Board of Directors

The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health
Board of Directors

The SASH Board of Directors maintain a small group of distinguished members. They come from all walks of life and parts of the world and their service to this organization is volunteer.

Leah Briick, MBA

Executive Director

Executive Director

Leah M. Briick brings a thorough understanding of addiction treatment and operations management to her role as Executive Director for SASH. She began in the field as a certified therapist for Cottonwood de Tucson in 1986. Her years of experience represent a full range of knowledge and skills from admissions to marketing and operations management. In her career, Mrs. Briick has worked for numerous treatment facilities offering her the opportunity to gain invaluable experience. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona and a Master in Business Administration with a specialty in marketing. Currently Ms. Briick is in the dissertation phase for a PhD in Healthcare Administration.

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Mary Deitch, JD, Psy.D.


Dr. Deitch is the president of SASH and owner/operator of Deitch Therapy and Consulting, LLC in Woodlyn, PA.

Deitch Therapy and Consulting is an outpatient center for the treatment and assessment of problematic sexual behaviors and boundary violations as well as consultation and education for providers. Dr. Deitch specializes in working with problematic sexual behaviors including offending behaviors, schema focused therapy, relapse prevention, assessment and trauma. Dr. Deitch has presented nationally and internationally on the treatment of problematic sexual behaviors, assessment of physicians, vicarious trauma, and offending behaviors. Dr. Deitch is the former Program Director for the Keystone Center Extended Care Unit a residential program dedicated to the treatment of those struggling with sexual addiction. Dr. Deitch was also a consultant and supervisor for Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Inc a non-profit agency working with those who are victims of crime and their significant others. Dr. Deitch’s main focus there was supervising students working with children via play therapy and adults utilizing an empowerment model. Dr. Deitch also serves as adjunct faculty at Widener University Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and most recently taught on topics related to merging the fields of psychology and law.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. - MARGARET MEAD

David Lewis, M.A.



David has been serving in the behavioral healthcare industry for 25 years. He has performed all aspects of care from direct service to executive directorship. He has built treatment programs and has managed same. He has managed a 3 million dollar annual budget and has reported to a Board of Directors. He has overseen agency growth from inception to profitability in less than 2 years. His current specialty and professional passion include operations, referral relations, financials, and policy and procedure. Some of his non-professional interests include sports and wooden boat sailing. He is the father of 2 and lives with his wife in Philadelphia.

"......for those entering recovery; it quickly becomes the core of who one is rather than a task that one must do...."

Marnia Robinson, JD



Marnia Robinson is a former corporate attorney with degrees from Brown and Yale who writes about the effects of evolutionary biology on intimate relationships and blogs on Huffington Post. She also collaborates with her husband Gary Wilson, author of Your Brain On Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction and host of Together, they have monitored grass-roots porn recovery forums for years.

"The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain't so". ~ Mark Twain

Steven Bocchinfuso

Marketing Chair

Marketing Chair

Steve has over 15 years of experience in Marketing & Business Development. He brings to the committee a proven track record in membership acquisition/retention, event production, branding and media planning. Steven’s event production experiences include national educational workshops, CE events, alumni reunions, galas, fundraisers, webinars, simulcasts, parades, political debates, television broadcast events, large scale community events and a variety of high profile product launches. Currently, Steven is the National Marketing Manger for The KeyStone Center (a residential behavioral health facility in Philadelphia, PA). Prior to his role at KeyStone, Steven developed grant, fundraising and underwriting opportunities for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Before MDA, Steven was the Marketing Director for a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization, and with a large focus on organizing high impact events, he drove their membership base from 5,000 to 50,000 members in just under three years. In addition, Steven has been an event producer for a variety of clients including GMR Marketing Agency (Omnicom Group), Nivea Skin Care, Red Bull and Citizens Bank. He offers a natural acumen for organizing successful large-scale events and a genuine passion for his work in behavioral health.

"it is essential to understand the seeker, before you try to find out what it is he is seeking" ~Jiddu Krishnamurti​

Jana Ballou LPN, LCSW, S-PSB

Jana is a Clinical Social Worker for the Dept. of Defense and is certified for Sexual Addiction treatment as a Problematic Sexual Behavior Specialist. It is her hope to establish an expanded program for sexual addiction treatment that includes spouses at San Antonio Military Medical Center. Jana currently provides the military beneficiaries with training in mindfulness and meditation. She created the Mindfulness Project at SAMMC to educate the military population about the practice and benefits of mindfulness. Jana has also worked with sexual abuse / assault victims and offenders and was part of the Nevada Task Force for Sex Offender Management where she created and chaired a committee comprised of treatment providers, victim advocates, probation and police officers, criminal justice policymakers and Dept. of Corrections Parole Board members to develop the Sexual Abuse/Assault Awareness Project that focused on community education and prevention. Before Jana became an LCSW she was a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked in many of the health field areas including a psychiatric step-down facility, drug addiction, internal medicine, geriatrics and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu

Mary Sharpe, Advocate, M.A. Ll.B, Dip Th. (Cantab)

Mary is a qualified Advocate (attorney) with experience in family law and criminal law. She studied psychology as part of an earlier Masters degree. After 10 years working in Brussels, Belgium in EU affairs, she did post-graduate work on sexual love and Gnostic literature at the University of Cambridge where she also ran workshops on sustaining peak performance for graduate students, staff and corporate clients. She is currently the CEO of a Scottish charity The Reward Foundation - our brain on love and sex”. The charity focuses on making neuroscience and social science research on sex and relationship education accessible to a broad public. It deals with the impact of Internet pornography on mental and physical health, relationships, learning and the law, especially in regard to adolescents.

The pain of regret is far worse than the pain of discipline. Nathan Whitley

Todd Connaughty, MA, LADC

Todd has been employed with PRIDE Institute in various roles since 2006, and in his current role as Director of Clinical Services since 2012. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Addiction Counseling from Metropolitan State University and his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University. He is also certified to provide supervision to alcohol and drug counselors through the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy of Minnesota. Todd is passionate about his work with the LGBTQ community and strives to help clients create a life in recovery that brings them meaning and purpose. Additionally, Todd enjoys working with alcohol and drug counseling interns and mental health practicum students, assisting new clinicians to become adept in working with the LGBTQ community.

In a gentle way you can shape the world. Mahatma Gandhi

Cheryl Brown

Cheryl Brown has worked in the addiction and behavioral health field since 1981. Her current position at The Ranch supports her passion for providing hope and healing to those individuals and families who continue to suffer from trauma, eating disorders, mood disorders, problematic sexual behavior and substance use disorders. Cheryl’s journey began with her own recovery and grew as she continued her training and became a Certified Addiction Counselor. Cheryl’s background, practice, and knowledge have come from a few noteworthy pioneers in the treatment field, such as Life Healing Center of Santa Fe, where she held the position of Executive Director and lead the staff to pioneer the first women’s gender-specific program for sex, love and relationship addiction; Sierra Tucson, where she held multiple management and supervisory positions in Intake and Marketing for over 17 years; and Cottonwood, where she began her experience in the treatment field, holding the positions of Business Manager, Therapist, and Assistant Clinical Director over her tenure. Cheryl also remains devoted to her family, which includes her, children and grandchildren. She is also an avid horsewoman and ballroom dancer.

James Olsen, JD, PhD, LMHC, SOTP, CSAT-S

Dr. James Olsen owns and operates Pacific Behavioral Healthcare, PC, an outpatient mental health clinic in Bellevue Washington that specializes in the treatment of problematic sexual behaviors and co-occurring mental disorders. In his practice, he overseas specialized treatment programs for individuals and family members affected by problematic sexual behaviors. He also conducts forensic psychosexual evaluations for individuals involved in criminal proceedings. Dr. Olsen has taught at the graduate level and has published in respected peer-reviewed journals on topics concerning developmental psychopathology. He has previously served as an ethics evaluation specialist for the National Center for Ethics in Healthcare and as the Editor-in-Chief of the Mental Health Law & Policy Journal.

“Chase after the truth like all hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails.” -Clarence Darrow

Donald L. Hilton Jr, MD, FACS, FAANS

Donald L. Hilton Jr, MD, FACS, FAANS Dr. Hilton is an adjunct associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he is the director of the spine fellowship and the director of neurosurgical training at the Methodist Hospital rotation. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. His research and publishing interests have included traumatic brain injury, minimally invasive surgery, and neural mechanisms of addiction. He has authored recent peer-reviewed journal articles on addiction, including papers published in the Journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology, Sexual Addiction, and Compulsivity, and Surgical Neurology International, where he serves on the editorial board. He also recently co-authored a chapter on sexual addiction in the newly published textbook by the Oxford University Press, Neurobiology of Addiction. He also serves on the board of directors of the Washington DC based National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Dr. Hilton spoke at the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) in 2012 and was the keynote speaker at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona in 2014, and at the Utah Coalition against Pornography meeting in Salt Lake City in 2014. He recently spoke in the Parliament Building in Warsaw, Poland in a hearing on the public health aspects of pornography, and in a similar forum in the US Capitol Building in a congressional briefing. He and his wife Jana have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. He loves reading, running, basketball, and traveling.

Stephen Southern, EdD

Stephen Southern is chairman of the Mississippi College Psychology and Counseling Department and launched its successful doctorate in professional counseling. He is licensed as a professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and psychologist, and has over three decades of clinical experience in marital, couple and family therapy. He is editor of both The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families and SASH's Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity journal. He is also a fellow in the American Counseling Association.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abe Lincoln

Mark Drax

Mark Drax is an independent Addiction Recovery Coach and spends his time coaching private clients and groups of men on both sides of the Atlantic. He holds a business degree and is an accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He is a strong advocate of the importance of ‘aftercare’ and has turned his own struggles with child abuse and sex addiction into a coaching practice specifically aimed at helping people apply recovery tools in a realistic and sustainable manner. Mark is very comfortable with and open about his past and he helps people from the perspective of having ‘been there and done it’. Prior to joining the addiction industry as a professional in 2013, Mark owned and managed an electronics installation company in London, England for 16 years. His commercial background coupled to his knowledge of and passion for strong addiction recovery allows him to coach people from diverse backgrounds across a broad spectrum of addiction and recovery modalities. And when he is not working, Mark loves the oceans and hiking and photographing the natural wonders of our beautiful planet.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela

Jes Montgomery, MD


James C. "Jes" Montgomery, MD is the Primary Psychiatric Consultant for Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services' sexual addiction treatment program, named Gratitude. Dr. Montgomery began working in the chemical dependency field in 1985 as a Family Physician, earning his Addiction Medicine certification in 1987 and becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2009. After returning to Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans in 1992, Dr. Montgomery completed a Psychiatry residency in 1995 and attained board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1999. Since 1997, he has worked in residential treatment, and helped professionals with licensure issues related to addiction and boundary violations. After eight years as the Medical Director for Santé Center for Healing, he became the Psychiatric Director for Pine Grove's world-renowned Gratitude program and held that position until 2014. He is now a consultant to the Gratitude program. Dr. Montgomery was certified as a Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor by IITAP in 2011, having first trained in sexual addiction treatment in 1988. His addiction work focuses on the family and the long-term aspects of recovery. Dr. Montgomery has worked with multiple addictions throughout his career including sex, gambling, and eating disorders. Dr. Montgomery has presented in the areas of pharmacology in addictions, boundaries and ethics, sexuality, sexual trauma and sexual addiction, sexuality and spirituality, grief and LGBT issues.

Charles Samenow, MD, MPH


SASH Board Member and Journal Editor of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity: Treatment and Prevention. Charles Samenow MD, MPH is trained in general adult psychiatry and has specialized interests in professional health and wellness, problematic sexual behaviors, and psychosomatic medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general adult psychiatry and sees patients ages 16 and up for mood, anxiety, psychotic, and addictive disorders at the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates. Dr. Samenow’s primary area of research has focused on interventions aimed at addressing professionalism in medical students, physicians and other professionals. He has presented both nationally and internationally on physician and attorney health issues and has published peer reviewed articles on disruptive physician behaviors and sexual boundary violations.

Todd Love, PsyD, JD, LPC

Ex Officio

Dr. Todd Love runs an adult counseling practice with a focus on Behavioral Addictions, particularly those tied to the Internet and/or sexuality. Dr. Love wrote his dissertation on Internet Addiction and the DSM-5, has co-authored a medical textbook chapter on the neurobiology of Sex Addiction, and is collaborating with leading experts in the field on publications involving the neurobiology of Internet Pornography Addiction. He is an advocate for the consideration of compulsive pornography use as a subtype of Internet Addiction, distinct from its conceptualization within Sex Addiction/Hypersexual Disorder. Counseling is Dr. Love’s third career. Previously he was a DUI/criminal defense attorney who made a career transition after realizing that he enjoyed counseling his clients into treatment/recovery more than lawyering for them. Dr. Love’s first career was a 14 year tenure in the corporate information technology field, wherein he worked in roles ranging from support to engineering to upper management. He considers this IT background to inform his interest and expertise in Internet-related addictions.

Alexis Polles, MD

Ex Officio

Dr. Polles is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. For the past 30 years, her practice has been devoted to treating those with addiction and co-occurring disorders at all levels of care as well as the treatment of trauma and addiction. Alexis graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine, completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at LSU Charity Hospital and a residency in psychiatry at the University of MS Medical Center. She has held faculty appointments at UMMC, the University of Florida, and at the William Carey School of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a member of several professional associations.

2016 SASH National Board

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