Meet the members of the Step UP! Executive Board and Advisory Board. Follow a link below or scroll down for all Executive and Advisory Board members’ bios:
Becky Bell, M.A. is the creator and founder of Step UP! and was the recipient of the University of Arizona’s CSW “Vision” Award for her work on Step UP! She is an Associate Athletics Director in The University of Arizona athletics department and has directed the C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program since 1997. The C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program was the only program recipient at The University of Arizona of the Peter Likins Inclusive Excellence award in 2018 for their work in Diversity and Inclusion and the C.A.T.S. Program is the only school in the country to produce 4 NCAA Women of the Year (along with 5 Finalists). She is a former All-American at UCLA (tennis) and earned her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Becky was an assistant tennis coach at UCLA for 5 years (including a National Championship) before assuming the head coaching duties at the University of Arizona. Twelve years at the helm resulted in two Regional Coach of the Year awards, six top-10 finishes, a Final Four and the only National Champions (Doubles) in W tennis history for the Wildcats. In all, she has been part of 15 top ten teams and 5 Final Fours as well as coaching dozens of All Americans and other national champions. She was also a National Coach for the USTA (United States Tennis Association) for many years. Becky has two Master’s degrees — one in Sports Administration and one in Counseling. She has made many national presentations and authored the book, If I Knew Then What I Know Now. She served on the 1A CHAMPS Board of Advisors for 8 years. Becky was inducted into the Riverside, California Sport Hall of Fame in May 2019.
Susie Bruce, M.Ed., is director of The Gordie Center at the University of Virginia, which works to end hazing and substance misuse among college and high school students nationwide through evidence-informed, student-tested resources. Susie has over 20 years of experience in collegiate health promotion and has developed nationally recognized substance misuse and sexual violence prevention programs. She has expertise in the social norms approach, peer education, and curriculum infusion strategies and directs the NCAA-funded APPLE Training Institutes: the leading national training symposiums dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletics departments.
After completing a B.S. in Engineering at the University of Redlands in 1989, Doug began his student affairs career continuing on the housing staff. He also dabbled in career services, recreation, student activities, orientation and Greek Life. After identifying his passion for substance abuse prevention, he completed a M.A. Education (Counseling) in 1991, also from the University of Redlands. After successfully writing and implementing a federal grant from the Department of Education, he developed a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program at the University of Redlands, strongly based in peer education and student programming.He took that model to the University of California, Riverside in 1998, where he successfully implemented and expanded the model over 12 years. In the summer of 2010, he accepted a position as Alcohol Programs Manager at the University of California, Irvine where he also currently serves as the Interim Director of the Health Education Center. Doug is also very connected as a volunteer nationally. He has served The BACCHUS Network since 1993, serving as California State Coordinator, Area Two (Southwest Region) Consultant, and currently as national Coordinator of Student Athlete Affiliate Support. In 1995, the CHAMPS/Life Skills program served as his bridge to athletics. Active with the NCAA since 2000, he has served as a facilitator for the National Student-Athlete Leadership Conference and on the CHAMPS/Life Skills Advisory Team. He is currently on the APPLE Conference Advisory Team, Step UP! Bystander Program Advisory Board and the OneStudent/No Woman Left Behind Advisory Board.
Dr. Goldman currently serves the Miami Dolphins as their Director of Performance Psychology. He delivers innovative, collaborative, and strategic resources that is immersed and proactive across all aspects of the organization and positively contributes to the optimization of the entire organization’s performance on and off the field. Additionally, he provides psychological and human system expertise to the Head Coach, General Manager, and Vice President as well as their staffs within a variety of responsibilities including talent acquisition, talent management, and education, as well as provide insights so they can process and generate well informed solutions when managing talent and organizational demands.
Dr. Goldman has served as a clinical and performance psychologist in the Athletic Departments of three major universities including the University of Michigan, Arizona, and Saint Louis, where he provided direct patient care to student-athletes in addition to consulting services for the coaches and staff. Starting in 1998, he has provided mental health care in a variety of settings for amateur, collegiate, semi-professional, and professional athletes.
Dr. Goldman has forged the field of sport psychology. In the fall of 2012, he co- authored the first National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) consensus statement regarding the treatment of Student-Athletes. NATA is the first professional sports medicine organization to set such standards. The NCAA has enlisted Dr. Goldman for many projects, including co-authoring the NCAA’s Best Practices and Guidelines for Understanding And Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness, and authoring a chapter in the NCAA sponsored Mind, Body, & Sport: Understanding and Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness. Additionally, the NCAA selected Dr. Goldman to serve on their Mental Health Task Force. He also participated in the NFL/NCAA Mental Health Think Tank.
Dr. Goldman has presented nationally and internationally, in such venues as being the keynote speaker at the Canadian Olympic Center’s Sport Innovative Summit, the NFL/NCAA Professional Development Summit, and SXSW Sport. He is also a member of the sport psychology registry for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as well as serves on the advisory board for STEP UP!, an award winning bystander intervention program that has been adopted by over 200 universities and colleges, Dr. Goldman has also taught undergraduate, graduate, and medical students for the past 15 years.
Dr. Goldman is also the creator of the Athletic Intelligence Quotient (AIQ), an intelligence test that assesses the innate cognitive abilities that are most utilized in attaining, developing, and applying athletic skills, strategies, and tactics. The test is being used by Olympic, NFL, NBA, and MLB teams, as well as multiple Power 5 Universities.
Dr. Goldman earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tulane University, and his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. He received post-doctoral training at The Ellis Institute, under the tutelage of Albert Ellis, the creator of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). While at The Ellis Institute, he received advanced training and certification in child and adolescent therapy, drug addiction treatment, and attained Supervisory Certification to train other professionals in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.
His specialties include: Athletic and Performance Enhancement; Sport Intelligence Assessment, Rehabilitation Psychology; Stress and Anxiety Disorders; Confidence; Anger Management; Depression Disorders; Substance Abuse; Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy; Cognitive Behavior Therapy; and Behavior Therapy.
Mary E. Wilfert, M.Ed., CHES, is an associate director in NCAA Educational Affairs, Health and Safety programs. Since 1999, she has administered the NCAA drug-education and drug-testing programs and worked to promote policies and develop resources for student-athlete healthy life choices. She serves as primary liaison to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, the Association-wide committee charged with providing leadership on health and safety recommendations to the NCAA membership. Mary has worked in the health education field for 30 years to empower individuals to make informed choices for lifelong health and success.
Executive Board Advisor
Dr. Sue Cacciotti Sherburne
Assistant Athletic Director for Life Skills, University of Maryland
Director LGBT Center, Student Life and Leadership
APPLE Training Institute Program Manager
University of Virginia
Wellness Director, Title IX Deputy for Prevention, Assistant Track & Field Coach
AWARE Program Coordinator
University of Wyoming
Dept of Pulic Health Foundation
Gary Williams, Ph.D.
Director of Athletics & Recreation
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