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​I.    Defining the Problem
II.   Who is Affected by Bullying?
III.  Where Bullying Risks Manifest
Meet Our Team
Elissa-Beth L. Gross - Executive Director

Gross has a background in Business Administration and Mathematics. She holds certificates in Nonprofit Management and Professional Meeting & Event Planning. Gross has over two decades of business experience as a majority stockholder in publicly traded small capitalization corporations. Gross began her career as the MIS Manager in the production department of a design and manufacturing company. Her duties were in business administration and research while involved in a biomechanics and ergonomics entity focused on the prevention of cumulative trauma disorders, and later in a technology transfer business development corporation. Gross has dedicated many years as a board member and volunteer in nonprofit organizations in the community, academic, human services and faith-based sectors. She gained much of her nonprofit experience from serving on the board of The Network of East Hillsborough Neighborhoods, funded by The Children’s Board, fiscal agent Bright Futures. 



Rachel Layman - Chief Operating Officer

Layman progressed to the position of Branch Manager of Florida National Bank, where she was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of three branches. Layman gained business experience as the co-founder and Office Administrator of National Safety & Training Solutions, LLC, where her primary focus has been in accounting and marketing. Layman has always had a strong interest in community service, holding positions such as Plant City Little League Board Member and Treasurer, and Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity where she orchestrated the completion of three homes, and as Treasurer of the Palm Beach Kennel Club. 


Directors, officers and team
Marcia Naroditsky, Program Administrator & Grant Writing Coordinator

Naroditsky’s background is in English, psychology and education. Her managerial and training expertise is a result of holding the positions of Senior Trainer of Human Resource Development for Bank of America, NAD and Regional Manager of Human Resource Development for American Cable Systems. She gained fundraising and nonprofit expertise from several years as a consultant with Narod Communications, conducting source contacting and event planning for USC Norris Cancer Center. Naroditsky’s technical writing skills are diversified and her attention to detail evident: as designer of performance based appraisal systems for the banking industry, as a licensed independent insurance agent writing industry products such as annuities, as a Para legal preparing documents for Rosenkranz Elder Care Law Firm, and as an Administrative Assistant responsible for accreditation of a Tampa preschool. Naroditsky is Past President and current Vice President of Central Florida D Phi E Alumnae Assoc., and former public school PTA President.


Mary R. Davis, M.Ed., Board Member - Education

Davis has many years of experience as and educator and administrator within the Hillsborough County, Florida school district. She is currently an educator in the public school system and owner/CEO of Kaleidoscope Kids Learning Center, in its 10th year of business serving the public school system. Davis is an ESE Specialist, and has worked with gifted to profoundly challenged students. Her skills include teaching social and emotional learning, communicating with parents to maximize academic performance, business administration, staff supervision and adult and youth training. She is a recognized community leader in developing and supporting educational activities to underserved populations. Davis is actively involved in the Improvement League of Plant City, Kiwanis Club, Lion’s Club, American Business Women’s Association, National Education Association, Southern Early Childhood Association, and holds the position of Ambassador with The Plant City Chamber of Commerce. 
Robert Layman, CHCM, Board Member – Health & Safety 

Layman is current owner and Principal Consultant of National Safety & Training Solutions, LLC. Previously held positions include Safety Engineer, Safety Manager, and Loss Prevention Specialist of Ginn Companies, an organization with 500+ employees. Layman offers 15 years of experience in liability insurance rate reduction, workers compensation risk mitigation, and occupational safety and training. He has authored and audited safety policy and managed national safety programs in accordance with OSHA guidelines. His industry involvement includes environmental safety, investigative inspections, substance abuse prevention, medic first aid, hazards and construction. Layman offers first hand experience as a corporate liaison to the Dept. of Transportation, AON Insurance, state, county and municipal agencies. He holds memberships with the National Association of Safety Professionals (NASP) and with the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (CHCM). 


Shelby Jean Roberson Bender, Board Member – Entrepreneur, Community Preservation Leader

Bender is a well recognized figure in the Plant City community, currently serving as Executive Director of the East Hillsborough Historic Society. As co-owner of The Gro-Mor Company, for three decades, her managerial experiences included financing, manufacturing, production, marketing and sales. Bender has recently been employed as an educator in Hillsborough County schools and as Finance Secretary in the Polk County school district. She has served as Board Member and Volunteer Director of the Quintilla Geer Bruton Archives and is a prolific author with five publications celebrating local history and culture. Bender is Chairperson of the City of Plant City Historic Resources Board, and has been President of the Hillsborough County Preservation Board and the Central West Florida Preservation Board, and was Board Trustee of Tampa Bay History Center. She is certified in Nonprofit Management from the University of South Florida. 

Board of Directors
Ezzard "BJ" Bryant, Board Member - IT Specialist, Education Trainer

Bryant’s background is in technology and education. As a leader interested in pushing the limits of learning and human performance, Bryant has worked in higher education, financial and insurance industries. He is currently a Training Specialist at American Express and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of South Florida (USF). Bryant has experience working in faculty technology integration at USF, as a Training Information Performance Support Consultant at T. Rowe Price and as an L&D Developer at MetLife. Bryant is author of publications on accessibility in higher education, online learning, and technologies for students with disabilities. His work has been presented at the AAACE 2012 National Conference. Bryant brings a variety of specialized IT skills to our team too numerous to list including HTML, JavaScript, ActionScript, RapidWeaver and CSS.

Kathy Lanteigne - Social Services Counseling Coordinator

Lanteigne is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) with a background in crisis management. While working at San Bernardino County Hospital, in obstetrics/ gynecology, and chiropractic private practices, she worked closely with patients and their families. Lanteigne has served as Chairperson for Right to Life, has over five years of experience as founder of a therapeutic support group for women, and has held the position of Counselor at a pregnancy care center. Her skills as a safety instructor include CPR, first aid, and life guarding. Lanteigne researched employment demographics, women’s issues and job opportunities for the Department of Welfare, where her studies helped to strengthen a commitment to the wellness of women and children. She has served the community as President and Vice President of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and is an avid reader and literacy program advocate. As a counselor, Lanteigne is empathetic and caring, as evidenced by her award of Miss Congeniality in Nursing. 

Art Hushen, FCPP, ICPS, FCP, Board Member
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Hushen’s business experience is as President/Owner of the National Institute of Crime Prevention (NICP), a global training and consulting company specializing in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). He is the lead CPTED Instructor for the Florida Attorney General’s Office where he assisted in the creation of the Making Schools Safe by Design program and the State standards for CPTED Designation. Hushen is lead Instructor for the American Crime Prevention Institute and D-PREP, LLC. 
Prior to the creation of NICP, he was a Police Officer assigned to the Tampa Police Department’s Special Operations Bureau/CPTED Section where he was instrumental in the creation of the Department’s CPTED Unit. Hushen’s Department of Homeland Security and Special Incident Management skills enable him to effectively advise on risk assessment, prevention and response, essential elements of the APC mission. Hushen has conducted CPTED site assessments in schools, critical infrastructure, commercial corridors, neighborhoods and public transportation. Special training in road safety, domestic and workplace violence, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and behavioral health awareness position him as a distinctly qualified adviser. His educational background includes a degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Professional affiliations include Chairman, Florida Design Out Crime Association; Board Member, International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners. Hushen has been repeatedly recognized for ‘Outstanding Service’ and bestowed ‘Honorable Mention’.  

Jim Greenland, Board Member
Infrastructure & Product-Based Information Technology

Greenland is current owner/CEO of Technology Mechanics, in its seventh year of operation providing mobile hardware and software support. Greenland has an educational background in computer science and information systems with military, corporate and medical experience where he report directly to C-suites. He began his exemplary career serving for seven years in the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and U.S. Marine Corp where he attained the position of Information Systems Manager. Greenland went on to become Director of Technology for a multi-billion dollar financial institution, Northwest Airlines Federal Credit Union, where he managed the Technology Department’s 100+ employees and designed converged communications schema for headquarters. Greenland later became Director of Media & Telemedicine for the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center. This opportunity resulted in the securing of funds, management of a $50M budget, and establishment of a HIPAA complaint online global collaboration. Greenland then became Director of Information Services at Heart & Vascular Institute of Florida, a regional $300M cardiology group with six locations. Greenland managed a $30M budget, 150 technical personnel, restructured networks to support converged communications, provided infrastructure solutions and performed platform consolidation and migration. He is uniquely qualified to oversee design, development and the launching of IT products, e-Commerce, and QC. Greenland is affiliated with Gartner Group IT Executive Program, Society of Information Management and is a Board Member of the National Academy Foundation. Greenland’s accolades include Navy Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Desert Shield/Storm Awards. 


Dr. Nancy Blackwelder, Board Member
Incident Management Planning (IMP)
(School Administration, Transportation Safety) 

Dr. Blackwelder’s expertise is in Education Leadership; she has worked as Assistant Principal at elementary and high school levels, has held the position of Assistant Director of Transportation, and is trained in Exceptional Student Education and Pupil Assignment. In 1988, at Pinellas Park High School, Dr. Blackwelder fell victim to a gun-wielding student. After recovery, she was determined to help educators become more knowledgeable about crisis prevention. She has provided training for the National Association of School Security & Law Enforcement Officers (NASSLEO), National FBI Training, National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT), School Transportation News (STN), Campus Safety, and the National School Transportation Association (NSTA). She is an exceptional international staff development specialist who has trained throughout the United States for the Attorney General’s Office, School Board Association, Victim Advocate Association, and Association for Pupil Transportation. Dr. Blackwelder provided in service for Florida Educational Risk Management Association, and educational institutions including East Tennessee State University and Stetson Law College. She has served on Florida School Safety Evaluation Teams, the Governor’s Select Commission on School Safety, and appeared on Geraldo Rivera, Donahue, Dan Rather’s Six O’Clock News, People Are Talking and Jane Wallace Live. APC is fortunate to have Dr. Blackwelder’s guidance in the prevention of school-related violence.  

Tracy A. McCann-Joyner, Development Officer

Joyner has a decade of Senior Program Director experience with a national nonprofit organization in the health and human services sector. Her responsibilities included providing direction for programs, overseeing operations, and advocating for the facility’s mission. Joyner’s high profile position incorporated resource development, fiscal management, and the establishment of policy and procedure. She held a leadership position which required recruiting board members and facilitating board relations, staff and volunteer management and development. In particular, Joyner specializes in wellness, the prevention of child abuse and obesity. Her skills in fundraising and community outreach led to the association’s successful completion of several community wide events. Joyner’s leadership was integral in projects such as Sylvia Dotson Empty Bowls, Youth & Teen Leadership Programs (aquatics, health and wellness, special needs, basketball, summer camp) and YMCA Annual Campaigns.



Julie Peeler, Board Member – Cyber Safety and Security, Business Development 

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)² is a global leader educating and certifying information security professionals to the Gold Standard. As Foundation Director of (ISC)² Foundation, Peeler is responsible for leadership of (ISC)²’s nonprofit arm to ensure teachers, students, parents and the general public are safe and secure online. To promote the vision of a cyber safe world, priorities include research, education through the Safe and Secure Online program, and scholarship distribution for those entering the field. Peeler is a trailblazer with nearly three decades in for profit and nonprofit arenas where she forged partnerships with funders and supporters, encouraged corporate social responsibility and volunteerism, advanced board development and strategic plans, and conducted market research. She has worked in senior management positions at Americans for the Arts, Arts & Business Council Inc., and J. Walter Thompson and Foote, Cone & Belding, both major international advertising agencies where she developed growth plans for Fortune 500 clients including S.C. Johnson Wax, Kraft Foods, The Kellogg Co., and The Quaker Oats Co., as well as for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Peeler holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. The need for incident management through secure and efficient communication, and the development of counter resources to minimize challenges such as cyberbullying, sexting, and grooming are rapidly increasing. Peeler’s insight on prevention themes, such as keeping campuses secure, students safe, and programs and materials up to IT best practices are both relevant and critical. 

​Jessica G. Rausch-Medina, MD, Board Member – Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry

Dr. Rausch-Medina is a private practitioner with over thirty years of family experience treating children, adolescents and adults. She welcomes patients in a supportive and nurturing environment at Tampa Family Psychiatry, which she opened in 1992. Prior appointments were in academia, including eight years affiliated with University of South Florida. Dr. Rausch-Medina is qualified as a senior level adviser as related to prevention programs and materials which address mental health, in particular, she offers instrumental developmental experience in areas of bullying, peer relations, behavioral issues, depression, self-esteem and academic achievement. Her background facilitates bi-lingual treatment, a special appreciation for diversity and a multi-cultural perspective. Dr. Rausch-Medina is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology; Adult Psychiatry (1983) and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (1984), and presently treats youth within the juvenile justice system.

"Acting to Affirm Life"

Our Mission:  To Prevent Injury, Fatality and Psychological Trauma
​Rachel Ray, MD, Board Member – Pediatrics

Dr. Ray is a private practice physician with Pediatric Associates of Lakeland, Florida since 1997 and long- time resident of Hillsborough County. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, former medical student and resident of the University of South Florida. A recognized leader early in her career, after receiving the Medical Students Pediatrics Award, Dr. Ray went on to become an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, honored with Resident Teacher of the Year Awards (1994, 1995). Dr. Ray holds certifications from the National Board of Medical Examiners (1993), and the American Board of Pediatrics (1995). Memberships include fellowship in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Central Florida Physicians Alliance. APC’s mission to prevent injury, fatality and psychological trauma is strengthened by Dr. Rachel Ray’s clinical and field experience, practical skills as a mother of four thriving children, and strong commitment to the health of young people and sports. 

Tim Murphy, Board Member - Communications Technology

Murphy has over 10 years experience in designing and building radio communication systems and is currently a National Account Manager with National Orders, Inc., a Motorola agent. His experience includes the design and implementation of a county-wide communication and dispatch system for the Hillsborough County School District transportation department and the improvement of on-campus communications for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Orange and Osceola County school districts. Murphy installed the communication system used at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, facilitating 100% uptime and reliability. Murphy has partnered with several Fortune 500 companies including Kohl’s Department Stores, Lowes, Advanced Auto Parts, Coca-Cola and Marriott Hotels to enhance communication. As an entrepreneur, Murphy brings expertise in marketing, team building and customer service.

David G. Bjelke, MA, Board Member – Security & Emergency Management, Law Enforcement

Bjelke is an Emergency Management Specialist with the URS Corporation since 2009 and holds his Masters in Criminology. His emergency management planning training and development skills cover mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Bjelke’s responsibilities have included the design and assessment of FEMA Homeland Security exercises, continuity of operations schemes, and accreditation compliance programs. He served as a Police Corporal from 1995 – 2009 as a Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative Grant & Program Manager. Bjelke’s contributions include administration of a $48.5M budget with oversight of law enforcement, information sharing, and critical infrastructure protection. He was charged with incident management policy and procedure regarding acts of terrorism and has coordinated security planning for large scale events including the Republican National Convention and the Summer Olympics. Bjelke has extensive experience as an instructor including with the Office of the Attorney General, developing lessons for the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute over a 15 year period. His lengthy list of certifications and Awards include ASIS- Organizational Resilience for Critical Infrastructure; and Master Exercise Practitioner for the Department of Homeland Security, and Crime Prevention Officer of the Year.

Nikita Carlene Toppin, MPH, Board Member – Public Health

Toppin works for the Department of Public Health and holds a Masters in Public Health. As an educator and consultant, she helps women and families navigate nutrition and health care issues. Toppin is former Associate Director of Program Services for the Florida Chapter of March of Dimes. Her supervisory experiences span planning, implementation and evaluation of programs to comply with Standards for Success. Toppin’s responsibilities included grant processing and marketing of resources and materials. She has held positions in public relations and has conducted research at the University of South Florida - College of Nursing. Toppin serves as Director of Social Media for the Hillsborough County Breastfeeding Task Force. Her commendable commitment to advocacy and fundraising coordination has led to involvement with the Office of Minority Health, Hands on Tampa Bay, REACH UP, Inc., and the National Healthy Start Organization.