Meet the members of the Step UP! Advisory Board. Follow a link below or scroll down for all Advisory Board members' bios:
Becky Bell is the creator and founder of Step UP! and was recently recognized as a recipient of the University of Arizona's CSW "Vision" Award for her work on Step UP! She is an Associate Athletics Director in The University of Arizona athletics department and has directed the C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program since 1997. She is a former All-American at UCLA (tennis) and earned her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Becky was an assistant tennis coach at UCLA for 5 years (including a National Championship) before assuming the head coaching duties at the University of Arizona. Twelve years at the helm resulted in two Regional Coach of the Year awards and six top-10 finishes for the Wildcats. She was also a National Coach for the USTA (United States Tennis Association) for many years. Becky has two Master’s degrees — one in Sports Administration and one in Counseling (with an emphasis in Career counseling). She has made many national presentations and authored the book, If I Knew Then What I Know Now. She served on the 1A CHAMPS Board of Advisors for 8 years.
Susan Bruce, M.Ed., is director of the University of Virginia's Center for Alcohol and Substance Education. She has over 20 years of experience in collegiate health promotion and has developed nationally recognized substance abuse and sexual assault education and prevention programs. She has expertise in the social norms approach and co-directs the NCAA-funded APPLE conferences, the leading national training symposiums dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletics department administrators.
Janet Cox, M.A., is President and CEO of The BACCHUS Network. She has coordinated the overall program services for The BACCHUS Network since 1995, working with all major operating areas that serve higher education and more than 300 campus members.
With a higher education background in student affairs and student leadership, she coordinates the volunteer program of 50 area consultants and state coordinators from around the country. In addition, she assists with the training and support of the Student Advisory Committee, 14 student leaders elected to serve the organization. She allocates staffing and resources to major projects to support The BACCHUS Network affiliates, four awareness campaigns, and coordinates national conferences and trainings. She oversees the development of the majority of BACCHUS publications.
In addition, Janet is the organizational representative and convener of the Coalition of Higher Education Associations for Substance Abuse Prevention, a coalition of 20 higher education professional associations. She has overseen grant activities funded by the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Centers for Disease Control, Office on Smoking and Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
She has presented at a variety of regional and national conferences including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, American College Personnel Association, the American Council on Education and the National Association of Fraternity Advisors.
After completing a B.S. in Engineering at the University of Redlands in 1989, Doug began his student affairs career continuing on the housing staff. He also dabbled in career services, recreation, student activities, orientation and Greek Life. After identifying his passion for substance abuse prevention, he completed a M.A. Education (Counseling) in 1991, also from the University of Redlands. After successfully writing and implementing a federal grant from the Department of Education, he developed a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program at the University of Redlands, strongly based in peer education and student programming.
He took that model to the University of California, Riverside in 1998, where he successfully implemented and expanded the model over 12 years. In the summer of 2010, he accepted a position as Alcohol Programs Manager at the University of California, Irvine where he also currently serves as the Interim Director of the Health Education Center. Doug is also very connected as a volunteer nationally. He has served The BACCHUS Network since 1993, serving as California State Coordinator, Area Two (Southwest Region) Consultant, and currently as national Coordinator of Student Athlete Affiliate Support. In 1995, the CHAMPS/Life Skills program served as his bridge to athletics. Active with the NCAA since 2000, he has served as a facilitator for the National Student-Athlete Leadership Conference and on the CHAMPS/Life Skills Advisory Team. He is currently on the APPLE Conference Advisory Team, StepUp! Bystander Program Advisory Board and the OneStudent/No Woman Left Behind Advisory Board.
As the Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology for the University of Arizona’s athletic department, Scott Goldman, Ph.D. provides direct patient care to the student-athletes as well as consulting services for the coaches and staff. Dr. Goldman has provided mental health care in a variety of settings for amateur, collegiate, semi-professional, and professional athletes. Starting in 1994, Dr. Goldman’s clinical experience includes working in university counseling centers, rehabilitation centers, private and government funded psychiatric children’s hospitals, school counseling centers, and outpatient therapy institutes. He is also a member of the sport psychology registry for the United States Olympic Committee as well as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Health and Safety Speaker Registry. Dr. Goldman is on the advisory board for STEP UP!, a bystander intervention program that has been adopted by over 100 universities and colleges. STEP UP! has earned national acclaim including the 2010 NASPA excellence award. Dr. Goldman serves as Public Interest Committee Chair for the American Psychological Association’s Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) as well as the Membership Chair for the Southern Arizona Psychology Association (SAPA).
In addition to providing direct patient care, Dr. Goldman has also taught undergraduate, graduate, and medical students for the past 10 years. He currently teaches as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Arizona’s Sport Medicine Fellowship Program. Similarly, Dr. Goldman held two faculty appointments at the Saint Louis University’s medical school. For the Psychiatry Department, he was the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Clinical Instructor. His other faculty appointment was the Sport Psychology Instructor for the Saint Louis University Medical School’s Sport Medicine Fellowship. At Logan University, Dr. Goldman teaches students earning a doctorate in chiropractic as well as students earning a master in sport science and rehabilitation.
Dr. Goldman earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tulane University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. Further, Dr. Goldman is designated as a Certified Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Additionally, he received training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) at the Albert Ellis Institute. Besides providing direct patient care and co-leading groups with Dr. Ellis, Dr. Goldman received advanced training and certification in several psychological fields while a fellow and staff therapist. These include child and adolescent therapy and drug addiction treatment. Further, Dr. Goldman attained supervisory certification granting him permission to train other professionals in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.
His specialties include: Athletic and Performance Enhancement; Rehabilitation Psychology; Stress and Anxiety Disorders; Confidence; Anger Management; Depression Disorders; Substance Abuse; Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy; Cognitive Behavior Therapy; and Behavior Therapy.
Mary E. Wilfert, M.Ed., CHES, is an associate director in NCAA Educational Affairs, Health and Safety programs. Since 1999, she has administered the NCAA drug-education and drug-testing programs and worked to promote policies and develop resources for student-athlete healthy life choices. She serves as primary liaison to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, the Association-wide committee charged with providing leadership on health and safety recommendations to the NCAA membership. Mary has worked in the health education field for 30 years to empower individuals to make informed choices for lifelong health and success.