SESSION PRESENTER BIOS

SPEAKERS: BIOS 2020-12-02T14:10:15+00:00

wendy bellew headshotWendy Bellew, Lecturer, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa. Prior to her work in higher education, she was an elementary school counselor and a classroom educator. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Elizabethtown College, and a Master’s Degree in Elementary School Counseling from Millersville University.

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. | Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Pre-Service Educators


Anne Contreras headshotAnne Contreras, MACP, MFTI, is Director of Programs and national trainer for Pure Edge, Inc. whose work centers around supporting administrators, educators and students with self-regulation tools to equip them in dealing with the many stressors that can be part of our public education system.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 11:15 a.m. | Tempering School Climate Through SEL Strategies


Amy Edelstein headshotAmy Edelstein, Founder, Inner Strength Education, Philadelphia, Pa., is a powerful communicator of ideas and beliefs that can help us transform ourselves and the culture we live in. In 2014, she established Inner Strength, a nonprofit organization, which has empowered 10,000 Philadelphia high school students with mindfulness and systems thinking. She has 40-years indepth experience working with mindfulness and other transformational tools and philosophies. In 2019, she was awarded a Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for her program’s work in Violence Reduction. Edelstein is a Cornell University College Scholar, cofounder of Emergence Education, and is author of five books including the IPPY award winning, #1 educational bestseller, “The Conscious Classroom.”

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 1:15 p.m. | Teaching Inner Strength: A Unique Mindfulness and Critical Thinking System To Promote Teen Wellness


Deborah Erdman has been a Critical Care/Trauma Nurse for 35 years at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa. For the last five years, she has been an enthusiastic educator and provider of many topics relating to trauma injury prevention. She has presented Stop the Bleed in many local, state national and international platforms.

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. | Stop the Bleed


Barb Ertl, CEO, Ertl and Associates, Erie, Pa., led a multi-district crisis response team and responded to numerous crises. Ertl has been an ICISF instructor since 1994, authored the school curriculum for ICISF and has been on their faculty since 1999. She has taught in all 50 states and seven countries. Ertl has responded to and consulted on 14 school shootings and numerous other events.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 11:15 a.m. | School Crisis Response: Science vs. Tradition


Marina Fradera has spent a decade serving Philadelphia as an educator, trainer, funder and is a certified Trauma Competent Professional. As the Trauma and Curriculum Specialist, she supports and creates trauma informed staff professional development. She also designs trauma sensitive lesson plans and creates resources to streamline the efforts of school-based staff.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 11:15 a.m. | Resilience Mapping After COVID-19


Ben Gilbert, Cybersecurity Advisor, Region III, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, serves as a Cybersecurity Advisor in the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). He supports the Cybersecurity Advisor (CSA) program, the region and CISA’s mission through the goal of strengthening the security, reliability and resilience of the Nation’s critical cyber infrastructure and serves in this role across the states of Virginia and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. As a CSA, Gilbert conducts various cyber preparedness, risk mitigation and incident response coordination activities though public and private partnerships and outreach efforts across the region. Gilbert has been with CISA, and the Department of Homeland Security for over 10 years and has over 16 years of experience in cybersecurity spanning the commercial, federal civilian, and DoD communities. He currently holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, the Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification, and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification.

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. | No Cost Resources for Building Operational Resilience Against the Cyber Threats of Today


Paul Goldenbert headshotPaul Goldenberg, Chairman and President, Cardinal Point Strategies, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, is also a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). He was appointed in December 2014, as co-chair of the National DHS Foreign Fighter Task Force. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Faith-Based Council and as senior advisor to the Department’s newly established CVE initiative. Before founding CPS, he played a key role in setting domestic and international policy for the legislation and investigation of hate crimes and countering violent extremism and has been an international thought leader in information sharing, conflict resolution, public safety and counter terrorism policy. He established community policing, hate crimes, and CVE related programs for transnational agencies, many of which were adopted by governments in North America and Europe. His public career includes more than two decades as a former senior official of the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office, Director of the nation’s 6th largest county social service and juvenile justice system, and as a law enforcement official who headed investigation efforts for significant cases of domestic terrorism, political corruption, and organized crime.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 1:15 p.m. | Certainty and Security: Can These Exist in the Education-Cyber Domain? What Education and Safety Officials Must Know To Keep Schools Safe


Duane Hageglans is an Associate Professor of Emergency Management at Millersville University, Millersville, Pa. He is also the Blue Rock Fire Commissioner for Manor Township, Pa.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m. | All-Hazard Planning Fundamentals: An Introduction to a Focused Training Approach


Jerry Jenkins is a past manager of a local Emergency Department, and a first responder in a local fire company. Currently Jenkins is employed as a Performance Improvement Coordinator at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa. He is also a Stop the Bleed Trainer.

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. | Stop the Bleed


June Jenkins headshotJune Jenkins, M.Ed., Training Coordinator, Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Safe and Humane Schools, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. With more than 25 years of experience in education as 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m. | Bullying Prevention and SEL: What is One Without the Other


Katie Kucz headshotKatie Kucz, MPH, Prevention Director, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Norristown, Pa., started with the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol as Prevention Coordinator in 2016 and has worked for the county since 2011. Her background and education is in public health which is the perspective she brings to the prevention field. Her main interest area is social emotional learning, and she rallies behind the goal of keeping kids safe and healthy in Montgomery county.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 11:15 a.m. | Social Emotional Learning: The Key to a Better Future


Peter Licona headshotPeter Licona, Assistant Professor PreK-12 STEM Education, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa. Prior to his work in higher education, he was a coordinator for an Upward Bound Math/Science Program, served as a school academic counselor, and was an elementary, middle and high school teacher. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University, a master’s degree in biology from Bloomsburg University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kutztown University.

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. | Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Pre-Service Educators


Jeremy Marroncelli, Cyber Defense Deputy Branch Chief, Pennsylvania National Guard, Annville, Pennsylvania, is a cyber-security professional and deep technical expert with over 24 years of management and technology related experience with an emphasis on providing leadership for the architecture of multi-tier enterprise tools, management systems and the development of their components.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 11:15 a.m. | Cyber Securing Our Schools and Children on the Ground and in a Virtual Environment


Amy McDonaldAmy McDonald, School Counselor, Southeast Island School District, Thorne Bay, Alaska, has more than two decades of experience in K-12 education, including English Language Learning, classroom teaching, Lead Teacher, and School Counselor. She has a Bachelor’s in Linguistics, a K-8 Type B Teaching Certification, and a Master’s in K-12 School Counseling. She has worked in youth development since she started in education. Looking at the youth and the world around them has been a passion for her as she focuses on supporting youth. McDonald provides a fresh look at youth development as she continues to work in multiple school districts and youth and tribal organizations in Alaska and outside the state.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m. | Growing Protective Factors and Wellbeing Throughout Your School and Community To Enhance School Climate


Dana Milakovic, serves as the Mental Health/Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist with the Office for Safe Schools for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). She is a mental health and trauma specialist with experience in school mental health, 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, Milakovic spent over 15 years working on behalf of children with special needs as a community mental health evaluator, school psychologist and administrator.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 1:15 p.m. | Equitable Education Practices Through a Trauma-Informed Lens


Michelle Mitchell headshotMichelle Kelsey Mitchell, Director of Partnerships, Pure Edge Foundation, Wilmington, N.C.  Mitchell works with students in the public school system in Northern Virginia and the D.C. Metro area. She also teaches stress management at George Washington University. She served in the AmeriCorps Athletes in Service Program which placed her in the City of Buffalo’s public school system teaching workshops and mentoring students in life skills such as violence prevention and cultural diversity.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 11:15 a.m. | Tempering School Climate Through SEL Strategies


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 B.A. Degree in English Education from Messiah College and a M.S. in Education Law. Nutter participated in the 2016 White House Bullying Prevention Summit and the 2016 Federal Bullying Prevention Summit.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 11:15 a.m. | Beyond Bullying


Katie Harrison Ostroff headshotKaty Harrison Ostroff, LICSW, Manager of Client Services, NEADS World Service Dogs, Princeton, Mass., is responsible for matching eligible clients with their service dogs through a highly personalized intake and evaluation process. In addition, Ostroff speaks locally and nationally about the life-changing possibilities of service dogs, focusing on the partnerships between NEADS clients and their service dogs. Her prior experience includes Executive Director of Employment Connection Specialists, a nonprofit agency that placed persons with disabilities in jobs in the private industry.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 1:15 p.m. | What Are School/Community Assistance Dogs and How Can They Support Social-Emotional Learners In and Out of the Classroom the Other


Christine Pierce, Cyber Defense Branch Chief, Pennsylvania National Guard, Annville, Pennsylvania, is a cybersecurity professional with over 17 years of management, leadership and technology related experience. Pierce specializes in strategic cyber operations planning, cyber strategy and policy implementation, cyber law, public and private sector cybersecurity assistance collaboration, and cyber incident response.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 11:15 a.m. | Cyber Securing Our Schools and Children on the Ground and in a Virtual Environment


John Sakoian formulated and instructed the Crisis Incident Command/Management and Active Shooter Training programs for more than 1,200 police officers, over 7,000 educators, over 200 commercial workplace settings and houses of worship. John was the exclusive Subject Matter Expert (SME) for American Military University Active Shooter online programs. He is a consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Center for Safe Schools and registered provider with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency. John has partnered with Send Word Now an International Emergency Communication Company that services FEMA and 70 of the top fortune 100 companies in the world. John’s accomplishments also include the prior training of police officers who responded to the LA Fitness mass shooting and the Franklin Regional High School mass stabbing incidents. John is a retired Police Officer with over 40 years of service, including 25 years of tactical command level experience.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 1:15 p.m. | Emergency Response and Crisis Management


Lauren Spigelmyer, Founder and Executive Director, The Behavior Hub, Baltimore, Md., has the knowledge and experience to back her thoughts and has learned what it takes to create successful, research-supported content. She designs and teaches neurobiology courses at University of Pennsylvania and loves to find nontraditional solutions to stress and trauma.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 1:15 p.m. | Stress and Trauma and Behaviors, Oh My!


Tracey Stoll headshotTracey Stoll, MEd, BCSE, ACAS, Executive Director of Learning Solutions, LLC, a Social-Emotional Learning Center in Norwood, Mass., offers more than 20 years professional experience in Special Education. She has accomplished Board Certification in Special Education, Advanced Certification as an Autism Specialist and clinical training in Social Thinking (R) and Developmental Instruction. Her work and programs have been awarded Community Awards of Excellence and “Best of Boston Family Favorite” for multiple years. Stoll has provided Animal Assisted Intervention/Education since 2017.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 1:15 p.m. | What Are School/Community Assistance Dogs and How Can They Support Social-Emotional Learners In and Out of the Classroom


Jan Urbanski headshotJan Urbanski, Director, Safe and Humane Schools, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., is the 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m. | Bullying Prevention and SEL: What is One Without the Other


Sepi Yalda is a Professor of Meteorology and the Director of the Center for Disaster Research and Education at Millersville University, Millersville, Pa. Yalda is the Coordinator of the Master of Science in Emergency Management Program and Graduate Certificate Program. She is also the coordinator of the undergraduate multidisciplinary program in Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 9:30 a.m. | All-Hazard Planning Fundamentals: An Introduction to a Focused Training Approach