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Our Advisory Board is a network of experts who have agreed to give SafeWave meaningful assistance in many different areas, including law, organizational development, technology, policy, education, child psychology, financial planning and outreach. Their abilities, experience, and knowledge were selected based upon how they complement our Mission and organization as a whole. The Board advises us in our strategic decision-making process. The Board can advise us individually or in concert as it best serves us. They share an active dialog with us and were chosen not as a "list of names", but as a group of people we intend to regularly interact.
Dr. Rande W. Matteson, a parent, Co-President of the Florida Chapter of the national advocacy group, The Bully Police, is a retired career law enforcement officer having served for 32 years in local, state and federal law enforcement investigative agencies.
Debbie Johnston has been a classroom teacher with Lee County Public Schools since 1985. Following the unfortunate suicide of her teenage son, Jeff as a result of bullying, she initiated a grassroots campaign to create legislation that would protect children from this abuse both in school and through the use of technology. Calling on a lifetime of experience in inspiring young people to set high goals and stand up for what they believe in. Debbie Johnston formed the non-profit group Students for Safer Schools and led a virtual army of children to testify before state and national lawmakers on the need for change.
Randy is a career educator with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education, and a Master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling. Randy has 25 Years in Education as a teacher at all levels – elementary, middle school, high school and college. He has and continues to serve as School District Psychologist in the evaluation and counseling of students.
Ashley S. Coone
Ashley was educated at Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and expecting her Master of Management Leadership in December of 2010. Ashley’s child advocacy led her to become involved with the “Take Stock in Children Student Advocacy Program” in Florida. Since 2007 she has assisted in developing systems for monitoring student performance, implementing student success plans and monitoring mentor participation.
David T. Tirella
David T. Tirella, PA, is a partner of Eaton, Powell & Tirella of Tampa Florida. David has focused his practice on medical malpractice, toxic tort, consumer/child advocacy and personal injury cases. In October 2007, after a six-day trial in which David represented the Plaintiffs, the jury awarded Plaintiffs $4 million in a suit against a local private school for failure to properly supervise students. In one criminal matter his successful case was covered by the television news program, "20/20". David also spent a number of years as an Assistant State Attorney for Hillsborough County. Over time David worked his way through the divisions, culminating as a prosecutor in the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Division. In addition to his legal work, David is also a consumer and child advocate. His work on behalf of the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act (an anti- bullying act for all public schools in Florida) included national media coverage, with appearances on ABC's "Good Morning America" and CBS' "The Early Show." His work helped push the bill through both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Governor Charlie Christ signed the bill into law in June 2008.