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David W. Boilard, A.M.L.S., M.P.H.

Email: reitmand@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5717
Toll free: 800-541-6682 x25717

David Reitman, Ph.D.

Co-Director

David Reitman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University's College of Psychology and the Director of the ADHD Assessment Consultation and Treatment (AACT) Program. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi in 1995 and began teaching at NSU in 2001 after 6 years at Louisiana State University. Dr. Reitman is the author of over 50 publications concerned with child behavioral problems, behavior management, and parenting practices, and recently completed editing 2 books concerned with child assessment.

Dr. Reitman's prior research and consulting activities have resulted in a number of collaborations with large organizations serving children, most notably Head Start Programs (in Mississippi and Louisiana) and, most recently, with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. Dr. Reitman has also served as consultant to the Children's Services Council of Broward County and frequently conducts trainings on logic modeling and outcome evaluation for "Out of School" providers. Dr. Reitman has served as the Director of Project RISE since its inception in 2005.

Jean Thaw, Ph.D.

Email: jthaw@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5761
Toll free: 800-541-6682 x25761


Jean Thaw, Ph.D.

Co-Director and Director of Program Operations

Jean M. Thaw, Ph.D. is a Visiting Professor at Nova Southeastern University's College of Psychology. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctoral degree from Louisiana State University in 2002. After her residency at the University of Mississippi Regional Medical Center, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA), where she studied the effects of environmental change on weight gain prevention. Her research and participation in several NIH-funded grants is primarily concerned with eating disorders, weight loss and weight gain prevention, and physical activity in youth and adults.

Dr. Thaw served as a Research Analyst at the Children's Services Council of Broward County (CSC) before accepting her position as the Assistant Project Director and Director of Training for Project RISE in 2007. Her role at the CSC provided a unique opportunity to learn about the funding and outcome expectations of afterschool programs, an experience that has informed the ongoing development of Project RISE and its training offerings. Dr. Thaw also serves as the Principal Investigator for her grant funded by the Active Living Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study was designed to assess physical activity levels and fitness in afterschool programs, with the data collection phase recently ending in January, 2011.

Latoya Hopwood

Email: lhopwood@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
Toll free: 800-541-6682 x25756


Latoya Hopwood, MPA

Associate Director of Literacy Education

Latoya Michelle Hopwood, MPA, serves as the RISE Associate Director of Literacy Education. She is responsible for providing direct support to The Children's Trust-funded Youth After-school and Summer (YAS) providers in the area of best literacy practices. Prior to joining Project RISE, Latoya earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education with an ESOL Endorsement, a K-12 Reading Endorsement, and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Florida International University. With over a decade of literacy experience, including instructing grades K-12 in literacy and serving as a Reading Specialist in Broward County, Ms. Hopwood also served in Miami-Dade County as a Reading Coach for three Title One schools. Her responsibilities included presenting data at outcome evaluation meetings to state and local officials, facilitating various trainings and workshops, collaborating with fellow educators and administrators on best literacy practices, and modeling best literacy practices in the classroom, including demonstrating and implementing her teacher-made data-driven comprehension strategy, Collaboration Corners.

Ms. Hopwood's recent research experience includes an extensive three-year early literacy and fluency collaboration with The Children’s Trust, Nova Southeastern University, Florida International University, and Hope for Miami. As a Program Supervisor for this literacy grant-funded initiative, she was directly responsible for curriculum planning and support, group supervision, program fidelity observations, fluency assessment support, as well as, facilitating numerous parent involvement events.

Dina Sinisterra Lores, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Email: dlores@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
Toll free: 800-541-6682 x25756

Diana Sinisterra Lores, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Associate Director of Youth Development

Diana Sinisterra Lores is Project RISE’s Assistant Evaluation Director. She has worked in the afterschool field in Palm Beach County for the past five years as the Director of Research and Evaluation at Prime Time Palm Beach County and, most recently, as an Afterschool Assessor at Family Central. Prior to this, Diana conducted semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and surveys for Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago for almost two years and provided school-aged children and their parents with in-home family services for Boys Town of South Florida for almost 10 years. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Planning, Administration, and Research from SUNY Stony Brook and her doctoral degree in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University.

Michele Mazine, B.S.

Email: michele.mazine@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
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Michele Mazine, M.S.

Associate Director of Online Learning and Instructional Design

Michele Mazine is the Associate Director of Online Learning with Project RISE. She has a M.S. in Information Technology in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design and Development. She taught Elementary school for over 12 years before joining Project RISE. She also was a supervisor for the Broward County Schools BASCC program. Project RISE allows her to combine her educational background with her studies in technology to provide unique training opportunities for YAS and YEN providers.

Joshua Lazarus, B.A.

Email: Joshua.Lazarus@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
Toll free: 800-541-6682 x25756

Joshua Lazarus, B.A.

Training/Coaching Assistant

Joshua is Project RISE's Training/Coaching Assistant. He graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor's degree in English. In his spare time, Joshua serves on the board of Andra's Hand, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that assists families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder in the South Florida area.

 

Julia Belfer

Email: jb3047@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
Toll free: 800-541-6682 x25756


Julia Belfer, M.S.

Graduate Assistant

Julia Belfer is currently in her first year at Nova Southeastern University, where she is pursuing her Psy.D in clinical psychology. She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Psychology in Education, and she subsequently worked at the New York Psychiatric Institute for a year prior to attending NSU. Her clinical interests include child and adolescents with disruptive behavior.

 

MEET OUR ALUMNAE

 

Darrah Bingman, BA

Email: db1273@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
Toll free: 800-541-6682 x25756


Darrah Bingman, M.S.

Graduate Assistant

Darrah is currently a graduate student at Nova Southeastern University pursuing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Darrah earned her Bachelors degree in psychology in 2009 from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. She is currently working with both inpatient and outpatient populations and gaining experience in therapy and assessment. Darrah is a Graduate Assistant for Project RISE.

Melissa Coker, M.S.

Email: mc1930@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
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Melissa Coker, M.S.

Graduate Assistant

Melisa Coker is a Georgia College & State University graduate pursing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. Melisa is a fourth year Psy.D. student whose clinical interests are in working with children and adults affected by war-related trauma. She is currently working with outpatient populations and gaining experience in therapy and assessment. Melisa is currently a Graduate Assistant at Project RISE.

 

Alessandra Kostolitz, BA

Email: ck430@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
Toll free: 800-541-6682 x25756


Alessandra Kostolitz, M.S.

Graduate Assistant

After 4 years of working at Project RISE, Alessandra is now completing her internship in Tallahassee at Florida State University's Multidisciplinary Center. She evaluates and counsels elementary, middle, and high school students within the district. Alessandra plans to return to South Florida to launch a career that includes assessment, consultation, and counseling within the schools. She thanks Project RISE for supporting her throughout her graduate school years and will miss the team dearly.

 

Elizabeth Machado, B.S.

Email: em118@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
Toll free: 800-541-6682 x25756

Elizabeth Machado, B.S.

Graduate Assistant

Elizabeth Machado is currently a second year doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. As an undergraduate at the University of Florida, she worked with children with ADHD and researched bilingual language development and theory of mind acquisition. Her current research interests include pediatric health psychology and chronic illnesses. She hopes to continue to work with children and adolescent populations in the future. Liz is currently a Graduate Assistant with Project RISE.

 

Leon Mandler, B.S.

Email: lm1214@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
Toll free: 800-541-6682 x25756


Leon Mandler, M.S.

Graduate Assistant

Leon Mandler, M.S., is a Tufts University graduate currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. His clinical interests include child and adolescent externalizing behavior disorders and behavior management. After completing his coursework at NSU, Leo recently accepted an internship position at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University, working in the Child and Family Therapy clinic. He served as a Graduate Assistant and Graduate Coordinator at Project RISE for nearly four years.

Stacey McGregor, BA

Email: sm1776@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
Toll free: 800-541-6682 x25756


Stacey McGregor, M.S.

Graduate Assistant

Stacey is a fourth year Ph.D. student at Nova Southeastern University. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan Honors College where she completed research in the areas of personality psychology, cognitive development in children, transmission of psychopathology, motivational interviewing, and pediatric health psychology. Currently, her research focuses on children and families, mindfulness, and measurement development.

Jonathan Shook, B.S.

Email: js3339@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
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Jonathan Shook, B.S.

Graduate Assistant

Jonathan Shook is currently in his second year at Nova Southeastern University, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and he subsequently worked at an inpatient psychiatric facility for three years prior to attending NSU. He is interested in working with juvenile offenders and researching factors contributing to their antisocial behavior.

 

Sheree Tarver, M.S.

Email: st968@nova.edu
Phone: (954) 262-5756
Toll free: 800-541-6682 x25756

Sheree Tarver, M.S.

Graduate Assistant Coordinator

Sheree Tarver, M.S., is a Loyola University New Orleans graduate currently pursuing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. Her clinical interests include child and adolescents, parenting, and trauma. Sheree previously worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor at Plaquemine Community CARE Center in Southeast Louisiana and as a Research Associate with the Data Accountability Center at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. She is currently a Graduate Assistant with Project RISE who is focusing on afterschool program evaluation, with an emphasis on promoting literacy.

 

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