Meet the Team
Reimagining Sex Ed

Our Team

Samantha Bushman

Founder and CEO

Lauren Weinbrown

Writing Lead, Chat Fiction

Amanda Perez

UX Design and User Testing, Chat Fiction

Dory Johnson

Assistant for Special Projects

Emily Weiss

Writer, Chat Fiction

Chinmay Kulkarni

Assistant Professor, Human Computer Interaction Institute, CMU

Geoff Kaufman

Assistant Professor, Human Computer Interaction Institute, CMU

Jessica Hammer

Thomas and Lydia Moran Assistant Professor of Learning Science, Human Computer Interaction Institute & Entertainment Technology Center, CMU

Payal Bhujwala

Chat Fiction UX

Danielle Shoshani

Chat Fiction UX

Margot Henderson

Chat Fiction UX

Board of Directors

Samantha Bushman

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 a Fiscal Analyst for the New Mexico State legislature. Her primary focus is education policy and program evaluation.

Prior to her work in the public sector, 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.”

Lauren DeVito Caiella

Lauren is a Talent Manager with Google in New York City, where she has been employed since 2006 in the Human Resources area. She is a dynamic and passionate leader with a record of improving sales and operational excellence across multiple business sectors and regions. Lauren is an expert in defining vision who has improved her sector by designing long-term solutions, including an attribute model which was adapted and scaled to all levels across all functions at Google. Lauren is credited with delivering substantial productivity and growth, helping to restore Google’s direct sales sector to 30% YOY growth in 2013, overseeing 450+ employees, and increasing staff numbers and leading redeployment continuously throughout her career.

Lauren is a 2005 Cum Laude graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, and she continues to engage with the CMU alumni network. She enjoys running, yoga, hiking and volunteering at the local and national level.

“Talk is the program I wish I had access to as a young adult. Healthy sexuality and relationships are critical building blocks for a successful life, and Talk empowers students and parents with the knowledge and tools to navigate these important issues. I’m proud to be a part of Talk!”

Andrea Gillot Haney

Andrea attended the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Physical Education. She taught fitness for over 30 years and was the owner of The Pilates Centre. In addition, Andrea served as the PTA President of the Hampton School District and received the Heart of Hampton Award for her dedication to education.

Andrea is one of ten children born and raised in the Pittsburgh area — she even has over 60 family members still in the area. She has raised two daughters, and participated in their education by coaching soccer, teaching Sunday school classes, and holding various board positions within The Ellis School Parent Association. She became a proud grandmother in 2019 and is looking forward to sending her youngest child to medical school in 2021.

“Talk has empowered me as a mother, and each day I recognize all the wonderful ways that it has shaped my daughter. It is a program that every parent and child deserves. I could not be more proud to stand with this organization and work to achieve its mission.”

Andrea Kline Glickman

Andrea is the Executive Director of the Shear Family Foundation where she oversees philanthropic initiatives and manages the grant-making process. Previously, Andrea served as the Executive Director of the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section and in numerous other roles in fund development and nonprofit management in the Pittsburgh region.

Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Andrea practiced law after receiving her juris doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She also obtained a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

“I believe in the power of Talk. As a parent, I am so grateful that my children experienced Talk’s programming. I firmly believe that this education should not be reserved for a privileged few. This is information that every child and parent needs. For this reason, I am honored to support Talk and spread its mission.”

Founding Board of Directors

Linda Babcock

“Sam has had a tremendous impact on me as a parent, and her work has transformed how I think about and approach my relationship with my daughter.”

Anne Lewis

“As the mother of two sons, I appreciate the value Talk places on educating boys and the thoughtfulness and attention paid to the pressures young men face. Teens need considerably more support than they currently receive to successfully navigate the realities of teenage life and the complex, and oftentimes difficult decisions they are forced to confront.”

Denise Rousseau

“Talk provides a fresh, informed, evidence-based approach to educating teens and pre-teens about sex, sexuality, and well-being. I wish that we had had it years ago.”