This list is tentative list and subject to change.
Zach is a self-proclaimed nerd, sex geek and consent junkie. He has been a volunteer facilitator for a weekly Polyamory Peer Discussion Group for two years as well as serving as President of the Board of Directors for the Houston Polyamory Organization. He has been actively polyamorous for ten years and loves nothing more than gaining more poly knowledge and sharing it with others. He has served on polyamory discussion panels and recorded podcast episodes on the subjects of polyamory and non-monogamy. Zach became interested in consent as a topic some five years ago as a personal research project. He will share his knowledge with anyone who will listen and will soon begin training as a social worker to be of even more benefit to his community. He lives, works, laughs, and loves in Houston where he enjoys listening to and playing music, converting from a fat boy to a runner, all things Star Trek, reading, gaming, cooking and being owned and loved by a bulldog.
After a life of surviving in domestic violence, being diagnosed Autistic gave me the freedom to finally leave. As an aspiring autistic advocate, I began working to make those around me not just aware of, but to understand what being autistic truly means, as well as providing support and direction to fellow late-in-life realized/diagnosed autistic adults. When I fully identified as polyamorous, this experience intersected with my autistic life in a wonderful, but occasionally painful way. When traditional polya support groups could not sufficiently support me, finding community among my fellow autistic non-monogamists best met my needs. This presentation is the culmination of gathering the lived experiences of others, like myself, that show a commonality among relationship experiences. Together we strive to make our lives understandable to those who cannot walk in our shoes. Together we hope to pave the way for successful relationships for autistic partners. I am lucky to be entrusted with telling their tales, combining their experiences, and relating our lives to you.
Rachael(She/Her) is a 26 year old, Delaware native. She has been in and out of open style relationships since she started dating, but has been identifying as Solo Poly for the last 5 years. Her day to day life is work, school, and juggling multiple partners, and a corgi named Ginger. She is a cofounder of The Free Library of Polydelphia. She is very active in the local Poly and Alternate Life style communities.
Robyn is the Executive Director of Loving More® Non-Profit, a national organizer, and leading activist for polyamory awareness. She is a polyamory counselor, workshop facilitator and writer. Since 2004 Robyn has worked to expand media awareness of polyamory appearing in numerous articles, radio shows and TV including Our America with Lisa Ling, Montel Williams, Baisden After Dark, Michael Baisden Bad Boy Radio Show, Alan Colmes Radio Show, Colin McEnroe Show/NPR, and many others. In addition Robyn works to connect the media with other polyamory activists and individuals. Robyn and Loving More were instrumental in the formation of Polyamory Leadership Network. A national speaker and advocate for polyamory she has been a speaker at conferences, taught at universities and been a featured keynote speaker. Robyn has been openly polyamorous for 28 years, raising three children in a polyamorous family. Robyn has been running polyamory support groups, teaching and facilitating relationship and sexuality workshop since 1999. In addition she counsels polyamorous individuals and families. Currently Robyn is working on two polyamory related books. www.robyntrask.com/
Allie Phelan, The Polyamorous Librarian, is an author and community organizer who uses her twenty years of experience in and out of ethically non-monogamous relationships to help others through advice, relationship support, dating events, and more.
Jessica Fern Cooley
Jessica Fern Cooley is a psychotherapist, coach and speaker, specializing in non-monogamous relationships. Jessica loves working with individuals, couples, and poly loved ones who no longer want to be limited by their reactive relational patterns, cultural conditioning, internalized stories, emotional triggers, insecure attachment styles and past pains, so that they can embody new possibilities in life and love. Jessica holds a Master’s in Conflict Resolution focusing on Somatic Narrative Therapy, Emotional Trigger Work, Non-Violent Communication, Attachment/Trauma Work, Embodying Your New Story and Revising Your Painful Past. Jessica has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.
Jesus Viramontes Garcia (Chuy)
Jesus is the Board President of Loving More Nonprofit, polyamory activist and leader in the community. He is a native of the San Francisco Bay area who began exploring alternatives to monogamy in 2004. In 2005 he attended his first Loving More Retreat. In September 2006 he was invited to join Loving More’s Board of Directors. He has worked at raising money for many worthy causes and continues to work tirelessly as Loving More Nonprofit’s volunteer Director of IT. Jesus has been presenting on polyamory at conferences, Universities and special events. He is a key coordinator for Loving More conferences and volunteers. In addition Jesus has worked in the computer information technology field since 1995.
Jeri Lynn Astra Herbert
Jeri Lynn Astra Herbert is founder of Jersey City Poly & Alt relationship Network, and founder/hostess of Jersey City Poly Cocktails. She presented at APW 2016 and has served on the following panels: Widener College’s Human Sexuality Program’s presentation on polyamory, OLNY’s discussion group on Mental Illness and Polyamory. She is founder of JC RetroStyle, which is an organization that sponsors photo shoots, parties, and other events in order to promote community, increase skill sets, provide exposure, and elevate the voices of all genders, nationalities, and sizes in the pin-up and alt fashion universe. Jeri is a dancer with the NYC chapter of PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), an international troupe of dancers and musicians working to promote community, healing, and social change. When she’s not advocating, educating, organizing, or hostessing, she can be found dancing, modeling, working on her art line (Jude the Blackbird), or at her day job in the promotions department of a Manhattan advertising agency. Jeri lives in Jersey City with her amazing anchor cat Frankie.
Rev. Kyle Applegate
Rev. Kyle Applegate is a graduate of One Spirit Inter-faith Seminary. He is an Interfaith Minister, a Wedding Officiant, a Spiritual Counselor, Tantric Healer and a long time Sex Educator specializing in LGBT diversity awareness issues, safer sex practices and sacred sexuality. He has been polyamorous for 20+ years; and cofounded the group Spiritual Polyamory NYC, as well as Open Love NYC, where he currently serves as an Executive committee member Kyle previously served on the Transgender Community Advisory Board for Callen Lorde Community Health Center. He has presented at: Hesser College, Widener University, Caldwell College and Albert Einstein School for Medicine on LGBT gender diversity. He also spoke at Stony Brook University for the Emergency Medical Services Dept. on domestic violence and at Mount Saini on polyamory for the social work dept. Kyle currently works for Metro Plus Health insurance company under the federal grant, “Ending the Epidemic” (of HIV) where he serves as a Peer Counselor at Bellevue Hospital. He is based in NYC and can be reached thru his website his site: www.sacredjourneyhealing.com
Natalie Davis & Robert Merciless
Natalie and Robert Merciless live in the DC area and are members of the polyamory, swinger, and kink communities there. They have been married for twenty-plus years and non-monogamous for more than fifteen. Both have worked in communication-intensive professions where role-play training is common. Their communications workshop is based on their experiences, in conjunction with digesting relevant literature. Natalie and Robert have presented their communications workshop at several conferences, events, and meet-ups.
Carol Morotti-Meeker, MS, MLSP
Carol Morotti-Meeker, MS, MLSP is a researcher, activist, speaker and therapist. She works in a community mental health clinic in Philadelphia, Pa. and also has a private practice with adults and families who engage in alternative sexuality and consensual non-monogamous lifestyles. Carol also serves as a Senior Coach with The Earth Moved, LLC (www.affirmativeintimacy.com), presenting the Affirmative Intimacy ™ approach to relationships. She has provided professional education at the 2007 and 2012 American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) annual conferences. She was an Advisory Board Member 2000-2007 for the Institute for 21st Century Relationships and on the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Board in 2005-7. She has made presentations at numerous Poly Living Conferences in Philadelphia. Carol led a professional round table discussion for the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) in 2011 in Washington, D.C. and co-presented about communication and sex in non-monogamous relationships at the 2013 CARAS event for students and professionals.
Ruby Bouie Johnson, LCSW
Ruby Bouie Johnson is the CEO, Founder, and organizer for PolyDallas Millennium LLC. Ruby is a clinical social worker and sex therapist who has 14 years of experience in a variety of behavioral health settings. Currently, she is private practice in Plano, Texas. Over the last 4 years, Ruby’s clients are kinky, polyamorous, open relationships, sexually and gender fluid clients. Ruby has a strong family and group theoretical and intervention skill set. She is able to work with triads, quads, and polycules with power dynamics and communication within their relationships. Ruby has published in various journals and in the African American Encyclopedia on Criminology. Ruby has presented at Kinky Kollege, Consent Summit, Association of Black Sexologist and Clinicians, American Association of Sexologists, Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and her proposal was accepted by National Education Conference. Consent, Negotiation, and Coercion is Ruby’s service area. She is giving a lot of presentations in the Dallas Area. Ruby Johnson is a contributor for HuffPo and guest blogger. Ruby Johnson is on faculty for the Kink Knowledgeable Program. Mrs. Johnson serves on the board for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. The 4th Annual Symposium is July 13-15, 2018 in Dallas. www.polydallasmillennium.com. Ruby has a hub of information at www.blacksexgeek.net.
Mim Chapman Ph.D.
Mim Chapman, Ph.D., is the author of “What Does Polyamory Look Like?” as well as the UU poly curriculum being used by congregations to nurture understanding and acceptance of poly families. She is also the author of a sex education performance-art piece, “The VP (vagina-penis) Dialogues.” She is a certified Myers-Briggs trainer and has led workshops in various aspects of diversity, learning styles, multiple intelligences, collaboration, anti-harassment, sex and aging, and the change process for conferences, schools and businesses. She was Toastmaster’s “Communicator of the Year,” the YWCA/British Petroleum “Woman of Achievement,” and serves on the Board of Directors of Loving More. She currently lives in Santa Fe, where she is a relationship coach, surrogate partner, associate professor and keynote speaker. http://mimchapman.com
Holly Freundlich (she/her) is a book nerd, activist, artist (sentientcanvas.com), adult sex educator, and DJ from Philadelphia, PA. She is an active member of the Philly polyamory and kink communities. Her activism centers on intersectional feminism: racial justice, gender equality, economic and civil rights, queer and trans issues, sex-positivity and diversity, body justice/fat acceptance, as well as issues of disability, neurodiversity, and mental health. Holly’s social media project “Sorry Not Sorry September” was created to subvert the dominant practice of only sharing the most “flattering” version of oneself. For 30 days, she shares the most “unflattering” parts of her life and body on social media; encouraging others to do the same under the hashtags #SorryNotSorrySept and #FuckFlattering. Holly is a founding member of the Free Library of Polydelphia; a small lending library featuring books relating to the Ethically Non-Monogamous community.
Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti is a poet, public speaker, panelist, singer, photographer, performance artist and long-time artist’s model, as well as a former fundamentalist Christian and cult member. She is also a breast cancer survivor. In fact, it was the cancer diagnosis in 2013 that helped her realize how short life is; this served as the catalyst that caused her to come out as sex-positive, bisexual and polyamorous. Most importantly, it helped her to finally set boundaries and refuse to accept shabby treatment (especially shaming) from others. She is very much interested in helping others identify shame, recognize shaming behavior, and finally, to transcend shame. She lives in Seattle, WA.