Sexual Self-Determination Training Program
An Innovative & Interactive Professional Development Opportunity!
*Instructors Are Listed In Alphabetical Order
Laurie R. Kash, PhD – Behavior Professional located in Portland, Oregon
Laurie R. Kash is a behavior professional with her own company, An Illuminated Life, LLC, where she serves people around the state with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness. Many years ago, before her time as a state Special Education Director, Laurie enjoyed her time as a theatre director and English teacher, professional development provider, and college professor. In Portland, Dr. Kash continues her work as an LGBTQA+ ally and activist through her work with the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court where she served as First Lady to the Empress of Portland for two years.
Linda Peck Athens – Personal Agent located in Portland, Oregon
Linda joined Community Pathways in 2017 and brings 16 years of experience working in the field of developmental disabilities. As a certified SHARE Instructor, in alignment with the 3-tier sexuality certification program offered by Among Friends, she is dedicated to promoting safe and healthy relationships among the folks we support. When she isn’t training, she works as a Personal Agent, an ONA Assessor, and a Quality Assurance team member. When she isn’t working, she is playing at the dog park with her fur baby, walking in nature, or binging her favorite shows while drawing fan art.
Michelle Silbernagel – Owner of SilverNail NW located in Salem, Oregon
Michelle has been working in the I/DD field since 1994, including time spent at Oregon School for the Blind, Oregon School for the Deaf, Fairview Training Center, Human Services department for both Food Stamps/OHP as well as Child Welfare. Michelle was a service coordinator for a local county for nearly three years. Most recently she is an aunt to a nine year-old with an ASD diagnosis who never stops moving and who mouths and or swallows inedible objects, and who requires significant support to keep safe. Michelle started her own business in May of 2018. SilverNail NW is growing slowly and thoughtfully to bridge the gap of unmet needs, with goals around ensuring services in the local community.
Ruth Walton – Behavior Professional located in Salem, Oregon
Ruth Walton is a Behavior Professional and an Independent Mentor OIS instructor for Shangri-La. She has over 20 years experience working in the field. Since completing the SHARE program, Ruth has implemented a two-hour Introduction to Human Sexuality training that her agency requires for all new hires. She has been teaching this course every 3 weeks since January 2023.