CEO/FOunder: Heather Mcpherson LPC-s, lmft, CST
SOuthwest | Great Lakes
Heather McPherson, MA, LPC-S, LMFT, CST is the CEO/Founder The Sexual Health Alliance and also maintains a private practice (respark.co) in South Austin, Texas specializing in sexuality and relationships. She is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S). She also is the Texas Section Leader for AASECT (American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists). She helps clients gain confidence, rebuild trust, increase playfulness, and find passion and meaning in their erotic lives. Heather graduated from Texas State University with a MA in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy; a CACREP Accredited Program.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: ALYCIA WILLIAMS, LPC, CST
GREAT LAKES (CHICAGO)
Alycia Williams, MS, LPC, CST is a psychotherapist who has specialized in relationship enhancement and personal growth for 20 years. She maintains a private therapy practice in Chicago. Alycia holds a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oklahoma State University and a post-graduate certification in sex therapy and sexuality education from the University of Michigan. She is also an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. In her practice, she treats a wide variety of sexual and relational concerns, with a special interest in sexuality and anxiety. Alycia seeks to further the field of sexuality through skilled delivery of sex therapy, facilitation of cutting edge sexuality information, and promotion of sex positive dialogue.
DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL OUTREACH: PHILLIS MIMS-GILLUM MD, CSC
GREAT LAKES (DETROIT)
Dr. Phillis Mims-Gillum is a board certified physician in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology with over 15 years of clinical experience. In addition, she is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor and provides dedicated Sexual Health and Counseling services in a health care setting. She is an Assistant Professor for the Wayne State University School of Medicine and teaching faculty for the University of Michigan SSW Certificate program for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. She actively promotes Sexual Health as an important part of Total Health Care and Self care. In this capacity, she provides ongoing education and empowerment for patients and providers in order to create settings where open dialogue, acceptance, medical training, patient and client care, and multi-specialty collaboration will allow sexual health to be recognized and openly addressed in the health care setting and beyond. She is committed to creating and nurturing partnerships that help advance the field of sexuality by bridging the gap between Sexual Medicine, Sex Counseling, and Sex Therapy. A writer, blogger, and public speaker, Dr. Mims-Gillum enjoys sharing realistic and reliable presentations that empower as they promote healthy living, self-care, intimacy, sexuality, and
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Brenna Ansley
Brenna Ansley is a graduate student at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She is enrolled in the Professional Counseling Program focusing in Marital, Couple & Family Counseling. During her undergraduate degree, she studied Psychology, Studio Art, and Multicultural Studies, taking a special interest in Feminist Politics, Queer Theory, and Human Sexuality. Brenna is the Director of Student Services for the Southwest Sexual Health Alliance under the guidance of its founders. She will serve as liaison connecting local universities with our mission of provocative dialogue and radical collaboration.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE: Nisha McKenzie PA-C
GREAT LAKES (Grand Rapids)
Nisha McKenzie graduated in 2002 with a Masters in Medicine – Physician Assistant studies. Since that time she has dedicated her career to women’s health and wellness. Beginning in 2011, she intently focused on women’s sexual health and its relation to overall health after the realization that information is not being taught to medical providers in a way that can effectively be communicated to the women we are meant to help. She is also a graduate of the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program. Nisha mentors and teaches both Sexual Medicine and Women’s Health for the Grand Valley State University PA program and also enjoys teaching the OB/GYN residents of Michigan State University. She speaks at many medical conferences with a dedication to helping providers understand how to better include sexual health into general health. She is the founder and director of the Center for Women’s Sexual Health in Grand Rapids, MI. This was created to allow women the opportunity to explore questions or concerns about sex and relationships in a comfortable, educated environment lacking judgement and the typical medical time constraints. Her goal is to allow all women to embrace sexuality in a manner comfortable for them and to help create a network of providers who can work together to help relationships grow and improve, whether with oneself or with others.