TASHRA's FOUNDERS AND MANAGEMENT TEAM
MEET Director and Founder
RICHARD SPROTT, PhD
Richard Sprott, PhD is TASHRA's Chief Research Scientist. He is a developmental psychologist, researcher, and educator at a number of Bay Area universities, including UC Berkeley Extension and Cal State University, East Bay. His research focuses on sexual identity development, and the impact of stigma and prejudice on interactions between counselors/ therapists and members of stigmatized groups. Richard is also a founding member of CARAS - the Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities.
MEET Executive Director and Founder
ANNA RANDALL, MSW, MPH
Anna Randall, MSW, DHS, MPH is TASHRA's Executive Director. She is a clinical sexologist and sex therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Anna has over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors of health and sexuality and career focus is on the nexus of healthcare and sexual health. She lectures nationally to both professionals and consumers on the special mental health needs of sexual minorities and research focuses on relational power dynamics, self actualization and attachment. Her busy therapy practices in SF and Silicon Valley exemplify the vast interests and personalities of the kink community.
MEET Communications Coordinator and Professional Development Program Manager
Kaylie Engel (She/Her) attended Lewis & Clark College for her undergraduate degree in International Affairs and Ethnic Studies with an academic focus on global reproductive health and justice. Engel’s thesis focused on how U.S. foreign policy affected abortion and other reproductive health policies abroad. Kaylie is currently located in Chicago, IL. Since graduating, Engel has been working as a sexual health professional. Engel also works with the William A. Percy foundation helping to create content for and build an educational website for parents of LGBTQ+ children. Engel is passionate about reproductive justice and culturally competent sex education. Engel is also a multi-disciplinary artist who works with textiles, print making, and photography.
Stephen Ratcliff, MA, LPCC (NM), LPC (OR), NCC, CST
Steve (he, him pronouns) is a licensed mental health counselor and AASECT certified sex therapist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico who specializes in treating LGBTQ+, Kinky, and Consensually Nonmonogamous (CNM) clients. Steve also has been an avid teacher, presenting continuing education seminars at conferences, local universities, and clinical agencies since 2010. Steve joined the directors board of NCSF in March 2021. Steve completed his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies in 2006 and his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2009. In 2018, Steve began doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology. Steve’s doctoral studies are focusing on gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD). In 2020, Steve began participating with the international Kink Health Survey research team lead by Dr. Sprott and Dr. Randall. Starting in 2022, Steve plans to conduct his dissertation study examining attachment patterns in consensually nonmonogamous people. Steve’s research interests include various topics in the gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD) populations.
MEET Clinical Trial Manager
Zita L. Nickeson, M.Ed, LMHC, LCPC, CST, CSE
Zita Nickeson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in WA, ID, MT, WY and CO. She is a Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Sex Educator, Kink Knowledgeable Professional and Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialist (WA specific). Additionally, Zita is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Human Sexuality/Psychology, completing her dissertation work around BIPOC and Interracial Relationship Experiences within Kink. Zita is the owner/director of NW Sexual Counseling, a private practice specializing in sexual, gender and relationship therapy, education, coaching and advocacy. She has maintained her private practice for over a decade, providing sex positive services to many underserved and rural communities. Counselor training and education in inclusive sexual healthcare is one of Zita’s passions. This has led her to supervise Master’s Level Counseling Students and Pre-Licensure Counseling Professionals for the past 5 years. Additionally, as one of the few Certified Sex Therapists in her region (and only in some states), Zita has also been an Instructor for the Healthy Loving Institute as well as providing sex and Kink positive presentations to the local Mental Health, Medical and Kink communities.