Alvin Butler Sr. Executive Director of Text 2 Stop It!, Inc. – For the last seven years Mr. Butler’s passion has been reducing bullying and school violence by making it easier for students and parents to get help through a program called Text 2 Stop It!, this program allows students and parents to anonymously text and report harmful behavior in schools. Using Text 2 Stop It! Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) reduced bullying by over 71% over the past four years. In addition, the program has removed drug dealers, prevented numerous suicides and planned assaults with guns and rifles in the schools. On April 18, 2017 QACPS program was instrumental in the passing of House Bill 669, which was signed by Governor Hogan on April 18, 2017. This program authorizes anonymous, 2-way texting programs in all Maryland schools. Seeing the success of the program in Maryland has motivated Mr. Butler mission to see this program implemented nationwide so we can protect more kids and save more lives.
Theresa (Teri) Mullen and her daughters have been working in the impoverished neighborhoods of Southeast Washington, D.C. since 1987 and her deep roots in the community through a program called Kids Konnection. Through the founding of the Kids Konnection’s Sidewalk Sunday School, the she has gained the trust and respect of thousands of kids and their families in the neighborhoods of Wards 7 and 8. However, as the children grew to young adults, it became clear that their needs were changing and not being fully addressed by existing programs.
In response, with the assistance of Kids Konnection she founded The Gatepost in Southeast. Washington, D.C. The popularity of The Gatepost quickly spread throughout the community and she worked with the Board and local leaders to evaluate ways to strengthen The Gatepost’s training programs. She has dedicated her life to providing services to the children who live in public housing. She will continue this work under the newly created The Teri Mullen Youth Foundation and Kids Konnection.
Alvin Butler, Jr. has extensive experience in organizational and financial management in a wide variety of companies that spans over 20 years. Mr. Butler is part owner of MMP Enterprises, Inc. a venture capital company with holdings in the staffing, construction and hospitality industries. Mr. Butler also serves as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of a 75year old well known non-profit organization providing educational development services to 300 youths and their families. Mr. Butler is a trusted adviser to many organizations and serves on several committees and boards. Mr. Butler holds Masters’ Degrees in Financial Management, Accounting, and Technology from the University of Maryland.