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SafeSchools Training courses are authored by a team of nationally renowned practitioners with school safety expertise. You can be confident that our content is tested, accurate, and immediately applicable in a school setting. We're proud to work with the following authors to bring you high quality courses that you can always trust.

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Donald F. Austin, J.D.; Northwest School of Law of Lewis & Clark College; Principal, Patterson Buchanan Fobes Leitch & Kalzer

Author, Boundary Invasion
As a principal of Patterson Buchanan Fobes Leitch & Kalzer, Mr. Austin has practiced law since 1986 primarily in the areas of school law and public entity defense. He was General Counsel for California's Ventura Unified School District for eight years where he handled legal issues for the 17,500 student district. In 2004, he was President of the California Council of School Attorneys. His experience includes litigation of a wide variety of school law issues and has also served as an arbitrator in more than fifty superior court cases.

Samantha Brown, CMS4S; Board of Directors, Kentucky Stormwater Association

Author, Stormwater Management
Samantha Brown is an Environmental Engineer focusing on the development of programs and processes for effective stormwater management.  Samantha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.  She is a Certified Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Specialist (CMS4S).  Her experience includes serving as the Environmental Compliance Manager for Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky, Kentucky's second largest wastewater and stormwater utility.  In this role, Samantha managed the regional stormwater management program on behalf of over 30 cities and three counties, ensuring compliance with state and federal stormwater regulations.  Samantha is heavily engaged with the Kentucky Stormwater Association, serving on the Board of Directors for over four years and chairing various committees.

JoLynn Carney, Ph.D., LPCC, Penn State University

Author, Bullying: Recognition & Response; Conflict Management: Managing the Angry Parent, Staff-to-Staff, Student-to-Student
Dr. JoLynn Carney is a faculty member in the Department of Counseling at Penn State University and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Her research and publications focus on the areas of youth violence, peer-on-peer abuse, and adolescent suicide. She publishes and leads local, regional, and national trainings and workshops on these topics.

Chris Dorn, Analyst, Safe Havens International

Author, Active Shooter: Administrators, Staff
Chris Dorn has published five books on school safety and is a co-author of Staying Alive - How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters, a heavily researched book on life and death decision-making. Chris has keynoted conferences in more than 25 states and at Vietnam National University in Saigon, Vietnam.  He has assisted with school security assessments for hundreds of public and non-public schools as well as for five state-wide school security assessment projects. A co-author of the IS 360 Active Shooter Training Program, Chris' work has taken him to Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, France, England, Holland, South Africa and Vietnam.

Michael Dorn, M.S., FBI National Academy, Safe Havens International

Author, Active Shooter: Administrators, Staff; Crisis Response & Recovery; Emergency Operations Planning: Building the Plan, Implementing the Plan; Family Reunification; Tactical Site Surveys, Visual Weapons Screening
The most widely published expert in his field, Michael Dorn has authored and co-authored 26 books on school safety and Staying Alive- How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters released by Barron's in May, 2014.  A co-author for the IS 360 Active Shooter Training Program for the 2013 White House School Safety Initiative, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Michael has received extensive anti-terrorism training in Israel.  Michael has keynoted conferences of up to 3,500 people from Virginia to Vietnam.  His work has taken him to Canada, Mexico, Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Barbara Duffield, Policy Director, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

Author, Homeless Students: Awareness & Understanding
Barbara Duffield is the Policy Director for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, a national grassroots organization working to ensure the school success of children and youth whose lives have been disrupted by the lack of safe, permanent, and adequate housing. With over 20 years of involvement with homeless issues, Barbara has worked closely with educators, service providers, federal agencies, and Congressional offices to strengthen policy and practice on children's issues. She has conducted hundreds of trainings on the McKinney-Vento Act and has published several academic articles on policy and advocacy issues relating to the education of homeless children and youth.

Art Dunham, Ph.D. in Food Service (NAFEM/Purdue); M.S. Food Service Management, Director of Food Services for Pinellas County Schools

Author, Civil Rights in Food Service: AdministrativeFrontline Staff; Food Safety and Kitchen Sanitation; Food Service Equipment: Safe Use, Sanitation; Foodborne Illnesses; HACCP; Nutrition Basics; School Meal Compliance
Art Dunham served as President of the Florida School Food Service Association from 2003-2004 and was the Secretary/Treasurer of the School Nutrition Association from 2007-2009. Art currently holds the titles of Certified Food Service Professional and School Nutrition Specialist. While teaching Nutrition courses at The Art Institute of Tampa, Art was also the Director of the International Association of Food Protection.  Art received his master's degree in food service management from the New York University in 1986 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Food Service (DFS) from the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) in 2007.  Art also is the recipient of the 2015 FAME Award.  After 50 years of Food Service Management experiences mostly in School Nutrition, Art retired in October 2014 after completing his elected term as President of the Florida Association of School Business Officials 2013-2014.

Janell Eastman, M.Ed, BSN, BS, RN, Granite School District

Author, AEDs; CPR; Health Emergencies: Diabetes Awareness, Hemophilia, Overview, Seizures
Janell Eastman is a district nurse with responsibility for over 8,300 students in 11 schools. Her past experience includes Surgical Nursing, Public Health Case Management and Occupational Health Administration. Janell developed, implemented and now manages the district’s Bloodborne Disease Prevention program for all at-risk employees. She has designed multiple presentations now used throughout the district for student and faculty education.

Janell graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors degree in Consumer Economics and from Westminster College with a Bachelors degree in Nursing and received her Masters of Education from Cambridge College.

Richard Ferdinand, M.S. – PT

Author, Special Education: Lifts and Transfers
Richard Ferdinand has worked as a registered physical therapist since 1973. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from California State University-Long Beach in 1973, and a Master of Science degree in physical therapy from Boston University in 1978. Mr. Ferdinand specializes in the treatment of work-related injuries, as well as injury prevention and ergonomics.  He has taught back injury prevention programs to special education employees across the state of California, using techniques adapted from those proven to reduce patient handling injuries in hospitals.

Ted Finlayson-Schueler, Doctoral Candidate, Syracuse - Founder, Safety Rules!

Author, Bus Behavior and Discipline; Child Safety Restraint System; Evacuation Planning for Students with Special Needs
Ted Finlayson-Schueler is the founder of Safety Rules! which is dedicated to safe travel for children to and from school and school activities. Ted also founded the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (PTSI) in Syracuse, New York in 1990 and served as its Executive Director until 2004. During the 10 years from 1994 to 2004, Ted grew PTSI into a national organization serving the pupil transportation community.

Ted holds a Master of Science Degree from Syracuse University. He is currently a candidate for the doctoral program in the School of Education, Disability Studies Program at Syracuse University.

Patrick Fitzpatrick, President, Compass Driving

Author, City Driving; Defensive Driving; Distracted Driving; Road Rage; Winter Driving
Patrick Fitzpatrick is a veteran of the Washington State Patrol where he served in many capacities including Police Pursuit Academy Instructor and Safety Education Officer and won acclaim for his innovative programs and public education courses. Patrick has more than a decade in school district risk management and is founder of Compass - A New Direction In Driving, a LLC that provides vehicle operator training systems to both the public and private sector throughout the United States and Canada.

Brent George, Master of Physical Therapy

Author, Concussion Awareness: Athletics
Brent George is a licensed physical therapist who holds a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Puget Sound. He has been a part time faculty member at the University for 10 years where he teaches biomechanics, functional exercise, and injury assessment/treatment. He has been a consultant to the Universities of Oregon, Washington, and Puget Sound Athletic Departments. Brent has also worked closely with amateur, collegiate, and professional athletes including the Seattle Seahawks.

Joseph Guth, Ph.D., CIH, President, Scientific and Forensic Services, Inc.

Author, Asbestos Awareness
Involved in basic and applied research for over 30 years, Dr. Guth is a nationally recognized expert in industrial hygiene, especially indoor air quality. He has trained many people in the hazards, assessment and abatement of asbestos, molds, mildews, and overall indoor air quality. In his role as an indoor air quality specialist, Dr. Guth has served as a consultant, trainer, and evaluator for business, government, schools, and the military. With this expertise, he also serves as an expert witness in insurance and litigation claims. Dr. Guth received both his B.S and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mary Haag, R.N., OCPS I, President, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio

Author, Student Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Mary Haag has been licensed as a registered nurse since 1975.  She is experienced in bringing diverse sectors of the community together to create and implement comprehensive, collaborative approaches to substance abuse prevention.  Ms. Haag holds an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I certification and has been working in the field of substance abuse prevention since 1995.  She currently serves as President of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio, Vice President of Coalition Strategies for the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati, and Federal Peer Grant Reviewer for the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.  During her tenure with the Coalition, she has successfully developed over thirty locally based community anti-drug coalitions, and provides oversight and direction for all programmatic activities of the Coalition.

Patrick Hancock, Risk Manager, Baltimore County Public Schools

Author, Reasonable Suspicion for Drug and Alcohol Use
Patrick Hancock is currently a Risk Manager for Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland. He holds an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation and is instrumental in identifying and analyzing existing and potential risks to the district, as well as advising strategic measures to address those risks.

Richard Hazler, Ph.D., Penn State University

Author, Bullying: Recognition & Response; Conflict Management: Managing the Angry Parent, Staff-to-Staff, Student-to-Student
Dr. Richard Hazler is a Professor of Counselor Education at Penn State University. He is particularly well known for his work in the areas of bullying, peer-on-peer abuse, and youth violence. He has published numerous professional articles and three books, including Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Interventions for Bullying and Victimization (1996), and appeared on national television programs such as ABC 20/20 and NBC Dateline.

Bonnie Hedrick, Ph.D., President. Behavioral Health Consulting, LLC

Author, Hazing; Student Mental Health
Bonnie Hedrick, Ph.D., is the President of Behavioral Health Consulting, LLC. She is a member of the faculty of the University of Cincinnati and has served the Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio.

Steve Holland, M.A., President, Holland & Associates

Author, Dating Violence: Identification & Intervention; Online Safety: Cyberbullying, Predators, Threats of Violence, What Every Educator Needs to Know
Steve Holland is the founder and president of Holland & Associates, a Georgia-based consulting firm that provides safety and communications services to schools and business nationally. Steve is a former information executive and consultant with notable organizations such as The Thomson Corporation, Scenario Learning, and CNN. While at CNN, Steve was instrumental in the launch of, one of the nation’s first Internet-based forums for teens.

Susan Hudson, Ph.D., Educational Director, National Program for Playground Safety

Author, Playground Maintenance and Inspection; Playground Supervision
The National Program for Playground Safety is a non-profit organization committed to improving the safety of playgrounds for children. Widely recognized as the leading experts on playground safety, NPPS routinely provides training, safety assessment, certification, and other consulting services for school districts and municipalities across North America.

Patrick Hughes, J.D.

Author, Termination: Practice and Procedure
Patrick Hughes gained extensive legal experience in private practice for nearly ten years, representing major corporations as well as small business owners. In addition, Mr. Hughes also has extensive experience as a Human Resources Administrator and Risk Manager for a significant public entity.

Janet Hurley, Texas A&M University, Texas AgriLife

Author, Integrated Pest Management
Janet Hurley is the Program Specialist for the Southwest Technical Resource Center and Texas AgriLife Extension. She oversees the production of a bimonthly newsletter, a website, and database of school IPM Coordinators. She is an approved trainer for school IPM Coordinators in Texas; co-chair of the Southern Region School IPM Workgroup; and sits on the National School IPM 2015 steering committee.

Carol Jones, RN, M.S., Peninsula School District

Author, Health Emergencies: Asthma Awareness, Life-Threatening Allergies; HIV/AIDS Awareness; Medication Administration: Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
Carol Jones has been a school nurse in the Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor, Washington for over 20 years. She also serves as the lead nurse and coordinates health and safety training programs for district employees. Carol has additional experience as an emergency department nurse, a public health nurse, and as a medical-surgical instructor in a diploma nursing program.

Charles (Pete) LeRoy, Ph.D., Certified Health Education Specialist

Author, Sports Supervision & Safety; Steroid & PED Awareness in Athletics
Dr. Charles "Pete" LeRoy is a veteran educator with 50+ years of teaching experience at both the public school level and in higher education. He holds a B.S.E in physical education, a M.S.E. in physical education and health, an Ed.M in health education, and a Ph.D. in public health from Oregon State University. In addition, he is a certified health education specialist.

Donna Lopiano, Ph.D., President, Sports Management Resources

Author, Athletic Liability; Title IX and Gender Equity in Athletics
Donna A. Lopiano, Ph.D., is the president and founder of Sports Management Resources, a consulting firm that brings the knowledge of experienced former sport directors and spots management experts to assist colleges and universities in athletics program strategic planning, growth and development challenges.

Steve Lyons, Loss Control Consultant, Puget Sound Workers’ Compensation Trust

Author, General Safety Orientation
Steve Lyons is a Loss Control Consultant for the Puget Sound Workers’ Compensation Trust. The Trust is a cooperative pool of self-insured school districts for workers' compensation insurance coverage. Steve has over six years of direct OSHA/WISHA compliance and loss control experience and holds an Associate in Risk Management degree from the Insurance Institute of America.

Miriam A. Manary, M.S.E.; Senior Research Associate, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Author, Wheelchair Securement
Miriam Manary is an award-winning Senior Research Associate in the Biosciences Group at UMTRI. Her research interests focus on biomechanics and human factors research for the automotive industry. She conducts and supervises sled impact evaluation of child restraints, wheelchairs, wheelchair securement systems, and wheelchair-occupant restraint systems, and is an international expert on these topics. Miriam is also a NHTSA child-passenger-safety technician instructor.

Gilbert R. Martini, Jr., Director of Human Resources, Central Bucks School District, PA

Author, Diversity Awareness: Staff-to-Student
Gilbert R. Martini, Jr. has been employed in public education since 1980, most recently as the Director of Human Resources with the Central Bucks School District in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Martini has published articles on health care, health promotion, and legal issues in education. He holds a Master's degree in Labor Relations from St. Francis University and has completed graduate work in Labor Economics from The Pennsylvania State University.

Catherine Mattice, President, Civility Partners, LLC

Author, Conducting Job Interviews; Discrimination Awareness in the Workplace; Discrimination: Avoiding Discriminatory Practices; Diversity Awareness: Staff-to-Staff; Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA); General Ethics in the Workplace; Human Trafficking Awareness; Making Schools Safe for LGBT Students; Managing Difficult Behaviors; Sensitivity Awareness; Stress Management; Workplace Bullying: Awareness & Prevention; Workplace Violence: Awareness & Prevention (Employee), (Supervisor)
Catherine Mattice is President of Civility Partners, LLC, a consulting, training and coaching firm providing solutions to workplace bullying. She serves as the President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Training & Development and is also an adjunct professor at National University and Southwestern College.

Nitza McKee, Autism Specialist, Harford County Public Schools

Author, De-Escalation Strategies
Nitza McKee is an autism specialist for Harford County Public Schools in Maryland.

Walter G. Meyer, Partner, Civility Partners, LLC

Author, Making Schools Safe for LGBT Students
Walter G. Meyer is a partner in Civility Partners, LLC and an author and anti-bullying expert whose critically-acclaimed novel Rounding Third was based in part on his own high school experiences. Meyer has taught 1,500 adult education classes to over 50,000 students.

Lucinda Mejdell-Awbrey, BSN, MA

Author, Bedbugs in Schools; Common Illness Prevention; First Aid;  Head Lice; Health Emergencies: Choking & the Heimlich Maneuver; HIPAA Overview; Medication Administration Basics; Medication Administration: Diastat and Glucagon; MRSA Awareness
Lucinda Mejdell-Awbrey has served as a Director of Student Services, as a Credentialed School Nurse and as a School Administrator for over 30 years, where she developed and implemented a wide variety of school health and safety programs. Lucinda has also provided regional, community and school level trainings for the California Department of Education and other state and national organizations regarding School Safety Issues, Crisis Response Planning, Bullying and Harassment Prevention, School Nursing Practices, and Coordinated School Health Programs. She continues to work at the state and national level on these important issues.

Jeremy Norton, MBA, MS, CEO, Affordable Safety Training

Author, Accident Investigation; Aerial Lift Safety; Drug Free Workplace; Forklift Safety; Hand & Power Tool Safety; Safety Committee Operations; Scaffolding Safety; Scissor Lift Safety; Trenching & Excavation Safety; Welding, Cutting & Brazing Safety Awareness
Jeremy Norton got his start in the safety business when he enlisted out of high school into the U.S. Navy. He became a nuclear engineer on the USS Carl Vinson, where he was responsible for the training and safety program for a nuclear power plant machinery room. After leaving the service, Jeremy ran safety and training programs for semi-conductor manufacturer firms, and an international wind power utility. Jeremy has an MBA and is currently the CEO of Affordable Safety Training, LLC.

Mike Patterson, LL.M, New York University; Senior Principal, Patterson Buchanan Fobes Leitch & Kalzer

Author, Boundary Invasion
Mike Patterson is a nationally recognized trial attorney and is the senior principal at Patterson Buchanan Fobes Leitch & Kalzer. He won the Mary Kay Letourneau case for the Highline School District and has significant civil trial and appellate experience, having tried more than 100 cases to verdict in both federal and state courts, and has argued two dozen cases in federal and state appellate courts. Mr. Patterson concentrates his practice on high stakes, high profile litigation and has represented scores of school districts during his extensive career.

Eve Pearl, M.Ed., Executive Director, Council on Child Abuse of Southern Ohio

Author, Child Abuse: Identification & Intervention
Eve Pearl is the Executive Director of the Council on Child Abuse of Southern Ohio, Inc. In this role since 1980, Eve oversees resource development, planning, implementation, and management of all aspects of the agency. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelors degree in Education and received her Master of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Eve is a Certified Trainer by the State of Ohio in Child Abuse Prevention In-service Training for preschool teachers and daycare providers. She also provides training and consulting services for numerous parent, professional, and community groups on child abuse prevention and related issues. Eve currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Hamilton County Violence Prevention Project, and she is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati.

Mike Peterman, Official, Cincinnati Fire Department; Owner & President, Queen City Propane

Author, Compressed Gas Safety; Fire Extinguisher Safety
Mike Peterman is a Cincinnati Fire Department Official and a liaison to the Cincinnati Public Schools for development and Code consultation. He has served on teams including Hazmat Unit, Bomb Squad, Firefighter, and Emergency Medical Technician. Mike has also completed extensive coursework with the US EPA, the NFPA, the US DOJ, and the Ohio Dept. of Commerce.

Reece Peterson, Ph.D., Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Author, Restraint and Seclusion
Reece L. Peterson is a professor specializing in the education of students with emotional or behavioral disorders. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to student behavior alongside special education administration. His interests include identification of and interventions for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, student discipline in school, and school violence. Recently, his focus has been on the use of seclusion and restraint procedures in schools, and he is also interested in legal and policy issues related to special education. He has served as President and Governmental Relations Chair for the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, and he is an affialated faculty member of UNL's Center on Children, Families and the Law. He has directed a federal violence prevention project, "Safe & Responsive Schools", and a project on helper schools to diminish the use of exclusionary discipline and reduce school dropout. He has also published articles in these areas, is co-author of a book on multicultural issues in behavioral disorders, and has served as an editor and reviewer for many journals.

George Phelps, CFI, Wolf Technical Services

Author, Arson Awareness and Prevention
George Phelps is a Fire Investigation Specialist with expertise in fire analysis, origin and cause investigations of residential and commercial structures, and of all types of vehicles. Along with serving as a school specialist in fire safety, he has 32 years in the fire service with over twenty years experience working as a Fire Investigator with the Cincinnati Fire Department. He has been involved in fire inspections and code enforcements, interviewing and interrogating of suspects, and has testified extensively as an expert witness. George has been involved in the passage of important arson legislation in the Ohio House and Senate, as well as assisting with the passage of many bills on the national level that provided funding and grants for the fire service and fire investigation community. He is now working with Wolf Technical Services as a Fire Consultant and Investigator.

Donna Poland, Ed.D., Director of the Upper University School

Author, Managing the Aftermath of Tragedy: Administrators and Staff
Dr. Donna Poland has served as a school administrator for 19 years including service as principal of three different secondary schools. She is currently Director of University Middle School in Davie, Florida.

Scott Poland, Ed.D., Chair, National Emergency Assistance Team for the National Association of School Psychologists

Author, Managing the Aftermath of Tragedy: Administrators and Staff; Self-Injury & Cutting; Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention
Dr. Scott Poland is an internationally recognized expert on school psychology issues related to violence prevention and crisis response. Dr. Poland is the former President of the National Association of School Psychologists and serves as Chairman of its National Emergency Assistance Team. He also retired as the Director of Psychological Services for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, Texas, and now serves as on staff at Nova University in Florida while continuing to consult internationally.

Kirt Poulsen, BSO/RO, Safety & Industrial Hygiene Manager, Utah State University

Author, Mercury Spills; Science Lab Safety
Kirt Poulsen is the Safety and Industrial Hygiene Manager, BSO/RO, at Utah State University and has significant history as an expert trainer.  His certifications include IAQ (Certified Indoor Environmentalist), CERT Trainer, EPA Asbestos Inspector, EPA Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor, MSHA Surface and Underground Instructor, OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER, and more.  Kirt’s areas of expertise include Industrial Hygiene, Laboratory Safety and Emergency Response. He also serves as a Biological Safety Officer overseeing the biosafety and select agent programs.

Richard Ramos, Author, Community Activist and Speaker

Author, Gang Awareness
Richard Ramos is one of America's leading experts on gang culture and remediation. Following 30 years of community service, he has received both Presidential and Congressional acknowledgement for his work in building stronger communities and steering youth from negative lifestyles. He is also the well-respected author of Gang Prevention in Schools - The Ultimate Parent and Teacher Guide on How to Prevent Kids from Joining Gangs.

Lawrence W. Schneider, Ph.D.; Associate Director, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Author, Wheelchair Securement
Dr. Lawrence W. Schneider is an award-winning research professor and head of UMTRI's Biosciences Group and serves as an associate director of UMTRI. Dr. Schneider's research interests focus on biomechanics in the automotive environment (including seating and occupant positioning during normal vehicle operation) and the study of human impact response and injury tolerance related to improving occupant protection in crash environments through crash investigations and laboratory testing. He has also served as principal investigator and/or project director on numerous projects concerned with biomechanics related to automotive design and restraint system design.

Mary Schoenfeldt, Owner Schoenfeldt & Associates

Author, Incident Command Systems
Mary Schoenfeldt is the author of several books on Crisis Response, has served as the subject matter expert for an acclaimed interactive software program called Aftermath; School Edition, and has written numerous magazine articles for publications such as National School Safety Journal, Student Assistance Journal, and Pittsburgh Parent Magazine. She has contributed to publications and acted as Advisor to U.S. Department of Education, State of California, State of Kentucky, State of Washington and has been interviewed by USA Today, the Good Morning America television show and various violence prevention and school safety newsletters and publications. She is a sought after speaker, trainer and consultant.

Sonayia Shepherd, Ph.D., Public Administration and Emergency Response Policy

Author, Crisis Response and Recovery; Emergency Operations Planning: Building the Plan; Emergency Operations Planning: Implementing the Plan; Family Reunification, Pandemic Flu Awareness; Planning for Pandemic Flu; Tactical Site Surveys; Visual Weapons Screening
Sonayia N. Shepherd (or Sony for short) has authored and co-authored sixteen books on school safety and emergency management, including four books for Jane’s, the highly regarded British defense, intelligence and school safety publisher.  She currently serves as an incident response team member for an international government terrorism response unit and has deployed across the United States as well as to numerous countries including Switzerland, Thailand, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Angola, South Africa, and India. With an extensive background including serving as a full time school safety practitioner in the nation’s largest state government school safety center, Sony has worked directly with hundreds of public and private schools across the nation and has provided crisis response and recovery support following many school crisis situations and major disasters around the world.

Graduating from high school at the age of 16, she has earned two graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology and Human Ecology from Cameron University in Oklahoma and earned her undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Phillips University. She recently received her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Emergency Response Policy.

Robert J. Shoop, Ph.D., Educational Law Expert, Kansas State University

Author, Sexual Misconduct: Staff-to-Student
Dr. Robert J. Shoop, educational law expert at Kansas State University, is nationally recognized as a forensic expert in the area of school law, with a focus on sexual harassment, abuse prevention and risk management. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, the Today Show, 20/20, and MSNBC, among many other programs. Shoop is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Educator’s Guide to Controlling Sexual Harassment and has served as a forensic expert witness in more than 45 court cases. He is the author or co-author of 16 books.

John Snider, Captain, Toronto Fire Service

Author, Fire and Explosion Hazards
John has been involved in the fire service industry for over 25 years and has has been involved with training and education for almost as long. He's currently an Acting Captain with the Toronto Fire Service where he has been a firefighter since 1996. For the past 14 years, John has also been a professor in the Firefighter program at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto. He has a Bachelors of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and a Bachelors of Education (Adult Education) from Brock University.

Karl Sommer III, M.S. Industrial Hygiene

Author, Back Injury & Lifting; Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Prevention; Hearing Loss Prevention; Ladder Safety; Lockout/Tagout: Energy Release; MSDS; Slip, Trips and Falls; Transportation Safety
Karl Sommer III has over 14 years of safety experience including acting as Executive Director of the Columbus (OH) Chamber of Commerce Safety Council and the National Safety Council Central Ohio Chapter. His responsibilities included the coordination/presentation of numerous training courses and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Workers' Comp group rating program. Karl holds a MS in Safety and Health Management from West Virginia University.

Randy Sprick, Ph.D. – President, Pacific Northwest Publishing

Author, Disruptive Student Behavior
Randy Sprick is an educational consultant and teacher trainer. He conducts workshops helping school staff set up classrooms that encourage responsibility and motivation, while effectively helping students learn to behave in more responsible ways.

William C. Stepien, Ed.D. - Director of Media Services, St. Charles North High School

Author, Copyright Infringement
William C. Stepien is a teacher of 18 years and the Director of Media Services at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Illinois. He is a veteran developer and instructor of staff development courses for teachers, and is a co-author of "The Internet and Problem-Based Learning" and "Pulling the Cat's Tail in Social Studies and History Classrooms" in the Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education. William holds an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University.

Linda M. Stroud, Ph.D. - President, Science and Safety Consulting Services

Author, Chemical Spills Overview; Hazard Communications: Right to Understand; Safety Data Sheets (SDS); Science Laboratory Chemical Spills
Linda M. Stroud is the President of Science and Safety Consulting Services. She is one of the nation's leading consultants to school systems regarding chemical hygiene. Dr. Stroud is a member of the National Registry of Certified Chemists- Chemical Hygiene Officer; Manager of Environmental Health and Safety; and an OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer. In addition, she is an adjunct professor of Science Education at UNC- Pembroke, author of the “Science Laboratory Safety Manual” as well as an author of numerous articles for professional publications.

Suzan Tibbitts, MSN, RN, Granite School District

Author, AEDs; CPR; First Aid; Health Emergencies: Diabetes Awareness, Hemophilia, Overview, Seizures
Suzan Tibbitts is a school nurse in Utah. She is directly responsible for the health care of over 9,000 students, project manager of the Vaccine for Children program, and the School Nurse Services Webmaster in the Granite School District. As only one of a handful of nationally recognized School Nurse Asthma Management Program (SNAMP) trainers in the Western United States, she has presented SNAMP to over 100 school nurses. She also is employed by PEGUS Research, Inc., a Salt Lake City based research firm, where she is a Serious Adverse Event Clinician. Suzan graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelors degree in Nursing and received her Masters of Nursing in Health Care Administration and Education from the University of Phoenix.

Paul Timm, PSP, President of RETA Security

Author, Crime Prevention through Physical Security
Paul Timm is a board-certified Physical Security Professional (PSP), President of RETA Security, Inc., and a nationally acclaimed expert in school security.  In addition to conducting numerous vulnerability assessments and his frequent keynote addresses, Paul recently published a book entitled, School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Program.  He is an experienced School Crisis Assistance Team volunteer through the National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA).  He is certified in Vulnerability Assessment Methodology (VAM) through Sandia National Laboratories and the ALPHA™ vulnerability assessment methodology.  He is also a member of ASIS International, where he serves as Vice Chairman of the School Safety & Security Council, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO), where he serves on the Risk Management Committee.  Currently working on his MDiv at Moody Theological Seminary, Paul holds a degree in Speech Communications and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.

James Vaughan, President, Today's Resources Inc.

Author, Back Injury and Lifting; Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Prevention; Eye & Face Protection; Hearing Loss Prevention; Ladder Safety; Lockout/Tagout: Energy Release; MSDS; Office Ergonomics; Slip, Trips and Falls; Transportation Safety
James Vaughan is president of Today's Resources, Inc. (TRI), a full-service safety and health consulting firm. Jim has over 30 years of direct OSHA compliance and loss-control experience and holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Eastern Kentucky University.

Bryan Visscher, Director of Maintenance and Operations, Wenatchee School District

Author, Confined Spaces: Electrical Safety; Energy Conservation: All Staff; Facility Emergencies;  Fall Protection; Lead Safety Awareness
Bryan Visscher is Director of Maintenance and Operations for the Wenatchee School District in central Washington.   He is also a recognized leader in the area of Energy Efficiency for school districts, winning the coveted national Energy Star designation for his district.   Bryan is also a skilled writer, and is also active in WASBO and WAMOA.

Jennifer Watson, MS, Educational Psychology; Consultant, genNOW Consulting, Inc.

Author, Sexual Harassment: Student Issues & Response
As an expert in Youth Development, School Safety and Training Development, Jennifer has trained, consulted, and presented to hundreds of schools and youth serving organizations throughout the US, and has developed numerous trainings and workshops.

Jennifer’s experience includes being a lead trainer and consultant for Safe Schools America, Inc. and the Youth Development Training Manager for Kentucky Child Now!, where she developed and led a wide variety of trainings across the state on topics including youth development, cross cultural understanding, youth/adult partnerships and fostering safe learning environments. Jennifer holds a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Kentucky and is currently a doctoral student in Instructional Systems Design there as well.

Robert Watson, Ph.D., President and Founder, Safe Schools America, Inc.

Author, School Intruders; School Violence: Identifying & Addressing
Besides conducting training, consulting, and information programs throughout the country, Dr. Watson has authored numerous articles, videos, and books, including The School as a Safe Haven, which examines school safety from a historical perspective. Dr. Watson was a teacher and administrator for over 25 years, serving eight years as a school superintendent. His first book, Containing Crisis (a school safety planning book), was based on his experience from the 1988 school shooting in Greenwood, SC, where he was then superintendent of schools.

Lisa Yu, Principal Consultant, The Safe Workplace

Author, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Lisa Yu is the Principal Consultant of The Safe Workplace, an independent Health and Safety consulting service. With over 20 years of experience in Environmental Health and Safety management, Yu has developed and supported comprehensive Environmental Health and Safety programs for over 75 businesses in the manufacturing, warehousing, industrial, retail, health care, construction, service and recreation, finance and transportation sectors.