STaff bios

Claire Richardson

School, Community and State Program Director, Lead International Trainer for the PAX Good Behavior Game

Claire is one of the co-authors of the PAX Good Behavior Game. She provides frequent workshops and lectures along with Dr. Dennis Embry on children’s brain development, prevention and social policy using low-cost or no-cost practices. She also gives workshops and presentations on low-cost or no-cost ways to prevent the harmful things that are impacting our children. In addition to her 20+ years of experience in prevention, Claire has extensive experience in parent education and support. She is accredited in Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and has been working with Triple P International ro expand their work in the United States. 

Claire served as a board member for AVIVA Children's Services, a non-profit agency providing for the unmet needs of children in foster care. She was an active member of the Marketing Committee for AVIVA Children’s Services.

Miriam Willmann

Director of Technology, Tobacco and Alcohol Programs Coordinator

Miriam Willmann has a BA in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Miriam has been with PAXIS since 2005, but worked collaboratively with them for 3 years as Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the WI Wins program, a Reward and Reminder campaign designed by PAXIS. She has years of experience implementing local and statewide campaigns to stop illegal sales of alcohol and tobacco to underage persons.


Miriam also oversees all technology projects for PAXIS, including but not limited to web design, distance learning, as well as significant data collection and analysis. She manages the data for clients working on Reward and Reminder and the PAX Good Behavior Game. 

Bea Ramirez

Director of Marketing

Bea began her professional life as a classroom teacher at in inner city high school in El Paso, TX followed by a few years teaching Language Arts at the junior high level. From the classroom she segued into financial services where she spent the next 20 years, the last five years of which were spent with UBS. A lucky break (and good social network) brought her to PAXIS Institute where she has been blessed to be a member of the team for several years. 

Bea was born and raised in Santa Clara, NM, a small dusty mining community in southwest New Mexico. From childhood she knew she was a teacher at heart and when it came time for college there was no doubt what she would study. She graduated with a degree in secondary education from Western New Mexico University in 1974 and moved to the big city. What she wouldn’t have given to have PAX Good Behavior Game when she was in the classroom!!

Timothy Heidebrecht

PAX Canada Community & Schools Liaison

Tim Has worked with children with autism as well as children with severe behavioral and emotional challenges for over 20 years. His roles have included front-line therapists, classroom support specialist, program supervisor, and treatment coordinator. These roles entailed considerable collaboration with parents, educators, and multidisciplinary teams of professionals and government agencies. Tim has provided consultation services throughout Western Canada and parts of the United States as well as multi-day training workshops and presentations at conferences. After completing a Masters in Public Administration, Tim worked for the Manitoba provincial government, including the Healthy Child Manitoba Office. He is currently involved in coordination and implementing a multi-year Randomized Control Trial research study involving the PAX Good Behavior Game and the Triple P parenting program in the province of Alberta. 

Erin Roepcke, LMSW

Development Manager

Erin Brings a varied background to her work at PAXIS including experience in performance, education, program development, parenting and parent education, integrated health and family therapy. Erin began her college career in vocal performance, but ultimately earned a BS in Family Studies and Human Development and served 2 years with Teach for America in Washington, DC. While her focus since 2003 has been parenting her own and “bonus” children that have entered her life, she also worked to develop and implement community and private programming for children, youth and family. 

Prior to officially joining the PAXIS team, Erin worked as a Child and Family Therapist focusing on assessment and treatment of young children who have experienced abuse, neglect or family violence; and providing therapeutic services and supports to children, and the adults who care for them. Erin is passionate about making tools and resources accessible to caregivers, including teachers, to help these children heal from their histories and to create safe, Nurturing Environments in homes, schools, and communities for all children.

Mike Muempfer

National Trainer, State and District Level PAX Programs Coordinator, East Coast 

Mike Muempfer is a National PAX trainer and program coordinator. Mike served as the Lead Specialist for Student Behavior and School Climate for the Maryland State Department of Education. He has worked in education in a variety of capacities at the school, university, district, and state levels. He has worked with or consulted for over 500 elementary, middle, and high schools in Maryland specializing in the PAX Good Behavior Game, Multi-Tiered System of Support, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Youth Mental Health First-Aid, CPI: Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Restorative Justice, bully prevention, student/staff engagement. He has also consulted with schools/districts in California, Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Washington DC. He has also worked as a Behavior Management Coach for teachers in Baltimore and a Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Coach while working at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Department of Prevention and Early Intervention. Mike began his career in education as a classroom teacher in the Baltimore City School District for tn years. He is a graduate of Penn State University. 

Cathy Crockett

National Trainer for the PAX Good Behavior Game

Cathy is a National Trainer for the PAX Good Behavior Game. After graduation from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Cathy worked for over 30 years in public education. She taught multiple content areas in grades spanning 1st - 8th, served as a Career Ladder Facilitator, Instructional Coach, Reading Facilitator, School Improvement Specialist, and School Administrator. Cathy has a Masters Degree in Education Leadership and Nationally Board Certified in Early Adolescent English/Language Arts. During her career, she also worked for the Arizona K-12 Center scoring Master Teacher Portfolios and providing in-services for teachers partnering with businesses. Cathy has worked for the Arizona Department of Education on state committees developing reading and writing standards and Pearson Testing Centers writing and reviewing test questions for the standardized tests. In addition to enjoying her work with PAXIS Institute, Cathy also supervises student teachers for the University of Arizona. 

Kimberly Rust

M.Ed., Ohio PAX Logistics Coordinator

Kimberly currently serves as Ohio PAX Logistics Coordinator for PAXIS Institute and has over 13 years of experience working in the field of education. In addition to teaching, she worked as a PAX Partner for 8 years, coordinating PAX implementation efforts in more than 150 classrooms in Ohio. This includes grant work through School-Based Prevention Services for Wright State University’s College of Education and Human Services; Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services; and Greene Co. ESC. She currently helps coordinate state-wide PAX Trainings for the Ohio Cures Initiative and works with the marketing team on national training logistics. Prior to working in education, Kimberly worked for 11 years in healthcare public relations, coordinating internal/employee communications, media relations, public health campaigns, event planning and community relations. 

Kimberly received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Wright State University, and her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Antioch University Midwest.

David Neri

Director of Strategic Development and Government Relations

David has recently begun a career with PAXIS in April 2019.  He comes from a broad range of experiences common to leadership positions with the City of Tucson, IBM, the Children’s Clinics of Tucson and a number of years working as a private consultant. Collectively, he has held positions of responsibility in the areas of: Collaboration and community building, Leadership development, Exec. coaching, Client relationships / Partner management,    Small business administration, Organizational assessment & development, Workflow analysis for Technology interventions, Employee engagement/High performing teams, Training and education, Curriculum development/Delivery, Human Resource Facilitation & Consulting.

David holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University; a Bachelor of Science degree in Management / Human Resources from Park College and the following relevant certifications:

Senior Professional in Human Resources
Group Facilitation
Certified Public Manager
Prior Registered Lobbyist
Project Management Associate Certificate
Certified Teacher, State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of AZ.        
Certified Instructor, Psychological Associates