We are a group of like-hearted people – you could call us Collaborators in the Cause – who agree that the interruption of trauma in childhood doesn’t have to be a life sentence, but can be overturned. Personally familiar with adversity, they are all specialists and experts in their respective circles and committed to making their contribution to the larger good. Are you a Collaborator in the Cause?
Dr. Ivy Bonk, Ed.D., Educational Psychology | MBA | Certification of Neurosequential Modeling in Education (DELAWARE)
Childhood trauma expert, Dr. Ivy Bonk is the President of IMAGINAL Education Group. It is her heart for social justice and love of problem solving that drives her commitment to the charge of social and system reformation. Through the unique combination of Dr. Ivy’s education and experience as a business strategist coupled with her training and advanced education as an educational psychologist she is equipped with a unique ability to see the disconnects and design the strategies and solutions to address. She is the author The Day Trauma Came to Class and architect of The Lost Child Theory and proud to be a part of the group called NME-Certified Trainer with the Child Trauma Academy.
Dr. Anita Silverman, Ed.D. (Educational Leadership, Research Focus: Cultural Competency and Diversity), Certification of Applied Education Neuroscience (INDIANA)
As a former Director of Indiana Child Services Division, Dr. Anita Silverman is all-too-familiar with the impact trauma can have on a young life. In her current role as Director of Education for Transitions Academy, a residential facility for youth, she supports the future of young people through the innovation and application of her trauma-informed expertise in neuroscience and brain-aligned strategies. She has recently launched an independent effort, Begin with the Brain in Mind (BWB).
Mary Crnobori, Ph.D. Special Education, Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) (TENNESSEE)
Dr. Mary represents a trendsetter in district level education. Her passion to help those impacted by trauma led her to obtain funding for a district level position in one of the largest districts in the country. She creates awareness district wide about the impact of adverse childhood experiences, and implements trauma-informed practices at her focus and pilot schools. Her pilot school has been featured on Edutopia. As a trainer/coach, Dr. Mary has a heart to help teachers build trauma-sensitive classrooms.
Glendalyn Dee Rhea, B.S., Elementary Education, Child Development Associates Credential (INDIANA)
Dedee is an Early Childhood Educator, with almost 30 years in Head Start as a Teacher and Manager, Education Specialist, Trainer, Observer, Coach, previously working with the physically and mentally disabled and mentally ill from infants through adults. She collaborates with the Special Services Manager and the Professional Development Specialist to provide training and support for teachers dealing with children exhibiting challenging behavior, often as a result of past and/or reoccuring trauma. As Site Manager, she trains and supervises a multi-classroom teaching staff and recruits, trains and maintains a variety of community and parent volunteers. Rhea has also presented trainings at the local, state and national levels.
Colleen Slaton, OTR/L (PENNSYLVANIA)
Colleen is a young pioneer specializing in the area of mTBI and Occupational Therapy. As a featured speaker on The Hill for Brain Injury Awareness and a panelist and ambassador for Pink Concussions, she breaths to see the doors of children’s minds unlocked. Her research will pry open the door on the unanswered questions in autism and sensory integration.
Carol McNally, LCSW, Approved Trainer, Restorative Practice, OJJDP, the U.S.Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (DELAWARE)
It’s hard to be a part of authentic trauma-informed work and not have a heart for justice. A heart for justice describes the work of Licensed Social Worker Carol McNally. McNally has spent over two decades standing in the gap for youth. Her willingness to stand coupled with her expertise in restorative practices has been the bridge countless youth. Her commitment to partnering with youth to see their face in the future led to her certification in MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), a tool to help persons under themselves and the world around them.
Amber Naylor, M.Ed., BCBA, Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification (TEXAS)
Beginning her career as a teacher 14 years ago, Amber Naylor has continuously committed herself to serving students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behaviors in public school systems. Fueled by her passion of working with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, Amber’s career has since progressed, and now serves as a Behavior Specialist in one of Texas’ larger school districts. With a focus on creating behavior intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive and unsafe behavior, Amber combines her comprehensive knowledge of behavior and trauma with educational tools tailored to create behavior interventions to support and educate students, parents and staff of the campuses she serves. She is sought-after district-wide to speak and train on subjects ranging from implementation of effective interventions for students with behavior challenges, to supporting hard-to-reach students who have endured traumatic experiences.