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Donald E. Sheffield, Ed. D.
Education Consultant/President

Dr. Sheffield received his B.A. in Secondary Education from Geneva College in 1969, and his Masters in Education from Slippery Rock University in 1974. He earned his doctorate in Higher Education from Penn State University in 1989. Although Dr. Sheffield is a PA certified secondary school teacher, he spent most of his career in higher education and the last 26 years at Penn State University until his retirement in September, of 2002. He is currently an adjunct professor of education for the Penn State Beaver Campus.

He is the former administrative assistant to Joe Paterno and Director of the Academic Support Center for Student Athletes at Penn State. Prior to retirement, he served as Director of Diversity Outreach for the Office of the Outreach and Cooperative Extension.  He was also an adjunct faculty member for the department of curriculum and instruction.

Dr. Sheffield has developed field experience programs to improve the multicultural education of undergraduate education students for Penn State. Currently students from Geneva and Penn State Beaver Campus participate in diversity related field experiences in the DARE2XL After School Program, which assists in the academic and personal development of elementary and middle school students. Many of the children participating in DARE2XL are from low-income families.

Dr. Sheffield provides extensive diversity training for corporations, businesses and schools. In addition, he conducts workshops for parents in maximizing the potential of their children. He is the founder and president of TAME Inc. (Techniques Assisting Motivation and Excellence), a consulting firm dedicated to cultural excellence by helping schools, families, and businesses understand the "practice" of high performance.

A major emphasis of Dr. Sheffield's work is helping parents manage the academic development of their children. He has developed programs that incorporate excellence training at home and delivered numerous workshops for improving parenting skills. His academic experience, family background and athletic training has given him a unique perspective on the essence of excellence and high performance. He is the published author of "Practice Makes Perfect—Not!: Excellence is a Habit"

Dr. Sheffield is a father of three adult sons, grandfather (twice) and resident of Beaver Falls, PA.

Dr. Joseph H. Clapper

With more than 35 years in public education, Joseph H. Clapper, D.Ed. has served in a variety of teaching and leadership roles including that of teacher, principal, professor, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools. This continuum of experience has provided him with a unique, comprehensive understanding of curriculum, assessment, professional development, supervision, budgeting, strategic planning and facility management.

Dr. Clapper currently serves as the Assistant Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals. He provides professional guidance and professional development for the 3,700 members of this organization.

For nearly ten years, Dr. Clapper served as the Superintendent of Schools for The Quaker Valley School District in Sewickley, Pennsylvania and the North Hills School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Quaker Valley has been a pioneer and leader in using technology to create unique learning opportunities and advance student achievement. Quaker Valley School District was awarded a competitive Pennsylvania Digital School District grant in 2001 and students at the high school and middle school have been in a 1:1 environment since that time.

Considered a leader among his peers, Dr. Clapper has been selected as a member of the Western Pennsylvania Forum for Superintendents. Additionally, Dr. Clapper has been invited to make numerous keynote presentations at local, state and national conferences on the topics of teacher supervision and evaluation, professional development and educational reform. He has also had several articles published in various educational journals and magazines on the same topics.

Dr. Clapper completed his undergraduate and master degrees at Shippensburg University and his doctorate in curriculum and instruction at The Pennsylvania State University. He served as an undergraduate and graduate instructor at Penn State and currently serves as an adjunct graduate professor at Penn State Beaver campus.

Dr. Clapper has received numerous recognitions and awards including the Tri-State Distinguished Educator Award (2014), The Pennsylvania State University Leadership and Service Award (2014), and the William E. Caldwell Award for Excellence in Administration and Supervision (2013).

Dr. Clapper is a highly capable educational leader ~ truly passionate about providing inspirational leadership for 21st century public schools. He is noted for creative problem solving, organizational skills, building collaboration, personnel management including identifying talents in others, effective communication skills, and his pleasant sense of humor.
Dr. Anthony B. Mitchell

Dr. Anthony B. Mitchell is the Assistant Director, University Community Programs, Continuing Education at Penn State Greater Allegheny. His practice areas include designing and implementing programming for K-12 schools and communities, professional development training for teachers and administrators, leadership and diversity training for juvenile justice, social services, and educational professionals, and pre-college programming for first-generation college bound students. His research interests include: parental involvement, closing academic achievement gaps, educating African American males, African American history, and creative and performing arts education. Dr. Mitchell also teaches undergraduate-degree courses in African and African American Studies at Penn State.

Dr. Mitchell's leadership efforts have resulted in recognition by various local and national organizations. In 1994, the 100 Black Men of Western PA and the Gang Peace Council of Western PA recognized his community service and leadership efforts in promoting urban peace and social justice. In 1999, Dr. Mitchell's Diversity Outreach Programs unit at Penn State received the University Continuing Education Association Award for "Excellence" for drug intervention and prevention outreach programming. More recently, he received the Community Empowerment Association Award for community education in 2004 and the Penn State Continuing & Distance Education Exemplary Program Award for Outreach in 2007.

Dr. Mitchell is a graduate of Geneva College and holds a Masters in Education from Penn State, and a Doctorate in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Caryl J. Sheffield

(Ms.) Caryl J. Sheffield, Ed. D. is a consultant with TAME Inc. Sheffield received her B.A. in Special Education from California University of Pennsylvania in 1973, and her Masters in Education, Psychology and Guidance from Slippery Rock University in 1977. She earned her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, Department of Instruction and Learning, Instructional Design and Technology Program, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1991.

Her Last Lecture at Cal U, "Reflections: One Woman's Journy for Social Equity", is available here.

Dr. Kausalai (Kay) Wijekumar

Dr. Kausalai (Kay) Wijekumar is Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University Beaver. She holds degrees in engineering, computer science and instructional technology. She blends her computer expertise (application development, web services, interface design, and artificial intelligence) with her passion for learning and education to build and research computer based learning environments. Most recently, she has served as PI on the Regional Educational Laboratory - Mid-Atlantic's large scale randomized controlled trial on a fourth grade mathematics software. She has built and tested the Intelligent Tutoring System for the Structure Strategy (ITSS) designed to improve reading comprehension for grades through 12 and adults. She is PI on a grant from the US Department of Education to conduct efficacy trials on the ITSS system (2008-2012). In addition to her teaching and research she serves as School Board Director at the Quaker Valley School District and as a reviewer for many grant funding agencies and professional organizations.

Mr. Rick Sheffield

Richard Sheffield is the DARE2 XL After-School Program Coordinator. Rick is a graduate of Geneva College and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Sheffield has been the After-school program since 1995. He has also 30 years of experience coaching boys and girls sports. His Head coaching experience brings excitement and motivation to the program.

Dr. James B. Stewart


James Stewart (Ph.D. – Economics, Notre Dame, 1976) served as the inaugural Vice Provost for Educational Equity of Penn State from 1990-1998.  The responsibilities associated with this position included planning, developing, coordinating, articulating, and advocating the University's goals, policies, and procedures pertaining to equal opportunity.  During his tenure as Vice Provost Penn State's first Diversity Strategic plan was produced entitled, "A Framework to Forster Diversity at Penn State: 1998-2003."  The initial strategic plan has served as the foundations for two subsequent revisions and updates, the latest of which is entitled "A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State 2010-15." Stewart is currently a Professor Emeritus after retiring in June 2009 with the rank and title of Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, African and African American Studies, and Management and Organization.

Stewart's experience in diversity management research also includes the public sector and, in particular, the U.S. military.  For several summers between 1989 and 2009, Stewart conducted research on various topics related to diversity management in the military at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, located at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. From 1994 to 1998 Stewart was responsible for conducting annual analyses for the Department of Defense (DoD) of the Military Equal Opportunity Assessments (MEOAs) submitted by each branch of the U.S. military.  MEOAs constitute a mechanism that provides centralized monitoring of progress in achieving diversity objectives within DoD is prescribed by DoD Directive 1350.2.  This directive mandates that each DoD department submit an MEOA annually covering the period October 1 through September 30.  These assessments are expected to include an analysis of affirmative actions in each of ten areas:

1.    Recruiting/Accessions
2.    Force Composition
3.    Promotions
4.    Professional Military Education (PME)
5.    Separations
6.    Augmentation/Retention
7.    Assignments
8.    Discrimination/Sexual Harassment Complaints
9.    Utilization of Skills
10.    Discipline

Specific reporting instructions are provided for each category under DoD Instruction 1350.3.  The assessment for each category is to include quantitative data for five tracked race/ethnic classifications [White, Black, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN), Asian American/Pacific Islander (AA/PI)], disaggregated by gender.  Information for officers and enlisted personnel must be reported separately.  The assessments are expected to identify and explain any disparities found on the basis of race/ethnicity and/or gender.  Actions are to be undertaken to correct persisting disparities and reports of such actions are to be included in the annual MEOA.

Stewart has conducted diversity organizational assessments for several institutions of higher education. His most recent comprehensive diversity organizational assessment was conducted for the Student Health Service of the University of Pennsylvania. Stewart developed a organizational climate survey that was administered to all employees.  The responses to this survey along with site visits were used to frame a preliminary report identifying critical diversity management issues.  The survey results and feedback from the preliminary report were used to guide the content of a series of focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders.  A final report was prepared that presented a set of recommendations designed to achieve immediate and long-term improvement in the climate for diversity.

Stewart's other relevant experience includes serving as a consultant for the Defense Manpower Data Center for the development of Armed Forces Equal Opportunity Survey in 1996; consultant for the design of Diversity Training for South African Defense Force Officers at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute in 1999, and ongoing activity as an expert witness in New Jersey court cases involving allegations of race and gender discrimination.

For several years, Stewart taught a diversity management course for the Department of Management and Organization in Penn State's Smeal College of Business Administration entitled, "Managing Differences in Organizations."  This course focused on developing a comprehensive approach to diversity management including developing mission and vision statements, conducting organizational assessments, diversity strategic plan development, designing, implementing, and interpreting metrics to assess progress, and organization of units responsible for oversight of diversity initiatives.

Art Sheffield

Art 175Art Sheffield is the lead consultant for the Las Vegas operations of TAME Inc. Art earned a BS in Mathematics from Geneva College and an MS in Management from Regis University. During his 30 years at IBM, Art served  in sales and technical management positions in branch offices in Pittsburgh, PA, and Milwaukee, WI, in a regional office in Minneapolis, MN, and headquarter locations in White Plains, NY, and Boulder, CO. Following his retirement from IBM, Art directed project teams at Allied Signal, Boeing, Avnet, Honeywell, Ingram Micro, Motorola, NEC Corp, and Silicon Graphics. Art has experience and expertise in all areas of personnel management and development including developing and/or leading training for individuals and organizations on diversity, sexual harassment, performance management, and business transformation.

Having lived and worked in multiple locations across the United States, Art uses his broad perspective of people and cultures to help others learn how to be more effective in dealing in today's multicultural environment.

Practice Makes Perfect - NOT!

Dr. Sheffield reveals the habit forming behaviors associated with repetitive actions. Click here to browse all parental resources.


Dr. Sheffield

A major emphasis of Dr. Sheffield’s work is helping parents manage the academic development of their children. Click here to learn more about Dr. Sheffield.

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