Board of Directors

Mark Greenberg, Chairman of the Board

Mark Greenberg, Ph.D. holds The Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development. He is the Founding Director of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development. He is one of the primary authors of The PATHS Curriculum and then has conducted research on its impact since 1981. He has supported the use of the PATHS® curriculum in most US states and over 20 countries throughout the world. He is a senior investigator on numerous national and international research projects including Fast Track, PROSPER, The Family Life Project, REDI, CARE, and PATHS® to Success. He is the author of more than 300 journal articles and book chapters on developmental psychopathology, well-being, and the effects of prevention efforts on children and families. He received the Research Scientist Award from the Society for Prevention Research in 2002 and the Society for Child Development Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children Award in 2009, and the Presidential Award from the Society for Prevention Research in 2013. 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. She has worked in the field of education for over 30 years. Having been a teacher, Dorothy understands the stress and high demands that professionals in the field of education 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 invest time and energy in making these programs available to schools throughout the world. All teachers deserve the opportunity to enjoy both CARE and CALM.

Dejuan Buford

Dejuan was educated in the Metro school system and graduated from Antioch High School. Dejuan went on to Middle Tennessee State University where he received BS Degree in Mass Communication in 1989. He was a two sport Athlete (Football and Baseball) and joined the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., where he began to focus on the three most important aspects of his fraternity…Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service. After graduation Dejuan worked in the communications industry moving from Local Sales Manager at WSMV-TV (Meredith Corporation), to National Sales Manager for CBS=Atlanta (Meredith Corporation) and to General Sales Manager for the Sinclair Broadcasting back in Nashville (Fox-17/WB-58/UPN-30). After 19 years in the Broadcasting Industry Dejuan wanted to try his own hand in running his own business and opened a State Farm Agency in Brentwood TN where he has been in business for 9 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 Inc., Nashville Baseball Old Timers Association Board of Directors, Nashville Community Partners Board of Directors, and the Nashville March of Dimes Developmental Committee Board.

Alexis Harris

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 in Human Development and Family Studies and a fellowship in Education Sciences, Alexis worked with Penn State’s Prevention Research Center studying 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

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.

Rachael Roggensack

Rachel graduated from Franciscan University in 2015 with her Bachelor’s degree in marketing with minors in management and communications. Since graduation, Rachel went to work at DaVita, a Fortune 500 Healthcare company. She works in DaVita’s corporate culture and creative services department. For the first two years of her DaVita career, Rachel would brand the corporate offices to giving them the DaVita culture’s look and feel to make them inspiring, lively places to work. She now works on various internal marketing campaigns, promoting culture and finding creative ways to communicate messages to both employees and patients. Rachel is very passionate about the impact a positive culture can have on a workplace and community.

Christa Turksma

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.

Tammie Wetherholt

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.