We believe students need to better understand interpersonal violence issues.
We believe students should be motivated to make a difference in the lives of others.
We believe peer testimonials have the power to foster empathy in viewers to help prevent interpersonal violence.
We believe students need to understand what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy.
We believe when students care enough, they’ll safely intervene in potentially dangerous situations.
We believe when students know enough, they’ll respond positively to survivors, and won’t blame victims.
We believe online training must engage students’ hearts as well as their minds.
We believe students will come to understand these aren’t just women’s issues, and that they affect us all.
“Students seemed very passionate about the issues and the real life stories make it much more emotional and real to watch.”
Since 2007, Student Success has been providing violence prevention programming to hundreds of universities, community colleges and trade schools. We were also selected by the U.S. Army to develop and manage a customized online program to train their Soldiers and ROTC Cadets about sexual assault.
The core of Student Success brings together experts from the areas of education, self-defense, film-making, business, law, criminal justice, self-defense and management to provide quality and reliable programs to address campus issues in addition to outside consultants and subject matter experts. A number of our clients consult with us as new content is being developed. Two of our founding owners are university professors with backgrounds and expertise in learning theory and pedagogical best practice. The following summarizes the Student Success staff:
Steven Pearlman, Ph.D., Content Director
Steven has offered sexual assault defense programs at businesses and colleges for the last fifteen years. He developed and taught the country’s only full-credit college course devoted exclusively to sexual assault that blended the academic study of sexual assault (law, culture, history, etc.) with verbal de-escalation, psychological escape, and physical self-defense training. This puts Steven in a unique position to understand the relationship between the scholarship on sexual assault and the pragmatics of teaching students to become safer.
Jackson Nickerson, Ph.D., Business Director
Jackson is a Professor of Organization and Strategy at Washington University in St. Louis. A recipient of the State of Missouri’s Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, Jackson teaches an introduction to management class to 200 first-semester freshmen annually and is a member of the university’s undergraduate council,which identifies and resolves undergraduate campus-wide issues.
Brad Fels, Creative Director
Brad is a filmmaker and writer with a background in advertising and marketing. Past projects include the documentary film Underage=Unprepared, a learning tool for teens and parents about the dangers of alcohol and underage drinking.
David Stobie, President
David has a passion for working with clients to develop outstanding results. With his commitment to forethought, a disciplined process and follow through, he helps ensure our programs are delivered on time, on budget and with exceptional quality. Throughout his career in marketing and communications, David has thoroughly enjoyed creating and managing a wide variety of campaigns for commercial, nonprofit and government clients.
Terrylynn Pearlman, Ph.D., Administration and Research
Before NFORMD.NET, Terrylynn taught undergraduate and graduate classes in law and contemporary criminal justice issues at both public and private universities. She also worked on contracts and grant administration for the National Institute of Justice as well as working administratively for counseling services at The American University.
Barbara Wells, Campus Programs Director
Barbara comes to Student Success with a varied background in the law, marketing and sales, as well as a passionate interest in student safety issues. Past projects include continuing legal education programming and curriculum development.