Board of Directors
Mark Greenberg, Chairman of the Board
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, President
Dorothy Morelli is the President of CREATE. 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. With over 30 years of experience in education, Dorothy brings her knowledge of different learning environments to CREATE Having been a teacher, Dorothy understands the stress and high demands that educators confront on a daily basis. The belief that effective, evidence based programs can make a difference in the lives of teachers and students motivates Dorothy to make these programs available to schools throughout the world. All teachers deserve the opportunity to enjoy both CARE and CALM.
Denine A, Goolsby has served as an educator for forty-one years. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M. Ed. in Educational Admnistration from Kent State University. She began her career as a teacher in the East Cleveland City School District. As an administrator, she held the positions of assistant principal and principal in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District. She also served in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as an academic coach and the Executive Director of Social and Emotional Learning and Closing the Achievement Gap. Ms. Goolsby is currently an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University. Ms. Goolsby is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa where she serves on local and national levels. She is also a member of the Sigma Public Education and Research Board. Ms. Goolsby brings a plethora of experiences to the work and is ecstatic about collaborating with fellow educators.
Christa Turksma is a child-clinical psychologist who received her training in The Netherlands. Before becoming a psychologist, she was a Kindergarten teacher and principal. Christa has worked on various research and intervention projects including the Fast Track Project in Seattle. Christa began providing training in the PATHS program in 1988, and has trained thousands of teachers across the US,and in Canada, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, England and Australia. Christa is a co-developer of the CARE for Teachers program. She coordinates all workshops and the certification of new facilitators. She is also a certified trainer for the Mindful Parenting Program. Christa is very interested in further developing mindfulness based programs for people in other stressful occupations.
Dejuan was educated in the Metro school system and graduated from Antioch High School. Dejuan received his BS Degree in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University. He was a two sport Athlete (Football and Baseball) and joined the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity where he began to focus on the three most important aspects of his fraternity…Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service. Dejuan worked in the communications industry moving from Local Sales Manager at WSMV-TV to National Sales Manager for CBS=Atlanta (Meredith Corporation) and to General Sales Manager for the Sinclair Broadcasting Nashville (Fox-17/WB-58/UPN-30). After 19 years in broadcasting Dejuan opened a State Farm Agency in Brentwood TN where he has been in business for 11 years. Dejuan was the first African American to be appointed a State Farm Agency in Williamson County! Dejuan has served in many capacities serving his community. He is actively involved in Church Youth Ministry, Board of Trustees at MTSU, Vice President of the Pi Eta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Nashville Baseball Old Timers, Nashville Community Partners Board of Directors, and the Nashville March of Dimes Developmental Committee Board.
Alexis Harris is a Research Assistant Professor with Youth-Nex and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is located in Louisville, KY, where she is the project director for the Compassionate Schools Project, a partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools to implement and evaluate a mindfulness-based social and emotional learning and health and wellness curriculum in elementary schools. Previously, while completing her doctorate at Penn State, Alexis studied strategies to promote social-emotional competence and wellbeing and to prevent the negative consequences of stress. She has implemented and evaluated school-based social-emotional learning interventions, mindfulness and yoga-based approaches, and professional development for educators. Alexis has developed and taught prevention and wellness-promotion curricula for children, families, and educators in school and community settings. Alexis is the developer of the CALM program.
Suzanne Key has a background in accounting and was plant controller at the Tyson Plant in Arkansas. She and her husband, Steve, “retired” and recently moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky. Suzanne continues her work as an accountant on a part-time basis. Suzanne has been very interested in the well being of children and educators for the past several years. Her interest was truly peaked when her niece became a teacher and experienced challenging situations in the classroom. As a result, this has solidified her goal of helping teachers and children enjoy a caring school community environment.
Rachel graduated from Franciscan University in 2015 with her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with minors in Management and Communications. Immediately following graduation, Rachel worked in internal marketing and corporate culture at DaVita, a Fortune 500 healthcare company. Rachel created custom branding and design for the the offices and clinics to create calming, inspiring environments for patients and employees. She also project managed internal marketing campaigns, promoting culture and finding creative ways to communicate messages to both employees and patients. Now, Rachel works at Asurion as Internal Communications Specialist. She strategizes, designs and drafts all Finance related communications for the company. Rachel is very passionate about the impact that a positive culture can have on a workplace or community.
Tammie Wetherholt has been a passionate educator for 33+ years. Her dedication to teaching and enriching lives is evident in all that she commits to. She has been active with chairing committees, leading workshops, and conducting seminars. She is also a former teacher of the year. One of Tammie’s greatest strengths is preparing our future generation of teachers for their careers. She regularly mentors new teachers helping them grow and gain confidence about teaching in their own classroom. She is innovative and deals with the numerous changes that are facing our world of education. She has taught on several different levels and in a variety of school settings. She is such a versatile teacher that her experience has allowed her to realize the joys and stresses that teachers have daily. She is focused on developing teacher well-being and finding ways to prevent teacher burnout. Tammie’s love of education grows yearly with each life she touches whether it be a child or fellow colleagues.