Lori Lynass, Ed.D.
Dr. Lynass has over 20 years of experience working to support student, families and schools. She has worked directly with over 700 schools, in over 90 districts and 3 state departments of education on their implementation of academic and behavioral systems of support. Dr. Lynass’ previous career have included being a special education teacher, a research scientist at the University of Washington and the executive director of the NorthWest PBIS Network.
Dr. Lynass has overseen and coordinated grants related to academic and behavioral systems and interventions in schools and also actively disseminates results through presentations and publications. Dr. Lynass has taught courses in Special Education as an adjunct professor for the University of Washington, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University.
Bella Bikowsky, Ph.D.
Dr. Bikowsky is an Educational Staff Associate Professional School Counselor with a Ph.D. in Educational Counseling/Psychology. Bella has diverse experience in the education and mental health fields. Her early career began 15 years ago working with a young child diagnosed with Autism. Over the years, Bella has gained clinical experience working in long-term residential treatment centers as well as at Seattle Children’s Hospital in their inpatient psychiatric unit. Additionally, Bella has been a school counselor in the Seattle Public Schools as well as a Counselor and Behavior Specialist in the Edmonds School District. Bella is also a part of Brooks Powers Group, an Educational and Psychological Assessment team in the Seattle area.
Using a multi-tiered system of support approach, Bella has extensive experience working with school teams in helping to create systemic change, as well as more targeted interventions around helping school-teams improve behavior management skills and abilities.
Bella’s areas of clinical focus are individual counseling with children and adolescents, parent consultation for behavior problems, and school consultation. Bella has worked extensively with children and adolescents with challenging backgrounds such as:
1) Depression; 2) Anxiety; 3) Eating Disorders; 4) Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; 5) Emotional and Behavioral Disorders; and 5) Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Lisa Hoyt, Ph.D.
Lisa has experience as a classroom special education teacher and administrator for students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities (EBD), Learning Disabilities and students with Autism. Receiving her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Washington, Dr. Hoyt has provided professional development and consultation both locally and nationally on proactive practices serving students with challenging behaviors. Currently Lisa Hoyt is the Director of Renton Academy, a K-12 therapeutic public school for students with behavioral needs. As the founding director, she facilitates the development of evidenced based systems and structures to best serve students both academically and behaviorally. The school was recognized by the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) as a host site for their national conference in 2009. In 2011, Lisa Hoyt was honored as the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders with the Outstanding Professional Performance Award for her leadership at Renton Academy.
Bridget Walker, Ph.D.
Bridget has over 20 years of experience in the field of special education and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 2006. Throughout her career she has worked as a special education teacher, day treatment teacher, district behavior specialist, and state PBIS project coordinator before joining Seattle University, where she currently teaches in the Masters in Teaching and Special Education programs. Dr. Walker has extensive experience helping district and school teams develop and sustain systems and strategies to effectively support students with academic and behavioral challenges across all three tiers of intervention. She also works with districts to help them evaluate and improve their programs for students with significant emotional and behavior disabilities.
Carol Frodge, M.A. (Supporting Associate)
Carol Frodge, Educational Consultant, is a Leadership and Instructional Coach for the Office of Student and School Success, OSPI. She coaches schools in developing systems for continuous school improvement including implementation and integration of Restorative Justice Practices and PBIS. She has worked in schools for over 30 years as a teacher and school administrator.