Our Officers and DirectorWayne Kelly, Executive Director, Administrative Assistant, and Treasurer. Wayne has spent many years as a mentor and in other community service roles. He holds a BS in Business Administration and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA), and has additionally earned graduate certificates in Project Management, and Mediation and Conflict Management. A former Army officer and combat veteran, Wayne understands the importance of acquiring and using a strong sense of emotional maturity when confronted with an unsafe environment where pressure is constant and unrelenting. While acknowledging that life as a student is not this extreme, he nevertheless feels there are similarities in the psychological and emotional stressors our kids face. The Edge assists in alleviating these pressures in our schools. Wayne asks, “What could possibly be more important than to help our youth develop a healthy sense of emotional maturity, psychological well-being, and individual self-worth?”
Kristin Miller, Vice President. Kristin learned early on the damage labeling can do to a teenager attending public school. This experience brought her to the Psychology Department at Southern Oregon University, where she completed her bachelor's degree with an emphasis on group facilitation. While conducting her internship at Crater Academy of Health and Public Services, she engaged in an Edge workshop and says, “I was instantly attracted to the unique way The Edge protocols successfully encouraged those in attendance to understand and model empathy and respect for their peers and—not inconsequentially—for the administrators and teachers of the school as well.” Kristin continues: “As the morning wore on during my first Edge, I witnessed a change in behavior all around me and began to understand the subtle power of The Edge. Young people, who were—just moments before—feeling isolated and overwhelmed, were now realizing that they are not alone in their life experiences. They came to a clear understanding that so many others were just like them and their relief was palpable.” After that, Kristin attended as many Edge events as she could. After graduation, she became a member of The Edge board of directors. “I am thrilled to be part of an organization that is actively encouraging students to be ‘upstanders’ and not just bystanders,” she says enthusiastically.
Michael Adams. Michael is a former school counselor from Annapolis, Maryland, who now spends his time in continued service to youth in Southern Oregon. He has a B.A. degree in psychology, and an M Ed. degree in school counseling. During his 30-year career as an educator, he provided individual and group counseling, as well as specialized crisis intervention in a wide variety of middle and high school settings. 15 years of his service to young people was spent in the trenches with “at risk” students in alternative school settings. Michael has additionally taught drug education and parenting classes to students throughout his career. Since retiring, he has traveled extensively in South America and has worked at several schools in Northern Ecuador. Michael believes strongly that our young people today are faced with immense challenges that are beyond what most middle-aged adults had to deal with in their youth, and that we as adults have a responsibility to care for and support them in any way possible. Michael’s most recent favorite quote is from Dr. Wayne Dyer: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Tanya Maxwell. Tanya has been with The Edge since its inception and says, “I continue to feel very passionate about the positive results I have seen The Edge bring to the youth in our community”. Tanya is a proud parent and a dedicated professional educator, having served as a secondary school counselor for over seventeen years here in the Rogue Valley and beyond. She holds a BA in Dramatic Art from University of California at Berkeley, with an additional emphasis on Cultural Anthropology. Tanya went on to earn her Master's Degree in Counseling, with School Counseling Certification, from Oregon State University, and then garnered a post-graduate degree in School Administration from Southern Oregon University. Tanya says passionately, “I believe in the full potential of all of our kids to succeed and thrive, and whatever we as adults can do to encourage them to believe in themselves and to pursue their dreams, will always be an important aspect of my own life endeavors.”
Floyd Graves, Co-founder/Vice President Emeritus. Floyd served for 32 years in public education as a Physical Education teacher, an athletic coach, and as a middle school Dean of Students. Constantly looking for better ways to handle the problems kids face, he co-founded The Edge to help the angry, frustrated students he encountered who lacked confidence and direction. Now retired from his career in public education, Floyd currently works with OnTrack, Inc., as a Crisis Prevention Specialist, teaching pro-social skills to 10- to 13-year-olds, enabling them to make positive life choices. “Life can be so wonderfully different if people are given the tools. The Edge, a program that is long overdue, is truly able to fill today's student's tool box.”
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