Keys To Safer Schools.com
has assembled a group of
world renowned Subject Matter Experts to bring the best available
expertise to your project or organization. This is a Multidisciplinary
Team of leaders in the fight against violence in the world's schools
and other organizations.
As a sports analogy, these are the "All Stars" in the helping schools
maintain a safe and secure leaning environment through Detection
and Prevention of Violence.
The individuals listed here can
be grouped into a special team tailored for your specific needs. Contact
Keys via email or telephone to discuss your challenge and allow our staff
to help you build the team to meet your needs. This page also serves as a one source
location for guest speakers for your next conference. Each of
the people here have been sought out by state, national and international
conferences and seminars.
Nowhere else can you find in one place so much
knowledge and experience in areas such as:
Terrorism Contingency Planning
Bullying Prevention Programs
Suicidal Bomber Recognition and Prevention
Section 504 and Special Ed procedures
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Legal, Liability and Ethically Issues
Interactive Video Production
Research and Evaluation
Crisis Response Team Training
Incarceration Facility Security
Non-pain Inducing Physical Restraint Training
Practical Solutions for Complex Problems
Simply contact Keys to put these
All Stars to work on
Colonel, US Army (retired)
One of the world’s foremost experts and speakers
on the psychology of conflict. Army Ranger, West Point Psychology Professor,
author of the Pulitzer nominated books: On Killing, and Stop Teaching Our
Kids to Kill, and the new book, On Combat. Has written numerous encyclopedia
entries and an entry in The Oxford Companion to American Military History.
Presented papers to the AMA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the
American Psychological Association. Co-author of an entry on active shooter
terrorism response in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Testified before House and Senate committees, he and his research have been
cited by the President in a national address.
Lt. Col. Grossman
Michael Dorn, one of
America’s best-known, most respected,
experienced and trusted expert in the field of school safety, Michael Dorn
is an Expert
and Senior Consultant for Public Safety and Emergency Management.
A prolific author, Michael recently finished his 20th book, Targeting
Innocence – Terrorism Comes to School and writes columns for Campus
Safety, School Planning and Management, Today’s School, College Planning
Management and School Transportation News. During his 25 year
public safety career, Michael served as a campus police officer for 20
years, with ten years as a school district police chief. He was then
appointed as the School Safety Specialist for the State of Georgia and later
as the Lead Program Manager of the Terrorism Emergency Preparedness Division
of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency – Office of Homeland Security.
Michael has BA and master’s degrees from Mercer University and is a graduate
of the FBI National Academy and has received extensive antiterrorism
training in the United States and in Israel. Michael is regularly
interviewed by national and international media organizations including
Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Time Magazine, the
New York Times, the London Times, Unavision and Tokyo
Broadcasting. Michael regularly presents for the United States
Department of Education and has served on dozens of state and federal
government expert working groups and panels.
He has provided
consultation and technical assistance to more than 2,000 school systems,
police departments, government agencies, and private organizations
worldwide. Mike is sought out by schools,
police forces and government agencies as both a speaker and trainer.
"Mike" Karpela of Helsinki, Finland
Totti "Mike" Karpela is a 17 year veteran
of the National Police of Finland.
Currently Mike works as a sergeant for Helsinki
Police Department and runs the country's only Threat Management Unit.
He is a critical incident commander for
his unit and is also one of the departments hostage negotiators.
Other responsibilities are to coordinate
crime prevention projects related to workplaces and schools. Mike has
also written guidelines for Finnish schools on assessing risks on
hostile students. During his years of service on the
streets as a tactical officer Mike has gathered an experience of over
40 000 violent and hostile encounters. Currently he works as a
During the winter of
2003 Mike Karpela was appointed to work as a specialist for the
European Council and is now working with Russian and Baltic law
enforcement agencies and teaching them in threat assessment and case
management. A former instructor
trainer in defensive tactics and firearms, Mike holds a black belt in JuJutsu and is certified instructor in Krav Maga. During the past
years he has taught the National SWAT team, presidential security
detail, coast guard special forces, military special operations units
just to name a few. Currently he still teaches conflict management and
negotiation skills at the National Police Academy.
Mike Karpela is one of the official subject matter experts for
European Union for domestic violence prevention and threat assessment
and has been teaching in Asia, Europe as well as North America. As a
nationally recognized expert in his own country on work place violence
prevention, threat management and violent behavior Mike has also
authored four books on the subject and is a well know figure in his
own country. Mike is currently a regional representative in Europe for
two American training companies.
Mike is know to be energetic and funny instructor who certainly gets
his point across. For the past 10 years he has also instructed
supervisors and directors, EU representatives, global
telecommunications companies, commercial airlines, hospital personnel,
social workers, emergency services personnel, law enforcement and
several other challenging groups just to name a few.
Sgt. Totti "Mike" Karpela
Tod Nix, School Administrator
Nix is a school principal who has constantly sought innovations in
producing a learning environment that is safe and organized for
learning. He pioneered the national movement to eliminate lockers from
Junior and Senior High Schools. Tod has written articles on the subject
and travels as a guest lecturer on Locker-less Schools. He has integrated
students into key positions on Crisis Response Teams and Bullying
prevention programs. A natural leader, Tod has mastered the art of
training others, including students, to assume leadership roles that
most thought were beyond them. A truly powerful public speaker.
Dr. Carter is a best selling author, ("Nasty
People"), professional speaker, and psychologist. He was an
executive manager from IBM Corporation and he has done seminars and
workshops for organizations around the country (and outside the US as
well). He is the author of the best selling book, "Nasty People",
which has sold 3/4 million copies in the USA and around the world. Dr.
Carter has appeared before colleges, universities, and institutions like
Loyola University, Temple University, United Way, IBM, the Association
of University Women, and Union Carbide. His workshops and books on
School Bullying, Nasty People, Leadership, Charisma, & Communication
have made positive changes in thousands of personal and professional
Dr. Jay Carter
Gus Douvanis, J.D., Ed.D.
Douvanis is a Nationally Renowned speaker and presenter on many
Legal issues impacting schools and other youth oriented organizations.
He is a Professor of Educational Leadership and Law at the University of
West Georgia in Carrollton Georgia, where he also serves as University
Advisor for Legal Services and University Ethics Officer. He teaches courses
in School Law and Ethics, Counselors and School Social Workers and the Law,
Special Education Law, and Advanced Law and Ethics in the College of
Education doctoral program. He has a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the
Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University and an Ed.D. in
education administration from Auburn University. He is a member of the
Faculty of the College Board. He consults and presents on legal and ethical
issues in school guidance and admissions counseling.
He works as a consultant and
presenter for Keys To Safer Schools.com to school systems and
government agencies in the areas of safe schools and the law. He provides
continuing education sessions for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for
school resource officer training in search and seizure, drug testing,
interrogations, and surveillance; workshops for the Mississippi Department
of Education Safe Schools Division for legal issues in controlling school
violence; and the Student Assistance Personnel Association (SAPA) for
counseling and school social work for potentially violent or dangerous
students. He has also conducted numerous staff development workshops on
counseling issues for school systems in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, South
Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Florida. He is highly
knowledgeable on Legal concerns covered with these topics and more.
Dr. Gus Douvanis
Dr. William Dodson, Retired Superintended of Pearl, Mississippi
W. Dodson was the
Superintendent of Schools in Pearl, Mississippi on October 1, 1997 when
one of his students decided that he was no longer going to be bullied and
teased. Christina Menefee 16, the shooter’s former girl friend, was killed
first, then Lydia Kaye Dew, 17. Several other students were wounded in
what appeared to be a random act after the first two girls were
deliberately murdered. Dr. Dodson, like many others, found it hard to
believe that such a thing could happen in his school, in his town. Since
that day, he has devoted most of his time to raising awareness, seeking
answers and encouraging preventative action at all levels. Dr. Dodson has
testified before the United States Senate about Violence in Public
Schools, he has been interviewed many times by radio and television talk
show programs. He has also appeared before a number of professional
conventions across America. Dr. Dodson speaks with the voice of experience
about the Potentially Dangerous Student.
Dr. Dodson said, nothing could prepare me
for the events of Oct. 1, 1997--the day Luke Woodham, a 16-year-old
sophomore, walked into Pearl High School with a 30-30 hunting rifle
concealed under his coat and began shooting.
Dr. William Dodson
Kevin Dickson of Melbourne, Australia
Keys-Australia Managing Director
Dickson has served in the Australian Federal Police and has over 15 years
of Police Officer Survival training experience.
He has performed close
protection/security duties for 3 Prime Ministers, several Ambassadors and
Heads of State, Mr. William GATES and family and
others. While in the United States, he trained with the U.S. Secret
Service and Drug Enforcement Administration.
He has trained
several Police Department and Federal Agency personnel in the United
States and is a member of the National tactical Officers Association (NTOA).
He has received and
provided extensive security training in the United States,
He has designed and
delivered situational awareness and targeted violence training. This
training included surveillance/counter-surveillance procedures. He
designed and delivered training for the US Federal Flight Deck Officer
Program in the United States. This anti-hijack training was incorporated
into their Flight Crew Hijack training program and involved high intensity
simulation training which encouraged the flight deck officers and crew to
maintain security risk awareness and overcome assault by multiple
assailants. Along with this training he
provided training advice in post September
11 airline operations.
designed and delivered training in relation to understanding the
psychology of targeted violence and the characteristics of violent
individuals using US Secret Service threat assessment methodologies. He
has delivered this program to a wide range of audiences from school
teachers to corporate executives
extensive knowledge of suicide bombing methodologies and interdiction
strategies having provided instructional training to several police
agencies and Airlines.
He has also
provided security/safety risk assessment using both traditional and Red
SSP of Stockholm, Sweden
Keys-Europe Managing Director
Certified by the
National School Safety
Certified by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Founder of International School Safety Association (ISSA)
Certified as a Sweden School
Safety Professional (SSP)
Has developed special
methods for preventing Workplace Violence through his programs Safe
Workplace and Safe School;
Working with the effect of
media violence on children in connection with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, (ret.)
- Killology Research Group, Arkansas, USA.
Trained and certified by
NSSC, National School Safety Center and John Jay College of Criminal
Justice, USA, School Safety Leadership, 2000.
A member of IASSP (International
Association of School Safety Professionals) since 1999
Was a "Fellow member" of the
American Institute of Stress, for 1999
Is a member of the Swedish
Association of Narcotic Police, SNPF
Has written numerous articles
about how to prevent work place violence, conflict management and self
Also written Books about
Martial Arts, Safe Work and Conflict Management
Is during autumn of 2004
releasing his book about school safety in Sweden.
During spring 2005 his
memoirs from his life in the Martial Arts are planned for celebrating the 30
year anniversary of ninjutsu in Europe.
Martial Arts - Budo
Since 1958 Bo has trained and
studied the Ancient Japanese Martial Arts, Budo. He is entitled shihan
(master instructor) and shidoshi (teacher of the warrior
Is a black belt in a
multitude of them, i.e. judo (1 dan 1973), jiujitsu (6 dan 1988), Bujinkan
Budo Taijutsu - ninjutsu (9 dan 1993).
Introduced ninjutsu 1975, now
under the name of
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, to Sweden and
during some years in the 1980-s in different countries of Europe. Called the
Grandfather of European Ninjutsu.
Ninpo Goshinjutsu Mu Te Jinen Ryu
Awarded the highest
distinction in Swedish Budo by the Swedish Budo Federation (1997) and Bu-fu
yukosho, honorary medal in gold (1985) by Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, Japan.
Bo Munthe, SSP
Sgt Curtis Rutt, M.B.
Keys-Canada Managing Director
Serving as the Training Sergeant for a Canadian
Police Force in Ontario, Canada
Sgt Rutt was awarded the Medal of Bravery in 2001
from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General
of Canada for a police diving incident.
Sgt. Rutt has over 17 years law enforcement
He has served as a Patrol and Street Crime
Officer, Drug Enforcement Officer, Police Motorcycle Officer
Tactical Officer (S.W.A.T.)
Underwater Search and Recovery Specialist and
Use of Force Trainer
Defensive Tactics Instructor
Tactical Firearms Instructor
Search and Rescue Incident Commander
Immediate Action/Rapid Deployment Instructor
Certified Trainer in Assessing the
Potentially Dangerous Student.
Sgt. Curtis Rutt, MB
Professor in the School of Social Work
He was the Chairperson of the Assessment
Faculty of the University of Arkansas at
Little Rock (UALR) Masters Degree Program in Gerontology for 12 years and is a
specialist in assessment of critical thinking in the School of Social Work.
He specializes in assessment and
evaluation in education and human services.
He was Special Assistant for
Assessment of Student Learning to the University Provost for two years and
assessment specialist in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR)
College of Professional Studies for an additional six months.
He has designed quantitative faculty
evaluation systems based on
Scaling techniques, and he applies those techniques to diverse areas
in education and human services.
He presents papers on applications of
performance evaluation techniques at professional and scientific
His approach to the evaluation of
educational and human service programs focuses on the specification and
attainment of measurable performance outcomes.
He focuses on quantitative, but
non-statistical, techniques that are immediately and intuitively
interpretable in common sense terms.
He specializes in techniques that use
ordinary, easily calculated arithmetic steps that lead to powerful and valid
determinations of whether or not pre-specified objectives have been
Dr. Mark Krain
W. Patrick Fuller, MA, AAS
He has been employed as a peace officer continuously for the past thirty
years. Twenty-seven of those years have been served as a supervisor, with the
past seventeen as Chief of a large Texas Independent School District Police
Department. He has worked for municipal police agencies, a county sheriff’s
department, a district attorney’s office, and of course a school district.
During his career he has been assigned to every division found in most
departments. He has served in various supervisory capacities from Sergeant to
His teaching experience includes the:
- Midland County Regional Training Academy,
- Midland College,
- University of Texas – Austin,
- CAPCO Regional Training Academy – Austin,
- A Texas Independent School District,
- certification courses for the Texas Association of
School Business Officials, and martial arts classes.
He has earned an AAS degree in law
enforcement sciences; a B.A. in Criminal Justice Management; and an M.A. in
Education. In addition, he holds a Master Peace Officer certification and an
Instructor certification from the state of Texas.
Sgt. Pat Fuller
He is currently employed as
the Director of Lake County Regional Office of Education - Illinois and
Director over the P.A.S.S. Program (Positive
Alternative Student Services).
His experience includes:
Illinois Type 75 Educational
Dept. of Correction –
Illinois Association for Educating At-Risk Youth
National Dropout Prevention
for Government Meeting Planners (SGMP)
National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)
Past Supervisor – Juvenile
Probation Dept. Reg III
Residential Counseling for
Youth services and Truancy
Consulting services public
Juvenile justice systems
Program development, grant
planning, and implementation
Expertise working with high
risk minority youth and families
Institute for Court
Safe & Drug Free School
planning and implementation
Increasing attendance for
hard to serve youth
Hispanic Educational Summit
Social & emotional
Pacific Institute – Social
GPS (Global Positioning
Satellites Tracking System) monitoring of truant & delinquent youth
Strategies for reaching
disruptive and angry students
Creating caring communities
Career & workforce
development for youth
Expert Guest Speaker:
A featured speaker on WGN
Channel 9 news (Community rally against violence)
A featured speaker on
numerous radio shows discussing violence prevention, truancy, and keeping
kids in school
United Way of Lake County’s
Testified before the
Illinois State Senate regarding the implementation of the Illinois Safe
Testified at the Illinois
State Senate Truancy hearings regarding new legislation
Ed Bates, MA
Steven M. Claus
34+ years in law enforcement.
Currently employed with the City of Port St. Lucie
Police Department, Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Federal Bureau of
Investigation National Academy, Graduate 201st class
2004 – Present Day Shift Commander, Road Patrol.
Past Commander of Community Programs,
School Resource Officers, DARE, Juvenile
Police Athletic League, Police Explorers,
Domestic Violence Counselor, Victim Advocates,
Adjunct Professor, Indian River Community
College for 20+ years instructing Line Supervision and Middle Management
Past Commander of:
K-9, SWAT, Sniper Team, Traffic Unit,
Field Training Program and Community Policing
Retired, United States Air Force – (27 years),
State and National Recognition:
Development of Oxycontin awareness “Town
Participation in the Development of a
step-by-step strategy to implementing an outcome-oriented performance
assessment process for School Resource Officers.
Officer of the Quarter,
Outstanding Service Award
Commander Steven M. Claus
Richard J. Sackville, MBA, SAPA, CCDC
of Business Administration (MBA)
Substance Abuse Program Administrator
Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor
Founded “American Institute for a Drug Free
Workplace” in 1985 to serve as a battlefront for the war on drugs.
Developer of the five-part drug awareness
Co-development of the Drug Free Family kit, to “Help
Co-development of the Drug Free Business kit to
“Help Your Business”
Wrote, developed and published the nationally
recognized “Managers and Supervisors Workbook/Manual for Prevention
Substance Abuse in the Workplace”
DOT, DOD, FAA and other governmental bodies
Provide programs to improve corporate America
bottom line profit.
Development and implementing of drug free
workplace policies and procedures.
Substance Abuse Program Administrator providing
governmental required certification training.
Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and
Faith Based Counselor
Richard Sackville, MBA, SAPA, CCDC
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