Keynote Speakers

**The 2015 ASC has been canceled**



Al Vernacchio, M.S.Ed           

Presenting: Pizza is the Key to Healthy Sexuality

Healthy Sexuality requires that we know our values, have accurate information about our bodies and our relationships, can communicate all that clearly, and can make deliberate decisions that lead to a more equal and just world. Pizza can help us achieve all of that and more! Sexuality educator Al Vernacchio will tell you how in this engaging and informative talk.

Al Vernacchio is the Sexuality Educator at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA. He teaches classes, organizes sexuality programming, provides parent education on human sexuality, and is the faculty advisor for the Gay-Straight Alliance. A Human Sexuality educator and consultant for over 20 years, Al has lectured, published articles, and offered workshops throughout the country on sexuality topics. His work has been featured in “Teaching Good Sex”, a November 2011 cover story in The New York Times Magazine. In addition, Al is a TED Talk speaker and is the author of For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens about Sexuality, Values, and Health, which is published by Harper-Collins

Tracy Flynn, M.Ed

Presenting: Creating Welcoming Spaces for All, Including LGBTQA Youth

Getting Clear on Our Values, Avoiding the Perfection Trap and Trusting Youth 

Get clear on our own values. What motivates you? On what issues are you resolute and crystal clear? What are your hot buttons especially regarding gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or sexual behaviors?

We can’t wait until we are perfect to do this work. We need to avoid the perfection trap, while still being engaged. We need to be continually learning. Youth are counting on us.

Youth know and see much more than we often give them credit for. Children and youth are waiting for adults to catch up.

Tracy Flynn, M.Ed. has over 25 years of experience in management and leadership positions in nonprofit and educational institutions. Tracy’s professional life has focused on training and coaching to build healthy individuals, organizations and communities. Tracy’s roles as coach, trainer, facilitator and Director have included Health Curriculum Specialist with Seattle Public Schools, National Training Director with the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association (NCASAA)–a nonprofit with over 55,000 advocates for children and youth in foster care, Director of Training for Planned Parenthood of Western Washington, and Pacific Northwest educational consultant with Welcoming Schools, a program of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Currently, Tracy’s work as a private consultant keeps her engaged with nonprofits, government agencies, and educational systems working to support the success of healthy engaged communities. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, anti-harassment law and policy, sexual health and HIV prevention, communication and conflict resolution, volunteer management, and program implementation. Tracy has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors and currently serves on the boards of Out in Front, an LGBT leadership development program, and Equal Rights Washington. For more information, please see her website at:

Nili Yosha & HEYA Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Health Equity Youth Advocates 

Presenting: Sex Ed is a Two Way Street

Talking about sensitive health issues can be awkward, but it is the foundation for healthy bodies, minds & communities. When it comes to sexuality, adolescents and adults often do not speak the same language. We will clarify the barriers adolescents face to accessing health care, confidentiality rights, values and baggage about sexual health topics. You will gain privileged access to the diverse perspectives of adolescents and be provided an opportunity to dialogue and practice having difficult conversations in a risk free environment.

Nili Yosha is an educator with a passion for creatively engaging youth in social justice projects. She currently coordinates the Health Equity Youth Advocates program at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. In her spare time she creates films for Clackamas County’s mental health awareness campaign, Open Minds Open Doors, posters for WRAP’s civil rights campaign for people experiencing poverty, and mentors youth experiencing homelessness in filmmaking.  

2015 Conference Sponsors

Oregon Teen Pregnancy Task Force
Oregon Health Authority, Adolescent & School Health Programs