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Sunday Afternoon Plenary Speakers (12:30 PM - 2:30 PM)


Dr. Peter Montminy

Plenary Session 1A: Mindfulness - What It Is, and Why It Matters

Peter Montminy, Ph.D. is a clinical child psychologist and certified mindfulness teacher who has been promoting the emotional well-being of children and adolescents for over 25 years.  He is the founding director of MidStep Centers for Child Development in State College, PA.  Dr. Montminy consults with schools across the state, providing parent and teacher workshops that are filled with love, laughter, and learning.

Ned Levy

Plenary Session 1B: How to Use Edmodo in Your Class, School and/or Organization

Bruce Vosburgh

Plenary Session 1C: Using the Schools to Watch Process to Reflect on Your Middle School Program

Bruce Vosburgh is the current Director for the PA Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch Program.  He is the former Principal, Charles F Patton Middle School, a member of PAMLE Executive Board and a member of  the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform Board representing STW directors.

Stephen Paesani, MA, MTS

Plenary Sessions 1D & 2D: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - (Parts 1 & 2)

Breakout Sessions 3D & 4D: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - (Parts 3 & 4)

Stephen Paesani serves as the Children and Adolescent Training Specialist for the Behavioral Health Training and Education Network. In this position, he works in close collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health/Intellectual disability Services, the Targeted Case Management Unit and service providers. 

Mr. Paesani collaborates with several initiatives, including, Multiplying Connections, the PA Network for Student Assistance Services, and the DDAP Training System.  Prior to coming to BHTEN, Stephen was the Director of Project CARE, Prevention Coordinator for the Delaware County Drug & Alcohol Commission, and a high school teacher.  Stephen has an AB degree in Philosophy for St. Joseph's University, a Master of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia.  


Sunday Afternoon Plenary Speakers (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)


Dara Kline

Plenary Session 2A: Student Learning Objectives – What We Know Already and Where We Need to Go

Dara Kline has served as an educational consultant for the past 5 years with Chester County Intermediate Unit supporting 12 districts and 11 charter schools.  In addition to Student Learning Objectives, her areas of focus include Comprehensive Planning and School Improvement Planning, PVAAS, Response to Instruction and Intervention, Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design For Learning.  Prior to coming to the IU, she spent 6 wonderful years as a classroom teacher and 5 years as an Instruction Coach/Support teacher.   

Jeffrey T. Tucker, Esquire

Plenary Session 2B: Current Legal Trends that Influence Professional Responsibility

Jeffrey T. Tucker is a member of the Education, Business, and Municipal Law Practice Groups and the chair of the Employment Law Practice Group. His areas of concentration include employee and student discipline matters, counseling employers on personnel matters, discrimination proceedings before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the EEOC; labor negotiations, and grievance and unfair labor practice cases. Mr. Tucker has lectured throughout Pennsylvania on education, employment, procurement and transportation law.

Mr. Tucker graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law, where he was a member of the Dickinson Law Review. While on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1977- 1981, he was a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army. While assigned to South Korea, Mr. Tucker handled U.S. and Korean civilian employee matters as labor counsel for the U.S. military forces and the United Nations Command.

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1977, Mr. Tucker is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is a former Chairman of the Young Lawyers Division and a member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and he is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Bucks County Bar Association. He was President of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association in 1997, and is a past member of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association’s Executive Board.

Lisa N. Duval, Jayne Sweet, Trisha Maddas & Nancy Stanich

Plenary Session 2C: STEM/STEAM Programs in the Middle School

This topic will be presented by two middle school from the Pittsburgh area,  Both of these school shave been recognized as Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch Schools in Pennsylvania.  Each school will present their program and share with attendees how the initiative began, and how middle schools can initiate.

South Allegheny Middle School – “SwitchED” – A STEAM Maker Space
Presenters:  Lisa N. Duval – Middle School Principal/ Supervisory Middle/ High School Principal and Jayne Sweet – Art Teacher grades 7-12 

Dream Factory – Elizabeth Forward Middle School
Presenters: Trisha Maddas, Middle School Principal & Nancy Stanich, Assistant Middle School Principal Instructor





         Trisha Maddas                                                                                          Nancy Stanich

Stephen Paesani, MA, MTS (see above for bio)

Plenary Session 2D: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - (Part 2 of 4)


Sunday Evening Banquet Keynote Address (6:00 PM - 8:30 PM)


Dr. Ray Guarendi

Dr. Ray Guarendi is the father of 10, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and nationally syndicated radio and television host. His radio showundefined “The Doctor Is In” undefined can be heard weekdays. Please see our radio affiliate listings (EWTN Radio) for a station in your area. You can also listen live online or on Sirius/XM satellite radio, channel 130. Dr. Ray’s national television show, “Living Right With Dr. Ray,” is entering its 4th season.

Dr. Ray’s experience includes school districts, Head Start programs, mental health centers, substance abuse programs, inpatient psychiatric centers, juvenile courts, and a private practice.

Dr. Ray has been a regular guest on national radio and television, including Oprah, Joan Rivers, Scott Ross Prime Time, 700 Club, Gordon Elliot, and CBS This Morning. He has been the program psychologist for Cleveland’s The Morning Exchange and Pittsburgh 2-Day. He has written many books. His first book, You’re a Better Parent Than You Think! is now in its 28th printing. His other books include: Back to the Family; Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime; Good Discipline, Great Teens; Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It; Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards; Winning the Discipline Debates; and his newest, Fighting Mad.


Monday Morning Keynote Address (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)


Dr. Michael Muir

Dr. Mike Muir has been an educator for nearly 30 years. He has been a high school and middle school mathematics teacher, a middle grades technology integrator, a university practicum supervisor, a professor of middle grades education and educational technology, an educational developer and manager (including projects in Philadelphia, PA; Chester, PA; Fairbanks, AK; and Buffalo, NY), and a consultant. Mike has been an active member of Maine's statewide learning with laptop (and now iPads!) initiative. Most recently, Mike serves as Multiple Pathways Director for the Auburn School Department (Auburn, ME), where he supports the district's large scale school change initiatives, including customized, performance-based learning, shared leadership teams, re-envisioning their teacher contract, and a primary grades literacy and math initiative which includes a 1to1 iPad initiative. He also serves as past president to AMLE. 


Monday Morning Breakout Session Speakers (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM)


David C. Rosenker

Session 3A: Building Effective Teams Through Equine Assisted Therapy

David C. Rosenker is the Owner of Herd By A Horse, and Equine Assisted Therapy service for adults and adolescents. With over 30 years experience in the field of chemical dependency, Mr. Rosenker has gained extensive knowledge and expertise in specific areas of adolescent and adult treatment, adolescent development, family education, student assistance, youth tobacco cessation as well as other prevention and treatment models.  During his past 20 year tenure at Caron Treatment Centers and over 35 years in the mental health/substance abuse field he has designed and implemented numerous community and professional training programs and has refined customer service methods, along with a strong clinical background he supervised all clinical services at Caron and numerous other adolescent and adult facilities.  Mr. Rosenker has and continues to serve as a spokesperson to national media, regional and national conference speaker on the subject of adolescent/adult substance abuse and addiction.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alvernia College, with continuing education specializing in chemical dependency from the University of Minnesota. In addition, he is a certified teacher for local middle and high schools teaching business courses. David has also obtained leval two EAGALA certification for Equine Assisited Therapy.   Areas of expertise:  Current Trends in Substance Abuse with Adolescents and Young Adults, Intervention Strategies for Adolescents; Adults and Their Families, Gender Specific Treatment for Adolescents and Adults, Impact of Addiction in the Family, School-based Addiction Services, Parenting Concepts, Building Strong Customer Service Systems, Business Development Strategies for Addiction and Mental Health Services, Program Design and Impletation, Strategic Planning and Team Maintenance, Equine Assited Therapy. 

Amy Moritz and Stephanie Roy

Session 3B: Cultivating Empathy for Healthy Relationships and Collaborative Classrooms

Amy Moritz received her B.S in Art Education and her M.Ed in School Counseling from Penn State University. She holds her PA Educational Specialist II certification and a certificate in Chemical Dependency Prevention and Treatment.  She worked for five years in the York County public schools as a high school guidance counselor where she specialized in substance abuse prevention, female socialization, and eating disorders.  She transitioned into state government service where she graduated from the Leadership Development Institute for women and took on a leadership role as a bureau director.  Her leadership experience in government led to several years in private industry where she led a team of educators, designers, and researchers in the development of educational products for young children.  Ms. Moritz returned to the education sector where she currently holds the position of Youth Development Program Coordinator at the Center for Schools and Communities. She is a Certified OLWEUS trainer and provides training and technical assistance to educators across the state.  

Stephanie Colvin Roy is the Special Projects Managing Coordinator for the Center for Safe Schools.  As part of her work, Stephanie provides technical assistance and professional development to schools and youth serving agencies with a focus on bullying prevention and social emotional learning. Stephanie has worked with students K-12 presenting topics including bullying, refusal skills, decision-making, media literacy, resiliency, diversity and cultural awareness, and self-management.  Stephanie has developed social emotional learning curriculum for students in grades 4-8, a teambuilding curriculum for out of school time, prevention lessons on alcohol and other drug abuse, addiction, bullying, cyberbullying, diversity, resiliency, and co-written lessons on gambling prevention. Stephanie has received extensive training in cyber bullying, relational aggression, resiliency, cyber addiction, media literacy, diversity awareness, and addiction.  Mrs. Roy served as a Commonwealth Approved Lead Student Assistance Program Trainer and an adjunct college professor on Personal Resiliency and Diversity.  She is a Certified OLWEUS trainer, a trainer for adults and educators, and a presenter to youth and adults.  Stephanie is a board member and chair of the membership committee for the Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP) Board of Directors, member of the Lancaster County Children and Youth Advisory Board, and an agency representative on the statewide PA Bullying Prevention Support Plan. 

Nadine Karel

Session 3C: Facilitating Psycho-Educational Support Groups for the Exceptional Student. Activities for Children of Alcoholics, Adoption, Grief/Loss and Anxiety 

Nadine Karel earned her Masters of Education in Secondary School Counseling from Temple University in 2008, and since that time has been providing therapeutic support to elementary, middle and high school aged students. She has worked as a SAP Specialist for Caron Treatment Centers for 6 years, providing psycho-educational support for individuals and groups in a number of different school environments including public, private, boarding and alternative schools. She also serves as a volunteer group facilitator for Peter’s Place, a Center for Grieving Children and Families, where she runs a teen support group. 

Stephen Paesani, MA, MTS

Session 3D: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (Part 3 of 4)

Stephen Paesani
serves as the Children and Adolescent Training Specialist for the Behavioral Health Training and Education Network. In this position, he works in close collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health/Intellectual disability Services, the Targeted Case Management Unit and service providers. 

Mr. Paesani collaborates with several initiatives, including, Multiplying Connections, the PA Network for Student Assistance Services, and the DDAP Training System.  Prior to coming to BHTEN, Stephen was the Director of Project CARE, Prevention Coordinator for the Delaware County Drug & Alcohol Commission, and a high school teacher.  Stephen has an AB degree in Philosophy for St. Joseph's University, a Master of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia.   

Lynda A. Becker, Sonia L. Pitzi, Al B. Quarles Jr. & Andrea Sheesley

Session 3E: Understanding Your Role in Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness

Lynda Becker has over 30 years experience working with children and families. She received her B.S.W. from Shippensburg University, and her M.S.W. from Temple University. Currently she provides technical assistance and training for the regional network of Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She has prior experience with Head Start, child welfare, safe schools, and dropout and truancy prevention services. 

Sonia L. Pitzi has worked with students experiencing homelessness for close to 20 years, eliminating educational barriers through partnerships and coordination with school districts, shelters and other community agencies. She is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to all educational entities in ECYEH Region 3, which spans eight counties in southcentral Pennsylvania (Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, and York). In her role as regional coordinator, she supports inter-district and intra-district cooperation and communication to identify, support, ensure appropriate transportation services to, and assess and address barriers for students experiencing homelessness. In order to reach the non-sheltered homeless population, and the population of unaccompanied homeless youth, she coordinates a summer outreach and camp program that provides much needed services for this population. Sonia obtained her bachelors degree in Outdoor Education (Special Populations) from Northland College in WI and is also certified as an Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer.

Al B. Quarles Jr., M. Ed., Regional Coordinator of the Philadelphia Homeless Children’s Initiative, is an administrator for the School District of Philadelphia with over 15 years experience as an administrator, counselor, and behavioral health professional. Mr. Quarles is a staunch supporter of children’s rights, the proud founder of the award winning “Bogey Kids” Junior Golf Mentoring Program for under-privileged youth in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties, and a mentor throughout his community. His work experiences include sexual abuse prevention/intervention, sexual offender rehabilitation, family therapy, and crisis response.

Al Quarles has served in leadership positions with Alternative Rehabilitations Inc. (Harrisburg, PA.), The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and in several capacities for the School District of Philadelphia including Assistant to the Deputy Chief Superintendent.  He has also served as an adjunct professor for West Chester University while assisting to train new and potential special education teachers in innovative classroom management skills. He is currently on the State Resiliency Taskforce, the Pennsylvania Department of Education Homeless Student Advisory Board, and has been able to serve on numerous advisory committees where he has boldly represented the voice of all children and youth.

Al Quarles is a graduate of Abington High School in Abington, PA, Eastern Montgomery County Occupational Vocational School in Upper Moreland, PA, Millersville University, and Temple University where he earned a Master Degree in Educational Psychology.

Andrea Sheesley currently serves as the Regional Coordinator for the PA Homeless Children’s Initiative for Region 6.  She began working at the ARIN Intermediate Unit fifteen years ago, where she began teaching parent education and early childhood, and then worked with the Family Focus Program where she provided parent education and kindergarten readiness in homes.  She currently facilitates a parenting group and a grandparents support group, and has served on the Indiana County Head Start Board, Early Care and Education Committee, the Indiana County Community Action Board, and various Housing Consortiums throughout the region.  Andrea graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies, and minor in Sociology.


Monday Luncheon Keynote (PASAP)


Lee Rush, M.Ed.

Lee Rush, M.Ed. 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.  In 2013, Lee was also honored as the 2013 National Prevention Advocate by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). CADCA is the country’s largest advocacy group working on behalf of over 5,000 members to prevent substance abuse.

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.


Monday Afternoon Breakout Session Speakers (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)


Ryan Klingensmith

Session 4A:  Teens Social Media and Mental Health Usage Trends for Professionals

Ryan Klingensmith has been working with children and teenagers with mental health concerns since 1994. He has held roles such as therapist, supervisor and clinical director in several residential and outpatient settings. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and is a nationally certified counselor (NCC). He currently works as an outpatient therapist and a Prevention Specialist at Addiction Medicine Services at WPIC, UPMC . He works closely with several schools in Allegheny County providing support and direction for the Student Assistance Programs (SAP). He does cyberbullying and social media safety presentations for students in middle and high schools as well as for parents and teachers. Over the past year he has presented to over 6000 students and 2000 adults on the subject of safe social networking. Parts of his presentation will be based upon the work of Sameer Hinduja, PhD and Justin Patchin, PhD at the Cyberbullying Research Center.  

Tina Weaver

Session 4B: AEDY 101 - Meeting the Needs of Disruptive Youth

Ms. Tina Weaver is currently the State AEDY Coordinator for the Department of Education coming into the position with over 28 years of Commonwealth service.  Ms. Weaver spent the past 15 years in the Department of Education serving in Teacher Certification, Private Academic School Licensure and now in the position of overseeing alternative education for disruptive youth throughout the Commonwealth.

Mr. Danny Jones

Session 4C: Power Tripping… An Experience in Poverty

Mr. Danny Jones, ECYEH Region 5 Site Coordinator for the Erie School District grew up in Erie in a family that continually emphasized education and personal integrity over money, Danny Jones never knew that his family was considered low income. The fact that they lived in a home owned by his grandfather, who also owned his house, was just the way of the world. Danny just assumed that all people owned their own home. Over time he realized that his assumption was false and that many people rent. But still homelessness was something that was just a concept. Living in Erie homelessness was not something that was obvious. However, during his college years (in Pittsburgh) he came face to face with this very dilemma. Because of some bad decisions and bad luck he was forced to deal with the reality of not having a place or space to call his own. During this time there were many hard decisions that had to be dealt with. Pride and his “wants” became secondary to “life’s realities”. 

Through this experience Danny learned about the subtleties and coldness of being homeless. If it had not been for friends, life may have turned out differently for Danny.
Now as the homeless liaison for the School District City of Erie he strives to assist homeless students to stay in school and overcome the barriers that homelessness can put in a person’s life.

Danny received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and his master’s degree in counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Stephen Paesani, MA, MTS

Session 4D: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (Part 4 of 4)

Stephen Paesani
serves as the Children and Adolescent Training Specialist for the Behavioral Health Training and Education Network. In this position, he works in close collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health/Intellectual disability Services, the Targeted Case Management Unit and service providers. 

Mr. Paesani collaborates with several initiatives, including, Multiplying Connections, the PA Network for Student Assistance Services, and the DDAP Training System.  Prior to coming to BHTEN, Stephen was the Director of Project CARE, Prevention Coordinator for the Delaware County Drug & Alcohol Commission, and a high school teacher.  Stephen has an AB degree in Philosophy for St. Joseph's University, a Master of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia.    

Dr. Susan Tarasevich

Session 4E: A Resiliency Based Approach to SAP Follow-up and Support

Dr. Susan Tarasevich, Lead SAP Trainer for the Prevention Ed Addiction Medicine Services of WPIC-UPMC has been working in SAP since its infancy and is excited to once again collaborate with participants during this year's 2015 PASAP Conference.  Susan holds certifications in school counseling and teaching, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.  She has consulted with numerous schools, agencies, state and federal governmental entities on issues related to school safety, school counseling, addiction and mental health issues. Her most recent book was published by Jones and Bartlett: Promoting Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2013. 


Tuesday Morning Keynote Address (8:30 AM - 9:30 AM)


Bradley Stein - Ph.D.

Bradley D. Stein (M.D. University of Pittsburgh 1995, M.P.H University of Pittsburgh 1997, Ph.D. Health Policy, RAND Graduate School 2002) is a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. A practicing child and adolescent psychiatrist and health services and policy researcher, Dr. Stein has worked with schools to improve the services for and outcomes of children with emotional and behavioral problems as well as their families. Dr. Stein was one of the original leaders of an academic-community partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District that developed, implemented, evaluated, and disseminated CBITS, an effective school-based intervention for children exposed to violence. Dr. Stein was Principal Investigator on a federally funded study examining the implementation of a school- based suicide prevention program, and was a co-investigator in a federally funded project to create SSET, a modification of CBITS for use by non-clinical school professionals. He is currently leading a team evaluating the California Mental Health Services Administration Student Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. Dr. Stein previously directed the School Consultation Program for the University of Southern California Department of Psychiatry.  He currently teaches the School Consultation seminar series for child psychiatry fellows at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry, and has published over 30 journal articles and chapters related to school mental health.


Tuesday Morning Breakout Session Speakers (9:45 AM - 10:45 AM)


Officer Kelly Aston

Session 5A:  Youth, Drugs and Alcohol- "Get in the Know"

Officer Kelly Aston is a 15 year veteran of the State College Police Department and serves as the Community Relations and Crime Prevention Specialist.  She has been assigned to the Centre County Drug Task Force for over 10 years.  In her career with the Centre County Drug Task Force, Officer Kelly Aston has conducted purchases of controlled substances in an undercover and supervisory capacity.  This has given her the experience of being involved in over 250 controlled buys, over 150 drug related arrests and executing over 100 drug related search warrants. In addition to her competence investigating drug violations, Officer Kelly Aston acts as a Key Leader on the Community that Cares-Care Partnership Committee, which addresses dangerous drinking and at-risk youth behaviors.  Officer Kelly Aston manages the State College Police Department’s “Reduce Underage and Dangerous Drinking” (RUDD) grant funded by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.  The grant focuses on high risk drinking behaviors through investigations of furnishing and liquor code violations.  Not only has Officer Aston had extensive experience in the seizure of controlled substances, but she has dedicated much of her career to drug and alcohol education of youth and adults.

Tina Weaver

Session 5B: AEDY Program Update

Ms. Tina Weaver is currently the State AEDY Coordinator for the Department of Education coming into the position with over 28 years of Commonwealth service.  Ms. Weaver spent the past 15 years in the Department of Education serving in Teacher Certification, Private Academic School Licensure and now in the position of overseeing alternative education for disruptive youth throughout the Commonwealth.

Lee Ann Cook

Session 5C: Science is Real, Evidence Based Approaches for SAP Teams

Lee Ann Cook is a Prevention Coordinator and Evaluation Assistant for the EPISCenter.  Her roles include providing technical assistance to organizations  who are implementing evidence based programming, supporting outcomes data collection and aggregating outcomes data for Pennsylvania.  Her current work at the EPISCenter focuses on developing infrastructure to support The Incredible Years and providing technical assistance to the FFT and MST evidence-based intervention programs.

Lee Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State, and a Masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research.  She has training and practice experience in several evidence based models including Project Towards No Drug Abuse, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Families and Schools Together, Creating Lasting Family Connections, and Motivational Interviewing.

Susan Marshall

Session 5D: LGBT and Allies Student Panel
Susan has been a School Counselor serving grades 9-12 at the State College High School for 29 years.  She currently serves as the head of the high school counseling department and have a quarter caseload of the current senior class. Sue has been the advisor to the LGBTA Alliance (formerly the GSA) for 11 years, since its inception in 2003. 

She also serves the high school and State College community at large by bringing education and awareness to LGBT issues and concerns through a variety of ways like local, state and national presentations,  community trainings and performance theatre.  Susan has been published in several media outlets, most recently in Phi Delta Kappan,  which is the professional magazine which features articles about classroom practice, policy, research, professional issues, and innovations in education.
In her spare time she is the assistant Girls' Cross Country coach and has 22 years of coaching experience at State High in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, winning many district titles and one state title.

Susan is the mother of two children (ages 19 and 22) and lives with her partner in State College.


Tuesday Morning Breakout Session Speakers (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)


Mary Beth Wolfe

Session 6A: Underage Drinking - It's A Parent

Mary Beth Wolfe is an Alcohol Education Specialist for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.  She has an extensive history as an educator and counselor for substance abuse and mental health issues. Mary Beth coordinates trainings, conducts presentations, and provides educational materials and technical assistance regarding alcohol related issues to communities, organizations, and professionals on both statewide and national levels. Ms Wolfe is a coordinator, grants manager and technical advisor for state and nationally funded grant projects.   Mary Beth created and coordinated a statewide Law Enforcement Training Team, which presented multiple courses on law enforcement tactics dealing with alcohol related violations.  She has been a presenter at the OJJDP National Youth Leadership Conference on multiple occasions.

Tara Phillips

Session 6B: Generation Rx 

Tara Phillips is the Community Programs Coordinator for Gateway Rehab in Pennsylvania.  She has experience working with the mental health system providing intensive case management services as a certified High Fidelity wraparound Facilitator for the most at risk adolescents for out of home mental health placement.  Prior to working in Mental Health she worked in the social service system monitoring foster care placements and ensuring the safety of those placed outside of their traditional home.  She also has provided intake assessments and safety risk assessments for juveniles involved in the justice system entering into inpatient drug and alcohol treatment at Gateway Rehab.  Her 10 years of experience working in the fields of social service, mental health, and drug and alcohol lends itself to be beneficial in her role as a co-facilitator of Student Assistance Training at her agency. 

Deborah McCoy

Session 6C: Stand Up: Empowering Student Bystanders in Bullying Prevention

Deborah McCoy, President of Educational Development Services, LLC has been developing and leading trainings for educators for over twenty-five years.  After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Rehabilitative Education, Ms. McCoy began work at a halfway house for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.  She created a day-treatment program for adolescents at the facility, as well as designing and implementing the local school districts’ Student Assistance Program.  Upon leaving that facility, Deborah began work at the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the Student Services Division.

During her years at the PA Department of Education, Ms. McCoy worked in the Student Services Division as a Regional Coordinator with Student Assistance Programs and Safe & Drug-Free Schools Programs.  In that role, she conducted monitoring visits to school districts to ensure their compliance with state and federal regulations in providing a safe environment for all students to learn.  Deborah developed a wide range of training programs for educators and agency staff specializing in bullying, violence and drug & alcohol prevention, creating safe schools, cultural issues, and school policy development.  

As an education consultant and trainer, Ms. McCoy leads in-depth bullying and sexual harassment prevention, cyber-bullying, and digital speech trainings.  Her seminars provide practical strategies and solutions to the problems of bullying & harassment among youth, so schools and agencies can develop effective programs to address these issues.  Deborah is President of Educational Development Services, LLC, a company that provides training and consultation to educators addressing a wide range of issues.  Ms. McCoy also conducts programs & assemblies for students and parents, and creates and implements on-site bullying & harassment prevention programs for schools K – 12. 

Rijelle Kraft

Session 6D: Promoting Protective Factors with Youth and Families

Rijelle Kraft serves as the Family Support Technical Assistance Coordinator at the Center for Schools and Communities specifically working with the Children’s Trust Fund. She provides technical assistance and support for grantees working to prevent child abuse as well as training and professional development in the area of strengths-based family support practices. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Mansfield University, a MA in Social Justice from The School for International Training, and a MS in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University.

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