Board of Directors
Governing Board Member Roster – September 2020
Philip Brown, PhD
Philip Brown, PhD is a Senior Consultant for the National School Climate Center and a Fellow, Center for Applied Psychology at Rutgers University.show more
Following 25 years managing substance abuse prevention services in the Pennsylvania Department of Health and student support services for the New Jersey Department of Education, he created and directed the Center for Social and Character Development at Rutgers University conducting research on social emotional and character development programs. He is the author of numerous government publications and articles, and edited co-authored the two volume, Handbook of Prosocial Education (2012) and School Discipline: A Prosocial Perspective (2016). Dr. Brown is also a long time board member and supporter of NJCAP and has been the driving force in the re-organization of the International Center for Assault Prevention (ICAP).show less
Jaya Sarkar, M.A.
Jaya Sarkar, M.A. is an international development professional with thirty years of experience in India, Latin America and West Africashow more
with expertise in child centered community development and economic strengthening for excluded and vulnerable populations. Jaya has worked across the sectors of education, health, local governance, and economic strengthening. Within these sectors, her primary focus has been the participation and inclusion of historically marginalized groups, such as children and youth and indigenous populations, and ensuring strategic partnerships at all levels address the barriers they face. She led new strategic partnerships for to improve delivery mechanisms within large social protection programs in India, with the World Bank in West Africa, and through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to enable significant scaling of programs to the ultra-poor. Jaya also led initiatives to strengthen adaptations to the economic Graduation Model, to ensure impact for particularly vulnerable groups including indigenous people, people with disabilities, youth, and survivors of gender based violence.show less
Michael Greene, PhD
Michael Greene, PhD is a Senior Fellow at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice and is the Chair of the Violence Prevention Workgroupshow more
at the National Prevention Science Coalition (NPSC). Michael’s work focuses on evidence-based prevention and policy strategies regarding youth and school violence. Dr. Greene served for 12 years as the Juvenile Justice Administrator for the City of New York. In 1993, he was appointed to the American Psychological Association’s Cadre of Experts in Youth Violence. He subsequently was selected as the founding Executive Director of the Violence Institute of New Jersey at the University of Medicine and Dentistry (now Rutgers University) and later as the Director of the Center for the Prevention of Violence in New Jersey He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews on youth violence, human rights, and positive youth development. Dr. Greene has served on the NJCAP Advisory Board for over 15 years and has been a longtime advocate for the CAP program.show less
Rebecca LeBeau, currently is the Executive Director of the Child Assault Prevention Project of Washoe County in Reno, Nevada.show more
As an event planner, Becky has worked in the past for some of Reno’s most prominent event-based companies, executing events for natives and tourists alike. She has also spent over 20 years in Northern Nevada’s non-profit sector as Director of Operations for the YWCA and currently as the Executive Director of the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project of Washoe County, Nevada. The CAP project is a required Child Self-Protection Workshop presented to all second, fourth and sixth grade students in Reno and Washoe County and is focused on empowering children to prevent abusive situations they may encounter. Rebecca sits on the Board of the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Task Force and also volunteers time for two important community endeavors – The Holland Project and The Community Cabinet.show less
Jeannette Collins has worked in the field of child abuse prevention for over thirty-four years. During this time she served as a CAPshow more
facilitator, Coordinator of two County CAP Projects and the Associate Director for NJCAP. She also was designated as the International Child Assault Prevention Teen Program Coordinator and Trainer. She co-authored and piloted CAP’s Bullying Prevention program and the Cyber Empowerment program. Jeannette was first state trainer for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as well as a trainer for the Creative Response to Conflict and Violence Prevention program from Nyack College. Jeannette has been a presenter at several National and International conferences. She has provided adult workshops in numerous forums including Administrators/Superintendents, School Boards, Police Departments, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, church organizations, school nurses, as well as service organizations. As an ICAP trainer, Jeannette has trained projects across the world and has set up CAP projects in Oregon, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Slovenia, Nova Scotia, Japan, and France and most recently in the People’s Republic of China. Jeannette Currently is the Director of NJCAPshow less
Natural Langdon is an award-winning Filmmaker, Producer, Photographer, Content Creator and founder of Mind Over Mattershow more
Enterprises and Global Arts and Travel Foundation. His passion for arts and education has taken him from producing films about urban drama and social injustice in Brownsville, Brooklyn to teaching youth about film production in underserved communities worldwide. He is on a mission to reveal the untold stories of urban communities around the world. Having traveled extensively through Africa, Europe, South America, Asia and the Caribbean, he is in search of authentic culture and the contributions of people of African descent. Natural holds a bachelor’s degree of Arts in Film Production from SUNY Empire State College and a Master’s Degree of Professional Studies in Directing from the School of Visual Arts. His is currently in a doctoral program in Media, Culture, and Heritage (Film by Practice) at Newcastle University.show less
Martina Podobnik, M.A., has a master’s degree in social work and is currently attending a doctoral study in social work in Zagreb (Croatia).show more
She wrote her master’s thesis on the topic of electronic violence among adolescents and participated in numerous scientific research projects in the field of child care (eg on the topic of deinstitutionalization of child care in Croatia).
She has completed 1 year practical training in the field of play therapy, and is currently in education for a transaction analyst – psychotherapist.
Her interest in working with young people is, also, reflected in her rich volunteer experience in conducting workshops for children and youth (eg, a workshop about the influence of the social media on self-image with high school students in Croatia).
As a student of social work during 2016 and 2017, she participated in the preparation of annual CAP conferences in Croatia and made an analysis of qualitative evaluations of the CAP program. During that period, she fell in love with the program!
She is active in professional associations of social workers in Croatia as a member of the board of directors of the Croatian Association of Social Workers. Also, she has a license to work issued by the Croatian Chamber of Social Workers.show less
David Singleton shares coordinating duties for the Montreal Assault Prevention Centre (MAPC) a charity whose missionshow more
is to empower vulnerable groups, including children and women, with tools to prevent assault, and has been the coordinator of the Child Assault Prevention Program (CAP) for over 30 years. At present he is the CAP trainer for the Montreal region and administers the program for elementary schools and daycares. He still enjoys occasionally animating workshops with children and engaging with parents at the school presentation. David has been involved, through the MAPC, in course development for parents, people with an intellectual disability and teens. For the last three years he has been a Board member of Respecting Elders Communities Against Abuse (RECAA) a sister organisation offering assault prevention workshops for Seniors. David, in collaboration with RECAA and other community groups, has organised several fund-raising concerts involving an impressive list of Montreal artists. He has also been active for many years with the Coalition for Gun Control.show less