2016 Conference Presenters & Resources
I discovered my passion for labor and delivery nursing when I helped my sister deliver her baby. Currently, I am a Nursing/Biology major at Prince George's Community College. With hard work and dedication I have earned a 4.0 GPA. I graduated Bowie High School with a 4.0 GPA as well. I was a part of the Cheerleading Team my freshman through Junior Year. After completing my associate’s degree I will transfer to University of Maryland College Park. Landline? Face-to-Face Conversations? My peers and I learned a different way of communicating. Not wrong, but different. As a young adult, I am active on social media and social apps. My peers and I use social media to set-up trips, dates, parties, gatherings, etc.…
Tia Simmons, currently a Technology Trainer for the Technology Training Team of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), has worked in education for over 15 years. She graduated with a Masters in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University and then went on to pursue her certification in Instructional Design & Technology shortly thereafter. Tia is Apple certified, SMART certified, a Discovery Education Network Educator and an Online Course Facilitator for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). She is also a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the Maryland Society for Education in Technology (MSET), the Association for Talent Development (ASTD) and Learning Forward. Throughout her years of experience, Tia has had the privilege of being a classroom teacher, Grade-Level Leader, Mentor Teacher, and new Teacher Trainer. She has also had the opportunity to present in various arenas such as Apple, the Maryland Associations of Boards of Educations, the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), the Maryland Society for Education in Technology, virtually for the University of Michigan School of Education and Simple K12.com. Tia, who is passionate about professional development and lifelong learning, currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two children ages 7 and 1.
If my kids wrote my biography, my 8 year old Jake would say Daddy loves to watch and play sports, he coaches me for all my teams and that I was just like him. He makes up games all the time and fun to play with. My 5 year old Sophia would say that her Daddy is funny, that he loves to drink coffee and do projects around the house, that he can’t do gymnastics like she can and he doesn’t know fashion.
In college, gigs as a DJ, newspaper writer or TV game show host, somehow never led to the cool job as a cameraman for the NFL.
I have worked in education for 20 years. I started out, at the tender age of 22 as a teacher for children with autism and it was that experience that really showed me the importance of relationships and how when you combine energy and creativity, fantastic outcomes can result. Now in my 8th year as a Pupil Personnel Worker those years of working with different special education populations still influence how I roll today.
Rev. Billy T. Staton Jr.
Rev. Billy T. Staton, Jr. serves as Senior Pastor of Providence St. John Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He is blessed to serve in the Prince George’s County community where he was raised and educated.
God has truly anointed him to encourage and motivate people. He desires to see people become effective in their homes, schools and communities and his passion is for them to be changed, delivered and set free. As he has grown in the Lord, Rev. Staton faithfully served his spiritual father, Pastor Jenkins and the First Baptist Church of Glenarden family for over 20 years. From 2005 to 2013, Rev. Staton served as the Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, ministering to youth from 6th to 12th grade. In this position, he witnessed the hand of God move in his life as the Lord used him in a significant way to bring glory and honor to the Kingdom.
He is a graduate of the DeVos Leadership Initiative, which is an intense 15-month leadership development program for urban youth workers. He also completed Dr. Joel Gregory's Proclaimer’s Peace, an intensive study of Expository Preaching.
Rev. Staton is a yielded vessel of God who is gifted to minister directly to the hurts, issues and challenges of people with whom he comes in contact. God's effectiveness is manifested through the response of the unsaved to the preached Word. The Scripture Luke 4:18 is his focus because God has counted him faithful by placing him in the ministry.
Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile.” 中國古代作家
This philosophy is a guidepost in my daily life. Following a career in education as a teacher, school counselor, pupil personnel worker, principal, Special Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools and Coordinator of Student Services in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis, Maryland, Mr. McGinnis continues his career as a Specialist in Pupil Personnel and School Social Work with the Maryland State Department of Education. He provides leadership, consultation, development, and coordination of technical assistance in student service to the local school systems in Maryland. This provides Mr. McGinnis the opportunity to offer leadership for the student services, alternative programs in student discipline, truancy, and safe schools for students and leadership for child abuse and neglect programs in Maryland. He brings leadership to kinship and foster care programs with the Department of Human Resources as well as working with the Department of Juvenile Services on collaborative initiatives to serve children. He is Involved with dropout programs such as the National Guard ChalleNGe Academy to assist students to obtain their GED.
Serving on the Governor’s Task Forces on Child Abuse and Neglect and Housing and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, has presented him the occasions to provided leadership and technical assistance for working with the social service agencies in Maryland. Currently, he is involved with the Maryland Department of Human Resources on the Alternative Response Advisory Council, Children and Family Services Review Board, the Special Education State Advisory Committee and the Maryland State Interagency Coordinating Council. He also is on the Board of Directors for Light House, Inc. homeless shelter.
Additionally, Mr. McGinnis actively provides leadership and technical assistance to the Department of Juvenile Services and the Local Educational Agencies to provide transition services for committed youth returning to community schools. He is also a member of the Foster Care Court Improvement Project, and the joint project on Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act with the Out-of-Home Education Consortium, the Casey Foundation and Foster Care Education Team.
Amber Guthrie, MA
Amber Guthrie is the Project Manager of Coalition Training and Technical Assistance at the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. She provides training and technical assistance to domestic violence and health care service providers around the state on a variety of topics related to intimate partner violence. Ms. Guthrie also serves as secretary on the Board for the Maryland Health Care Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Guthrie holds a Master’s in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University with a concentration in anti-violence studies and gerontology. Ms. Guthrie previously worked in Virginia, California, and Maryland at domestic violence shelters, crisis helplines, Family Justice Centers, and college campuses working towards ending domestic and sexual violence and stalking.
Sheryl A. Neverson, Ph.D., LCSW-C, LICSW
Sheryl A. Neverson received her Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from Howard University in Washington, DC in 2002. She completed her Master of Social Work at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1995 and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Maryland, College Park in 1993. She is currently certified as an Independent Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Dr. Neverson has been practicing as a licensed social worker for more than 20 years. She has worked in settings such as adolescent mental health clinics, community agencies, private practice settings, and academia. She has worked with clients from aged 5 years to older adult who are from a variety of cultural backgrounds. As a licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Neverson has serviced many individuals, couples, families, and groups. She has led such groups as substance education, adolescent and adult self-esteem, parenting, anger management, multi-family, and adolescent substance abuse.
Dr. Neverson is currently the Clinical Director of Contemporary Family Services (CFS) in Washington DC. The mission of CFS is to provide comprehensive mental health services to people, communities and organizations with a focus on providing quality services and eliminating mental health disparities. Dr. Neverson is also founder and Clinical Director of Transitions Therapeutic Services, LLC (TTS). TTS was founded in January 2005 to provide professional counseling and support services designed to help people cope with a variety of personal and job-related issues. Finally, she serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Howard University in the School of Social Work (Washington, DC).
Prior to holding these positions, Dr. Neverson served for 10 years at Howard University in the Division of Nursing in the capacity of faculty and administrator. She has conducted research on women and self-esteem, homelessness, and adolescents who lost a sibling to a sudden or violent death. Her work has been published in scholarly journals and she has presented her research at several national conferences.
Lavonne Fiore and Don Mongolds