Professional Trainers of Safe Schools Coalition
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To contact one of the trainers below, use this web form to contact the SSC Speakers Bureau Manager: Briana Herman-Brand.
Ms Flynn has over 20 years experience as a trainer, educator and facilitator including adjunct faculty at several universities. Previously she worked as a Health Curriculum Specialist with the Seattle Public Schools, was the Training Director with the National CASA Association, a national non-profit providing grants, technical assistance and training in the foster care system and Director of Training at Planned Parenthood of Western Washington. She has trained and taught in a wide variety of settings. Her expertise includes; cultural competency, anti-harassment, HIV, mandatory reporting, child development and reproductive/sexual health, leadership, strategic planning, teaching and facilitation skills.
Kari Kesler, MA, is a Sexuality Health Educator for Public Health of Seattle & King County. She has also served as adjunct faculty at Portland State University and Texas Woman's University, teaching courses about sexuality and gender issues. Ms. Kesler trains professionals, community members and youth about a variety of topics including sexuality education, LGBTQ issues, and sexual violence.
Truc Thanh Nguyen
Truc was born in Saigon, Vietnam and escaped to the United States with family after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and was raised in the suburbs of Connecticut.
Truc has over 10 years experience as facilitator and trainer in multiple fields such as; anti-oppression (racism, homophobia, anti-violence etc), domestic violence, organizational development, personal safety, and physical self defense training. Truc previously worked for the Minority Executive Directors Coalition where she developed and implemented a progressive model of Cultural Competency focused on both individual skill development and organizational change through a racial social justice lens. Truc has a deep personal commitment to social justice work and keeps busy with community work with in communities of color and queer communities, daydreams of revolution, and is a budding performance artist.
Rosalinda Noriega has worked as an Advocate for Victims of Crime in various communities around the Puget Sound since 1994. In 1998, Rosalinda was recognized as "A Very Important Woman in Washington" as a part of the 150th anniversary of the Women's Rights Movement and Youth Advocate of the Year (2006). She is the founder Partners in Prevention Education which provides violence prevention education and crisis intervention services to at-risk and homeless youth and young adults in Thurston County, Washington.
Beth Reis, MS, is a Health Educator with Public Health - Seattle & King County. She is a former classroom teacher and has served as adjunct faculty at CWU and SPU in the past, teaching courses for teachers and school nurses to enhance their skills in comprehensive sexuality education. Beth is an author and researcher and has spent thousands of hours as a guest speaker with people in grades 5-12, teaching about sexual health.
Lori Stern, M.A.Ed. has worked in field of education for the past 22 years. Her current focus is on school health and professional development for school employees. Lori has also authored numerous articles and curricula on subjects related to teen pregnancy, health behaviors, school health policy and the impact on student health and achievement, and family support.
Iím the Human/Civil Rights Program Coordinator with the Washington Education Association and Co-Chair of the Safe Schools Coalition. I conduct and facilitate trainings throughout the state in cultural competency and responsiveness as well as anti-bullying/harassment. I also work in collaboration with families, groups and organizations, especially in communities of color, on issues that affect public schools.
Norma provides training and program consulting for grassroots social change and human service organizations. She has developed and implemented curricula on anti-oppression, internalized oppression, cultural competence, and collaborative program development and evaluation. She has facilitated LGBTQ youth support groups, dating violence support groups, and group healing from internalized oppression.
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