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LEADERSHIP

Jamie Forbes, CEO & Survivor

Jamie is the founder and leader of Learning Courage. His experience includes nearly two decades in the private sector in both finance and marketing roles, where he honed his business acumen, strategic thinking and creative approach. Jamie has also consulted with, helped start, and been involved in board leadership of other nonprofit organizations.

His work with schools began when he shared the story of his own abuse as a student at Milton Academy. During the resulting investigation, he observed first-hand how important and yet challenging it can be for both survivors and school leaders to support healing. His experience and these observations inspired him to begin consulting with schools.  He started Hadley Rock Advisors, which advises school leaders on how to create a safe environment for survivors and helps survivors navigate the process of reporting and responding to findings.

Learning Courage came out of his work with schools, as Jamie observed many of the same issues recurring with different schools.  The best way to improve the sector's response to sexual abuse, he reasoned, was to create an organization that collected and shared what they learned.  The Learning Courage name speaks to the K-12 school audience which focuses on education and learning and also to the necessity to always learn about how we can do this work better.

Learning Courage is driven by our commitment to have a large-scale impact on the issue of sexual violence.

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KATE HENRY, VP OF OPERATIONS

Kate brings over twenty five years of IT experience focused on the financial services, manufacturing and med-tech sectors. Her expertise includes business planning, account management, program/project management and client service. She specializes in transforming and integrating complex voice and data infrastructure for acquisitions.
Kate brings a calm demeanor, attention to detail and natural ability to create process in her work.

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AMY WHEELER, VP OF MEMBERSHIPS & SURVIVOR

Amy joined Learning Courage in the fall of 2019. A survivor herself, Amy has been an independent school educator and administrator for over 30 years. She began her career as an English teacher, dorm parent and coach at Lawrence Academy and understands the full life boarding school faculty and staff lead. Since then, she has worked as an administrator in K-8 day schools, 6-12 day schools, and a 6-12 all girls boarding school and knows well the impact of sexual misconduct on students, faculty, staff and institutions and the importance of training and prevention. Her experience on a number of independent school boards also gives her insight into the larger institutional issues that arise from both historic and current sexual misconduct on independent school campuses. We welcome her expertise on our team.

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Interns

Summer 2021

Elena Levin - Brown University Class of 2022

Sumer 2020

Gus Hirschfeld, Brown University Class of 2021

Anna Rezk, Brown University Class of 2023

Nina Thiesen, Brown University Class of 2023

Abby Wren, Johns Hopkins Class of 2023 

 

Amy Wheeler

Amy Wheeler, VP of Memberships

Amy Wheeler joined Learning Courage in the fall of 2019. A survivor herself, Amy has been an independent school educator and administrator for over 30 years. She began her career as an English teacher, dorm parent and coach at Lawrence Academy and understands the full life boarding school faculty and staff lead. Since then, she has worked as an administrator in K-8 day schools, 6-12 day schools, and a 6-12 all girls boarding school and knows well the impact of sexual misconduct on students, faculty, staff and institutions and the importance of training and prevention. Her experience on a number of independent school boards also gives her insight into the larger institutional issues that arise from both historic and current sexual misconduct on independent school campuses. We welcome her expertise on our team.

Kate Henry

Kate Henry, VP of Operations

Kate brings over twenty five years of IT experience focused on the financial services, manufacturing and med-tech sectors. Her expertise includes business planning, account management, program/project management and client service. She specializes in transforming and integrating complex voice and data infrastructure for acquisitions.
Kate brings a calm demeanor, attention to detail and natural ability to create process in her work.

Board of Directors

Jay Althoff – President & COO at Shift Media Holdings, Inc. & Common Impact Board Chair

Tim Driver – Founder and CEO, Retirement Jobs.com and Mature Caregivers

Jay Hughes - Author and Family Advisor

Charity Appell McNabb – Vice President, The Firebird Foundation

John Siegfried - History Department Chair, Pentucket Regional High School, MA

Advisory Board

Anne Owen Armfield – Former Board Member Hotchkiss & Community Organizer
Todd Bland – Head of School, Milton Academy & Founding Member of Learning Courage
Eliza Byard – Former Executive Director of GLSEN
Amy Culp – Director, UNH’s Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program
Charis Denison – Founder, Prajna Consulting
David Finkelhor
Crimes against Children Research Center 
Family Research Laboratory
Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire
Mike Hanas – Head of School, San Francisco Friends School
Claire Leheny – Executive Director, Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Charlie Lord – Partner, Renew Energy Partners, LLC
Stuart Mathews – Vice President, Milton Academy Board of Trustees & President, Metapoint Partners
Myra McGovern – Vice President of Media, National Association of Independent Schools
Esta Soler – Founder and President, Futures Without Violence
Dr. Charol Shakeshaft – Department of Educational Leadership, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University

CONTACT US

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
info@learningcourage.org

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