Dr. Gail Dines
Dr. Gail Dines is a professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College, where she is also chair of the American Studies department. Having researched and written about the porn industry for over twenty years, Dr. Dines is internationally acclaimed as the leading expert on how pornography shapes our identities, culture, and sexuality. She is a consultant to government agencies in the US and abroad, including the UK, Norway, Iceland, and Canada. In 2008, she co-founded the nonprofit Stop Porn Culture. As board chair, she elevated Stop Porn Culture’s international profile and helped it to develop into the feminist health education organization Culture Reframed.
Dr. Dines is co-editor of the best-selling textbook Gender, Race and Class in Media. Her latest book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, has been translated into five languages and adapted into a documentary film. Dr. Dines is a regular guest on television and radio, including shows on ABC, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, CBC, FOX, and National Public Radio. She has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Guardian, Vogue, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan, and she writes for The Huffington Post. She is also a featured speaker in documentaries, such as Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Strength to Resist, Mickey Mouse Monopoly, and The Price of Pleasure: Pornography,Sexuality and Relationships.
Dr. Dines is a recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America.
Samantha (Sam) Wechsler joined Culture Reframed as its Interim Executive Director in June 2016. In addition to providing leadership for organizations going through executive transitions, Sam runs her own coaching and consulting business, specializing in executive coaching, group facilitation, leadership and personal development, fundraising, and board development. Sam also designs and facilitates participatory trainings and workshops that draw people into engaging conversations about difficult topics, helping participants develop a deeper sense of themselves and their role in social change efforts.
Much of Samantha’s career has been devoted to creating, improving, and expanding programming for children and youth. In 2005, after serving as the Interim Director of a Mayoral initiative on after-school programming, Sam moved to Guatemala. While living there, she founded and directed Voces de Cambio (Voices of Change), an all-girls after-school program that uses creative expression to address issues of racism, discrimination, and gender equity. After returning from Guatemala several years later, she served as the Executive Director of Bikes Not Bombs, where she initiated and oversaw a major organizational turnaround. Sam is thrilled to be part of the Culture Reframed team.
Dr. Dominique Bressi
Dr. Dominique Bressi is Director of Health Education for Culture Reframed. A longstanding health advocate, educator, and activist working to end gender-based violence, Dr. Bressi holds a bachelor of arts in women's Studies and English, a master of science in psychology and clinical mental health counseling, and a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Bressi has served in multiple development and leadership capacities in the mental health field over the past eighteen years, including Executive Director for a county wide women's health consortium and Clinical Director for a women's trauma recovery residential treatment center. A California licensed clinical psychologist with a commitment to restorative justice and community healing, she is dedicated to helping men transform the internalization of violent masculinity. As a founding participant in the movement that led to the creation of Stop Porn Culture over a decade ago, Dr. Bressi is deeply committed to the vision of Culture Reframed.
Besides overseeing the development of health education for Culture Reframed, Dr. Bressi works for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a Senior Psychologist Specialist for the Statewide Mental Health program.