Presenters

#thirdthursdayseries

Presenters 2021-10-21T08:57:22-04:00

Stephanie Colvin-Roy

Stephanie Colvin-Roy has spent more than 15 years providing professional development in prevention education and youth development. As Training and Organizational Development Associate for the Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning at the Center for Schools and Communities, Stephanie provides professional development, consultation and technical assistance to schools and youth-serving agencies with a focus on SEL. She is Lead International Trainer and manages the I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) and Raising a Thinking Child (RaTC) programs.

Stephanie is certified in Lifelines Suicide Prevention, ICPS (a CASEL, SELect program), and Lions Quest (evidence-based SEL program); has received training in SEL and character education, Courageous Conversations-Beyond Diversity, and Supporting Students Exposed to Trauma; and serves on the PASAP BOD. As an adjunct professor, Stephanie taught personal resiliency, diversity and inclusion, and was certified in the Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP).

Mary Dolan, M.A.

Mary Dolan currently serves as the Bullying Prevention Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools. She comes to this position with experience as a state-level Safe Schools Coordinator and public school counselor. She authored the Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Support Plan and coordinates the PA Bullying Prevention Partnership. She assisted with the creation and implementation of the PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line and provides support to parents and schools for unresolved bullying situations. Mary has written and contributed to the creation of bullying prevention tools and resources designed for parents, students and educators. She is currently the project coordinator for the newly launched PDE, Office for Safe Schools Intermediate Unit Bullying Prevention Professional Development initiative.

Leah Harry Galkowski

Leah Harry Galkowski is a Safe Schools Coordinator at the Center for Safe Schools at the Center for Schools and Communities where she has worked since 1999. Galkowski is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer and works directly with Pennsylvania Schools in planning and implementing the research-based Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as well as conducting presentations on incorporating bullying prevention across curriculums. She is also an Olweus Technical Assistance Consultant. In this capacity, she assists new trainers in implementing the program in schools and completing their certification. She has worked with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program since 2001. In her capacity at the Center for Safe Schools, Galkowski is also a certified trainer in the Safe Dates Curriculum, a research-based Teen Dating Prevention curriculum as well as a trainer for the I Can Problem Solve, social-emotional learning curriculum developed by Myrna Shure.

Previously, Galkowski was employed by the Department of Public Welfare at the Office of Children Youth and Families as a Program Specialist. Prior to that, she held several positions within the York County Children and Youth Agency. She was an Intake Investigator, Emergency Services Supervisor and supervisor of a satellite office. With this experience, Galkowski has become an organizational trainer of Mandated Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse, utilizing the DHS-approved curriculum from the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance.

Galkowski is certified in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) 100.SCa and 700.a, ICS 200 and Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents, and Critical Incident Stress Management and Psychological First Aid. She is a Regional Coordinator with the School Climate Leadership Initiative in Pennsylvania. This initiative supports schools through a comprehensive school climate improvement process.

Galkowski is a graduate from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice and a minor in Spanish. She has completed the Social Emotional Character Education course.

Will Gordillo

Will Gordillo, a Senior Associate at Public Consulting Group, provides thought leadership and consulting services in the areas of special education and behavioral threat assessment policies and practices and solutions to support project implementations nationally and in Florida. Prior to joining PCG, Gordillo taught students receiving special education services and English language learners in K-12 settings. These experiences allowed him to develop extensive expertise in the provision of programs and services for students with specialization in emotional behavioral disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and other learning differences. He further honed his skills and experiences working as a school site assistant principal and principal and headed exceptional student education, psychological services, behavioral, mental health, and crisis support in two urban school districts. Gordillo is currently supporting the implementation of integrated solutions for behavioral threat assessment, suicide risk assessment, sexual threats, and fire-setting to help manage and address the behavioral mental health and wellness of students with school safety in mind.

Galkowski is a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice and a minor in Spanish. She has completed the Social Emotional Character Education course.

Lexie Higgins

Lexi Higgins, BOTL Program Specialist at Truckers Against Trafficking, is focused primarily on equipping and empowering school bus drivers to combat human trafficking. She is passionate about leveraging relationships and communication channels for education, mobilization and impact. Throughout her professional career, Lexi has dedicated her talents and efforts towards tackling gender-based violence through systems and culture change. Her experience includes positions with the Association of Junior Leagues International, University of Washington Women’s Center, and Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, where she partnered with a local nonprofit organization to train and empower rural women’s groups. Lexi holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. She also serves as a board member for SAFER (Students Active for Ending Rape).

June Jenkins, M.Ed.

June Jenkins is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Training Coordinator at Safe and Humane Schools, Clemson University. With more than 25 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator, she retired in 2014 as the Director of Safe Schools/Healthy Students in Virginia. he holds a Postgraduate Professional License from Virginia and South Carolina Departments of Education in PreK-12 administration and supervision. She completed a postgraduate certification in PBIS. Jenkins serves on the Leadership Board of the SC-APBS Network and as Co-Leader for the SC-Olweus Network.

Timothy P. Knoster, Ed.D.

Dr. Tim Knoster is a Professor in the College of Education in the Department of Exceptionality Programs at Bloomsburg University. He is the Executive Director of the McDowell Institute in the College of Education and Executive Director of the Association for Positive Behavior Support. Dr. Knoster has served as a special education teacher, Director of Student Support Services and Special Education, as well as a Principal Investigator and Program Evaluator on various federally funded projects focused on school-based behavioral health and interagency collaboration emphasizing promotion, prevention and early intervention to address non-academic barriers to learning. The application of Positive Behavior Support in school, home and community settings has served as a foundation throughout Dr. Knoster’s career. In addition, Dr. Knoster has directed statewide training and technical assistance projects that have supported schools to provide inclusive services and programs for students with complex needs, as well as for children and youth who have experienced trauma associated with neglect and abuse. Dr. Knoster received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in special education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Educational Specialist and Doctorate in Special Education from Lehigh University. Dr. Knoster was the recipient of Pennsylvania CASSP’s Least Restrictive and Least Intrusive Award in 2000, the inaugural recipient of Lehigh University College of Education’s Outstanding Contributions to Discipline Award in 2002 as well as the inaugural recipient of Bloomsburg University Provost’s Award in Research/Scholarly Growth in 2007. He has extensively published books and manuscripts, training materials, and other practitioner-oriented resources concerning the linkage among research, policy and practice in Multi-tiered Systems of Support and Positive Behavior Support, school-based behavioral health, interagency collaboration that is child and family-centered, and inclusive school reform. He has also served as an advisor on matters of policy and practice to agency directors, legal staff and court authorities, as well as elected officials. Dr. Knoster has acquired a national reputation for his ability to translate research into daily practice across school and community settings.

Dana Milakovic, Psy.D.

Dana Milakovic, Psy.D., serves as the Mental Health/Alcohol and Other Drugs Specialist with the Office for Safe Schools for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Dr. Milakovic also serves as the Trauma Lead for PDE and supports Pennsylvania in moving forward as a trauma-informed state by participating on the leadership team for HEAL PA, as well as serving as the co-chair of the educational committee for HEAL PA. Dr. Milakovic is a mental health and trauma specialist with experience in school and community mental health, pediatric neuropsychology, school administration, and school psychology. In her current role, she is focused on strengthening schools by applying neuropsychological research to mental health integration in schools, trauma-sensitive schools, school climate, substance use disorders, and improving mental health services for children across Pennsylvania. Prior to her work at PDE, Dr. Milakovic spent more than 15 years working on behalf of children with special needs as a community mental health evaluator, school psychologist and administrator.

Stacie Molnar-Main, Ed.D.

Stacie Molnar-Main is an educational consultant whose work focuses on strengthening schools and communities through practices that support social-emotional learning, civic learning and school-community partnerships. Her clients include individual schools and school districts, government institutions, nonprofits and foundations that have an interest in addressing the complex issues that affect education and youth development.

Stacie has used NIF materials with teachers and community groups for more than ten years. She also regularly uses deliberation in her work as a consultant. A 2014 white paper she authored, titled “Integrating Bullying Prevention and Restorative Practices in Schools: Considerations for Practitioners and Policymakers,” is the product of such an effort.

Stacie received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education in 2012. Her dissertation was a multiple case study of civic learning leadership in middle schools facing pressure to perform on high-stakes tests. Stacie holds professional certifications in K-12 school leadership, school psychology and school counseling.

Mary Claire Mucenic, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Claire Mucenic is the Director of Behavioral and Mental Health for the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida. Prior to this appointment, she served the Broward County Public School District as the Director of Support Services for Exceptional Services and Learning Support. Dr. Mucenic is a nationally certified and licensed school psychologist. She has served on several university, state and community organizational boards including the Executive Advisory Board for Barry University’s School of Education and the Board of the Florida Association of Support Services Administrators. She has taught as an adjunct professor for Barry University in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Andreas School of Business, and the Adrian Dominican School of Education. Her current professional focus is mental health and wellness, positive psychology, and mindfulness. Dr. Mucenic is the proud mother of two grown children and a strong child advocate. She enjoys mentoring young professionals and developing future leaders.

Michelle Gwinn Nutter

Michelle Gwinn Nutter, a Pennsylvania-certified teacher and former Safe and Supportive Schools Manager for the Pennsylvania Center for Safe Schools, is an Education and Outreach Program Manager and Civil Rights Outreach Specialist for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Harrisburg, Pa. Nutter provides training and technical assistance for schools and community organizations. She is a nationally recognized speaker and frequently serves as a facilitator for the Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together (SPIRIT) Program coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service. Nutter is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer and a certified Partners Against Hate trainer. She assists schools in the prevention of and effective response to bullying, cyberbullying and bias-related tension incidents. Nutter received her bachelor’s degree in English Education from Messiah College and a master’s degree in Education Law. Nutter participated in the 2016 White House Bullying Prevention Summit and the 2016 Federal Bullying Prevention Summit.

Shileste Overton Morris, Ed.D.

Shileste Overton Morris serves as the director of the Center for Schools and Communities (CSC), a division of the education service agency, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit.

Dr. Overton Morris has worked at and with both public and private institutions including nonprofit organizations, foundations and state government agencies building strategic partnerships and leading innovative work. She has led strategic planning efforts for her organization and other community-based organizations. She has worked with the United Way of New York City, facilitating the Community Mapping process, with residents of Mott Haven to improve literacy rates, Clayton County, and Georgia School District to assess and implement Social Emotional Learning. Dr. Overton Morris provided leadership and consultation to the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the development of a hybrid course for principals and superintendents focused on equity and leadership. She has developed and presented training focused on equity, social justice, family school and community partnerships, social entrepreneurship and other topics relevant to school and community improvement.

Dr. Overton Morris serves on a number of national, state and local boards, including the National Healthy Teen Leadership Alliance, the Center for Educational Equity, SEL 4US Equity and Inclusion Committee, the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, and Foundation for Enhancing Communities Women’s Fund.

Dr. Overton Morris has authored several publications, including “Girl Grudges: Learning to Forgive and Live,” written to help clinicians, parents and youth development staff who work with adolescent girls regarding female aggression. She has developed a strong repertoire in topics related to strategic leadership, parent engagement, marginalized populations and issues focusing on cultural competence, equity and education leadership. Dr. Overton Morris has been recognized by a number of organizations for her commitment to education, community and service.

Dr. Overton Morris completed her Doctor of Education at Shippensburg University, defending her dissertation research, focused on the process and perceptions of an equity initiative to address racial disproportionality in school discipline in an urban district. She has a master’s degree in public administration and a certificate in nonprofit administration from Pennsylvania State University, as well as a bachelor’s in communications from Temple University. Dr. Overton-Morris is a graduate of the Education Policy Leadership Fellow Program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership and possesses certifications and training in a number of education-related and youth-serving areas.

Jane Riese, LSW, TCTSY-F

Jane Riese is the Associate Director of Safe and Humane Schools and is a research associate with Clemson University’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. Jane began her work with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in 1999 and is one of the developers of the program’s Trainer Certification Course, first held in the U.S. in 2001. She is co-author of Olweus Program print and online materials. She supports Olweus initiatives in countries outside the U.S. A licensed social worker, Jane developed and directed dialogue-based restorative justice programming in her community and was the director of a prosecution-based victim services program. She is certified in Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, an adjunct therapy for the treatment of complex trauma through the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI. Jane has served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.

Jan Urbanski, Ed.D.

Jan Urbanski is Director of Safe and Humane Schools at Clemson University, where she oversees the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and related initiatives focused on building positive connections and reducing bullying and violence. Urbanski has 24 years of school district experience as Director of Special Project, Supervisor of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, prevention specialist, professional school counselor, and teacher. She has conducted workshops on SEL-related topics at the local, state, national, and international levels. Her research focuses on bullying prevention and school connectedness. She also authored multiple publications related to bullying prevention.