EDSE founder Anne Hodder-Shipp, ACS, is a multi-certified sex and relationship educator dedicated to providing accurate, compassionate, and queer-inclusive sex education. Anne received her first certification and endorsement in 2014 by the renowned San Francisco Sex Information program and continued her training in 2015 via the American College of Sexologists International and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’s School Based Sex Education Program, where she honed a special skill for working with adolescents.
In addition to her private practice and public workshops, Anne leads treatment groups for clients recovering from substance use disorder, eating disorders, compulsive sexual behavior and other stigmatized illnesses.
Andrew Gurza is a Disability Awareness Consultant. He brings with him a unique combination of lived experience as a disabled man with Cerebral Palsy, as well as a professional expertise from building a brand aimed at bringing those experiences to the public conscience. He received his MA of Legal Studies from Carleton University looking at the law and disability.
Andrew’s written work has been featured in Huffington Post, The Advocate, and Everyday Feminism, among others. He has been invited to speak on topics such as traveling while disabled, being disabled in the healthcare system, disability in the arts and disability employment. Andrew also is the creator of the #disabledpeoplearehot viral media campaign and the popular Disability After Dark podcast.
Certified sex educator, author, and body-acceptance and pleasure advocate Elle Chase, ACS, is certified by the prestigious San Fransisco Sex Information (SFSI) sex-educator training program, the American College of Sexologists International (ACS) and is also a member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH).
Elle is considered a powerful thought leader and a key influencer in the sexual health community, most notably for her respected voice in the body acceptance movement. Chase has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Nightline, The New York Times, Elle, Redbook, Glamour, Playboy, The Daily Beast and Cosmopolitan to name a few. She is a regular speaker and presenter at colleges and universities and private organizations across the country, including UCLA, USC, Emerson College, UC Riverside, The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit and ASSECT.
Sunny Rodgers, ACS
Sunny Rodgers, ACS, is a Clinical Sexologist, Certified Sexual Health Educator, and serves as Ambassador for the American Sexual Health Association. Rodgers is the resident Sexual Health & Wellness Educator for the Diamond Products family of pleasure product brands and is currently working towards her Ph.D.
Since 2000, Rodgers has worked for several top sex toy manufacturers and has made it her personal mission to help thousands improve their relationships and enhance their intimate lives.
Damon Holzum, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker/clinical therapist, educator, California State-certified HIV counselor, speaker, and author. Damon provides insight, support, and empowerment for individuals interested in or actively exploring alternative sexual practices and relationships encompassing polyamory, open, nonmonogamy identities and more.
For more than a decade, Damon has provided insight and services through individual and couples counseling, speaking, and public education. Through individual sessions, workshops, and interactive classes specializing in the de-stigmatization of all things intimate, Damon has provided sex-positive, trauma-informed services to diverse populations and communities.
Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, LADC
Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, LADC, is a master’s level clinician with an undergraduate degree in Sociology specializing in Gender & Sexuality, with a Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling.
Internationally, Beck has presented to conferences, treatment centers, schools, and institutions. Using his personal experience, humor and vulnerability, he connects to participants in a heartfelt way. Beck addresses concerns of equality and acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and promotes improved mental health services, intentional spaces, as well as specific modalities that can assist in improving outcomes for a successful life.
Beck currently is the owner of BGC Bridge, a consulting company helping facilities shift their culture and become more knowledgeable about LGBTQ individuals. He is also a mentor and therapeutic consultant with the Romeyn Collective, helping young people and families navigate the treatment world.
Kristine Ives, MA, LMFT
Kristine Ives, MA, LMFT, is a passionate advocate for those who feel they do not have a voice, that they are not empowered to heal, or cannot envision a hopeful future. From her extensive experience working with issues related to trauma, relationship dissatisfaction, eating disorders, addiction, and mood disorders, Kristine has helped clients chart a course out of the maze of dysfunction and on to the path of authentic connection to self and others.
Kristine is licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and in Colorado as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and is the founder and director of Mosaic Counseling, a private practice in Santa Monica. Drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, as well as her own transformative life experiences, Kristine believes that the therapeutic relationship is the most powerful context for change. Experiencing connection built on trust, openness rooted in authenticity, and vulnerability free from shame provides a rich and unique therapeutic process. Individuals who lean into this relationship foster deep and sustained trust in themselves, hope for the future, and a growing commitment to love and be loved.