Our Board of Directors
Leading the Charge
Our board of directors guides our strategy and represents a diverse mix of backgrounds, organizations, and demographics. Together with our staff and trainers, our board of directors works tirelessly to ensure that No Bully uses its resources wisely, spreads the word about bully prevention, and meets the needs of every school community in need.
Gee Kin Chou
Gee Kin Chou is the co-founder of The Boombox Collaboratory which leverages volunteer networks to open doors for disenfranchised students who don’t have the connections that affluent students take for granted. Boombox eliminates the social inequality that has perpetuated the economic inequality tearing our country apart. Gee Kin has worked in public education since the early 2000’s, and has seen education from almost every angle. Through Vikiwi, a consulting firm he co-founded, he provided technology expertise to some of the largest school districts in the country. From 2010 – 2013, he served as Chief Technology Officer of the Oakland Unified School District, and now sits on the board or advisory board of several educational companies. Prior to focusing his energies on education, Gee Kin was an SVP at Charles Schwab & Co. Gee Kin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Michael Davis is a technology executive that held senior leadership roles at eBay, PayPal, AOL, and Fannie Mae. In addition, he is currently an advisor at Innovation Minds. Michael is a subject matter expert in Information Technology, Application Development, Global Delivery, and Transformations. He has also successfully managed teams in North America, Europe, and Asia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from James Madison University. Michael is very passionate about the No Bully mission and vision.
Carrie Ellerbe is a business and technology leader with more than 25 years of experience and a proven record for driving change in fast-paced internet and software environments. Throughout her career, she has combined broad technology knowledge and accounting experience and is a subject matter expert in the areas of Software as a Service (SaaS), Accounting Processes and Technology and Technology Operations . Carrie served at eBay for close to 15 years in progressively responsible technology roles. Carrie is a people focused leader who believes in leveraging and nurturing team members strengths to maximize their engagement. Carrie has an accounting degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Having witnessed the devastating effects of bullying and cyberbullying, she is a strong proponent of No Bully’s holistic approach to activating student compassion to enact positive change.
Augusta Gillespie is an Associate Director of Client Strategy with ListenFirst Media. In her position, she works with marketing and research professionals in the media space to analyze and interpret data from a myriad of digital and traditional marketing sources. She then works directly with clients to leverage the data to implement effective and responsive marketing campaigns in the future. Augusta received her B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University. Augusta is inspired by No Bully’s systematic and innovative approach to educating staff and students to help ensure a better future for the next generation.
Sean Hanrahan is the Senior Vice President, Sports Brand Solutions at Disney Advertising Sales. Sean is a 25+ year marketing veteran having worked in positions of increasing responsibility on the agency side until joining ESPN in May 2000. In 2004, Sean was appointed to the Senior Management team leading the reorganization of the Customer Marketing and Sales division as it assumed the multi-media responsibility of managing the digital and print sales and television. In 2006, Sean was named Senior Vice President, Marketing Solutions and assumed responsibility for the entire multi-media marketing department of this division. In November 2015, Sean added the responsibility of leading the Brand Marketing team that is responsible for driving awareness, tune-in and usage with fans across all ESPN platforms. Prior to joining ESPN, Sean worked at Tracy Locke as Executive Concept Director of the Department of Ideas, an innovative think tank. Before that he was the head of client services on the Pepsi business where he was responsible for the strategic and creative development of major national promotions. Sean is an avid sports fan and a graduate of LaSalle University. He resides in Bucks County, PA with his wife and three children.
Melanie LeGrande, the vice president of social responsibility for Major League Baseball, develops and enhances the initiatives that support the league’s position in the community, collaborates with internal departments and key external stakeholders to integrate social and environmental considerations into core decision and planning, and provides oversight for MLB’s community investments, nonprofit/NGO partnerships, large-scale disaster relief and employee volunteer engagement. Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Melanie was the senior director of corporate responsibility at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and directed the community relations department and charitable foundation of the Baltimore Ravens (National Football League. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Morgan State University and a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State University.
Raymond served as a Senior Technology Manager and Vice – President of a financial services company with more than 30+ years of technology, leadership and strategic planning experience. He is a visionary leader with ability to define and execute high-level strategies meeting business objectives. He is also a forward-thinking IT professional with a strong background in system conversion and organizational transformation.
Raymond is known for his effective thought leadership, technology guidance, standards and governance in a matrix organization. He has an extensive experience in the design and implementation of business process improvements, information technology, budgeting, program and technology project management, infrastructure provisioning and resource management.
Raymond has a proven track record of providing technology solutions for leveraging existing systems and transitioning IT to an integrated and contemporary state-of-the-art technology organization. He is a firm believer of Continual Service Improvement (CSI) initiatives to further automate operations, streamline processes, expand access to services, and improve consistency and performance.
Raymond is also well regarded as a dedicated corporate trainer in diversity and inclusion, emotional intelligence and collective social impact advocate through volunteerism. He is an avid philanthropist and proactive Board Member of various social services non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Paul Proett is Chair of No Bully. Paul’s current roles in Early Childhood Education are career “boomerangs” for him, having spent the first fifteen years in his adult career as an Early Childhood Teacher and Community Advocate. From starting Apple Computer Child Care to start up and growth of an extensive India-based development center where he supported a ten-person Human Resources team, Paul has experienced a variety of career opportunities. In his current career boomerang, Paul is Business Manager at Palcare where he was a founder and also Palcare’s first Executive Director. Palcare strives to maintain affordability by offering tuition rates that are 75% -80% of market as well as providing scholarships and subsidized childcare for low-income families who qualifies. Paul holds both Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from the University of California at Davis. He also teaches Early Childhood Education to adult at Skyline and Canada Community Colleges. As an educator of children and adults, Paul is sensitive to the effects of bullying early and into adulthood. With the affiliation of “No Bully”, he hopes to further his understanding and educate others on bullying and its impact.
Adam Roberts is the Senior Program Manager for K-12 Strategic Partnerships at Salesforce.org. Adam began his career in education as a middle and high school math teacher in Northeast, Washington, D.C., originally with Teach For America. After the classroom, he led technology and innovation teams at KIPP DC public charter schools, where he overhauled their technology department and pioneered a 5-year federally funded personalized learning initiative. Adam holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida and a M.A. in Teaching from American University.
Louise Rush began her career as a Montessori teacher in New York. After a short stint at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco, Louise consulted with Bay Area employers on ways to assist working parents with childcare challenges. Hired by a client, she now directs the Local 2/Hospitality Child & Elder Care Plan, a benefit that provides reimbursement for caregiving expenses to over 2000 hotel workers in San Francisco. Louise received a BA from New College in Florida and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Columbia University.
Robin Strawbridge is a San Francisco native. Before moving back to the Bay Area, she spent time working in Italy and New York City. Robin worked in fine arts at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, and the American Paintings Department at Christie’s, New York. She was the Managing Editor of the J. Crew catalog for six years and also was a Director of Advertising at Gap, Inc.. Robin currently is a style consultant focusing on the psychology of personal style. She received a BA in History of Art from U.C. Berkeley. Robin is inspired by No Bully’s empathic approach and tangible solution to the very serious issue of bullying in schools and beyond.
Averel Wilson, former Chair of No Bully, recently retired from teaching math and science at Roosevelt Middle School in San Francisco. She currently volunteers in the math department at Bayside/MLK in Marin City. A recent graduate of the San Francisco Teacher Residency Program, Averel came to teaching after careers in both banking and political satire. She is passionate about equity of access to an excellent education, which presumes a safe and bully-free environment at school. Averel received a BA in French Literature from Princeton and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She holds a Masters in Education from the University of San Francisco.
Silda Wall Spitzer
Silda Wall Spitzer, an honorary trustee, is an American businesswoman, lawyer, and was the First Lady of New York State from January 2007 until March 2008. She has worked in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors in the areas of green/sustainability issues, youth service/education, and human rights and women’s financial and other empowerment. Currently, she is director and principal at NewWorld Capital Group, a private equity firm investing in environmental and energy related products and services. She is also co-founder and CEO of woman-owned New York Makers, a digital magazine and marketplace covering New York State. Among her not-for-profit activities, she serves as the vice chairperson of Urban Green Council, is on the Ceres president’s council, and the Sustainable Endowment Institute’s advisory board. She also served on the boards of Points of Light and generationOn until 2015. She is a board member at Meredith College and the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior, and is an honorary trustee of No Bully.
Annie Babin is a licensed psychologist and consultant, with a special focus on serving those who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming. She is passionate about helping all people, young and old, find their voice through exploring their core identity. Through her work, she has seen how bullying can obstruct and inhibit this process. Queue the merger of two careers: Annie is also the founder/creative director of LAVA Creative, a design firm that serves the broadcast television and tech industries since 2002. Her work is featured on the Ellen Degeneres Show, which earned two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Main Title Design. Through her combined skills and experience, Annie is helping No Bully actively promote positive change through design, marketing and promotion.
Nicholas Carlisle is the Founder and President of No Bully and the Campaign Director for Power of Zero. Nicholas worked as a barrister in London and served as chairman of the non-profit section of Amnesty International UK. He practiced in California as a child and family Psychotherapist and founded No Bully as a non-profit to make childhood bully-free. He brought together the global collaborative that drives our newest campaign, Power of Zero, which looks to reshape early learning for a connected world. He is a seasoned conference speaker (view his TEDx talk on bullying in Barcelona), expert witness and commentator on school bullying for television and radio stations across the world.
Nicholas was bullied in High school because he was small. The students called him the Runt. Students with money paid other boys to steal his clothes, food, homework and to beat him up. But the most painful part was going through four years of school with no friends. Four years of never hearing a kind word or having a reassuring hand on his shoulder. It was brutally lonely, but somehow part of him always hung onto the knowing that humanity is so much greater than this. And it’s this knowing that launched him on a journey to fight for human rights and to start an organization so that kids could go to school free from bullying.
Soraya Chemaly is a writer and activist whose work focuses on women’s rights and gender equity. She is the Director of the women’s Media Center Speech Project, an initiative dedicated to women’s free speech and to raising public awareness about the costs of online bullying and harassment to women’s public and civic engagement. In 2013, she won the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC)’s Donna Allen Award for Feminist Advocacy and the Secular Woman Feminist Activism Award. In 2014, she was named one of Elle Magazine’s 25 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter. Soraya serves on the boards of several organizations dedicated to improving media diversity, including Women, Action and The Media; In this Together Media, and the Women’s Media Center. She writes and speaks regularly about gender, media, tech, education, women’s rights, sexual violence and free speech.
Todd Corley is a recognized thought leader for his leadership on diversity and inclusion. His ability to engage individuals, specifically millennials, to build strong corporate social responsibility platforms that promote societal change is the hallmark of his career. He’s the Board Chairman of The National Society of High School Scholars Foundation; a co-founding member of the country’s first-ever Diversity Management concentration, housed at Georgetown University; and a recipient of the Claes Nobel “World Betterment Award”, presented by Mr. Claes Nobel, the senior member of the esteemed Nobel prize family. Coupled with his MBA from Georgetown University, Todd is a member of the inaugural class focused on Brand and Reputation Management hosted by Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth.
Brendan Doherty is president / cofounder of Inward Point – a purpose-driven events and marketing agency built on social, environmental, and data innovation. He’s a former diplomat at the U.S. State Department where he built multi-million dollar public-private partnerships and advised senior leaders on global conflict and human security in Africa and Asia. He remains a Senior Advisor to the Public International Law and Policy Group, advising rebels, governments, and the UN on constitution drafting and peace negotiations. He is a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations, a leader at the Truman National Security Project, an Advisor to Impossible 2 Possible, and a member of Riverkeeper’s Junior Council. A former scuba instructor and lawyer, he now lives in Red Hook Brooklyn.
Penny Jackson is an award-winning playwright and novelist who lives in New York City. Her most recent play, I KNOW WHAT BOYS WANT, was Theater Is Easy’s Best Bet for Off Broadway Theater. Other plays include SAFE, which won best new play at the Planet Connections Theater Festivity in New York City, BITTEN (the only American finalist for The Kenneth Branagh Award for Drama in The Windsor Fringe), GOING UP, a British-American production for the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival May 2015, LOUISE IN CHARLESTOWN at The United Solo Festival at Theater Row in September 2015 and BEFORE, which won first prize in the gun control play competition sponsored by The University of Illinois-Urbana, and was featured in Necessary Exposure, an exhibit at Dixon Place Theater focusing on female playwrights. Penny is a resident playwright of the New York City based company, NY Madness and the author of the novel, Becoming The Butlers, which was chosen as best book of the year for young adults by The New York Public Library. Penny’s awards include The Elizabeth Janeway Prize for writing from Barnard College, a Mirrelieis Fellowship for writing from Stanford University and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.
Steven Labrum lives in Salt Lake City, UT and serves on the advisory committee because he believes that by addressing bullying through the NoBully model, we can create a more empathetic and prosperous society. His experience ranges from time as VP of the Global OEM division of Merit Medical Systems to co-founder of the Eva Carlston Academy, a residential treatment program. He is also Creative Producer at 3 Irons and the Board Vice President at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts. Most importantly, he is trying to learn how to play the piano as an adult. Practice, practice, practice.
Jeffrey Levine’s entertainment career has spanned over 20 years, focusing primarily on television production and distribution. Levine formed Revera Entertainment Inc, an international film and media company that specializes in the television development, production, and distribution of high-quality entertainment. Revera has become a familiar presence at every major television and film market, including, MIPCOM, MIPTV, NATPE , MIFED, American Film Market, Cannes Film. Levine has forged television relationships with major broadcasters around the world, breaking into new markets from the Pacific Rim to Eastern Europe, Europe to African Nations.
Dr. Roxana Marachi
Dr. Roxana Marachi is an Associate Professor of Education in the Lurie College of Education at San José State University where she teaches courses in Educational Psychology and supervises Teacher Candidates in the Middle Level Emphasis Program. She received her Ph.D in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2003, where she studied the impacts of learning environments on students’ motivation and behavior in school. Her research interests are focused on school climate and safety and the translation of research-to-practice in violence prevention efforts. Dr. Marachi served as Co-Chair of the Safe Schools and Communities Subcommittee of the American Educational Research Association from 2009-2012. She is currently working in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender on the School Engagement and Suspension Alternatives Project (SESAP).
Kevin Martinez is the Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at ESPN. A 25-year industry veteran, Martinez oversees all aspects of ESPN’s corporate citizenship initiatives including corporate giving, volunteerism, cause marketing and sustainability. Martinez joined ESPN in 2010, and was promoted to vice president in 2013. In this role, he leads strategic initiatives that enable both greater access to sports and leadership through sports. Additionally, Martinez manages ESPN’s ongoing collaboration and fundraising efforts with The V Foundation, which generates millions of dollars toward cancer research programs each year. Prior to ESPN, Martinez served as executive director, corporate social responsibility for KPMG. He also previously served as president of The Home Depot Foundation, and managed community affairs for both Starbucks and Eddie Bauer. Martinez has received numerous industry awards, including The Cause Marketing Forum’s “Halo Award” twice, the US Chamber’s Award for Corporate Citizenship, and the Association of Cable Communicators’ Beacon Award.
Beth Pann is Vice President of the National Society of High School Scholars, an international honor society founded by Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. With 20 years in the nonprofit sector, Beth has extensive experience in business development and communications, strategic and sustainability planning, and donor cultivation and stewardship. She currently serves on the Board of Development in Gardening, an organization dedicated to improving the nutrition and health of HIV-affected and at-risk populations through sustainable gardening. Beth is a graduate of Denison University.
Rebecca Randall is the Vice President of Education Programs at Common Sense Media. Rebecca has more than a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector on behalf of children and families. She brings to Common Sense Media her expertise in child and community development, education, and social policy. Most recently, she was the Associate Vice President at the United Way of the Bay Area, where she provided strategic direction for the Education area, managed a multi-million dollar grant-making portfolio, and developed a comprehensive statewide early childhood initiative. Rebecca is a widely sought after speaker on kids’ media and technology use and has spoken to several thousand (and counting) parents and educators to offer guidance on how they can raise kids who are safe, smart, and responsible media users and creators. Rebecca holds a BA in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
Robert A. Rees
Robert A. Rees, Ph.D. teaches religion at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he taught literature and humanities at UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, and, as a Fulbright Professor of American Studies, in the Baltics. He was Director of Studies for the UCLA-Cambridge Program and for the UCLA-Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music Programs. From 1998-2010 Rees was Director of Education and Humanities at the Institute of HeartMath. Rees is the editor and author of numerous publications in education, American literature and culture, and religious studies. He is also a published poet, essayist, editorialist, and blogger. An active Latter-day Saint (Mormon), Rees has also been involved in interfaith and humanitarian work and directed the Church’s humanitarian program in the Baltic States from 1992-1996. Currently he serves on the board of the Marin Interfaith Council, the Advisory Board of Save African Families Enterprise, and as Vice-President of the Liahona Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that addresses malnutrition in the developing world.
Simranpreet Singh Oberoi
Simranpreet Singh Oberoi works towards bridging opportunity gaps for children in India. He is the Chief Project Officer of Shoshit Samadhan Kendra (SSK), a free residential school run exclusively for children from of India’s most marginalized communities. He has played multiple roles including that of a teacher, fundraiser, counselor, trainer, and a PR professional. He has also co-founded an education enterprise called SkyKpaar (translation – Beyond the skies) to help high school students make well-informed career decisions. He is immensely passionate about education, youth development, and capacity building for schools and nonprofits. He has studied engineering from Pune University and is a Young India Fellow.
Brian Thomas is assistant head of school at MICDS (Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School). Brian has been recognized as an Emmy Award–winning actor and nationally recognized writer. From 2008 to 2016 he was the associate head of school and upper school head at the Bentley School in Oakland and Lafayette, California. Prior to that, he was the head at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco and the executive director, high school developer and principal at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas. He began his professional career as an actor in New Haven, Connecticut, after graduating from Yale University in 1984. He also received a master’s degree in education from Portland State University in 2003.
Bill Thompson is the Chairman and CEO of BehaviorMatrix. He’s a serial entrepreneur who started his first company in 1983, took it public in 1994 and then sold it in 1998. He is the former Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Innovative Tech Systems, a publicly traded company that developed infrastructure management software used by Fortune 500 companies. During his tenure, Mr. Thompson was the Chief Technologist and Architect of all software products developed by the Company, which serviced clients such as the NSA, Department of Defense, Johns Hopkins Hospital & University and Rohm and Haas (DuPont). Mr. Thompson was the recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1998 in the category of fastest growing software company for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is Product, Biz Dev at Xoom and Founder/CEO of Courageous Girls. She is a native Peruvian and sexual violence survivor. In 2005 Silvia began a quest to climb the world’s Seven Summits on behalf of her organization Courageous Girls. Silvia’s own experiences have proven so monumental in healing her soul that she is determined to give this opportunity to a very special group of Courageous Girls. Her dream is for these young women to find their own courage, develop their own strength and heal with their sisters from all around the world.
Michael Wood is the Creative Director of Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organization inspiring individuals to take the power out of bullying with simple acts of kindness, courage, and inclusion. Michael studied mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University before pursuing an MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As the Creative Director of Bystander Revolution, Michael is responsible for the overall strategy and creative vision of the organization. Michael is also an award winning filmmaker and runs a production company, Gates & Greene, that specializes in short form video content. Michael directed and produced the library of over 300 videos on Bystander Revolution’s website featuring interviews of dozens of students, celebrities, and leaders. As a former target of bullying, Michael is passionate about bringing hope to bullied students and daringly aspires to make this the last generation to tolerate a major bullying problem.