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Mike Park 
CharacterPlus® CEO, LACE Academy, The U.S. Army Intelligence Center & School, Wharton School Executive Program, University of Alabama, Center for Character & Citizenship, Affiliate Scholar, & Brand-P Principal,


Kristen Pelster, Ed.S. & Current Doctoral Student in Character Education
CharacterPlus® Senior Director of Programming, Retired District Administrator, NSOC recipient, Consultant for Center for Character and Citizenship, African Vision of Hope Board of Directors, Current Ed.D. candidate,


Nicole Diehl, Current LACE/CEEL Academy Student 
CharacterPlus® Director of Programming, Leading the nation in schools coached that have become State & National Schools of Character, Instructor, CharacterPlus Way Director, 

Julie Sperry, Ed.D. 
CharacterPlus® Director of Program Expansion & Innovation, Retired School Administrator, NSOC recipient, Consultant for Center for Character and Citizenship, MA in Administration & Secondary Counseling,


Roxanna Mechem, Ed.S.
CharacterPlus® Director of District and Community Partnerships, Retired District Administrator at Maplewood Richmond Heights, and Rockwood School Districts,


Emilie Johnson, Ph.D. 
CharacterPlus® Senior Facilitator, Instructor, Senior Professor of Education, College of Education and Human Services at Lindenwood University, with an emphasis on Advanced Education Psychology,


Grace Lee, Ed.D. 
CharacterPlus EJACE Director, Inclusion Expert, Retired Principal at Hixson Middle and Brittany Woods Middle Schools, Social Worker, English-Language Arts,

Kashina Bell, Ed.D. 
CharacterPlus® EJACE Director, University City Deputy Superintendent, Inclusion Expert, previous St. Louis Middle School Principal of the Year, Hazelwood Principal, Parkway Principal, 


Debbie Brandt, Ed.S. 
CharacterPlus® Senior Facilitator, Retired Principal at LaSalle Springs Middle School, NSOC recipient, Missouri Baptist University Instructor, 

Michael Barolak, MSW 
CharacterPlus® EJACE and SELf Team, Retired Director of Social Emotional Support Services at Parkway Schools, School Social Worker, 

Rene Sommers, Ed.D. 
CharacterPlus® TACE Co-Director, Retired Principal at Green Trails Elementary School, SLPS Teacher, NSOC recipient, 

Nathan Hostetler, Ed.D. 
CharacterPlus® Director of HS AACE, Educational Leadership, Retired Principal at Francis Howell North High School, previous Farmington High School Principal, 

Matt Klosterman. M.S.
CharacterPlus® AACE Team, Retired Superintendent at Belleville District 118, Character Education in Emerging Leaders (CEEL) Consultant,


Andy Croley, Ed.D. 
CharacterPlus® Director of Collegiate AACE, Retired Principal at Lindbergh and Ferguson Florissant, 

Lynn Clapp, M.S. 
CharacterPlus® Director of Culture Carriers, Retired School Psychologist and District Administrator at Belleville District 118, Vertical Performance Coach, 

Carol Burcke 
CharacterPlus® Director of Development, Previous Chief Development responsibilities at Rx Outreach and Make-A-Wish Foundation,


Claudia McMillin, M.B.A. 
CharacterPlus® Finance Manager & Friends of CharacterPlus liaison,


Heather Nadenbush 
Who holds all of this team together, CharacterPlus® Office Manager, Entrepreneur & Community Volunteer, 

Marvin Berkowitz, Ph.D. 
Lead Scholar Advisor, Sanford N. McDonnell Professor of Character Education, UM Thomas Jefferson Fellow, Professor UMSL, Co-Founder, the Center for Character & Citizenship 

Melinda Bier, Ph.D. 
Scholar Advisor, Co-Director of the Center for Character & Citizenship, Senior Research Fellow Division of Educational Psychology, Evaluation & Research, College of Education UMSL 

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