Executive Team

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Megan Speciale, PhD

Dr. Megan Speciale is an Associate Professor of Counseling at Palo Alto University. Megan has worked as a professional counselor and advocate in a variety of community settings, focusing primarily on sexuality health and wellness and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) children, adolescents, adults, and their families. Her research includes feminist and queer perspectives of counseling and counselor education, sexuality counseling and education, and issues related to intersectional LGBTQIA populations. Megan is currently the Editor-in-Chief for The Thoughtful Counselor Podcast and the Associate Editor for the Journal of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness.


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Angela Schubert, PhD, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH

Dr. Angela “Angie” Schubert is an Associate Professor and Director of Online Learning for the Clinical Counseling department at Central Methodist University. Dr. Schubert is also the lead clinician and supervisor at Brightside Counseling in Denver, Colorado. She is licensed in Colorado, Missouri, and Florida and is a state approved clinical supervisor.


Her research interests primarily explore clinical training and competencies related to sexuality and sexual health as well as the sexual rights and experiences of marginalized populations whose sexual expressions and orientations fall outside of heteronormative, repronomative lens.  Dr. Schubert is in the the process of becoming an AASECT certified sex therapist and continues to advocate for comprehensive K-12 sex education and sex positive training for mental health professionals across the fields.




Frances McClain, PhD, LCPC, NCC

Dr. “Fran” McClain is a licensed clinical professional counselor and since 2010 is the Director of Clinical Training in the Counseling Psychology department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. She has worked as an adjunct associate professor since 2008. She and her wife have co-taught Human Sexuality for the last 4 years and presented their teaching approach at the ACA conference in 2017. 

She was the Program Director of Clinical Services for a community mental health center on the North Shore for 10 years prior to joining staff at TCSPP. She graduated with her PhD in Counseling Education & Supervision.

Fran has presented at both state and national conferences and is on the board of editors for the Journal of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness.


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Tanisha Sapp, PhD, LPC, NCC

Dr. Tanisha Sapp, LPC, CST, NCC, ACS, CPCS, MAC, SAP is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Liberty University. She currently serves as the Secretary for Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society and the Treasurer for the Association for Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness.


Dr. Sapp is the owner of Tanisha Sapp, LLC where she provides professional development training and clinical supervision services.


Her areas of research and interest include: counselor identity, ethical use of social media, social justice for African Americans and BIPOC, sexual wellness, and professional advocacy in leadership.

Dr. Sapp has served on a number of committees and provided various service to the profession and her community. She currently serves her community as Vice-Chair of the Luella High School, School Council addressing the needs of the community in schools. She has also served as the Director of a group practice, Co-Chair of the Henry County Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee, Co-Chair of the McDonough Jerk Festival, and Training Coordinator for the State of Georgia Office of Regulatory Services.


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Robert J. Zeglin, PhD, NCC, LMHC

Dr. Zeglin is an Associate Professor in and Program Director for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of North Florida.

His area of research is primarily LGBT health and human sexuality counselor competencies. 

Rob is on the editorial boards of the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling and the Journal of Counseling & Development. Rob is also the Founding Director of the Community Sexual Health Education and Research Initiative (CSHERI) in the Brooks College of Health at UNF. Rob is the Vice Chairperson for the Board of Directors for the Arc Jacksonville.


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Shannon Kakkar, LCPC, LMHC, NCC

Dr. Shannon Kakkar is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and a board approved supervisor, in Maryland and an LMHC Massachusetts. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).


Dr. Kakkar earned her BS in Psychology and M.Ed. in Counselor Education at Bridgewater State College. She earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University. She has over ten years of clinical experience in school systems, community counseling services, and working with adults, adolescents, and families.


She is currently assistant professor at Hood College in the Psychology and Counseling Department. Dr. Kakkar has presented at local, national, and international counseling conferences. She utilizes intersectionality, intercultural studies, and post-modern theories in her research, which focuses on minority groups, specifically the LGBTQ community and the Southeast Asian Indian population.


Dr. Kakkar is a member of the American Counseling Association and numerous divisions including ALGBTIC, ACC, and ACES and is the secretary of ACSSW!


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Cheryl D Walker, MA, NCC, APC

Ms. Walker is an associate professional counselor and a candidate to become a certified sex therapist. She received her B.S. in marketing from Hampton University in 2000 and is currently pursuing her M.S. in clinical mental health and counseling at Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia.


Over the past 15 years, she has been an active volunteer for several non-profit organizations as well as local school communities.

Cheryl strongly believes that sexuality is a crucial component of mental wellness and the absence of an authentic and educated exploration of sexual values and sexual behaviors creates a degradation of the human spirit.

She is currently a sex therapist with GlobeCoRe Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. She also conducts sex positive pyschoeducational groups to women throughout the city

She can be reached at