Meet Our Team

Staff Listing

Whitney Allgood

Chief Executive Officer

Ivon Yin

Senior Finance and Admin Coordinator

Amanda Weitzel

School Support Manager

Mylisa Nogra

Senior Client and Community Relations Coordinator

Christian Villenas

Senior Director of Research, Evaluation, and Measurement

Susan Zelinski

Manager, Research and Evaluation


NSCC’s Directors have provided essential support to our growing organization. In addition to providing crucial fiscal support, they contribute organization-building assistance in many indispensable ways.

George Igel, MD, Chair
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College

Michael S. Appelbaum
Senior Vice President-Wealth Management, Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch,
Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

David M. Becker
Senior Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Mauro Bonugli
VP Resources Group, General Atlantic

Vikram Dewan
Managing Director, Head of Application Delivery for Group Operations IT, UBS
Technology Corporate Center

Dafna Dothan
Chief Risk Officer, Leumi.

Mark J. Epley
US Chairman, Jamieson Corporate Finance, LLPL

Michael Herskovitz
Senior Vice President & Partner, Alliance Bernstein

Trev Huxley
Co-founder and CEO, Muze Inc

Stephen Krupa
CEO Psilos Group Managers, LLC

Harris Jaffe
Counsel, Beckman Lieberman & Barandes (retired)

Jeffrey Krauss
Managing Member at Public Pension Capital

Anne Maltz, Secretary
Anne Maltz RN Esq Consulting LLC, Managing Member

Daniel J. Rosenstein
Financial Advisor, The Stone Tower Group, Morgan Stanley Wealth
Management

Dana Roitberg Weir
Associate, Paul Hastings LLP, New York, NY

Gerald Rothstein, Treasurer
Consulting Research Analyst, J.M. Dutton and Associates, LLC

Jessica Tarlov PhD
Senior Director Research and Consumer Insight, Bustle Digital Group; Contributor,
FOX News Channel

Carol Vance Wall, Vice Chair – Director Emeritus
Co-founder Craig Upper School, Mountain Lakes, NJ
Director, Vance Wall Foundation

NSCC’s Professional Advisors have provided essential support to our educational and resource development projects. We are honored to have many of the nation’s leading K-12 educational, health/mental health, social emotional learning and character education experts advising us. We are deeply indebted to their council and wisdom.

J. Lawrence Aber, Ph.D.
Professor in Applied Psychology, New York University

Mark Alter, Ph.D.
Professor of Educational Psychology, Programs in Special Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University

Victor Battistich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education, Division of Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation, Center for Character and Citizenship, College of Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Marvin W. Berkowitz, Ph.D.
Sanford N. McDonnell Professor of Character Education, College of Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Larry Clark
President, Comprehensive Health Education Foundation, Seattle, Washington

James Comer, M.D.
Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry and Associate Dean, Yale University School of Medicine, Yale Child Study Center

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University; Vice-chair, Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

Peter Fonagy, Ph.D.
Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Director of the Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology at University College London. He is Chief Executive Designate of the Anna Freud Centre, London

Howard Gardner, Ph.D.
John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor in Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

William Johnson, Ed. D.
Superintendent, Rockville Center School System; Past President, New York State Association of Superintendents; Adjunct Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Catherine Lewis, Ph.D.
Professor of Education, Mills CollegeSteve Marans, Ph.D.Director, National Center for Children Exposed to Violence; Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center

Nicholas M. Michelli, Ph.D.
Presidential Professor in Urban Education, City University of New York

Ramon Murphy, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor in Pediatrics, The Mount Sinai Hospital

Professor Nel Noddings
Emeritus Professor of Education, Stanford University School of Education

Donald L. Rosenblitt, M.D.
Clinical Director, Lucy Daniel's Center for Early Childhood; Director, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program

Peter Salovey, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, Department of Psychology, Yale University

Roger P. Weissberg, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago; Executive Director, Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

Stuart Twemlow, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine, Dept. Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Menninger Clinic

In 2007, the Education Commission of the States and NSCC formed the National School Climate Council, a non-partisan group of policy and practice leaders involved with a range of educational, policy, collaborative and advocacy efforts. The NSCC is the ‘home’ for the Council.

History: In 2006 the National School Climate Center (NSCC) and the Education Commission of the States conducted a State Department of Education school climate policy scan that revealed a glaring and socially unjust gap between school climate research and school climate policy, practice and teacher education. The Council’s mission is to narrow the gap to support student learning and positive youth development.

The School Climate Community Council considers a positive School Climate to include. . .

  • Norms, values and expectations that support people feeling socially, emotionally and physically safe.
  • People are engaged and respected.
  • Students, families and educators work together to develop, live and contribute to a shared school vision.
  • Educators model and nurture an attitude that emphasizes the benefits and satisfaction from learning.
  • Each person contributes to the operations of the school and the care of the physical environment.
                                                                       - (National School Climate Council, 2007)

Philip Brown

Senior Practice Consultant

​Philip Brown, PhD, is a Senior Practice Consultant at NSCC. He is also a Fellow of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University where he founded and directed the Center for Social and Character Development. He has been principal investigator on several U.S. Department of Education grants, including research studies on evidence-based practices. Phil has served in student support services related management positions in the New Jersey Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Health for 25 years, as a school board director, founder and president of the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development and is a member of the National School Climate Council. With colleagues from Fordham and Marshall Universities he is co-editor of the Handbook of Prosocial Education (2012).

Randy Ross

Senior Policy and Practice Consultant

Randy Ross, M.S., M.A., is a Senior Policy and Practice Consultant at the National School Climate Center. Her special focus is on projects related to equity concerns, policy development, and coaching for school climate certification. She provides technical assistance and professional development services to school districts and state education leaders wishing to address equity issues in their school climate, discipline, social-emotional learning, community engagement, and bullying/harassment policies and practices. Since 2014, as Educational Consultant with NSCC, Randy has worked on state and local level projects in Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Before becoming a Consultant at NSCC, Randy served for nine years as Senior Equity Specialist at the New England Equity Assistance Center at Brown University. Her work focused on implementing an equity-centered school climate model, which includes bias-based bullying and culturally responsive social-emotional learning (SEL). She worked with state departments of education in New England as well as with numerous districts to support their implementation of agreements with the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Previously, Randy served under the New Jersey Attorney General in the Office of Bias Crime and Community Relations, where she initiated and led “New Jersey Cares About Bullying,” a statewide, state-sponsored coalition of government and nonprofit stakeholders. She has taught at all levels, from pre-school to graduate students. Randy received her B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Social Emotional Learning Alliance of Massachusetts (SEL4MA) and is a member of its SEL Policy and Advocacy Committee.

Kori J Hamilton Biagas

Senior Education Consultant

​Kori Hamilton Biagas has over ten years of experience in instruction, education policy, and technical assistance. Kori has a unique and broad perspective of the interworking of education from the classroom to the national policy level. She has held various roles with national centers focused on supporting students with disabilities and connecting students in rural communities with opportunities in college and career. Her localized work at regional centers addressed educational inequity on the basis of religion, race, gender, national origin, and socioeconomic status; the implications of implicit & explicit bias on school culture and climate; school transformation from a culturally responsive lens; alternatives to exclusionary discipline practices; and using data to interrupt pathways from schools to prisons.Ms. Hamilton Biagas is the founder of JustEducators, a consulting firm that provides technical assistance and professional development to schools and school districts nationally. She has worked as a secondary teacher in Los Angeles, a dissemination coordinator, technical assistance provider, and trainer serving Arizona, California, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. Her experiences have provided her with an understanding of the impact policy can have on outcomes for families, schools, and school districts, particularly for marginalized groups within those communities. Currently, she uses that expertise to provide support to schools, districts, and state education agencies across the country as a trainer, thought partner, and advocate for equity. Kori holds a M.A. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, Center X and a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Carter Welch

Education Consultant

​Carter Welch Ed.D., is the Principal of Totoket Valley Elementary School in North Branford School District, Connecticut.  He has over 15 years of experience as a K-12 public school teacher, teacher leader, safe school climate coordinator, assistant principal, and principal.  Two schools led by Carter have been recognized by Connecticut as "Exemplary School Climate Schools" and serve as host sites for other schools, communities, teachers and leaders to learn about best practices in school climate.  Additionally, Carter serves on the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Board of Directors and as the CAS School Climate Committee Chair.  As an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut, Carter teaches "Climate and Culture" and "Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction."  His current research revolves around social emotional learning, habits of mind, teaching empathy, and meaningful family engagement.  As an educational leader in his community, Carter developed and leads the local prevention council, an organization designed to educate and build awareness around substance abuse issues.  He also leads a safe school climate initiative to reduce meanness and bullying,  a wellness committee, and the Dream Team, a group of mentoring high school students who work with all district schools on their school climate improvement efforts.  Welch completed the NSCC Leadership Certification Program, has worked as an NSCC coaching consultant, has effectively used the CSCI to improve schools and districts, and has used the NSCC Community Scale to build community support for the importance of school climate.   Carter received his B.S., M.S., SYC, and Ed.D. from the University of Connecticut and has completed recent executive leadership coursework at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.