Saturday Morning Plenary

Youth Action Conference Plenary Session

Saturday Morning Plenary

Advancing LGBTQ-inclusive Sexual Health Education in Pennsylvania

Saturday, April 14th at 9:30am


Alfred Vernacchio
High School Teacher and Sexual Health Educator
From Philadelphia, PA

Vernacchio teaches at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA. He is the N-12 Sexuality Education Coordinator and also the chair of the Upper School English department. In his work as Sexuality Education Coordinator, Al teaches classes, organizes sexuality-themed programs and assemblies, provides parent education on human sexuality topics, and is one of the faculty advisors for the Gender and Sexual Orientation Alliance (GSoA). A Human Sexuality educator and consultant for over 25 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 20, 2011 cover story in ​The New York Times Magazine​. ​Al has given four TED Talks, and has appeared on national programs such as NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “1A”. He is the author of ​For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Young People About Sexuality, Values, and Health ​published by Harper Wave, a division of Harper Collins. Al earned his BA in Theology from St. Joseph’s University and his MSEd in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and Advanced Sexuality Educators and Trainers (ASET). A native Philadelphian, Al and his husband, Michael, live in the Germantown section of the city.


Ja’Nae Tyler
HIV/AIDS Care + Prevention Advocate
From Harrisburg, PA

Ja’Nae Tyler is currently the Data to Care Program Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and just happens to be a 30-year-old Trans* Woman of Color. At a tender age of 15, Ja’Nae, lost her mother to what she later found was “Complications of HIV”. Determined to turn tragedy to triumph, she set out to educate herself on HIV. In 2010, Ja’Nae landed her first job in HIV prevention as an HIV test counselor. Fast forward seven years, Ja’Nae is now an HIV and Public Health champion. Holding several titles including being a Kiki House and Ballroom mother and leader, Executive Committee Member of HANC (HIV/AIDS Network Coordination), Global Advisory Board Member for HVTN (HIV Vaccine Trials Network), and former member of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny’s Commission on LGBT Affairs. Ja’Nae vows to do everything she can to see an AIDS-free generation.

J. Sarah Kleintop
Sexual Health Educator
From Reading, PA

Jennie Sarah Kleintop is a sexuality educator and consultant. She holds a Master of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University. With nearly a decade of experience working with young people, Sarah is committed to helping to provide children and adolescents with comprehensive and developmentally-appropriate sexuality education. As a Community Health Educator at Planned Parenthood, Sarah manages two LGBTQIA programs for youth ages 14-21 in Reading and York, PA. Additionally, she has successfully opened and maintained a Health Resource Center (HRC) offering sexuality education large group sessions, and one-on-one counselling.

Additionally, Sarah specializes in helping to train and educate health care professionals about sexuality. In the past, she has served as co-director of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Sexual Health Leadership Course program, and she continues to present on topics relating to medical education and the integration of sexual health training. Her professional affiliations and duties include serving as current Chair of Exhibitors and Sponsors for the international sexuality organization, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), where she works directly with both local and international organizations and businesses, academic institutions, reproductive health service providers, sexual health product providers, and more to create opportunities for support, networking, and visibility.

KC Miller
Founder and President of Keystone Coalition for Advancing Sex Education (CASE)
From West Chester, PA

KC Miller is a strong health and human rights advocate who is the Founder and Executive Director of Keystone Coalition for Advancing Sex Education (CASE). Miller has also created a successful campus initiative that provides free contraceptives and education to students called Sexual Health Awareness Educators. His advocacy to make sex education comprehensive and inclusive has gained significant national attention recently being awarded the 2017 Young Hero Award by the National Liberty Museum. In addition to his health advocacy, he has a passion for politics and has worked on dozens of political campaigns focusing on Youth Engagement. Originally from Montgomery County, Miller is a high school senior and Student Body President at the Westtown School, located in West Chester, PA.