Board of Directors

The people behind IBPA

Executive Board

Dr. Patti Agatston, President

agatstonDr. Patricia Agatston is co-author of the book,Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age, with Robin Kowalski, Ph.D., and Susan Limber, Ph.D., and has co-authored a chapter for the book, Expert Perspectives in Cyberbullying. She is also co-author of the Cyber Bullying Curriculum for Grades 6 – 12, and the Cyber Bullying Prevention Curriculum for Grades 3 – 5. 

Dr. Agatston is a certified trainer and technical assistance consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and a Licensed Trainer in Restorative Practices.

She has been quoted in articles on cyber bullying in The Washington Post, CNET news, Time magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor. She has appeared on CNN as well as other local and national radio and television programs to discuss cyber bullying and other youth online risky behavior.

She was a participant in the CDC’s Expert Panel on Electronic Media and Youth Violence, and the CDC’s Expert Panel on Youth Involvement in Bullying and Suicide-Related Behaviors.

She has presented nationally and internationally on bullying, cyber bullying, and digital citizenship

Joe Bruzzese, President Elect

Joe BruzzeseAfter a tenured career as a middle grades teacher, Joe left the classroom to pursue an MA in Educational Technology from Azusa Pacific University.

Joe was a professor in the Teacher Education Program at the University of California Santa Barbara from 2004-2010, and currently holds professorships at both Azusa Pacific University and Westmont College in their education departments.

His work as a highly acclaimed speaker and respected authority in the fields of education and parent guidance led to Random House selecting and publishing his book, A Parents’ Guide to the Middle School Years, in 2009.

In 2010, Joe founded and developed the company’s online reporting system as a secure and confidential way for students and schools to report and respond to bullying incidents. Sprigeo connects students, schools and community organizations in an ongoing effort to support a positive youth culture.

Joe brings together domain-area knowledge and a solid foundation of relationships with key influencers among school districts nationwide and in state-level education offices and legal entities.

Mike Donlin, Treasurer

Mike Donlin - Submit ShotMike Donlin is currently the Program Supervisor for the School Safety Center of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia, WA.

He has taught at all levels and in different locations around the country and the world. He was with the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) for 30 years as a classroom teacher and program administrator, overseeing a variety of programs from ELL to technology, community technology, and bullying and harassment prevention and intervention. He oversaw the development of the widely recognized SPS Middle School Cyberbullying Curriculum and wrote a series of cyberbullying lessons for the Committee for Children’s Steps to Respect program. Mike is also one of the “experts” in the 2011 Patching & Hinduja book, Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives.

Mike was the 2008 recipient of the Spirit of Online Safety Leadership Award from Qwest Communications and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and was named one of Seattle’s Most Influential Consultants in 2010 by Seattle Magazine. Mike also presents regularly in local, regional, national and international settings.

Mike received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Scranton (PA), and a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

He is married and has three adult children.

Beth Yohe, Secretary

beth yoheBeth Yohe is the Associate Director of the Training and Curriculum Department of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Education Division. Beth directs the development of the anti-bias training and curricular materials for the ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, a leading provider of anti-bias education and social justice training.

In her role as Associate Director, she has written program models and resources on a variety of topic areas including cyberbullying and bullying prevention for educators and youth, with a focus on bias-based bullying and ally-building skills. Beth has more than 16 years of experience in anti-bias training, bullying prevention and social justice work.

She also serves as a board member for the Mapleton Education Foundation and UCCS Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion.

She has a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University.

Rodger Dinwiddie, Past President

Rodger-150x150Rodger Dinwiddie is the CEO of STARS Nashville, a not for profit program, serving eleven Middle Tennessee Counties with direct student services addressing substance abuse, violence and issues impacting students’ success in the classroom.

Rodger also serves as the Coordinator of the Tennessee Bullying Prevention Network and is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Trainer and Technical Assistance Consultant.

Board Members

Jenny Betz

Jenny BetzJenny Betz is the Director of Education and Youth Programs at GLSEN, where she oversees GLSEN’s programmatic efforts to engage, support and build the capacity of K-12 educators and students across the US to make schools safer and more respectful for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

She is responsible for key GLSEN programs, including No Name-Calling Week, Day of Silence, GLSEN’s National Student Council, Changing the Game and GLSEN’s Professional Development offerings for educators.

Before joining GLSEN in 2010, Jenny worked for the Anti-Defamation League, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Ally Action and the City of Alameda (CA), providing youth development and student leadership programs, anti-bias training, educational programming and community events designed to create bias-free environments for all.

Jenny sits on the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) Board of Directors and the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs (JCSHESA) Advisory Council.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from St. Mary’s College and her Master’s Degree in Gender/Cultural Studies from Simmons College.

Jacob U. Gordon, Ph.D.


Dr. Gordon is Professor Emeritus of the University of Kansas where he served for 34 years. He established the Department of African and African-American Studies, the Center for African Studies, and the Center for Multicultural Leadership. He is a founding member and ex-officio of the Executive Board of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA). He has served as a Fulbright Specialist to Ghana in 2012. He was appointed as the Kwame Nkrumah Endowed Chair in African Studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, 2012-2015.

He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, M.A. from Howard University, B.A. (honors) from Bethune-Cookman University; and L.L.D. (Honorary) from Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Gordon is an approved International Evaluator for the U.S. State Department Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He is the author or co-author of more than 22 books including African Traditional Leadership: Past, Present and the Future (2014), Winning the Future for Africa and the Diaspora (2011); African Studies for the 21st Century (2004); The African Presence in Black America (2004), and African Leadership in the Twentieth Century: An Enduring Experiment in Democracy (2002), Black Leadership for Social Change (2000), A Systems Change Approach to Substance Abuse Prevention (1997), Managing Multiculturalism in Substance Abuse Services (1994), and The Role of Higher Education in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention (1993). His most recent works, Revisiting Kwame Nkrumah: Pathways for the Future, and Trends in African Studies, will be released in 2015. He was awarded a research grant from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in 2013 and completed Phase One of the project on African Presidential Papers and Libraries.

Dr. Gordon has received many awards and honors including the establishment of the Jacob U. Gordon Collections at the University of Kansas Research Library (2011); Who’s Who (Strathmore’s) Millennium Edition (2001); Wally and Marie Steeples Faculty Award for Outstanding Service, University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1998); Kansas African American Affairs Commission Outstanding Leadership Award (1998); and Men of Achievement, 8th Edition, International Biographical Centre Cambridge, UK.

He and his wife, Barbara, live in Gainesville, Florida. They are the parents of six children and four grandchildren.

Sameer Hinduja

sameer-hinduja-webDr. Sameer Hinduja is Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center ( and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He works with the U.S. Department of Education and many state departments of education to improve their policies and programming related to the prevention and response of teen technology misuse.

He has written seven books, the most recent being “Bullying Today: Bullet Points and Best Practices” and the award-winning “Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying.” His newest co-authored book specifically written for teens is entitled “Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral.” According to Google Scholar, Dr. Hinduja’s articles have been cited almost 7,000 times in the fields of Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Educational Psychology, Pediatrics, Social Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration, Ethics, Developmental Psychology, Communications, Psychiatry, Counselor Education, Special Education, Educational Technology, Criminology, and Pediatrics.

Outside of research and evaluation expertise, Dr. Hinduja provides training to schools, youth organizations, parents, and teens on how to avoid online victimization and its real-world consequences. He is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, and his work has been featured in venues that include CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the BBC and The New York Times. He has also been interviewed and cited by hundreds of online and print media outlets.

He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University (focus area: cybercrime) and his B.S. in Criminal Justice (minor in legal studies) from the University of Central Florida Honors College. At FAU, Dr. Hinduja has won both Researcher of the Year and Teacher of the Year, the two highest honors across the entire university.

Mary Yoder Holsopple

Mary Yoder Holsopple, M.S., is the Bullying Prevention Coordinator for Elkhart Community Schools in Elkhart, IN. As a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer, Mary consults regularly with organizations and schools about bullying prevention and safe climate issues in student services. She has extensive experience in school social work and international development, having lived in Africa for 10 years. She is the lead author of the book Building Peace: Overcoming Violence in Local Communities. She also co-authored More Class Meetings that Matter: Respecting Others with Disabilities for Grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Mary earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Masters in Family Life Education from Purdue University. She has two adult children and a beloved grandchild.

Lee Rush

Lee RushLee Rush is the Executive Director of justCommunity, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Quakertown, PA. justCommunity provides training and consultation services to communities, schools and organizations in the area of youth development, community mobilization strategies, student assistance programs (SAPs) and restorative practices.

Lee is also a licensee and a certified trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), the world’s first graduate school dedicated solely to Restorative Practices.

In 2004, Lee was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell (D-Penn.) to serve as a member of the statewide Advisory Commission on Children and Families, an interdisciplinary group providing guidance to the governor’s senior cabinet members on public policy issues involving families and child and youth issues.

Lee served as the Executive Director of the National Student Assistance Association (NSAA), a membership driven organization devoted solely to enhancing the development of SAPs across the country, from 1995 to 2008. NSAA presently has 17 state chapters and represents the interests of thousands of professionals in the student assistance field.

He was a co-founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP), and served as a charter board member, treasurer and membership chair from 1989-1993.

From 1995 to 1998, Lee served as the Director of Human Resources for LifeQuest, a 600-person company specializing in senior healthcare services. During this same period, he also served as Executive Director of LifeQuest Foundation, which sponsored Project CARE, (now sponsored by justCommunity), a state-approved student assistance program (SAP) training provider.

From 1986 to 1995, he was the Director of Project CARE, which has trained over 20,000 educators and counselors in prevention and intervention skills. His direct experience with adolescents was in various positions as an administrator, counselor and teacher in a private school and day-treatment setting from 1976 to 1985.

Lee is a former Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC), and he graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He completed his graduate work in education (M.Ed.) at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, specializing in organizational dynamics, group processes and adult learning.

In 1981, Lee was certified as a national field representative for the New Games Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization that provided trainings and seminars throughout the country on cooperative play and community building.

Lee and his wife Kathy live in Perkasie, PA with their daughter Sage.

Sarah Thompson

Thompson_Sarah-smSarah Thompson is the Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams. Before this leadership position in CPT, she completed a Masters of Divinity at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, did comparative liberation theology in Jerusalem, was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina, and rode across the United States on a bicycle. She graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College in 2006, with majors in Comparative Women’s Studies and International Studies, and a minor in Spanish.

CPT is an international multi-faith organization that does strategic nonviolent intervention in areas of lethal conflict. We go where we are invited and work alongside grassroots leaders and community organizations who are nonviolently resisting the lethal and structural oppression. Currently we work in Iraqi Kurdistan, Colombia, Palestine, and alongside First Nations communities in Canada. We also know that structural violence (racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc.) play a huge role in perpetuating lethal violence, so we address oppression in all forms inside the organization as well. More info here:

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