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Ariella Loewenstein
Domestic Terrorism, Extremism and Hate Crimes

Ariella Loewenstein is the Deputy Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Los Angeles. In this role, she serves as deputy to the Regional Director in the administration of the office, including office management, staff development and supervision, and oversight of media and communications with various constituencies. She assists in planning, developing, and implementing advocacy initiatives,…

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Dr. LaVonna Blair Lewis
Diversity and Inclusion

LaVonna Blair Lewis, Ph.D., MPH, is a Teaching Professor and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She joined the University of Southern California faculty in the Fall of 1996. Dr. Lewis’ areas of research consistently focus on cultural competency and the health status and health…

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Skipp Townsend
Gang Prevention & Intervention

For numerous years Skipp Townsend has been a key interventionist to the city of Los Angeles Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD). Skipp responds to incidents of violence in the community at the same time law enforcement is deployed to investigate. Skipp uses his community relationships to calm matters, control rumors and reduce retaliation between the…

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Phillip Falcetti –
Vaping & Drugs

•Phillip Falcetti has over 30 years of experience in the health education field, with numerous professional and community leadership positions in alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – Orange County. In 1998, he created a county-wide prevention program for NCADD-OC that…

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Dean Lesicko
Suicide Prevention

•Dean Lesicko has over 40 years of experience working with youth.  He has been an onsite administrator of a group home for boys, a public high school counselor and the district director of school counseling.  Dean currently instructs in the Counseling and School Psychology Department at San Diego State University and Azusa Pacific University. He is Past President of the California Association of School Counselors (CASC).…

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Opal Singleton –
Human Trafficking

•Opal Singleton is the President and CEO of Million Kids. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping kids safe from predators. Singleton has educated more than 250,000 government and individual leaders about labor and sex trafficking, sextortion, child pornography, and social media exploitation. She is the author of “Seduced: The Grooming of America’s Teenagers” and appears on television…

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Tom Steele –
Safe School Plans

•After a decorated career in law enforcement, including assignments as a Sergeant and SWAT Team Leader, Tom entered the realm of education where he has been high school teacher, site administrator, Director of Student Services, Senior Director of Administrative Services, and a Safe Schools and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Consultant II for the Division…

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Gina Siez, LCSW –
Mental Health & Wellness

•Ginna Siez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with children and families for over 20 years. She has experience in working with foster youth, tribal communities, and students in public school districts. She has extensive knowledge in dealing with death and dying, loss, trauma, and various other mental health issues.  •Gina is a high school counselor who also serves as an adjunct…

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Dr. Aquil Basheer –
Gang Prevention & Intervention

•Dr. Aquil Basheer the founder and executive director of the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute (PCITI). He is an expert on violence intermediation, public safety and hardcore gang intervention. In addition to leading PCITI, Dr. Basheer instructs and consults worldwide, founded the License to Operate Movement and is also an Adjunct Professor for Alliant University International. •His training…

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Dr. Eric Landers –
Bullying & Harassment

•Dr. Eric Landers received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida with an emphasis on children with EBD. He has worked as a classroom teacher for students with behavioral disorders, a professor at West Virginia University and Georgia Southern University, and as an independent consultant for supporting school-wide behavioral systems.  •Dr. Landers has given hundreds…

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