Board of Directors

Lia Scholl (Board Chair) is a sex work activist and pastor. She founded Star Light, an outreach to individuals in the sex industry in 2001, and went on to work at HIPS in Washington, DC as the Client Advocacy Program Manager. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is the pastor of the Richmond Mennonite Fellowship and her book, I Heart Sex Workers: A Christian Response to Sex Work, was published in Fall 2012.

Brooke Beardslee (Board Vice Chair) is the Chief Operating Officer of Grameen America. Previously, she worked at the Children’s Radio Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, New York City Department of Homeless Services, New York City Department of Health, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger. Brooke has a BA in Politics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a MPH from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Brooke currently serve on the boards of ROC United and American Friends of SOAS.

Melissa Ditmore (Treasurer) holds a doctorate in sociology and has written and edited numerous books on sex work. Her other publications include peer-reviewed journal articles, research reports, advocacy materials, and short pieces. She has spoken at the International AIDS Conference, the United Nations and many academic and informal meetings, the International Harm Reduction Association, and events convened by sex workers. Her research includes investigations into law enforcement practices, violence against sex workers, research ethics, and assessments of harm reduction programs.

Lori St. Kitts (Secretary) received her certificate in Tax Preparation from H&R Block in 2000 and worked as a preparer in an office in Renton, WA under an Enrolled Agent with 30+ years experience, who was also a writer of the H&R Block training manuals. In 2002 she started her own company in Seattle specializing in the Arts & Entertainment Industry. In 2006 she became an advocate of the Adult Industry and also created the company, Tax Domme, extending her services to include the Adult Industry. Her book The Tax Domme Guide for Sex Workers and All Other Business People was published in late 2012.