2017 Conference Updates


Updated May 8, 2017 – We will continue to update this page as more information is available.

Click here to view/download our 2017 Conference Brochure.

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:

  • Professor Bernard James teaches courses in Civil Rights, Federalism, Individual Rights, First Amendment, Education Law and State Constitutional Law. He joined the Pepperdine faculty in 1984 after serving in Michigan as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Myron Wahls for the Court of Appeals.
  • Professor James is the author of the textbook Education Policy and the Law: Cases and Commentary. He serves as a senior consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice where he published Sharing Information: A Guide to FERPA and Participation in Juvenile Justice Programs.
  • Professor James specializes in constitutional matters, serving as the First Amendment Contributing Editor on the ABA Preview Journal, which reviews the cases of the United States Supreme Court. He is also serves as a contributor and editor to the NASRO Journal of School Safety. He lectures in America and Canada on legal issues and serves as a constitutional law commentator for the national and local media.
  • As an educator, Bernie LOVES speaking to fellow educators as well as cops. With our recent explosion of non-sworn/school district attendees, now is the perfect time to bring him to town.
  • His presentations are interactive, so be sure to bring your legal questions and scenarios to share with the group. We’re going to work through them together.
  • While Dr. James will bring his national expertise to our conference, his presentation will be tailored for Oregon statutes and case law.

Vanghele Photo

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 Clear Alliance

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.

Conference Schedule:

  • The conference will be July 30 – August 2, 2017
  • Arrive Sunday afternoon with first session Sunday 6pm-8pm
  • Monday is all day 8am-5pm (keynote)
  • Tuesday is 8am-3pm so you have the afternoon to enjoy the area
  • Wednesday is 8am-noon
  • Nightly Hospitality Suite 7pm-11pm

Conference Venue:

  • We are returning to Salishan Golf and Spa Resort.
  • Traditional Rooms are $130 + tax (GSA Per Diem rate).
  • Deluxe Rooms are $169 + tax. These rooms are much larger and all have a king bed + sofa/sleeper.
  • Premier Rooms are $209 + tax. These rooms are gargantuan.
  • Salishan has again waived the daily $15 resort fee for OSROA attendees.
  • Room pricing is good for 2 days before or after the conference dates.
  • Go to www.salishan.com and use OSROA17 in the group code box, or call Salishan directly at (800) 452-2300 for reservations.
  • 5/8/17 UPDATE: We are almost sold out of guestrooms at Salishan!!!
  • Our overflow hotel is the Best Western Plus Landmark Inn in Lincoln City. They are offering the same $130/night per diem room rate.
  • Call (541) 994-6060 for reservations and request the OSROA/Per Diem rate.

Conference Pricing:

  • The registration fee for the 2017 conference is $225


  • OSROA has always catered lunch on Monday and Tuesday and will do so again.
  • Because Salishan had some difficulty serving our large group breakfast in the hotel restaurant in 2016, we have decided to make things easy by providing breakfast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Seriously. Come in 2017 and all you need to worry about is dinner. A daily 7am-8am breakfast buffet will be provided in the same room (Council House) where we eat lunch.
  • Since not everyone does breakfast the same, we will be gauging interest when you register for the conference.

College Credit for Educators:

  • 2016 was the first time OSROA was able to offer our conference as a 3-credit elective class for a Masters of Education degree or Administrator Licensure. We will be making this option available again for 2017. More details will be available soon, but if you have questions you can email Aaron Luksich, our School Representative, at aaron.luksich@medford.k12.or.us.

Registration is now open! Click on this link to go to our registration page.


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