The STONEWALL NATIONAL EDUCATION PROJECT Planning Committee is a lively mixture of academics, teachers, parents, and advocates. Among its members are Dr. Teri Williams, Program Manager for Broward County’s Office of Diversity, Cultural Outreach & Prevention; De Palazzo, diversity trainer and educational consultant; Tom Tabor, Stonewall Museum & Archives Board Chair; Kevin O’Connor, former high school principal; and Ken Tewel, former professor of leadership and school reform courses.
Jessica Herthel, Esq. (Stonewall National Education Project Director) is a Harvard Law School graduate and the mother of three daughters under the age of nine. After working for several years in the litigation department of Proskauer Rose, LLP, and then traveling extensively overseas with her husband and small children, Ms. Herthel reentered the workforce and worked with the Broward County Public Schools’s Office of Diversity, Cultural Outreach & Prevention. There, she helped develop LGBT-inclusive lesson plans, participated in staff trainings, and primarily drafted the best practices guidebook used by all Broward Schools administrators. Now, as Director of STONEWALL NATIONAL EDUCATION PROJECT, Ms. Herthel serves as liaison to all school districts in the STONEWALL NATIONAL EDUCATION PROJECT Network, consults on educational products, and coordinates the national conferences.
PLANNING COMMITTEE (listed alphabetically)
- Dr. Fred Brugal- Dr. Fred Brugal is a Board Member at SNMA following a career as a Nuclear Physician at Cornell University, moving into leadership positions at Merck & Co., then at United Health Care Corp. as President of Pharmacy Management and later at Glaxo SmithKline in London, launching a Global Health Care Management Division.
- Dr. Roberta Insel- Dr. Roberta Insel has been an area director for The Broward County School System for 12 years. She has been the principal of Sunrise Middle, HD Perry Middle and Bayview Elementary. She was the principal appointed to the State accountability commission in 1995. She is currently a consultant for The Rapides Foundation in Alexandria, Louisiana where she works with districts on improving education.
- David Jobin is the Executive Director of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives. Prior to arriving at SNMA, David was the Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, a 250-voice volunteer chorus that has been in existence since 1982. David began his career in non-profit management spending eight years with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera as the Director of the CLO Academy of Musical Theater. Mr. Jobin also directed CLO’s outreach efforts including New Horizons, which provides theater training to people with physical and developmental disabilities, and Creative Vision, a collaboration with Pittsburgh Public Schools designed to measure the impact of arts training on young lives.
- Jack Johnson- Jack Johnson is a leadership and executive coach; an innovation and creativity consultant; and an organizational development consultant for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
- Dr. Grover Lawlis- Grover Lawlis, M.D., is retired from the practice of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Adolescent Psychiatry. He resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with his partner Nathan Klarfeld and has been an active volunteer at Stonewall Library and Stonewall National Museum and Archives for the past nine years. He has served in various positions ranging from front desk work with patrons to serving on the Board of Directors and currently on the Broward Stonewall Education Project Committee.
- Amalio Nieves- Amalio Nieves is currently the Curriculum Supervisor, Diversity Cultural Outreach & Prevention for Broward County Public Schools. He also served as the Project Director for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative. Previously, he worked as a teacher and administrator for Broward County Public Schools and Chicago Public Schools. Mr. Nieves has been involved with many projects, including the creation of Broward County Schools Anti-bullying and Dating Violence policies and the development of the district's Behavioral & Academic Support Information System.
- Dr. Kevin O’Connor- Dr. Kevin O'Connor started his career as classroom educator and school administrator in 1973. He has developed, written and presented on topics including leadership, mathematics and child development. He is employed with Broward Schools and is a contributor to the book, Journey Out, published in 2010.
- De Palazzo- As President of Perspectives Unlimited, Inc., De delivers intercultural understanding workshops, anti-bias trainings, and conflict resolution presentations to corporate and non-profit organizations, including many school districts and community youth agencies. She has been brought to Haiti and Guatemala to deliver peace-building curriculum to both youth and adults. Since 1995, De has drawn on her personal experiences in marginalized group communities and her skills as a school district leader to help participants understand the common daily challenges that youth and adults may experience negotiating opportunity and conflict in our multifaceted and multicultural world.
- Tom Tabor - Tom Tabor, Chair of Stonewall National Museum & Archives, is a principle in Winchester Real Estate Group and recently is recognized for his leadership in various public safety civic activities in Greater Fort Lauderdale. He formerly served in top executive positions in commercial real estate in Atlanta, Washington and California.
- Ken Tewel- Former Deputy Executive Director, High School Division, New York City Public Schools; former principal Stuyvesant High School, Franklin K. Lane High School and Westinghouse High School in New York City. Associate Professor, Programs in Supervision and Administration, City University of New York. National consultant to philanthropic organizations working on school and system level reform. Former Program Professor in Leadership and School Reform, Doctoral Program in Child and Youth Studies, Nova Southeastern University.
- Dr. Teri Williams- Teri Triguba Williams, Ph.D., Chair of the Broward Stonewall Education Project, is a Prevention Specialist and Project Manager for Broward County Public School’s Diversity, Cultural Outreach & Prevention Department. She has been a co-author of Broward’s Anti-Bullying 5.9 Policy and procedures, the point person for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues, coordinator of numerous social justice projects through the arts and the Project Bridge, Project Manager focused on a systemic positive school culture model for aligning community and schools.