PATHS® Certified Trainers


We have a diverse team of professional trainers in the US and throughout the world.  All trainers also have advanced degrees in education, psychology, human development or a related field, with direct experience in prevention, classroom management, social and emotional learning in schools and communities.   To find out more about PATHS® Training and Consultation, click here.


PATHS® Education Worldwide Certified Trainers are experienced trainers who have worked in many different areas of implementation.  These trainers have progressed through the affiliate trainer model and conduct workshops in most contexts.  They also participate in on-going professional development.


Alison Rosen has a masters degree in special education. For many years, she was the executive director of Capital Area Head Start in Harrisburg, PA. While in this position she consulted in the development of the Pre K/K PATHS Curriculum and contributed activities and songs to it. Alison has served as a PATHS trainer for many years and has trained teachers all over the country. She was a trainer/consultant for the Head Start Cares research project. When the International PATHS Conference took place in Harrisburg, she served as the conference organizer.  Alison continues to enjoy meeting new educators and learning how they have brought social emotional learning to their schools, classrooms, and students.


Chris Leucht is a licensed psychologist who works for Pacific Clinics in Pasadena, California.  He earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and math at the University of Michigan and masters and doctoral degrees in psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.  He has been working in community mental health settings serving low income individuals and families for 17 years.  At Pacific Clinics, he is the program director of a team of therapists and case managers who primarily serve children under the age of 5 and their families.  He has been a certified Parent Child Interaction Therapy therapist and trainer since 2007.  He was first trained in the PATHS curriculum in 2010 and became a certified PATHS trainer in 2013. 


Glenna Tarnasky has been in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years as a preschool teacher and family support facilitator. Glenna holds a degree in Child Studies and is passionate about promoting social emotional skill development in children. Through the Fast Track Program (Calgary, Alberta), Glenna was introduced to the PATHS® curriculum. She has served as a PATHS® coach in providing support to elementary school teachers, administrators, after school care programs, preschools, day cares, as well as family support centres for 4 years. In 2014, Glenna joined the PATHS ® Training team. She is involved with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia research program SEAK (Socially Emotionally Aware Kids), providing training and consultation to schools in Calgary, Alberta and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. More recently, Glenna has been trained to facilitate the Healthy Relationships Training Module through PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network).

Julia Gest Headshot - Trainer l PATHS® Education Worldwide
Julia Gest has worked in the field of education for over 25 years as a preschool and elementary classroom teacher, and more recently as a project coordinator for early childhood education research. Julia holds a M.Ed. in early childhood and elementary education, as well as a reading specialist certificate. She currently works at Pennsylvania State University on several research projects that focus on supporting children’s language and literacy skill development and strengthening children’s social emotional competencies. As an elementary teacher, Julia taught the PATHS® curriculum in the classroom. She has been involved in PATHS® training and coaching for two research projects: REDI (Research Based Developmentally Informed) and Head Start Cares. Over the years, Julia has worked extensively with teachers training, mentoring and coaching staff. She has been a PATHS® trainer and coach since 2005.


MELISSA TOMASIKMelissa Tomascik Headshot - Trainer l PATHS® Education Worldwide
Melissa Tomascik’s passion and experience for prevention science and evidence-based programs was catapulted during an opportunity to work with faculty from the Penn State College of Health and Human Development during high school employment at Penn State Extension.After graduating from Penn State University, Melissa became a PATHS® coach providing technical assistance, role modeling and support in the areas of social emotional learning, best practices and evidence-based programming. With over ten years experience as a PATHS® coach and completing a trainer’s apprenticeship, Melissa joined the PATHS® training team in 2010.Currently, Melissa is part of the PSU Prevention Research Center and PROSPER Partnership team. She is a PROSPER Prevention Coordinator and Team Leader in Pennsylvania, implementing evidence-based programs and providing technical assistance. Additionally, she is a PROSPER Strengthening Families Program: for Parents and Youth 10-14 trainer.

Rebecca Cortes Headshot - Trainer l PATHS® Education Worldwide

Rebecca C. Cortes, Ph.D. has been working in the fields of Developmental Psychology and Prevention Science since 1997. She has worked in various roles at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington where her focus has been on the prevention of mental health problems in young children. Rebecca is one of the authors of the PATHS® Preschool/Kindergarten Curriculum and has been a PATHS® trainer for the last 13 years. Dr. Cortes has provided PATHS® curriculum trainings for Head Start programs in California, Pennsylvania, and Washington and for private and public preschool and kindergarten teachers in California, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Washington. Rebecca strongly believes that the promotion of social emotional learning is critical for the optimal development of children and to that end, she hopes to be a champion for children and families through her active participation as a board member of PATHS® Education Worldwide.


Anna Bateman Headshot - Trainer l PATHS® Education Worldwide

Anna Bateman is the head of the PATHS® service in Birmingham UK; with 68 schools and just over 24,000 children who directly receive the PATHS® curriculum every week in the city. She is a PATHS® trainer and has lots of experience of leading PATHS® training in Birmingham and other areas of England and Scotland, as well as supporting schools as a PATHS® coach. Anna has 20 years experience of working within primary schools as a nursery assistant, teacher, leader and consultant - with a particular focus on children's social and emotional development and relationship education. She is a lecturer on behaviour management and PATHS® at a local university and on the board of governors at an inner city primary school. Anna has a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education.