Updated May 8, 2017 – We will continue to update this page as more information is available.
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Registration is now open for our 2017 School Safety Conference! Click on this link to go to our registration page.
Here is what you need to know…
Our 2017 Presenters:
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Bernard James:
Captain Christopher Vanghele is a Police Captain with the Newtown Police Department in Newtown, Connecticut. Captain Vanghele was the first responder to the tragic scene at Sandy Hook Elementary on that December 14, 2012 morning; where 6 teachers and 2o children were killed. Captain Vanghele lead the initial entry team into the school and later was the on-scene incident commander. Captain Vanghele will share his experiences from that day and the weeks and months that followed. Captain Vanghele will discuss emergency response and the aftermath of such events. Community Assistance, Mental Health effects, Trauma, Resiliency, Law Enforcement and school safety training and preparing for the “new Normal” will be just some of the lessons learned from that tragic day. In schools across America we prepare for the worst; but do we prepare for the after? A presentation you will not want to miss!
Mandi Puckett/CLEAR Alliance: Oregon Teen Marijuana Education Course and Educational Resources. Mandi L. Puckett, CPS is a Certified Prevention Specialist and is the Executive Director of CLEAR Alliance, a statewide educational non-profit organization focused on preventing and reducing youth substance abuse as well as impaired driving in Oregon. Mrs. Puckett previously worked for a non-profit for 12 years as the Prevention Supervisor and coordinator of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention efforts in Jefferson County. She has spearheaded numerous local and statewide educational conferences and was instrumental in developing the county-wide Jefferson County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Protocol (the first such protocol ever signed in the state of Oregon). Mrs. Puckett has worked in the field of Prevention since 2002. Prior to working in Prevention, Mrs. Puckett worked as a Juvenile Justice Officer since 1999. During her service, she has been recognized with several awards including a Special Recognition Award from the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, Outstanding Prevention Program from Oregon Partnership, Citizen Impact Award from the Jefferson County Sheriff, Catalyst for Change Award from Smart Approaches to Marijuana, and the DUII Prevention/Treatment Provider of the Year Award from the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force.
Sheriff John Hanlin has been the Douglas County Sheriff since 2009 but has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since 1989. Douglas County is not only the Sheriff’s home town, but is also the home of Umpqua Community College. On October 1, 2015 Sheriff Hanlin, along with many first responders, responded to the UCC campus for an active shooter. The prompt response by law enforcement and the collaborative efforts with the college campus administration was evident in limiting what evil did that day. This tragedy reinforces the dire need for a strong safety commitment from both law enforcement and educational facilities all around our state. This presentation will not only give insight to the events of the that day, but will also serve as opportunity for schools, police and communities to recognize the need for proper planning and training for rural areas where resources may be limited or impacted.
John Van Deal is a School Psychologist and the Director of Safety and Risk Management Services for the Salem-Keizer School District. He has 30 years of experience in psycho-educational evaluation, crisis assessment and intervention, behavioral intervention, and security and risk management systems consultation. In 1999, he began the development and implementation of the Salem-Keizer Model, a multi-agency student threat assessment system. Through that collaboration, he has worked daily with educators, law enforcement, trial court personnel, juvenile justice, and mental health personnel in the assessment and management of youth and adult threats of aggression within the schools, institutions and the community. He served as Chair of Oregon’s Mid-Valley Student Threat Assessment Team for 16 years and is a member of the Marion County Threat Advisory Team. He is the editor and principal author of the book Assessing Student Threats: Implementing The Salem-Keizer System, Second Edition. He regularly provides training and consultation on threat assessment systems, mitigating human violence, school security, and options-based decision making, a response process for active shooter and other high danger situations.
Sharon Lacey – Motivational Humorist: In addition to being a sought-after keynote speaker, Sharon is also an internationally touring headlining comedian. She performs in comedy clubs all across the USA and Canada, and has been to Iraq twice to entertain our troops. She also performs stand up comedy for Ugandan audiences in two of their tribal languages. Sharon is the author of “A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO DEMENTIA: A Stand Up Comedian’s Race Against Time.” All of this comes after Sharon’s earlier careers as a radio DJ, television news producer, and a national award winning middle school teacher. Sharon will close our conference with her amazing personal story and a good laugh.
College Credit for Educators:
Registration is now open! Click on this link to go to our registration page.