Our Team

Igniting Compassion

Words that come to mind when describing our team include: compassionate, kind, inclusive, strong, and has a generosity of spirit.

Each one of us has our own personal story around bullying and we hold this work near and dear to our hearts. We are constantly trying to live out our mission on a day to day basis, both igniting compassion around the office and also the world!

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Nicholas Carlisle

President | Founder

Nicholas Carlisle is the Founder and President of No Bully and the Campaign Director for Power of Zero. Nicholas worked as a barrister in London and served as chairman of the non-profit section of Amnesty International UK. He practiced in California as a child and family Psychotherapist and founded No Bully as a non-profit to make childhood bully-free. He brought together the global collaborative that drives our newest campaign, Power of Zero, which looks to reshape early learning for a connected world. He is a seasoned conference speaker (view his TEDx talk on bullying in Barcelona), expert witness and commentator on school bullying for television and radio stations across the world.

Nicholas was bullied in High school because he was small. The students called him the Runt. Students with money paid other boys to steal his clothes, food, homework and to beat him up.  But the most painful part was going through four years of school with no friends. Four years of never hearing a kind word or having a reassuring hand on his shoulder. It was brutally lonely, but somehow part of him always hung onto the knowing that humanity is so much greater than this. And it’s this knowing that launched him on a journey to fight for human rights and to start an organization so that kids could go to school free from bullying.

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Will McCoy

Chief Executive Officer

Will is No Bully’s CEO. He is a career educator and education technology entrepreneur. Will has served schools and districts at all levels for more than 20 years, starting as a teacher in grades Pre-K through High School and moving to school administration, spending the last ten years as a Superintendent. During that time, Will was recognized at the state and national level for his work on educational equity. Will helped found the AR/VR company DisruptED, and is the owner/founder of Ed Tech Authority.

Will experienced bullying, in different forms, growing up and into his professional career.  As an educator, he worked hard to eliminate bullying from his classroom and campuses. It wasn’t until he became the father of a son who was bullied that he decided to truly fight against the rising tide of bullying and cyberbullying. He is excited, with the help of this amazing team, to truly take a stand and make a positive difference in the lives of children.

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Kathy Grey

Vice President of Education

Kathy Grey is our Vice President of Education and leads the charge with all of our No Bully Trainers throughout the country. She is a seasoned conference speaker bringing a unique perspective and passion about our youth, believing firmly that we build a healthy, strong community by empowering the younger generation and ensuring that they are given every opportunity to succeed. Kathy began her career as an educator with Head Start fueling her commitment to serving our youth and communities. Prior to her work in education, she was an arbitrator working in conflict resolution, resolving grievances for United Airlines.

The summer before 6th grade, Kathy’s father lost his job. Her family relocated to another state, wherein the eyes of their new neighbors they held a lower socioeconomic status, something reinforced by their lack of furniture and proper clothing to attend school. One day their church brought them boxes of clothing and she’ll never forget rooting through them with excitement, ultimately settling on a pink turtleneck sweater! She was so proud to wear that sweater on the first day of 7th grade, but as soon as she walked through the doors she knew from the hurtful looks and whispers of the other students that they all knew who in their community had previously owned the sweater. They quickly labeled her the “new poor kid,” an experience that has shaped her professional choices and lifelong desire to assure no child should ever feel socially isolated. Joining No Bully continues to strengthen this choice, knowing that we support school communities in developing safe and nurturing environments for all children – no matter where they come from.

 

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Erik Stangvik

Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Development

Erik Stangvik is No Bully’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development. As a social entrepreneur, Erik brings 25 years of experience leading private businesses, raising capital and securing funding for non-profits. Erik owned and operated The Body Shop franchises in Northern California and worked with Anita Roddick for 10 years developing sustainable economic projects around the world. He was co-founder and CEO of Zoup-ah!, a filmed entertainment and lifestyle brand company creating culinary adventures for children. He was also Director of Development for the Nordic Museum, driving a 65 million capital campaign, and most recently founding Executive Vice President of The Heroic Imagination Project with Dr. Philip Zimbardo.  He has served on a variety of boards including Hands That Shape Humanity, The Body Shop, Poncho and Until There’s A Cure Foundation. He came to No Bully seeing an opportunity to use his extensive experience to help scale an organization that has data-driven impact and addresses an issue he cares deeply about as a father.

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Richard Whittow

Chief Financial Officer

Richard is the Chief Financial Officer for No Bully and brings an extensive background in all aspects of financial leadership. After graduating from Cambridge University he worked in audit with PwC in London where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant for the United Kingdom. He then joined Antenna Audio working with some of the world’s most famous museums, galleries and tourist attractions. Recently he was CFO at Nomis Solutions, a VC backed software company providing pricing solutions in financial services.

Like so many, Richard was bullied at school because he was different and didn’t fit in. This experience had a lasting impact on him. Now, as a father of two young beautiful fragile children, Richard worries that it is just a matter of time before they also suffer from bullying. He fears that day. He believes that we shouldn’t live in a world where bullying seems inevitable and is proud to work with No Bully to ignite more compassion in the world.

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Nathan Gauer

Program Director

Nathan is our Programs Director who has more than 15 years experience working with youth inside and outside of schools in the US and internationally. After graduating from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he worked as the National Director of youth programs for a large non-profit headquartered in Los Angeles. His first book, Songs to Make the Desert Bear Fruit, was published in 2014, and his writing on humanism, global citizenship, non-violence, and intercultural dialogue has since appeared in a variety of publications, including Tin House, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Huffington Post, and Futuristika, among others.

Constantly moving to new schools during elementary school made Nathan an easy target of bullying. He eventually began bullying others, which led to his expulsion from public school in 8th grade. The cycles of violence he became trapped in eventually spiraled out of control: in the course of one year, four of his friends were killed.

Fortunately, he encountered a great mentor during this crucial time in his life, who inspired him to pursue his education and contribute to society. As a result, he spent the past 20 years dedicated to eradicating bullying and igniting compassion in the next generation. He currently oversees the behind-the-scenes programs logistics for No Bully’s programs.

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Hannah Apa

Program Coordinator

Hannah is our Program Assistant at No Bully. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo and a recent recipient of a Program Management Certification from University of California – Los Angeles. She joins the team with a strong background in creating and managing plans for several internationally acclaimed organizations. Hannah is responsible for designing, coordinating and improving the internal and external education program of No Bully. She is the acting liaison for a wide array of ongoing projects to enhance and sustain the quality of the program.

Growing up an outsider on the most isolated land mass in the world, Hawaii, Hannah was ostracized because of her race and socio-economic background. Every day she would be scared to go to school because kids would lock her in the bathroom, throw away her lunch, not pick her for sports teams, or sketch mean words onto her desk. She ended up having to transfer to a small private school to slowly regain her confidence and self-worth. There, she was able to speak for the underdog and regain her voice. As a result, this passion has carried Hannah into a decade long career in non-profit humanitarian work.

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Jennifer Allen

School Programs Trainer

Jennifer has worked in several levels of K-5 school system for 10 years. Her exposure has been from the classroom to the special projects requested from the system superintendent. Those in between include principals, assistant superintendents, chief officers, budget officers and teams, HR data requests, state level program grant managers and federal level program level officers as well directly working with educational programs implemented in the school systems. These experiences included PowerPoint presentations and other training materials.

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Steve Breakstone

School Programs Trainer

Steven Breakstone has been providing bully prevention and violence prevention training and workshops to students, school staff, and parents since 1999. Steve is a specialist in student discipline, bullying and violence prevention, behavior management, and effective communication styles. During his dynamic workshops, Steve uses his theatrical experience to role-play serious realities such as being bullied, being the subject of rumors or being shunned by cliques. He is also an expert in education law including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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Jennifer Brevoort

School Programs Trainer

A self-described idea catalyst who loves to play, Jennifer has dedicated her career to developing experiential and project based approaches to learning for both adults and youth. She is known for taking ideas and initiatives from discovery to scale. Jennifer founded PopUpPlay in 2014. PopUpPlay hosts youth-led community festivals that illustrate how play can be a vehicle for youth to become change-agents in their communities. She has also worked to provide professional development to schools and out of school time programs throughout the country. Jennifer has designed and delivered Professional Development trainings for educators in 28 states and created curricula for k-12 educators. Jennifer directed Please Touch Museum’s youth programs which were awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Laura Bush. Jennifer holds a Masters degree in Urban Education from Temple University.

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Donald Carter

School Programs Trainer

In 2003, Donald decided to close his retail travel agency and follow a lifelong dream to teach in an inner city school. He applied to and was accepted into the credential program at Holy Names University. Within 6 months he earned an Intern credential and was hired to teach 2nd grade at Highland Elementary in Oakland California. For the next 2 years he attended school at night and taught during the day. During that time Highland Elementary was reorganized and reopened as New Highland Academy. Over the next 12 years Donald taught various combination of 2nd & 3rd grades. As he approached retirement, a position was created for him as the Restorative Justice Coordinator, Testing Coordinator, substitute Principal and Instructional Leadership Team member at New Highland and the adjacent school Rise Community School.

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Kathleen (Kathy) DeNiro, Ph.D.

School Programs Trainer

Dr. Kathleen (Kathy) DeNiro is a No Bully Trainer and native Coloradoan.  She is passionate about ending the cycle of bullying and building positive communities to serve all students. Her service to K-12 education includes teaching, principal and director of secondary education 6-12.  In addition she was past president and member of Pueblo City Schools Board of Education, serving two consecutive terms. She received her PhD from the University of Denver, where her research focused on Transformational Leadership and Leader-follower congruence.  Her experience also includes hospital administrative/clinic positions in Sportsmedicine. Throughout the years she has received many local and national honors which include National Association of Secondary School Principals Colorado Middle School Principal of the Year; a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sportsfestival and the United States Olympic Committee World Hemisphere Tournament, Taipei, Twain, serving as a certified athletic trainer of Sportsmedicine.

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Betty Durso

School Programs Trainer

Betty’s experience in education is diverse and comprehensive. Betty has served as an instructional leader in a variety of capacities, including working as an educational coordinator for a Community Corrections adult ex-offender program, a preschool director, parent educator, teacher, superintendent, principal, county coordinator for a teacher induction program, professional development designer, and university instructor. Betty holds a Master’s degree in Education and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. While serving in her role as superintendent/principal of a small elementary school district, Betty made it a priority to create and maintain a caring, socially engaging environment focused on empathy and value for all members of the school community.

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Linda Fisher

School Programs Trainer

As a 43 year veteran in the field of education, including 31 years of classroom teaching and 12 years in educational administration, Linda has always been a strong advocate of creating classroom and school cultures where all children are valued and able to reach their full potential. Her work in staff development included mentoring and coaching math K-8, Cultural Proficiency training, best practices for teaching English Language Learners, Differentiated Instruction as well as instructional strategies for GATE students. Linda helped with the successful implementation of the No Bully System across her K-12 school district.

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Lori Hope

School Programs Trainer

Throughout her life, Lori Hope has been driven by the strong belief that every
child should have access to high-quality education in a safe and nurturing learning environment. As the daughter of migrant workers, Lori experienced first-hand the importance of the feeling of community belonging coupled with the power of education to expand one’s potential. With nearly three decades in the field of education, Lori has served as a special education teacher at the elementary and secondary grade levels, high school administrator at comprehensive and continuation/alternative school sites, and as an education programs consultant. Lori also taught university-level special education credentialing courses and served as a new teacher field supervisor. Lori’s comprehensive expertise lies in the areas of students with high incidence
disabilities (such as emotional impairment and specific learning disability), and students who are experiencing homelessness or the foster care system, as well as academic and behavioral interventions, restorative justice, and truancy and discipline-related issues. Lori possesses an education specialist credential, master’s degree in special education, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to her career in education, Lori provided services and supports to adults with dementia-related disorders and their families, and worked in after-school programs for individuals with disabilities. Lori’s volunteer activities include advocating for youth in the foster care system, and providing job coaching and mentoring to women in living transition.

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Dakota Hoyt

School Programs Trainer

Dakota has been in education for her entire professional career. She has worked
as a teacher, math/science specialist, assistant principal, director of professional development, and educational consultant. Currently she is a trainer with No Bully (www.nobully.org) and the Gurian Institute – Understanding the Minds of Boys and Girls. (www.gurianinstitute.com). Dakota’s keynotes and trainings span Early Head Start through post-secondary staff and parent groups at the local, national and international level. She has co-authored From Boys to Men: All about Adolescence and You and Understanding Guys: A Guide for Teenage Girls with Michael Gurian. She lives Larkspur, CO just south of Denver.

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Victor McCarty

School Programs Trainer

Vic serves as the Managing Partner of McCarty Collaborative Consulting, LLC. – offering consultation services to nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations. He began his nonprofit career in 2000 and has worked with various nonprofit organizations supporting strategic and visionary planning, engaging community stakeholders, securing charitable support from corporations, providing training for event committees and volunteers as well as working closely the organization’s Board of Directors. Vic’s strong background exemplifies his expertise in the field of nonprofit event fundraisers. He has worked with business executives, community leaders, college students, and internal staff on creating and implementing signature events as well as developing vision plans and timelines for signature events. Vic has also worked with several nonprofit youth organizations serving as both a volunteer and staff member. Vic’s passion is to ensure a healthy, safe, and successful learning environment in our schools – free from violence, bullying, and negative social behaviors.

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Sarah Mello

School Programs Trainer

Sarah is one of our East Coast trainers. Sarah is a nationally recognized trainer and educator in the fields of youth development and human services. She has been designing and publishing workshops and curricula and providing training and consultation to education and human service programs since 1999. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Human Development/Education Leadership from Pacific Oaks College; a Master’s certificate in Organizational Development from the Fielding Graduate Institute; and will complete a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in June of 2014.

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David Reid

School Programs Trainer

David is a violence prevention expert and consultant with over 30 years of experience. As a former director for the national headquarters of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, David has managed health and wellness, safety, gangs and delinquency prevention programs. Mr. Reid has developed specialized curricula and facilitated trainings domestically and internationally. David is currently the CEO of Envision Services in Atlanta, Georgia, where he provides consultative services to schools and organizations and researches trends and issues relating to teens, safety, violence and delinquency. Mr. Reid has a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from New York Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York Brooklyn College.

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Ken Renaud

School Programs Trainer

With over 30 years of experience in human services, Ken has extensive experience with curriculum development and training for professionals, families, and people with disabilities. Ken is a proud sibling of an older brother with disabilities who helped raise him as a child. He is passionate about Capacity Building and helping individuals create valued roles in their communities. His volunteerism and contributions have benefited numerous disabilities organizations including the Rhode Island Statewide Independent Living Council, Rhode Island Youth Leadership Forum, Rhode Island Statewide Quality Consortium on Employment, Rhode Island Facilitators Forum, Rhode Island Alliance for Full Participation, and Massachusetts Sexuality Educators Network.

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Jessica Sato

School Programs Trainer

Jessica Sato has over 15 years of leadership development and decision analysis facilitation experience at Fortune 500 and not-for-profit organizations. In that time, she designed, developed, and delivered countless leadership programs for managers and executives, with special emphasis on emotional intelligence, strategy development and communication, culture change, and collaboration. In 2006, Jessica completed her Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Social Science, with extensive academic training in educational psychology, behavior management, psychology of early adolescence and the exceptional child, intercultural communications, and multiculturalism, with an emphasis on refugees. As the parent of two elementary-age children, she has spent the last five years volunteering in classrooms, tutoring and supporting elementary children with improved literacy and mathematics, and serving as a PTO volunteer. She believes strongly in the importance and impact of social and emotional literacy and that all children deserve the opportunity to learn and be successful in a safe, caring, and supportive environment.

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Janet Schmidt

School Programs Trainer

Janet Schmidt has been in the education sector for over thirty years working in classrooms and gymnasiums, in afterschool programs and working with education and community leaders. She is a passionate advocate for youth at local state and national levels and have experienced the power of communities coming together in support of children and youth. This passion is displayed through all projects she approaches. She believes that adults who are responsible for the education of youth (in the broadest sense) are the single most important aspect of youth emerging as a successful global citizen. With focused and research based professional development, these adults can ensure positive outcomes. Janet believes our education system needs to be a collaborative and community based model with multiple sectors engaged and involved in delivery of content and practice. This has been her life’s philosophy and driving force in all her work

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Melissa Schulz

School Programs Trainer

Melissa Schulz is a results-oriented leadership and development trainer and certified executive coach with 25+ years of experience in managing, coaching, mentoring, training, and presenting. Her energetic and empathetic training style helps ensure she delivers effective and engaging trainings for a variety of organizations. Coming from a family of educators, and now being a parent involved in the PTO, she has great passion for working in schools to ensure all children have an opportunity to learn in a safe and supportive environment. Melissa graduated with honors from Boston University, received her Executive Coaching Certificate from the iCoach New York program at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business and is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

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Kate Sullivan

School Programs Trainer

Kate Sullivan is a 20-year education and non-profit professional. Throughout her career, Kate has taught in inner-city Brooklyn, coached principals and teachers on effective school culture systems and held senior leadership positions at prominent youth development non-profits in NYC and NC. Most recently, Kate has been part of a small team designing an innovative and inclusive children’s museum located in Chapel Hill, NC. Before Kate became a trainer and coach she served as Executive Director of Trail Blazers Camps, Inc., a 127-year-old summer learning program focusing on residential, experiential education for low-income youth. During her tenure, Trail Blazers won the Johns Hopkins Excellence in Summer Learning Award presented by then-Senator Barack Obama. Kate’s experience working with both inner-city school systems and out of school time agencies gives her a distinct perspective which she brings to her work at No Bully. She believes in empowering our young people with social and emotional skills and that all children seek to learn, feel valued, and experience success.

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Ann Vitale

School Programs Trainer

Ann Vitale is an enthusiastic professional who combines successful, results-oriented experience in technology with advanced degrees in Counseling Psychology (MA) and Business Administration (MBA) to deliver coaching, group facilitation, and training services to individuals and organizations.She developed the Individual Career Action Plan, the related Organizational Career Action Plan and the Pattern, Structure, Momentum Executive Coaching Model that support individuals and organizations in managing change and increasing personal and professional satisfaction. As the parent of a young adult on the Autism spectrum, Ann has worked closely with educational professionals for many years to advocate for the best outcomes for her child. She has experienced first-hand the effects of bullying on children and the community. Ann’s volunteer activities include Moms Demand Action for sensible gun safety, support groups and pro bono career coaching for the LGBTQ community, and involvement with local political organizations.

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Genesis Barraza

Development Assistant

Gen joins the team as an experienced fundraiser (USF) and as No Bully’s Development Assistant. She was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in Miami, Florida. The first in their family to attend college, Gen graduated from the University of San Francisco and was an advocate for intersectional and performative policy reform as a member of USF’s Varsity Policy Debate Team. Gen supports the Development Team by recording Individual Giving, producing Development Communication graphics, and coordinating Stewardship Efforts and Events.   

Memories of Gen’s early childhood are characterized by heavy taunting of her hairy Mexican arms and her love for reading. As a dedicated student, she eventually normalized their apathy and cruelty as acceptable behaviors to display. She was stuck in the cycle of bullying. For many low-income students of colors like Gen, the only way out is through the school to prison pipeline. She has never forgotten how the teachers at her school blocked her entry with their encouragement to choose kindness and give back to her fellow students – just like we do at No Bully.

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Sophie Cary

Director of Development

Sophie is No Bully’s Director of Development. She graduated with a Bachelors from Dartmouth College and comes with 8 years of fundraising experience in Higher Education.  She oversees our Development Business Operations, manages Individual Giving and Events, as well as our Grant Writing, and cultivates ongoing and new partnerships with our corporate sponsors.

When Sophie was very little, her brother lost most of his hearing due to scarlet fever.  She saw how people treated him (and others with disabilities) differently.  This and other personal experiences as a political refugee immigrant growing up in the US deeply influenced Sophie’s life goals and led her to nonprofit work where she has been given the opportunity to extend a hand to those who are marginalized.

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Robb Stites

Shred Hate Brand Manager

With a background in both marketing and business management, Robb has helped national and international companies increase the value of their business. His experience includes a wide variety of non-profit and Fortune 500 companies including American Heart Association, Brøderbund and Lowepro. Robb joins the team of No Bully as the Account Manager for two of our largest corporate sponsors, ESPN and Major League Baseball.  

As a dad, Robb has seen firsthand the impact bullying can make in the life of a child. Both of his teenagers have challenged society’s gender stereotypes. So when either of them are bullied, he feels their range of emotions, from anger to fear to sadness. As a parent, it’s only natural to want them to feel valued, protected, and loved. And a member of No Bully, Robb strives to support and empower children everywhere by igniting compassion and eradicating bullying.

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Justin Javier

Executive Assistant

Justin is No Bully’s Administrative Assistant. He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Tourism and Travel Management at Glasgow Caledonian University. Having worked within retail and hospitality, Justin has spent much of his professional career in customer service as a service ambassador, hotel and corporate concierge. He uses these skills in his current position by facilitating operations for the Executive team and Board.

Justin feels a strong connection to No Bully for many reasons. His father is an educator to children with special needs and learning disabilities. During high school, Justin was bullied for his perceived sexual orientation and skin tone, with many pupils using derogatory and racist names, such as “taco” and “poof” to address him. Being an outspoken gay man and upstander/activist for his community, Justin is deeply driven to the cause of No Bully.

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Jessica Roth

Digital and Social Media Coordinator

Jessica is our Digital and Social Media Coordinator, working to spread awareness of No Bully’s mission on the digital realm. She graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and an MPS in Information Sciences. Her experience has a strong emphasis on communication theory, user experience, and online behavior – aspects that influence both No Bully’s communication strategies and how to tackle online bullying. Her past experience includes developing the social media presence of a Stanford University research lab, with projects ranging from authoring reports to analyzing audience engagement, to creating the inaugural season of its podcast. Her goal is to use these same skills to drive online cultural change for No Bully. 

Jessica has had firsthand experience with bullying from as early as elementary school. As a science and paleontology lover, her interests were often the point of alienation in and outside the classroom. As an avid female gamer, she experiences harassment and bullying even today, battling stereotypes and aggressive facets of Internet culture. It has been a long journey of personal growth, but with her support systems and perseverance, she has been able to learn from her experiences and become deeply passionate about creating safe and supportive communities, both on and offline.

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