Panelists announced for "Your Voice, Your Future: The New Age of Bullying" Round Table
"Your Voice, Your Future: The New Age of Bullying" Round Table discussion is Tues., August 15. Four panelists will answer questions from community members and discuss issues surrounding bullying, youth suicide and the role of social media. The Round Table will air on Channel 13.3 from 8 pm-9 pm that evening.
We asked the panelists to submit short biographies so those interested in the Round Table discussion could learn more about them.
Max Weissman, LPC-S NCC Adolescent Counseling Services of WNC
Max Weissman is a therapist who specializes in working with adolescents and families in Western North Carolina. He has earned degrees in the fields of Psychology, Counseling, and Education at Southern Oregon University and Western Carolina University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor –Supervisor in North Carolina (LPC-S ), and is also licensed as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).
Over the course of his career, Max has counseled hundreds of adolescents in a variety of settings. He has worked as a wilderness guide, Student Response Team Leader for Buncombe County Schools, and Lead Counselor/Director of the BCATS program (Buncombe County's Alternative to Suspension). Often, Max has tackled the difficult subject of bullying in individual and group counseling sessions. Max has also presented numerous times to teenagers, parents, and professionals on the topic of bullying and adolescent behavior.
Currently, Max works in private-practice at Adolescent Counseling Services of WNC. In this role, he counsels adolescents and families who struggle with a variety of issues which include anxiety, depression, and anger. Max is also a court-approved Parenting Coordinator, who works with divorced parents to strategize healthier parenting plans. Additionally, Max supervises counselors and therapists who are new to the field.
In his free time, Max enjoys hiking, basketball, gardening and taking in all that WNC has to offer with his family.
Jeanne McGowan, Safety Officer for Asheville City Schools
Ms. Jeanne McGowan is the safety officer for Asheville City Schools. Her responsibilities include developing/updating district emergency plans and procedures, bullying prevention, facilitating the District Safety Council, and assisting school administrators with school specific safety plans, school crisis response teams, safety-related drills and exercises, and crisis response. She is also the Asheville City Schools representative for the Buncombe County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, the Buncombe County Partnership for Substance Free Youth, and the Sexual Abuse/Domestic Violence Prevention Taskforce.
Ms. McGowan previously worked in nuclear energy where she helped conduct and critique emergency response drills and exercises and served as the Communications Director on the Emergency Response Team.
Ms. McGowan attended Gardner Webb University where she received a BS in Health Education. She is an Asheville native and is the proud parent of Maren, a junior at UNC-Charlotte and Cory, a freshman at UNC-Greensboro.
Craig Roberts, School Resource Officer with Asheville Police Department
For the past 37 years, SRO Craig Roberts has dedicated his career to law enforcement. His first position was with the Wilton Manors Police Department in Broward County, Florida. Three years later he began working for the Broward County Sheriff’s office where he remained until my retirement in March of 2010.
Among his many employment with the Sheriff's Office, he served in the schools as a School Resource Officer. Roberts remained in that position for 20 years. During that time, he worked at various high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and alternative centers.
In June of 2011, he was rehired with the Sheriff's Office as a reserve Deputy Sheriff and placed back in the schools as an SRO. In June of 2013 he moved from South Florida to Asheville. Roberts was hired with the City of Asheville Police Department in September of 2013. Initially he was assigned to a patrol position and then in January of 2015 he became the SRO at Asheville High School, where he remains today.
Kimberly Cornwell, Anti-bullying Advocate
Kimberly Cornwell is the mother of two daughters. She joined the panel as an anti-teen bullying and suicide advocate. She lost her 16-year-old daughter Amber Cornwell on Dec. 20, 2014 due to bullying.
Amber was an 11th grader at East Henderson High in Henderson County. Cornwell is participating in the Round Table to bring awaress of the issue in hopes of saving at least one child and family from the tragedy her family endured with Amber's death.
Cornwell owned a petgrooming business for 20 years, and is now a stay at home mother, homeschooling her 14-year-old daughter.