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LaMarr Shields

Keynote Presenter, Dr. LaMarr Shields

Leading by Example: Changing Our Behaviors to Affect Student Success

This keynote address will inspire, engage and help educational leaders develop the skills needed to meet whatever leadership challenges lay ahead. Dr. Shields will invite attendees to explore their own mindset triggers and learn how to respond to the everyday challenges and demands to better support their students.

About

Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields is a social entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and educator who loves to create and build with purpose. As the co-founder and senior director of education and innovation at the Cambio Group—and former professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Education—he has dedicated his life to inspiring adults and youth alike to pursue a higher purpose, achieve sustainable value for long-term success, and cope with adversity in order to create opportunities in their personal, professional and spiritual lives.

As the special advisor to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Educational Equity and a recipient of the 2015 Social Innovator Award, Shields has been studying, writing about, and implementing change in schools and non-profit organizations for years.

This bilingual author, master teacher, public speaker, social entrepreneur and thought leader is a dynamic presence who has appeared on NPR, ABC, NBC, CNN and BET. Shields has decades of experience providing workshops, presentations, assessment, training-of trainers, and other forms of consulting and staff development for P-12 schools, colleges and universities, community organizations, government organizations and others.


 Opening Session

Robyn Windibank

Robyn Windibank

Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

Robyn Windibank, Georgia Cares

This opening presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the necessary tools and resources in order to provide quality care and services to victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).

About

Robyn Windibank supports the impact of Georgia Cares by engaging with communities and volunteers throughout the state of Georgia! Providing awareness and training on domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) is a crucial part of her work in conjunction with managing Georgia Cares’ marketing and communication efforts, event planning and fundraising. Windibank and her family now reside in Atlanta, Georgia after living in the United Kingdom for the last 10 years.


Presenter Biographies

ABCs of PBIS

Eric Landers

Eric Landers, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

Eric Landers earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida with an emphasis on children with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). He has worked as a classroom teacher for students with EBD, as a professor at West Virginia University and Georgia Southern University, and as an independent consultant for supporting school-wide behavioral systems. Dr. Landers expertise and research focus is on bullying, responding to challenging behaviors, teacher job satisfaction, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and school-wide PBIS. He is the founder and director of the Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and the co-director for the Special Education BSED, MAT and MED programs at Georgia Southern University.

Sustainability

Hans Magleby

Hans Magleby, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, WhyTry Inc., Provo, UT

Hans Magleby is the co-founder of the WhyTry program, which has taught over 1.5 million youth how to channel their challenges and reach their positive goals in life. His experiences as an art director, university teacher, and entrepreneur of a successful Internet company have helped him develop practical tools to teach and motivate youth at risk: the keys to the creation and success of WhyTry. Magleby has consulted for numerous groups of educators, corrections staff, and mental health professionals across the United States, Canada and Australia. He has worked as a volunteer with youth in various community and religious organizations, including teaching a dropout prevention class at a local high school.

Katie L. Greer

Katie Greer, M.S. Criminal Justice, CEO, KL Greer Consulting, Andover, MA

Previously of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police, Katie Greer travels the country working with and educating law enforcement, communities, school staff/administration and students on social media and tech/Internet safety best practices. She serves as a media industry expert and has been featured on CNN, The O’Reilly Factor, The Meredith Vieira Show, Inside Edition and in media such as The Huffington Post, TIME Magazine, The Boston Globe, USA Today, Proctor & Gamble, Parents Magazine and more.

Terry Scott

 Terrance Scott, Ph.D., Professor and Director, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Terrance M. Scott is a professor and distinguished university scholar in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville and is the director of the Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools (CIBRS). Having received his Ph.D. in special education at the University of Oregon in 1994, he has been involved in extensive grant-funded research and publication. As a former counselor and teacher of students with seriously challenging behaviors, his research interests focus on school-wide prevention systems, the role of instructional variables in managing student behavior, functional behavior assessment/intervention, and scientific research in education.

Sara McDaniel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director, Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office, University of Alabama, Hoover, AL

Sara McDaniel is an associate professor of special education in the Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities at the University of Alabama and is the director of the Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office (APBSO). The APBSO is a statewide PBIS technical assistance center that focuses on supporting schools and districts in implementing PBIS in Alabama. McDaniel conducts research and teaches in the areas of secondary tier PBIS, classroom management assessment and coaching, PBIS for alternative education settings, and early prevention for diverse populations of children at high risk.

Barbara Mitchell

Barbara Mitchell, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Barbara Mitchell, Ph.D. has been an educator for the past 20 years. She began her career as a classroom teacher for students with disabilities teaching in elementary and middle school special education settings. Currently, Mitchell is an assistant research professor for the University of Missouri and co-director for the M Center for SW-PBIS. Her work focuses on emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD), school-wide positive behavior support (SW-PBS), and Tier 2 interventions for behavior.

Reesha Adamson

Reesha Adamson, Ph.D., MAE, B.A., Assistant Professor, Missouri State University, Ozark, MO

Reesha Adamson is an associate professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Previously, she worked as a special education behavior teacher, as an educational provider within a juvenile justice center, and as a district-wide behavior specialist. She has also worked as the project coordinator in Missouri for the Center for Adolescent Research in Schools (CARS), an IES-funded, national randomized control trial focusing on lessening risks associated with challenging behavior.  Adamson specializes in working with school districts, pre-service teachers, and current practitioners to implement evidence-based practices for students with, and at risk, for emotional and behavioral disorders.

Nicholas Gage

Nicholas Gage, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Nicholas A. Gage is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Florida. Specific research interests include the identification of policies and practices at the national, state, local and classroom level to support the academic, social and behavioral needs of students with or at risk for disabilities through rigorous and diverse research practices. His expertise is in supporting schools, districts and states in leveraging their data resources to best develop effective and efficient systems of supporting students’ academic and behavioral needs. Gage’s expertise includes statistical modeling, research design and methodology, direct observation, single-subject research, and functional behavioral assessment.

Individualized Interventions

Shanna Hirsch, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Clemson University, Greenville, SC

Shanna Hirsch is an assistant professor of special education at Clemson University. She received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a doctoral degree from the University of Virginia. She has previously worked as a special education teacher and behavior analyst. These experiences have shaped her research, teaching and service. Her expertise centers on supporting novice teachers learning to implement classroom-level positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), developing classroom-level supports for students with or at risk for emotional behavioral disorders, and teacher training on targeted behavioral supports (i.e., functional-assessment based interventions). Hirsch is an active member of a number of professional organizations (e.g., Council for Exceptional Children, Association of Positive Behavior Supports) and serves on the editorial boards of Behavioral Disorders, Beyond Behavior, Exceptional Children, and TEACHING Exceptional Children.

Sara McDaniel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director, Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office, University of Alabama, Hoover, AL

Sara McDaniel is an associate professor of special education in the Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities at the University of Alabama and is the director of the Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office (APBSO). The APBSO is a statewide PBIS technical assistance center that focuses on supporting schools and districts in implementing PBIS in Alabama. McDaniel conducts research and teaches in the areas of secondary tier PBIS, classroom management assessment and coaching, PBIS for alternative education settings, and early prevention for diverse populations of children at high risk.

LaMarr Shields

★ LaMarr Shields, Ph.D., Senior Director of Education and Innovation, The Cambio Group, Baltimore, MD

Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields is a social entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and educator who loves to create and build with purpose. As the Co-Founder and Senior Director of Education and Innovation at the Cambio Group—and former professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Education—Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields has dedicated his life to inspiring adults and youth alike to pursue a higher purpose, achieve sustainable value for long-term success, and cope with adversity in order to create opportunities in their personal, professional and spiritual lives.

Julia Gabor

Julia Gabor, M.A., Mindful Co-Founder, Redondo Beach, CA

Julia is a creative and passionate youth development specialist, a youth mentor to many, and a hands-on trainer. She has trained thousands of educators in schools and in expanded learning programs for 15+ years. Julia is an award-winning educator with a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Antioch University. She is the Mindful Co-Founder of kid-grit. The kid-grit curriculum is a 25-hour program focusing on a holistic approach to youth development, mindfulness, social and emotional learning, digital and social media awareness, and finishes off with an action project.

Jeffrey Jordan

Jeffrey Jordan, HHC, Mindful Co-Founder, Kid Grit, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Jeffrey L. Jordan is a passionate social entrepreneur who has built several businesses, including a holistic health, wellness and life-coaching practice in New Jersey. His passion is centered on holistic youth development, mentoring and kinetic life coaching. His mission has been dedicated to a mind-body-spirit approach to personal empowerment and life balance for adults, families and youth of all ages. Jordan is a national speaker with a unique platform, inspiring educators and youth program staff to look at a holistic approach to youth development. His mission is to inspire an awareness of the mind-body-spirit balance to student and staff programming.

Ashley MacSuga-Gage

Ashley  MacSuga-Gage, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Ashley S. MacSuga-Gage is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Florida. Her current research interests include school-wide positive behavior supports (SWPBS), classroom management, pre-service and in-service professional development provided within multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) frameworks, teacher preparation, and supporting the needs of students with emotional behavioral disturbances (EBD). Currently, MacSuga-Gage serves as the coordinator for the special education program and dual certification MED program as well as the co-coordinator of the undergraduate, unified elementary ProTeach teacher preparation program at the University of Florida.

John Vandenburgh

John Vandenburgh, M.A. Ed., Executive Director, Protect Connect Educate Solutions, Murrieta, CA

John Vandenburgh works with organizations across the country seeking to enhance school climate and student engagement. He has presented his work for the Office of Homeland Security on building safe schools, the California Attorney General Gang Prevention Summit, and the Urban Superintendents of America Association on the future of high school youth leadership. He is the author of the Evidence-Based PLUS program and the founder of Direction Survey.

Mental Health

Lori Fernauld

Lori Fernald, D.Ed., Associate Professor, The Citadel, Charleston, SC

Lori Fernald is an associate professor of psychology at The Citadel, where she has taught in the School Psychology program for 10 years. Prior to joining the faculty at The Citadel, she worked as a school psychologist in public schools in Maryland and Virginia for 15 years. Fernald’s research and teaching interests include professional practices in school psychology, school academic and behavioral interventions, and service learning.

Penny Arnau

Penny Arnau, Ph.D., Consultant and PBIS Trainer, Charleston, SC

Penny Arnau earned her Ph.D. in school psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 1990. She has worked in South Carolina for over 31 years at public schools and worked privately as a school psychologist, special education administrator, and educational consultant. For the past nine years, Arnau has been a PBIS coach and trainer. She has recently retired from the public sector and now works privately as an educational consultant and PBIS coach and trainer.

Bob Stevens, Ph.D., Director, South Carolina Association of Positive Behavior Support, Charleston, SC

Bob Stevens received his Ph.D. from Florida State University with an emphasis in research statistics. He has 40 years of experience in education as a teacher, coach, principal, college administrator and professor. He has been the vice president at Charleston Southern University as well as vice president of marketing and research at Benefitfocus.com (providing technology solutions to health insurers). Stevens’s current initiatives include the advisory board and scientific review committee of the South Carolina Translational Research Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina; investigator for the Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network at Vanderbilt University; chair of the Southeastern School Behavioral Health Conference; and president of the South Carolina Association of Positive Behavior Support Network. In addition to his presentations at several conferences, Stevens has recently been the guest editor of the Journal for Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities in Youth, and has authored numerous articles and chapters on implementing PBIS.

Chris Haines

Christopher Haines, M.S., LPCA, Coordinator of School Mental Health Programs, Greenville Mental Health Center, Greenville, SC

Chris Haines is the Coordinator of School Mental Health Programs at Greenville Mental Health Center. His team includes 50 therapists stationed in 43 schools in South Carolina’s largest school district. He is the school mental health therapist at West Greenville School, where he has specialized in the treatment of adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral disorders for the past 11 years. Haines is on the South Carolina roster of clinicians trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and is a master trainer on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). His education includes a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from John Brown University.

Vanessa Brown

Vanessa Brown, LPC, LPC-S, Mental Health Program Coordinator, South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Summerville, SC

Vanessa Brown graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgia College and State University and went on to earn a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of North Florida. Ms. Brown has almost 20 years’ experience as a school-based therapist in Florida and South Carolina. She then earned her Licensed Professional Counselor license in 2004. Since becoming licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in 2017, Ms. Brown has been supervising a team of clinicians for the community mental health center and managing programs which serve adults, children and families experiencing severe and persistent mental illness.

School Safety

Robyn Windibank

Robyn Windibank, Georgia Cares, Atlanta, GA

Robyn Windibank supports the impact of Georgia Cares by engaging with communities and volunteers throughout the state of Georgia! Providing awareness and training on domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) is a crucial part of her work in conjunction with managing Georgia Cares’ marketing and communication efforts, event planning and fundraising. Windibank and her family now reside in Atlanta, Georgia after living in the United Kingdom for the last 10 years.

Katie L. Greer

Katie Greer, M.S. Criminal Justice, CEO, KL Greer Consulting, Andover, MA

Previously of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police, Katie Greer travels the country working with and educating law enforcement, communities, school staff/administration and students on social media and tech/Internet safety best practices. She serves as a media industry expert and has been featured on CNN, The O’Reilly Factor, The Meredith Vieira Show, Inside Edition and in media such as The Huffington Post, TIME Magazine, The Boston Globe, USA Today, Proctor & Gamble, Parents Magazine and more.

Special Agent Andy Van Epps

Andy Van Epps, B.S. Industrial Engineering, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Savannah, GA

Special Agent Van Epps has been with the FBI for approximately 15 years and has worked a variety of criminal violations, including commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Marina Gillmore

Marina Gillmore, Ed.D, Chief Academic Officer and Lead Educational Consultant, The Cambio Group, Redlands, CA

Marina Gillmore is a coach, an educational consultant and a gifted facilitator who works throughout the United States. A natural bridge-builder, she helps close the gap between idea and action to create deep lasting change in people and systems. With a doctorate in educational leadership, she works with educators to advance equity for all students. She currently serves as the chief academic officer of the equity consulting firm The Cambio Group and is also the co-founder of the SPARK Center for Professional and Personal Renewal, a non-profit dedicated to fostering holistic wellness in educators and other change agents. A lover of good stories, Gillmore has authored several books and coaches other authors to write their own stories through her independent publishing house, Full Circle Press.

Daryl Macaluso

Daryl Macaluso, B.A., Sgt., Durham Police Department, Durham, NC

Daryl Macaluso is a native of the Baychester Housing Projects in the Bronx, New York and is a 15-year veteran of Durham Police Department. He currently supervises a patrol unit and serves as a police academy instructor. He has spent four years as a school resource officer in middle and high school, and has supervised the Gang Resistance Education and Training Unit, the Violent Incident Response Team, High Enforcement Abatement Team, and the Community Engagement Team. Macaluso also served as an instructor for the North Carolina Military Academy in Fort Bragg. As a certified gang identification specialist with the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, Illinois, he presents gang awareness/intervention training sessions for law enforcement agencies, school districts and youth groups nationwide. He was featured in the North Carolina Justice Academy’s state-mandated law enforcement training on gangs and presents regularly for national organizations and associations.

Bob Stevens, Ph.D., Director, South Carolina Association of Positive Behavior Support, Charleston, SC

Bob Stevens received his Ph.D. from Florida State University with an emphasis in research statistics. He has 40 years of experience in education as a teacher, coach, principal, college administrator and professor. He has been the vice president at Charleston Southern University as well as vice president of marketing and research at Benefitfocus.com (providing technology solutions to health insurers). Stevens’s current initiatives include the advisory board and scientific review committee of the South Carolina Translational Research Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina; investigator for the Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network at Vanderbilt University; chair of the Southeastern School Behavioral Health Conference; and president of the South Carolina Association of Positive Behavior Support Network. In addition to his presentations at several conferences, Stevens has recently been the guest editor of the Journal for Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities in Youth, and has authored numerous articles and chapters on implementing PBIS.

John Vandenburgh

John Vandenburgh, M.A. Ed., Executive Director, Protect Connect Educate Solutions, Murrieta, CA

John Vandenburgh works with organizations across the country seeking to enhance school climate and student engagement. He has presented his work for the Office of Homeland Security on building safe schools, the California Attorney General Gang Prevention Summit, and the Urban Superintendents of America Association on the future of high school youth leadership. He is the author of the Evidence-Based PLUS program and the founder of Direction Survey.

Amber McKeen

Amber McKeen, MSW, MPH, Professional Education and Training Coordinator, Mosaic Georgia, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Amber McKeen has spent the last 10 years dedicated to child maltreatment prevention initiatives in various capacities. She began her career working in juvenile detention centers designing and implementing a program to improve vocational and employability skills for incarcerated youth. From there, she spent over six years creating and delivering multidisciplinary training sessions as the child abuse prevention trainer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, educating more than 30,000 professionals and community advocates via in-person trainings, webinars and major child advocacy conferences. McKeen also recently completed a dual master’s program in social work and public health at Georgia State University.

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Last updated: 5/29/2019