BECAUSE Conference 2014 - PRESENTER BIOS
BECAUSE Conference 2014 -
Presenters and Speakers
(Alphabetical by First Name)


Dr. Anita Kozan is a speech and language pathologist whose work includes development of the voice for trans* persons. She has conducted many workshops on this topic for the Minnesota Trans Health Coalition and other groups, and employs the role of spirituality as a clinical tool in working with voice, speech and language disorders.

Bill Burleson is a frequent presenter at colleges, conferences, and community organizations about the bisexual experience in the U.S. He is the author of Bi America: Myths, Truths and Struggles of an Invisible Community as well as many articles, essays, and book reviews. He is also the author of the Bisexual Needs Assessment 2012.

Brianna McMichael, MPH has a passion for community health which stems from her background in youth work. Brianna has a Master's in Public Health from the University of Minnesota in Community Health Promotion and Public Policy. She has a BA in Sociology and Gender Studies from Lewis and Clark College. She feels strongly about addressing LGBTQ health within a systems-level framework to ensure that health is accessible to everyone. She considers health a human right. She has a passion for nonviolent mediation and is involved in Restorative Justice Community Action and the Alternatives to Violence Project. Outside of work, Brianna likes to be outside, laughing, crafting or hanging out with her family.

Camille Holthaus is the current chair of Bisexual Organizing Project, the organization that coordinates the BECAUSE conference. She has presented at BECAUSE for the past 5 years on a variety of topics. Camille lives and works in Minneapolis, MN with her wife Tanya, two sons and three dogs. She also volunteers with Theatre in the Round Players and Field Middle School Site Council.

Carrie Nelson is a writer and filmmaker. She graduated with a BFA degree in Visual & Media Arts from Emerson College in 2008 and is now pursuing her MA in Media Studies at The New School. GREYSCALE, her Master’s thesis, is an interactive documentary about sexuality and language, currently in production. Carrie loves labels; over the years, she has identified as straight, bisexual, gay, “lesbiAnders,” and queer, before settling on bisexual again ... at least, for now.

Ellyn Ruthstrom is the President of the Bisexual Resource Center, a national nonprofit devoted to raising awareness, creating resources about bisexuality, and providing support to bisexual and questioning people. She is also a writer and editor, and has published in the Women’s Review of Books, Huffington Post, Bilerico.com, The Review Review and others.

Dr. Herukhuti is the founder of the Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality. He is a sex educator, artist, activist, and scholar, and his work combines arts, education, and the Erotic to assist in personal and social transformation.

Dr. JamieAnn Meyers serves as Transgender Representative and Board Member for ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation. She is also a lead trainer with the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance, and an LGBTQIA activist in secular and faith communities. She is Professor Emerita at Winona State University, and lives in Winona with her wife of 47 years.

Jim Larsen has been very active in the Bi Community for a number of years. He has been a Board member and Treasurer of the Bisexual Organizing Project, Chair and Co-Chair of BECAUSE, and is a member of the Bi Leadership Roundtable.

John Salisbury, MPH is the Director of Programs at Rainbow Health Initiative, and received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota in 2013. He has worked with Allina Health, Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, and Special Olympics New York. He also has a long history of involvement in issues affecting the LGBTQ community through his involvement with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, Clare Housing, and Hennepin County Public Health’s Red Door Clinic.

Julia Canfield is a recent Master's of Public Health graduate from the Boston University School of Public Health in the Department of Community Health Sciences. She interned with the Bisexual Resource Center from March 2013 to May 2014, and the Bisexual Health Awareness Month campaign was inspired by her idea for a practicum project.

Lauren B Beach, JD, PhD is a JD and Genetics PhD graduate from the University of Minnesota's Joint Degree Program in Law, Science and Technology. For her dissertation research, she studied HIV drug development in Dr. Louis Mansky's lab. Lauren has led many bisexual and LGBT organizations including Bisexual Organizing Project. She has won many awards recognizing her leadership and academic accomplishments, including from the National Institutes of Health, The Advocate, the United States Jaycees, the Point Foundation and PFund Foundation.

Linda Baughman is a professor of Communication at Christopher Newport University. She studies popular culture, sexuality, sex, and gender. She is currently writing a book on bisexual/queer identity. When she's not busy with work she is chasing her three dogs, two cats, and one teenager.

Loraine Hutchins, PhD co-edited Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out, served as one of BiNet USA's first coordinators, and co-founded Washington, DC's Alliance of Multicultural Bisexuals (AMBi). She is a certifiied Sexological Bodyworker and teaches inter-disciplinary sexuality courses at her local community college. With H Sharif Williams (Dr. Herukhuti), Hutchins co-edited Routledge's "Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred: Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives". She serves as the book review editor for the Journal of Bisexuality, and is now working with beloved co-conspirator, Lani Ka'ahumanu, to launch Bi Any Other Name as an e-book.

Dr. Marge Charmoli is a psychologist in private practice and serves as the Bisexual Representative on the Reconciling Works: Lutherans for Full Participation Board of Directors. She also produces and co-hosts Bi Cities, a cable television and internet show.

Mark Bentley Cohen is an engaging speaker, lecturer, and presenter. He has just completed a book “Confessions of a Bisexual Husband” and is touring his performance, based on the book, “Bi, Hung, Fit... and Married” to rave reviews across the continent. He will be presenting the show on Saturday evening at 8pm during the BECAUSE Conference this year. His unique point of view on the topics of human sexuality, monogamy and marriage is informative and challenging, clarifying commonly-held beliefs and misconceptions about love, intimacy, and the importance of living an authentic life. Mark also writes a popular blog on these topics, runs a variety of groups, facilitates workshops and helps professionals on topics related to bisexuality and non-monogamy. He's appeared in numerous radio, TV, print and online articles about these subjects.

Mary H Hoelscher, PhD is the program lead for a 20-year-old district-wide program serving LGBTQ-identified students, families, and staff in a Minnesota school district. Mary was a high school science teacher for 5 years. She has now been training teachers regarding creating inclusive classrooms for 5 years. She is a researcher and instructor at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Mary has been an activist and organizer in queer, non-monogamous, and bi+ communities her entire adult life. She identifies as bisexual, genderqueer, and non-monogamous.

Melia McCubbin, MSW, LICSW is a psychotherapist and owner of Open Insight Therapy, LLC. She has co-presented on DBT at the MN Mental Health Consumer-Survivor Network Conference.

MNPoly is a polyamory organization based in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN. We provide a supportive environment, encourage a collaborative process of community building, and provide opportunities for members to participate in activities that can benefit the polyamory community at large. Find us at http://www.mnpoly.spruz.com

MzStiX has been active in the kink community for over 15 years. She identifies as a switch (the bi's of the kink world) and has been involved at all levels, from foreplay in the bedroom only, to living a 24/7 lifestyle. MzStiX enjoys mentoring people new to the community and often does so with her partner D's Dove.

Nancy Marcus is the founding constitutional law professor at Indiana Tech Law School, where she also teaches Sexuality and the Law. She has published several academic articles on LGBT legal issues, and has been an LGBT rights activist throughout her career, volunteering for many organizations and previously serving on the Board of Directors for the National Lesbian and Gay Law Foundation and for Madison, Wisconsin’s “Outreach” LGBT Community Center. Her legal career has included teaching at CWRU Law School and practicing as a constitutional, civil rights, and public interest lawyer. She has also clerked for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Wisconsin Court of Appeals. She has been out as bisexual throughout most of her career, for over two decades.

Nolan Martin is a queer Trans-man living in Minneapolis. He holds a BS degree in accounting, is a parent, and an active member of the GLBTQ community.

Patricia Poyer is a Samoan American southern anti-belle from Virginia, attending law school at William Mitchell. She organizes with the Brown Queer and Trans Empowerment Collective and is a research clerk with the National Lawyers Guild's Trans Know Your Rights Project.

Patrick RichardsFink is a grad student working to become a mental health counselor specializing in providing service to the bisexual community, and he blogs about bisexuality and other issues at Fliponymous.wordpress.com

Paul Nocera is the Lead Facilitator of BiRequest NYC, a discussion and social group serving the metro New York Bi~Pan~Fluid~Queer community. He also has a day job. Paul has been active in building safe queer space since his early work in student housing dating back to 1986 when he arrived in NYC. Paul is active across a spectrum of issues, including body-positive, sex-positive, polyamorous, and art-centered activism.

Raymond Rea is a fluid transmale filmmaker and associate professor of film and video production at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Prior to moving to Minnesota he taught at San Francisco State University. His film work, much of which focuses on queer identities, has screened widely, nationally and internationally.

Rob Yaeger is a multi-gender loving person who has worked in HIV & STD prevention for the past 20 years. He has personally researched numerous safe sex techniques, though not nearly as often as he would have liked.

Robyn Ochs is an educator and advocate for LGBT equality who makes her living as a speaker, both in the United States and abroad. Robyn is the editor of the Bi Women Quarterly, of the 42-country anthology Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World, and of the forthcoming anthology RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men. Robyn has served on the board of MassEquality since 2005 and is currently a board president.

Sarah Weaver is a professional massage therapist with an illicit and licit past as a safe sex educator and is generally awesome.

Sergeant Major and slave Riches are a couple in a committed poly master-slave relationship based on the dynamics of domination and submission. They are members of the board of directors of Minnesota Leather Pride, founders of MasT: Twin Cities, and board members of Leather Journey, an alternative sexuality education not-for-profit. A member of the National Leather Association International, Sergeant Major has served on the national board of that organization since 2008, and is currently a member of the board of the Domestic Violence Project.

Todd Berntson, MA, LPC is a licensed therapist and author who specializes in couples therapy and non-traditional relationships. His newest book Reframing Relationships: A New Paradigm of Love, Sex, and Connection is scheduled to be released in October 2014.

Victor Raymond, PhD is a Sociology instructor at Madison College. A member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, he holds a PhD in Sociology from Iowa State University, with a graduate minor in Women’s Studies. He is a founding member of the BECAUSE Conference, a former national coordinator for BiNet USA, and a vice-chair for the Minnesota American Indian AIDS Task Force (now the Indigenous People’s Task Force).

Wallace Swan, DPA is a Contributing Faculty Member at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and an Adjunct Instructor in the College of Business, Masters of Public Administration program at Hamline University St. Paul, Minnesota. He is editor of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America (CRC Press, forthcoming September 2014).


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