It is not enough to be compassionate.
You must act.
William J. Svrluga
Bill Svrluga is the founder and co-director of Before RacismTM.
Bill has spent much of his adult life working to build, strengthen, and maintain community-based
efforts designed to empower traditionally marginalized populations to succeed in the areas of personal well-being, education, life skills, job readiness, and housing. At the heart of his work have been the goals of racial equality and racial justice with an enduring commitment to one core belief: there is just one real race in our world—the human race—and all people are truly created equal.
Theo Jolosky, PhD
Theo Jolosky serves as co-director of Before Racism and is the second member of the program’s leadership team.
Theo is experienced in the fields of educational and psychological assessment (including early childhood), program evaluation, and market/customer research. He has worked with Bill Svrluga on several community-based programs including those focused on housing, employment, and personal development.
Board of Advisors
Before Racism’s leadership team has assembled an initial 29-person Board of Advisors. This group of subject matter experts, scientists, practitioners, and community organization professionals will provide both strategic direction and tactical support in the first phase of the work. This group represents a broad range of experience and expertise including early childhood development, early childhood teacher education, childcare center programming, pediatric neuropsychology/child neurodevelopment, community program leadership, program design, program evaluation, educational administration, public television media production, educational publishing, economic impact research, and county- and state-level government leadership.
Subject Matter Experts
Early Childhood Development, Education, and Mental Health
Vice President of Staff Development and Education, New Horizons Academy
Lydia J. Carlis, PhD
Chief Program & People Officer, Acelero, Inc.
SVP for Family Engagement, Think Small; Host, Early Risers Podcast from Little Moments Count
Patricia A. Kay
Chair, Department of Education and Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, Berkshire Community College
Executive Director, Washburn Center For Children (Ret.)
Gillian Dowley McNamee, PhD
Professor; Director, Teacher Education Program; Director, Language and Literacy Partners; Erikson Institute
Program Director at Monument Square and Magic Seasons, Early Childhood and School-Age Centers, Childcare Centers of the Berkshires, Inc.
Sheila Williams Ridge
Director, Shirley G. Moore Lab School, Institute of Child Development, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
Early Childhood Director/Pritzker Fellow, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
Mary K. Boyd
Chief Executive Officer, MKB Associates; Area Superintendent, St. Paul Public Schools (Ret.); Director of Ramsey County Community Services (Ret.); Dean, Graduate School of Education, Hamline University (Ret.)
President, K–12, Higher Education, Area9 Lyceum; Former Senior Vice President, Chief Products and Operating Officer, McGraw Hill
Pediatric Neuropsychology/Child Neurodevelopment
Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, EdD
Professor of School Psychology Diplomate, The American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology
INSPiRE Neuropsychology Clinic Community High School District 218, Oak Lawn, Illinois
Daniel C. Miller, PhD
ABPP, ABSNP, NCSP
Executive Director, Woodcock Institute for the Advancement of Neurocognitive Research and Applied Practice, Texas Woman’s University; President, KIDS, Inc./School Neuropsychology Institute
Media Design and Production
Executive Producer, Twin Cities PBS (Ret.)
Senior Director, Media-Based Learning and Engagement, Twin Cities PBS
Measurement and Evaluation
Michael Quinn Patton
Founder and CEO, Utilization-Focused Evaluation
Economist, University of Minnesota; Former Senior Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Former Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Community-Based Organizational Leadership
Chief of Staff, World Savvy
Michael C. Bingham
Senior Vice President, Presbyterian Homes & Services; Former CEO of Twin Cities RISE!
President Emeritus, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Gaye Adams Massey
Chief Executive Officer, YWCA St. Paul
President and Chief Executive Officer, Project for Pride in Living
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ujamaa Place
President and Chief Executive Officer, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (Ret.); Former Ramsey County (MN) County Commissioner
Former Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services; Chief Operating Officer, Public Strategies Group (Ret.)
Director of Re:DESIGN; Former Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Revenue; Partner Emeritus, The Public Strategies Group (Ret.)
Vice President, Programs & Grants, St. Paul Foundation (Ret.)
F. P. Forsberg Consulting LLC; Former Senior Vice President, Twin Cities United Way