HACIENDA

About the Team

Countless individuals work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Hacienda what it is. They are leaders, they are creators, they are dedicated volunteers. To honor their privacy, some team members are not listed on this page. We nevertheless acknowledge their love, creativity, and commitment to our collective vision.
Contact us: Members@WeAreHacienda.com
Andrew Sparksfire, he/him
Founder of Hacienda

Entrepreneur, Investor, Activist
Andrew is a real estate investor and financial geek who, in 2009, started Hacienda from his townhouse in Brooklyn. Andrew has dedicated his life to creating environments where people can express themselves freely without shame or judgment. In 2014, he built Hacienda Villa, an intentional living community based on the culture of consent and sex positivity originally developed at Hacienda’s legendary sex parties. In 2016, he opened a guest house in New Orleans with the same ethos, and later that same year embarked on a role as an educator and activist. He now speaks around the world on the subject of sex positive culture while continuing to expand Hacienda as a lifestyle brand.
Contact: AndrewSparksfire@gmail.com

Beth Sparksfire, she/her
Partner, Director of Events and Membership
Beth is the Director of Events and Membership at Hacienda. By launching and managing the Membership Program, Beth grows the community while maintaining the exciting, welcoming, and sexy qualities that Hacienda embodies. Beth leads production for the private parties, which are open to members and their guests. Called the Queen of Hacienda because of her outspoken attitude and leadership skills, Beth brings experience in project management, advertising, and video production to the team. Noticing a gap in sexy and decent nightlife options, Beth is expanding Hacienda into the public sphere where she believes in redefining bar culture into something more conscious, more safe, and much, much sexier.
 
Contact: Queen@WeAreHacienda.com
 Kenneth Play, he/him
Partner, Co-founder of Hacienda Villa
 

Kenneth is an international sex educator and celebrity sex coach, whose teaching style has been described as a combination of Tim Ferriss, Martha Stewart, and Bruce Lee. Kenneth co-founded Hacienda Villa and currently manages its day-to-day operations. He is a partner on The Casual Sex Project along with Dr. Zhana Vrangalova. Kenneth makes frequent TV appearances and has been profiled by Playboy, GQ, New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Independent, The Sun, and the Daily Star. Kenneth's mission is to make hands-on sex education accessible to a mainstream audience.

Contact: Kenneth@KennethPlay.com

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Gem Lynx, she/her
Marketing Manager
Gem is a BDSM educator and marketing professional with ten years of experience working with community organizations. She is responsible for overseeing Hacienda's social media, newsletters, and other communications. As a BDSM enthusiast Gem is passionate about sex positivity. Her mission is to take the principles of sex positive lifestyles, like healthy communication, self-expression, radical acceptance, and the releasing of shame and share them with the world. 
Contact: Gem@WeAreHacienda.com
Rene Bolanos, he/him
Event Producer

Rene is a caring and responsible member of the Villa community. He organizes Villa events as an ambassador to the community, a volunteer coordinator, and event producer. His attention to detail and mindful communication extend to every part of his life, including his passion for pole dancing. Ever since his first lesson, Rene has expressed an intimate connection with the pole and pole dancing community in every performance. He spends the rest of his free time cooking delicious vegan meals. 
Contact: Rene@WeAreHacienda.com
Fifi (Sofia), she/her
Diversity and Inclusivity Co-Lead
Being a member of the community since 2016, Hacienda has played a huge role in the way she was able to explore, and reclaim her sexual identity. 
A tech savvy architect by day, and content creator by night, she hopes to create platforms that make sex positivity and other lifestyles more accessible to marginalized groups, the way it was for her. Her mission here is to continue making Hacienda a safe and inclusive space for QTBIPOC. 
Contact: safiyansofia@gmail.com 
Safi Brown, he/him
Diversity and Inclusivity Co-Lead
A poet and a writer on the side, Safi creates content for his vlog with his fiancé Sofia (Fifi). He hopes to make sex education/positivity more accessible and normalized for marginalized groups the way it was for him. Being black and non-binary, a participant in kink, polyamory and sex positive communities, Safi’s mission here is to help create a space that is aware, inclusive and safe for all races and gender identities within the sex positive community. 
Contact: safiyansofia@gmail.com 
Ben Badin, he/him
Event Producer

Ben is a community organizer and event producer with 15 years of event production experience. His primary goal is to ensure that Hacienda events run smoothly and safely and that all guests have a wonderful experience. With a strong motivation to grow sex positive culture, Ben leads the newest intentional living home, Hacienda Tower. You can often find Ben acting as a Guardian, ensuring that Hacienda events are as comfortable and safe as possible.
Contact: Ben@WeAreHacienda.com
Meghan McVann, they/them
Studio Manager
Meghan is a Production Manager for all events including dance festivals, storefront theatres, Off-Broadway, and parties. I work with producers to create an environment and community; always pushing to meet and exceed expectations. Through the events that they coordinate, Meghan creates safe spaces for all those who want to fully express their innermost truth, just as they experienced being part of the Poly/Kink/Queer Community in New York City. When they are not working, they are most likely biking to local breweries around the city, geeking out over new beers with friends.
Contact: Meghan@WeAreHacienda.com
Violet, she/her
Education Curator
 
Violet is a sex educator, pleasure advocate and soon to be licensed therapist. A new member of the Hacienda Tower community, she describes herself as a “confidante for your sexual adventures”. Making the transition from facilitating sex positive workshops in schools, to now doing them at events and play parties, she has experience with creating exciting and open spaces for folks to learn, engage, and confidently move through their sexual journeys. She is so excited to continue creating those spaces with the Hacienda community, and with her fellow sex educators as she continues to evolve in this space. 
Contact: Violet@WeAreHacienda.com
 Arnaud Muller, he/him
Filmmaker, DJ, and Event Producer 
Arnaud is the resident DJ and an event producer at Hacienda. A versatile filmmaker and photographer, his sense of creativity has driven him to shoot over 300 travel videos, fashion and music videos, and also some pretty incredible Hacienda videos. With a modern take on sex-positive culture, Arnaud helps direct Hacienda towards new audiences and opportunities. Listen to Arnaud's music on SoundCloud. 
 
Contact: Arnaud@WeAreHacienda.com
 
Eli Pepper, he/him, they/them
Manager, Hacienda Maison
Eli Pepper is proud to call New Orleans home. Connection, community, and service are priorities for Eli. His interests include costuming, collective creative endeavors, Argentine tango, kink, BDSM, human connection, and spiritual growth. Eli has co-hosted educators and education events on topics such as rope bondage, and dominance development at Hacienda Maison and Winter Palace.
Contact: HaciendaNOLA@gmail.com
 Beatrice Rose, she/her
Manager, Hacienda Maison
Beatrice Rose loves her native city of New Orleans. She enjoy conversations with neighbors, costuming, football, rope bondage, consuming delicious meals, building beautiful homes, and riding bicycles. Bea has co-hosted educators and education events on topics such as rope bondage, and dominance development at Hacienda Maison and Winter Palace. Bea taught a beginners rope bondage class with a focus on consent and negotiation at Naughty in N’awlins. Community and service are important for Bea.
Contact: HaciendaNOLA@gmail.com

Hacienda is a social experiment designed to celebrate sex, educate the curious, and dispel shame