Gerry Brooks has been an educator for 25 years, beginning as a third grade teacher in Palm Bay, FL. He earned his masters in administration and has been an elementary principal for 15 years. Originally using humorous videos to encourage his staff, Gerry has become a national encourager for teachers through social media and speaking events. He is a voice for teachers, but his passion is leading others to be responsible for their own personal climate and culture in the workplace. His book, “Go See the Principal,” outlines strategies for taking on this responsibility. Gerry and his wife, Kelly, have 3 adult children and live in Lexington, KY. He currently has a following of over 1.2 million people.
“Personal Climate and Culture- the Choice is yours”
This session will focus on personal climate and culture. You will be challenged to be the best you can be based on your attitude and actions.
Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Erica Maxwell
As the first Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Arizona Department of Education, Ms. Erica Maxwell has more than 25 years as a certified educator. In her education tenure, Maxwell has served as a school administrator, adjunct faculty member at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and as a faculty associate at Arizona State University.
Maxwell is also the co-founder of the annual Arizona Multicultural Education Conference. In addition to her educational equity consulting work, she facilitated a series of community book discussions for Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. Her expertise and experiences have been highlighted in presentations throughout the state. Maxwell currently serves as a Board Member for Children’s Action Alliance. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Childsplay and was the School Administrator Representative for Southeast Maricopa County’s First Things First Regional Council.
Recognized for her community involvement and excellence in education, Maxwell received the 2016 Outstanding Adjunct Award from Chandler-Gilbert Community College and the 2015 East Valley NAACP Education Advocacy Award. In her free time, Erica enjoys going to the movies, reading, travelling, hiking and exploring the amazing beauty unique to Arizona. She cherishes time with her children, friends and relatives. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she resides in Chandler with her two teenage children.
Bonnie Little Graham joined Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC in 2009. Ms. Graham actively represents federal education grantees and subgrantees in the resolution of adverse audit and program review determinations, false claims act investigations, and other administrative legal actions. Ms. Graham has successfully resolved significant audit findings for her clients through administrative appeal proceedings, as well as through settlement negotiations and cooperative audit resolution techniques. Ms. Graham also works closely with clients on issues pertaining to “high risk” grantee and subgrantee designations, and on cost allocation matters, including indirect cost rate development, negotiation, and application.
Ms. Graham regularly assists her clients with the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) and other administrative statutes and regulations, such as the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), providing workshops and trainings, developing compliant policies and procedures, and reviewing contracts and other grant-related documentation for compliance with federal requirements. Ms. Graham also works with clients on the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and Title IV of the Higher Education Act, conducting mock-reviews of program implementation and advising on federal requirements, best practices and allowable flexibilities.
Ms. Graham lives in Alameda, California. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Graham worked as an associate at a corporate firm in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Aaron Kramer Brosnan joined Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC in July 2019. Mr. Brosnan assists clients with federal grants management and various education programs, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and the Every Student Succeeds Act. Mr. Brosnan also works with clients on compliance with the rules and regulations under the Uniform Grant Guidance, as adopted by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Brosnan worked for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) on special education compliance matters. During law school, Mr. Brosnan interned with the Office of Hearings and Appeals at the US Department of Education and with the National School Boards Association. Prior to law school, Mr. Brosnan worked for the Landmark School in Massachusetts as a special education teacher and reading specialist.
Mr. Brosnan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Studio Art from the College of the Holy Cross in 2010 and his Master’s Degree in Special Education from Simmons College in 2014. Mr. Brosnan received his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School in 2015. Mr. Brosnan is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.