Presenterssome of the best from years past, and some new faces!
Kitty Chambliss is a #1 Amazon best selling author, relationship coach, polyamorous and sex-positive speaker, activist, and founder of Loving Without Boundaries (LWB) since 2012, as well as an Outreach Representative for the Relationship Equality Foundation (REF). Kitty has been a contributing writer for such publications as Multiamory, Swingtowns, and PostModern Woman, with her advocacy work also featured in the books “Stories From the Polycule” and “It’s Called Polyamory: Coming Out About Your Nonmonogamous Relationships.” She has given workshops around the country at conferences such as Beyond The Love, Atlanta Poly Weekend, the National Sex Educators Conference, the International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Non-monogamy, and Sex Week at University of North Florida, and appeared as a special guest on radio shows and podcasts, such as PolyWeekly. Kitty is a professional
certified relationship coach from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Kitty is thrilled to be bringing her first book: “Jealousy Survival Guide: How to feel safe, happy, and secure in an open relationship” out to the world. Kitty has made it her life’s mission to make thriving relationships – even unconventional ones – attainable to everyone. Within two years of authoring her blog, Kitty’s work received the Bad Girl bloggers Award and now has 4,000+ followers. Within the first three weeks of production, her
LWB award-winning podcast reached the status of New & Noteworthy on iTunes under the categories of Sexuality and Health. She enjoys interviewing world-renowned authors, educators, therapists, even lawyers in the fields of consensual non-monogamy and relationships.
Franklin has been ideologically polyamorous his entire life, functionally polyamorous since 1984, and writing about polyamory since 1998. Monogamy has never made much sense to him. (When he heard a fairy tale about a princess forced to choose between two handsome princes, he thought “everyone knows princesses live in castles. And castles are big enough for both princes. So why does she have to choose?”)
He started practicing non-monogamy from the moment he started becoming aware that boys and girls are different. Along the way, he’s made just about every mistake it’s possible to make in polyamorous relationships. Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgment.
Today, he has multiple partners, lives in Portland, Oregon, and spends a great deal of time writing about everything from relationship ethics to transhumanism to computer security.
Zach is a self-proclaimed nerd, sex geek and consent junkie. He has been a volunteer facilitator for a weekly Polyamory Peer Discussion Group for two years, an admin for Houston Poly Cocktails as well as serving as President of the Board of Directors for the Houston Polyamory Organization. Zach is also a proud member of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. He has been actively polyamorous for ten years and loves nothing more than gaining more knowledge and sharing it with others. He has served on polyamory discussion panels, conducted workshops, and recorded podcast episodes on the subjects of polyamory, consent and kink. Current projects include being a writer and co-editor of The Sex Positive Blog on Medium.com (https://medium.com/sexposblog) and creating and curating a polyamory, kink, and sex positive library and reading list for the Sex Positive Blog. Zach became interested in consent as a topic more than five years ago as a personal research project. He is currently working towards a Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Houston to be of even more benefit to his community. He lives, works, laughs, and loves in Houston,Texas where he enjoys listening to and playing music, converting from a fat boy to a runner, all things Star Trek, reading, gaming, cooking and being owned and loved by rescue dogs including a spoiled rotten boxer named Jadzia.
Page & Justin
Page Turner Page Turner is an award-winning blogger, relationship coach, and author. Her most recent book is Dealing with Difficult Metamours. She’s been cited as a relationship expert in a variety of media publications including The Huffington Post, Glamour, Self, and Bustle. Page posts a new article every single day at her website Poly Land. Per Kinkly, “Page’s writing about polyamory, relationships and all the moving parts of a full polyamorous life is fresh, relatable, touching, funny and true.”
Geek by day, geek by night, Justin Case grew up in a town without stoplights and developed his impressive mechanical skills by taking apart toasters when he was still in diapers. An engineer who specializes in systems, he’s found this background to translate rather well to understanding and problem-solving in polyamorous relationship systems.
Together Page and Justin run Braided Studios, promoting education and awareness about alternative relationships of all types but with particular emphasis on consensual non-monogamy and kink.
Lady Kya is a poly pansexual kinky geek who has been actively poly since 2015. Vivacious and outgoing, Kya is a science nerd for a living who will happily chat for hours about poly, sci fi and fantasy, dogs, statistics, or cooking. She has a talent for metaphors and enjoys coming up with just the right story to illustrate complex topics. As a presenter, she loves providing information and tools that give people concrete ways they can work towards what they really want in life and relationships.
Chrissy Holman is a queer and demisexual polyamory advocate from NYC. She is the current president of Open Love NY and a Poly Cocktails organizer and host. She moderates a 26k member, intersectional safer space that centers marginalized people who happen to be polyamorous, and is also a member of the Poly Leadership Network. Chrissy is a self-proclaimed poly-tician and is also known as Chrissy from the Internet.
Chrissy segued into the nonprofit sector after spending a decade in the music industry, doing radio promotion for Sony Music. She is currently a grad student and research associate at Columbia University, where she studies nonprofit management. She resides on the upper west side with one of her anchor partners and two children.
Mischa Lin is the co-founder and current Vice President / Director of Communications for Open Love NY, an active and diverse community of more than 5,000 members worldwide. She led the organization’s growth through its formative years as the Founding President while mentoring new leaders to continue the group’s member-focused mission. She has also been a member of the Polyamory Leadership Network since 2009 and runs the New York Polyamorous Women’s group, an invite-only support group for women. Professionally, her background is in corporate communications and public relations, with more than 20 years of experience working for Fortune 500 companies. Her media relations skills have contributed to successful placements about polyamory in the New York Times and ABC-TV’s “The View.” For more information, visit openloveny.com.
Eric Jett is a Clinical Faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University. He received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. His areas of practice include counselor education and supervision, assessment, multiculturalism, trauma-informed care, and play therapy. Eric is part of the polyamory community of Oklahoma, and as a professional counselor works with many poly-families.
Chris and Elisha
Chris and Elisha recently celebrated 11 years together as a polyamorous couple with an M/s dynamic. They believe that continued growth is important to a successful long term relationship and to that end are continually pushing their own, and each other’s, boundaries. They are both graduate students looking at various kink related topics. Chris is looking at perceptions of hierarchy in long term polyamorous relationships. Elisha is looking at the intersection of perceived benefits of yoga and BDSM participation, for example body image. Chris was recently featured on a PolyWeekly podcast and together they have presented various topics at Behind Closed Doors, Loving More’s Rocky Mountain Poly Living, Arizona State University’s Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative Conference and other venues. They also run the Arizona Chapter of Loving More, a national nonprofit 501(c)3 focused on polyamory awareness and support which can be found on Facebook. They both can be reached through their research website at http://polyamory.education.
Sarah Timmons was born and raised in Germany and then moved to Hamilton NY at the age of 15. She currently resides in Livonia MI where she is a Co-Organizer for Metro Detroit Polyamory (http://detroitpoly.org). She hosts a monthly Poly Mixer and Board Game night. Sarah has been non-monogamous for 6 years. She lives with her Husband, their 2 daughters, his Boyfriend and a menagerie. Sarah also enjoys spending time with friends and her Partner in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She enjoys succulents, swimming, and volunteering at her youngest daughter’s Elementary School.
Robyn Trask is the Executive Director of Loving More® Non-Profit, a national organizer, and leading activist for polyamory awareness. She is a polyamory counselor, workshop facilitator, writer, and mother of three. Since 2004 Robyn and her family have worked to expand media awareness of polyamory appearing in numerous articles, radio shows and TV including Our America with Lisa Ling, Montel Williams, Baisden After Dark, Michael Baisden Bad Boy Radio Show, Alan Colmes Radio Show, Colin McEnroe Show/NPR, and many others. In addition, Robyn works to connect the media with other polyamory activists and individuals and facilitate media interest in polyamory through press regular press releases maintaining an extensive press and speakers list. Robyn and Loving More are currently working with Alan M in the formation of the Polyamory Coalition. As a national speaker and advocate for polyamory Robyn has been a presenter/speaker at numerous conferences, taught at universities, and been a featured keynote speaker. Robyn has been openly polyamorous for 28 years, raising three children in a multi-racial polyamorous family. Robyn has been running polyamory support groups, teaching and facilitating relationship and sexuality workshop, and working as a relationship counselor since 1999. www.lovemore.com
Susan Porter has served the Columbus Poly Community for many years, first as a discussion group leader, then a member of the group that went thru the legal processes to become a non-profit, then as a member of the board of directors, holding such positions as Treasurer, Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director. She continues to serve the local poly Community by being an active member of the PolyColumbus Advosry Board.
Susan is a supportive and active presence at Beyond on Love from the beginning. In addition to speaking at local universities, she presented about polyamory at the Sexy Secular Conference at the University of Akron, has been interviewed at length by the Humanist Hour, has appeared on the Loving with Boundaries podcast hosted by Kitty Chambliss.
For several years, she hosted the blog Looking Through Us. Technical difficulties lead to the blog retiring, but who knows, it may return to the interwebs at any moment. Susan has lived poly for over a decade and a half. She maintains several significant relationships. She is the mother to two amazing, busy, and open-minded children and keeps busy freelance writing and business consulting, writing poetry and finding her zen on her yoga mat.
Susan is also an active volunteer with a local cat rescue and she is trying her best to keep the cats in residence at her home at an even two.
Jessica Fern Cooley
Jessica Fern Cooley is a Poly and Queer friendly Psychotherapist, Coach and Mediator in Boulder, CO. Jessica loves working with individuals, couples, and Poly loved ones who no longer want to be limited by their reactive relational patterns, cultural conditioning, internalized stories, emotional triggers, insecure attachment styles and past pains, so that they can embody new possibilities in life and love. Jessica holds a Master’s in Conflict Resolution and specializes in Somatic Narrative Therapy, Emotional Trigger Work, Non-Violent Communication, Attachment/Trauma Work, Embodying Your New Story and Revising Your Painful Past.
Michelle Vaughan is a licensed psychologist, a professor, a researcher, and a proud pansexual polyamorist living in Dayton, OH. She practices non-hierarchical poly with her four partners living in Ohio, Tennessee, and Missouri and is professionally poly in her roles as Executive Director of Poly Columbus and on the Task Force on Consensual Non-Monogamies within Division 44 of the American Psychological Association.
Jessica Roush is polyamorous and mother of three young boys, is a registered nurse with experience in adult critical care and pediatrics. She has been involved in PolyColumbus for over three years and now is a member of the Board. Jessica has attended Beyond the Love for the past two years and has been able to help the staff behind the scenes.
Adam Taylor has been in polyamorous relationships for over a decade. He is a registered nurse with experience in the Emergency Department and Pediatric care. He is a military veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan. Adam has been involved with PolyColumbus for 7 years and a staff member of Beyond the Love for 5 years.
John Tucker passed the point of no return in 2012. Since then, he’s been engaged in a number of relationships characterized by his fierce streak of individualism. After being very active in the polyamory community for a few years, he stepped back. Now, he pokes his head out a couple of times a year, usually just long enough to staff an event and give a presentation or two. This is his fifth year as a staff member here at Beyond the Love.