Dr. A. Steven Dietz
Dr. A. Steven Dietz received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2005 in Adult and Organizational Learning, focusing on executive problem recognition and decision-making. He has been on faculty with Texas State University since 2004 in the Department of Criminal Justice (Fall 2004-Summer 2008) and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies.
Dr. Dietz is an experienced organization dynamics consultant working with both private and public organizations over the past 20 years. He has extensive experience with police departments and military organizations, and was the Director of the Texas Institute for Public Problem Solving (TIPPS) from 1997-1999. Steven is also a veteran of the U. S. Navy where he served for 11 years and currently serves in the Texas Army National Guard.
Sasha McLean, LMFT, LPC
Sasha McLean is the Executive Director of Archway Academy in Houston, Texas. Archway Academy is a school dedicated to supporting teens in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse or dependency. Coming to Archway directly from The High Road at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Houston, Sasha has worked in Children’s Services, School Counseling and Family Therapy. She has participated in several documentaries and been interviewed for articles in The Houston Chronicle on Teens and Substance Abuse. As a local expert, Sasha is a sought-after presenter by many organizations such as Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine/Star of Hope and University of Houston at Clear Lake, as well as private and public schools.
Ms. McLean has a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Houston.
Dr. Peter Scharf
Dr. Peter Scharf is a nationally recognized leader in corrections, criminal justice training, curriculum development, technology and education. He recently was appointed as Research Professor at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine International Health and Development Department in June 2008. He was an invited speaker to the Nobel Public Service Seminar in Stockholm Sweden. He has innovated new undergraduate course offerings related to public health perspectives related to violence and change processes related to public health. He has been interviewed by a large number of national media related to his expertise related to violent crime. He recently was named to the Criminal Justice Transition team by New Orleans Mayor Elect Mitch Landrieu. He also was asked to serve on the evidence integration panel of the Office of Justice Programs, supporting policies and programs based upon scientific evidence. He just received (October 2011) two major grants related to correctional re-entry from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, working with the LA Department of Corrections and is serving as an advisor to the Recovery School District’s at risk initiative. He also was named Board President of the Board for the New Orleans Schweitzer Fellowship and received a major award for City service.
Robert Scott currently serves as a Principal at the Texas Star Alliance. Prior to joining Texas Star Alliance, he served as the Texas Commissioner of Education from 2007 until 2012 and was confirmed unanimously by the Texas Senate in 2009 and 2011. As Commissioner he served as the head of the Texas Education Agency, which oversees the state’s 1200 school districts and charter school.
Prior to becoming Commissioner of Education, he served twice as Interim Commissioner in 2003 and 2007 and served as Chief Deputy Commissioner from 2004 until 2007. He has also served as an assistant to two previous Commissioners of Education and as a legislative advisor to the Texas State Senate and United States House of Representatives.
While primarily focused on public and higher education, he has advised legislators in a number of other areas at the state and federal level. He has also been involved with candidates in campaigns at the local, state and national level. Considered an expert in education policy, Scott provides strategic counsel to state and national clients on education issues.