Keynote Speaker Dre Ceja

Director of Training and Education, LGBT Center, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Dre Ceja is a Chicano, queer, transgender and non-binary speaker, facilitator, consultant and trainer. They currently work as the director of training and education at the LGBT Center in Central Pennsylvania, continuing education instructor at Temple University Harrisburg Campus, and trainer at Transgender Training Institute. They are also a member of the Pennsylvania Transgender Coalition’s Training and Education Committee as well as the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ+ Affairs.

Dre is passionate about helping others create more inclusive spaces where everyone can thrive and feel belonging. Dre studied Sociology and Women and Gender Studies at the California University of Pennsylvania, and they graduated with a bachelor’s and associate degree from the university. In 2018, Dre also had the privilege of attending the Training of Trainers program through the Transgender Training Institute, where they were introduced to best practice inclusion training and facilitation strategies.

Training and Organizational Development Associate, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Stephanie Colvin-Roy, training and organizational development associate for the Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning at the Center for Schools and Communities has spent more than 17 years providing professional learning in prevention education and youth development. Stephanie provides professional development, consultation and technical assistance to schools and youth-serving agencies with a focus on social emotional learning. She is the lead international trainer and manages the I Can Problem Solve and Raising a Thinking Child programs.

Bullying Prevention Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office for Safe Schools, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Mary Dolan currently serves as the bullying prevention consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Office for Safe Schools. She comes to this position with experience as a state-level Safe Schools coordinator and public school counselor. She authored the Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Support Plan and coordinates the Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Partnership. She assisted with the creation and implementation of the Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Consultation Line and provides support to parents and schools with unresolved bullying situations. Mary has written and contributed to the creation of bullying prevention tools and resources designed for parents, students and educators. She is currently the project coordinator for the newly launched PDE, Office for Safe Schools Intermediate Unit Bullying Prevention Professional Development initiative.

Injury Prevention Coordinator, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania

Deb Erdman is the injury prevention coordinator for adult trauma at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. Deb has been a critical care nurse for more than 36 years and has worked for the Trauma Program over 20, the last six years full-time in injury prevention.

Currently, she is the co-chair of the Injury Prevention Committee for Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation and American Trauma Society. She is a board member for the American Trauma Society Pennsylvania Division, as well as serving in injury prevention special interest groups for American Trauma Society, Safe States Alliance, and Society of Trauma Nursing.

Deb is also an instructor for the Advanced Trauma Care for Nursing, course director and instructor for Trauma Nursing Core Course and coordinator for Advanced Trauma Life Support. She has been adjunct faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology for the last eight years as a clinical instructor for critical care.

Safe Schools Coordinator, Center for Safe Schools, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Leah Harry Galkowski is a Safe Schools Coordinator at Center for Safe Schools at the Center for Schools and Communities where she has worked since 1999. Galkowski is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer and works directly with Pennsylvania Schools in planning and implementing the research-based Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as well as conducting presentations on incorporating bullying prevention across curriculums. She is also an Olweus Technical Assistance Consultant. In this capacity, she assists new trainers in implementing the program in schools and completing their certification. She has worked with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program since 2001. In her capacity at Center for Safe Schools, Galkowski is also a certified trainer in the Safe Dates Curriculum, a research-based Teen Dating Prevention Curriculum as well as a trainer for the I Can Problem Solve, Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum developed by Myrna B. Shure.

Previously, Galkowski was employed by the Department of Public Welfare at the Office of Children, Youth and Families as a Program Specialist. Prior to that, she held several positions within the York County Children and Youth Agency. She was an Intake Investigator, Emergency Services Supervisor and supervisor of a satellite office. With this experience, Galkowski has become an organizational trainer of Mandated Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse, utilizing the DHS-approved curriculum from the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance.

Galkowski is certified in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) 100.SCa and 700.a, ICS 200 and Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents, and Critical Incident Stress Management and Psychological First Aid. She is a Regional Coordinator with the School Climate Leadership Initiative in Pennsylvania. This initiative supports schools through a comprehensive school climate improvement process.

Emergency Management Coordinator, Phoenixville Hospital, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Rafael Henin has been the emergency management coordinator at Phoenixville Hospital for more than two years. He is also the current fire chief at Valley Forge Fire. When not at his full-time jobs, Rafael can be found teaching at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.

Director of Prevention, Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Kristen Herman (she/her/hers) is the director of prevention where she and her team are responsible for all things intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention. Kristen is also responsible for leading a statewide leadership team of Pennsylvania stakeholders to draft and implement a five-year plan toward the prevention of IPV. Prior to her work with the Coalition, Kristen was the project coordinator of a local IPV prevention program in Delaware, where she focused on the prevention of teen dating violence, working with both middle- and high-school-aged youth. With more than eight years in the field, Kristen considers herself a “born and bred” preventionist and believes true prevention is about developing equitable, safe and healthy communities. Kristen holds her master’s degree in public health from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from the University of Delaware.

Systems Change Specialist, The Pennsylvania State University EPIS, East Brady, Pennsylvania

Jeff is a system change specialist at EPIS at The Pennsylvania State University. In this role, he helps guide communities through the Communities That Care (CTC) process. He also provides direct technical assistance and training to CTC sites across Pennsylvania. Jeff facilitates and trains on the Social Development Strategy (SDS) model to help participants develop a deeper understanding of this concept and create firm next steps in infusing SDS into their communities.

Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in computer information systems from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He also has a master’s degree in leadership and business ethics from Duquesne University.

Trauma Program Integration Specialist, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania

Girard Jenkins (Jerry) is an adult trauma program integration specialist, performance improvement coordinator, trauma program EMS outreach liaison at the Level 1 Adult Trauma Program at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. He has been a registered nurse for 27 years, working in an emergency room for 23.5 years; prehospital provider, fire and rescue for 32 years. Jerry acquired a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree in nursing education. He is a Stop the Bleed instructor, Prehospital Trauma Life Support Instructor, and Trauma Nursing Core Course instructor.

Statewide Advisor for Trauma-Informed Practices (K-12), Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Dr. Dana Milakovic serves as the mental wellness and trauma specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Dr. Milakovic also supports Pennsylvania in moving forward as a trauma-informed state by participating on the leadership team for HEAL PA, as well as serving as the co-chair of the educational committee for HEAL PA. Dr. Milakovic is a mental health and trauma specialist with experience in school mental health, community mental health, pediatric neuropsychology, school administration, and school psychology. In her current role, she is focused on strengthening schools by applying neuropsychological research to mental health integration in schools, trauma-informed schools, school climate, substance use disorders, and improving mental health services for children across Pennsylvania. Prior to her work at PDE, Dr. Milakovic spent more than 15 years working on behalf of children with special needs as a community mental health evaluator, school psychologist, and administrator.

Consultant, Center for Safe Schools, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Tom Ryan is employed as the director of safety and student attendance with a large South Central Pennsylvania school district. His current assignment is as a school administrator, emergency manager, district school safety and security coordinator as well as the Safe2Say coordinator. He is a state-certified School Safety and Security Assessment (SSSA) registered provider with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. He contracts with Center for Safe Schools to complete safety and security assessments throughout the state. Prior to this, Tom spent 20+ years as a police officer with the Harrisburg Bureau of Police, where he served on the Dauphin County Crisis Response Team and other counter-terrorism task forces.

Owner and Founder, Command Excellence LLC, ACTION™ Training, McDonald, Pennsylvania

John formulated and instructed the crisis incident command/management and active shooter training programs for more than 1,200 police officers, over 7,000 educators in K-12 schools and universities, over 200 commercial workplace settings and houses of worship. Pennsylvania’s Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission has approved his training programs.

John was the exclusive Subject Matter Expert (SME) for American Public University Systems for his active shooter programs. He is a consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Center for Safe Schools and a registered provider with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

John’s accomplishments also include the prior training of police officers who responded to the LA Fitness mass shooting and the Franklin Regional High School mass stabbing incidents. John is a retired police officer with more than 40 years of service, including 25 years of tactical command level experience.

School Services Coordinator and Child Grief Specialist, Highmark Caring Place, Lemoyne, Pennsylvania

Laurie Scherer, school services coordinator/child grief specialist, Highmark Caring Place, Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. Since 2018, Laurie Scherer has been working at the Highmark Caring Place, Lemoyne, as the school services coordinator after volunteering in several Caring Place roles for more than five years. She has earned a master’s degree in education with K-12 School Counseling Certification in Pennsylvania from Bucknell University along with a bachelor’s degree in psychology/sociology from Lycoming College. She most recently obtained a Supervisory Certificate in School Counseling from Millersville University. Laurie has worked as a secondary school counselor since 2005 and has coached basketball as well as track and field at various levels.

Prevention Specialist, Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Aishwarya Sinha is the prevention specialist at Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence. Having joined the Coalition in 2018, the intersection of the wage gap with various factors like race, education and industry has been her area of expertise. As a prevention specialist, she has been responsible for but not limited to, community outreach, local program prevention, and report writing. She is also currently a doctoral student at The Pennsylvania State University.

Director, Phoenixville Office of Emergency Management, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Karin Williams is the current director and previous deputy director of Phoenixville Office of Emergency Management for more than 10 years. Prior to this position, Karin spent three years at the Phoenixville Area School District in public relations. Karin is also an award-winning journalist while with Journal Register Company. When not learning more about emergency management, Karin volunteers her time as an EMT.

Training Director, National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), Birmingham, Alabama

NASRO Training Director, Kerri Williamson, holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Jacksonville State University and a master’s degree in education. She has more than 18 years of experience as a facilitator of school safety-related training for school resource officers, educators, adolescents, and members of the community across the United States and in Ukraine. Kerri plans and coordinates all training aspects for NASRO’s annual conference and oversees the development of all NASRO course curricula. Kerri is an active NASRO course instructor. She also has five years of teaching experience at the middle school level. Kerri has served on working committees for numerous school safety projects and is currently involved with curricula development for projects funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Community Policing Services.

Director of Agency Relations and Distribution, Chester County Food Bank, Exton, Pennsylvania

In her current role, Janet is focused on strengthening the food security system by cultivating and maintaining partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders focusing on equity, social impact and sustainability. This builds on her previous work and volunteer experience developing and implementing solutions to address disaster-related planning considerations at the individual, community and system-level, recognizing that pre-disaster community functioning is indicative of post-disaster recovery and the need for a bridge between researchers and practitioners.