Melissa Fritchle

Melissa Fritchle believes that sexuality can be empowering, a positive blend of mind, body, and spirit and that relationships can be vital, full of shared growth, a place where people get to rediscover themselves and their partners again and again. And she is passionate about helping you find that for yourself.

A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA#48627), Melissa has a private practice in Santa Cruz, CA working with individuals and couples. Her Master’s degree is in Holistic Counseling Psychology, a cutting edge study of the interconnectivity of our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Her work as an intern with survivors at Women’s Crisis Support/Defensa des Mujeres in Santa Cruz drive her to promote healthy sexual and sexual pleasure as a key to healing for everyone. From there, she focused on her specialty as a Sex Therapist. She is currently sharing her knowledge and dedication for therapy work as a clinical supervisor at Shine a Light Counseling Center.

Melissa is the author of The Conscious Sexual Self Workbook and writes an ongoing blog as well as articles for various online media, such as Psyched in San Francisco and Huffington Post. An inspiring speaker and educator, Melissa won the 2011 Sexual Intelligence Award for her groundbreaking work providing sex positive training for counselors and caregivers in Uganda. In 2014 she was invited to travel back to Africa to consult with the Catholic clergy there on better approaches to addressing sexual issues within the clergy.

Melissa practices mindful meditation daily and loves dance and yoga, She says that both moving and sitting still everyday are key for her sanity. She always looks forward to the next long weekend away exploring someplace new with her husband.

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Cynthia Moreno

Cynthia Moreno is the Communications Director for a State Senator. Previously, she served as a Capitol Correspondent for Vida en el Valle, a McClatchy bilingual newspaper of the Sacramento Bee and the second largest bilingual newspaper in the United States. Cynthia was one of the youngest and only fully bilingual Latina reporter that covered the Latino community with a special focus on politics, education and culture, reporting from California’s State Capitol in Sacramento. She is the recipient of the prestigious McClatchy President’s Award three years consecutively for stories on Latinos. She has also won several awards for her writing through the José Martí Publishing Awards and the National Association of Hispanic Publications.

She has been nationally recognized as a New York Times Fellow for The Changing Face of America: Immigration and the Politics of Reform at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. Most recently, Cynthia was featured in Comstock Magazine as one of 2017 top young professionals in Sacramento. She was selected among hundreds of nominees for only 10 slots. Last year, Cynthia was selected as the Sacramento Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 young professionals and was one of three finalists for the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year. She is the recipient of the Latina Spirit Award’ bestowed upon her by the Latino Journal and CAFE de California at the 16th Annual Latino Leaders Reception in Sacramento and was awarded the prestigious “Unity Award” by the Cruz Reynoso Bar Association (formerly known as La Raza Lawyers Association of Sacramento) for her exemplary journalistic work covering the Latino community.

Cynthia is an active voice and member of her community. She has been invited to speak on panel discussions, provide political commentary and reaction to ongoing political policies and laws that impact Latinos. Last year, she was invited to be on a panel discussion at the 14th Annual Latina Business Conference through the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Cynthia was born in the Central San Joaquin Valley in the tiny communities of Huron and Coalinga. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley after receiving a full academic scholarship and holds a Bachelors Degree in Legal Studies. She is the first in her family to attend college and is proud of her Mexican roots.