Considered a pioneer of the anti-bullying movement with her seminal New York Times bestselling memoir, Please Stop Laughing at Me...., bullying survivor, expert, and speaker Jodee Blanco is one of the most trusted authorities on bullying in the American school system. Prior to dedicating herself to the anti-bullying movement, Jodee owned an international PR firm that specialized in handling challenging clients that other firms could not help. Her success turning around fraught situations has earned her the respect of school boards and administrators, national educational entities, corporate CEOs, and government leaders. Used regularly as a resource on bullying related issues, Jodee has been featured in USA Today and on CBS Evening News, CNN, and Fox News, among many other outlets. Jodee has taught at the University of Chicago and her alma mater New York University, from where she received a bachelor’s degree.
A founder of A New Day Coaching and, currently, a Collegiate Life Specialist with Focus Collegiate, Rachel has worked as a Learning Specialist and the Director of the Learning Center at Maimonides School. A presenter at a wide array of professional conferences and the developer of a special needs curriculum, Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University, an ADHD coaching certification from JST Coaching & Training, and a master’s degree from Columbia University.
A lifelong Catholic educator from Massachusetts with experience as a Catholic school teacher and administrator, Bill is currently the Head of Upper School at Austin Preparatory School and an adjunct graduate professor of education at Boston College. Bill’s research interests include organizational theory, inclusive leadership practices for refugees students, and how Catholic schools support international students. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from Assumption College and a master’s and doctoral degree from Boston College.
An experienced leader in the development of equitable and sustainable early childhood systems, Marie currently leads St. Fleur Communications which works to improve for children educational outcomes. As a former Massachusetts state representative, Marie spearheaded the establishment of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. In her other roles in the Bay State as an early education leader, she launched the Put MA Kids First Coalition and the Early Education Small Business Innovation Center. She has also formerly served as an assistant state attorney in Massachusetts and a cabinet chief for late Boston mayor Thomas Menino. Marie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, a certificate from the University of Salamanca, and a juris doctor (JD) from the Boston College School of Law.
Creative Direction & Brand Development
A veteran creative director with over 20 years of experience in print design, website design and development, digital communication, marketing, and advertising, Jeff has served the non-profit sector – including dozens of Catholic schools – and also the for-profit sector in the areas of healthcare, technology, and retail. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree from Keene State College and graduate certificates from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the New England Institute of Art.
Jackie has over 13 years of experience in the field of education as a special education teacher, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Clinical Director, and administrator of an education related scholarship program under the Office of the Indiana Treasurer of State. A native New Yorker, Jackie held a New York State teaching license and has also practiced Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management in Massachusetts and Indiana. An avid conference attendee, she has been invited to present on multiple occasions, and has a research paper published in Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Jackie holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut) and a master’s degree from Fordham University. She also holds a post graduate certificate from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Marketing, Recruitment, & Development
Strategic-minded and mission-driven, Sarah has engaged new audiences to help private schools grow their reach and their enrollment. With an eye for national trends and local needs, Sarah works with private schools to rejuvenate their marketing materials and implement effective enrollment strategies. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a master’s degree from the Augustine Institute.
A Catholic school educator since 2010 who is passionate about meeting the needs of all students, Krystie began her career as a paraprofessional in a middle school behavioral classroom. She then served as a teacher before becoming the assistant principal at St. Joseph School in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Krystie holds from Eastern Nazarene College a certificate and bachelor’s degree.
Educational Administration & Special Education
A lifelong educator and administrator, Lisa has served as a director of student services and special education for two public school systems. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College and a master’s degree from Providence College.
Strategic Communications & Board Development
Over the past 20-plus years, Shaun has raised in excess of 130-million dollars in support of Catholic ministries in Illinois and beyond. A consummate professional in communications with specialties in marketing and scriptwriting, Shaun is also experienced in relationship-building, budgeting, and project management. A past board member of the International Catholic Stewardship Council, Shaun holds a bachelor’s degree from Loras College.
SEL & Mental Health
Dahyana is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience in the mental health field providing services for individuals and families. Serving as a Catholic school mental health consultant and partnering with public schools to design and implement social and emotional learning infrastructure, she is the co-founder of Pinnacle Partnerships, the mission of which is to help students with social and emotional challenges. Dahyana holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, and a master’s degree from Cambridge College.
A dynamic bilingual leader with 10+ years of experience working with diverse populations, Mayra currently serves as the Director of Latino Outreach for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and has been nationally recognized for promoting the vision of Catholic education that welcomes and serves cultural diversity. Mayra is experienced in providing ongoing and strategic support to Catholic Schools in Latino recruitment, enrollment, and engagement efforts. Passionate about empowering families and supporting schools to better serve multilingual learners, Mayra holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a graduate certificate from the University of Notre Dame.