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 has earned her B.A. in Sociology an M.A. in Human Behavior and a M.Ed. Ms. Weiss holds a Pupil Service Credential and well is eligible for an School Leadership 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 Dr. Agatston is co-author of the book, Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age with Robin Kowalski, Ph.D., and Susan Limber, Ph.D. She also co-authored a chapter for the book, Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives. Dr. Agatston is also co-author of the Cyber Bullying Curriculum for Grades 6 – 12 and the Cyber Bullying Prevention Curriculum for Grades 3 - 5. 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 has presented nationally and internationally on bullying and 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 provides staff and community trainings in bullying prevention, peer helping, internet safety, suicide prevention and school crisis response. She has served on the CCSD crisis response team for more than twenty years.
Penny Bisignano Penny is the Consultant for Bullying Prevention & Intervention at the Iowa Department of Education. She is a member of the Core Team for the Safe and Supportive Schools Grant in the state of Iowa. Penny serves as the State Coordinator for Olweus Bullying Prevention Programming. She is a member of the Board of Directors for IBPA and chairs the Communication Committee. Penny has served at the school level K-12, coordinated the Master Degree Program in School Counseling at Iowa State University, served in leadership roles in the Area Education Agency System in Iowa and now provides guidance for the state in addressing bullying prevention, intervention, follow up as well as meeting the expectations in Iowa's bullying and harassment law.
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.
Mary Yoder Holsopple, M.S., 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 is an active member on the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) Board.
Lee Rush Lee is the Executive Director of justCommunity, Inc. based in Quakertown, PA. justCommunity provides training and consultation services in the areas of collaborative community building, student assistance practices, substance abuse prevention and restorative practices. Lee is also a certified trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), the world's first graduate school dedicated solely to Restorative Practices. In addition, he also presently on the board of directors for the International Bullying Prevention Association and recently was appointed as Chair of the Advocacy Committee. Lee is a co-founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals and served as a charter board member from 1989 to 1993. He served as the Executive Director of the National Student Assistance Association (NSAA) from 1995 to 2008. His background also includes working as an educator in alternative education, a substance abuse counselor and a director of a human resources department for a 600-person corporation.
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.
The International Bullying Prevention Association
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