CREATE provides broad consulting to assist districts, schools, and agencies in transformation that includes readiness planning, formulation and support of new policies and practices and support in implementing quality programming to nurture healthy, caring schools. Strong relational leadership that supports students as well as educators is essential and CREATE helps facilitate these skills through workshops and coaching with both administrators and teachers. CREATE partners with district or agency teams to transform systems for the best possible results.
Mark Greenberg, Ph.D. is the Emeritus holder of The Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development (he retired in 2019). He is the Founding Director of the Edna Bennett-Pierce Prevention Research Center . He is one of the primary authors of The PATHS® curriculum and has conducted research on its impact since 1981. Through his work with SEL Worldwide (www.selworldwide.org) he has supported the training and quality implementation of the PATHS® curriculum in the US and over 20 countries. He is a senior investigator on national and international research projects including Fast Track, PROSPER, and CARE. He is the author of more than 300 journal articles and book chapters on well-being, and the effects of prevention efforts on children and families. He received the SRCD Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children Award in 2009, and the Presidential Award from the Society for Prevention Research in 2013. He is one of the Founders on CASEL (www.casel.org), One of his current interests is how to help nurture awareness and compassion in our society.
Dorothy Morelli is a career educator with more than 30 years of experience in elementary and secondary education. Morelli served as CEO of PATHS Education Worldwide and is now a partner in Social Emotional Learning Worldwide (www.selworldwide.org) which provides training and coaching support in the use of the PATHS® curriculum throughout the U.S. and around the world. SEL Worldwide also provides consultation to districts to promote transformation change for the entire community through best SEL practices. One of her specialties is team building through SEL practices. With over 30 years of experience in education, Dorothy brings her knowledge of different learning environments to CREATE. She and colleague, Dr. Mark Greenberg, together have worked with thousands of schools throughout the past 30 years. Earlier in her career, Morelli worked as an educational coordinator for Vanderbilt University, adjunct faculty member at Belmont University, and teacher and coach in school systems in South Carolina and Tennessee.
Joe Gerics Ed.D.
Joe has been working in the field of education for fifteen years serving in the capacity of teacher and administrator. He currently is employed with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as a Humanware/Social-Emotional Learning Manager. Joe also serves as the district lead for the PATHS® curriculum, trauma informed care, and SEL coordinators. He initiated and brought emphasis on trauma-informed practice to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and continues to be instrumental in deepening the work both inside and outside of the district. His completed doctoral study centered on challenges and barriers that face urban middle school teachers with implementation of SEL in the classroom.
Judith Nuss is a long-time educator: teacher, school leader, and Director of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL.) She is a consultant for CREATE specializing in Adult SEL, and an independent education consultant focusing on SEL. Judy promotes and supports effective implementation of SEL in districts, schools, and classrooms and in all grades, PK-12. She has worked as a CASEL consultant in large urban school districts such as Austin, TX, Sacramento, CA, Cleveland,OH, Hillsborough County SD, FL, and El Paso Independent School District in TX as well as in smaller suburban districts/schools. Additionally, Judy is a community psychologist integrating educational, social, cultural, and other influences in systems and groups to promote positive change in communities and empowerment for individuals. Judy is the proud and grateful grandmother of four grandchildren.
Kim Williams has been an organized, resourceful, and dynamic person in the world of evidence-based program implementation to support youth development since 2001. Her skills and experience have translated into a variety of settings including the non-profits and statewide organizations. Kim has created processes, structures, and resources for evidence-based program instruction, school/organizational practices and policies to support the whole child, and family and community partnership strategies. Kim believes social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies are teachable and crucial for both youth and adults. She is a certified trainer for the PATHS® curriculum, the LifeSkills® Training program, and Aperture Education, a company focused on SEL assessment. Kim is the founder of learningSELally, a company with a mission to cultivate social and emotional skills for youth through evidence-based prevention training and support. As a consultant for CREATE, Kim will focus her energy on adult SEL development training.