Jayleen Galarza, PhD, LCSW, MEd, CST – Conference Co-chair

Dr. Jayleen Galarza is an Assistant Professor within the Social Work Department at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA. She also identifies as a clinical social worker who specializes in sexuality social justice issues. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania, as well as a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Dr. Galarza is also an appointed member of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression. She completed her PhD in Human Sexuality at Widener University with a focus on exploring the intersections of queer, Latina identities and experiences. Dr. Galarza’s service and research interests include: intersectionality, Latina sexuality, sexual/gender identities and experiences, empowerment, sexuality social justice, narrative therapy and feminist therapy.

Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CST – Conference Co-chair

Dr. Juan Camarena is a bilingual licensed marriage & family therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) practicing in San Diego.  Besides clinical work, Juan teaches at San Diego State University in the Department of Counseling & School Psychology in the Community Based Block Graduate Counseling Program.  Juan has also provided trainings on LGBTQ mental health, working with Latinos in community mental health settings and supervising diverse mental health clinicians.  Juan completed his doctoral degree and master’s degree at Widener University in the field of Human Sexuality, with a focus on Clinical Sexology.  Juan also has a Master of Science degree in Counseling from San Diego State University.

Lexx Brown-James, PhD, LMFT, CSE

Lexx Brown-James hails from St. Louis, MO by way of Atlanta, GA. As an educator, therapist, and sexologist she is passionate about creating and maintaining safe spaces for people of color, both personally and professionally. Lexx is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE), and she owns The Institute for Sexuality & Intimacy, LLC, an educational and therapeutic practice that primarily serves the Black and Queer communities of the St. Louis metropolitan area.

As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Lexx finds helping others cultivate healthy and sex positive relationships keeps her grounded. When not in healing with others, she loves to educate professionals about positive, safe and comprehensive sexuality.

Tanya Bass, MS, CHES

Tanya BassWith over 20 years of public health education experience, Tanya is considered a subject matter expert in the areas of minority health, pregnancy prevention, HIV/STDs and reproductive/sexual health. She is an alumna of North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of Public Health Education, where she has served as an adjunct instructor for the past 10 years. Currently, Tanya is the lead instructor for Human Sexuality. Tanya is a highly-requested trainer, facilitator and mentor. Much of her work has been in collaboration with community-based organizations, churches, academic institutions, and state and national conferences. She is the former President for the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE) and the Co-chair for the 2014 National Sex Ed Conference. She is also the Co-chair of the NCCU Department of Public Health Education (DPHE) Alumni Committee and serves as a mentor for several NCCU DPHE students and alumni. Tanya is also a current member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education.

Neil Cannon, PhD, LMFT, CST, CSTS

Neil is a licensed marriage & family therapist with a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Doctorate Degree in Human Sexuality.  Neil has post graduate certification in LGBT Family Systems, as well as post graduate certification in Marriage & Family Therapy.  He is in private practice in Denver, Colorado.  Neil is an instructor at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work Sexual Health Certificate Program and is a professor of Marriage & Family Therapy at Denver Family Institute.  Dr. Cannon is Co-founder of Sexuality: Diversity Matters Supervision Scholarship Program, which was formed to assist People of Color seeking AASECT Certification.  Dr. Cannon is the Immediate Past Chair of AASECT’s Ethics Advisory Committee and the Section Leader for Colorado.

Prem K. Pahwa, LCSW, CST

Prem Pahwa is a licensed clinical social worker and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) in private practice in Chicago. He is full time faculty in the Graduate Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Program at DePaul University in Chicago. Prem is the Assistant Director and core faculty member at the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program.


Sally Valentine, PhD, FAACS, LCSW, CST, CSTS

Sally Valentine has a doctorate in clinical sexology, is a licensed clinical social worker and AASECT Sex Therapist Supervisor (CSTS) and Continuing Education (CE) Provider. She is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and is also certified in hypnotherapy, EMDR and Imago relational therapy. She has a private psychotherapy and sex therapy practice in Boca Raton, FL. Sally has been a member of AASECT for many years and has served on a variety of different committees over the years, including: Membership, Nominating, Co-chair of the Annual Conference, Review Committee, Tantra SIG leader, Practitioner Supervisor Certification Committee and CE Chair to name a few. In addition, she has presented at the AASECT Annual Conferences, Winter/Summer Institutes and led the Tantra meditations at the conferences. Dr. Valentine is actively involved in other organizations, such as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Imago Relational Therapy International and EMDRIA. In her down time, she enjoys walking, yoga, meditation, creating in the kitchen, entertaining with family and friends, reading and witnessing her new grandson move through all of the amazing stages of baby-hood.