Certified Trainers

  • Troy Kemp

    TENNESSEE Troy Kemp is a native of Riverhead, NY. He grew up as one of six children in a single parent, migrant working household. …

  • Dakota Hoyt

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO Gurian InstituteExecutive Director Emeritus and Master TrainerColorado Springs, Colorado Dakota Hoyt has been in education for 30 years as a teacher, …

  • Shawn Hardnett

    WASHINGTON, D.C. Above all, Shawn Hardnett is a teacher.  A product of the community that he serves, he knows their challenges well.  Of the …

  • Dr. Lisa Basista

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Dr. Lisa Basista is a lifelong California educator with over 29 years in the K-12 classroom. She has served as an …

  • Dr. Glynetta DeShon Fletcher

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Dr. Glynetta DeShon Fletcher has 16 years of experience in education from the middle school level to the university level. She …

  • Robert Kodama

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Mr Kodama has been a Certified Gurian Trainer since 2007 and is a member of the Boys Initiative Board of Advisors. …

  • Jim Weber

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS INDIANA Jim Weber was born in Chicago, Illinois.  He received his B.A. Degree in English and Education from Augustana College in Rock …

  • Katey McPherson

    She has presented at major conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Malaysia and Jamaica. Katey currently serves as a Cadre Supervisor …

  • Theresa Moore

    SAN ANTONIO,TEXAS ​Theresa Moore has been a psychotherapist in the San Antonio community for over 35 years. She divides her time between her private practice, Worth …

  • Tim Coble

    QATAR  (September – June) FRANCE  (July – August) Dr. Timothy Coble is a veteran educator and an internationally recognized expert on learning differences between …

  • Kimo Steenaart

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Kimo Steenaart – 1967, has been a high school English teacher since 1996 and got her second degree in Pedagogy in 2005. …

  • Bonnie Kowaliuk

    ALBERTA, CANADA Bonnie Kowaluk is a creative educational consultant/facilitator employing a holistic, integrative approach in helping individuals, family systems, athletic and organizational teams to …

  • Peggy Daniels

    ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA For most of the last thirty-eight years, Peggy Daniels has been a classroom teacher and school administrator.  She has a Master’s …

  • Bill Kane

    WEST MILFORD TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY ​ Bill Kane has been a teacher and school administrator for 17 years. He spent the last seven years …

  • Vermelle Greene, PhD

    MARBURY, MARYLAND   Vermelle Greene has been an educator for more than 44 years as a teacher and administrator at the grade school, college …

  • Gary Ross

    GEORGIA Gary Ross has over 40 years of experience as an educator, serving as a special education teacher (K-12), as an elementary and middle school teacher (public and private), which included three …

  • Lynn Ritvo

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA Lynn R.L. Ritvo’s career in education includes 15 years in the classroom and 14+ years as a school principal in New Hampshire …

  • Adie Goldberg

    Adie Goldberg, M.Ed., DSW, is a board certified social worker who has worked in many clinical and university settings for more than thirty years, …

  • Eva Dwight

    Eva Dwight earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. After teaching language arts for 12 years, she earned her …

  • BJ Crane

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA Benny “BJ” Crane is a dynamic and enthusiastic leader of students, parents, colleagues, and future educators alike.  In his 12 years of …

  • Tracé Copeland

    COLUMBUS, GEORGIA Tracé Copeland is currently the Brookstone School Intermediate Division Head.  Prior to this role, she taught Middle and Upper School as well …

  • Carla Sparks

    TAMPA, FLORIDA Carla Sparks serves Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida as the Supervisor of Single Gender Programs. She is also working with …

  • Michelle Roza

    MIAMI, FLORIDA Michelle Roza is a Certified Corporate Trainer, Certified Professional Coach and Seminar Leader.  She has over 20 years of experience designing, developing, …

  • Arnie Roza

    MIAMI, FLORIDA Arnaldo “Arnie” Roza is a Certified Professional and Relationship Coach and Corporate Leadership Trainer with over 6 years of experience designing, developing, …

  • Amy Morales

    JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA Amy Tibbals Morales is a career educator who has a passion for teaching and life.  She has extensive classroom experience and …

  • Beth Black

    SOUTH CAROLINA Life is an amazing journey!  I always thought I would be a teacher and went to college to study elementary education.  But, …

  • Angela Brown

    FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA Angela Brown is the Principal of Dillard Elementary School, located in Northwest Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Angela’s professional experience ranges from counseling, …

  • Don Nelson

    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Born September 10th, 1960, in San Antonio, Texas. Attended Winston Churchill High School here in San Antonio and graduated in 1979. …

  • Patrick Atkerson

    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS When teachers and parents become frustrated with children it is often due to a lack of understanding.   By combining qualitative and …

  • Lakeva Barnes, Ed.S.

    MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE Lakeva Barnes is an educator who specializes in K-8 literacy. Over her 12 year career, she has taught 7th & 8th grade …

  • Barbara Fiaccone

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA People often ask me where I am from, and I struggle with that question.  I am technically from “nowhere” since my …

  • Constance Walker

    CLEVELAND, OHIO Constance Walker is the driving force behind the innovative Boys’ Project of Starting Point in Cleveland, Ohio, which inspired the book Wired to Move: …

  • Frank DiLallo

    TOLEDO, OHIO Frank A. DiLallo holds a B.A. in Sociology, a Master’s in Education and has completed post-graduate doctoral coursework in Clinical Psychology. Frank …

  • Gloria Sherman

    LAPEER, MICHIGAN Gloria’s passion is to equip parents, educators and service providers with tools to assist them with what she believe is their most …

  • Karen Boyk

    MICHIGAN Karen is an educator, speaker, and motivator in the field of education. She has over 40 years of experience, mostly in the classroom, …

  • Shericka Smith

    KENTUCKY ​ Shericka Smith was born and raised in Lexington, KY and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Transylvania University with a …

  • Miranda Scully

    FAYETTE COUNTY, KENTUCKY Miranda Scully is the District Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement with Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS).  She joined FCPS after …

  • Leon Buford-Kelly

    LEXINGTON, KY I attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY were I received my bachelor’s degree in Education. After graduation, I moved to …

  • Erica Beatty

    LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY Erica Beatty is a Student/Family Transitional Support and Dropout Prevention Specialist for Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS). She has been employed with …

  • Christian Adair

    LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY   Christian Adair has over 20 years of experience as a Special Education Teacher, Coach, and Mentor. Currently, he leads the Educating …

  • Tom Schutte

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON ​ Tom Schutte is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and is a proud graduate of Creighton Prep High School, a Jesuit all-boys institution.  …

  • Frank Lazarek

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON ​ Frank Lazarek attended St. Patrick High School in Vallejo, California, an all-boys school. He earned his BA in English at the …

  • Jolene Boyle

    EATTLE, WASHINGTON ​ Jolene Boyle is a licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in adult, adolescent and parenting/teens counseling, and maintains a private practice in …

  • Janet Allison

    PORTLAND, OREGON Janet Allison is a teacher, speaker, and author. She graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Maine. She …

  • Richard Jack III

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA Richard Jack III is a school counselor with five years of experience. He is originally from Bayonne, New Jersey and relocated …

  • Kathy Bentley

    KANEOHE, HAWAII ​ Kathy Bentley is a nationally recognized Parent Educator and the owner of Kathy’s Parenting Solutions. She has her Bachelor’s degree in …

  • Noelle Roni

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO ​Noelle Roni is a Gurian Institute Certified Trainer. It is her goal to use the latest information on brain research …

  • Troy Rivera

    GREELY, COLORADO Troy Rivera is a Reading Instructor at University Schools in Greeley, Colorado. He has a Master’s of Science degree in Reading and …

  • Mittie Pedraza

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO ​ Mittie Pedraza is a parent and a grandparent.  She believes when all is well with the children, then all is …

  • Manuel Pedraza

    FORT CARSON, COLORADO Manuel Pedraza is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education. He is presently …

  • Betsy Hoke

    EVERGREEN, COLORADO Betsy Hoke is a Master Trainer for the Gurian Institute and an Education Consultant working with private, public and charter schools across …

  • Michael Girodo, M.Ed.

    BOULDER, COLORADO Michael has a BA Psychology and a MA Education, from Naropa University. He is currently head of school at Mountain Village Montessori Charter School in …

  • Kathy DeNiro, PhD

    PUEBLO, COLORADO ​Dr. DeNiro is a native Coloradoan and currently serves as the Vice President of Pueblo City Schools Board of Education in Pueblo, …

  • Kristi Dahl

    BOULDER, COLORADO ​Kristi Dahl is an experiential learning specialist with a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Curriculum Design with a special focus …

  • Paige Bray

    CONNECTICUT Paige M. Bray, EdD is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood at the University of Hartford. She is a teacher educator with primary …

  • Ethan Segovia

    SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA ​ Mr. Ethan Segovia is the Dean of Academics at the Army and Navy Academy in San Diego, California. He also …

  • Stephen Parmelee

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Steve Parmelee has taught at all levels of education.  Growing up in Ohio, attending college in Florida, obtaining his Master’s Degree …

  • Lisa Macias-Flavin

    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA CALIFORNIA In 2005, Lisa Flavin didn’t know how to get her then pre-school-aged son to stop karate kicking his friends.  Someone …

  • Deborah Beck Engilman

    STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA ​Debra has been working with children for over 33 years. She has been a classroom teacher for every grade level, pre-school …

  • Amy Coe

    CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA ​ Ms. Amy Coe is the Assistant Dean of Academics at Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California. Ms. Coe taught Chemistry …

  • Travis Webb

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA -Gurian Certified Trainer.  Travis provides workshops of brain science as it relates to helping boys and girls develop healthy attachment and atunement …

  • Frank Griffitts

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA Frank provides a unique perspective as a Gurian certified trainer, combining his background as an internet crimes police detective, a school resource …

  • Adam Lee Brooks

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA Adam Lee Brooks is a former High School Facilitator of Exceptional Student Services (special education) turned College Professor and Motivational Speaker. Adam has …

Complete list of Certified Trainers

Western States

Lisa Bravo
Adam Brooks
Eva Dwight
Frank Griffitts
Cindy Hans
Richard Hartmann
Rande Hoggard
Michelle Hufford
Maureen Kappler
Trish Lucas
Katey McPherson
Jannelle M Radoccia
Beth Rogers
Maria Pohlman-Talamante
Travis Webb
Kimber Wright

Dr. Lisa Basista
Marcia Chin
​Amy Coe
Dr. Robin Cowen
Deborah Beck Engilman
Glynetta Fletcher
Susan Jentzsch
Robert Kodama
Lisa Macias-Flavin
Stephen Parmelee
Ethan Segovia
Colonel Wayne Ward

Dr. Paige Bray
Kristi Dahl
Kathy DeNiro
Michael Girodo
Betsy Hoke
Dakota Hoyt
Manuel Pedraza
Mittie Pedraza
Troy Rivera
Noelle Roni

Kathy Bentley

Richard Jack
Trina Moore

Janet Allison
Deborah Nattress

Jolene Boyle
Rictor Craig
Rosemarie Engman
Adie Goldberg
Frank Lazarek
Tom Schutte

Central States

James Weber

James Weber

Christian Adair
Erica Beatty
​Jennifer Bell
Leon Buford-Kelly
Joshua Collins
Kari Kirchner
Charliese Lewis
Carrie Mulert
Quincy Murdock
Miranda Scully
Shericka Smith

Karen Boyk
Kirk Effinger
Stacey Rivard
Gloria Sherman

Ally Bowen
Frank DiLallo
Megan Hujik
Constance Walker

Barbara Fiaccone

LaKeva Barnes
Sam Currin
Thankful Davis
Tommy Hobbs
Troy Kemp
David Leavitt
Ryne Linsey
LaShaondra Rivers

Patrick Ackerson
Don Anderson
​Edward Bradford
Tim Cassler
Lillia Hernandez
​Jose Maldonado
Theresa Moore
​Don Nelson
Alex Rivard
Parker Ruby
Shaunta Singer
Velma Uriegas
​Eddie Ybarra

Eastern States

Paige Bray

Angela Brown
Beth Black
Gary Bryan
Deborah Cardoso
Melissa Dingle
Debra Downey
Cassandra Griggs-Frierson
​Sheryl Gaston
​Cassandra Griggs
Beverly Humbert
Philip Levering
Catherine Lucas
Pam Martin
David Martin II
Shavonda Mitchum
Amy Morales
Paula Noe
Casey O’Brien
Arnie and Michelle Roza
Angela Scott
​Eric Scott
Keisha Scriven
Amanda Sheets
Yvonne Sherba
Carla Sparks
Maria Ta’Bon
Ellen Truskowski
​Kathy Wassermann
Stacy Wrenn
Karen Yankovich

Trace’ Copeland
BJ Crane
Thomas Jones
Tom Moak
Joseph Moody
​Ismael Perez
Lynn Ritvo
Gary Ross

Vermelle Greenea
Cera Rebello
New Jersey
Bill Kane

North Carolina
Peggy Daniels

Kira Shadegg

South Carolina
Beth Black
Ally Bowen

Shawn Hardnett

Washington D.C.
Rictor Craig
Shawn Hardnett
Joseph Speight



Bonnie Kowaliuk


Timothy Coble (July & August)


Timothy Coble (July & August)


Ismael Perez


Kimo Steenaart


Andre Hill
Marguerita Hall
Henry Kadian
​Melody Williams

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