2019 Plenary Speakers


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Opening Keynote – Monday

Karen Rayne, PhD, CSE

Executive Director

Dr. Rayne serves as the executive director of UN|HUSHED implementing the highest quality sexuality education curricula possible. An author, Dr. Rayne has worked in sexuality education for the past two decades with an expertise in parenting, comprehensive sexuality education, curriculum writing, and training. Her books include: GIRL: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You and Breaking the Hush Factor: Ten rules for talking with teenagers about sex. She has also developed a wide range of curricula and other professional resources. Dr. Rayne has worked with the UNFPA, The Center for Sex Education, Girls Inc, and other organizations to bring them best practices approaches to sexuality education.


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Closing Keynote – Tuesday

Rosalinda Mercado-Garza, PhD

E-Colors in Education Inc.

Since June 2013, Dr. Mercado-Garza has been chief executive officer of E-Colors in Education, a national not-for-profit organization, offering human performance and leadership coaching to K-12 and university students, educators, and leaders. Previously, she served as a school superintendent, principal and bilingual teacher. Additionally, Dr. Mercado-Garza taught an undergraduate education course at Texas A&M for two years after completing her master’s. She wrote her dissertation on her life story, entitled "From Being Considered At-Risk to Becoming Resilient: An Autoethnography of Abuse & Poverty.” In addition, she has been invited to share her narrative as a keynote speaker at various events across the country.




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Keegan Warren-Clem, JD, LLM

Founding Director
Austin Medical-Legal Partnership

An attorney and founding director of Austin Medical-Legal Partnership, Ms. Warren-Clem works collaboratively with health care providers to improve health outcomes through legal assistance and education, and law-informed clinical practice transformation. An adjunct professor dually appointed at The University of Texas School of Law and McCombs School of Business, Ms. Warren-Clem challenges students and residents to explore connections between health, poverty, and unmet legal needs. She has published articles on public health law and policy, and the use of population health norms to understand outcomes of legal interventions.


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Will Francis, LMSW

Government Relations Director
National Association of Social Workers - Texas Chapter

Will Francis is a Licensed Master Social Worker and the Government Relations Director for the National Association of Social Workers – Texas Chapter. Prior work experience includes positions with Child Protective Services, Travis County Juvenile Probation, and Mental Health America of Texas. Mr. Francis received a master’s in social work from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in English from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.


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Celia Neavel, MD, FASHM, FAAFP

Medical Director, Center for Adolescent Health & GOALS
Peoples Community Clinic

With the support of People’s Community Clinic, Dr. Neavel founded and continues to direct the Center for Adolescent Health and GOALS Program. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors at The University of Texas at Austin and her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Board certified in Family Medicine with fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Neavel is recognized as a Top Doctor in Adolescent Medicine by Austin Monthly and a Super Doctor in Family Medicine by Texas Monthly. She gives national, state, and local talks on topics concerning adolescent health, reproductive health, and integrated behavioral health.