About RtIGraphs.com

Joshua Zola, Ph.D., NCSP, CBIS, LPES

Josh currently serves as the Coordinator of Psychological Services of Charleston County School District and is a former member of the executive board for the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina. In addition, Josh is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a Licensed Psycho- Educational Specialist. He holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Clemson University, M.A. and Ed.S. degrees in psychology and school psychology from The Citadel Graduate College and a Ph.D. degree in School Administration (Education Leadership and Policy) from the University of South Carolina. He successfully defended his dissertation “The Role of Leadership Responsibilities in the Implementation of a School-Wide Response to Intervention Model in High-Minority and High-Poverty Elementary Schools: Comparing Teachers and Principals Perceptions” in November 2011. 

In addition, Josh is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist with the  Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. His biography was selected to be in the 2009 edition of Marquis Who’s Who in America, and his work on GRĀPS (Graphic Representation of Academic Progress System) was selected to be in the 2011-2012 edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. His research and interest in how Response to Intervention (RtI), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) relate to educational leadership in supporting educational innovation and improving academic and behavioral outcomes for all children. 

Josh resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife, Sara Ann, son, Jude, and English Labrador Retriever, Eloise. Josh has recently been involved with the University of South Florida’s Self-Assessment of MTSS (SAM) pilot project, the Technical Assistance Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) Community, and linking school and community services through the Trident United Way. 

Josh will be presenting at:

• The Citadel Graduate College in March

• The South Carolina First Annual School Behavioral Health Conference in April

• The 2014 South Carolina Life with Brain Injury Statewide Conference in July 

David Augustus "Gus" Ruff, Ed.S., NCSP

Gus currently serves as the District Test Coordinator and Program Evaluator of Special Programs for the Charleston County School District. Gus graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and holds M.S. and Ed.S. degrees in School Psychology from The Citadel Graduate College.  Gus is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and is an active member of both the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as well as the South Carolina Association of School Psychologists (SCASP). In 1997, Gus began serving multiple terms as the Low Country Board Representative for SCASP, and in 1998 was the recipient of the Regional Representative Award of Excellence for his outstanding contributions to SCASP. Between 1997 and 2009, he worked specifically as a school psychologist in three low country school districts. He is also periodically contracted as an external evaluator of experimental and pilot programs from other school districts. He currently holds multiple certificates in Lean, Six Sigma and process management. Gus currently lives with his wife Theresa and three children in Charleston, South Carolina.

We would like to thank the following people for their support:

Sara Ann Zola                                              Website Development & Design

Catherine Chick, Ed.S.                                 Charleston County School District

Amber Brundage, Ph.D.                                University of South Florida

Dawn Houpe, M.A.                                      Charleston County School District

Timothy Hanchon, Ph.D.                              The Citadel

P. Michael Politano, Ph.D.                            The Citadel

Doyle Stevick, Ph.D.                                     University of South Carolina

Cheryl Wissick, Ph.D.                                   University of South Carolina

Elizabeth Lovett                                            Charleston County School District

Taylor Mitchell, Ed.S., LPES                        Colleton County School District 

Joanne Alexander, Ed. S.                             Charleston County School District 

Robert Woody,  M. Ed.                               Charleston County School District

Deidra Gilyard, M. Ed.                                 Charleston County School District 

Robert Stevens, Ph.D.                                  Charleston County School District