Kaytlin Bailey

Old Pros Founder & Executive Director

Host of The Oldest Profession Podcast

Kaytlin Bailey is a contrarian by nature and a provocateur by trade. Kaytlin Bailey is an internationally touring stand-up comic, sex worker rights advocate and writer.

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She came out as sex worker in 2015 with her critically acclaimed one woman show, Cuntagious, which sold out performances at NYCFringe and United Solo theater festivals in New York City in 2016.

She started The Oldest Profession Podcast in 2017 to make sex worker stories from history more accessible. In 2018 she got back into politics as the Director of Communications for Decriminalize Sex Work to challenge laws criminalizing the oldest profession. In 2020 Bailey founded Old Pro Productions, Inc. where she continues her stubborn crusade against whorephobia.

Her biting quotes, personal essays, and op-eds continue to raise awareness in a variety of local and national publications.

Her second one woman show, Whore’s Eye View is in development.

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Ember Chisholm

Managing Director

Ember Chisholm officially joined Old Pros in 2021 as Chief of Operations, after knowing and advising Kaytlin Bailey for twenty years. Ember has worked with entrepreneurs for over ten years. 

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She began working with social enterprises in India before joining an investment fund to source and evaluate investments in education-focused social enterprises across several countries in Asia and Africa. In addition to her work with for-profit companies, Ember Chisholm has also advised nonprofit founders from inception through launch, with an emphasis on fundraising and pitch coaching. She lives in Raleigh, NC, where she enjoys cooking from scratch and debating with her husband about what their cat is thinking.

Leah Moon

Director of Brand & Growth

With a background in documentary filmmaking, design, website development, and online business training, Leah brings respect for and knowledge of mental health, diverse wisdom traditions, and leading edge technology to create unique solutions for each collaboration she undertakes.

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Leah Moon studied at Rhode Island School of Design and is a graduate of Smith College with a dual degree in the Study of Women and Gender and Studio Art with a concentration in Electronic Media. In addition to being a Reiki Master Teacher, Leah is also trained as an herbalist, Medicine Caller, and is an award winning photographer.

Leah Moon is an artist and healer who has fully embraced the Internet. She designs and produces branding, online spaces, and business support plans for changemakers. She shares tools for personal growth and how to manage self care through success in her free monthly email and also on Instagram @withleahmoon.

Charlene J. Fletcher, PhD.

Old Pros Historian

Historian, womanist, activist, and lover of most things Kentucky, Charlene holds a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, specializing in 19th century United States and African American history and gender studies.

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Prior to attending IU, Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher led a domestic violence/sexual assault program as well as a large reentry initiative in New York City, assisting women and men in their transition from incarceration to society. She also served as a lecturer of Criminal Justice at LaGuardia Community College and an adjunct lecturer in Global and Historical Studies at Butler University.

Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher’s research and forthcoming book explores the experiences of confined African-American women in Kentucky from Reconstruction to the Progressive Era, specifically illuminating the lives of confined Black women by examining places other than carceral locales as arenas of confinement, including mental health institutions and domestic spaces. She seeks to explore how these women both defied and defined confinement through their incarceration, interactions with public, social, and political entities of the period, as well as how they challenged ideas of race and femininity.

Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher’s work is motivated by her personal and professional experiences — particularly her work with individuals and families impacted by domestic violence and incarceration — and these experiences continue to fuel her passion for her work today.

Marie Cecile Anderson

Old Pros Implementer

Producer & Audio Engineer for The Oldest Profession Podcast

Marie lives in Brooklyn, but hails from Nashville, Tennessee. She is best known for being one half of the country/comedy duo Reformed Whores and co-host, editor, and producer of their podcast called Difficult Women.

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As a Southern songstress and musical comedian, Marie has toured the country opening for the likes of musical parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dweezil Zappa, and Les Claypool from Primus. Her musical comedy duo Reformed Whores premiered their hour-long show “Grand Old Cuntry” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, and was hailed by the press as “an empowering shake-down of country music clichés and tired pop parodies that the industry is long overdue.” Reformed Whores have fans all over the world thanks to their growing YouTube Channel, Difficult Women Podcast, and two comedy albums available on all music platforms. They’ve been featured on IFC, PBS, CBS, SiriusXM, Gotham Comedy Live on AXS tv, WNYC’s 2 Dope Queens live show, Dan Savage’s Hot Mic on Audible.com, The Comedy Show Show presented by Will Arnett, Huff Post, Splitsider, IndieWire, The Washington Post, BUST Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Nerve.com, Glamour Magazine, and more.

When Marie isn’t touring the world singing about sexual freedom and equality, she stays busy acting & writing, and editing podcasts for the Last Podcast Network and Zero Cool Media. Most recently she worked on the Netflix show Maniac, directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and once a month can be seen on Twitch.tv writing and performing live sketch comedy on The John Twitcherman Sketch Program. Marie is super pumped to be on The Oldest Profession Podcast team.

Ava Smith

Old Pros Organizer

Ava Smith is a Sex Worker, community organizer, and avid mutual aid supporter. Their passion is to not only tell better Sex Work stories but to put money back into the hands of Sex Worker artists and story tellers through grassroots fundraising such as canvassing. 

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Lakeesha Harris

Old Pro News Host

Lakeesha Harris is an unapologetic Black Feminist, Abolitionist, and Host of Old Pro News. Lakeesha Harris was the former Director of Reproductive Health and Justice at Women With A Vision, Inc. in New Orleans, Louisiana and is a second generation former sex worker.

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She helped strategize and organize the first sex worker led Deep South Decriminalization campaign, producing one of the first comprehensive state bills in the U.S. to Decriminalize Sex Work. Lakeesha was celebrated by Bitch Media in 2020 among its Bitch 50 Activist for her work to maintain abortion access in Louisiana and nationwide.

Her twenty plus years as a Reproductive Justice leader had produced two RJ Amicus Briefs that were presented to The Supreme Court on behalf abortion access, one currently being considered in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Before moving to the Deep South, Lakeesha was an organizer, Health Educator, and Insemination Coordinator in the Midwest providing comprehensive care to sex workers, women, trans people, and GNC folx at one of the last remaining feminist Health centers in the country, Chicago Women’s Health Center. Lakeesha’s essays, interviews, and critical work has been featured on Democracy Now, The Advocate, and Rewire News just to name a few.

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Tina Horn

Old Pro News Director of Editorial

Tina Horn hosts and produces the long-running kink podcast Why Are People Into That?!. She is also an author, LAMBDA Literary Fellow, an AVN nominee, the recipient of two Feminist Porn Awards, and holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence.

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She is also the creator and writer of the sci-fi sex-rebel comic book series SfSx (Safe Sex). Her reporting on sexual subcultures and politics has appeared in Rolling Stone, Playboy, Hazlitt, Glamour, Jezebel and elsewhere; she is the author of two nonfiction books and has contributed to numerous anthologies including the queer horror collection Theater of Terror and We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival, which she also co-edited.

Tina has lectured on sex worker politics and queer BDSM identities at universities and community centers all over North America, and works as an on-set consultant for theater and television including the dominatrix scenes of Pose.

Tina is currently working on her first scripts for film and television. You can follower her on Twitter and Instagram @TinaHornsAss and visit TinaHorn.net

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Charlotte Landes

Old Pro News Executive Producer

Charlotte is an audio maven who craves the rush of a flawlessly smooth edit.
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Before working in radio, they worked as a ladder climber, a cocktail server, a paralegal, and a vox editor on The Sims. Charlotte’s hobbies include changing their hair, ranting about abolition, and still winning after getting blue shelled. They have the power to make it sound like you said you hate ice cream but they try to use it responsibly.

Irene Fagan Merrow

Content Creator for Old Pros

Irene Merrow is a comedian, sex worker, content creator, and writer; a woman who wears many hats and sometimes nothing at all.

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Irene Fagan Merrow moved to New York City in 2014 to pursue a career as a writer and stand up comic. While doing nightly shows, occasional tours, and various freelance gigs, she picked up multiple side hustles to support herself. In 2018, she finally found one that stuck when she began stripping.

Irene Fagan Merrow's experience with online and in person sex work made its way into her comedy and writing. She found a passion for presenting audiences with the radical idea that sex workers are people. She dedicated her punchlines to lifting up sex workers and punching down on the narrow minded people who discriminate against them. She also wrote multiple articles for Betches Media advocating for sex workers’ rights and the decriminalization of sex work. Her written work has also been featured on Reductress, Someecards, Paste Magazine, and BestLife Media.

Irene Fagan Merrow's stand up comedy, published articles, and social media content aim to rid people of their whorephobia and inspire them to cherish whores as much as she does. She wants you to laugh but she also wants you to shut up and listen.

Mx. Pucks A'Plenty

#OldProProject National Co-Coordinator

The Femme Daddy that your mother should have warned you about, Pucks is not only a performer and a producer, but stage manager and themcee. “The They/Them/Yas Queen of Burlesque” is Mx. Pucks A’Plenty and they have #nopucksgiven.

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Mx. Pucks A’Plenty is the Director of Junk in da Trunk, the Michelle Obama of Burlesque, and Seattle’s Own Mxtress of Thiccness! Pucks is the founder and co-producer behind What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Festival.

You may have seen them in VHOF (Virtual Burlesque Hall of Fame) this past August. They have performed in several festivals as well including the Buxom Blaze Burlesque Festival, Savannah Burlesque Festival, FIERCE! Queer Performing Arts Festival, Edmonton Burlesque Festival, They/Them Festival, Disabilitease Festival as well as performed in The Body Political in San Francisco and as a guest performer with Bless Your Heart Burlesque in San Diego and Gritty City Sirens of Tacoma. They are also the current Mx. Congeniality of the 2019 Savannah Burlesque Festival.

When they aren’t burlesquin’, Pucks is a sex educator and activist. You can catch them on Instagram under @_sexuali.tea_ as co-host to an intersectional sex education podcast with a mission to ‘queer up’ sex ed! They also run the FemDom lifestyle group Diadem-Events which features play parties, workshops, high protocol teas, and socials.

Savannah Sly

#OldProProject National Co-Coordinator

Savannah Sly is a career sex worker based in Seattle who embraces the arts as a medium for change.

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Savannah Sly has worked with community in Seattle and nationally to host educational variety shows and full blown festivals that elevate sex worker voices and stories. As an organizer, Savannah has coordinated lawmaker education via legislative testimony, constituent meetings, protest, and media engagement. Ever the advocate for business and pleasure, Savannah gleefully acted as sales director for Velvet Swing, a water soluble cannabis infused lubricant launched by Mistress Matisse. Most recently, Savannah is honored to have served as a coalition organizer for ACLU-WA, specializing in allied mobilization on issues relating to technology and privacy.

Continuously inspired by their peers, Sly recently completed their first album INDEPENDENT MEANS, which is dedicated to sex workers everywhere. Sly is presently honored to bring sex worker history to life via their role as national coordinator for the #OldProProject.

Learn more at savannahsly.com.

Regan Ferrell

Development Advisor

Regan Ferrell is a fundraiser and human rights activist. She's became inteterested in sex work advocacy upon interviewing local lawmakers and professors for a high school paper, realizing how much work still needs to be done to protect sex workers’ rights.

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Regan Ferrell believes there’s no greater joy than getting money directly into the hands of those who need it, and #OldProProject is doing just that. An ardent vegetarian, you’ll frequently hear her lamenting factory farming when she’s not protesting human rights issues, hanging around the beltway libertarian scene, or reading tarot.