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A great site is the SafeWave site that is designed for children and is set up for children to interact without predator and peer abuse problems and keeps children safe. The most important thing is keeping children safe when using the internet.

Elizabeth Bennett
Author and Internet Safety Advocate
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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.

Our Board is passionate about our Mission and the furtherance of our organization and other organizations that have synergistic goals. The makeup of the Board will change from time to time based upon our goals and availability of members but will be diverse and well rounded in their expertise as a body.

Interested in becoming a Board Member or supporting SafeWave in another manner please email your resume and interests to Steve Schechner, CEO.

2009-2011 Members

Rande Matteson

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.

He has an earned doctorate in Corporate Leadership and completed a pioneering and published research study on workplace bullying. During his career, he served in numerous domestic and foreign field offices and Headquarters and the FBI-DEA Training Academy in its Leadership Unit at Quantico, VA. He is currently department chair and college professor at Saint Leo University, Florida.



Debbie Johnston

Debbie J photo.jpgDebbie 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.

She was instrumental in the creation of Florida’s Office of Suicide Prevention, and the driving force behind the passage of The Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for ALL Students Act. She currently divides her time between teaching, raising an active and inquisitive eight-year-old, pursuing a graduate degree in education, and advocating for legislation and educational programs to improve the safety of students everywhere.



Randy Stafford

Debbie J photo.jpgRandy 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.

As a School Administrator he developed and operated a school program for at-risk high school students which focused on goal setting, graduation and employment. In Private Practice he’s a licensed school psychologist providing families with guidance, counseling and evaluations to help their children in need both physically and emotionally. Randy also serves as our Director of Education.



Ashley S. Coone

Ashley Coone.jpgAshley 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.

She routinely gives speeches promoting the program to community organizations, officials and students. Ashley is also very politically passionate and has worked in the Office of Congressman Connie Mack, Rudy Giuliani for President 2008, Randy Johnson for CFO. She continues her work in the Friends of Connie Mack, as a Campaign and Fundraiser Volunteer. Her community involvement includes; Florida Gulf Coast University Alumni Board Member (2006-2009), Member, Highlands County Republican Executive Committee (August 2008-present), Member, Women’s Political Network of Highlands County (August 2009-present), Charlie Crist for Governor, Volunteer/Fundraising, Celebration of Reading, Volunteer/Fundraising.



David T. Tirella

David TirellaDavid 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.

David frequently speaks and teaches on a wide variety of legal issues ranging from personal injury, legal education, and expert witnessing. His cases or legal opinions have also appeared on “CNN/Headline News", ABC's "20/20", Associated Press, Tru TV's (formerly Court TV) "In Session", Tru TV's "Open Court with Lisa Bloom", ABC News, MSNBC, "The Montel Williams Show", Fox 13 TV, WTSP 10 TV, WFLA 8 TV, “Florida Matters” WUSF Radio, WQYK Radio, "Meeting by Accident" Internet Radio and "The Law and You" TV.