My name is Mara Giglio (Jee-lee-oh) and I’ve been the Director & Trainer of the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network (APJN) since 1999. At APJN, I specialize in teaching social emotional skills to prevent bullying and violence. I’ve taught 75 23-lesson bullying prevention classes at fourteen Athens County Schools and after-school programs. I’ve been a state-wide Bullying & Violence Prevention Trainer for the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. I am currently a Mediator with the Athens Area Mediation Service and am training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a trauma healing and prevention practitioner.
In 1998, I received a B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a focus on Peace Education. During my junior year in college and after I graduated, I traveled extensively in India, Nepal, and Tibet. I received teachings from the Dalai Lama and visited Gandhi’s ashram and Mother Theresa’s orphanages to experience first-hand how nonviolence was taught and lived.