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Project Wisdom Advisors

Project Wisdom thanks the following individuals for serving as advisors to the company, and for sharing expertise and guidance as needed.

Marvin W. Berkowitz, Ph.D.

Dr. Marvin Berkowitz is the inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education and co-director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Before arriving at UMSL, he was the inaugural Ambassador Holland H. Coors Professor of Character Development at the United States Air Force Academy and Professor of Psychology at Marquette University. His research interests are character education, moral development, adolescent development, and risk-taking. He is the editor of Moral Education: Theory and Application (1985) and Peer conflict and psychological growth (1985), and the author of more than 80 book chapters, monographs, and journal articles. He is co-editor of the Journal of Research in Character Education. In 2006, he received the Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award from the Character Education Partnership.

"Through the passion of the will, we pursue excellence. Through our pursuit of excellence, we climb — lifting others and setting them free to live, hope, and find themselves. Together we learn to run with our dreams."

Connecting with Students' Will to Succeed, The Power of Conation
Cheryl R. Gholar and Ernestine G. Riggs

Pansy Gee

Pansy Gee has been part of the Project Wisdom team for more than fourteen years working as a consultant, editor, and content developer. She is an award-winning teacher at Mark Twain Elementary in the Houston Independent School District, where she works as a Language Arts Specialist. Pansy teaches grades three through five in the Literary Development Center, a program she founded in 1990. She is also a mentor for Rice University's Center of Education's Classroom Storytelling and School Literacy Project. Pansy is one of those special educators who is beloved by both parents and students. She has also been a Project Wisdom narrator for more than ten years.

Alicia L. Goodrow

Alicia Goodrow is an attorney with Phillips and Reiter PLLC. She is a former associate with Locke, Liddell & Sapp, LLP in the Houston office working with closely held and family-owned mid-cap businesses in tax, partnership, and general business planning. Alicia has over fifteen years of both in-house and private-practice experience in counseling management and investors in various corporate matters, including optimizing organizational structures for tax, liability, and intellectual property management purposes; private placements, succession planning for business sales; and mergers and acquisitions. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas and bachelor's degrees in economics and history from the College of William and Mary.

Mary Anne Hoppe

Mary Anne Hoppe is the Associate Director of the Leadership Academy in Character Education (LACE) at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology at the same. She brings with her over thirty years of experience as a teacher, counselor, and administrator with a focus on guidance and discipline. Mary Anne also served as an adjunct professor for Maryville University and St. Louis Community College. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the William L. Clay Scholarship and Research Fund and as the Educational Advisor for the Boatman/King Scholarship. Mary Anne recently joined Project Wisdom as a consultant to our content development team. She has two grown daughters and lives in St. Louis with her husband, Bill.

Beth Manke, Ph.D.

Beth Manke received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies in 1995 from Pennsylvania State University and is currently a professor in the Department of Human Development at California State University, Long Beach. She is a current member of the American Psychological Association, the National Council of Family Relations, The International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, and the Society for Research in Child Development. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Marriage and Family and has served as a reviewer for major publishing companies such as McGraw Hill. Dr. Manke has over 12 years of program evaluation experience.

Charlotte Nations

Charlotte Nations is retired from a career of 31 years as a special educator with Special School District of St. Louis County. For 14 years, she served as the Character Education Facilitator, creating character education programs for students with special needs. She also served as Chair of CharacterPlus District Leaders and member of the Executive Advisory Board for Friends of CharacterPlus. Charlotte currently works as a consultant in the area of Bullying Prevention for CharacterPlus, and has written curricular materials for such entities as Film Clips for Character Education and the Marshall Mentor Program. She has successfully addressed the need to braid Character Education programs with Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) and has co-authored an implementation checklist for evaluating these school efforts.

Lisa Savage, M.Ed.

Lisa Savage is a veteran fine arts educator in both K-12 and post-secondary settings. 1n 1998, she developed a nationally distributed curriculum in compliance with the National Endowment of the Arts. It was subsequently published in Texas Monthly magazine. In 2006, she was awarded a grant through Fund for Teachers which provided her with the opportunity to tour Rome, Florence and Venice for intense study of art and architecture. She would eventually lead six international student tours in Paris and Italy. Lisa has also served as the Fine Arts Department Chair, operational budget manager and lead visual arts teacher at the high school level while completing her second Masters Degree, this time in Educational Leadership. Today she serves as assistant principal over Fine Arts, Foreign Language and AVID at Alvin High School, Texas.

Stuart Stevenson, CPA, MCP

Stuart Stevenson is President and CEO of Tracent Technologies. He has been providing Project Wisdom with technical advice for over four years. A certified public accountant, he has extensive experience in the areas of computer auditing, financial modeling, software engineering, infrastructure planning and strategic business analysis. In 1990 he founded Tracent Technologies to assist clients who were installing new accounting systems, however due to requests TSI began offering custom programming services.

Frank M. Trevino, M.Ed.

Frank M. Trevino is a veteran educator with more than twenty-five years of experience in secondary counseling and guidance. He has extensive experience working with at-risk youth through various programs and organizations that address issues such as chemical dependency, drop-out prevention, conflict resolution, decision-making skills, and parental involvement. Frank is a former adjunct professor at the University of Texas, Brownsville School of Education; teacher trainer, seminar leader; and educational consultant to the Department of Education. He is currently a middle school academic counselor, crisis intervention counselor for Brownsville ISD, choir director, accomplished musician, and CEO and Founder of Texas Foundation for Safer Children.

Elizabeth Van Auken

Elizabeth Van Auken is an educational consultant and writer with thirteen years of experience in education as an award-winning ESL teacher, adjunct professor, grant director, and consultant to schools, foundations, and businesses. Elizabeth has taught every grade from Pre-K through college. Elizabeth's short stories and articles have appeared in the Houston Chronicle and Texas Magazine. Her unique background as an educator, writer, and consultant provides her with the expertise to envision new ways to connect with children, and to put them in action.

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