Brenda Henry is Chief Operating Officer for the Division of Early Care and Education in New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Dr. Henry joined ACS in June 2015 and plays a critical role in developing, coordinating, and administering comprehensive Division-wide performance improvement and capacity-building strategies. As a member of the executive leadership team, she leads efforts to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Division’s systems and processes, with an eye towards continuous quality improvement to maximize outcomes for the children and families that the Division serves.
Prior to ACS, Dr. Henry was Director of Research for Special Projects at Foundation Center. In that role, she developed and directed regional, national, and international research and consulting projects on a wide range of philanthropic issues. Prior to Foundation Center, Dr. Henry was a senior program officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and played an instrumental role in launching the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps initiative and led the foundation’s review of its public health grant-making portfolio.
Dr. Henry’s extensive research and evaluation background includes positions at HighScope Educational Research Foundation, University of Michigan, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Dr. Henry earned both a Ph.D. and M.P.H in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan. When not in the office, she enjoys dining out, watching movies, playing softball, and biking along the Hudson River with her husband Safiy.
William “Bill” Modzeleski brings over 40 years of experience working on issues affecting the health and well being of children and youth. During this time he has served in numerous capacities and on a host of various issues. His experiences ranged from serving as a probation officer to staffing several Federal Task Forces (White House Conference on Drug Free America, Attorney General’s Task Force on Family Violence) and from a specialist on juvenile justice issues (at the Office of Juvenile Justice) to Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary at the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.
Mr. Modzeleski has been involved in addressing numerous issues, including: school safety /school shootings, health crises such as H1N1, violent extremism, alcohol and drug prevention, and assisting schools recover from natural and man-made disasters.
Mr. Modzeleski has been instrumental in the design of many innovative programs and studies including: the Safe School Initiative (with Secret Service), the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative (with HHS and OJJDP), the School Associated Violent Death Study (with CDC), Threat Assessment Guide (with Secret Service), and Targeted Attacks at Institutions of Higher Education (with FBI and Secret Service).
Mr. Modzeleski’s career also involved service in the U.S. Army, where he earned the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service while stationed in Viet Nam.
Dr. Richman is a neuro-pharmacologist with more than 20 years of research and drug discovery experience. His studies span the range from neuroscience to cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, immunology and inflammation, and kidney disease. He is passionate about helping people live happier and healthier lives and is dedicated to engaging and educating youth, believing that our future relies on their imaginations. This is manifest in his teaching martial arts, biology, neuroscience, and rock climbing to children and teens for the past 25 years. Most importantly, he believes it is critical to empower youth to advocate for themselves and their peers when it comes to brain health and brain illnesses. Following the murder of his six year old daughter, Avielle, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Murders, Dr. Richman and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, started the Avielle Foundation, committed to preventing violence and building compassion through brain health research, community engagement, and education. Dr. Richman serves as the CEO of the Avielle Foundation and has a Faculty Lecturer appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale’s School of Medicine.
Dr. Herb Turner is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Quantitative Methods Division, where he teaches graduate-level courses in statistics and statistical programming. He has over 30 years of experience conducting empirical investigations consistent with scientifically valid research in education and related areas. Dr. Turner is Founder, President, and Principal Scientist of ANALYTICA, Inc., a woman-owned and minority-led small business that specializes in using scientifically-valid research methods to address policy-relevant education problems. During the past decade, he contributed to innovative and cutting-edge initiatives designed to transform education research into an evidence-based, scientifically valid field. These initiatives include the Campbell Collaboration (C2); the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC); the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program; and most recently the Investing in Innovation (i3) program and the WWC Post-Secondary reviews.
David Weisburd is a Distinguished Professor at George Mason University and Executive Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. He also holds a joint appointment as the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law in Jerusalem. He also serves as a Chief Science Advisor at the Police Foundation in Washington DC and is Chair of its Research Advisory Committee. Professor Weisburd is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Office of Justice Programs, the Steering Committee of the Campbell Crime and Justice Group, and the Scientific Commission of the International Society of Criminology. He is also the Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Proactive Policing. Professor Weisburd is one of the leading international researchers in crime and justice. He is author or editor of more than twenty five books and more than 175 scientific articles that cover a wide range of criminal justice research topics, including crime at place, violent crime, white collar crime, policing, illicit markets, criminal justice statistics and social deviance. Professor Weisburd was the founding Editor of the Journal of Experimental Criminology and is General Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. He is the 2010 recipient of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology and the 2011 recipient of the Klachky Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers of Science. In 2014 he received the Jerry Lee Award for Lifetime Achievement in Experimental Criminology from the Division of Experimental Criminology (ASC), the Robert Boruch Award for distinctive contributions to research that influences public policy of the Campbell Collaboration, and the American Society of Criminology’s Sutherland Award. In 2015 he received the Israel Prize, generally regarded as the State of Israel’s highest honor, for his contributions to criminology.