Victory over Bullying: A Northland Summit to Explore Impact, Causes & Responses | Explore Superior

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Northland Summit to Explore Impact, Causes & Responses

Victory over Bullying: A Northland Summit to Explore Impact, Causes & Responses | Explore Superior

Victory over Bullying: A Northland Summit to Explore Impact, Causes & Responses

If you or anyone in your family has experienced bullying at home, school or in the workplace, this event may be meaningful to you. Each of us is affected in some way at some time in our life by bullying behavior.

For some who have been subjected to bullying behavior, the effects are lifelong. Many who have experienced bullying learn to bully others. Research also shows that those who bully when they are children often continue bullying throughout their adulthood.

Each of us has a role in stopping the cycle of bullying, the cycle of violence. Victory Over Bullying: A Northland Summit to Explore Impact, Causes & Responses hopes to help you fulfill your role more effectively. This event takes place on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, from 8:30 am until 4:15 pm at UW-Superior.

You will leave with tools you can use in your home, community and workplace to create compassionate, respectful environments. This full-day event includes presentations and a variety of breakout sessions with opportunities for interaction. This summit is intended for people school age through older adult in all walks of life from across the Northland.

Registration for this summit is now open. 

General fee: $25 (includes lunch and refreshments. CEUs: Additional $10 (6.5 contact hours)


  • 8:30 AM-9:00 AM      Registration
  • 9:00 AM­9:10 AM      Summit Welcome
  • 9:10 AM­9:35 AM      State of Bullying in Our Community,
    • Keynote Speaker:  Kevin Jacobsen1
  • 9:35 AM­10:20 AM    Personal Reflections
  • 10:20 AM­10:35 AM  Break
  • 10:35 AM­11:00 AM  Bullying in the Workplace:  Trends, Patterns and Responses
    • Speaker:  Maria Cuzzo2
  • 11:00 AM­11:15 AM  Small Group Discussions

Breakout Sessions (choose one)

  • 11:15 AM­12:05 PM   Cultivating Empathy = The Opposite of Bullying
    • Speaker: Ann Harrington3
  • 11:15 AM­12:05 PM   Adverse Childhood Experiences/Trauma informed care
    • Speaker: Ron Lake4
  • 11:15 AM­12:05 PM   Bullying among and of older adults
    • Speaker: Maisie Blaine5
  • 11:15 AM­12:05 PM   Restorative responses  to bullying in the schools
    • Speakers: Paul Mickelson6, Laraine Mickelson7


12:05 PM­-1:00 PM    Lunch Speaker: Nick Alexander8,  Exhibit: Victory over Violence Exhibit


  • 1:30 PM­-1:55 PM      Cyber Bullying
    • Speakers:  Thomas Champaigne9
  • 1:55 PM-­2:10 PM      Small Group Discussions
  • 2:10 PM­-2:25 PM      Break

Breakout Sessions ­ (choose one)

  • 2:25 PM­3:15 PM      Crafting & Developing Positive Workplace Culture
    • Speaker: Maria Cuzzo2
  • 2:25 PM­3:15 PM      Interventions to Stop Cyber-­bullying including social media
    • Speaker: John Parenteau10
  • 2:25 PM 3:15 PM      Building resilience in children who have been bullied:
    • Speaker: Mimi Rappley-Larson11
  • 2:25 PM 3:15 PM      Healing the Emotional Wounds from Bullying
    • Speaker: Stacy Desmond12


  • 3:15 PM-3:45 PM      Performance Piece UWS Music Department
  • 3:45 PM-4:15 PM      Closing Debriefing Experience

Flyers will be available soon for posting and emailing to others. For more information, please contact Esther Gieschen or (715) 394-8529.

Victory Over Violence Exhibit

This exhibit will be open September 21 to October 2, 2015, in Swenson Hall on the UW-Superior campus. Individuals and groups are invited to tour the exhibit.

The goal of the exhibit is to contribute to a culture of peace through awareness, introspection, individual empowerment and a courageous and creative commitment to dialogue. It encourages respect, trust and friendship among young people, families, schools and communities across all boundaries such as race, religion and culture.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Lisa Mattsson or Tammy Fanning.
University of Wisconsin-Superior
Belknap & Catlin, PO Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880


  1. Kevin Jacobsen is an Emmy-award winning journalist with KBJR 6 & Range 11 and KDLH 3 News in Duluth. He joined the team in November of 2008 and currently serves as the assistant news director and anchors the KBJR 6 & Range 11 News at Six. Kevin is passionate about telling people’s stories, which led him to producing several in-depth stories exploring the societal problem of bullying and the measures being taken by schools and workplaces to prevent it and raise awareness.
  2. Maria Cuzzo is Professor of Legal Studies at UW-Superior. She is a former practicing attorney and current practicing mediator in workplace, organizational and family settings. Cuzzo is an expert on conflict resolution, mediation and restorative justice. She is a published author on conflict resolution/mediation topics. Cuzzo is a regional and national speaker on topics related to conflict in the workplace, including bullying.
  3. Ann Harrington holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Masters degree in Speech/Language Pathology. In her 20 years of work as an SLP, she has taught students of all ages in a variety of settings. Ann’s vision is to see people, relationships and communities transformed through the opportunity/choice to learn and practice the simple, yet life-changing process of nonviolent compassionate communication (NVC). Ann has two grown daughters and lives with her husband, Steve, in Duluth, Minnesota.
  4. Ron Lake works as the Climate Coordinator for Duluth Public Schools and train with the MN department of Education’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports initiative. He also works as an Adjunct Instructor with the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Concordia St. Paul. Early in his career he enjoyed working for a residential treatment center (as a Counselor, Supervisor, and Therapist) did a brief stint as a Corrections Officer working midnights. He finished his MSW in 2001 and has been licensed as an independent clinical social worker (LICSW) since 2006.
  5. Maisie Blaine holds an MSW and is licensed as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. As a Social Worker Maisie has worked in the School, Mental Health, County Government and Long Term Care settings. In her current capacity she works for MN Board on Aging as a Regional Ombudsman for the Office of Ombudsman for Long Term Care. In this role she works as an Advocate to enhance the quality of life and services for individuals receiving health care and supportive services in Long Term Care or community based settings. The Office also works to enhance the quality of life and services for consumers by advocating for reform in the health care and social services delivery systems through changes in state and federal law and administrative policy.
  6. Paul Mickelson is the coordinator for the Carlton County Communities Restorative Justice Program. He is responsible for the daily activities, services and programs of the CCRJP. He is a cofounder of the program which employs the concepts of Restorative Justice to meet the needs of youth, crime victims and community who are impacted by crime and harm. He is consultant and trainer in the field of mediation and is an experienced workplace and divorce mediator of over 12 years. He has strong background in the field of supervision, is trained as a Conference Facilitator, Circle Keeper and Third Party Resolution Moderator.
  7. Laraine Mickelson is a co-founder of and trainer for the Carlton County Restorative Justice Program. She is the owner of ADR Services LLC, training and consulting business that focuses on the design and implementation of conflict management systems and mediation practices. As a proponent of the Restorative Justice, she has focused her work on promoting the use of RJ in workplaces, schools and communities.
  8. Nick Alexander has been employed by the Superior Police Department for over 17 years and has a great deal of experience working felony level cases. He was a patrol officer, training officer, narcotics investigator, Sergeant, computer crimes investigator, Captain of Investigations, Deputy Chief of Investigations, and most recently Chief of Police. He has set up a multi-jurisdictional/multi-state Computer Forensics lab at the Superior Police Department and developed the Policy and Procedure for that lab. He conducts regular community presentations on Internet Safety as part of his role as an ICAC affiliate for the State of WI. He is also assigned to the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Task Force and holds a federal deputation. He has been providing regional Computer Forensic technical support to the Duluth/Superior area to include Duluth P.D., University of MN Duluth, St. Louis County, Douglas County, Ashland County, and Washburn County. He is currently an adjunct instructor for Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI where he instructs course on cyber-crime and digital evidence. Chief Alexander has a Bachelor of Science from the University of MN in Numerical and Computational Mathematics with an applied minor in Computer Science. He also completed the year long Criminal Justice Executive Development Course hosted by Fox Valley Technical College and the IACP’s Leadership in Policing curriculum. He has extensive specialized technical training in computer science related to all types of forensic work. He has conducted forensic exams on hundreds of cases (which translates to over a thousand forensic exams on computers, storage devices, cell phones, etc…) to include homicides, drug offenses, child pornography, child enticement, sexual assault of children, kidnappings, fraud, counterfeiting, identity theft, harassment/Internet bullying, traditional crimes, various cyber-crimes and so on.
  9. Thomas Champaigne has been a police officer for over 25 years. Sgt. Champaigne has worked over 15 years as an investigator and is currently assigned as the Commander of the Lake Superior Forensic Technology and Internet Crimes Against Children task force out of Superior WI. Sgt. Champaigne has been investigating cases involving digital evidence for over twelve years. Sgt. Champaigne has been deputized with the federal Child Exploitation Task Force out of the Milwaukee FBI office. Sgt. Champaigne has received specialized training related to computers and computer forensics. Detective Champaigne has attended the Basic On Line Technical Skills (BOTS), Basic Data Recovery and Acquisition (BDRA), Intermediate Data Recovery and Acquisition (IDRA) which were taught by the National White Collar Crime Center (NWC3) as well as Undercover Operations, which was taught by the Federal Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Sgt. Champaigne has attended Access Data’s Forensic Tool Kit (FTK) Bootcamp, which was instruction on using the manufactures forensic software, as well as various other Access Data courses which included advanced training on internet forensics, windows forensics, windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 forensics, Windows registry and MAC forensics (Apple iOS). Sgt. Champaigne has attended training on the use of ImageScan software, which is an image viewing software developed by the FBI. Sgt. Champaigne has received training in many of the file sharing networks also known as Peer to Peer (P2P). Sgt. Champaigne has conducted online undercover investigations in the area targeting online predators as well as conducted online Peer to Peer investigations over several file sharing networks. In addition to computer forensics, Sgt. Champaigne has specialized training in the recovery and analysis of cellular phones and the data they store. Sgt. Champaigne has received training from SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, which is a nonprofit membership organization created by and for the states, as well as Access Data and Mobile Forensics Inc. (MFI 101 and MFI 202). Sgt. Champaigne has received advanced training in Apples iOS, Android, and Blackberry devices. Sgt. Champaigne uses specialized hardware and software to extract data from phones and other digital devices. Sgt. Champaigne has extracted data from 100’s of cellular phones over the last few years.
  10. John Parenteau has been employed with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for over 24 years. He has worked as a Detective for the Sheriff’s Office for 12 years. Detective Parenteau has specialized in investigating child abuse cases and is a trained Child Forensic Interviewer. Detective Parenteau is currently assigned to the Lake Superior Forensic Technology and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force where he investigates cases involving digital evidence. He has attended numerous specialized courses regarding investigating child abuse cases, internet crimes against children, computer forensics, and cellular phone forensics. Detective Parenteau is the Coordinator for the Lake Superior Child Abduction Response Team and has been deputized with the federal Child Exploitation Task Force out of the Milwaukee FBI office.
  11. Mimi Rappley-Larson holds the rank of Assistant Professor at UWS and has a B.A. from St. Olaf College in sociology and political science, and a M.S.W. from the University of Washington in Seattle. Ms. Larson also completed post graduate training in family systems. Her areas of interest and expertise include working with individuals, groups and families on issues related to abuse and trauma. She also has significant field experience in mental health, child welfare, addiction, crisis intervention and forensic social work practice.
  12. Stacy Desmond is a final year graduate student in the Counselor Education program at UW-Superior, were she will be interning in the campus counseling center. Stacy served as Women’s Topics Lead Student for UW-Superior Gender Equity Resource Center and serves as a Youth Worker for the Carlton County Youth Crisis Shelter. Throughout her training, Stacy has pursued her passion of caring for young people. Stacy lives with her husband and three children in Cloquet, MN.

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