameera Qureshi, MS OTR, is an Occupational Therapist and Sexual Health Educator. For the last twelve years, she’s worked at the intersections of mental and sexual health education within Muslim communities, both in Canada and the United States. After twelve years in non-profit spaces, she founded her own business in the Fall of 2020, titled Sexual Health for Muslims. The goal of her work is to create online, comprehensive sexual health education for Muslims, grounded in Islamic spirituality and psychology. Sameera also facilitates professional development opportunities for sexual and mental health providers who intersect and work with Muslim clients and communities. You can find her work on Instagram @sexualhealthformuslims, and on her website



Bill taverner, ma, cse

Founder & President

 Bill Taverner, MA, CSE, is the founder of the Sex Ed Lecture Series and the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Sexuality Education. Bill started the series in March 2020 to help sexuality educators stay connected and continue learning during the pandemic. He is the author or editor of more than 85 publications, including teaching manuals and curricula, college readers, journal articles, chapters, lesson plans, and other contributions in sexuality education. His newest publications include “Sex Ed Lessons from COVID-19,” Sex Ed During a Pandemic, and Sex Education Research: A Look Between the Sheets. The latter two are in development and are expected to be in print in 2022. 

 Bill has twice advocated for sexuality education at U.S. Congressional briefings and has received national awards recognizing his leadership in sexuality education: the AASECT Book Award, given by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists for his work on Teaching Safer Sex, 3rd Edition; AASECT’s first “Schiller Prize” for the best workshop using interactive strategies; the AASECT Sexuality Educator of the Year Award; the Academy for Adolescent Health’s Social Justice Award for commitment to racial and social justice; Planned Parenthood’s “Golden Apple Award” for leadership in sexuality education; and a Sexual Intelligence award naming him named “one of the country’s pre-eminent sex educators, trainers, and sex education theorists.”