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The 20th Annual OSROA Conference is just a few weeks away at the Civic and Convention Center in beautiful Seaside, Oregon. We are looking forward to hosting a record number of attendees, including the largest number of school district personnel we have ever seen. We have some great things planned during and after the training day. For details check out our conference information page.

Max Schachter
Safe Schools for Alex

Max Schachter is a national school safety advocate. His son Alex is one of the 17 victims murdered in the Parkland school shooting on Valentine’s Day 2018. Max is the founder and executive director of Safe Schools for Alex 501©(3). Their mission is to provide most current school safety best practices and resources to students, parents, school districts and law enforcement so that all children can learn in a safe environment. Since the heartbreaking day that changed Max’s life forever, he has been advocating for policy change at the highest levels of the United States government. He has worked alongside members of congress, leaders of all major federal agencies, and Presidents of the United States to make schools safer. Max has testified as a subject matter expert before the United States House and Senate and multiple state legislatures. In August 2018 he advocated for the creation of a federal agency to house national school safety best practices.

In June 2019, Max’s vision became a reality when President Trump created the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse at SchoolSafety.gov. In July 2022 Max attended the White House ceremony where President Biden announced the most significant gun safety legislation in 27 years, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which made SchoolSafety.gov permanent and law. Max has also worked to improve the safety and security of Florida’s 2.4 million students through his appointment to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School Public Safety commission. The MSD commission, established by former Governor Rick Scott, was tasked with leading the statewide investigation into the Parkland school shooting and developing recommendations to protect Florida’s children. Max has advised the Federal Bureau of Investigation Behavioral Threat Assessment Center, the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on threat assessment policies and procedures. He is a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association School Safety and Security Committee and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Mass Violence Peer-to-Peer Advisory Team. In June 2019, Max was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General Citizen Volunteer Service Award by Attorney General William Barr. Max has been interviewed by many local and national media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Dr. Phil. He has given keynote presentations to many school districts, law enforcement organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies detailing the lessons learned and best practices developed in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting along with his journey from anguish to advocacy.
Dr. Bernard James
Pepperdine University

Bernie James is a Professor of Law at Pepperdine University.  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" (Vandeplas Publishing 2009). Bernie also serves as a senior consultant to the US Department of Justice where he published, "Sharing Information: A Guide to FERPA and Participation in Juvenile Justice Programs" (DOJ Programs 1997). He is the contributing legal editor to the NASRO Journal of School Safety and comments on constitutional issues in North America and Europe. Dr. James teaches School Law and Policy annually at the NASRO conference and has been an honored guest of OSROA multiple times. His interactive presentation will provide you with the most updated information regarding the legal issues facing schools today. We are excited to welcome Bernie back to Oregon!


Mo Canady
Executive Director - NASRO


Mo is a former lieutenant with the Hoover Police Department in Alabama. The last twelve years of his law enforcement career were spent as the supervisor of the School Services Division. After 25 years of service, he retired from Hoover PD in 2011 and was appointed as the executive director for NASRO. Under his leadership, the organization has become the premiere training agency for SROs across the country and around the world. With his guidance, NASRO’s Basic SRO Course became the only SRO course to receive national certification and to be recognized by the federal government as the gold standard of training for SROs. Canady’s expertise as a school safety expert is sought after by many major news outlets, and he has testified before the Federal Commission on School Safety and the United States House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He is widely recognized for his  advocacy of carefully selected, specifically trained, and properly equipped school resource officers and is a respected voice in the school safety arena.

Dr. Christy Kane


Dr. Christy Kane, a distinguished Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a Doctorate in Psychology, is a leading advocate for positive mental health. With a passion for promoting well-being, her work has touched countless lives, establishing her as a renowned figure in clinical psychology. As a published author, Dr. Kane has shared her expertise through three influential books: Cognitive Resilience Mental Health Manual, Fractured Souls Splintered Memories: Unlocking the Boxes of Trauma, and Shell-cracking: Leaving the Past Behind, offering valuable tools for navigating mental health challenges and trauma. Through hundreds of presentations, she engages audiences with brain-based research and storytelling, making complex topics accessible and fostering an environment where mental health is embraced. Dr. Kane also leads successful business ventures, providing mental health corporate consulting and professional development training for school districts. Her implementable tools offer hope and guide individuals toward healing. Recognized by esteemed organizations like TEDx and NASRO, Dr. Kane inspires individuals to care for their mental health, take steps towards healing, and find peace with their past. Through her unwavering commitment, she leaves an indelible mark on the individuals and communities she serves. Dr. Kane's presentation will focus on the effects of Social Media on the Adolescent Mind. 

Shelley Rutledge


Shelley is the lead school psychologist in sexual incident assessment and management for Salem-Keizer Public Schools and chairs the Mid-Valley Sexual Incident Response Committee (SIRC) team. She has extensive experience providing assessment and consultation services for special education and high-risk circumstances in both clinical and educational settings. After several years as the student threat assessment lead for Willamette ESD, she joined Salem Keizer Public in 2012 to coordinate and further develop the Sexual Incident Response Committee (SIRC), providing program oversight and revision, staff training and consultation regarding issues of problematic sexual behavior and criminal sexual harm within a student population. She serves on the board of the Oregon Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment Network (OASOTN), the Marion County’s Child Abuse MDT Sexual Behavior Under 12 Committee, the Mid Valley Student Threat Assessment Team, the Marion County Threat Advisory Team and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, Offender Management Committee. As a school psychologist and a licensed clinical social worker, Shelley regularly provides training and consultation regarding the mitigation of sexual harm within education settings and the implementation of the Salem-Keizer Sexual Incident Response Committee System to districts and community agencies throughout the region.

Courtenay McCarthy


Courtenay is the lead school psychologist in student preventive behavioral threat assessment and management for Salem-Keizer Public Schools. She is also chair of the Mid-Valley Student Threat Assessment Team and is a member of the Marion County Threat Advisory Team. While partnering with John Van Dreal, she has refined the Salem-Keizer student threat assessment system to reflect leading practice in behavioral threat assessment, violence prevention, early intervention, and equitable practices. Courtenay has over two decades of experience in prevention, threat assessment and management, psychoeducational evaluation, intervention with at-risk youth and families, and behavioral consultation and intervention. As a certified threat manager and nationally certified school psychologist, she regularly provides training and consultation on student threat assessment systems implementation and youth violence to school districts and community agencies throughout the nation. In addition, Courtenay is a contributing author to the book, Assessing Student Threats: Implementing the Salem-Keizer System – Second Edition (Van Dreal, et al. 2017) and a co-author on the book, Preventing Youth Violence: The Pathway Back through Inclusion and Connection.

Laura Monti


Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Laura Monti developed, and now leads, the Threat Assessment Group (TAG) for the Portland Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). TAG is an initiative aimed at enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the threat management process, assuming the responsibility of analyzing and evaluating every threat submitted to the FBI in Oregon. This comprehensive review process ensures that no reported threat is overlooked, enabling the division to proactively address potential risks and act. In 2023, SSA Monti began a statewide initiative with Portland FBI’s Threat Assessment Community Team (TACT), a multidisciplinary team aimed at fostering cooperation among public and private organizations. With a shared objective of effective threat assessment, TACT is a collaborative platform to pool insights, share best practices, and cultivate a collective expertise in threat mitigation. SSA Monti joined the FBI in 2010 and is a Coordinator for the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), as well as Threat Management Coordinator under the BAU Program. SSA Monti is also a Certified Crisis Negotiator and Crisis Management Coordinator. She holds a BS in Finance and International Business from Pennsylvania State University and a MS in Elementary Education from Hunter College.

Jens Jensen


Jens Jensen is the Director of Claims for Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO).  SDAO is the administrator of claims for two of Oregon’s Self-Insured Risk Pools, the Special Districts Insurance Services Trust (SDIS) and the Property and Casualty Coverage for Educators Trust (PACE).  Jens has been with SDAO for nearly 20 years, overseeing a team of eight claim consultants.  He and his team assist the 1200 members of the two Trusts in navigating every kind of property and liability exposure imaginable.  Jens brings his decades of experience to our conference, where he will be presenting on the mitigation of various types of risk factors.  His presentation will focus on the different responsibilities of the schools and law enforcement.

Detective Yonsoo Lee

Tigard Police Department


Detective Yonsoo Lee is a Major Crimes Detective with the Tigard Police Department where he has served for the past 24 years. Yonsoo is also a Federal Task Force Officer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he has served for the past 18 years in the Violent Crimes, Human Trafficking, and Crimes Against Children Squad. In these roles, Detective Lee has investigated numerous violent crimes against persons to include Human Trafficking, Child Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation, which have resulted in successful prosecutions in both state and federal courts.

OSROA is comprised of dedicated professionals committed to providing service, training, and support to our school communities by fostering safe, secure, and healthy learning environments for our youth.

Verkada is the leader in cloud-based enterprise building security. By building high-end hardware on an intuitive, cloud-based software platform, modern enterprises are able to run safer, smarter buildings across all of their locations. More than 5,000 organizations, including 28 Fortune 500 companies, use Verkada to protect people and assets, secure facilities, and gain new insights that improve the efficiency of their operations. Verkada’s vision is to be the operating system that runs every building in the world.  verkada.com

Verkada is a 2024 PLATINUM level sponsor

PACE was formed in 2006 by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) and the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO). These organizations work together to keep Oregon students safe, reduce risks and conserve member resources. No one can match the expertise and decades of experience that OSBA and SDAO bring to property-casualty coverage for local public entities, and their property and liability risk pool of school entities in the state - the largest in Oregon, with more than 200 education organizations.

pace.osba.org - PACE is a 2024 GOLD level sponsor


Oregonians Credit Union is a team of individuals who live and work in the same communities as you do, and they exist to serve you. They're not a bank. They are a member-owned not-for-profit financial co-op. Every dollar invested by members is reinvested in members in the form of lower loan rates, higher deposit rates, low fees, and great service. oregonianscu.com

Oregonians Credit Union is a 2024 SILVER level sponsor



Day Wireless Systems is the largest, full-service wireless integrator in the West, and one of Motorola Solutions' largest partners in the USA.  We provide a wide range of products and solutions for the SRO community including Public Safety and Commercial Grade two-way radio systems, body cameras, fixed video surveillance and access control, mass notification solutions, dispatch and command center solutions, and incident management software. daywireless.com

Day Wireless is a 2024 BRONZE Level Sponsor


OSROA is proud of our continuing partnership with the National Association of School Resource Officers. As a chartered state organization under the NASRO banner, we share their vision of safer schools and safer kids and believe we can accomplish that with law enforcement officers who are carefully selected, specifically trained and properly equipped for the SRO position. NASRO is supporting our conference with a generous grant. nasro.org 


Verizon understands that inspired teaching and learning requires agility and flexibility, and we’re ready to help you get started. You need a technology partner that helps students and teachers thrive with advanced digital solutions and services, a network you can rely on, and a focus on quality and value. Strengthen and modernize your infrastructure to provide new learning opportunities and achieve your vision of robust, engaging and effective learning experiences. 

verizon.com - Verizon is a 2024 BRONZE level sponsor

Everon is the leading integrator and premier service provider of commercial security, fire, and life safety systems in the PNW. Their dedicated Integrated Solutions team understands complexity. Everon Solutions can help your organization optimize system efficiencies by designing custom enterprise-level security platforms that unify your network. We’ll take a comprehensive approach to understand your strategic challenges and work with you to integrate technologies with customized solutions that help minimize risk to your organization.   everonsolutions.com 

Everon is a 2024 BRONZE Level Sponsor 

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OSROA was founded in 2003 as a member-supported, professional 501©(3) non-profit organization. We exist to support law enforcement agencies and school districts in the State of Oregon, and to provide resources and training to help maintain a safer, healthier school environment for students, faculty and guests. Members include sworn law enforcement officers, juvenile justice professionals and school district personnel. Membership is attained by submitting an application or by attending our Annual School Safety Conference. There is no charge to become an OSROA member.
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