Melissa Sherman, the executive director of Beyond Bullies, founded the organization in 2010, to give voice, confidence and hope to teens who feel depressed, alienated and alone because they are the targets of bullying and cyberbullying.
Melissa has a strong passion for social justice issues and worked as a broadcast journalist in public and commercial radio stations. For ten years, Melissa volunteered her time and worked as a program and communications director in several non-profit organizations addressing the needs of victims of domestic violence and young people suffering from chronic diseases. Melissa has produced a number of educational events for students at leading entertainment studios to help prepare them to work with mentors, who guide them in school, in their careers, and as they transition into the workforce.
Tiffany is the Beyond Bullies campaign coordinator. She is currently attending the University of Southern California as a Business Administration major hoping to go into entertainment marketing. While attending Arcadia High School, she was the President of Gay Straight Alliance, a club dedicated to promoting ideals of acceptance. Her hobbies include watching movies and television shows while starting up her own photography business at T. Wu Photography. Anti-Bullying has always been a cause that she has been interested in and she hopes to make a difference by being part of the Beyond Bullies team in providing a resource for teens and adolescence facing bullying.
As our online writer , Ravneet Sandhu blends her smarts and her creativity to bring awareness about cyberbullying and other forms of bullying through her articles on our website as well as posts on our social media pages. Ravneet has been bullied, and it only stopped when she took a stand. She wants to use her writing skills to help those who are experiencing the same horrible feeling she felt. Ravneet likes Punjabi folk songs. Ravneet uses the power of social media and the Internet to spread awareness and reach out to the millions of students affected daily by bullying.
Madison McDermott is a 13 year old actress, living her dream in Los Angeles. A naturally creative type, she also loves writing, drawing,and has an innate love of music. She is an 8th grader at California Pacific Charter Schools, a virtual school that allows her flexibility for her busy schedule. As a personal witness to her best friend being severely bullied in middle school and watching the stress that it caused her and her family, Madison is extremely passionate about the anti-bullying movement and is using her creativity to bring attention to bullying as well as helping those who are being bullied. You can also read her blog posts as a guest contributorat www.abettermedaybyday.com.
Al Haskvitz, President
Retired teacher, Author
Edward Murphy, Treasurer
Eli Lilly, Sr. Financial Analyst
Blake Stephens, Secretary
Master’s Student in Counseling
Dr. Anna Yeakly
Anti-Defamation League and UCLA