Board of Directors

Jeffrey Douglas, Board Chair

Attorney - Los Angeles, CA

Jeffrey Douglas is a Santa Monica criminal defense lawyer, representing all segments of the adult entertainment industry since 1982.  He is Chairman Emeritus of the First Amendment Lawyers Association, a nationally recognized spokesperson for the adult entertainment industry, as well as author and expert witness. Mr. Douglas appears regularly as a media commentator, and on invitation, has testified before Congress.  He has chaired the FSC Board of Directors since 1995, committed to organizing the people of the adult entertainment, products and services to improve their quality of life, strengthen the sales environment, and resist government intrusion.

Kelly Holland, Board President

CEO and Owner of Penthouse - Los Angeles, CA

Ms. Holland began her career as a journalist in the 1980s, covering Central American war zones, before going on to become an award-winning documentarian. During that time, she created Art Attack, a producer of documentaries, feature films, and reality programming, and opened a production facility in San Salvador. She founded Chick Media, a production company dedicated to creating sex positive, erotic programming for women, worked with companies across the adult industry, and represented the concept of “Women’s Erotica” in a wide variety of media outlets including ABC’s 20/20, MSNBC, Elle Magazine and The New York Times. Ms. Holland has won many awards in adult media, is a sought-after speaker, a member of the National Association of Professional Women, and is the Founder and Board President of LA-based Animal Rescue Alliance.

Adam Grayson, Board Vice President

CFO of Evil Angel - Los Angeles, CA

Adam Grayson began his adult entertainment career as a traffic affiliate in the late 1990s while still in high school. By 1998, he had launched his first site from his dorm room at Northwestern University. The site was sold in 2009, and Grayson then moved to Evil Angel. He served as CIO from 2010-2013 and finally assumed his current CFO role starting in 2013. On nights and weekends from 2009-2012, he earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Along with Evil Angel founder John Stagliano, Grayson oversees Evil Angel’s long-term strategy as well as day-to-day operations.

Bob Christian, Board Treasurer

Director – New Business Development for Adam and Eve - Charlotte, NC

Has been with Adam & Eve/PHE Inc for 21 years. Currently serves as GM for Adam & Eve Pictures, President of the Adam & Eve Retail Stores division (AEFC), as well as a member of Adam & Eve’s senior management/marketing team. Was part of the creation of Adam & Eve Pictures, Adam & Eve Retail Stores company – currently with 68 franchised stores open, and of Temptations Parties – Adam & Eve’s Home Party company.

Has served on the Board of Directors of the Free Speech Coalition for 4 years, and as Treasurer for 2 years.

Prior to Adam & Eve, worked as GM of General Vitamin, one of Phil Harvey’s non-adult businesses.  Proud of graduating from Duke University and from University of North Carolina (MBA) and still playing drums.

Mark Kernes, Board Secretary

Legal Writer/Analyst/Reviewer for AVN Magazine/AVN.com - Los Angeles, CA

Mark Kernes is the Senior Editor for Legal Affairs for AVN Media Network, which publishes Adult Video News magazine and avn.com. Kernes began working as a reviewer of adult videotapes in 1983, and came on board full-time in 1991. Before working for AVN, Kernes was a court reporter for 20 years, and his contacts with attorneys in that profession has helped in analyzing the legal issues affecting the adult industry, including anti-pornography laws, public health issues and many more. He has also attended several conferences sponsored by conservative religious groups and anti-porn groups and analyzed their motives and methods.

A “red diaper” baby, Mark Kernes was born in 1948 to Communist parents who successfully indoctrinated him in democratic socialism. After graduating NYU, he became a court reporter, but after 19 years, that got boring, so he began reviewing XXX movies for AVN, and joined the staff full time in 1991. His forte is legal news and religio-conservatism as it affects the adult industry. He essayed the starring role in The Secret Life of Herbert Dingle, a 1996 XXX video feature.

Reed Lee, Legal Committee Chair

Attorney - Chicago, IL

Reed Lee is a practicing constitutional lawyer concentrating on free speech matters. He is serving his seventh consecutive term on the Free Speech Coalition Board. He is also a National Chairperson Emeritus of the First Amendment Lawyers Association and actively serves on the that organization’s Board of Directors as well. He has political experience ranging from grass-roots organizing to lobbying in Congress, always for the less popular or powerful as against the more. He has long felt the need to help speak truth to power and to help defend those against whom the intolerant have unleashed a culture war.

Cathy Beardsley

President and CEO, SegPay - Miami, FL

Cathy Beardsley is president & CEO of SegPay, a European and US-based t Payment Service Provider
(PSP), Payment Facilitator (PF) and ISO. SegPay is also full compliant with EU Payment Services Directive
and is registered with the UK Financial Conduct Authority as an Authorized Payment Institution. Cathy
founded the company in 2005 and established SegPay as the only IPSP to fully safeguard client funds by
having transaction proceeds held and paid out directly from the acquirer or through a third party trust.
The SegPay team offers webmasters a state-of- the-art billing platform that provides real time credit
card and , direct-debit authorization services; automated password management systems, advanced risk
management, marketing tools, real time sales reporting, and an online Web interface that makes
account changes fast and convenient.

Cathy has more than 15 years’ experience leading and managing payment processing companies and
developing innovative products and services. Prior to entering the payment processing industry, Cathy
was a Regional Business Manager for MCI and worked as a Business Development Manager for
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Systems.

In her spare time, Cathy, a formerly nationally-ranked college swimmer, enjoys golf, the gym and
keeping up with her three children.

Cathy attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and earned a degree in Business
Administration/Marketing. Cathy also attended the University of Santa Clara where she earned a
Master in Business Administration/Finance.

Scott Watkins

VP of Sales and Marketing for Doc Johnson - Los Angeles, CA

Scott Watkins is responsible for managing the sales and marketing departments at Doc Johnson. Since he joined the team in 2013, Scott has infused the company with the latest corporate strategies, along with a focus on streamlining procedures while continuing to expand business. He brings 14 years of hands-on sales, business development, and management experience, and he is always looking for ways to deliver great products and elevated customer satisfaction while strengthening the global presence of Doc Johnson.

Under Scott’s leadership, Doc Johnson has further strengthened its position as the world’s market leader for American made pleasure products.

Watkins previously held the position of Vice President of Sales at Trigg Laboratories, a market leader in the personal lubricant category. Previous positions include Director of Sales and Marketing at Ronco Inventions, a well-known infomercial company; Director of Business Development at Worldlink Media, a B2B solution for direct response and infomercial clientele where he founded an integrated media division; and in his early career, as an Account Executive at Excite@Home (imail.com), a one-time provider of web hosting, site creation, and e-commerce tools.

Scott is also a graduate of UCSB where he received his Bachelors of Arts in 1998.

Sister Roma

Falcon Studio Group / NakedSword / AEBN - San Francisco, CA

San Francisco’s Most Notable Drag Queen
SF Bay Area’s Best Activist
SF Pride Grand Marshal
Grabby’s “Wall of Fame”
Cybersocket’s Adult Industry “Best Personality”

A 20-year adult industry veteran, Sister Roma serves as Art Director for the Falcon Studios Group/NakedSword Network. In this capacity Roma oversees a design team responsible for the image, in print and online, of the world’s most recognizable and iconic gay adult brands. 

2017 marks Roma’s 30th year with San Francisco’s Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a human rights activist and California 501(c)3 fundraising organization. Over the past three decades Roma has a been a champion of free speech and been on the front lines in the war against HIV/AIDs. 

In 2014 Roma gained international attention as the creator of the #MyNameIs movement, taking on Facebook’s “real” name policy. Roma was able to work with the social media giant to better understand how the LGBTQ and others including the adult entrainment industry uses the network. As a result, Facebook has implemented important changes to “fake” name reporting and the appeals process. Most recently, after learning of the atrocities in Chechnya, Russia, Roma organized and hosted a fundraiser for LGBTQ refuge and asylum raising $12,000 in one night, 100% going to ORAM and Rainbow Railroad. 

Whether it means working the Folsom Street Fair with the “No on Prop 60” campaign, marching with WAR (Women Against Rape), hosting an industry event red carpet, or entertaining as emcee on the main stage of Pride and LGBTQ events around he globe, Roma is proud to be associated with the adult industry. 

Matt Mason

President of Treasure Island Media - San Francisco, CA

Alec Helmy

Founder and Publisher of XBIZ.com - Los Angeles, CA

Alec Helmy is the founder and president of XBIZ, the adult industry’s leading source for business news and information, providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the industry at XBIZ.com and in three trade publications — XBIZ World, XBIZ Premiere and XBIZ Sensuals. In addition, XBIZ produces five annual trade events which culminate with the XBIZ Awards, the adult industry’s biggest night. XBIZ is frequently cited in mainstream media for coverage of the industry and has been published in CNN, Fox News, Newsweek, MSNBC, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, CNET, ABC, USA Today and The Los Angeles Times among others. One of the early pioneers of the online adult industry, Helmy is the founder of ASACP and a board member of the Free Speech Coalition.

Joel Kaminsky

Owner of GoodVibes.com - San Francisco, CA

Joel Kaminsky is the owner of Good Vibrations, a female focused sex-positive retailer dedicated to promoting sexual health, pleasure, and empowerment.  He received his BA in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati and immediately afterwards entered the adult retail industry where he has remained for the past 40 years.  Prior to Good Vibrations, Joel has worked as the Chief Operations Officer and partner of two large adult conglomerates and has managed or opened stores in scores of cities across 9 states as well as in Australia.  Joel currently sits on the board of Free Speech Coalition and has volunteered countless hours of time in his private life as well.  Joel lives in the Greater San Francisco Area and is father to 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren.

Mark Schechter

Adult talent agent and Owner of ATMLA.com - Los Angeles, CA

Mark Schechter is the owner of ATMLA (Adult Talent Managers Los Angeles).  He has 18 years of experience in the adult industry (since 1998).  With over 3 years as the sole owner and hands on operator of ATMLA, has established a very reputable talent agency.  Currently serving his 2nd term as a Board Member of Free Speech Coalition, as well as an active participant in the PASS Advisory Committee board.  Prior areas of involvement in the industry include affiliate marketing, content production, sales, publishing and distribution all in association with being part owner of award-winning affiliate program Blazingbucks.

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