S.E.S.A.M.E. was founded in 1991 by volunteers who saw a need in their community. Today, the need for S.E.S.A.M.E. still persists, and a dedicated group of volunteer advocates and experts continue the work of the founders so that the nation's schools are safer for children.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Terri Miller, President
Ms. Miller has been a member of S.E.S.A.M.E. since 1996 and is currently President of the Board of Directors. Her responsibilities include providing support, resource materials and research to survivors, their families, professionals and media. She is the mother of four children, and considers herself a M.O.M. or Mamma On a Mission.
John Seryak, Vice President
Mr. Seryak retired from public school teaching in 2006 after 35 years as a classroom teacher.
He became interested in child abuse and neglect issues from the classroom teacher's perspective. Building on his academic background, he developed the Dear Teacher Project.
C. Terry Raben, Treasurer
C. Terry Raben is a certified Public Accountant and has been a CPA for over thirty (30) years.
Mr. Raben has extensive experience in all attest functions, in the preparation of
financial statements, taxation, and special engagements in preparing business valuations.
Billie-Jo Grant, Ph.D.
Dr. Grant has dedicated her career to the improvement of childhood education and the prevention of educator sexual abuse through educational research and evaluation.
She hopes to make a difference by creating public awareness, assisting victims and survivors, advocating for improved policies and laws, and developing better training for students and staff.
Jeffrey A. Haverland, Ed.D.
Dr. Haverland has committed his career to education as a middle school science teacher, curriculum coordinator, principal, and professor. He supports educator and student safety and risk management through ethics trainings; volunteer opportunities including Crisis Text Line, Court Appointed Special Advocacy; and local, state, and national advocacy.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
S.E.S.A.M.E. is extremely grateful for the insightful leadership and enthusiasm of the members of our Board of Advisors. We are proud to have some of the nation's leading experts working with us to make our schools safer for children. These esteemed individuals work tirelessly each day to research, teach, write, counsel and speak on issues surrounding sexual abuse and misconduct by educators. We applaud them for their efforts!
Chester C Kent, Ph.D.; J.D.
School administrator, university professor (Retired),educational consultant/court expert witness in Law and Education.
Professional focus: Prevention of employee sexual abuse/harassment of students in K-12 schools.
Frederick S. Lane
Author, Attorney, Educational Consultant, and Lecturer
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Glenn Lipson, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Diplomate in Forensic Psychology
American Board of Professional Psychology
Associate Professor/Program Director
California School of Forensic Studies
Alliant International University
10455 Pomerado Road, San Diego CA 92131
Dr. Charol Shakeshaft Ph.D.
Professor and Chairperson
Department of Educational Leadership
Robert Shoop, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Educational Law
P.O. Box 624
Tabernash, CO 80478
Mary Jo McGrath
Attorney at Law CEO
McGrath Training Systems
Nationally recognized attorney known for her work regarding sexual harassment.
631 N. Milpas Street Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: (800) 733-1638
Charles Hobson, Ph.D.
Indiana University Northwest - Professor
Gary, IN 46408
Phone: (219) 980-6903
Jules C. Irvin-Rooney, J.D., M.A.
President, Title IX and Clery Act Consulting, LLC (An affiliate of The Irvin Law Firm)
(804) 897 5035