Our Advisory Board
Fred Bemak is currently a Professor and Program Coordinator of the Counseling and Development Program at George Mason University and was formerly head of the Counseling Departments at Johns Hopkins University and Ohio State University. He has worked extensively with at-risk youth directing federally funded and state funded programs, and has been the recipient of numerous private and public grants. Fred is a former Fulbright Scholar, Kellogg International Fellow, and World Rehabilitation Fellow, has given seminars, consulted and provided training in 30 countries and throughout the United States. He is the author of over 50 articles and book chapters, and four books including Violent and Aggressive Youth: Intervention and Prevention Strategies for Changing Times.
Ryan Champeau, PhD
Dr. Champeau was designated as Wisconsin’s Principal of the Year in 2009. He retired at the top of his game the same year to open his own consulting firm, Forward Design LLC, assisting schools as a change coach helping them with implementation of transformational strategies. He knows of what he speaks: Ryan was principal of two prominent area high schools for 24 years! Before that he was a high school counselor and a middle school teacher for five years. Ryan earned his PhD in Urban Education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a dissertation titled “The Nature of Instructional Leadership in Wisconsin High Schools.” He has written many articles, spoken at numerous conferences and conventions, and has been a presenter at the NAREN National Conference several times and never fails to excite attendees. Ryan has been an adjunct professor at Marian University for 11 years and at UW-Madison for four years, and was a Harvard University School Leaders Academy graduate. Ryan sees his specialty as helping schools develop relationships that grow the institution as well as the people inside and has an outstanding track record in assuring success for all students — with special emphasis on the at-risk students which he prefers to call “students of promise.” He was an excellent candidate for a NAREN Board post and we are honored to have him accept our invitation.
Joe was the source of the story for the 1989 movie Lean On Me starring Morgan Freeman as a bullhorn-toting principal of a New Jersey east-side high school. Today he speaks regularly around the country on at-risk education and is the Director of the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Elvira is a social worker and therapist with Providence Service Corporation in McAllen, Texas. For the last 12 years she has worked with adolescents and sexual abuse survivors.
Gail is the author of six books on at-risk education and self-esteem, and has 25 years teaching experience. She is currently conducting at-risk education workshops with teachers and schools systems across the United States.
Steven is the author of four books on recovery from dysfunctional family issues. He is a trauma recovery specialist and therapist in Laguna Beach, California.
Wm. David Fisher, Dean
In his public education days, David was assistant principal at Colonel White High School in Dayton, Ohio during the race riots of the 1960s. Later he was an assistant principal at inner city Hammond Tech High School in Hammond Indiana. In the 1990s David started an alternative school in Gillette, Wyoming. He is presently Dean of Agricultural, Health & Technical Education at Sheridan College, Sheridan, Wyoming.
For more than 20 years Marcus has worked as a professional in the field of social services. He began his career in a locked, co-ed residential facility for aggressive adolescents in Chicago. From there, he supervised workers in a co-ed, detox unit for chemically dependent adults. After that, he was afforded the opportunity to identify and counsel youth at-risk for substance abuse in Cook county alternative schools. His last position was the substance abuse coordinator for Cook County, where he provided assessments and counseling services to the residents of public housing from preteen to senior citizens.
NAREN is proud to sponsor Dr. RESPECT as a member of the NAREN Speakers Bureau. Marcus is a nationally-recognized speaker and presents seminars to parents, educators, child-serving professionals and their leaders on various topics including stress, team-building, and developing positive school environments. Please contact Cheryl@AtRiskEducation.net if you might be interested in having Marcus Gentry come to your district or conference and present or conduct a workshop.
Alex was a former principal of Jelgavas Technical Lyceum (Jelgavas, Latvia), a school for 850 at-risk youth, ages 14-19. He also served as principal of Kalupe Internatz School (Kalupe, Latvia), a school for 300 orphaned children, ages 4-18. Alex is still working with at-risk youth in Denver, Colorado’s Manual High School Prep Program.
David Johnson, PhD
David W. Johnson is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota where he holds the Emma M. Birkmaier Professorship in Educational Leadership. He is Co-Director of the Cooperative Learning Center. He received a masters and a doctoral degree from Columbia University. He is a past-editor of the American Educational Research Journal. He has published over 350 research articles and book chapters. He is the author of over 40 books (most co-authored with R. Johnson) including:
Roger Johnson, PhD
Roger Johnson has been the recipient of several national awards including the Research Award in Social Studies Education presented by the National Council for the Social Studies, the Helen Plants Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9 of the American Psychological Association), the Alumni of the year award from Teachers College, Ball State University, and the Outstanding Contribution to Research and Practice in Cooperative Learning award from the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group on Cooperative Learning.
Roger is currently the co-director of the Cooperative Learning Center at the University of Minnesota, which conducts research and training nationally and internationally on changing the structure of classrooms and schools to a more cooperative environment.
Richard (Rich) Kunkel, PhD
Richard C. Kunkel serves as the Dean of the College of Education and Professor at Florida State University. He assumed that position in July 2001. Kunkel was the Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor Educational Leadership and Dean of Education at Auburn University’s College of Education from January 1, 1990 through June 2001.
Rich Kunkel was elected to the Board of Directors of the Holmes Group and in 1998 was appointed to Holmes Partnership as Executive Director. The Holmes Partnership is a national organization of leading research universities in partnership with local schools and organizations in cooperation to improve student performance. Kunkel was also appointed to the National Research and Evaluation Advisory Panel of Teach for America and he served as the facilitator for the Disney Development Corporation’s Celebration School Visioning Workshop as well as senior advisor to the Celebration School and Teaching Academy. In 1997, he testified at hearings on “The Higher Education Act” and later served as a proposal reader in preliminary and final selection of grants for school/university partnerships under Title II of the Higher Education Act.
Previously, Kunkel served as Executive Director of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Evaluation (NCATE) beginning in 1984. Prior to this position, Kunkel served as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kunkel chaired the Department of Education at St. Louis University and served as Assistant to the President. Earlier he held a faculty position in Curriculum and Instruction at Ball State University and in the Burris Laboratory School at the institution. He began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher and later served as a counselor and administrator.
Rick is the assistant superintendent of Brown Deer School District near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has many years of public school teaching and administrative experience. Rick is the current CEO and President of Ablenet, Inc. in the Twin Cities. Rick is the former assistant superintendent of Brown Deer School District near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has many years of public school teaching and administrative experience.
Larry Rosen, EdD
Larry is president of Educational Designs Group, a professor at Stetson University and a Faculty Associate at Johns Hopkins University. He has more than 28 years experience in teaching and administration in K-12 schools, human service organizations, community colleges and universities. Most notably, Larry spent four years on full-time assignment with the Walt Disney Corporation developing educational designs.
Franklin Schargel, a native of Brooklyn, New York now residing in Albuquerque, NM, is a graduate of the University of the City of New York. Franklin holds two Masters Degrees: one in Secondary Education from City University and a degree from Pace University in School Administration and Supervision. His career spans thirty-three years of classroom teaching and eight years of supervision and administration as Assistant Principal. In addition, Franklin taught a course in Dowling College’s MBA Program.
Franklin is the author of 4 very pertinent books: