Our Team

Igniting Compassion

Words that come to mind when describing our team include: compassionate, kind, inclusive, strong, and has a generosity of spirit.

Each one of us has our own personal story around bullying and we hold this work near and dear to our hearts. We are constantly trying to live out our mission on a day to day basis, both igniting compassion around the office and also the world!

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Paul Proett

Acting CEO

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.

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Kathy Grey

Vice President of Education

Kathy Grey is our Vice President of Education and leads the charge with all of our No Bully Trainers throughout the country. She is a seasoned conference speaker bringing a unique perspective and passion about our youth, believing firmly that we build a healthy, strong community by empowering the younger generation and ensuring that they are given every opportunity to succeed. Kathy began her career as an educator with Head Start fueling her commitment to serving our youth and communities. Prior to her work in education, she was an arbitrator working in conflict resolution, resolving grievances for United Airlines.

The summer before 6th grade, Kathy’s father lost his job. Her family relocated to another state, wherein the eyes of their new neighbors they held a lower socioeconomic status, something reinforced by their lack of furniture and proper clothing to attend school. One day their church brought them boxes of clothing and she’ll never forget rooting through them with excitement, ultimately settling on a pink turtleneck sweater! She was so proud to wear that sweater on the first day of 7th grade, but as soon as she walked through the doors she knew from the hurtful looks and whispers of the other students that they all knew who in their community had previously owned the sweater. They quickly labeled her the “new poor kid,” an experience that has shaped her professional choices and lifelong desire to assure no child should ever feel socially isolated. Joining No Bully continues to strengthen this choice, knowing that we support school communities in developing safe and nurturing environments for all children – no matter where they come from.

 

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Victor McCarty

Development Coordinator

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.

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Richard Whittow

Chief Financial Officer

Richard is the Chief Financial Officer for No Bully and brings an extensive background in all aspects of financial leadership. After graduating from Cambridge University he worked in audit with PwC in London where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant for the United Kingdom. He then joined Antenna Audio working with some of the world’s most famous museums, galleries and tourist attractions. Recently he was CFO at Nomis Solutions, a VC backed software company providing pricing solutions in financial services.

Like so many, Richard was bullied at school because he was different and didn’t fit in. This experience had a lasting impact on him. Now, as a father of two young beautiful fragile children, Richard worries that it is just a matter of time before they also suffer from bullying. He fears that day. He believes that we shouldn’t live in a world where bullying seems inevitable and is proud to work with No Bully to ignite more compassion in the world.

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Steve Breakstone

School Programs Trainer

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.

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Jennifer Brevoort

School Programs Trainer

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.

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Donald Carter

School Programs Trainer

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.

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Kathleen (Kathy) DeNiro, Ph.D.

School Programs Trainer

Dr. Kathleen (Kathy) DeNiro is a No Bully Trainer and native Coloradoan.  She is passionate about ending the cycle of bullying and building positive communities to serve all students. Her service to K-12 education includes teaching, principal and director of secondary education 6-12.  In addition she was past president and member of Pueblo City Schools Board of Education, serving two consecutive terms. She received her PhD from the University of Denver, where her research focused on Transformational Leadership and Leader-follower congruence.  Her experience also includes hospital administrative/clinic positions in Sportsmedicine. Throughout the years she has received many local and national honors which include National Association of Secondary School Principals Colorado Middle School Principal of the Year; a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sportsfestival and the United States Olympic Committee World Hemisphere Tournament, Taipei, Twain, serving as a certified athletic trainer of Sportsmedicine.

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Betty Durso

School Programs Trainer

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.

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Linda Fisher

School Programs Trainer

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.

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Dakota Hoyt

School Programs Trainer

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. Currently she is a trainer with No Bully (www.nobully.org) and the Gurian Institute – Understanding the Minds of Boys and Girls. (www.gurianinstitute.com). 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 co-authored From Boys to Men: All about Adolescence and You and Understanding Guys: A Guide for Teenage Girls with Michael Gurian. She lives Larkspur, CO just south of Denver.

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David Reid

School Programs Trainer

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.

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Janet Schmidt

School Programs Trainer

Janet Schmidt 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

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Melissa Schulz

School Programs Trainer

Melissa Schulz 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.

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Kate Sullivan

School Programs Trainer

Kate Sullivan 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.

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Ann Vitale

School Programs Trainer

Ann Vitale 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.

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