Reimagining Sex Ed

Board of Directors

Samantha Gerard

As the Founder and CEO of Talk, The New Sex Ed, Samantha’s work empowers teens to make informed, responsible choices about their relationships and sexual health, and helps parents foster an ongoing dialogue to guide teens’ decision-making.

As the first Post-Graduate Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Social Innovation, Samantha conducted extensive research on where Sex Ed was missing the mark and designed an alternative approach based on the needs teens and parents articulated.

For more than 12 years, Samantha has provided knowledge and support to thousands of teens and parents in the Greater Pittsburgh Region.

“Young people need Talk. I won’t stop until every teen has the knowledge, tools, and support they need to make informed, responsible choices about their relationships and sexual health.”

Sarah Amador-Guzman

Sarah is the Director of Development at the Santa Fe Community Foundation. She was formerly a Fiscal Analyst for the New Mexico State legislature where her primary focus was education policy and program evaluation.

Prior to her work in the non-profit and public sectors, Sarah was employed by an international consulting firm in non-profit management where she developed strategic fundraising plans, raising over $8 million dollars for various causes during her two year tenure.

She has also worked as a political consultant, spearheading several successful statewide campaigns. She holds a dual degree in Political Science and Foreign Languages from New Mexico State University, and completed her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon in 2008.

“The value that Talk brings to students and parents is immeasurable. If each of these kids talks to their friends, to their parents, and one day to their own children, our world will be a much better place.”

Jeanice Gantus

Jeanice is a Managing Director at Google, where she leads a team focused on building the next generation of Commerce & Payments experiences and changing the way people interact with Google’s products. Previously, Jeanice led software engineering and program management teams in both the retail and healthcare industries. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.

Throughout Jeanice’s 20+ years in the technology industry, she’s been deeply passionate about driving inclusive and diverse experiences across the teams she leads and the products she builds. She is an enthusiastic advocate for amplifying underrepresented perspectives and building technology that connects and unites people.

Jeanice lives in San Francisco, California and enjoys urban hiking with her dog around the city, spending time with her family, volunteering for political campaigns, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.

Talk has reenvisioned Sex Ed for the 21st century and democratized it so that regardless of where young people live or go to school, they will have access to all the information they need and deserve, which is why I’m so proud to sit on its Board of Directors.