Panelists and Special Guests
Our Children Living with Trauma
Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight
A licensed family therapist, Dorothy is a proponent for the rights of children and families. She has a distinguished career in victim advocacy. Following the tragic murder of her son Khaaliq Jabbar Johnson in 2001 over a parking space dispute, Mrs. Johnson-Speight along with other grieving mothers founded the non-profit organization Mothers In Charge, Inc., (MIC). Based in Philadelphia, MIC is a grassroots organization whose mission is violence prevention through education.
Dr. Donna Lawrence Jones
Rev. Dr Donna L. Jones has been a restorative practitioner, trainer, author, and advocate for over two decades. Dr Jones serves as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia, a Church Foundation that resources nonprofits, grass-roots community leaders, and congregations involved in the education of persons living in low-wealth neighborhoods
Dr. H. Jean Wright II
Jean Wright II, PsyD, is a transformational, highly experienced and professionally trained Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in behavioral health and proven success in passionately leading people and managing projects and initiatives in government; private practice; academia, and as Adjunct Professor at Temple University. As a behavioral health consultant, facilitator and trainer, Dr. Wright utilizes his ground-breaking approach—The Wright Methodsm to solve problems that adversely impact individuals, organizations, and communities.
Aleida Silva-Garcia is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Temple University, a Master of Science (M.S.) in School Psychology, and an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology.
Ms. Silva Garcia is currently in an advanced practicum at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Drexel University’s School of Education Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Clinic, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This summer, Ms. Silva-Garcia will be working at The CBT Center for Anxiety & OCD practicing and be developing skills in the area of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Youth Courts: Trauma Informed Discipline for Schools and Justice Systems
Gregg Volz, ESQ
Gregory (Gregg) Volz is a public interest lawyer whose career has focused on legal and economic strategies to help disadvantaged populations. He currently serves as Director of Youth Courts and Instructor for Law & Justice at Harcum College.
Previously, Gregg worked in private law practice, dividing his time between corporate litigation and the development of youth courts in Chester, Pennsylvania. As a Stoneleigh Fellow from 2009-2013, Gregg worked to expand the Chester High School youth court and create mechanisms for its sustainability and replicability. Prior to his Fellowship, he served as Executive Director of Delaware County Legal Assistance, where he integrated the organization’s workforce, economic, and community development efforts and implemented various anti-poverty and youth engagement strategies.
Rob Reed, ESQ
Rob served as an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Washington D.C. (1982-1987) and in the (Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1989-2017). As a federal prosecutor, Rob investigated and prosecuted a wide range of cases and also served as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney. In the latter role, Rob was responsible for expanding the office’s vision of criminal justice to include violence prevention, prisoner reentry and community outreach, including working with underserved communities. In March 2017, Rob was appointed as an Executive Deputy Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and now oversees the Special Initiatives section. In 2020, Rob was selected to be a member of Governor Wolf’s initiative to create a Trauma-Informed Pennsylvania.
Sokeyra Francisco is a junior at Swarthmore College double majoring in History and Peace and Conflict Studies. Throughout her sophomore, junior, and senior year of high school she worked at the Harlem Youth Court, a peer-to-peer diversion program based in the juvenile justice system. HYC worked with the NYPD, family court, and even schools to receive cases of first time juvenile offenders. Respondents completed youth court programming, usually through restorative circles, and their records would be expunged. At Swarthmore she has worked with Gregg Volz alongside other Swarthmore student volunteers to implement youth courts throughout the Chester Upland school district. She has also helped Mr. Volz in developing manuals for use in school based youth courts. She developed the Volunteer Youth Court Manual and is currently working on a manual that outlines foundational youth court themes, specifically for use with younger students.
John Papiano is a Youth Court Specialist for the School District of Philadelphia. After creating youth courts as a teacher in the school district John has transitioned to a central office position where he created 23 youth courts in three years in both middle and high schools. By integrating technology, new training, and coaching techniques the district now plans to expand by ten schools a year for the next five years.
In addition to providing schools with an alternative to suspension, the youth court program in the Philadelphia School District strives to improve the overall school climate and attendance while providing students strategies to make better decisions in the future.
Captain Nasir Young- U.S. Army (Invited)
Creating Trauma Informed Education Systems
Dr. Christopher Barnes
Christopher Alexander Barnes is a native of Baltimore, MD. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Morgan State University and later received two master’s degrees and a doctorate in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Cheyney University. He is a strong advocate for improving teaching and institutional practices through assessment. His research interest center around effective pedagogy, teaching with technology, human judgment, and race-based stress.
Dr. Harrison Bailey III
Bailey is a native of Lakewood, N.J. He attended Lafayette College, where he played defensive end on the football team and participated in track and field. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology in 1995. Following a one-year career in arena football, Bailey enrolled at Lehigh University to pursue a master’s degree in education. He graduated from Lehigh in 1998 and began working as an emotional-support teacher at Freedom. While at Freedom, in 1999 and 2000, he earned a principal’s certificate from Lehigh. In January, Bailey began serving as Parkland’s acting principal. Last week, Parkland Principal Howard Lessel resigned after a prolonged medical leave. He had been with school district for 19 years, about three as principal.
Dr. Chris Pugliese
Dr. Christopher Pugliese practices servant leadership. He is a Level I Google Certified Educator, a Center for Supportive Relationships-Certified Relational Skills Coach and a member of the Trauma Informed Education Coalition. He also serves as a Director of Pupil Services. He completed his doctoral research on the influence of teacher-student relationships on teacher wellbeing and he is committed to implementing the findings to improve relationships and wellbeing in schools. Chris has presented at many state and national conferences. Since 2017, he has been a featured speaker in the Introduction to Teaching undergraduate course at Neumann University and he has contributed to articles published in ASCD Express and Pennsylvania Teacher Educator.
Kimberly is the Executive Director of Clinical Services, Children and Family Services at Merakey since Jun 2020.
In her role, she executes clinical best practices in the education, autism services, community-based, and behavioral health programs, including trauma-informed care initiatives, integrated care, dissemination of evidence-based practices, and clinical consultations/trainings
Kimberly oversees quality metrics, including fidelity measures and values-based payment metrics, divisional incident management, critical case reviews, and outcomes data.
Kizzy Morris, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at our nation’s first and oldest HBCU, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has over 24 years of progressive higher education experience. Throughout her career, Kizzy has been a member and officer of several professional organizations, often presenting at conferences on topics such as academic and enrollment management, mentorship, and teacher diversity. She serves on AACRAO’s Black Caucus Executive Council, is an active member of the PA HEAL Committee and the PA IHE Diversity Consortium along with her work on the advisory boards for PASSHE DEI and AACRAO Research.
Dr. Eran Magen
Eran Magen, Ph.D., teaches clinicians, educators, and parents how to form stronger, more supportive relationships in their professional and personal lives. Eran received his Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University and served as the research director for the department of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania.
Toward a Trauma Informed Pennsylvania: Current State Level Initiatives
Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn
Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn, Ed.D. is an educator, activist, and tireless advocate for justice and equity. In addition to a career in education and advocacy work, Dr. Duvall Flynn has served as the former president of the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference of Branches as well as the Media Area Unit NAACP Dr. Duvall Flynn. Currently Dr. Duvall-Flynn serves as a founder and Coalition Chair of the Trauma Informed Education Coalition. One of her most recent accomplishments was advocating for the “Trauma Informed PA Plan” and the “Trauma Informed Education Bill”. Dr. Duvall-Flynn will speak about the connection between trauma and racial justice including the impact of emotional and psychological trauma on individuals and communities as well as the powers of the brain to heal from trauma.
Michael Churchill, ESQ
Michael Churchill joined the Law Center in 1976 and served as either managing partner or co-director of the Center until 2006. Mr. Churchill currently serves as Of Counsel. His practice primarily focuses on education work and Mr. Churchill has also litigated many landmark civil rights cases.
Before starting at the Law Center Mr. Churchill worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and also practiced for 10 years at the law firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll. Mr. Churchill served as Acting General Counsel of the Philadelphia School District in 1984. He was a clerk for Chief Judge J. Edward Lumbard in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Dr. Dana Milakovic
Dr. Dana Milakovic serves as the Mental Health/Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)- Office for Safe Schools. Dr. Milakovic also serves as the Trauma lead for PDE and supports PA 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-sensitive schools, substance misuse disorders, and improving mental health services for children.
Rob Reed, ESQ
Rob served as an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Washington D.C. (1982-1987) and in the (Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1989-2017). As a federal prosecutor, Rob investigated and prosecuted a wide range of cases and also served as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney. In the latter role, Rob was responsible for expanding the office’s vision of criminal justice to include violence prevention, prisoner reentry and community outreach, including working with underserved communities. In March 2017, Rob was appointed as an Executive Deputy Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and now oversees the Special Initiatives section. In 2020, Rob was selected to be a member of Governor Wolf’s initiative to create a Trauma-Informed Pennsylvania. Rob has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Dr. Dan Jurman
Dan got his start working with at-risk youth in places like Camden, Newark and Atlantic City over 30 years ago. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Rowan University and Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from Lancaster Theological Seminary. His career has included working with people with intellectual disabilities, providing healthcare at rural and urban Federally Qualified Health Centers, and doing community organizing and anti-poverty work. In December 2019, Dan began serving as the first Executive Director of Governor Wolf’s new Office of Advocacy and Reform where his focus is to create better outcomes for all people whose circumstances have made them vulnerable. In addition to his volunteer roles in the community, Dan is also an adjunct professor/guest lecturer at the Penn State Hershey Department of Public Health Sciences and was an adjunct professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary where he co-taught a course on the intersection between Theology and Poverty.
Kizzy Morris, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at our nation’s first and oldest HBCU, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has over 24 years of progressive higher education experience. Kizzy’s student-centered philosophy is the driver for her work with academic affairs, enrollment management, student success pathways, employee and faculty professional development and trauma informed practices.
Throughout her career, Kizzy has been a member and officer of several professional organizations, often presenting at conferences on topics such as academic and enrollment management, mentorship, and teacher diversity. She serves on AACRAO’s Black Caucus Executive Council, is an active member of the PA HEAL Committee and the PA IHE Diversity Consortium along with her work on the advisory boards for PASSHE DEI and AACRAO Research.
Kizzy holds a Master’s degree in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University.