Staff

Hannah Apa – Program Assistant 

Hannah joins No Bully with a strong background in program and development coordination. She, like many others here, have had a unique upbringing that has shepherded her aspirations and life mission. Raised in Hawaii, she has experienced the cruelties of bullying and the lasting impressions it can have on youth. These experiences led Hannah to be a part of inspiring non-profits that have instilled a passion to create social change within communities of all masses. As 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, Hannah has already been a key player in several National and state wide social justice campaign and program launches throughout the years. Hannah is humbled and honored to be a member of a team that instills youth social justice of immense and sustaining impact.

Genesis Barraza – Development Assistant 

Gen 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 with a Bachelors in Communication Studies, where she was an advocate for intersectional and performative policy reform as a member of USF’s Varsity Policy Debate Team. Gen joins the No Bully team as an experienced fundraiser (USF) and someone who experienced bullying for too large a part of their childhood. Gen is particularly latched to No Bully’s educationally transformative and individualized approach because they view education as the safeguard of democracy. On off days, you can find Gen enjoying a pizza after failing to locate the perfect homestyle Latin American eatery- again!

Nicholas Carlisle – President | Founder

Having experienced firsthand the reality of school bullying when he was a teenager at school in London, Nicholas is committed to creating schools that live by values of respect and compassion. He graduated from Oxford University, worked as a barrister in London and served as chairman of the non-profit section of Amnesty International in Britain. He practiced in California as a child and family psychotherapist and researched with Professor Eric Rofes the effects of school bullying, published in the Journal of Traumatology.  Nicholas gave a TEDx talk on bullying in Barcelona, and has been recognized by Toms as a Game Changer, by Ashoka as a Champion of Children’s Wellbeing and by Hearts on Fire as a visionary. He is a seasoned conference speaker, expert witness and commentator on school bullying for television and radio stations across the world. To see Nicholas's keynote presentations, click here and for media coverage click here.

Sophie Cary – Development Coordinator

Sophie graduated with a Bachelors in Romance Languages from Dartmouth College. She comes with 8 years of fundraising experience in Higher Education and is dedicated to improving accessibility to education through nonprofit work. As a political refugee, she has been a lifelong social advocate for immigrants and other marginalized communities. Having a deaf brother who grew up with limited support for his hearing disability, Sophie was deeply moved after reading about the Solution Coach Training that No Bully implemented at a School for the Deaf and Blind. She is a recent transplant to the Bay Area and excited to contribute to No Bully’s mission and discover all that San Francisco has to offer.

Makenzie Darling – Director of Communications 

Makenzie’s specialty is forging strategic partnerships, building community, and executing campaigns that bring about social change. She joins the No Bully team after producing a global movement called Character Day which hosted over 230,000 events in 150 countries with over 5 million participants talking about how to bring more empathy, purpose, connection, and kindness into schools, government, and corporations worldwide.  Makenzie has been a keynote speaker and panelist for subjects ranging from education, technology, gender equity, social change, and SEL. In her spare time she loves to travel, paint, write, and attend retreats. 

Nathan Gauer – Program Director

Nathan was born in Washington DC.  He has lived in Argentina, Paraguay, and Turkey, and brings more than 15 years of 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. 

Kathy Grey – Director of Training and Lead Trainer

Kathy has been a community advocate in Marin County for more than fifteen years, working with educators, parents, and children from kindergarten through high school. 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 for serving our youth and communities. Prior to her work in education, she was an arbitrator working in conflict resolution, resolving grievances for United Airlines.

 

Justin Javier – Administrative Assistant

Educated in both the US and Scotland, Justin 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. Deviating from these industries, Justin come to us with such keen interest to work in non-profit and has a passion towards eradicating bullying, not just in schools but in all communities. He feels a strong connection to No Bully, as his father is also an educator to children with special needs and learning disabilities. In his spare time, Justin likes exploring San Francisco, enjoying gastronomic adventures and traveling to different parts of the world to learn new cultures.

Will McCoy – CEO

Will is a career educator and education technology entrepreneur.  He 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 and ultimately spending the last ten years as a School District Superintendent.  During that time, Will has been a recognized at the state and national level for his work on educational equity, while being equally sought after as an expert in education technology.  Will helped found the AR/VR company DisruptED, and is the owner/founder of Ed Tech Authority.  With this position, he brings his passion for the rights of each individual child to thrive in the educational setting to the national/international stage.  He is humbled and honored to be doing this work on behalf of students.

Lynn Seifert – ESPN/MLB Project Manager

Having been a teacher, principal and superintendent of schools, Lynn has spent her entire professional career in education. Always an advocate for students who learn differently, Lynn started a high school that addressed the needs of the non-traditional student. She counts this as one of her most fulfilling accomplishments. A prolific trainer and mentor to teachers and administrators from Tennessee to Idaho to Colorado, Lynn enjoys planning, writing and delivering professional development. Most recently she guided a traditional high school’s transformation to a STEM school. Understanding the struggles of paying for college, she was a founding member of a local community foundation that provides scholarship funds for deserving students. Lynn holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree in education, administration and supervision.

Erik Stangvik – 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. Mr. Stangvik was 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.  Erik currently resides in Woodside, California with his two daughters, Olivia and Allegra.

Richard Whittow – Chief Financial Officer

Richard brings an extensive background in all aspects of financial leadership. He was born in the UK and moved to San Francisco in 2003. 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 in Silicon Valley, a VC backed software company providing pricing solutions in financial services. With two young children, he is mindful of the impact that bullying has and is passionate about the No Bully mission.