Leadership Team

Lisa Thurau

Executive Director

As the CEO/Executive Director, Lisa drives Strategies for Youth’s strategic vision and serves as a nationally recognized voice on juvenile justice issues. Lisa is often consulted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education on policing matters and policy development, and writes and speaks on these topics to a wide array of audiences. Full bio »

David Walker

Training Director

In his role as COO/Training Director, David manages the day-to-day operations of Strategies for Youth while also leading the Policing the Teen Brain program efforts. In addition to his law enforcement experience, David has global business development experience in the for-profit world. Full bio »

Contact David at: dw@strategiesforyouth.org

Lany Or

Staff Attorney

Lany’s diverse range of experience in the fields of education, criminal law, the foster care system, start-ups, and entrepreneurship have prepared him well for the role as the Staff Attorney and Juvenile Justice Jeopardy lead for Strategies for Youth. Full bio »

Program Staff

Colleen Walker

Office Manager/ Training Coordinator

At SFY, Colleen is responsible for office operations. She also serves as the Training Coordinator, including logistical planning and preparations for SFY’s training events. Colleen’s professional experience includes working as a Customer Service Representative, Vault Teller, and Bookkeeper in the banking industry. She was also a dispatcher for the Latah County Sheriffs Office in Moscow, Idaho. Full bio »

Contact Colleen at:
crw@strategiesforyouth.org

Kolbe Phelps​

Program Coordinator​

Kolbe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Suffolk University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He also brings professional experience with law enforcement to our team, having worked as a City Ranger in Niagara Falls, NY. Full bio »

Contact Kolbe at:
kp@strategiesforyouth.org

Johanna Wald

Communications and Policy Specialist

Johanna Wald is a writer and researcher who has written and presented extensively about issues related to criminal and juvenile justice reform, educational equity, and implicit bias. Full bio »

Contact Johanna at:
jw@strategiesforyouth.org

Amina Scott

Consulting Accountant

Amina holds a B.S. in accounting and is currently pursuing her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) accreditation. As the Director of Finance and Administration for the Transformation Center, Amina serves the greater mission of the non-profit world by providing financial direction and strategy for grass roots organizations. Full bio »

Police Training Consultants

Jim Golden

Police Training
Consultant

Jim Golden has worked in law enforcement for more than 40 years. As a partner of the ADG Law Enforcement Training Group, LLP,  Jim currently provides advice to communities and police departments seeking to build trust and strengthen the relationship between police officers and the citizens they are sworn to serve and protect. Full bio »

Shane Gardner

Police Training
Consultant

Shane worked as a Patrol Officer and Narcotics Detective before being promoted to Sergeant. He has also served as the Community Outreach Sergeant supervising five School Resource Officers from four different school districts. Shane is currently the Director of Safety and Security for a public school district in Southwest Washington, with an enrollment of over 26,000. Full bio »

Brian Lowe

Police Training
Consultant

Brian Lowe has over 20 years law enforcement experience serving the City of West Lafayette, IN and the Tippecanoe County Indiana Sheriff’s Office, where he is currently assigned as a Lieutenant in Patrol. Full bio »

Brian Lumpkin

Police Training
Consultant

Brian Lumpkin is a retired Assistant Chief of Police with over 34 years of police experience. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of police initiatives that have been proven to enhance community trust of law enforcement. Full bio »

John Martino

Police Training
Consultant

John Martino retired as Deputy Chief of Patrol from the MBTA Transit Police Department, after a 34-year law enforcement career. John has spent several years working as a consultant and expert on Transit System Security and Policing. Full bio »

Matt Smith

Police Training
Consultant

Matt Smith has worked in law enforcement for 7 years. Currently he works as a patrol officer serving the City of Richmond, Indiana, where he is also an instructor and Field Training Officer. Matt previously served the citizens of southern Nevada as a State Trooper for the Nevada Highway Patrol.  Full bio »

Psychologist Consultants

Dr. Jeffery Aaron​

Psychcologist
Training Consultant

Jeffrey Aaron is Facility Director at the Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents, of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services. He is a clinical and forensic psychologist. Full bio »

Dr. Matthew Aalsma

Psychcologist
Training Consultant

Matthew Aalsma, PhD, is a Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Director of the Adolescent Health Research Program. He is a child and forensic psychologist with over 20 years of experience conducting research, clinical work, and teaching focused on adolescent health behavior. Full bio »

Dr. Jeff Q. Bostic

Psychcologist
Training Consultant

Jeff Bostic, MD, EdD, is a member of the child psychiatry faculty at Georgetown University Hospital, active in the intake clinic, DC MAP consultation program to primary care clinicians, and consultation to local DC schools. He remains affiliated with Harvard/Mass General Hospital, where he was the Director of School Psychiatry from 1997-2016. Full bio »

Dr. Jeffery Burnett

Psychcologist
Training Consultant

Jeff Bostic, MD, EdD, is a member of the child psychiatry faculty at Georgetown University Hospital, active in the intake clinic, DC MAP consultation program to primary care clinicians, and consultation to local DC schools. He remains affiliated with Harvard/Mass General Hospital, where he was the Director of School Psychiatry from 1997-2016. Full bio »

Dr. Dana Cunningham

Psychcologist
Training Consultant

Dana Cunningham, Ph.D. obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Full bio »

Dr. Brittany Parham

Psychcologist
Training Consultant

Dr. Parham is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and is a faculty member with the national Center for School Mental Health at UMSOM. 
Full bio »

Dr. Linda Watt

Psychcologist
Training Consultant

Linda Watt PhD is a licensed psychologist specializing in treatment of adolescents. She received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters in Psychology from Boston College. Full bio »