This page includes biographies for all presenters and co-presenters of live and recorded sessions at BFF2021. Presenters are listed alphabetically by first name.

  • Alicia Trescott – Alicia Trescott has been the Site Coordinator and Program Manager at Richmond Heights Local Schools for four years. Their after school program, RiseUP! serves students in grades 7 – 12. Alicia achieved her Master’s Degree from Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in 2014. Alicia works with students in the Greater Cleveland area and has served hundreds of students throughout her career. She is passionate about the importance of after school activities and focuses her work on exposing students to something new and different.
  • Allison Wallace – Allison is a well experienced trainer on varied topics. She was the Director of Training at a bank, and instructed courses at a university. She provides trainings on out-of-school program areas, STEM and remote training with older adults, and has presented at international conferences (Morocco, Finland).
  • Amanda Erickson – Amanda Erickson has been with Kaleidoscope Youth Center since 2017, focusing on advocating for LGBTQIA+ youth across Ohio through education and training for youth-serving professionals including teachers, social workers, and more. Amanda has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University, and spent two years post-college as a Peace Corps Volunteer educating teachers in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. Since returning to the US, she has worked in education and programming in the local nonprofit sector. She lives on a small farm in Northeast Columbus, where her wife directs educational youth programming.
  • Angie Cameron – Angie Cameron is the Director of the Center for Human Services Development (CHSD) at Youngstown State University (YSU). She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University and a Master’s degree in Education from Youngstown State University. Angie is an Ohio Licensed Professional School Counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. With a background in counseling and directing educational outreach programs, Angie has been using her passion to serve the afterschool community for more than 20 years. In addition to her role with the CHSD, Angie serves YSU as an adjunct faculty member, teaching both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.
  • Archer Thomas – Archer has more than 25 years of experience delivering school-age programming, including traditional before and after-school programs, summer camps, English language learning in China, and support specialist for ODJFS programs. Archer spends most of his spare time outdoors with his family with 3 young children all under 5.
  • Chic Thompson – Chic’s passion is inspiring executives, MBA students, and children to be “curious first… critical second” while creative problem-solving. He is a Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School and adjunct faculty at the Brookings Institution. In 2001, Harvard Business School released a case study on the speaking career of Chic entitled “What a Great Idea!.” Chic’s first book, “What a Great Idea!,” published by HarperCollins, was a main selection of the Executive Book Club. Chic worked in new product development and marketing for W.L. Gore and Associates (Gore-Tex®), Johnson & Johnson and Walt Disney.
  • Dan Farkas – Professional Wearer of Many Hats isn’t something you can put on a LinkedIn profile, but it may be the best way to describe Dan Farkas. Dan is a Senior Strategist for Irvin PR, creating custom communication solutions for brands of any and all sizes. He’s also a Lecturer of Strategic Communication at Ohio State University, where he teaches courses on research, strategy, content creation, measurement, and analytics. The BBC and Mashable are some of the media outlets that have featured Dan as a thought leader on the changing landscape of strategic communication and how we can make the most of it. In a former life, Dan earned more than 20 awards for his work in television news. His work appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and SI.com.
  • Flo Brett – Since serving as the Training and Development Lead and Clinical Governance Manager at University Hospitals of Leicester United Kingdom, Flo has built a reputation for developing and implementing action-based, team-building strategies, goal achievement plans, and positive attitude programs that help individuals and teams reach their full potential. She merged her passion for children and leadership development by founding Effective Leadership Academy in 2008.​
  • Heather Sherman – As a STEM Relationship Manager for Battelle Education, Heather Sherman uses her insatiable curiosity and genuine love of people and problem solving to bring about solutions to important problems. When dealing with complex issues, she sees patterns and connections between people and ideas to find creative avenues to optimize results. Heather loves to find creative ways to bring people together to optimize results. She is particularly proud of her work with the Geauga iSTEM Early College High School from its inception. Seeing the school develop thanks to the commitment of the founding team and the trust that the community had was one of the most rewarding moments of her career.  She has a BA in English from Roanoke College and an MBA from Franklin University. Recently she finished facilitating a highly selective professional development program for high school teachers, focusing on implementing blended learning in the classroom, known as the Trailblazer Teachers. She also received two teaching excellence awards from Franklin University, her former place of employment.  Heather likes reading, hiking, and treasure hunting for antiques. She’s also convinced that she is going to be one of the last people on earth who uses the telephone for talking.
  • James Orrigo – James Orrigo is a Social Entrepreneur who is dedicated to bringing imaginations to life. He works with pediatric patients across the nation, helping them to create through video, music and multimedia. Orrigo empowers others to use their gifts to make a positive impact on their world. Orrigo’s creative programs have worked with Google, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Beats by Dre, Dunkin and many more. He is also the winner of Zoom’s Overall Innovation Award for 2020.
  • James Syphax – James serves Prevention Action Alliance as Community Prevention Manager. James’ background in prevention includes serving as the coalition coordinator for a county-wide coalition as well as several years serving as a primary prevention provider in schools across two counties. While providing direct service, James worked with school administrators to implement programs such as Botvin LifeSkills, S.S. Grin, and Signs of Suicide. James also served as an administrator, working in human resources, for one of the largest treatment centers in the State of Ohio.
  • Jeananne Reich – Jeananne is a Child & Youth Care (CYC) Practitioner at the Professional Level and has a passion for professional development. With over 20 years in the field, her background includes work in residential facilities, substance abuse centers, and various after school settings. She has direct service and administrative experience. She is an instructor for the American Heart Association, Safe Sitter, and the Academy for Competent Youth Work. Now, as the Indiana CYC director, Jeananne applies her skills by overseeing CYC certification for the state. She is a graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI where she obtained a B.A. in Psychology/Sociology.
  • Joseph & Matthew Moheban – Matthew & Joseph Moheban are brothers and the co-founders of 220, an education technology company that develops online programs to help students succeed in the real world. 220’s online programs help youth organizations achieve their most important goals, while teaching each student how to master authentic leadership skills, advanced workforce skills, and the entrepreneurial mindset; the building blocks to a successful career and life. Matthew and Joseph share a passion for helping youth create their 220 (Second-to-None) Life. When they’re not working, they enjoy hanging out together on the golf course, at their favorite Chicago restaurants, or while watching their favorite sports teams together (Colts, Pacers, Indiana Hoosiers).
  • Juanda Jones – bio coming soon
  • Katherine Spinney – After nearly twenty years of experience in direct service and management both inside and outside of the classroom, Katherine has combined her background in education, social work, and coaching to support leaders in the youth development field. Through a powerful combination of training and coaching focusing on both skills and mindset, it is Katherine’s vision and dream to support leaders to effectively support their staffs in order to more effectively serve youth and families. Our youth deserve the very best we have to offer. It’s up to us to become our very best for them.
  • Kayla Mack – Ms. Kayla Mack holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on learning and cognition. Ms. Mack started her career in education as an assessment coordinator and substitute teacher for an Ohio school for students with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and other developmental disabilities. It was then that Kayla knew she didn’t just have an interest in education, but it is the core of her passion. Now working as an Education Program Specialist for the Department of Education, Kayla continues to fulfill her passion and contribute to growing equitable opportunities and supporting partnerships that engage and inspire students about career-preparation and planning for post-high school success.
  • Kelly Biggar – As Program Manager for the National Pitch Competition, Kelly builds on the success of Young Entrepreneur Institute’s two regional competitions — Selling Bee and Teen Pitch Tank — to expand these programs to engage schools and youth organizations nationally. Prior to joining Young Entrepreneur Institute, Kelly worked as an administrator in University School’s Athletic Department. She has extensive experience working in the Cleveland real estate market in both property management and sales. She started her career in customer service management with Progressive Insurance. Kelly graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science.
  • Leslie Hejduk – bio coming soon
  • Liz Nusken – Liz Nusken has worked to connect people, programs, and resources in corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. Most recently she coached and supported out-of-school time programs across the Midwest and Northeast for the YMCA of the USA. Liz currently consults for the Ohio Afterschool Network on the OAN Pitch Challenge and does grant writing and evaluation for 21st CCLC programs in Ohio.
  • Ludia Dorelien – Ludia Dorelien joined the 21st CCLC team in the beginning of March 2020 but has been with the Ohio Department of Education since 2016. Ludia first worked in the Office for Exceptional Children where she served as the Liaison for the State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children, and prior to joining the 21st CCLC team, Ludia worked in the Center for Continuous Improvement, where she directly provided support to the center’s Senior Executive Director and State Board Committee. Prior to joining the Department, Ludia worked in the Office of Student Life at the Ohio State University for 6 years.
  • Mark E.K. Schneider – As part of the Innovation Lab Hybrid Teaching Team pioneers, Mary has successfully demonstrated for teachers and administrators how to weave Humanities (ELA and Social Studies) seamlessly into a hybrid course with Science and Math. Mary works with rural schools helping create hybrid courses that provide rigorous and relevant STEM education for students across vast geographic regions. Mentorship is a critical element in creating a successful program. Mary received her B.A. from South Dakota State University and her Masters in STEM Instruction from Dakota Wesleyan University. Mary is also a freelance journalist.
  • Michele Timmons – Michele Timmons, Founder and President of EnvisionEdPlus, has nearly 30 years experience as a teacher, principal, district administrator, charter school founder, and educational consultant supporting innovation efforts in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, and Maryland. EnvisionEdPlus supports school based and out-of-school time educators as they envision a new educational system for today’s schools PLUS offer expert grant writing support to assist schools and non-profits as they implement their vision. Timmons is a Search Institute trained facilitator, problem based learning trainer, STEM education specialist, and a certified conflict resolution trainer. Michele has authored/co-authored nearly $215, 000,000 in funded grants.
  • Omowale Crowder – Omowale Crowder is a licensed school counselor and currently works in Columbus City Schools as a social emotional Support Specialist. Omowale works as an instructional coach giving SEL, equity, and trauma informed strategies to educators.
  • Paul Young – Dr. Paul G. Young, Ph.D., has worked as a high school band director, elementary and junior high classroom teacher (grades 4, 5, and 7), nearly 20 years as an elementary school principal, and as an executive director of an afterschool program, all near the area of Lancaster, Ohio. For more than 45 years he has also served as an adjunct professor of music classes at Ohio University-Lancaster campus. He holds a bachelor and master’s degrees in music from the Ohio University School of Music. His doctorate, in Educational Administration, is also from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. He served in leadership roles with both the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National AfterSchool Association (NAA). He was elected as president of the 30,000-member NAESP in 2002-2003. He served as a member of the NAA Board of Directors starting in 2008 before becoming NAA’s President and CEO in 2010. He retired from association work in 2012. He has written extensively on the topic of school and afterschool alignment, led training workshops throughout the country, and played an influential role in the development of practical, evidence-based alignment strategies for school leaders and afterschool professionals. He is the author of several books for principals, music teachers, and afterschool professionals. Dr. Young and his wife, Gertrude, a retired music teacher, live in Lancaster, Ohio.
  • Scott Mann – Scott is a lifelong learner. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Construction Science in the College of Architecture. He spent 3 years with Peace Corps Panama before returning to the states to pursue a career as a bilingual educator both in rural and urban school districts. While teaching in public schools, Scott also led STEAM based summer camps, held community language classes, mentored university students, and delivered professional development to parents, community members, and other educators. As Director of Education for VentureLab, Scott has worked with thousands of educators to bring entrepreneurial learning to their own practice and make an impact on the youth they serve.
  • Shannon D. Teague – Shannon D. Teague brings more than 24 years of professional experience specializing in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, adult and juvenile corrections, reentry, community partnerships, and educational support programs. She is employed with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) where she serves as the Assistant Director in the Office of Improvement and Innovation. In this role, Teague manages a team that focuses on academic support programs and nonacademic barriers facing students in Ohio’s public, private, and community school systems. A native of Akron, Ohio, Teague graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology/sociology and a Master of Education in counselor education/rehabilitation.
  • Sheila James – Sheila James is the former National STEM Director for a major nonprofit and has provided coaching, mentoring, and training nationally and statewide for over 20 years. She was a national subject matter expert and team lead for internal and external efforts on STEM inclusion and equity, related intersectionality, and engagement of other underserved communities.
  • Stacy Baugues – Stacy has been in the health and education sector since 2006, including fitness management, Coordinated School Health, and senior leadership positions with a state-wide, health-focused nonprofit. She holds a Masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee and has published research on youth physical activity and motor skill development. She founded PowerUp Fitness in 2012 with the mission to empower youth through fitness, education, and fun.
  • Torey Stroud – Torey taught high school for five years before joining the Effective Leadership Academy team. Originally from the Sandusky area, he gained experience with a wide variety of different student populations from his time teaching in Nashville and Chicago. Prior to starting his career in education, he was an Army medic for eight years. He has a wife who is just as passionate about education as him and a 9 year old who keeps them grounded in reality.