Saturday, August 5 · 11:30am - 4:30pm (ET)

Meet the Presenters

Bethany Bayliss

Bethany Bayliss (VA)

Bethany Bayliss currently serves as a teacher in Virginia Beach Schools after returning to the United States from serving as a teacher and Dean of Students in England. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and is pursuing her Educational Leadership Endorsement from Old Dominion University.

Finding a Seat for Everyone at the Table: Strategies to Achieve a More Inclusive Family-School Partnership (2:50pm – 3:20pm ET)

Shea Collins

Shea Collins (VA)

Shea Collins serves as a college advisor, athletic administrator, and President of 365 Mentoring and Coaching. She has more than 20 years of experience as an educator, athletic leader, basketball coach, and academic sponsor for student activities and currently provides professional development and mentoring for new and aspiring athletic directors in Virginia and nationally. She is pursuing an Ed.D in Leadership and Organizational Change.

HIP HOP Leadership Strategies for All Advisors (12:35pm – 1:05pm ET)

David Cordts

David Cordts (VA)

David Cordts served as student council advisor at a large metropolitan high school in North Carolina for 15 years and was active at the district, state, and national levels in student council organizations before becoming Associate Director of the National Honor Society, a position he held for 23 years. He was named the National Warren E. Shull Student Council Advisor of the Year in 1991. He is now happily retired and occasionally gets pressed into service for workshop presentations.

Keeping Meetings on Track (2:50pm – 3:20pm ET)

Karen Crawford

Karen Crawford (MD)

Karen Crawford has been working with student leaders since 1977 when she started as a junior high school student council advisor. Since that time, she progressed to working at the county, state, and national levels in specific positions or in facilitating workshops. From 1999-2014, as the administrator of student leadership in Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland, Karen worked directly with her county middle and high school student council advisors and county and state -level student leaders. “Retiring” in 2014, her continued work with student leaders exemplifies the simple philosophy, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Currently serving as the Assistant Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC), Karen is passionate about supporting the student voice and enjoys working with student leaders to address issues and create change in their schools and communities. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Maryland, a Master in Special Education from Bowie State University, and Administration and Supervision Certification from Johns Hopkins University.

Strategies for Teambuilding (1:10pm – 1:40pm ET)
Constitution & Bylaws (2:50pm – 3:20pm ET)

Rashaan Davis

Rashaan Davis (CO)

Rashaan Davis is an Assistant Commissioner with the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), where he oversees Esports, Speech and Debate, Student Leadership, Sportsmanship and Music. He spent 24 years working as a classroom teacher and campus administrator. In his role as a teacher, he was an advocate for helping students reach for the best. As an administrator, Rashaan worked to help teachers help students in ways that they previously had not thought about. His desire to make every classroom a space for opportunity and every building a center for equal access affords him the chance to share his work in this space with others.

Schoolwide Equity Audit (12:35pm – 1:05pm ET)

Tripp DiNicola

Frank G. “Tripp” DiNicola, III, Ed.D. (VA)

Frank G. “Tripp” Di Nicola, III, Ed.D., principal of J. Lupton Simpson Middle School in Loudoun County Public Schools, is currently marking his twenty-seventh year in education. Dr. Di Nicola sponsored National Honor Society for twenty years when working at the high school level as an educator and administrator and founded the LCPS Student Advisory Planning Team in the fall of 2016 in Loudoun County Public Schools. He is a National Board-Certified Teacher and has taught French, Japanese, and Spanish at the secondary and collegiate levels. He has served as a middle school dean and assistant principal, a high school assistant principal, and supervisor of school administration in addition to his continued efforts in the classroom at the university level. He is finishing his tenth semester as an adjunct professor with Shenandoah University’s career switcher program and also has been recently teaching future administrators at George Mason University and George Washington University as they enter the world of educational leadership.

Student Advisory Planning Team (12:35pm – 1:05pm ET)

Lauretta Eldridge

Lauretta Eldridge (CA)

Lauretta Eldridge has been a teacher for 30 years and an Activity Director for 28 years and is currently serving is Activity Director and Instructor at Kern High School District in Bakersfield, CA. She has taught and been an Activity Director at the Middle School, High School, Charter, and Continuation School levels. She has worked at various state camps, including the CADA Summer Leadership Camps. She has hosted and directed several local and state Leadership Conferences, and planned the 2016 EPIC CADA Conference in Reno, Nevada. One of her main goals is to meet everyone at all of the conferences she attends.

Activities and Co-ed Athletics in a Flash (12:35pm – 1:05pm ET)

Lyn Fiscus

Lyn Fiscus (VA)

Lyn Fiscus serves as the Extracurricular Specialist for the Loudoun County Public School district in Virginia. She also is the director of the Virginia Student Councils Association and is currently representing the Eastern Region on the National Association for Student Activities national board.

Officers as Leaders: Developing an Effective Officer Team (1:10pm – 1:40pm ET)

Sidney Kinser

Sidney Kinser (VA)

Sidney Kinser is a Special Education teacher in Virginia Beach, Virginia who has had the honor of working with individuals with special needs for 16 years. Mrs. Kinser received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Special Education Certification from Old Dominion University. She also holds a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. Throughout her career, Mrs. Kinser has received many accolades, such as being Tagged by the Superintendent, Career Teacher, and Distinguished Educator. Mrs. Kinser is passionate about teaching students with special needs that they have the same rights and responsibilities as their neurotypical peers. She works to empower her students to participate in school events and encourages the general education population and staff to be more inclusive of diverse learners.

Inclusion in Action: Including Students with Disabilities in School Activities (1:10pm – 1:40pm ET)

Kimberly Nurse

Kimberly Nurse (VA)

AVID Coordinator & Elective Teacher, Kimberly Nurse has spent her entire career as an educator serving as a catalyst of change in the public-school setting. For 20 years, Mrs. Nurse has encouraged and motivated her students to want to learn, imparting an enthusiasm for learning and exploration. Evidence of her impact on students was being awarded the Teacher of the Year for Kempsville High School in 2021. She also had the distinction of being awarded the Citywide Teacher of the Year for Virginia Beach City Public Schools in that same year.

The Power of a Black Student Union (2:50pm – 3:20pm ET)

Lindsay Orme

Lindsay Orme, Ed.D. (VA)

Lindsay Orme, Ed.D., Coordinator of Social-Emotional Learning in Loudoun County Public Schools, has served 19 years in education. Dr. Orme is Loudoun’s first SEL Coordinator and has been leading the implementation of SEL in 60 elementary and 17 middle schools across the division since 2019. As part of her work with social-emotional learning, Dr. Orme contributes as a member of the division MTSS Leadership Team, Unified Mental Health Coordination Team, and Student Advisory Planning Team. Outside of LCPS, Dr. Orme is a founding member of the SEL4VA leadership team, leading grassroots efforts to promote social-emotional learning and coordinating a community of practice for SEL leaders across Virginia. Dr. Orme is a contributor to the Virginia Department of Education SEL Curriculum Framework and professional learning series. Prior to her role as SEL Coordinator, Dr. Orme served as an elementary school dean and assistant principal. She began her career teaching elementary physical education and health, and coaching high school athletics.

Student Advisory Planning Team (12:35pm – 1:05pm ET)

Jodean Oviatt

Jodean Oviatt (NV)

Jodean Oviatt serves as a proud assistant principal of Northwest Career & Technical Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she is responsible for school culture & climate. Ms. Oviatt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Clarion University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a Master’s degree from UNLV in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Policy & Leadership. Additionally, she is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in the Executive Educational Leadership Program. She has been working in the Clark County School District in Career & Technical Education and student activities for 20 years as a teacher, advisor, digital learning strategist, and administrator.

Events to Create a Buzz on Your Campus! (2:50pm – 3:20pm ET)

Shana Remian

Dr. Shana Remian (VA)

Dr. Remian is a Nationally Board Certified teacher (EA-EYA/English Language Arts) who currently serves as an assistant principal at Floyd E. Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Old Dominion University, a master’s degree in instruction from University of Virginia, and a doctorate of philosophy degree in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University. As the administrator for the special education department, Dr. Remian strives to create an inclusive learning environment where all students can reach their maximum potential both inside and out of the classroom.

Inclusion in Action: Including Students with Disabilities in School Activities (1:10pm – 1:40pm ET)

Leslie Riccio

Leslie Riccio (VA)

Leslie Riccio has served Virginia Beach Schools for over 18 years, as a School Counselor, School Counseling Director, and a Family Outreach Representative in the Office of Family and Community Engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Old Dominion University and an Educational Leadership Endorsement from Longwood University.

Finding a Seat for Everyone at the Table: Strategies to Achieve a More Inclusive Family-School Partnership (2:50pm – 3:20pm ET)

JoVon Rogers

JoVon Rogers (VA)

JoVon Rogers is an esteemed educator serving as the proud principal at Mount Vernon High School in Fairfax County, Virginia. With a deep passion for instructional leadership, JoVon is dedicated to fostering collaborative and inclusive school cultures where every student can thrive. Drawing upon her extensive experience and knowledge in team leadership development, distributive leadership, and staff professional development, she consistently empowers her colleagues and students to reach their full potential. Beyond her role as a principal, JoVon actively contributes to the professional development of aspiring principals in Fairfax County Public Schools. Her expertise has also led her to collaborate with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) since 2015, where she has been involved in various projects and has presented alongside NASSP and other esteemed organizations nationwide.

Empowering Student Leaders to Work with Different Types of Leaders (1:10pm – 1:40pm ET)

Lesley Sarver

Lesley Sarver (VA)

Rocking through her 18th year of teaching Spanish at at Hickory High School in Virginia, Lesley Sarver has served for seven years as Student Activities/SCA Sponsor. She has taught all levels of Spanish offered at the high school level and is currently teaching Leadership Development for the first year! She is a graduate of Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA, class of 2006 — Go Red Flash!– and is pursuing her graduate degree in Educational Leadership with Old Dominion University as part of the Chesapeake Public Schools Cohort.

Five Surefire Ways to Ignite Student Leader Potential (12:35pm – 1:05pm ET)

Ian Tyson

Ian Tyson (CAN)

Ian Tyson, one of North America’s top inspirational speakers for more than 30 years, brings his message of optimism, resilience, and kindness. Ian’s book, Hooray For Everything! The Optimist Manifesto is an insightful collection of stories and ideas about finding and keeping positivity. Also an avid home cook, who brings his positivity to the kitchen and was featured on the Food Network Canada show “Wall of Chefs” in 2020, Ian created an online cooking show of his own during lockdown called “The Confined Kitchen.” Combining hilarious and heartwarming story telling, observational humor, and meaningful life lessons, Ian will be sure to get our conference off to a positive start. IanTyson.ca

Opening Session Keynote (11:30am – 12:30pm ET)
Closing Session Keynote (3:25pm – 4:30pm ET)

Ian Tyson

Dr. Felix Yerace, Ph.D. (PA)

Felix Yerace, PhD, is the Assistant Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC) and is the Education and Engagement Coordinator for the National Association for Student Activities (NA4SA). He teaches leadership and positive psychology courses, and is currently enrolled in the Applied Compassion Training Program at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford Medical School.

Leadership Through Compassion (1:10pm – 1:40pm ET)