Board structure

Advisory Board

What is an Advisory Board?

An Advisory Board is a structured and collaborative method for organizations to engage with external advisors.

The role of an Advisory Board is not to make decisions, but rather provide current knowledge, critical thinking, and analysis to increase the confidence of the decision makers who represent the company. Advisory Boards can be known by many different names such as advisory panels, steering committees, panels, think tanks or board of advice.

The informal nature of an advisory board gives greater flexibility in structure and management compared to the board of directors. Unlike the board of directors, the advisory board does not have authority to vote on corporate matters or bear legal fiduciary responsibilities.

NISHW Board

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Chasity Chandler, LMHC, MCAP, ICADC, CST, CDWF

Chasity is the Founder and CEO of National Institute for Sexual Health & Wellness, the 1st Sex Therapy Certification school geared towards BIPOC

community in the world. She’s a very outspoken sexual health advocate and ally who understands how important this work truly is. Chasity has over 19 years’ experience in the helping field and has passionately been in the field of sexuality in some capacity the majority of it.[/caption]

Chasity Chandler is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addictions Professional, Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Daring Way Facilitator, Certified Prepare Enrich facilitator/Trainer for dating, marital and pre-marital couples, RelateWell Couples Therapist/Coach and Gottman Level 1 trained therapist. Chasity is also EMDR trained with an impressive amount of experience with trauma, mental health and substance abuse as a triad. Chasity is the CEO of Center for Sexual Health & Wellness, LLC where she specializes in working with children, teenagers and adults on relationship and marital concerns, sex/sexuality issues and therapy for therapists. She works extensively with the LGBTQ+ population on many concerns and she does a lot of work with couples in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, increasing intimacy and passion in their relationships as well as infidelity and more! She also does work around sexual abuse and its impacts on our development, ability to maintain romantic relationships and creating space for affirming, safe, and shame-free sexual experiences. She offers case consultation and business assistance to other mental health professionals in the arena of sexual health in CSHW. Chasity is the CEO and Clinical Director at Catalyst for Change Psychiatry & Counseling Services, which specializes in general mental health and psychiatric services. Chasity provides coaching and consultation services to women, therapists, entrepreneurs and business owners through her company SheBoss Coaching & Consulting, LLC. lends her talents and support to mentor 6-8 professionals per year worldwide along with her past mentees who are always welcome.

She is also the co-founder of NeedASexPert, which is a new online directory for sexual health professionals re-launching soon. In the last three years Chasity has become a three-time author with two best sellers: Her 2019 Best Selling Anthology Sex After Divorce: Been There, Done That & Had The Orgasm to Prove it! With her chapter “Sex, Love & All The Bullshit in Between!” the 2019 Best Selling Anthology Brand New Me The Pursuit of Wholeness with her chapter “A Quest to Feel Wanted” and the 2018 Black Therapists Rock Anthology with her chapter “Sex, Sexuality & Gender: The Unspoken Connection to Mental Health”. She is a part of another anthology She’s Dope: From Single Mom to CEO with her chapter “Just A Kid From Dade City: The Journey to SheBoss CEO” set to be released 8/2021. She is currently working on several other book projects and Co-Owns a publishing company named C&C Publishing that helps helpers birth their books. Her hopes are that we begin to write our own textbooks, modalities and practices as it relates to sexuality in the BIPOC community. Chasity contributes her writing talents to several other magazines, platforms and entities. She enjoys traveling, speaking and training on her areas of expertise all over the United States.

Advisory Board

Dr. Tanisha Sapp

Dr. Tanisha Sapp, LPC, CST, NCC, ACS, CPCS is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Liberty University. She currently serves as the Secretary for Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society and the Treasurer for the Association for Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness. Dr. Sapp is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, an Approved Clinical Supervisor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. She is the owner of Tanisha Sapp, LLC where she provides professional development training, clinical supervision, and individual and couples sex therapy. Dr. Sapp’s areas of research and interest include counselor professional identity and ethics, social justice for African Americans and BIPOC, sexual health and wellness, and professional advocacy in leadership.

Dr. Lexx Brown-James

Dr. Lexx Brown-James {She|Her|Dr} is an Amazon Best Selling Author and a licensed marriage and family therapist, an AASECT certified sexuality educator and supervisor. As CEO of The Institute for Intimacy & Sexuality, LLC she works to support healing in couples, families, and individuals. Helping to ensure folks build and maintain fulfilling intimate relationships is integral at The Institute. Dr. Lexx believes Healing Does Happen and as the #couplesclinician works to take care the relationship between lovers versus the ego of lovers. She also merges education and therapy using her skillset training professionals within and outside of human sexuality. In professional development, Dr. Lexx works to support organizations in de-centralizing harmful oppressive practices with their clientele. In classrooms and trainings, Dr. Lexx utilizes experiential pedagogy coupled with affective based learning to challenge attitudes and support learners in being able to apply knowledge and skills.

Dr. Lexx Brown-James is one of only a few BIPOC AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator Supervisors and is one of those NISHW trusts with their students.

Lisa Savage-Phillips, LCSW

Lisa R. Savage, LCSW, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She founded The Center for Child Development (CCD) www.thecenterforchilddevelopment.com, in April 2007. Its primary mission is to increase access to mental health services for children and their families in Delaware. CCD is one of the largest Black-owned private practices in the country with over fifty (50) employees.

Ms. Savage has co-authored articles on the impact of trauma and toxic stress on developing minds. She advocates for equity in mental health services to marginalized communities and works to educate them on how to mitigate the harmful effects of psychological trauma.

In addition to her professional work, Ms. Savage is a coach, speaker, and consultant to mental health professionals who are starting or growing private practices. She is the co-founder of www.cliniciansofcolor.org. It is one of a kind platform to educate and elevate Black and Brown Clinicians all over the world.

Dr. A.C. Fowlkes

Dr. A.C. Fowlkes is the Chief Executive Officer of Fowlkes Consulting which is an LGBTQ+ sensitivity and transgender inclusion consulting firm. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has worked in the field of Diversity and Inclusion for over 10 years. He is an LGBTQ+ Subject Matter Expert and Thought Leader. His passion for LGBTQ+ sensitivity and inclusion are palpable and has resulted in him becoming a highly sought-after speaker and consultant. He has provided training and consultation in multiple settings which include but are not limited to: the financial sector, the aerospace sector, the prison system, institutions of higher education and psychiatric hospitals. As a transgender man himself, Dr. Fowlkes has a profound appreciation for the impact (both blatant and subtle) of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Dr. Fowlkes is a Forbes Contributor, where he writes about LGBTQ+ inclusion, equality, and the Pink Economy. He is also a proud member of the Board of Directors for the Trevor Project.

Dr. Fowlkes has a Ph.D. in health psychology with a clinical specialization. His clinical training has afforded him an opportunity to work at various levels in the mental health field, most recently serving as the Chief Operating Officer or Interim Chief Executive Officer for multiple behavioral health facilities. He has also provided clinical services in the prison system, having previously served as the Chief Psychologist of the second largest prison in Virginia. Dr. Fowlkes is a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. He has worked with some of the highest risk sex offenders in the country. He has operated in positions of clinical and executive leadership for the past ten years and has developed a reputation for improving clinical product and patient satisfaction which in turn leads to improvement in key performance indicators. He is a proponent of transformational leadership and prides himself on his ability to grow leaders.

Dr. James Wadley

Dr. James Wadley is Professor and Chair of the Counseling and Human Services Master of Human Services department at Lincoln University. As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

He is the founding editor of the scholarly, interdisciplinary journal, the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships (University of Nebraska Press). He is also the founder and Principal of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians and his professional background in human sexuality education, educational leadership, and program development has enabled him to galvanize scholars and practitioners in the field of sexology across the world.

His research and publication interests include sexual decision making among young adults, masculinity development and conceptions of fatherhood by non-custodial fathers, and HIV/AIDS prevention. He has written undergraduate and graduate courses and authored twenty-two courses for the Master of Science in Counseling program for Lincoln University (PA). In addition, he recently co-authored thirteen doctoral level courses for the Theological Seminary of Puerto Rico. In 2015, Dr. Wadley earned his NBCC-International Mental Health Facilitator certification after spending time with Rwandan therapists discussing the impact of genocide and trauma in the early 1990’s. In 2016, he helped developed curricula and conducted a sexuality education course at the University of Muhimbili in Tanzania for the nursing and midwifery program. Later that year, he developed and taught an applied research methods course at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2017, Dr. Wadley’s work and advocacy domestically and abroad enabled him to complete his first documentary, Raw to Reel: Race, Drugs, and Sex in Trenton, New Jersey, which captures some of the challenges that emerge in addiction and recovery. Finally, in 2018, Dr. Wadley co-edited The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision (Routledge) which is a book devoted to the clinical experiences of supervisors and supervisees in the field of sex therapy. The book won AASECT’s 2019 Book of the Year Award. His new book, The Handbook of Sexuality Leadership: Inspiring Community Engagement, Social Empowerment, and Transformational Influence (Routledge) carves a new path for sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists in that it serves as an invitation for re-conceptualizing the consultative roles that sexuality professionals engage in.

Dr. Wadley received his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Human Sexuality Education. He earned a Master of Science in Education degree in School Psychology from the University of Kentucky after completing his B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University. Finally, he holds a clinical postgraduate certificate from Thomas Jefferson University/Council for Relationships in Philadelphia and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor. These credentials and a wealth of domestic and international clinical experiences, has catapulted him to be one of the nation’s best marriage, family, and sexuality clinicians.

Dr. Wadley is one of only a few BIPOC AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisors and is one of those NISHW trusts with their students.

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