Diana Schroeder has worked in school-based prevention since 1995. She is a pediatric clinical specialist and also currently holds a faculty position as program coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown nursing program. She is a Certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer since 2001 and has nearly 15 years of experience in working with schools in implementing bullying prevention programming. She serves as the Director of Bullying Prevention Initiatives at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
Shiryl Barto, MEd
Shiryl Henry Barto, has been involved in the fields of education, social emotional learning, school health and youth violence prevention for over two decades. She has been asked to present to national & international audiences on school climate & safety and coordinated school health partnerships. Ms. Barto holds a Masters in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Middle School Education from Frostburg, University of Maryland. She is currently working toward National School Climate Leadership certification with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Safe Schools, and remains a Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP) consultant. She has served as a national Olweus Technical Assistance Consultant (OTAC) and certified trainer for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program for the past 15 years. She helped coordinate the Highmark Foundation’s Bullying Prevention Initiative, which included the largest implementation of the Olweus model to date, impacting over 270,000 students. She has co-published several articles related to school and community public health issues, and has written a chapter on School Engagement for the book, "A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention" published by the American Public Health Association. Shiryl has served on many community and state-level advisory boards which focus on violence prevention and school safety.
Karla Joyce-Good, LSW
Karla Joyce-Good, L.S.W., is the Director of Community Outreach Initiatives for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She oversees the development of professional enrichment opportunities for educators, school administrators, mental health professionals, as well as a variety of community education events locally and throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Karla is also a contracted Bullying Prevention Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Her role with the PDE involves staffing the PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line. Additionally, she has presented at National and International Conferences regarding issues relating to bullying prevention and school climate. Karla is a certified Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer. She is also a certified GLSEN Facilitator. Karla is a licensed social worker and has provided school-based mental health services for students in grades K-12. She received a B.S. in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.
Allison Messina, MHPE
Allison Messina, MHPE has worked for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Johnstown, PA for the past 11 years and serves as their Director of Evaluation. She also oversees the Center's financial operations and serves on the grant writing team. Ms. Messina also works as an adjunct professor at St. Francis University in the School of Public Health, teaching classes that focus on Program Design and Evaluation. She holds a Master's Degree from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health, and a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in Biobehavioral Health. Ms. Messina's research focus centers around bullying prevention initiatives in schools and in pediatric office settings. Ms. Messina's other public health experience includes developing and evaluating adult worksite wellness programs, childhood obesity programs, adult and youth tobacco prevention and cessation, and school based health initiatives. She has presented her work at local, state and national conferences. She has co-published several articles related to these projects, and has written a chapter on program evaluation for the book, "A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention" published by the American Public Health Association.