Toni Roberts of Crossville is Vice-president. She is registered nurse. She has been a very active parent in her children's schools for more than a decade working as a volunteer and serving as PTO/A President for a number of years. After observing how corporal punishment was used in her children's school, she became dedicated to organizing efforts to have the practice banned from the public school system.
Carla Snodgrass, Secretary, is the executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. From her office in Nashville, she works statewide to bring attention to the issue of child abuse and protect children.
Phyllis Sells, Treasurer, is a school social worker in Nashville and long-time member of TNVSD and has served as
a member of the Advisory Board for many years. She works in the Davidson County School System and is a dedicated children's advocate.
Janet Coscarelli, M.S., is Director of the Tennessee Head Start State Collaboration Office. She is recognized statewide as a child advocate.
Louise Gorenflo, M.S., is a community organizer who works to improve education and promote social change. Her work includes establishing programs which address various social problems and establishing educational opportunities for children. She is seen as a force in the region for improving education and advocating for low-income and poverty stricken families.
Tom Johnson is active in the organization Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, Inc.
Martha Pritchett, has been actively seeking a ban on corporal punishment in schools for 25 years. She continues to keep the issue at the forefront in Cleveland and Bradley County schools where she resides. Her work in the early years with pioneer Adah Maurer and others resulted in an increased awareness of the reality of corporal punishment in schools and the need to find better ways to discipline children. As a result of this increased awareness, 29 states now have bans on corporal punishment in schools.
Linda Richey, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education in the Department of Human Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University. Her research and professional activity interests include: children's social & emotional development, especially positive child guidance; quality child care, specifically training, education and resource support of and for child care providers; and inclusion of children with special needs in their natural environments, e.g., child care, school, and other community settings.
Hedy Weinberg is the Director of the Tennessee Chapter of the ACLU.
Tennesseans for Nonviolent School Disicpline www.forkidsake.org