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Michael Dorn - Executive Director of Safe Havens

Our Executive Director, Michael Dorn’s work has taken him to Mexico, Canada, Central America, Europe, South Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Selected as the top school safety expert by Jane’s after an international search, Michael has authored and co-authored 26 books on school safety. Michael has keynoted hundreds of state, national and international conferences from Virginia to Vietnam.

During his 25-year public safety career, Michael served as:

  • Police Officer, Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant for the Mercer University Police Department
  • Chief of Police for the Bibb County, Georgia Public School System
  • School Safety Specialist for the Office of the Governor – Georgia Emergency Management Agency (top expert for the nation’s largest state government pre – K-20 school safety center)
  • State Antiterrorism Planner and Lead Program Manager for the Georgia Office of Homeland Security Terrorism Division
  • Senior Analyst for Public Safety and Emergency Management – Jane’s

A graduate of the prestigious three-month FBI National Academy, Dartmouth College’s Advanced Russian Immersion Language Program and bachelor’s and master’s programs at Mercer University, Michael also received 14 days of intensive anti-terrorism and counterterrorism training from the Israel Police, Israel Defense Forces and the Mossad through the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Program at Georgia State University. Michael has completed more than 3,000 classroom hours of formal law enforcement, fire service and emergency management training. Michael also holds a certificate in Management Development from the American Management Association – Harvard School of Business delivered through Mercer University.

In addition to authoring and co-authoring 26 books, Michael has also authored hundreds of articles as well as columns for School Planning and Management, Campus Safety, Today’s School, School Transportation News and College Planning and Management magazines.

Michael’s expertise has been routinely utilized by many organizations including the FBI, U.S. Department of Education, National Emergency Management Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Israeli Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and dozens of state police, emergency management agencies and departments of education. Michael’s training videos are in use by more than 75,000 school systems and public safety agencies in more than 30 countries. The FBI, U.S. Secret Service, Texas Rangers, Israel Police and British Intelligence and security services are among the organizations that have used his training videos.

Michael has worked on more than 50 Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) and Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant projects funded through the United States Department of Education. He has worked on more than a hundred major school safety initiatives through state and federal departments of education, homeland security, law enforcement, public health and emergency management including the development project for the United States Department of Education’s Practical Information on Crisis Planning – A Guide for Schools and Communities, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) manuals on designing school facilities that are resistant to terrorist attacks and natural disasters, and the United States Department of Education and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Enforcement (BATFE) school bomb threat planning CD ROM.

Sought out as a neutral, accurate and qualified expert by reputable media organizations, Michael has been featured on 20/20, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, ABC World News Tonight and has been interviewed by the BBC, New York Times, Time Magazine, Tokyo Broadcasting and hundreds of other media organizations from more than a dozen countries. Michael has also been served an expert witness for superior and federal civil actions in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida, Washington, D.C. and Nevada. Michael has taught advanced sessions on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) for architects, building planners, educators and law enforcement officers at the School of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin as well as for the National Crime Prevention Institute and keynoted the International Conference on Safe School Design at Johnson and Wales University in Denver.

Officer Moses Robinson - SRO Community-Based Relations Advocate

Already a highly skilled Rochester Police Officer, 20 years ago Moses Robinson chose to transition to the Rochester City Schools to serve as a School Resource Officer. Over the past two decades he has worked diligently with students and faculty to achieve open communication and to build interpersonal relationships. He is actively involved with Not In Our Town, a national movement to address violence pertaining to hate, racial discrimination and bullying for schools and communities. Officer Robinson was recently named a Golden Apple Award in recognition of his work with Rochester schools.

Officer Robinson has provided in-depth training on behalf of the Federal Department of Justice to law enforcement officials on Community Policing Initiatives and Juvenile Justice Reform. He has also provided training for the US. Department of Education on Supportive School Discipline Initiatives for school district leadership. Officer Robinson has also provided trauma-informed training with the Defending Childhood Initiative, in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, to help schools avoid inadvertently contributing to a cycle of violence for trauma-exposed children and youth.

Steve LePock - Risk Manager - Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Steve LePock has over 26 years’ experience directly related to risk management, occupational safety, industrial hygiene and loss control. Currently he is responsible for the overall safety and health compliance for 15,000+ employees and over 68,000 students (K-12) in 94 facilities of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), the 3 rd largest school division in the state of Virginia. Mr. LePock also coordinates risk identification programs related to school division properties and operations to reduce potential losses from workers’ compensation, automobile, general liability and property insurance issues, as well as, ensures OSHA compliance.

Steve earned a safety engineering degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Fairmont State University. He is a past president of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) - Greater Tidewater Chapter and the Virginia Public Risk Management Association (VA PRIMA).

Mr. LePock strongly believes that a culture of safety is a paramount trait of any public entities’ success and effectiveness in carrying out its core mission.

Rick Shaw - Founder, CEO and CDO of Awareity Inc.

Rick Shaw is the Founder, CEO and CDO of Awareity Inc. – a developer of innovative, web-based and award-winning prevention platform for students, employees and communities. He has more than 20 years of experience performing numerous types of assessments (threat, compliance, physical, information security, social media and others), with a focus on prevention processes across multiple industries and types of threats. Rick's experiences – combined with extensive research using post-event reports, lawsuits and surveys – has helped expose the most dangerous disconnects and potential liabilities facing schools (including new threats related to social media).

In addition to working with organizational leaders, Rick has been called upon to speak at numerous conferences in the United States, Canada, South Korea and Japan for his expertise in safety (student, employee, third-party, community, etc.) and prevention. He utilizes evidence-based data from hundreds of post-event reports and extensive research to expose each point where proper preventive tactics were possible in most incidents and tragedies.

Rick's passion is student and child safety, and he leads an extensive research effort at Awareity to help educational leaders understand the need for comprehensive and proven prevention solutions to improve student safety and to prevent escalating consequences related to sexual abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, campus violence, suicide, human trafficking, homegrown terrorism and alcohol/drug abuse.

Dr. Pedro Noguera - Sociologist, Author, Expert on Impact of Society & Culture on Schools

Pedro Noguera, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor of Education in the UCLA Department of Education and a renowned expert on issues in urban education including education and economic and social development, race and schooling, immigration/migration, leadership and school reform, and student achievement. He was formerly the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University, where he was Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. He has held tenured faculty appointments at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was named the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools and at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was also the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change.

Dr. Noguera has published more than 200 research and scholarly articles, monographs, research reports, and editorials on topics such as urban school reform, education policy, conditions that promote student achievement, the role of education in community development, youth violence, and race and ethnic relations in American society. His books include City Schools and the American Dream, Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation’s Schools, The Trouble with Black Boys…and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education, and Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap with A. Wade Boykin. His most recent book is Schooling for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectories of African American and Latino Boys, which is co-written with Edward Fergus and Margary Martin.

Professor Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio and other national news outlets. Early in his career he served as a classroom teacher in public schools in Providence, RI, and Oakland, CA, and continues to work with schools nationally and internationally as a researcher and advisor. He earned his doctorate in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.

A sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends, Noguera says that schools are impacted by poverty in a myriad of ways, and that education should become a partner in systems that support poor students and families.

Mike Shaw - International School Safety Consultant

Mike Shaw is the Director of Education and Athletics for SafeStart, an organization dedicated to improving student and employee safety by reducing human risk factors using proven behavior-based skills and techniques. He is a University of British Columbia business administration graduate with a background in freestyle skiing and high-performance coaching. He joined SafeStart in 2014 after recovering from a traumatic skiing accident which dislocated his neck and left him paralyzed from the neck down. Mike’s unique story of triumph embodies human resilience in its purest form and fuels his passion to help people improve their safety and performance with SafeStart. His one-of-a-kind recovery story and gracious perspective on life allow Mike to connect with audiences and provide them with an unforgettable learning experience.

Kaye Randall

Kaye Randall is a nationally known author and speaker who has led professional seminars throughout North America on student mental health, bullying, self-injury, depression, anxiety and anger -- as well as youth leadership and student empowerment. Kaye has inspired seminar participants through her practical insights, humor, and proactive strategies for helping children and adolescents. She continues to provide clinical services to both children and adolescents and has been named social worker of the year by the Council on Adoptable Children. She is co-author of See My Pain, Creative Strategies & Activities for Helping Young People Who Self-Injure (featured in USA Today), 102 Creative Strategies for Working with Depressed Children & Adolescents, and Mean Girls: 101½ Creative Strategies and Activities for Working with Relational Aggression.

Baruti Kafele - Urban Principal / School Turnaround Specialist

Award-winning principal, internationally-renowned education speaker and best-selling author, Principal Kafele is on fire! He’s on a personal mission to close the ATTITUDE GAP, the world over.

A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including “The Mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education, and U.S. News and World Report Magazine recognizing it three times as one of America’s best high schools. Currently, Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after education speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America. His newest book is titled, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success.

David Rendall - International Speaker, Author, Neurodiversity Thought Leader

During the last fifteen years, David Rendall has spoken to audiences on every inhabited continent. His clients include the US Air Force and the Australian Government, as well as companies in the Fortune 500 including, AT&T, State Farm Insurance and Ralph Lauren.

Prior to becoming a speaker, he was a management professor, stand-up comedian and endurance athlete. He also managed nonprofit enterprises that provided employment for people with disabilities. He has more than twenty years of experience leading people and organizations.

David has a doctor of management degree in organizational leadership, as well as a graduate degree in psychology. He is the author of three books:

  • The Four Factors of Effective Leadership
  • The Freak Factor
  • The Freak Factor for Kids