Our Staff

Dr. Sandy Addis

Director, National Dropout Prevention Center and Network

Email: haddis@dropoutprevention.org
Phone: 864.712.3701
864.642.6372, Ext. 101.

Dr. Sandy Addis joined the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network staff as Associate Director in May of 2013 and currently serves as Director. He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University. He has 44 years of experience in public education in a variety of roles that include teacher, counselor, coach, principal, system-level administrator, and director of a regional educational service agency. He has designed and administered a variety of dropout prevention initiatives that include after-school programs, counseling, and service-learning. Dr. Addis has served as an alternative school principal and authored numerous grant proposals that funded summer programs, professional learning, family engagement, and character education. Dr. Addis has served as an adjunct instructor at several colleges in South Carolina and Georgia, trained local school boards, and consulted with local school systems on policy and leadership development. He has led educator teams in the development and distribution of student achievement measures and on-line systems for delivery of educator training. Dr. Addis has served on numerous professional boards, testified before legislative committees, and recently chaired the Educator Ethics Task Force of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

John Gailer

Assistant Academic Program Director for Programs and Outreach

Email: jgailer@dropoutprevention.org
Phone: 864.712.3704
864.642.6372, Ext.104.

Mr. Gailer joined the Center as a Program Coordinator in 2011. As the Assistant Director for Programs and Outreach, he is responsible for all NDPC/N events. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Georgia and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of youth development in the contexts of youth at-risk and third culture kids. John has conducted leadership and teambuilding workshops throughout the country at the local, regional, and national levels. He has served as a consultant in areas of program, intervention, and collaboration design. He has 15 years of experience in higher education leadership, classroom instruction, and nonprofit administration. In his current role with NDPC/N, John designs professional learning experiences that impact educators and youth practitioners nationwide. John and his wife, Susanna, have two married sons and a daughter in college. They manage and live in a home in Toccoa, Georgia that provides housing for 15 third culture kids whose parents reside all over the world.

Debra Andrews

Program Assistant

Email:  ddandre@dropoutprevention.org
Phone: 864.642.6372, Ext.102.

Debra joined the NDPC/N in 2015.  She holds a B.S. in Communications.  As Program Assistant, she is responsible for the center’s graphic design needs and works with membership, publication’s and conference support. She has 15 years of experience in graphic communications, marketing, and public relations, working primarily with national non-profit organizations.

Z. Annette Bassett

Administrative Assistant

Email: acarver@dropoutprevention.org
Phone: 864-642-6372, Ext. 100.

Ms. Bassett joined NDPC/N in 2013, with more than 32 years of experience with Clemson University in business management. She provides administrative and project support for NDPC/N’s Leadership Team, and handles Human Resources activities.

Lynn Dunlap

Public Information Director

Email: ldunlap@dropoutprevention.org
Phone: 864.642.6372, Ext. 105.

Mrs. Dunlap was awarded a B.A. in Secondary Education (English and history) and an M.A. specializing in Professional Communications from Clemson University. She is a highly-qualified teacher licensed in South Carolina and taught both secondary and post-secondary communications classes for 10 years. She has extensive experience in marketing and public relations at a local not-for-profit healthcare organization and, more recently, an international healthcare organization. Mrs. Dunlap’s responsibilities include publications, the Solutions webinar, and publicity.

Denise Gianforcaro

Administrative Specialist II

Email: denise@dropoutprevention.org
Phone: 864-712-3703

Mrs. Gianforcaro is an Administrative Specialist II and has been with the Center since April of 2008. She manages the Cvent online registration system and provides administrative support for all aspects of conference planning, registration, and implementation. She also manages the NDPN membership database and processes membership and literature requests.

John Peters

Network Coordinator

Email: pj@dropoutprevention.org
Phone: 864.642.6372, Ext. 107.

Mr. Peters earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He has been with the Center since 1992. Initially hired to provide Network support services, today he also handles the logistics of our professional development seminars, conferences, and workshops.



Tommy Stephens

Grant Project Leader

Email: tsteph6@dropoutprevention.org

Mr. Stephens oversees the implementation and completion of the Toyota USA Foundation grant to the National Dropout Prevention Network, a three-year, $1.5 million grant to support high school students interested in pursuing career-focused education in New York, Kentucky, and Mississippi. He has previously worked with the Center as a consultant providing school improvement plans for several schools. Mr. Stephens has had a lengthy career of education service, and is a former Superintendent from both Georgia and New Hampshire, principal, assistant principal, teacher, and educational consultant. He has extensive experience in career education, school improvement, dropout prevention, and educator training.


Anna Wilson

Information Systems Business Analyst

Email: aew8@dropoutprevention.org
Phone: 864.642.6372, Ext. 109.

Anna assists in making the web and digital resources and materials of the Center accessible to those looking for information and resources in the area of dropout prevention.

Peg Chrestman

Public Information Specialist

Email: merry@dropoutprevention.org
Phone: 864.642.6372, Ext. 106.

Mrs. Chrestman has been with the Center since 1990. She is our desktop publisher and editorial assistant on all Center publications.