After a tenured career as a middle grades teacher, Joe left the classroom to pursue an MA in Educational Technology from Azusa Pacific University.
Joe was a professor in the Teacher Education Program at the University of California Santa Barbara from 2004-2010, and currently holds professorships at both Azusa Pacific University and Westmont College in their education departments.
His work as a highly acclaimed speaker and respected authority in the fields of education and parent guidance led to Random House selecting and publishing his book, A Parents’ Guide to the Middle School Years, in 2009.
In 2010, Joe founded Sprigeo.com and developed the company’s online reporting system as a secure and confidential way for students and schools to report and respond to bullying incidents. Sprigeo connects students, schools and community organizations in an ongoing effort to support a positive youth culture.
Joe brings together domain-area knowledge and a solid foundation of relationships with key influencers among school districts nationwide and in state-level education offices and legal entities.
Beth Yohe is the Associate Director of the Training and Curriculum Department of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Education Division. Beth directs the development of the anti-bias training and curricular materials for the ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, a leading provider of anti-bias education and social justice training.
In her role as Associate Director, she has written program models and resources on a variety of topic areas including cyberbullying and bullying prevention for educators and youth, with a focus on bias-based bullying and ally-building skills. Beth has more than 16 years of experience in anti-bias training, bullying prevention and social justice work.
She also serves as a board member for the Mapleton Education Foundation and UCCS Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion.
She has a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University.
Dawn M. Jaeger is a School Social Worker with Central Rivers AEA in Iowa. She serves as a team representative and a member of the Learning Supports and Crisis Response Teams, in addition to consulting on bullying prevention and positive climate issues. As a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Trainer and Olweus Technical Assistance Consultant, a School Wide Information System (SWIS) facilitator, and a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) trainer Dawn has presented at national, regional, state and local conferences about bullying prevention and social emotional learning. Recognized as the 2012 Iowa School Social Worker of the Year, Dawn is a proud member of the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) and Iowa School Social Workers Association. Prior to joining the Central Rivers AEA staff, Dawn worked as a medical social worker and with the Iowa Department of Human Services. Dawn earned a BA in Social Work from Wartburg College, in Waverly Iowa, and an MSW from the University of Iowa. Dawn and her husband reside in Grinnell, Iowa.
Dr. Patricia Agatston is co-author of the book,Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age, with Robin Kowalski, Ph.D., and Susan Limber, Ph.D., and has co-authored a chapter for the book, Expert Perspectives in Cyberbullying. She is also co-author of the Cyber Bullying Curriculum for Grades 6 – 12, and the Cyber Bullying Prevention Curriculum for Grades 3 – 5.
Dr. Agatston is a certified trainer and technical assistance consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and a Licensed Trainer in Restorative Practices.
She has been quoted in articles on cyber bullying in The Washington Post, CNET news, Time magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor. She has appeared on CNN as well as other local and national radio and television programs to discuss cyber bullying and other youth online risky behavior.
She was a participant in the CDC’s Expert Panel on Electronic Media and Youth Violence, and the CDC’s Expert Panel on Youth Involvement in Bullying and Suicide-Related Behaviors.
She has presented nationally and internationally on bullying, cyber bullying, and digital citizenship
Jenny Betz is a School Climate Specialist in WestEd’s Health & Human Development Program (HHDP), focusing on engaging schools and districts in WestEd’s School Climate & Wellness Partnership (SCWP). Through ongoing coaching, training, and technical assistance, Betz supports client efforts to assess and improve school climate and wellness, with an emphasis on youth voice and sustainability.
With more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector—local, regional, national, and international—Betz brings a passion for social justice and building the capacity of education stakeholders to ensure safe, affirming, and inclusive learning environments for all. Most recently, Betz was the Director of Education & Youth Programs at GLSEN, leading national campaigns, programs, and resource development addressing LGBTQ issues in K-12 schools.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Betz earned a BA in English at St. Mary’s College and a MA in gender/cultural studies at Simmons College, and currently serves as a member of the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) Board of Directors.
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Mike Donlin is currently the Program Supervisor for the School Safety Center of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia, WA.
He has taught at all levels and in different locations around the country and the world. He was with the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) for 30 years as a classroom teacher and program administrator, overseeing a variety of programs from ELL to technology, community technology, and bullying and harassment prevention and intervention. He oversaw the development of the widely recognized SPS Middle School Cyberbullying Curriculum and wrote a series of cyberbullying lessons for the Committee for Children’s Steps to Respect program. Mike is also one of the “experts” in the 2011 Patching & Hinduja book, Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives.
Mike was the 2008 recipient of the Spirit of Online Safety Leadership Award from Qwest Communications and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and was named one of Seattle’s Most Influential Consultants in 2010 by Seattle Magazine. Mike also presents regularly in local, regional, national and international settings.
Mike received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Scranton (PA), and a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
He is married and has three adult children.
Dr. Quentin Fretwell is the retired Director of the Department of Safe Schools and Student Relations for the DeKalb County School District. In 2013, he was asked to return in the part-time capacity of Safe Schools Coordinator. His department handled student discipline hearings, student attendance, school safety and student placement. Quentin’s career includes 25+ years working in the area of student behavior, discipline, school safety, emergency preparedness and attendance. He has co-authored articles on student discipline and has presented at several local, state and regional conferences. Quentin received his Bachelors, Masters, Ed.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia State. His dissertation work was student bullying and the perceptions, thoughts and beliefs of school administrators. In 2015, Quentin was selected for the School-Based Leader Hero Award associated with the Auburn University Anti-Bullying Summit. In addition, he is the crafter and facilitator of the DeKalb County School District’s Bullying/Harassment/Hazing Awareness Campaign.
Dr. Gordon is Professor Emeritus of the University of Kansas where he served for 34 years. He established the Department of African and African-American Studies, the Center for African Studies, and the Center for Multicultural Leadership. He is a founding member and ex-officio of the Executive Board of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA). He has served as a Fulbright Specialist to Ghana in 2012. He was appointed as the Kwame Nkrumah Endowed Chair in African Studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, 2012-2015.
He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, M.A. from Howard University, B.A. (honors) from Bethune-Cookman University; and L.L.D. (Honorary) from Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Gordon is an approved International Evaluator for the U.S. State Department Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He is the author or co-author of more than 22 books including African Traditional Leadership: Past, Present and the Future (2014), Winning the Future for Africa and the Diaspora (2011); African Studies for the 21st Century (2004); The African Presence in Black America (2004), and African Leadership in the Twentieth Century: An Enduring Experiment in Democracy (2002), Black Leadership for Social Change (2000), A Systems Change Approach to Substance Abuse Prevention (1997), Managing Multiculturalism in Substance Abuse Services (1994), and The Role of Higher Education in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention (1993). His most recent works, Revisiting Kwame Nkrumah: Pathways for the Future, and Trends in African Studies, will be released in 2015. He was awarded a research grant from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in 2013 and completed Phase One of the project on African Presidential Papers and Libraries. www.applproject.com
Dr. Gordon has received many awards and honors including the establishment of the Jacob U. Gordon Collections at the University of Kansas Research Library (2011); Who’s Who (Strathmore’s) Millennium Edition (2001); Wally and Marie Steeples Faculty Award for Outstanding Service, University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1998); Kansas African American Affairs Commission Outstanding Leadership Award (1998); and Men of Achievement, 8th Edition, International Biographical Centre Cambridge, UK.
He and his wife, Barbara, live in Gainesville, Florida. They are the parents of six children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Sameer Hinduja is Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center (cyberbullying.org) and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He works with the U.S. Department of Education and many state departments of education to improve their policies and programming related to the prevention and response of teen technology misuse.
He has written seven books, the most recent being “Bullying Today: Bullet Points and Best Practices” and the award-winning “Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying.” His newest co-authored book specifically written for teens is entitled “Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral.” According to Google Scholar, Dr. Hinduja’s articles have been cited almost 7,000 times in the fields of Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Educational Psychology, Pediatrics, Social Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration, Ethics, Developmental Psychology, Communications, Psychiatry, Counselor Education, Special Education, Educational Technology, Criminology, and Pediatrics.
Outside of research and evaluation expertise, Dr. Hinduja provides training to schools, youth organizations, parents, and teens on how to avoid online victimization and its real-world consequences. He is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, and his work has been featured in venues that include CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the BBC and The New York Times. He has also been interviewed and cited by hundreds of online and print media outlets.
He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University (focus area: cybercrime) and his B.S. in Criminal Justice (minor in legal studies) from the University of Central Florida Honors College. At FAU, Dr. Hinduja has won both Researcher of the Year and Teacher of the Year, the two highest honors across the entire university.
Alex Holmes is Deputy CEO at The Diana Award, a legacy charity to Princess Diana based on the belief that young people can change the world. Using his own experience of bullying at school, Alex came up with the idea of ‘Anti-Bullying Ambassadors’ aged 15 in 2003 at his own school and then scaling this up regionally, something he received The Diana Award for in 2005. Using this knowledge and experience he has been a driving force behind the programme at the charity and now as Deputy CEO leads the development, partnerships & fundraising team.
During his nearly 7 years at The Diana Award Alex has played a considerable role working with the CEO in securing valuable and long-term partnerships and relationships that have increased the profile of the charity and diversified income streams contributing to long term sustainability.
Before The Diana Award Alex worked briefly at the BBC as a Broadcast Assistant presenting and producing news and travel. Alex then worked in the education system for 5 years in various roles from teaching assistant, learning mentor to Head of Year.
Alex sits a number of global safety advisory boards and councils for technology and social media companies, representing the organisation globally on policy, safety and trust and has played a key role in Prince William’s The Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying.
In 2017 he was made a Queen’s Young Leader by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace, representing the commonwealth for his work in tackling bullying and January 2018 was announced as one of Forbes 30 Under 30, an annual encyclopedia of ‘the brightest entrepreneurs, innovators and game-changers under the age of 30 who are transforming business as usual and changing the world.’
Alex was also named on the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List as one of the ‘100 people who make Britain a happier place to live’. Alex recently was awarded the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award. In his spare time Alex enjoys travelling, film and getting back to his hometown Milton Keynes.
Mary Yoder Holsopple, M.S., is the Bullying Prevention Coordinator for Elkhart Community Schools in Elkhart, IN. As a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer, Mary consults regularly with organizations and schools about bullying prevention and safe climate issues in student services. She has extensive experience in school social work and international development, having lived in Africa for 10 years. She is the lead author of the book Building Peace: Overcoming Violence in Local Communities. She also co-authored More Class Meetings that Matter: Respecting Others with Disabilities for Grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Mary earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Masters in Family Life Education from Purdue University. She has two adult children and a beloved grandchild.
Eric Johnson is currently the Vice President of Youth Development at STARS Nashville. In addition to his work as a trainer and speaker, Mr. Johnson’s experience at STARS includes both direct student assistance work in schools and program management. His training work has taken him across the country, speaking to educators, mental health professionals, administrators, communities, and young people. Mr. Johnson is heavily involved in developing materials and workshops to encourage youth leadership, bullying prevention initiatives, and school culture and climate enhancement. He is a certified Olweus trainer, and one of the developers of the MOVE2STAND bullying prevention workshop and manual. Over the past year, through the Safe and Supportive Schools initiative, he helped develop materials for the Tennessee Youth Engagement Summits, traveling throughout the state, training students and educators to utilize youth voice to shift the culture and climate in their schools. He has presented at National Conferences and Seminars on the “Rites of Passage” and Bullying Prevention Strategies. In 2005, he was a recipient of the Tennessean Top 40 under 40 Award honoring those whose commitment to community is and inspiration to others. In 2011, the highlight during this journey was being honored by his former high school as a hometown hero as one “Living the Beyond the Dream.”
Tara Raju is the Education Director at the Mountain States Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League. Her first connection with ADL came in 1995, as an ADL Facilitator and has been on staff since 2005. She leads ADL’s Education department which focuses on anti-bias education and Holocaust education for K-12 schools, colleges/ universities, community organization and law enforcement agencies in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Tara has over 20 years’ experience working with schools in K-12 settings and higher education in a variety of cities including, Philadelphia, Chicago, Portland, OR and the metro Denver area. Prior to ADL, Tara worked with Communities In Schools (CIS), as the director of operations in Chicago, and also as a national CIS trainer. She worked with Chicago Public Schools to create systemic change and a comprehensive approach to better serve schools and communities through collaboration and partnerships. She also worked with young adults at Reed College and the University of Pennsylvania, using traditional and experiential learning to teach leadership, diversity, skills for activism and social responsibility.
Tara was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Topeka, KS. She has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in African and Afro-American Studies and Political Science from Washington University, St. Louis.
Lee Rush is the Executive Director of justCommunity, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Quakertown, PA. justCommunity provides training and consultation services to communities, schools and organizations in the area of youth development, community mobilization strategies, student assistance programs (SAPs) and restorative practices.
Lee is also a licensee and a certified trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), the world’s first graduate school dedicated solely to Restorative Practices.
In 2004, Lee was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell (D-Penn.) to serve as a member of the statewide Advisory Commission on Children and Families, an interdisciplinary group providing guidance to the governor’s senior cabinet members on public policy issues involving families and child and youth issues.
Lee served as the Executive Director of the National Student Assistance Association (NSAA), a membership driven organization devoted solely to enhancing the development of SAPs across the country, from 1995 to 2008. NSAA presently has 17 state chapters and represents the interests of thousands of professionals in the student assistance field.
He was a co-founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP), and served as a charter board member, treasurer and membership chair from 1989-1993.
From 1995 to 1998, Lee served as the Director of Human Resources for LifeQuest, a 600-person company specializing in senior healthcare services. During this same period, he also served as Executive Director of LifeQuest Foundation, which sponsored Project CARE, (now sponsored by justCommunity), a state-approved student assistance program (SAP) training provider.
From 1986 to 1995, he was the Director of Project CARE, which has trained over 20,000 educators and counselors in prevention and intervention skills. His direct experience with adolescents was in various positions as an administrator, counselor and teacher in a private school and day-treatment setting from 1976 to 1985.
Lee is a former Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC), and he graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He completed his graduate work in education (M.Ed.) at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, specializing in organizational dynamics, group processes and adult learning.
In 1981, Lee was certified as a national field representative for the New Games Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization that provided trainings and seminars throughout the country on cooperative play and community building.
Lee and his wife Kathy live in Perkasie, PA with their daughter Sage.
Fish, a Peace First Fellow, is completing a one-year residency at Peace First. As part of the Programs team, he plans and implements initiatives to support and grow the community of young peacemakers, with a focus on partnership-building, tool development, and community management. Prior to joining Peace First full-time, Fish founded and led the Teaching Peace Initiative, a nonprofit that trains high school peer educators across the US to teach peace, tolerance, and anti-bullying curricula in their communities. He is a 2017 graduate of Yale University, where he studied Political Science and Education Studies and received the Dean’s Prize for his work to bridge divides between the university community and New Haven.
Deborah Temkin, Ph.D., is a recognized leader in the fields of school climate and school-based prevention, working across child development research and education policy development. Her work on bullying prevention led to a position in the U.S. Department of Education where she led the Federal Initiative on Bullying Prevention and was a finalist for the 2012 Call to Service Medal of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. She played a major role in developing stopbullying.gov, coordinating the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, and developing a model bullying prevention framework distributed to all governors and chief state school officers. She has been cited and quoted by the Washington Post, CNN, Education Week, and U.S. News and World Report, among other publications. She is frequently asked to speak and provide consultation regarding bullying prevention and school climate policy, including for the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Kentucky Governor’s Anti-Bullying Task Force, the Iowa Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit, the Ohio Attorney General’s Symposium, and the Virginia School Safety Forum.
Dr. Temkin is currently the Senior Director of Education Research at Child Trends where she focuses on the intersections between education policy and healthy social and emotional development. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies and her M.A. in Education Theory and Policy from the Pennsylvania State University, where she was a Prevention and Methodology Pre-Doctoral Fellow, funded by the National Institutes for Drug Abuse.
Dr. Temkin’s projects include the policy analysis and development arm of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Together for Healthy and Successful Schools initiative, an evaluation of a school climate framework in DC public and public charter schools funded by the National Institute of Justice; a multi-year evaluation of school start time changes funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the development of valid and reliable measures for adolescent sexual orientation and gender identity funded by the Arcus Foundation; and ongoing consultation work for the DC Office of Human Rights’ implementation of the Youth Bullying Prevention Act. Additionally, Dr. Temkin serves as a senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments.