Lori Strecker, RN, President
Elina Alterman, MPH, MSW, Vice President
Maren Santelli, LMSW, Secretary
Stephanie Scarbrough, MS, Treasurer
Representative Dennis “Boog” Highberger
Lindsay Buck, MA
Vanessa Sanburn MSWExecutive Director & Co-founder
Cori Green, RN, BSNCo-founder & Educator
Vanessa started her work in sexual health as a Medical Assistant in a Planned Parenthood clinic before transitioning to their Education Department, where she found her calling: delivering comprehensive sexuality education that provides meaningful, affirming, and engaging information to youth, families, and communities. Vanessa served on the Lawrence School Board of Education from 2009-2018, working in part to improve access to meaningful, inclusive, and comprehensive sex education for all students in her district. In 2014, Vanessa was honored with a Spotlight award in Washington D.C. by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) for her work advancing sex ed policy and practices in Lawrence Public Schools. Vanessa works as a member of the Sex Education Policy Action Council (SEPAC) to advance sex education for young people in the U.S.
In addition to her work with Let's Talk, Cori is an award winning nurse and the director of the SANE program at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Cori began her career in public health, working in a clinical setting to provide a wide variety of family planning services. In 2005, she began teaching a family-based class to improve family communication about puberty & sexuality. In 2013 and again in 2017, she received the Daisy Award, a national award recognizing excellence in nursing for her work on an inpatient medical unit at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Cori has taught throughout her career, volunteering in classrooms throughout middle and high schools as a guest speaker on a variety of sexual health topics. She works tirelessly to create a culture of consent in her community.
Together, Vanessa and Cori have over two decades of experience teaching sexuality education, bringing both a social work and nursing skill set to this work, providing students access to medically accurate information, based upon real world clinical knowledge and experiences.
Supported by an engaged board of directors and with the help of interns from the University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, and other volunteers, Let's Talk is improving Sex Ed in Kansas.