Marc Mero’s personal mission to stand up, step up and speak up against bullying, substance abuse, and suicide culminates in his powerful “Choices” production. Presented in an entertaining and engaging manner, students can relate to Marc's story and are moved to examine their own behaviors and choices. Marc is no stranger to the negative impacts of bullying. In his riveting lifestory shared with thousands of students in schools worldwide, Marc candidly talks about how he was bullied as a youngster and also how he treated his family: “Sometimes the people you hurt the most are those who love you the most.” Marc shows how negative words and actions have the power to cause regrettable scars. Research shows a strong link between bullying and suicide.
Allison Haynes is the Administrator of Pupil and Administrative Services at the Riverside County Office of Education. She has worked in the field of Education for 25 years, with the last eight focused on creating positive school climates and fair process strategies that reduce suspension and expulsion. Her experience ranges from working with elementary, middle school, and high school students as a school counselor and/or a site administrator. She has fixed her attention on the study and implementation of restorative practices as a means to promote equity in schools. Allison is a licensed trainer on this topic.
Stephan McPeace is the Grants Coordinator for the Riverside County Office of Education. Stephan has worked in the field of education for 20 years with an emphasis on pupil support services. During his time in education, he has had the opportunity to support school districts and educators in the areas of Student Assistance Programs, Restorative Practices, Bullying Prevention, School Safety, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Homeless Education and Foster Youth Services. His experience has made him a reliable resource for those seeking social and behavioral programming for youths and young adults. He has worked in multiple counties and has supported over 60 school districts. Stephan has presented at multiple state and national conferences and is a licensed trainer in this subject area.
As a Senior Consultant with CLS, Joelle brings over 20 years of experience to her clients. She has served as a Principal for Riverside County Office of Education’s Alternative Education programs, and was an Assistant Principal and a teacher for districts in San Bernardino County. She is also a Certified Life Coach, a graduate of the UC Berkeley Greater Good Summer Institute for Educators (an SEL program), and a doctoral student at USC.
Joelle provides coaching, mindfulness instruction, professional development, and positive youth development activities to educational, human services, and juvenile justice agencies throughout the nation. Her areas of expertise include Social Emotional Learning and School Climate transformation, including Neuroscience, Mindfulness in Education, Growth Mindset, PBIS, Pro-Kindness, and Restorative Practices. She is also a certified trainer for 40 Developmental Assets, Olweus Bullying Prevention, Understanding the Culture of Poverty, and 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.
Anthony is the current Executive Director of the GLSEN Los Angeles Chapter where he oversees the day to day operations of the organization. He also acts as the supervisor for trainings, policy and fundraising for the organization.
Prior to joining GLSEN Los Angeles, Anthony lived in five different states including Arizona, Illinois, Washington, California and Hawaii. Anthony spent most of his life in sunny Arizona where he received his degree in Psychology at Arizona State University. Anthony has been involved in advocacy work since he was 17 years old. He worked previously at Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network (GLSEN) Phoenix where he was the Training Cadre Director, notMYkid as a Peer Educator giving speeches to students on bullying, depression and internet safety, LGBTQA Programming Assistant at ASU and GLSEN Los Angeles as well as the Anti-Defamation League.
Anthony’s has spent a decade devoting his life to advocacy work and educating the community on bullying prevention programs as well as anti-bias trainings and how to create safe learning environments for all students regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
Jason Bailey is the Division Director for the new Alan M. Crogan Youth Treatment and Education Center (AMC-YTEC), a 106-bed, secure treatment facility operated by the Riverside County Probation Department. Jason has worked in the field of probation for 20 years, with the last six years primarily devoted to overseeing construction and program development for the AMC-YTEC facility. During his time in probation, Jason has supervised youth in the community as a deputy probation officer, has managed two of the Probation Department’s three juvenile detention facilities, and has provided training to sworn staff.
Daniel Castañeda is the Assistant Division Director for the Riverside County Probation Department’s new Alan M. Crogan Youth Treatment and Education Center (AMC-YTEC). Daniel has worked in the field of probation for 15 years, with the last five years leading and managing juvenile facilities. Over the past year, Daniel has been tasked with leading a transition team to review and evaluate the programs and services offered in addition to ensuring that all furniture, equipment, and supplies are ordered and received prior to the facility opening. During his time in probation, Daniel has worked with at-risk youth in both detention and treatment environments at four different facilities. Daniel has earned Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Riverside, in addition to a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.
Holli Kenley is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a California State Licensed Teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. She has worked in a variety of settings: a women’s shelter, a counseling center, and in private practice. Counseling with adolescents, teens, young and older adults, Holli’s areas of specialized training and experience include sexual trauma, abuse, addiction, codependency, domestic violence, betrayal and cyber bullying. Holli is the author of numerous published articles and five recovery books including Cyber Bullying No More: Parenting a High Tech Generation (2011); and Mountain Air: Relapsing and Finding The Way Back…One Breath at a Time (2013). Holli’s first novel Another Way (2015) offers tweens to teens (and their parents/guardians) an empowering message of discovering, defining, and determining self- worth. New, in her Second Edition of Breaking Through Betrayal (January 2016), Holli addresses relapse as an issue of self-betrayal with a healing process for self-discovery. Holli is also Wellness Editor and contributing author for Clear Life Magazine.
With her training and experience in the areas of abuse and trauma, Holli’s interest was naturally drawn to cyber bullying. In 2008, she began researching, writing, and speaking on cyber bullying presenting a systemic approach to assessment and intervention. In 2012, after the devastating suicides of two local high school students related to bullying, Holli co-planned and facilitated a three day Tri-City Anti-Bullying Event based on key principles of empathy building and inclusion. In addition to speaking to a myriad of audiences, over the past six years Holli has been a five time peer presenter at the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists’ Annual Conferences speaking twice on the topic of cyber bullying. Based on current research and analysis of causation, Holli will present a triage approach in addressing cyber bullying: Protection, Intervention, and Prevention.
Prior to and during her career as a therapist, Holli taught for thirty years in public education. She serves as Board Secretary for The Launch Pad Teen Center, a local non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of young people through innovative community education and engagement.