Leadership Council

Leadership Council

Members of the Leadership Council, May 2018

Tom Reise, Chair

Tom Reise, Chair

Tom ReiseSince moving to San Diego in 1995, Tom has risen to a leadership level. Professionally, Reise has been an innovator in the restaurant industry by creating Indulgence, a sugar-free, white flour-free bakery and cafe. Indulgence was opened in early 2004 by Reise and his life and business partner, Fritz Klein. It catered to a customer base that had diabetes and individuals who sought a healthy cuisine.

Reise and Klein traveled extensively, with a particular affinity for New Zealand. Shortly after their third trip to New Zealand in 2006, Fritz passed away from cancer. Reise closed Indulgence to nurse Fritz during his final months and then to act as a co-trustee of Fritz’s estate. In addition, Reise is on the board-of-directors of Fritz’s charitable foundations: the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) and the California Institute of Contemporary Arts (CICA). Reise became involved with greyhound rescue which has resulted in the adoption or fostering of six greyhounds over the past decade.

Over the past couple of years, Reise has become involved in residential real estate investment. He has purchased several properties for his personal portfolio and he has become a key investor in Casa Verde, a 15-unit condominium development in planning by W & S Development. In addition, he has become instrumental in the creation of 20-20 Capital Management LLC and Verde Realty Fund I (both in formation).

On December 13, 2008 Lambda Archives’ first Lifetime Family Membership Award was given to Reise and, posthumously, Klein in appreciation of their contributions to Lambda Archives as well as the community. The couple has been activists and patrons of the LGBT Community, as well as San Diego arts, through their various foundations.

Reise is originally from Chicago, and he attended Knox College. His early career was in the Food and Beverage Management Industry. Reise and his trusty greyhound, Chester, live on Mission Valley’s South Rim.

Stacey Mills, Vice Chair

Stacey Mills, Vice Chair

Stacey MillsStacey Mills recently ended her tenure as a member of the firm Heins Mills and Olson, she is now of counsel to the firm. She has a wealth of experience litigating class and other complex litigation. 

Jared Altschul

Jared Altschul

altschul.pngJared Altschul currently works as a marketer in Brand Management at General Mills. At General Mills, he has worked on helping build brands by creating consumer marketing plans and launching new products on brands such as Honey Nut Cheerios, Luna bars, Progresso, and Yoplait. Prior to working at General Mills, Jared received his BA from Amherst College, MBA from UCLA and worked in sales at Bank of America. Jared is a Los Angeles native, but has happily called Minneapolis his home for the past 6 years.

Carol Ball, MD

Carol Ball, MD

Carol BallCarol Ball, MD is a Board-Certified OB/Gyn physician. Dr. Ball was Medical Director of Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD for 13 years and continues to serve as Medical Director Emeritus and a provider of clinical care. She graduated from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester as a member of the second graduating class in 1977 and has been providing medical care in Minnesota and surrounding states for over 40 years.

Daniel Bowers, MD

Daniel Bowers, MD

Daniel BowersDaniel Bowers, MD, is a board-certified Family Physician and a nationally recognized HIV physician. Born in a small town in Iowa, Dr. Bowers got his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. After completing his family practice residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1980, Dr. Bowers joined a small family practice clinic in the Como Park area of Saint Paul where he delivered babies, set fractures, performed minor surgery, ran a nursing home, and cared for families that were five generations deep. He also continued to teach in the Family Practice Department of the University of Minnesota Medical School. As an openly gay physician, Dr. Bowers was one of the first doctors to see gay men with swollen glands and recurrent infections at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As one of the pioneers in this field, Dr. Bowers was an early spokesperson against AIDS discrimination and a vocal advocate for public education and awareness programs.

In 1989 Dr. Bowers moved to Los Angeles to join Pacific Oaks Medical Group, the largest private practice in the country specializing in HIV, whose founders reported the original five cases of AIDS to the CDC in 1981. For the next nineteen years Dr. Bowers participated in the evolution of the treatment of HIV/AIDS from the care of those struggling with AIDS through the arrival of triple drug combination therapy to the present state-of-the-art treatment of HIV as a long-term manageable disease. As a senior partner at Pacific Oaks, Dr. Bowers became a thought leader in the field of HIV/AIDS and has lectured, consulted, and written extensively on the subject. At the same time, he also maintained a large and diversified practice in general adult medicine, with special interests in travel medicine, male aging, and sexually transmitted diseases.

In 2008, Dr. Bowers moved to New York City and now works at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, an LGBTQ focused clinic, where his practice includes both HIV and transgender care. On a personal basis, he and his husband have one son.

Doug Braun-Harvey, LMFT

Doug Braun-Harvey, LMFT

Doug Braun-HarveySexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change. In 2013, Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for improving health care through integration of sexual health.

Since 1993 he has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). His new book “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction” written with co-author Michael Vigorito was selected as the 2018 Health Professional Book by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR). Previous publications include “Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual” (2011) and “Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual” (2009).

Braun-Harvey is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor and Certified Sex Therapist. He currently serves as Treasurer of AASECT and is honored, as alumnus of the University of Minnesota, to join their Leadership Council for the Program in Human Sexuality in which he is a founding donor of the Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior. He has been providing individual and group therapy in his San Diego private practice since 1987.

Joycelyn Elders, MD, MS

Joycelyn Elders, MD, MS

Joycelyn EldersJoycelyn Elders, MD, MS, Former U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. Elders, a native of Schaal, AR, is the eldest of eight children. Now a Professor Emeritus of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, Dr. Elders never saw a physician prior to her first year in college. At the age of 15 she received a scholarship from the United Methodist Church to attend Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR. Upon graduation at age 18, she entered the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant and received training as a physical therapist.

Dr. Elders attended the University of Arkansas Medical School (UAMS) on the G.I. Bill. After graduation in 1960, she was an intern at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis and did a pediatric residency and an endocrinology fellowship at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock and she ascended the academic ladder to full professorship after her fellowship and board certification in 1976. She also holds a Master of Science degree in biochemistry.

Dr. Elders was nominated as Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service by President Clinton on July 1st, 1993, confirmed by the Senate September 7th, and sworn in on September 8th. Dr. Elders served in this post until January 1995 following which, she returned to the University of Arkansas Children’s Hospital until her retirement on June 30th, 1998.

Dr. Elders says her greatest achievement is that she married Oliver Elders and they have two sons, Eric and Kevin.

Fred Ettner, MD

Fred Ettner, MD

Fred EttnerFrederic Ettner, MD, is a Board-certified family physician whose 37-year practice has included the delivery of over 3,000 babies. He has been providing medical care to the transgender community for 20 years. Clinical instructor for Northwestern University Medical School, The Chicago Medical School, the University of Chicago and Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California, previously Medical Director of Alternative Medicine for Advocate Health Care, consultant to the Head Start Program, and consultant to the Public Guardian of Cook County, Illinois, and Dr. Ettner now serves as Medical Director of the Chicago Gender Center. He is an advocate in the courtroom for state and federal adjudication in cases involving transgender medical issues. He is an officer and member of the Board of Directors of New Health Foundation Worldwide, an organization that assists transgender persons. Drs Fred and Randi Ettner are the lead donors to the Randi and Fred Ettner Fellowship in Transgender Health at the Program in Human Sexuality. 

Randi Ettner, PhD

Randi Ettner, PhD

Randi EttnerRandi Ettner, PhD, is a clinical and forensic psychologist. She attended Northwestern, Indiana, Harvard, and Roosevelt Universities, and Moray College in Scotland; received the Indiana University Outstanding Psychology Student award; and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She holds Diplomate status in clinical evaluation and trauma. Dr. Ettner has written three books, including a medical and surgical text, Principles of Transgender Medicine and Surgery, numerous peer-reviewed publications on transgenderism, and an internationally syndicated column on women’s health. Dr. Ettner’s work with the transgender community began when she was a student volunteer at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She is the founder and President of New Health Foundation Worldwide, an organization that conducts research and outreach on transgender issues.

Dr. Ettner has been instrumental in the passage of anti-discrimination laws; has provided testimony that helped establish legal precedent for the rights of transgender individuals in the workplace; the attainment of appropriate healthcare for incarcerated persons, and the passage of Medicare legislation for transgender care. She has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs as an advocate for the transgender community, and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Presently, Dr. Ettner is chief psychologist of the Chicago Gender Center, and serves on the Board of Directors of WPATH, and is Chair of the Institutionalized Persons Committee. Drs Fred and Randi Ettner are the lead donors to the Randi and Fred Ettner Fellowship in Transgender Health at the Program in Human Sexuality.

Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins

Andrea JenkinsAndrea Jenkins has more than 25 years of public service experience as a Minneapolis City Council policy aide, nonprofit executive director and consultant, and Hennepin County employment specialist.

From 2001 to 2003 and from 2006 to 2015 she served as policy aide to two different Ward 8 city council members, Robert Lilligren and Elizabeth Glidden. In that role, she worked directly with ward constituents to address their needs and concerns, from public safety to property development proposals. In 2017, Andrea became the first openly transgender Black woman elected to public office in the U.S. when she became Minneapolis’ Ward 8 city council member. She has lived in the Bryant neighborhood for 16 years.

Andrea is also an award-winning poet, writer, and performer. She has earned fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the Givens Foundation, and the Playwrights Center, among others. She has performed her original work in venues around Minnesota and the nation, including Pillsbury House Theater and the Walker Art Center. Her poems have been published in journals, anthologies, and chapbooks, and in 2015 she published a full-length poetry collection, The T is Not Silent.

In 2015, Andrea became the first Oral Historian for the Transgender Oral History Project of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, MN), a master’s degree in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH), and a master’s degree in creative writing from Hamline University (St. Paul, MN).

A proud parent and grandparent, Andrea is also in a long-term, committed relationship.

Chris Kraft, PhD

Chris Kraft, PhD

Chris KraftChris Kraft, PhD, is the co-director of clinical services and instructor at the Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Kraft is also a part-time Lecturer in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at the Johns Hopkins University where he teaches two human sexuality courses. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Certified Sex Therapist by The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Kraft's clinical expertise is in the evaluation and treatment of: sexual dysfunctions, sexual addiction/compulsivity, problematic attention to internet pornography, marital infidelity, sexual orientation, gender concerns, and other sexual health concerns. He is a 2001 graduate of the postdoctoral fellowship program at PHS.

Keith Laken

Keith Laken

Keith LakenKeith Laken retired from Watlow Electric as President of Watlow Polymer Technologies, and vice president of the parent company. He earned his MBA at Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management through Webster University. He also served as President of the Winona State University Foundation, and is an advisor to their Composites Engineering Program. Diverse in his interests and abilities, Keith is an instrument rated private pilot. He has been a member of LifeLine Pilots since 1994 and currently serves as the Executive Director. He co-founded Mugby Junction, a chain of coffee shops in MN and assists startup and fast growth companies through Gription Resources, his consulting firm. Through his travels, Keith calls on hospitality homes, both present and future, and participates in several non-profit public service activities. Keith and his wife Virginia are co-authors of the book; Making Love Again, Hope for Couples Facing Loss of Sexual Intimacy. Keith and his lovely wife, Virginia, have two grown children and take pleasure in spending time with them and their grandchildren.

June La Valleur, MD, FACOG

June La Valleur, MD, FACOG

June La ValleurJune La Valleur, MD, FACOG is a retired University of Minnesota Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health. She was the course director for the required OB/GYN clerkship for all medical students as well as two elective OB/GYN clerkships. She co-taught the Sexual Health Course for medical students at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Medical schools. She was a board member for many years at the University of Minnesota Physicians, Pangea World Theater, University of Minnesota Foundation National Alumni Board, and is currently on the board of trustees of the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. She served nationally on the Women's Health Access Advisory Board. She has authored many publications and participated in many investigational studies including WHI and HERS. She was involved in the recognition of the U of MN as a Center of Excellence in Women's Health. The Minnesota Medical Foundation honored her in 1998 with the first Alumni Society Alumni Recognition Award. Her special areas of interests include menopause and sexuality. She was awarded a 2-year BUSH Medical Fellowship. Two years ago, she began her new journey by getting further training at the Florida Institute to become a Certified Sexual Health Counselor. She is currently the only MD in the 5-state area that is also an AASECT Certified Sexual Health Counselor. Dr. La Valleur is currently working at Minnesota Personalized Medicine in downtown Minneapolis.

Chip Martin-Chaffee, MD

Chip Martin-Chaffee, MD

Chip Martin-ChaffeeChip Martin-Chaffee, MD, is a pediatric cardiologist and neonatologist at St. Cloud Hospital and is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Martin was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and medical school in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the University of Michigan. He came to Minneapolis in 1987 to begin his residency in Pediatrics. He served as Chief Resident for one year at the conclusion of his residency, and then he entered a combined fellowship training program in Pediatric Cardiology and Neonatology. He joined the division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Minnesota in 1996 where he practices both clinical Pediatric Cardiology and Neonatology. He remains on the faculty in the department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor and still works at the University monthly attending on the in-patient service, in the Echocardiography Lab and actively teaching the Pediatric Cardiology fellows. Dr. Martin has been working with Eli Coleman and PHS since the early 1990’s. 

Eric Meininger, MD, MPH

Eric Meininger, MD, MPH

Eric MeiningerEric Meininger, MD, MPH, is a physician and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, Section of Adolescent Medicine. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Michigan, he completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He then obtained a master’s of public health degree from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. Previously, Meininger was a physician at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in Minneapolis, medical director of the YouthLink Health and Wellness Clinic in Minneapolis, and the director of outreach for Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC). He is the founding clinic director of the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic He remains active as a staff physician at several community health centers serving youth and diverse populations. Meininger is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also board certified in the subspecialty of adolescent medicine. He is an active member of the Society for Adolescent Medicine and a reviewer for the Journal of Adolescent Health., MD, is a pediatric cardiologist and neonatologist at St. Cloud Hospital and is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Martin was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and medical school in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the University of Michigan. He came to Minneapolis in 1987 to begin his residency in Pediatrics. He served as Chief Resident for one year at the conclusion of his residency, and then he entered a combined fellowship training program in Pediatric Cardiology and Neonatology. He joined the division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Minnesota in 1996 where he practices both clinical Pediatric Cardiology and Neonatology. He remains on the faculty in the department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor and still works at the University monthly attending on the in-patient service, in the Echocardiography Lab and actively teaching the Pediatric Cardiology fellows. Dr. Martin has been working with Eli Coleman and PHS since the early 1990’s. 

Scott Meyer

Scott Meyer

Scott MeyerScott Meyer has developed an international reputation by providing marketing counsel and business strategy to a broad range of profit and non-profit companies worldwide. Scott has taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas and New York University. He is also active on a number of community and non-profit boards and organizations. In 2011, Scott received the “Award of Excellence” from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and in 2012 was recognized as an “Alumnus of Notable Distinction” from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has traveled to 46 countries during the course of his career.

Lou Paget

Lou Paget

Lou PagetLou Paget is an AASECT Certified Sex Educator and grassroots researcher whose quest for accurate practical information for herself has created a highly successful international seminar and communications company, with a focus on providing lifestyle and cultural trends information that impact our sexuality, health and relationships.

Her corporation’s name, Frankly Speaking, Inc., is an acronym of the values she feels information about your sexuality should give you: Freedom, Respect, Accuracy, Non-judgment, and Knowledge. With her trademark calm and fearless intelligence, Paget delivers the core essence of information about intimacy, which is the springboard behind her being one of the bestselling authors worldwide in her field, with five books in seven years translated into twenty-six different languages and represented in over sixty different countries, with over 3 million copies sold.

She is a member of American Association of Sex Educators Counselors & Therapists, holds a BA General Studies, with a concentration in physical sciences and is an internationally in-demand speaker and media personality. Paget served on the National Advisory Council on Sexual Health of the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta convened by former Surgeon General David Satcher. She has been a part of the Leadership Council since its inception and was a previous chair.

Susan Phipps-Yonas, PhD

Susan Phipps-Yonas, PhD

Susan Phipps-Yonas, PhDSusan Phipps-Yonas, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and forensic evaluator in private practice in Phoenix, AZ. Phipps-Yonas has worked with individuals, families, and children throughout her career. She has expertise in the areas of child and adolescent sexual health, child custody, childhood abuse, the impact of trauma on adaptation, and forensic interviews and has published articles on these topics. Phipps-Yonas has taught college-level courses and given professional presentations around the country on these subjects as well. Phipps-Yonas is a graduate of Cornell University and received her PhD from the University of Minnesota.

In 1972, Phipps-Yonas and two other students founded an ad hoc committee on women’s studies. The efforts of these three women were instrumental in the creation of the Women’s Studies program and Women’s Studies major at the University of Minnesota. Phipps-Yonas served on the program's governing committee, subcommittee on curriculum and personnel, and as program administrator. The Women’s Studies program at U of M has gone on to achieve national prominence.

Phipps-Yonas is married to Albert Yonas and has four children and five grandchildren.

Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired)

Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired)

Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired)Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired) is a Chicago based investor, philanthropist and retired Army officer.

She is the President & CEO of Tawani Enterprises and on the management committee of Squadron Capital, LLC of Granby CT. Tawani Enterprises, founded in 1994, is a venture capital organization currently focused on real estate with specialties in vintage building development and property management as well as private portfolio management. Squadron Capital is a venture capital organization with an emphasis in medical device manufacturing. Her real estate activities include restoration and operation of the 1912 Monroe Building in Chicago and the Emil Bach House designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1915.

Pritzker served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and Illinois Army National Guard 1974-2001 rising in rank from private to lieutenant colonel with an honorary promotion to full colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard upon retirement in March 2001.

Pritzker’s military career began with enlisted service in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1974 to 1977. She was commissioned in 1979 and served with the 101st Airborne Division in the U.S. and VII CORPS in Germany. The remainder of her career was divided by service in the U.S. Army Reserves followed by nearly 15 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard.

Pritzker’s philanthropic activities include: Trustee Emerita Norwich University, Founder and Chair of Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Founder and President of Tawani Foundation and Life Director of USO of Illinois. Pritzker has participated in the planning, sponsoring and execution of scientific expeditions to Antarctica between 2000-2008 to study meteorites and extreme life forms. Among Pritzker’s colleagues on these various expeditions included Astronauts James Lovell and Owen Garrett as well as Dr. Birgitt Sattler, the Austrian Delegate to the Antarctic Treaty Organization and First Austrian Woman to reach the South Pole. Pritzker currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and is on Visiting Committee for the University of Chicago Library.

She is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago with a B.A. in history with graduate studies in military history at American Military University. Her military education includes numerous Army schools at the enlisted and officer level to include the Army Command and General Staff College as well as an honorary doctorate from Norwich University. Married and divorced twice, she has 3 children from both marriages as well as two grandchildren.

Duane F. Rost, PhD

Duane F. Rost, PhD

Duane F. Rost, PhDDuane F. Rost, PhD, grew up in west-central Iowa. Rost received his bachelors, masters, and doctorate (1970) degrees in electrical engineering from Iowa State University. His dissertation topic was an experimental investigation into aperture-to-medium coupling loss.

Rost has been Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering at Youngstown State University (1970-1976, 1981-2000) and a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow for 11 years. At NASA he designed experimental equipment for the Glove Box OTFE: Supported science and engineering designs and development for the STDCE-1, Flown on USML-1, Summer 1992. He was also involved in Photovoltaic studies for NASA. Throughout his career Rost has had numerous federal and state grants for solar energy research and numerous published reports of those studies.

Rost served as chair of the YSU University Senate for four years and chair for Advisory Committee to the Chancellor for the State of Ohio for four years. Rost supports research and education on the topic of sexuality and aging at the Program in Human Sexuality.

Lydia Roth-Laube PhD, LP, LMFT

Lydia Roth-Laube PhD, LP, LMFT

Lydia Roth-Laube PhD, LP, LMFTLydia Roth-Laube Ph.D., LP, LMFT is a licensed psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She did a human sexuality fellowship at University of Minnesota, Program in Human Sexuality in 1974. She was a large group leader in the SAR program at the University of Minnesota from 1978-1986. Lydia was on the clinical faculty, Assistant Professor at the Program in Human Sexuality from 1990-1995 where she led women’s sexuality groups, sexual abuse groups, and sexual compulsivity groups and also worked with couples and individuals dealing with sexual and/or marital issues.

She has conducted workshops and made presentations on sexuality both locally and nationally including seminars on sexuality at the medical school at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. For the past 20 years, she has been in private practice in St Louis Park working with couples and individual in a general clinical practice with a specialty in sexual concerns. She has been on the Minnesota Psychological Association annual state conference planning committee. She has also been on the TAMID arts/music and drama committee at her synagogue putting on programs for the Twin Cities Community. She enjoys biking, working out, going to museums, traveling extensively with ongoing trips to Cape Town to see family. She is married and has two fantastic adult sons.

Loren Schechter, MD

Loren Schechter, MD

Loren Schechter, MDLoren Schechter, MD, is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Chicago Medical School and Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Il. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Schechter completed his residency in general and plastic surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where he also completed a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery.

Dr. Schechter is associate professor of surgery, and chief of the division of plastic surgery at Chicago Medical School. Dr. Schechter is chair of the government affairs committee and past chair of the patient safety committee for The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is past president of both the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Chicago Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Schechter served as the local host for the 2007 WPATH biannual meeting in Chicago, helped author the seventh revision to the WPATH Standards of Care, and was the recipient of the 2013 Illinois State Bar Association Community Service Award for his advocacy efforts on behalf of the transgender community.

Pepper Schwartz, PhD

Pepper Schwartz, PhD

Pepper Schwartz, PhD, sitting at a deskPepper Schwartz, PhD, received her PhD from Yale University and is Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the National Sexuality Resource Center and the Pacific Sociological Association. Author of 20 books and over 50 scientific articles, she has been given several awards among them the American Sociological Association's award for Public Understanding of Sociology. Her books include The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples (Crown/Random House, February 2013), Dating after 50 for Dummies (Wiley, 2015), Place for Passion: the 75 most Romantic Places in the World (with Dr. Janet Lever, Frommers, December, 2014) and 50 Great Myths of Human Sexuality (with Martha Kemper, Wiley, November, 2015). She also served as the AARP Love and Relationship Ambassador for over ten years and is one of the founding members of Perfectmatch.com, for whom she created their matching system. Dr. Schwartz is a member of the International Academy of Sex Research, on the Advisory Board of Trojan, and Chair of the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences Study Group on aged 50 plus opposite sexed and same sex couples. She is one of the four relationship experts on the hit A&E show Married at First Sight. She is married to Fred Kaseburg, and mother to Cooper and Ryder. She lives on a horse ranch in Snoqualmie, Washington. 

Bill Stayton, MDiv, ThD, PhD

Bill Stayton, MDiv, ThD, PhD

Bill Stayton, MDiv, ThD, PhDBill Stayton, MDiv, ThD, PhD, is a professor, series III, of Community Health and Preventive Medicine in the Morehouse School of Medicine; Atlanta, GA. Stayton is emeritus professor and former director of the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University, Chester, PA.  For 28 years he served on the human sexuality faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Stayton has over 70 publications and participated in 14 documentaries on theology, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, lifestyles, gay/lesbian/heterosexual sex therapy, adolescent sexuality, and religion and sexuality. He serves on several editorial boards and is past president of SIECUS, AASECT, and Planned Parenthood of SE Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the boards of FSSS and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential (G-CAPP), chaired by Jane Fonda.  He has received numerous awards from AASECT, SIECUS, Widener University, and received the Gold Medal Award from the World Association for Sexual Health in 2011. Stayton is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA.