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

Founder/CEO, Chick Media - 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.

Cathy Beardsley, Board Vice President

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.

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.

Matt Mason, Secretary

President of Treasure Island Media - San Francisco, CA

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.

Alison Boden


Alison Boden is the CEO of, the largest purveyor of fetish and BDSM entertainment in the world.  Since starting her adult industry career in 2003, she has taken on a wide variety of roles, including product manager, marketing director, software engineer and technology executive.  She is passionate about performer rights and a fierce advocate for freedom of sexual speech in the face of government censorship.

Steve Craig

CEO, NALPAC - Detroit, Michigan

Steve Craig, co-founder of the private equity firm Craig Capital, purchased legendary pleasure products distributor Nalpac in 2017, and has spent two years as the company’s hands-on CEO. Craig hopes to work with Free Speech Coalition to confront issues critical to the success of the pleasure products industry.

Alec Helmy

Founder and Publisher of - 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 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.

Ann Houlihan

CEO, (

Ann Houlihan is the current CEO of CNV.Com, Inc, the parent company of affiliate program, retail pleasure products, and wholesale channel. Ann has built strong relationships with the CNV partners based on integrity and performance. Ann has increased margins not just by cutting costs, but by improving the performance of teams and individuals. Prior to joining CNV, Ann was an investment management executive having worked in the investment world for 25 years. Ann holds a BS and MBA.
Ann is active in human rights organizations and a member of the ACLU. Ann has experience with non-profit board duties as she was a member of the board and finance chairwoman for the Usual Suspects; a 50(c)3 focused on at-risk and incarcerated youth Southern California.

Tony Rios

CEO, AVN Media Network

AVN Media Network Chief Executive Officer Tony Rios assumed leadership at the company in 2015, taking the reins at the adult industry institution founded by Paul Fishbein. Since then Rios has made his own mark at AVN. Under his steady hand, the company has redesigned its website, brought back the iconic GayVN Awards, and reached new heights of professionalism with its various events—including the AVN Awards Show and the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. Most recently Rios retooled the company’s flagship publication, AVN magazine, with a fresh new look and consumer-oriented focus.

Prior to AVN, Rios got his start in the paysite sector back in 1995. He and his co-founder created some of the earliest paysites, building new websites every few months that catered to different niches. In 2000 he jumped to Channel 1 Releasing, where he worked until 2015 as co-owner and chief technology officer.

Mark Schechter

Adult talent agent and Owner of - 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.

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 (, 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.