About Us

The Team

Director – Jaime Steinburg Winfree, M.Ed.

Jaime co-founded GCASE  in 2017 with Tamara. She is a former GCPS teacher and a mother of two. She earned her Masters of Education at Georgia State University with a concentration in English Education. Jaime has led the collaboration between local advocacy groups both in and out of Georgia. Since 2017, she has brought much-needed attention to the state of sex education in Gwinnett County, as well as Georgia.

Co-Founder – Tamara Steblez Ashley, M.S.

Tamara co-founded GCCSE in 2017 with Jaime. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta and a longtime resident of Gwinnett. She has long been an active and passionate advocate for adolescent mental health. Tamara specializes in trauma, anxiety, sexual abuse, and abuse. Both Tamara’s daughters have gone through the “Choosing the Best” program and were the catalysts of the effort to change the sex education curricula in Gwinnett from Abstinence-based to comprehensive sex education.

Assistant to the Director – Laura E. Anderson, MPH

Laura is a former GCPS student who is currently earning her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Health Management and Policy at Georgia State University. Laura’s interests are sexual and reproductive health, crisis pregnancy centers, and maternal and infant mortality. Due to her personal experience with “Choosing the Best” and having recently moved back to Gwinnett, she is excited to be a voice in the county shift towards comprehensive sex education.

Research Consultant – Andrea Swartzendruber, P.hD.

Andrea is an Assistant Professor and earned her doctoral degree in Reproductive, Perinatal and Women’s Health and her master’s degree in Global Health.  Andrea’s areas of expertise include sexual and reproductive health, adolescent health, maternal and child health, and women’s health policy. 

Our Mission

Gwinnett Citizens for Comprehensive Sex Education (GCCSE) advocates for curricula based on medically and scientifically accurate information while raising awareness about the negative consequences of abstinence-only education. Our purpose is to empower adolescents and young adults to make informed health decisions throughout their lives.

GCCSE is an all-inclusive organization.  We welcome involvement and participation from all Gwinnettians, past, and present, regardless of race, color, religion, age, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. For our purposes, “Citizen” shall be defined as “an inhabitant of a city or town”. Anyone who has either had children in the Gwinnett County Public School (GCPS) system, has been a student of GCPS themselves, or feels aligned with our mission and values is welcome in our organization.