Staff and Trainers

Nicholas Carlisle is the Founder and CEO of No Bully. Having experienced firsthand the reality of school bullying when he was a teenager at school in London, Nicholas is committed to creating schools that lives by values of respect and compassion. He graduated from Oxford University, practiced as a barrister in the High Court in London and served as chairman of the non-profit section of Amnesty International in Britain. He practiced in California as a child and family psychotherapist and researched with Professor Eric Rofes the effects of school bullying, published in 2007 in the Journal of Traumatology.  Nicholas gave a TEDx talk on bullying in 2015, was recognized by Toms as a Game Changer and is a seasoned conference speaker, expert witness and commentator on school bullying for television and radio stations across the world. To see Nicholas's keynote presentations, click here and for media coverage click here.

Dr. Kathleen (Kathy) DeNiro is a No Bully Trainer and native Coloradoan.  She received her PhD in 1998 from the University of Denver.  She holds current Colorado Administrative, Superintendent and teaching certificates as well as a past Colorado Practical Nurse License and National Athletic Trainers Association certification. She served in central administration, school administration, teaching and staff positions. Past experience also includes hospital administrative/clinic staff positions in Sportsmedicine. Her honors include selection as the 2003-2004 Colorado Middle School Principal of the Year from the National Association Secondary School Principals, Pueblo YWCA Ann Tausig Woman of the Year Award, 2005 Primo Award of Excellence-Middle School Educator of the Year, 2007-2008 Primo Award-Service to the Community, Outstanding Women Award 2012 Pueblo Library District. Also a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sportsfestival, 1978, 1979 and United States Olympic Committee World Hemisphere Tournament, Taipei, Twain, 1981, serving as a certified athletic trainer of Sportsmedicine.  Dr. DeNiro is past president of the Pueblo City Schools Board of Education, serving two consecutive terms.  She is a past member of the Colorado Association of Secondary Principals (CASSP), Board of Directors, Region 6, National Association Secondary School Principals, Urban Schools Committee Region 5, and Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors.

As a No Bully trainer, Betty Durso’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.

Linda Fisher is a No Bully 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.  

Nathan Gauer, our Program Manager, was born in Washington DC.  He has lived in Argentina, Paraguay, and Turkey, and brings more than 15 years of experience working with youth inside and outside of schools in the US and internationally. After graduating from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he worked as the national director of youth programs for a large non-profit headquartered in Los Angeles. His first book, Songs to Make the Desert Bear Fruit, was published in 2014, and his writing on humanism, global citizenship, non-violence, and intercultural dialogue has since appeared in a variety of publications, including Tin House, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Huffington Post, and Futuristika, among others. 

Kathy Grey is No Bully Lead Trainer and Director of Training. She has been a community advocate in Marin County for more than fifteen years, working with educators, parents, and children from kindergarten through high school. She has served on many educational boards and committees, has been a dedicated member and leader of her local PTA, and continues to volunteer with schools and non-profits. She is passionate 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. Prior to her work in education, Kathy was an arbitrator working in conflict resolution, resolving internal grievances for a major US airline.

Michaela Hogan is Administrative Assistant at No Bully. She has a BA in Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Humboldt State University. She is interested in how larger systems of oppressions create interpersonal forms of bullying and harassment. She spends most of her weekends playing Ultimate Frisbee and exploring the outdoors. Michaela believes that the No Bully Solution, which is centered around empathy, is fundamental to ending bullying.

Dakota Hoyt is a No Bully trainer.  She 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. Dakota has been associated with the Gurian Institute – Learning through a Gender Lens,, since 2004 as a Master Trainer, the Executive Director (2012-2015) and Executive Director Emeritus (2016). 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 also co-authored From Boys to Men: All about Adolescence and You and Understanding Guys: A Guide for Teenage Girls with Michael Gurian. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Naeha Lakshmanan is the Development Assistant to No Bully.  A recent graduate of UCLA, Naeha has spent much of her college career working with various non-profits. Working with GlobeMed, a national nonprofit organization, she found her passion for social justice through equal access to healthcare. She plans on going into medical school and working with nonprofits in global health to provide rural communities with the resources necessary for adequate healthcare. She was drawn in to No Bully by its unique method to handling a prevalent issue that is often ignored.


Sarah Mello is one of our East Coast No Bully trainers.  Sarah is a nationally recognized trainer and educator in the fields of youth development and human services.  She has been designing and publishing workshops and curricula and providing training and consultation to education and human service programs since 1999. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Human Development/Education Leadership from Pacific Oaks College; a Master’s certificate in Organizational Development from the Fielding Graduate Institute; and will complete a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in June of 2014.

Elizabeth Power M.Ed. is a No Bully Trainer. A subject matter expert in all things related to Trauma-Informed Care, she is published in multiple disciplines including medicine, non-profit and business, has appeared nationally on NBC, NPR and ABC (and many more), and has been cited as an expert in multiple media outlets. She is a frequent international conference presenter in the fields of education, mental health, and blogs on PsychCentral. She also teaches Classroom Management skills that help educators have more time to actually teach. Her book, How to Get Happier (and why you should try), is considered funny, helpful, and right on the money. Elizabeth is active in Division 56, Trauma, of the American Psychological Association and the Academy on Violence and Abuse. Elizabeth became part of No Bully because it is an evidence based intervention that increases outcomes for students and teachers.  Elizabeth is a fifth generation educator from Appalachia living in Nashville TN.

Rosemary Rein is our Vice-President of Education.  Rosemary brings with her a background in capacity building, development and learning with global non-profits including as Director of Learning for  the largest non-profit in the world, United Way Worldwide and Director for the Wikimedia Foundation, the governing organization for Wikipedia,  where she served as Director of Program Capacity and Learning.  Rosemary has also served as a Board Trustee and Vice Chair of the Creative Education Foundation and has worked with educators around the world in the U.S, Latin America, South Africa, India and the UAE to bring creative problem solving to K-12 classrooms.  A writer, speaker and facilitator on leadership and innovation, Rosemary is a recipient of South Africa's Beyonder Award for her contributions to creative education around the world. Rosemary resides with her husband, Barry in Napa Valley California.

Jessica Sato is a No Bully Trainer with over 15 years of leadership development and decision analysis facilitation experience at Fortune 500 and not-for-profit organizations. In that time, she designed, developed, and delivered countless leadership programs for managers and executives, with special emphasis on emotional intelligence, strategy development and communication, culture change, and collaboration. In 2006, Jessica completed her Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Social Science, with extensive academic training in educational psychology, behavior management, psychology of early adolescence and the exceptional child, intercultural communications, and multiculturalism, with an emphasis on refugees. As the parent of two elementary-age children, she has spent the last five years volunteering in classrooms, tutoring and supporting elementary children with improved literacy and mathematics, and serving as a PTO volunteer. She believes strongly in the importance and impact of social and emotional literacy and that all children deserve the opportunity to learn and be successful in a safe, caring, and supportive environment. 

Tamsin Smith is working with No Bully to Direct the Global Cyberbullying Campaign.  From 2006-2009, Tamsin served as founding president of (RED), working with partners Bono and Bobby Shriver, to launch a revolution in creative capitalism by empowering iconic brands and regular consumers to make a profound difference in the lives of women and children in Africa. (RED) has raised over $340 million and impacted the lives of over 60 million people.  Recent roles have included: head of brand and partnerships for Yerdle, president of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, and senior advisor to the United Nations Foundation. Tamsin is a published poet and blogs for the Huffington Post.  She holds an MA from Tufts University and a BA from Kenyon College, where she graduated summa cum laude with highest honors in English Literature. She is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Erik Stangvik is No Bully's Vice-President of Strategy and Development.  As a social entrepreneur, Erik brings 25 years of experience leading private businesses, raising capital and securing funding for non-profits. Erik owned and operated The Body Shop franchises in Northern California and worked with Anita Roddick for 10 years developing sustainable economic projects around the world. He was co-founder and CEO of Zoup-ah!, a filmed entertainment and lifestyle brand company creating culinary adventures for children. Mr. Stangvik was Director of Development for the Nordic Museum, driving a 65 million capital campaign, and most recently founding Executive Vice President of The Heroic Imagination Project with Dr. Philip Zimbardo.  He has served on a variety of boards including Hands That Shape Humanity, The Body Shop, Poncho and Until There’s A Cure Foundation.  Erik currently resides in Woodside, California with his two daughters, Olivia and Allegra.

Kate Sullivan, a No Bully trainer, recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City where she coached principals and teachers on effective behavior managements systems in at risk New York City and New Jersey public school districts. 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. In addition to her nonprofit work Kate is also a former head of the English department at Saint Joseph High School in Brooklyn, New York.  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.

Clint Wilkins joined No Bully's team of trainers after a long and distinguished career in education.  Early on he was a teacher, coach, dean, counselor, upper school principal and assistant headmaster at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC.  After serving as chief executive officer of two outstanding independent schools on both coasts, he became the founding head at Sage Hill School in Southern California, and later served as interim principal at a charter school in Oakland.   Clint has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University School of Education, an Associate with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford and Director of Education with the Heroic Imagination Project.  In addition to his work with No Bully, he has started a new initiative, enCourage, which develops social and emotional learning curricula for schools and non-profit organizations. Clint received his BA from Williams College in history, a masters from Harvard University in religion, and his secondary school teaching credentials at Princeton University. .