About Us

Hochsprung_Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung

Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and a member of Cohort 6 of Sage College’s Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. On December 14, 2012, she and twenty-five others were victims of one of the nation’s most tragic school shootings.

Announcements:

Staff

  • Ann Myers, Ed.D, Founding Director 
  • Mary Yodis, Graduate Research Fellow

Center Advisory Board

  • Lori Quigley, Ph.D., Professor and Dean, Esteves School of Education, Board Chair
  • Other members to be announced

Center Coordinating Committee

  • Laurae Coburn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Professional School Counseling, Esteves School of Education
  • Trish Cellemme, M.S.E., Vice President for Student Life
  • Leigh Davies, M.P.S., Associate Professor, Director of Creative Arts in Therapy, Russell Sage College
  • Philip Fusco, Ph.D., Associate, Academy for Character Education, Esteves School of Education
  • Robert Grebert, Director of Public Safety, University Heights Association
  • Maureen McLeod, Ph.D., Professor, History and Society, Director for Forensic Mental Health Program, School of Health Sciences
  • Gail Morse, Ph. D., Associate Professor, Psychology, School of Health Sciences
  • Stacey Thayer, MPH, Director of Wellness Center, The Sage Colleges
  • Mark Vivacqua, Ed.D, Senior Advisor of the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety, Esteves School of Education
  • Mary Yodis, Graduate Research Assistant, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety, Esteves School of Education