Midwest PBIS Network Contacts
Midwest PBIS Network
c/o West40 ISC #2
4413 Roosevelt Rd #104
Hillside, IL 60162
OLD Phone was: 630-620-9032
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Brian brings twenty years of varied educational settings to this work, from general education, to higher education, to residential care. In his leadership capacity, Brian organizes and directs support for implementation of PBIS from state departments of education down to local levels. He currently leads the curricular development of District Leadership Training, Tier I, Classroom Management, and Bullying Prevention for the Midwest PBIS Network. As a partner with the USDOE Center on PBIS, Brian coordinates the evaluation of the Center's Technical Assistance, and facilitates state-level implementation including SEA and LEA technical assistance for the School Climate Transformation Grants (SCTG), and the National Center’s mental health integration demonstration project.
Kelly Perales, Co-Director
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Kelly has worked as both a school employed and community employed clinician and administrator. As part of the Center on PBIS, Kelly has provided training, technical assistance, and coaching for school leaders and community mental health providers at the state, regional, and local level. In addition, has led both state and district level implementers in the Interconnected Systems Framework, focusing on the integration of mental health and PBIS.
Lucille Eber, Senior Advisor
Lucille Eber, Ed.D., brings her expertise to the Midwest team-- as former Director of the Illinois Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities (1993-1999), which transitioned to the Illinois Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Network (1999-2014), facilitating PBIS implementation for over 1,800 Illinois schools. She regularly publishes articles and chapters on school-wide positive behavior supports, and interconnected systems for mental health in schools.
Ami Flammini, Technical Assistance Director
Ami's extended and varied experiences in the field of social work have given her an understanding and deep respect for the role of systems in creating lasting individual and organizational change. Her out of the box thinking to identify and then move beyond perceived obstacles is crucial to the Midwest PBIS Network. Ami is the Illinois Site Director, Lead Trainer and Coach for the National IES random controlled trial for RENEW. Ami is also leading our team in work integrating trauma-informed practices within a multi-tiered system of supports and is a strong advocate for educator self-care.
Nikole Hollins-Sims, Technical Assistance Coordinator
Nikole Y. Hollins-Sims, Ed.D., has been in the educational field for 17 years. She currently serves as a technical assistance coordinator for the Midwest PBIS network. Dr. Hollins-Sims is a former Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). She has previously served as an educational consultant for the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)-Harrisburg Office, where she was the co-statewide lead for the Learning Environment & Engagement initiative. Dr. Hollins-Sims is a Pennsylvania certified school psychologist and has conducted research around caregivers of children of incarcerated parents and their motivation to engage in family-school partnerships. Dr. Hollins-Sims has been awarded as a Moral and Courageous Leader for Education by Cabrini University in 2021, the 2021 American Psychology Association (APA) Anti-Racism School Psychology Emerging Professional Award and was named the 2021 Pennsylvania School Psychologist of the Year.
Diane LaMaster, Technical Assistance Coordinator
Diane comes with an extraordinary amount of experience in behavior support as a special education teacher, behavior interventionist, and district coach. Her passion for data based decision making led her to becoming a National SWIS Facilitator Trainer and a National TIPS Trainer. Diane's knowledge of data and her fluency with SWIS and PBISApps are invaluable to the Midwest PBIS Network and schools in the state of Illinois.
Juan Lira, Technical Assistance Coordinator
Juan has worked in education for over 20 years. His experience has been centered in large urban and suburban school districts, though he began teaching in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and Sal Rei, Boa Vista, Cape Verde. Juan has experience in implementing PBIS as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He brings a school-based practitioner’s lens to the table, along with the knowledge he has gained through experience of initiating and installing PBIS in schools. Juan’s work to improve student outcomes and make schools equitable places for all has led him to recognize and prioritize mental health, social emotional, and behavioral well-being in schools and school systems.
Katie Pohlman, Technical Assistance Director
Katie brings experience with both community and school social work. Her desire to create equal opportunities for all along with her need to be efficient and effective led to her passion to support schools in implementing PBIS. Katie's current role with the network extends her passion as she facilitates sites to integrate school and mental health systems by enhancing the core features of PBIS through the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF).
Trisha Shrode, Research & Evaluation Director
Trisha Shrode, Ed.D, has worked in public education for 17 years. She began her career as a middle school mathematics teacher on the southside of Peoria, where she first implemented PBIS as a classroom teacher. She worked as a district based professional development provider and summer school administrator, before moving to Chicago to begin her doctorate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While in Chicago, Trisha served as an administrator on the south and west sides of Chicago, leading teams in implementing PBIS with fidelity. For the last eight years, Trisha served as principal and then Director of Curriculum and Instruction for SD U-46, where she oversaw curriculum and Multi-tiered Systems of Support and worked to support Tiered teams at each of the District's 57 school programs.
Sara Teeter, Technical Assistance Coordinator
As a licensed clinical social worker, Sara worked in the education field as a school social worker for eighteen years for Springfield Public Schools #186 in Illinois. During that time her passion grew for PBIS by implementing interventions and learning how to meet the needs of multiple students through systems work. Engaging students, staff, parents, and community members through the implementation of wraparound plans has become some of her most rewarding work. Serving as the lead school social worker in Springfield, Sara co-implemented a district-wide SEL universal screening and assisted in the leadership of integrated mental health at the district level. She is driven to support PBIS implementation in schools to help make school a place where every student feels like they belong.
Cheryle Kennelly, Project Coordinator
Cheryle brings more than 20 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant & Meeting Planner to the Midwest Team. Her exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills, combined with her ability to independently multi-task and problem-solve make her a leader in event planning at the national level, and the go-to team member for all things at the local level.
Alanna Gatesman, Data Manager
Alanna brings a teaching background in both secondary and special education, along with over a decade of administrative support with the Network, to her current role of Training Data Manager. Her favorite aspect of working with the Network is assisting with the training of staff at the district and school levels in establishing systems that both empower educators and support students at all levels of need. Her diligent work with our Training system and event planning helps Midwest Institutes run smoothly.
Patti Leppala-Bardell, Data Manager
Patti's diverse experience over 20 years working with schools, families, systems, and participating on various regional and state committees and coalitions, provides the passion she brings to the Midwest Team as an advocate for families and youth voice. She worked for the former Illinois EBD Network as a wraparound facilitator and trainer, the IL PBIS Network as SFCP/Training Coordinator, and now serves in her current role as Training Data Manager. Her sharp administrative and organizational skills are valuable to the Network for training/data coordination and event planning.
Jennifer Norton, Project Coordinator
As an art educator in public education and afterschool programming for over a decade, Jennifer brings a teaching and design background to her role of Project Coordinator for Evaluation, Accounting, and Website. Her eye for detail and appreciation of good organization help the team to think in more efficient ways. Jennifer loves all things Recognition, and gets excited seeing hundreds of Illinois schools being Recognized for their PBIS implementation efforts.
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