Trainers

Jennifer Allen – 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.

Jennifer Brevoort – 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.

Steve Breakstone – 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.

Donald Carter – 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.

Dr. Kathleen (Kathy) DeNiro – Kathy is a native Coloradoan and received her PhD in 1998 from the University of Denver.  She holds current Colorado Administrative, Superintendent and teaching certificates as well as a past Colorado Practical Nurse License and National Athletic Trainers Association certification. She served in central administration, school administration, teaching and staff positions. Past experience also includes hospital administrative/clinic staff positions in Sportsmedicine. Her honors include selection as the 2003-2004 Colorado Middle School Principal of the Year from the National Association Secondary School Principals, Pueblo YWCA Ann Tausig Woman of the Year Award, 2005 Primo Award of Excellence-Middle School Educator of the Year, 2007-2008 Primo Award-Service to the Community, Outstanding Women Award 2012 Pueblo Library District. Also a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sportsfestival, 1978, 1979 and United States Olympic Committee World Hemisphere Tournament, Taipei, Twain, 1981, serving as a certified athletic trainer of Sportsmedicine.  Dr. DeNiro is past president of the Pueblo City Schools Board of Education, serving two consecutive terms.  She is a past member of the Colorado Association of Secondary Principals (CASSP), Board of Directors, Region 6, National Association Secondary School Principals, Urban Schools Committee Region 5, and Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors.

Betty Durso – 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.

Linda Fisher – 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.  

Dakota Hoyt – 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. Dakota has been associated with the Gurian Institute – Learning through a Gender Lens, www.gurianinstitute.com, since 2004 as a Master Trainer, the Executive Director (2012-2015) and Executive Director Emeritus (2016). 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 also co-authored From Boys to Men: All about Adolescence and You and Understanding Guys: A Guide for Teenage Girls with Michael Gurian. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Kenesta Mack – Kenesta says that what she has learned most throughout her educational career with The School District of Philadelphia while educating secondary students is that one of the single most important factors for learning is high expectations.  As a special education teacher, this factor pushed her to teach young people to the best of her capabilities but more importantly to the best of theirs, despite their disability. Her time spent in administrative roles, allowed her to coach fellow educators in order for them to understand the scope of educating special education students and strategies to help guide their instruction.  As an advocate for students living in underserved communities, Kenesta has dedicated her career to teaching all students how to take charge of their learning, use their “gift” as a platform to change their lives and stand up to resist systems that deny them access to achievement.

Christy Metcalf – Christy began C.E.O. Learning Systems with a goal of changing the world in 2002. Since then she has worked with schools, businesses, and individuals around the globe by helping them discover their capacity to Create Exceptional Outcomes as individuals, employees, leaders and organizations. She shows how they can expect more from themselves, their teams, their organizations and especially their own performance. Simply put, she sells people on themselves and when they believe in themselves anything and everything is possible.

Victor McCarty – 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. 

Sarah Mello – 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.

Lisette Ostrander – Lisette bring 15+ years of experience as an educator, researcher, program director, and social and emotional development leader. She thrives on building strategic partnerships and creating curricula and experiential learning activities that empower youth and support social and emotional development. She began her career teaching internationally for six years in Spain, Turkey, and Mexico, designing and implementing hands-on, student-centered Math, Science, and ESL curriculum. In Mexico, she initiated and led community-based experiential learning projects, serving over 1000 students and community members. She continued my career in education as Program Director/Education Director in the after-school program/enrichment field. She excels at working with diverse populations, assessing, student needs and interests, and collaborating with senior educators and administrators to design, oversee, and evaluate programs that engaged students and built community and family partnerships. Most recently, she has worked as a consultant for the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, supporting the organization’s outcomes measurement team and overseeing a partnership with a local public charter middle school. She is also actively involved with The California Film Institute and the San Francisco International Film festival’s educational outreach program.

David Reid – 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.

Ken Renaud – 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.

Jessica Sato – Jessica 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. 

Melissa Schulz – Melissa 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.

Janet Schmidt – Janet 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

Kate Sullivan – Kate 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.

Ann Vitale – Ann 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.

Clint Wilkins – Clint has a long and distinguished career in education.  Early on he was a teacher, coach, dean, counselor, upper school principal and assistant headmaster at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC.  After serving as chief executive officer of two outstanding independent schools on both coasts, he became the founding head at Sage Hill School in Southern California, and later served as interim principal at a charter school in Oakland.   Clint has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University School of Education, an Associate with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford and Director of Education with the Heroic Imagination Project.  In addition to his work with No Bully, he has started a new initiative, enCourage, which develops social and emotional learning curricula for schools and non-profit organizations. Clint received his BA from Williams College in history, a masters from Harvard University in religion, and his secondary school teaching credentials at Princeton University.