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Mary Anne Mosack, B.A., S.R.A.S.T., Executive Director

Ms. Mosack serves as the Executive Director of Ascend, a national membership and advocacy organization representing the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) field. In this role she promotes an accurate understanding and appreciation for Sexual Risk Avoidance as an important primary prevention message for teens. She is dedicated to continuous program improvement, research and public policy impacting the SRA approach.

She is responsible for the ongoing development of educational materials and oversees the Sexual Risk Avoidance Certification training program offered by Ascend throughout the United States.

Mosack is the former Executive Director of Operation Keepsake, a SRA program that served over 27,000 students in 140 schools in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. As a result of her leadership, rigorous program evaluations provided one of the first peer-reviewed, published studies showing the effectiveness of SRA education for high-risk teens.

Mosack is frequently interviewed by various media outlets regarding SRA education. She has been a conference presenter for the Federal Department of Health and Human Services on effective communication strategies and as a consultant on SRA program evaluation and development for the Administration of Children and Families (ACF). As a project consultant for ACF, Ms. Mosack worked to engage stakeholders throughout the country in partnering to build cohesive community networks to support positive youth development at the local level. She is also co- author of The War on Intimacy, how explicit sex education impacts the ability to develop healthy relationships.

As a strong advocate of Sexual Risk Avoidance education, she is committed to building the protective assets all teens need to insure they are given the opportunity to reach optimal health and life success.

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Brenda Saltzer, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Brenda Saltzer has over 25 years of non-profit leadership experience and more than 12 years of development and advancement experience. She loves the non-profit world and knows what it means to engage in something that’s much more than a job. As the founding CEO of WISH Medical and the Executive Director of Palouse Care Network, she has led a variety of successful capital campaigns. Brenda was responsible for all advancement and development for both arms of the thriving non-profit for more than a decade.  She has a CCNL in development and leadership.

Brenda joined Ascend in 2007 and was invited to serve on their advisory board in 2008. She has been a board member since 2009. Brenda has seen firsthand how Ascend benefits young people, parents, educators, and those who care about public policy. In her role as Director of Strategic Partnerships, she brings experience and passion for connecting others to the great opportunities for strategic philanthropy with Ascend.

John Lyman, CFO

John Lyman is currently the CFO for Ascend, a role he has held since the founding in 2007.  John has years of experience in the non-profit world where he continues to assist other organizations with financial oversight.   John operates the Ascend financial office in Atlanta, GA.




Christine Eckley

Christine Eckley is the External Affairs Administrator for Ascend and is probably one of the first people you will talk to when you contact us.  She joined Ascend in 2011 and is the primary point of contact for media requests, educational resources, and Ascend’s SRAS Training Program.


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