Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Her areas of expertise include implementation of comprehensive behavior support and violence prevention programs. Ms. Mara Madrigal-Weiss has been conducting trainings in Bullying Prevention/Intervention for the past ten years and is a certified trainer and technical assistance consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Model. Ms. Madrigal-Weiss is also a trained trainer in Second Step, Why Try, Safe From the Start and the Search Institute’s- Forty Developmental Assets. At present Ms. Weiss is administering the (CA-Mental Health Services Authority) Cal-MHSA Initiative for the SDCOE where her focus is cross system collaboration, the coordination of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) training and implementation for local school communities and training. Additionally Ms. Weiss provides technical support for Comprehensive Student Assistance Programs (CSAP) and has served as the Military Liaison for the SDCOE since 2010.
Ms. Weiss has trained over a hundred audiences from school administrators to law enforcement personnel on best practices to address bullying and other forms of school culture violence. She has created trainings in both English and Spanish for parents, social service providers and community activists. She serves as a violence prevention and mental health in schools advocate on various committees, coalitions and local collaboratives.
Ms. Weiss earned her B.A. in Sociology, an M.A. in Human Behavior and a M.Ed with an emphasis in School Counseling. Ms. Weiss holds a Pupil Services Credential and a Certificate of Eligibility Administrative Credential.
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 Consultant's 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. Patti Agatston is the co-author of the book, Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age with Robin Kowalski, Ph.D., and Susan Limber, Ph.D. 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. 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 particpant in the CDC's Expert Pale on Electronic Media and Youth Violence, and has presented nationally and internationally on cyber bullying.
Dr. Agatston is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Prevention Specialist with the Cobb County School District's Prevention/Intervention Center in Marietta, Georgia She serves on the Board of Directors for the International Bullying Prevention Association and Connect Safely.
Deidre Anderson is the Executive Director of United Inner City Services (UICS) in Kansas City, Missouri. which is a nonprofit organization whose primary service is early childhood/headstart services but additional program services include community outreach, prevention services, emergency assistance, and a food pantry. Ms. Anderson is a former public school administrator, led the development of a CADCA funded community coalition, is an innovative youth organizer and is trained in an array of prevention programs including Olweus Bully Prevention Program, and Student Assistance.
Jenny Betz has nearly 15 years of experience in the safe schools and social justice movements. She is currently the Education Manager at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national non-profit championing LGBT issues in K-12 education. At GLSEN, she creates professional development models, webinars, curriculum and resources for educators across the U.S. Her work focusses on topics such as social justice and anti-oppression, bias-based bullying, LGBT history, supporting transgender and gender nonconforming students, supporting LGBT students of color and creating safe and affirming schools for LGBT students and their allies.
Jenny also has a passion for training and has led workshops, training of trainer programs and conference presentations for thousands of educators, students and community members in more than 20 states. Before joining GLSEN, she worked for the Anti-Defamation League, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and Ally Action, providing anti-bias training, educational programming and community events designed to give schools and communities the tools to create bias-free environments. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Jenny earned her Bachelor's Degree in English from St. Mary's College and her Master's Degree in Gender/Cultural Studies from Simmons College.
Penny Bisignano is the Educational Consultant for Olweus Bullying Prevention Programming at the Iowa Department of Education. She serves on the state of Iowa team for the Safe and Supportive Schools Federal Grant. Penny has been the coordinator for Counselor Education at Iowa State University, School Improvement Coordinator for an Area Education Agency in Iowa and a consultant for at risk and counseling programming.
Jill Boyd, M.S. has worked in the counseling field for over 30 years. She is currently a school counselor at Lance Middle School in Kenosha, WI. She has experience and training dealing with trauma issues, sexual abuse, bullying/sexual harassment and school safety and AODA issues. Jill holds a masters degree in Educational Psychology - Guidance and Counseling and Community Counseling and she is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer. She is also certified as a Trainer in Ripple Effects Social Learning Software Programs and a Certified "Safe Dates" Trainer through Hazelden, Center City, MN.
Joe Bruzzese, M.A 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.
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, she has trained over 35 schools in the Olweus program. In addition, she is an Olweus Technical Assistant Consultant, mentoring new Olweus trainers around the country. She also has experience as a trainer of trainers in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and is the Olweus State Leader for Indiana. Mary consults regularly with organizations and schools about bullying prevention. 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
Lee Rush is the Executive Director of justCommunity, Inc. a non-profit 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 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-PA), to serve as a member of the statewide Advisory Commission on Children and Families, an inter-disciplinary group to provide 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 SAP's 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 graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned an undergraduate degree (BA) in Criminology. He completed his graduate work (M.Ed.) in education at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, specializing in organizational dynamics, group processes and adult learning.
Also, in 1981 Lee was certified as a national field representative for the New Games Foundation, a non-profit 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.
Beth Yohe is the Associate Director, 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 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 in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University.