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Paula Goldberg PhotoPaula F. Goldberg, Executive Director, PACER Center

Paula F. Goldberg is the Executive Director and founder of PACER Center, a nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience serving children with disabilities and their families. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is one of 32 initiatives managed by PACER Center.

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Since PACER opened its first office in 1978, with five staff members, it has worked to improve and expand opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities and their families. Through Goldberg’s leadership and leading the creation of several innovative programs, PACER now has over 70 staff and continues to impact families across the nation and even internationally.

In 1984, Goldberg was instrumental in helping to develop the national parent center technical assistance program which supports the network of 100+ Parent Centers throughout the United States. Parent centers work with families and professionals to improve outcomes for children with disabilities in the school, home and community. PACER has served as a regional or a national technical assistance parent center for 30 years and Goldberg led the development of a system to collect evaluation and outcome data for the parent centers.

Goldberg, who has long been recognized for her leadership in the parent center movement, is also recognized as a leader on bullying prevention. As she did with PACER and the parent centers, Goldberg played a leadership role in creating PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006. She not only helped to conceptualize National Bullying Prevention Month, which has evolved into a nationally known education campaign, she is also instrumental in working on national and global levels to prevent bullying. In 2011, Goldberg was invited to the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention and testified about bullying of children with disabilities before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. In 2012, Goldberg accepted a national award from the FBI. The FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award honored PACER’s national bullying prevention efforts.


PACER Center Co-Founder Paula Goldberg Talks Bullying Prevention
by: Laura Clark of

When Paula Goldberg was a young mother of two in Minneapolis, she was confronted with a life-defining choice — go to law school, where she had been accepted, or lead a nonprofit organization with a mission close to her heart. The former teacher decided on the latter. That was 1977 and Goldberg is still the executive director of the PACER Center, an organization dedicated to helping kids with disabilities and their parents. But her work didn't stop there. Read entire article>>>

Julie Hertzog PhotoJulie Hertzog, Director, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

Julie Hertzog, Director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, is a nationally recognized leader on bullying prevention. Since she helped create the Center in 2006, she has led in the development of its resources, including creating content for its innovative websites —, and—which were designed to engage, educate, and inspire students, parents, educators and community members. In addition to developing classroom toolkits, curricula, and other educational resources, Hertzog also helped create nationally recognized initiatives such as PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month, Unity Day, and Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying.

Hertzog was appointed as a member and co-chair of Minnesota’s Governor’s Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying and to Minnesota’s School Safety Technical Assistance Center, which was created in response to the Minnesota Safe and Supportive School legislation. She also serves on the Flipgrid Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board to empower all learners to share their voice and respect the diverse voices of others.

She has been quoted and consulted by the local and national media, including print, online and TV, and has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Time for Kids, PEOPLE, Family Circle and The Huffington Post.

Hertzog has been on staff at PACER Center since 2000, holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and is married with three children: Laura, David and Grace. David, who was born with Down syndrome, has been the inspiration for much of her work.

Read the director’s blog, “United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion”.

Interview highlights

Bullying Prevention, Part One: A Podcast with Julie Hertzog
Produced by Live Above the Noise: The Choice-Full Family Project

Protecting our Children From Bullying, Part Two: A Podcast with Julie Hertzog
Produced by Live Above the Noise: The Choice-Full Family Project

Bullying Dynamics, A Video Interview
Produced by Frontier Fellowship

A Visit with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center Director Julie Hertzog
Blind Abilities Podcast *Transcript Provided

Conversation with Chris, Student Ambassador with Tourette Association of America
Tourette Association of America, Facebook live recording

Students with Disabilities Most Likely to Experience Bullying
Here and Now, National Public Radio (NPR)

Borrowed Brains: Q&A with Julie Hertzog
Communities in Schools

Activist inspired by son with Down syndrome Blog―Stop Bullying, Speak Up
By Julie Hertzog, Special to CNN

Bullying is not a rite of passage Blog
By Julie Hertzog, Special to CNN

Selected as “Difference Maker” on Bullying Prevention
Crisis Prevention Institute

Heroes Against Bullies: Julie Hertzog
Inkelaar Law, Justice You Deserve, Nominate a Hero

Bailey Huston, Coordinator

Bailey Huston is the coordinator of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Bailey provides support and resources to students, parents, educators and other regarding bullying prevention. Bailey came to PACER in 2014 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in child, youth and family studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While completing her undergraduate degree, she interned with a community outreach organization to develop a bullying prevention curriculum for local after-school programs. Bailey also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, providing support to underserved students and schools in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. While working at PACER, Bailey earned her Masters of Education in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota.

Bailey is available for presentations to parents and professionals on bullying prevention. For more information, email [email protected].

Danna Mirviss, Associate

Danna Heilicher Mirviss is an Associate with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. She has been involved with PACER Center since 2000. Danna responds to inquiries and provides support and resources to students, parents, and educators about bullying prevention. Danna also provides community outreach services.

Danna is available to provide resources to the community at fairs and events. For more information, email [email protected].

Judy French, Coordinator, NBPC Los Angeles

Judy French staffs the Los Angeles office of the National Bullying Prevention Center, where she coordinates outreach to schools, student organizations, and individuals interested in bullying prevention resources. She has been facilitating and presenting workshops as an Educator for the non-profit Girls Leadership for the past four years, running parent-daughter workshops throughout the country on communications skills, conflict resolution, relationship building, leadership, and self-advocacy. For Girls Leadership, she has also presented a parent education talk on “Raising Resilient Girls” and led summer camps. Prior to that, Judy taught at a private school for 13 years in Northern California, where she was an all-school librarian and middle school advisor. In her work as a creative writing teacher and coach, she was chosen as a mentor in the Advanced Mentorship Program for the Jack Ken Cooke Foundation, working with gifted high school students on individual writing projects.

Judy is available to speak with Los Angeles organizations and educators about the resources available through PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Contact her at [email protected].

Jody Manning, Parent Training and Information Center Director

Jody Manning has been with PACER Center since 2003 and currently serves as the Parent Training and Information Center Director. Jody studied nursing at Andrews University and then worked in the nursing field for a number of years. She later studied psychology at Metropolitan State University. In 1987, Jody gave birth to a wonderful son who was later diagnosed with disabilities. Through that personal experience, she has an understanding of the challenges a parent encounters when a child is struggling. Jody finds her background in nursing, psychology, management, and social services to be an ideal combination that can assist families of children with disabilities and those with children experiencing bullying as they navigate through school and community life. Jody coordinates a number of projects within PACER Center, which all focus on creating positive outcomes for students. She connects individually with parents of children with disabilities to help them understand how to advocate on behalf of their children.

Jody is also a highly respected speaker who is available to speak nationally to parents and professionals on topics that include bullying prevention, students with disabilities, and special education. For more information, email [email protected].

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