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Vicki Abadesco

Vicki Abadesco, Director

Co-founder Vicki Abadesco was a Program Supervisor at SF Peer Resources for SF Unified and a crisis intervention specialist (conflict resolution/violence prevention) teaching high school students to be peer advocates. Co-founder Joseph Savage was a seasoned elementary teacher who hated seeing social-emotional programs cut and teachers losing time to develop kids socially. They both realized that reaching kids in High School was too late, and that creating a foundation of empathy and self-esteem in elementary might just end the big problems before they start. From that, Soul Shoppe was born, capturing the essence of their previous work and giving kids helpful tools they need to navigate successfully through life from Kindergarten.

Our full-time staff have over 80 yrs combined experience with Youth Dev, Curriculum Dev, Empathy and Leadership Training. Our 9 person team is 2 co-founders running Bus. Dev, Programs and Training; 3 full-time staff: Ofc Mgr; Sales/Program Mgmt; Development/Program Mgmt; 2 part-time Facilitators; a part-time Project Mgr; a part-time Finance Director. Our Finance Director for organizations and corporations.


Joseph Savage, Director

Joseph Savage is the co-founder of Soul Shoppe where he has created and presented award-winning curricula for hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and parents. As a presenter, Joseph is known for his mastery facilitating safe and fun learning environments where students gain self-esteem, accelerate their learning processes, and where a culture of empathy becomes the norm. He co-authored “Cool Tools For Schools,” an interactive character education curriculum for teachers, and is currently writing and illustrating a series of children’s books on building character.

Prior to founding Soul Shoppe, Joseph was an elementary school teacher in San Francisco where he perceived the need to teach elementary school students empathy and peace-making skills. Joseph has received numerous accolades including awards from the ACLU, the San Francisco Board of supervisors, and the City of Dublin for his innovative work. In addition to his educational experience he has written, performed, and directed acclaimed theater productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Melanie Hopson, Administrative Coordinator

Melanie Hopson has enjoyed a variety of positions in nonprofit organizations, ecumenical settings, school districts, and city government. As a consultant to United Way of the Bay Area she is the project manager for a collective impact initiative that aims to cut poverty in half in the Bay Area by 2020. For 5 years she worked with San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, and their Families supporting city-wide child care, afterschool programming networks, family support programs, and professional development that trained youth workers in how to develop summer programs that would help prevent summer learning loss for students.

Melanie collaborated with the Children’s Aid Society to plan and deliver the first west coast conference of resources for the Community School movement. She has created and hosted many conferences, convenings, and resource fairs that put learning resources directly into the hands of parents and youth workers so they will benefit students.

 

 


 

Shawna Jones, Office Manager

Shawna Jones, Office Manager

Shawna Jones comes to Soul Shoppe with years of experience in office management, bookkeeping, and administrative roles. Her eagerness to take on new challenges with a smile is just one of the many positive contributions she brings to our office. Shawna excels most in positions that encourage creative input, teamwork and open communication.

She is thrilled to be working alongside others who feel as passionately as she does about helping to make the world a better place for everyone in it. In her free time, Shawna enjoys live music, cooking, the ocean, traveling, photography and being crafty.


 

 

Daniel Bruno, Facilitator

Daniel Bruno was enjoying a successful sales career in 1999 when the tragedy in Columbine, CO happened. As the horrific event unfolded, news of the bullying that had taken place there started a national dialogue. It was then that Daniel had an epiphany. “All the feelings that I had repressed around my own experiences of being bullied in school came back to me and I realized for the first time in years how much bullying had affected me. It was right then that I knew something had to be done and I felt I had no choice but to get involved,” recalls Daniel.

Daniel immediately left his sales job and started working with elementary school students through an after school program called, Piedmont Performing Arts School. Drawing from his experiences as a young actor, Daniel taught performance skills and directed children’s plays. “Working with PPAS affirmed I was on the right track. I was able to help young people express their feelings in a positive way and the part-time work allowed me time to take classes on child psychology,” says Daniel. Two years later, Daniel met Joseph and Vicki, the founders of Soul Shoppe, through a mutual friend.

In 2004, Daniel joined Soul Shoppe as a program facilitator. Since then, he has shared his experiences as a survivor of bullying with well over 100,000 young people. Daniel says, “What gets me out of bed each and every day is the vision we share at Soul Shoppe of a bully-free world where everyone feels free to simply be themselves.” Daniel lives in Oakland (Go A’s!) with his wife and son and their dog, Ziggy Stardust.

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Amy MacClain, Facilitator

Amy MacClain is the Director of Special Projects for Soul Shoppe, and a licensed facilitator who has presented to over 100,000 students, teachers and parents. Amy has a BA in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and has done extensive post-graduate training in Re-Evaluation Counseling, Developmental Neuro-Science, Somatic Experiencing, Meditation and Social Justice. She has worked with and supported global organizations like The Pachamama Alliance and Music In Schools Today, consulting on projects and curriculum development.

Amy was also trained by Hand in Hand Parenting to teach Parenting By Connection, and co-founded a child care co-operative based on conscious intentional parenting, providing a supportive environment for parents to explore how they were parented in an effort to create the most nurturing and educational space for the entire community. She is also a singer/songwriter with over 20 years performing experience and multiple songwriting awards including West Coast Songwriters Best Lyric of the Year. She has performed on stage with Joan Baez, Arrested Development and many other talented musicians, and released several acclaimed original albums.

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Adhamh Hoeltzel

Adhamh Hoeltzel, Facilitator

Adhamh Hoeltzel is an educator and performer whose sights are set on opening minds and hearts. With his roots in social justice facilitation with youth, Adhamh’s paradigm-transforming aspirations have lead him to his current work with young people, challenging the social and emotional barriers that keep communities from being safe and strong for everyone.

Adhamh is an experienced facilitator, musician, actor, puppeteer, songwriter, screenwriter and curriculum developer. Among many things, Adhamh loves to whistle, water his houseplants, ride his bicycle, and do handstands (ask him to do one for you).

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Jonno Norton

Jonno Norton, Social Media Guy

Jonno Norton is a social media marketing professional with years of experience under his belt. He’s marketed everything from small businesses to tech startups both nationally and internationally. Jonno is passionate about technology, footbag, bullying prevention, traveling, and the Android platform. He is happy to be a part of the Soul Shoppe team where his work can help affect the lives of children around the country.

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