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Center for Safe Schools employs a diverse and well-qualified staff to respond to the more than 250 requests for technical assistance it receives each month. Center staff have backgrounds in law, social services and education. Staff conduct research, consult with national experts and receive training to remain current on issues related to school safety and violence prevention.

Center for Safe Schools Staff

Lynn Cromley, Director

Michelle Nutter, Safe and Supportive Schools Program Manager
Michelle Nutter, a Pennsylvania-certified teacher, is the Safe and Supportive Schools Manager for the Center for Safe Schools. Prior to joining the Safe Schools Team in 2005, she was a civil rights investigator with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. During her 10 years with that office, she worked extensively with schools, communities and law enforcement departments to raise awareness and provide effective interventions related to organized hate groups and hate crimes, school-based harassment, bullying prevention, racial tension, prejudice reduction, diversity, gangs, terrorism awareness and First Amendment issues. In addition to her other duties with the Center for Safe Schools, Nutter is the Pennsylvania coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Equity Center, one of 10 regional equity assistance center funded by the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer and provides bullying prevention training and consultation services to Pennsylvania schools and communities. Nutter is also a certified Partners Against Hate trainer and assists schools in the prevention of and effective response to bias-related tension incidents. Additionally, she is a certified Terrorism Awareness and Prevention trainer.

Nutter received her bachelor’s degree in English education from Messiah College and holds over fifty FEMA certificates relative to emergency preparedness and disaster response. She holds a psychological first aid certificate from the American Red Cross. She is a graduate of the National Institute Against Hate Crimes and Terrorism, a collaborative training effort between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance. She also graduated from the Anti-Defamation League's Advanced Training School course on Extremist and Terrorist Threats and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Citizen’s Academy.

Mike Bookser, Emergency Planning and Response Management Coordinator
Mike Bookser holds his BA in the Administration of Criminal Justice from the University of Pittsburgh and received his Masters in Public Management from the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University. Mike spent 37 years as a police officer in Western Pennsylvania, the last 21 as Chief of Police. For the past 24 years he has taught Basic Recruit classes at the Allegheny County Police Training Academy. As a Master Instructor, Mike has taught Center for Safe Schools, Protecting Kids On-line program to students and adults for 10 years. Mike has been the Emergency Management Coordinator for his community for the past 20 years and is currently an Emergency Planning and Response Management Coordinator for Center for Safe Schools.

Sally Canazaro, Safe Schools Coordinator
Sally Canazaro holds a bachelor of arts in communications from Rutgers University.  Prior to joining the Center in November of 2006, Canazaro was a vice president of Operations with Ketchum Communications, Inc. She is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer and a trainer in the "I Can Problem Solve" and "Safe Dates" programs. She has been certified in a School Climate and Safety Assessment program and the IS-00546.a Continuity of Operations (COOP) Awareness Course. Canazaro has attended training opportunities in Incident Command Systems and AWR-148 Crisis Management for School Based Incident Partnering Law Enforcement and School Systems.

Stephanie Colvin Roy, Special Projects Managing Coordinator
Stephanie Roy provides technical assistance and professional development to schools and youth serving agencies with a focus on bullying prevention and social emotional learning. She has developed social emotional learning curriculum, a teambuilding curriculum for out of school time, prevention lessons on alcohol and other drug abuse, addiction, bullying, cyberbullying, diversity, resiliency and has co-written lessons on gambling prevention. Stephanie has training in cyberbullying, relational aggression, resiliency, cyber addiction, media literacy, diversity awareness and addiction. She served as a Commonwealth Approved Lead Student Assistance Program Trainer and an adjunct college professor on Personal Resiliency and Diversity. She is a certified Olweus trainer, a trainer for adults and educators and a presenter to youth and adults.

Leah Galkowski, Safe Schools Coordinator
Leah Galkowski is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor Degree in Administration of Justice with a minor in Spanish. She was previously employed by the Department of Public Welfare in the Office of Children Youth and Families as a program specialist. Prior to that Leah held several positions within the York County Children & Youth Agency. She was an intake investigator, Emergency Services Supervisor and supervisor of a satellite office.

Ryan Korn, Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth Managing Coordinator, Center for Safe Schools
Ryan Korn, a certified Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist I and II, Advisory Board Member at the Pennsylvania Juvenile Firesetter Program, and former Targeted Case Manager Supervisor and Forensic Intensive Case Manager, is the Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth Managing Coordinator with the Center for Schools and Communities.  Mr. Korn assists the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s State AEDY Coordinator in developing project action plans to reflect the goals of the AEDY Program.  He provides training and technical assistance to in-house and private provider AEDY programs throughout the state concerning student placement, program applications and other areas relating to AEDY Guidelines, PA School Code and PA Statutes.