Meet the Team

Jamie Edward Ciofalo, MA


Jamie is Team HIBster’s co-founder and lead presenter, the designer of HIBsterVention, and Onspire, the developer of PD3, and R3, and the co-developer of C3. He possesses over 15 years of experience as an educational leader and staff developer.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Intensive Study in Special Education & Biology
  • Master of Arts in Educational Administration & Supervision
  • Post-graduate Study in School Counseling and Business Administration


  • Affirmative Action and Equity Officer
  • Anti-bullying Bill of Rights Act
  • Child Protection and Permanency
  • Comprehensive Equity Plan Development
  • Curriculum and Instruction (K-12)
  • District Crisis Response Team Coordination
  • Educational Stability Act Coordination
  • Educational Software Management
  • Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Coordination
  • Every Student Succeeds Act Coordination
  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Coordination
  • Grant Writing and Coordination
  • Innovative Program Development
  • Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) Coordination
  • Least Restrictive Environment Program Development
  • Master Schedule Development (K-12)
  • McKinney-Vento Act Coordination (Homeless Students)
  • Multitiered System of Supports Coordination
  • NJ DoE Homeroom Submissions
  • NJ SMART Submissions
  • Postsecondary Planning Program Development and Coordination
  • Professional Development Coordination
  • QSAC
  • Response to Intervention (RtI) Coordination
  • School Counseling Services Program Development and Coordination
  • School Health & Safety Program Development and Coordination
  • Section 504 Program Development and Coordination
  • Special Education (IDEA) Program Development and Coordination
  • Staff Search and Talent Recruitment Coordination
  • Student Information Systems Management (Genesis, Powerschool, Realtime, Infinite Campus, and Skyward)
  • Title I Coordination
  • Title II Part A Coordination
  • Title III Coordination
  • Title IV Coordination
  • Title IX Coordination
  • US DoE Civil Rights Data Collection Coordination


  • NJL2L Certification Mentor for Principals & Directors
  • Director of Pupil Personnel Services, K-12
  • Director of Special Services, K-12
  • Director/Supervisor of School Counseling Services, K-12 
  • Principal
  • Director/Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction


  • School Administrator (CE)
  • School Business Administrator (CE)
  • Director of School Counseling Services
  • Principal
  • Supervisor
  • Student Personnel Services
  • Teacher of the Handicapped, K-12
  • Teacher of Elementary Education, K-8
  • Teacher of Psychology


  • 2009 New Jersey School Boards Association Innovations in Special Education Award
  • 2008 American Association of School Administrators National Civic Star Award (NJ)

Karen Fennell, MS, MFT

Karen Fennell, MS, MFT

Karen Fennell has worked in education and social services for over twenty years engaging children and families from diverse communities. Her work in the nonprofit and public education sectors has enabled her to be employed in key positions of leadership utilizing evidenced-based frameworks and structured intervention supports to establish positive outcomes.

She has expertise in anti-bullying, school violence prevention, mental health and wellness, leadership, coaching, mentoring, program supervision, women’s health, parenting, professional development, social services, and student supports. As an educator and advocate, she prioritizes making connections between academia and the personal experiences of students that is central to her culturally responsive approach. She is committed to creating spaces for marginalized populations to learn and thrive in and outside of the classroom. Ms. Fennell is a highly motivated professional that has a passion for learning and helping others achieve their education and life goals.


  • Antibullying / Violence and Vandalism K-12
  • Coaching and Mentoring                           
  • Behavioral Interventions & Evidenced-Based Treatment Strategies
  • Mental Health, and Wellness
  • K-12 Student Supports
  • School-based Climate and Culture Programming
  • Curriculum Development                                
  • Program Supervision and Management
  • Social-Emotional Learning Programming and development
  • Professional Development Trainer
  • Policy Development and Compliance
  • Program Design and Implementation
  • Restorative Justice and Positive Student Discipline K-12
  • College and Career Readiness    
  • Data and Trend Analysis
  • Crisis Management
  • Conflict Resolution  
  • Culturally Responsive Approach       

Phil Patire, MA

Phil Patire, MA

Phil is an experienced leader with over 30 years of success in administering public schools, researching and developing school curriculum, and providing assessment and evaluation of teaching staff members. Strong team building, problem-solving, and planning abilities combined with excellent organization, communication, and supervisory skills. He has served as a field trainer for NJPSA with the responsibility of presenting in-service staff development programs within New Jersey school districts and charter schools. The programs have dealt with the New Jersey Anti-Bullying of Rights and the harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) regulations, bullying, and school climate. Phil has been employed as a national trainer for the Olweus Bully Prevention program. This nationally and internationally accredited program is overseen by Clemson University. Phil is also a renowned security expert. He has managed a security budget of $2,000,000 and supervised security planning for Morristown Memorial Hospital, an eight hundred and fifty-bed facility, and a Level I Regional Trauma Center.

  • Elementary School Teacher-New Jersey Department of Education Certification
  • Supervisor-New Jersey Department of Education Certification
  • Principal-New Jersey Department of Education Certification
  • School Administrator-New Jersey Department of Education Certification
  • Business Administrator-New Jersey Department of Education Certification
  • Emergency/Security Management-Homeland Security (CHS Level III) Certification
  • Child Safety Instructor- Know and Go Child Safety program
  • Tactical Defense Trainer- Compliance, Direction, Take-down Tactical Training
  • Trainer-Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
  • Trainer-New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association

Kate Ecke, MSW, LCSW

Kate Ecke, MSW, LCSW

Kate Ecke is an author and professional speaker on relational bullying. Kate authored two books; Ugly: The Story of a Bullied Girl and TORMENTED. She travels all over the country to speak at schools and has spoken at three national conferences on bullying. Kate has spoken to over 15,000 students, educators, and law enforcement personnel.

Kate is a licensed clinical social worker trained in eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), yoga therapy, trauma-focused equine-assisted psychotherapy, nurturing parenting, and functional family therapy. Prior to joining Capital Health, Kate owned and operated a private practice, providing therapy services to adolescents and adults. Kate received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Alvernia University in Reading, PA, and her Master of Social Work degree from Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. Kate employs holistic techniques in therapy to strengthen the mind/body connection.

Kate suffered for six years at the hands of her peers as a victim of bullying. She was harassed, humiliated, and physically assaulted. She was the subject of vicious rumors, exclusion, and was cyberbullied.

Kate’s speeches are real, honest, and eye-opening. Kate describes her experiences as a victim of bullying in vivid detail and leaves her viewers stunned. The bullying Kate endured was vicious, cruel, and left lasting scars.

Kate has turned her trauma into activism in hopes that no child will ever have to endure what she once did.