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Donna Lopiana

DONNA A LOPIANO, PH.D.

President of Sports Management Resources, former CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation and former Director of Women’s Athletics at the University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

 

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 Coaches Advisory Council

Membership on the Coaches Advisory Council consists of no fewer than 15 and no more than 30 members representing as many different sports as possible.  The Coaches Advisory Council consists of individuals committed to working within their respective sports to advocate for coaches’ support of strong and clear policies defining professional behavior that advances the safety and welfare of athletes.  Members are willing to communicate with coaching colleagues and within professional coaching associations for coaches’ support of the adoption of effective policies, procedures, and educational programs by sport clubs and teaching gyms that prevent sport leader and peer misconduct whether it be sexual, bullying, harassment or other forms of inappropriate behaviors. Members speak out to encourage and help educate all parents, athletes, and the general public that while the great majority of all coaches adhere to the highest standards of integrity, parents and athletes must be more aware of what they can do to recognize inappropriate coach behavior and take the proper steps to stop it. 

Coaches Advisory Council is currently forming from Coaches and Clubs that have adopted Safe4Athletes Policies.  If you are a Coach and would like to help Safe4Athletes continually develop our policies to meet the highest standard in sports we would like to hear from you.  Coaches from all levels of coaching are encouraged to apply and all sports welcome.  

 

To learn more about adopting Safe4Athletes Policies for your club click here

If you are interested in joining the Safe4Athletes team and make a difference in your sport we would like to hear from you.

 

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Mitch Abrams

Dr. Mitch Abrams earned his Bachelors of Science from Brooklyn College (Pre-Med & Psychology) and earned his Masters of Science in Applied Psychology and his Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from C.W. Post/Long Island University.  He received specialized training in family violence, the treatment of trauma and anger management.  His dissertation demonstrated the effectiveness of an anger management program for male athletes and he has been working with anger and violence (including dating/sexual violence prevention) with athletes since.   His private practice has clinical, forensic and sport psychology services where treatment focuses on anger management and the treatment of trauma stemming from various forms of abuse.  Further, he is the President and Founder of Learned Excellence for Athletes, Dr. Abrams’ Sports Psychology Consulting firm.

With the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), he is the Chair (and founder) of the “Anger & Violence in Sport” Special Interest Group (SIG) and has been a member of the Hospitality Committee since its inception.  Dr. Abrams is also on the program review committee for AASP’s Annual Convention.

He is part of the NCAA speakers’ bureau, has lectured at national conferences and conventions, is often solicited by the media to discuss sport psychology issues, and writes an ongoing sport psychology blog entitled Sports Transgressions for Psychology Today.  Dr. Abrams contributed to The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine edited by Lyle Micheli (2011) by writing the sport psychology entries on anger management and imagery in visualization.  In addition, in 2010, he released his book: Anger Management in Sport: Understanding and Controlling Violence in Athletes.  He also co-wrote the chapter on “Anger: How to moderate hot buttons” with Dr. Bruce Hale in Dr. Shane Murphy’s Sport Psych Handbook.

A licensed psychologist in NY and NJ, Dr. Abrams is also a member of APA’s Divisions 47 (Sport & Exercise Psychology) and Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society), as well as the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.  He oversees mental health services for five of the state prisons in NJ as he is Clinician Administrator for University Correctional Health Care, which is part of UMDNJ.  He co-coordinates the forensic track of the pre-doctoral psychology internship program where he is actively involved in training young psychologists.  Finally, he has been adjunct faculty at C.W. Post/Long Island University, Brooklyn College and Fairleigh Dickinson University; and currently is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 

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Megan Neyer 

Dr. Megan Neyer is the founder of Neyer Performance Strategies, LLC, a company that specializes in individual, team and organizational performance with businesses and athletic teams. Her work includes helping firms enhance performance enhancement and productivity, select and retain employees, as well as facilitating effective leadership development.  The firm also consults on holistic health and wellness. 

 Dr. Neyer has worked with executives, coaches and elite athletes for over 20 years at organizations such as the U.S. Olympic Training Center, University of Florida, Georgia Tech, University of Florida, Emory, U.S. Air Force Academy, USA Diving, USA Swimming, US Gymnastics Federation, US Figure Skating Association, USA Canoe and Kayak, USA Archery and other national governing bodies as well as club teams and professional athletes.  Businesses she has worked with include Coca Cola, BellSouth, Heery International, David Evans & Associates, Landmark Communications along with several professional associations.  She consults with coaches and athletes in individual and team sports on how to optimize their performances.  She works with a variety of business organizations to help them enhance performance, productivity and wellness in the work environment, develop effective leaders, along with employee selection and retention.  Throughout her career, she has served on multiple committees or in positions that developed policy, training, and provided counseling for sexual assault and harassment, eating disorders and substance abuse.

Dr. Neyer received her undergraduate and doctorate degrees in counselor education with emphases in performance and health psychology from the University of Florida, and is a licensed and nationally certified counselor, certified in Neuro Emotional Technique, as well as a trained mediator.  She is a former world-class competitive diver whose accomplishments include being an Olympian on 3 and 10-meter, a World Springboard Champion, 15-time US Diving National Champion, 8-time SEC and NCAA champion, and multi-time international champion. She has more wins than any other diver in the history of the SEC and NCAA, and in 2006 was named NCAA Most Outstanding Diver of the last Quarter Century. In 1997, Megan was honored as a University of Florida Alumna of Outstanding Achievement, awarded to only 47 women of the 85,000 who had graduated from the University of Florida.  She has been inducted into the University of Florida, International Swimming, and Academic All American Halls of Fame. 


 

 

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 Safe4Athletes Athlete Advisory Council Forming Now

 Athletes’ Advisory Council

Membership on the Athletes Advisory Council consists of no fewer than 30 and no more than 60 members representing as many different sports as possible.  The Athletes Advisory Council consists of individuals committed to working within their respective sports to advocate for clubs, leagues, teams, state and national sports governing bodies to adopt effective policies, procedures, and educational programs that help prevent coach, volunteer, other sport leader and peer misconduct whether it be sexual, bullying, harassment or other forms of inappropriate behaviors.  Members speak out to encourage and help educate all parents, athletes, and the general public to be more aware of what they can do to recognize inappropriate coach behavior and to understand how traumatic the effects of such experiences can be for athletes. 

If you are interested in joining the Safe4Athletes team and make a difference in your sport we would like to hear from you.

Call us at 1-855-723-3422 (855-Safe4AA) or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

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Board of Directors

 

KATHERINE STARR

Founder & President

Katherine Starr (formally known as Annabelle Cripps)

Katherine is a 2 time Olympian 1984 and 1988 (Great Britain) In 1986 she won two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games. Katherine experienced success at the collegiate level: swimming for the University of Texas, participating on three NCAA championship teams and being a 14-time All-American.

By applying the lessons learned through competitive swimming, Katherine's professional career blossomed, alongside her athletic achievements. Katherine gained a prestigious and solid business background in the corporate world working with Softbank/Mobius Venture Capitalist (original investor in Yahoo!), AOL Time Warner, Sun Microsystems, Netscape, and Honeywell, among others.

The world of swimming created another unexpected area of interest for Katherine: it sparked her passion for film and television production. As a successful Olympic swimmer, she made many television appearances and spoke with the press throughout various stages of competition, giving her a taste for media.

Since speaking up about abuse in sports, Katherine has been interviewed by the NBC Sports, NY Times with the Takeaway, CBS Sports Radio, Take Part Five as well other nationally recognized media outlets in sports. (please review our news section for the latest interview or in the news)

Katherine also works with lawyers across the country as a consultant and expert witness with ATHLETES FIRST CONSULTING on abuse in sports. See also our legal page for more information. 

Currently Katherine travels around the country educating the athletic community about the Safe4Athletes program that offers policies and procedures for local sports programs to adopt which are designed to prevent sexual abuse, bully and harassment and provide and safe and positive environment for the athlete. 

Our goal is to provide athletes with "a voice" and help parents make an informed decision about whom they have entrusted their child-athlete with.

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CAROLE OGLESBY

Carole Oglesby has been in the professoriate for more than forty years; 27 of them at Temple University.  She earned a PhD in Kinesiology at Purdue University in 1969 and a PhD in Counseling at Temple University in 1999.  She was a department chair at Temple from 1992-1995 and has served as Chairperson at California State University, Northridge 2003-2009.

Carole’s scholarly career has been devoted to growth and development in two areas; women’s/gender studies in sport and sport psychology.  She has held major leadership positions in virtually all academic and advocacy organizations in these areas.  She was the inaugural president of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, president National Association of Girls and Women’s Sport, Trustee of the Women’s Sport Foundation, President of Women Sport International, Senior International Advisor for International Working Group for Women in Sport, Executive Board of the U.S. Collegiate Sports Council, U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors, Association for Applied Sports Psychology Health Psychology Chair and Executive Board member. 

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TIFFANY COHEN

Tiffany Cohen is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. She won the 400 and 800 Freestyle swimming events in the 1984 Olympics. She is a member of the University of Texas Hall of Honor and International Swimming Hall of Fame. Tiffany attended University of Texas where she and her teammates won the National Championship and she was voted NCAA Swimmer of the Year in 1985.

Tiffany has been a National recognized public speaker on Eating Disorders, bringing awareness to issue in sports.

Currently, Tiffany enjoys a successful career in Business Development and Marketing in the Healthcare field.

 

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SUSAN HEON PRESTON

 I teach 4th Grade at Encinal Elementary School in the Menlo Park City School District. The small community of Menlo Park is located on the San Francisco Peninsula near Stanford University.  I have been a resident of Menlo Park since 1996 and began teaching in Menlo Park in 1997.

As a child, I grew up in Pennsylvania and began swimming competitively when I was 10 years old and realized that I really enjoyed competing and training.  At the 1979 National Junior Olympics, I broke two national records and qualified for the 1980 Olympics Trails.  This prompted a move to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I attended Shaler Area High School.  After high school, I attended the University of Pittsburgh until 1983 and then took a year off from school to train for the 1984 Olympic Trails.  At the 1984 Olympic Trials, I qualified for the United States Olympic Team in the 400 I.M. and placed fourth in the 1984 Olympic Games which were held in Los Angeles.  I returned to the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 1984 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Communication in 1985.  After college, I entered the business world as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Boehringer Igelheim Pharmaceuticals in Chicago, Illinois.  In July 1990, I moved to Kobe, Japan and worked as a sports consultant for Tokyu Sports Oasis until December 1993.  After returning from Japan, I entered Notre Dame de Namur University where I earned my professional clear multiple subject teaching credential.  I later went on to earn my Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate (CLAD) in 2000.  This is my eighteenth year teaching in Menlo Park. Even though my Olympic days are behind me, I am still actively competing in swimming although in the open water only.  In addition to teaching and swimming, I am currently involved with Swim Across America, Safe4Athelets and German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California as well as Nor Cal Soccer.

 

 

Every athlete deserves a safe and positive sports environment. SPEAK UP if the way you are being treated feels wrong. 
If you need advice in sorting through a situation or concern. SAFE4ATHLETES is here to help.

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