Steve Mandell, Programs


Steve Mandell joined Darkness to Light in July 2018. He spent nearly 25 years in education, most recently serving as Head of School at Pinewood Preparatory School in the Charleston, SC area. In addition to being a Head of School for the past ten (10) years, Steve has held numerous administrative posts in schools ranging from Guidance Director to Chief Financial Officer. Prior to his career in education, Steve spent 10 years in private industry working in the International Transportation segment.

Steve consults through his company, Big Back Pack, helping Darkness to Light continue to provide quality prevention resources and training to education professionals across the country. Steve holds an M.Ed. in Leadership and Administration from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts. He is a Certified School Safety Manager through the Institute for Safety and Health Management as well as an Authorized Facilitator for Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® Training. He and his wife Beth live in Charleston, the eighth move in their over 30 years of marriage. Steve is most proud of his two grown children, who both work in support of the nonprofit sector.

Fun Fact: Steve was elected to the state chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009 in recognition of his decades of coaching and organizing in his favorite sport.