Richard Cardillo is the Education Director of the NSCC. Rich has over two decades of experience as a classroom teacher, rural community organizer, public spokesperson, founder and administrator for social emotional learning/character education programs, senior member of community-based organizations, fundraiser, college teacher in Perú and developer of community service learning programs. He is a native of New York, fluent in both Spanish and American Sign Language, and brings an entrepreneurial spirit and vision to his work. He is the past New York Regional Director of Peace Games, Director of Client Services at God’s Love We Deliver in New York and has been a classroom teacher in elementary, middle and high school. Richard received his Masters Degree from Columbia University.
Rita Johnson, Psy.D. is an Associate Professor teaching undergraduate and graduate psychology courses full time at Cheyney University, in Pennsylvania. Dr. Johnson is a Senior Trainer with CMI providing expertise in human relations and diversity training with students and staff. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and a Masters and Doctorate in Psychology from Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). Dr Johnson has traveled throughout the U.S. training individuals to assist at risk students using the Bry Behavior Modification and Reinforcement Mentoring Program.
Dr. Stan Davis, Ph.D., has worked as a social worker and school counselor since the late 1960s. Since the mid-1990s he has put his energies toward helping schools prevent bullying. Dr. Davis has trained schools all over the United States. His work has been featured in national newspaper and radio articles and on a special 20/20 report on bullying with John Stossel. Dr. Davis is the author of Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies to Reduce Bullying (2nd edition: Research Press, 2007) and Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention (Research Press, 2007). He is currently co-researcher with Dr. Charisse Nixon in the Youth Voice Project, bringing the experiences of more than 13,000 teens into our discussion about bullying prevention.
Judith Springer, Psy.D., Program Director and Senior Trainer for CMI, is a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist with several decades of experience working in and with schools, colleges and universities and other organizations. Dr. Springer’s areas of expertise include diversity education, peer leadership and peer mediation training, bullying prevention and youth suicide prevention. Most recently, Dr. Springer has co-authored a book with Maureen Underwood, LCSW on youth suicide prevention and intervention, to be published by Hazeldon in 2011.
Jo Ann Freiberg, Ph. D. is an Educational Consultant with the Connecticut State Department of Education working with the Bureau of Accountability and Improvement. She manages the wide arena of Bullying, Improving School Climate and Character Education. She has worked as a classroom teacher and as a teacher educator, and has held faculty appointments at a number of universities, including Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Hartford and the University of Connecticut. Jo Ann holds a Ph.D. in philosophy of education from Ohio State University, and her areas of academic teaching and research include moral and character education, educational studies, professional ethics and multicultural education.
Dr. Michael Fowlin, better known as Mykee, is no stranger to the stage. He has been formally acting since age 11, but started creating voices (via prank calling) at age 9. In addition to his talents on stage, he has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Evangel University, in Springfield, Missouri, and in the fall of 2001, he attained a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. Oddly enough, he suffers from delusions of grandeur, for, while performing, he is convinced that every audience member is his patient.