Elevatus Trainers

Director of Training

Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed.

Katherine is certified as a sexuality educator by AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) and is the Founder of Disability Workshops, now Elevatus Training, LLC. She is the Lead Trainer, delivering many of our live and online trainings. She also supervises our team of adjunct trainers. Katherine is the author of Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities curriculum and develops Elevatus’s educational materials and resources for professionals and self-advocates. (read her full bio here)

Meet Our Team of Adjunct Trainers

Becky Reitzes, MA

Becky Reitzes, MA, has been a Family Planning Health Educator with her County Public Health Department since 2001, where she works to institutionalize sexual health education and reduce teen pregnancy and STD rates across the County. Becky is an author of the FLASH curriculum, a widely used sexual health education curriculum developed by Public Health – Seattle & King County and designed to prevent teen pregnancy, STDs, and sexual violence. FLASH is available for elementary, middle, high school and special education classrooms. Becky is also an author for the redesigned KNOW curriculum, Washington State’s HIV prevention curriculum.

Becky has over 20 years of experience in providing professional development trainings, conducting community outreach, developing culturally relevant materials and curricula and educating young people. Becky also has extensive knowledge of curriculum development, project management, and reproductive healthcare. Becky provides training and technical assistance to healthcare providers, community agencies, school district staff and young people around many sexual health issues, including teaching comprehensive sexual health education, working respectfully with LGBTQ individuals, and sexual violence prevention.

Oscar Hughes M.Ed.

Oscar started his career in special education as a high school math, science, and health teacher for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When Oscar attended the Becoming a Sexuality Educator training, he connected with Katherine with ideas on how to make the Elevatus curriculum more trans-inclusive and worked with Katherine on the new Gender Identity and Expression lesson.

As a teacher, he saw that his students were more confident and better prepared for life after high school when they had opportunities to advocate for themselves. Last year he joined the doctorate program in special education at Boston University with the hope of forming research partnerships with self-advocates to promote more self-advocacy opportunities for students with disabilities. Oscar is also passionate about learning languages and has been studying ASL and Portuguese. He enjoys outdoor adventures like biking, kayaking, and hiking.

Oscar found the Elevatus training and curriculum very valuable when he was teaching and is excited to support access to inclusive sexuality education as a member of the Elevatus training team.

Molly K. Rearick, EdD, CESP

I am Founder and Executive Director of IGNITE Collective, Inc. a California non-profit organization that supports teens and adults with developmental disabilities through one-on-one community-based services. We support people in going to college, working, advocating for themselves, being active in their communities, going on adventures, and all sorts of real-life activities. IGNITE was founded in 2013 and currently supports about 150 people each year in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, and Mono Counties.

I also teach part time in the Graduate School of Education at California State University, Northridge; am an Educational Consultant focusing on transition to adulthood, inclusive education, and communication support; am a Board Member and current President of Cal-TASH; and serve on Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra’s Advisory Council. In my free time I conduct qualitative research around supported communication. I love anything and everything outdoors – hiking, swimming, skiing, backpacking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, you name it. I also enjoy cooking, listening to audiobooks, and going on adventures. I split my time between Los Angeles and Mammoth Lakes, California.

Wanda Douglas, CPSP

I spent many years as a Manager of a Mortgage Company and a Regional Vice President of an Insurance and Investment Company. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and educating individuals about money and preparing for their financial future. It wasn’t until I became the foster parent and later an adoptive parent of a child with special needs, that I realized my love for teaching and educating would take my life into an entirely new direction.

Today, I am married with three beautiful adults who call me mom. I am a Nationally Certified Family Partner Coordinator, Trainer, Advocate, Conference Speaker, Program Director and Consultant. I work with and advocate for youth and families with social, emotional, financial, intellectual and behavioral challenges whose social determinants have oftentimes led them to be involved with multiple child serving systems. My “Lived Experience” has allowed me to bring awareness and education to decision makers on all levels, from government officials to local and statewide agencies, providers and individuals to bring positive changes in policies and procedures which addresses the social determinants in the lives of children, youth and families.

In sharing a different perspective, one of my goals is to support families and systems as they move toward youth and family engagement which has the potential to address matters as prevention versus intervention. I have been able to forge productive partnerships with leadership, policy makers, agencies and organizations to create a better future for youth and families. I am excited to be on the Elevatus Team and support this very important work. Our families deserve every opportunity to grow and learn to be the best they can be regardless of any disability.

Rachel Kaplan, MPH

Rachel Kaplan, MPH, is an independent consultant with Kintsugi Consulting, LLC focusing on disability consultation for communities and organizations. She has extensive experience working with reproductive health education, the homeless population, youth with disabilities, mental health awareness, suicide prevention, sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy, wellness programming, crisis intervention, and diabetes education/awareness for all ages regarding type 1 and type 2. Rachel has created, implemented, and provided curriculum, programming, and technical assistance for various youth programs and has spoken at state-wide and national conferences in a professional capacity.