|Thom Stecher is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and educational consultant. He specializes in self-esteem, wellness and student assistance programs. He is one of the original developers of the nationally acclaimed Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program, which has received recognition by both the National Governors Conference as well as the American Medical Association. He has expanded the model to programs at the elementary, middle and high school level. He is involved in training and development of school based prevention and intervention services for “at risk youth” in over 20 states, Canada, Germany and Great Britain. Thom originated the LifeSkills program in cooperation with the PA Masonic Youth Foundation. You’ll rarely meet anyone with a more gentle and encouraging spirit.|
|Craig Erb has been in the field of education and coaching for over 25 years and is a national trainer in the Student Assistance Program. Since 1989, he has been an experiential adventure-based facilitator receiving training from Project Adventure in Massachusetts, Outward Bound of North Carolina and Medical Training from S.O.L.O. of New Hampshire. Craig presently is director of his own company, Experiential Dynamics, which specializes in adventure-based programming with private and public schools, teacher education, universities, camps, and corporations. LifeSkills’ own “mountain man,” we don’t think Craig is ever bored. And, you won’t be either, thanks to his contributions to the active elements of the conference.|
|S. Alex Fizz is an educator immersed in social emotional and service learning. Alex leads adventure-based and experiential learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. His work with students addresses issues such as racism, sexism, bullying, harassment, violence and hazing while creating a safe space for solution-based problem solving. Additionally, Alex provides professional development to administrators, faculty and staff centered around wellness, resilience, diversity, classroom community, school-wide behavioral models, and district-wide social, emotional and academic change initiatives.
Raised in a family focused on service and the principle of passing on intergenerational wisdom, he brings perspective and scope to the impact positive mentors and role models can have in the lives of children and adolescents. To him it is essential to make clear, in the words of Mr. Rogers, “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”