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Meet our OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Team


Jim Redfield, Certified OLWEUS Trainer  

Daphne Thomas, LCSW, Certified OLWEUS Trainer 

Daphne Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is passionate about assisting children and families live their best lives and enjoys helping strengthen relationships. She has served as a Social Worker in the foster care system, a hospital setting, and a state mental institution. She has worked with community agencies providing counseling to children and families and has been an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at La Sierra University. She is currently the School Counselor at La Sierra Academy serving the students and their families in grades K-12.  She is married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren.



Mindy Salyers, BA Elementary Education, MA School Counseling, Certified OLWUES Trainer 

Mindy Salyers is a certified elementary teacher, as well as a licensed school counselor, with a heard for helping students. Mindy began her career as Associate Residence Hall Dean of Women for Andrews University, followed by three years as educational specialist at Collegedale Academy in Tennessee. After establishing a department to increase academic success for students with learning difficulties, Mindy transitioned to a role as school counselor for A. W. Spalding Elementary to focus on character education and bullying prevention. Most recently, Mindy has moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she is collaborating with Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to implement a conference-wide OLWEUS initiative. With her passion for Adventist education and individual students, and love for Jesus, Mindy hopes that her small contributions will make a difference. 

Kim Thomson, Certified OLWUES Trainer 

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