About Us

Our BOard

Our Staff

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

Michael Showalter

Vanessa Sanburn MSW

Executive Director & Co-founder

Cori Green, RN, BSN

Co-founder & Educator

About Vanessa

Vanessa is a Masters level Social Worker, with a BS in Biology. She began her work in the field of sexual health years ago 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.

About CORI

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 nursing career in the public health field, working in a clinical setting providing 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 Sexuality Education in Kansas.