The Briefings :: A National School Safety Symposium at Columbine
This is perhaps the most significant gathering of school safety experts and advocates that has ever been assembled.
John McDonald
Director of Safety Security and Emergency Planning
Jefferson County R1 Schools

Responder at Deer Creek Middle School

Hosted By
This week-long symposium, held at Bear Creek High School (9800 West Dartmouth Place), Lakewood, Colorado, examines lessons learned from traumatic events and reveals new, preemptive school safety measures growing in multiple realms.

Those presenting at this year's Symposium include school administrators, law enforcement, criminal justice and mental health professionals who were involved in the response and recovery to school violence and other emergency events. The Symposium is designed to provide a number of takeaways that districts, departments and agencies can implement immediately.

During the presentations and panel discussions, attendees will learn how best practices for school safety are shifting, lessons learned from recent events, the challenges school administrators face after a traumatic event, resilience, threat assessment and more. Some of the topic content has not been publicly disclosed, and will only be presented at this Symposium, making this an extremely unique opportunity for the audience.

"In the years since the events at Columbine, there are proven leaders in the art of school safety," says John-Michael Keyes, Executive Director and co-founder of The "I Love U Guys" Foundation. "These experiences and studies, along with new learnings from recent violent events, continue to reshape planning and response for active school violence. This symposium offers tangible takeaways and first hand insights that are essential for any practitioner."

Law enforcement, school personnel, victim advocates, mental health professionals, emergency and risk management staff, school safety teams and all first responders.

The event is held in the Bear Creek High School Auditorium, so the number of participants is limited to 550. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The cost of this event is $350 with all proceeds benefiting The "I Love U Guys" Foundation.

The Briefings :: A National School Safety Symposium at Columbine

You don't choose tragedy.
You can choose your response.
John-Michael Keyes
Executive Director
The "I Love U Guys" Foundation
Kristina Anderson
Executive Director
Koshka Foundation
Kristina Anderson was a sophomore at Virginia Tech when she became one of the injured victims of the shooting tragedy of April 16th, 2007.

As an advocate for survivors of violence, Kristina formed the Immediate Help Fund in April 2012 to provide critical financial aid to victims of school violence and their families. One of her ultimate goals is to establish April 17th as National Survivor's Day in recognition of individuals who overcome adversity.

Dr. David Benke
Deer Creek Middle School
Dr. David Benke has taught middle school and high school mathematics for 35 years. He has taught in suburban schools, on a national satellite network, and in rural schools in Texas and Colorado and was a finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year in 1996. However on February 23, 2010 a man came to Deer Creek Middle School where Dr. Benke was teaching and began to shoot students. While the man was in the process of reloading his rifle Dr. Benke tackled him. Since then he has appeared on Good Morning America with Matt Lauer, It's Morning in America with Harry Smith, America Live with Megyn Kelly, and Zappolo's People. Determined not to be a victim and to learn from the experience Dr. Benke has made it a goal to learn something new about school security everyday. His book, "Tackling School Violence: Lessons Learned from the Deer Creek Middle School Shooting" written with Kathy Baun, is nearing completion.
Lee Birk
Westminster Police Department

Lee Birk has been in Law Enforcement for 39 years, having served his entire career at the Westminster Police Department. He began as a patrol officer & worked his way through the ranks ultimately serving as Chief of Police since 2007. During his career he has been in a supervisory or leadership position for 36 of his 39 years. He served as a Deputy Chief for 22 years prior to being appointed as Chief of Police. He has a BA in Political Science, a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration & is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Dr. Jeff Brodsky
Executive Director
JOY International
In 1979 Jeff began traveling around the world as a good will ambassador for a disaster/ relief organization. In recent years, his eyes were opened to a burgeoning evil against children which radically refocused his heart and the vision of JOY International, now devoted to the rescue and restoration of children and young girls who are forced into the child sex trade industry. It's a worldwide organization; this session focuses on identification and collaboration within the U.S.

Cynthia Coffman
Chief Deputy Attorney General
State of Colorado
Cynthia Honssinger Coffman serves as Chief Deputy to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. She supervises the attorneys and staff and manages all administrative functions of the Department of Law. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General in March, 2005, Coffman served as chief legal counsel to Colorado Gov. Bill Owens.

Coffman served as Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, and later as Deputy Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment from 1999 to 2003. She previously worked for the Office of Legislative Council and staffed the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Coffman is a native of Missouri and a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia. She earned a JD at Georgia State University College of Law and practiced law in Georgia before moving to Colorado in 1997. Coffman worked as an attorney for the Georgia Attorney General and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

Dr. Jeff Brodsky
Director - JOY International
In 1979 Jeff began traveling around the world as a good will ambassador for a disaster/ relief organization. In recent years, his eyes were opened to a burgeoning evil against children which radically refocused his heart and the vision of JOY International, now devoted to the rescue and restoration of children and young girls who are forced into the child sex trade industry. It's a worldwide organization; this session focuses on identification and collaboration within the U.S.
Tim Carlson
Deputy Chief of Police
Westminster Police Department
Tim Carlson began his career with the Westminster Police Department in January, 1987. He has worked as a patrol officer, a Public Information Officer and Gang Unit officer prior to promotion to Sergeant in 1997. As a sergeant he worked in both the patrol and investigations divisions and spent 10 years as a SWAT team operator and team leader. Promoted to Commander in 2005 he worked again in both patrol and investigations. In 2007 he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police and has served in that capacity running patrol operations for the past seven years.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois. He is a National Instructor for the IACP teaching the Leadership in Police Organizations curriculum. During his career he has been awarded the Medal of Distinguished Service, the Medal of Meritorious Service, the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart.

During the Ridgeway investigations, he served as the overall Operations Commander.

AJ DeAndrea
Arvada Police Department
Jeffco Regional SWAT (Retired)
A.J. is a 20-year veteran of the Arvada, Colorado Police Department.

Sergeant DeAndrea was an Entry Team Leader at Columbine High School (1999) and Team Leader during the Bulldozer Incident in Granby, CO (2004). Sgt. DeAndrea helped devise and execute the tactical plan for the Hostage Rescue at Platte Canyon High School (2006). Again in 2006 he was the Team Leader during an Officer Rescue where over thirty rounds were fired. Sergeant DeAndrea was the Patrol Supervisor and Entry Team Leader during the Youth With a Mission shootings (2007). This was an active shooting at a youth mission training center where four young adults were shot, two of whom died.

Sergeant DeAndrea has instructed all over the United States and is an instructor for the NTOA and CTS. He has instructed at the IACP Annual Conference, the Police Improvement Facility in Bramshill, United Kingdom (2009) and was the International Key Note Speaker at the ACPO Conference in the United Kingdom (2010).

Frank DeAngelis
Columbine High School
Frank DeAngelis has been a staff member at Columbine High since 1979, starting as a Social Studies teacher and filling the roles of Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, Assistant Football Coach before becoming the Principal in 1996.

Frank is a Colorado native, completing his K-12 education in Denver-area schools, proceeding to graduate from Metropolitan State College and subsequently from the University of Colorado with a Masters Degree in Secondary Education and Social Studies.

Frank has been involved in numerous professional activities and associations, and has received multiple awards for his coaching and leadership skills. He has also been called upon to speak about recovery after a school tragedy at a variety of conferences, and has assisted as a consultant after a number of other violent school events.

Dr. Del Elliott
Founding Director
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Del Elliott is the Director of The Program on Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado. He is also a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in the Institute of Behavioral Science. He is the Director of the National Youth Survey, the longest study of criminal behavior and drug use in a national panel of adolescents and young adults in the United States. Del's books include Delinquency and Dropout (1974); The Social Psychology of Runaway (1978); Explaining Delinquency and Drug Use (1985); Multiple Problem Youth: Delinquency, Drugs and Mental Health Problems (1989); Violence in American Schools (1998) and Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods (2006). Del is the Founding Director of the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Initiative which certifies effective violence prevention programs.
Anna Gisetti
MA, School Outreach Consultant
Colorado School Safety Resource Center
Anna began working at the Denver Children's Home with at-risk youth in a residential treatment setting before working in the Colorado public school system for over six years as a school counselor. As a counselor, she provided professional development to staff on many topics, including bullying prevention, suicide intervention, substance abuse prevention, school culture and climate, PBIS, restorative practices, and threat assessment. As the School Outreach Consultant, she continues to train staff on these and other school safety topics, as well as provide workshops for parents.
Dr. Sara Garrido

Dr. Sara Garrido has worked with Nicoletti-Flater Associates since 2009. She received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver and received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member. She specializes in crisis intervention, trauma recovery, policy review, and conducting risk assessments for Nicoletti-Flater Associates. Dr. Garrido provides debriefings for critical incidents and facilitates trainings on a variety of topics, including workplace and school violence, suicide/suicide-by-cop, verbal de-escalation techniques, peer support, and stress management. In addition, she is experienced in providing therapeutic services to individual clients (children, adolescents and adults) as well as to couples and families. Dr. Garrido serves as a Peer Support Consultant for the Greeley Police Department and also works with the Aurora Police Department and Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department Peer Support Teams. Sara has co-authored several articles with Dr. John Nicoletti, including articles for Church Executive Magazine, Police Chief Magazine, and The Colorado Law Enforcement Officer. In January 2011, she traveled to Christchurch, New Zealand and McMurdo Station in Antarctica with Drs. Nicoletti and Axelrod to assist in providing psychological assessments to winter-over candidates. In 2012-2013 Dr. Garrido and Dr. Nicoletti worked in collaboration with NASA's Behavioral Health & Performance Research Team to identify psychological adaptation strategies for long-duration space missions. Dr. Garrido returned to New Zealand and Antarctica (McMurdo and South Pole Stations) in 2013 to provide psychological assessment services.
Pat Hamilton
Executive Director of Operations
Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Christine R. Harms
MS, Director
Colorado School Safety Resource Center
Chris is former public school teacher, private school administrator, psychotherapist and trainer with over 30 years of experience working with youth, professionals and parents in schools, private practice and victim serving agencies. Chris was the co-coordinator of a suburban Philadelphia school safety center before coming to Colorado. She has trained professionals on such issues as violence prevention, school-based crisis response, trauma, sexual misconduct, suicide intervention, and threat assessment. She has taught at the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to becoming the Director of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center in 2012, she served as the School Outreach Consultant for the Center starting in 2009.
John-Michael Keyes
Executive Director
The "I Love U Guys" Foundation

John-Michael represents The I Love U Guys Foundation to districts, departments, agencies and organizations regarding school safety. His professional career has included graphic design, software development, and workflow analysis. The death of his daughter, Emily, at the hands of a gunman at Platte Canyon High School compelled Mr. Keyes to bring his professional expertise to the arena of school safety.

The Keyes family's response to the events at Platte Canyon High School was immediate support for first responders and compassionate outreach to law enforcement. With a combination of both humor and heart, John-Michael's presentation includes powerful reminders of the importance of school safety, the recognition that no school is immune, and offers free resources available to districts, departments and agencies.

Bryan Krause
Director of Student Services
Jefferson County R1 School District

Bryan Krause was the Assistant Principal, then Principal at Platte Canyon High School for six years, including during the 2006 shooting there, before transferring to Jefferson County School District for three years.

Bryan is currently the Director of Student Services with Jefferson County Public Schools. This position includes working with counselors and mental health professionals, and crisis response for schools that require mental health support.

Bryan has a Masters Degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of Colorado, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Colorado State University working on a dissertation focusing on effects of crisis on school leaders.

A devoted husband and father of three children, Bryan also competes in ultra-distance running and cycling events.

Darren Lubbe
Texas Department of Public Safety
Darren Lubbe is an Agent with the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division. Darren has been with the Texas DPS for over fifteen years (15) and has been in CID/Organized Crime for over ten (10) of those years. Before joining DPS in 1998, Darren was a full time student at the University of North Texas. During those educational years, Darren was a reserve police officer with the Kaufman Police Department before joining DPS. Darren is not only an investigator with DPS/CID, but specializes in weapons and tactics and is responsible for overseeing tactical training for the Criminal Investigations Division and DPS personnel within DPS. Darren not only fulfills the duties with the above listed, but is an Operator/Medic for DPS's Texas Rangers Special Operations Group Special Response Team for Region 1. Darren's responsibilities on SRT-1 include being a Tactical Medic/Operator who conducts high risk warrants and Reconnaissance missions along the violent Texas/Mexico Border.

Darren lives in Pittsburg, Texas. Darren enjoys fishing, hunting, riding Harley's, and physical fitness. Darren has been an adjunct instructor for Kilgore Police Academy, Northeast Texas Police Academy, and Collin County Police Academy over the last 15 years and just recently joined the ALERRT Team at Texas State University.

Trevor Materasso
Westminster Police Department
Trevor Materasso has been a police officer for 15 years and worked as the Westminster Police Department PIO for 8 years. In addition to being the department's spokesperson he is a member of the S.W.A.T Team and has an extensive list of skills he teaches. Trevor is currently assigned to a patrol shift as a Sergeant. While a PIO, Trevor was part of ESPIOC (Emergency Services Public Information Officers of Colorado) as an at-large board member, vice-president and president.
John McDonald
Executive Director
Security and Emergency Management
Jefferson County R1 School District
John McDonald began his career as a police officer with the Westminster (Colorado) Police Department prior to working in the aviation industry as the Sr. Manager of US Investigations and Security for more than a decade. In 2008, John joined the Jefferson County Public School District as the Executive Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management.

John was involved in the security planning and preparedness for the 2002 SLC Olympic Games, the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions and has extensive experience responding to and leading corporate relief efforts during major hurricanes throughout the Gulf Coast. A past sector chief for the FBI's INFRAGARD program in Denver, John currently sits on the Board of Directors for Colorado's Safe 2 Tell program and is a member of the Jefferson County Type 3 Incident Management Team. For his work during the Deer Creek Middle School Shooting in 2010, John was named School Security Director of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Resource Officers.

During his time with Jefferson County Public Schools, John's focus on school safety, emergency preparedness and collaborative partnerships has helped Jeffco Public Schools become a recognized leader in school security.

John has earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in Criminal Justice and Criminology and is a recognized court expert in the area of Interview and Interrogation.

Dr. Carolyn Mears
Sandy Hook Columbine Cooperative
Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma
Morgridge College of Education
University of Denver

Her 2012 anthology, Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma, won a prestigious Colorado Book of the Year Award, given by the Colorado affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress Center for the Book. An educator whose son survived the shootings at Columbine High School, Carolyn enrolled in the University of Denver to conduct dissertation research as a way to help others faced with tragedy. Her study, Experiences of Columbine Parents: Finding a Way to Tomorrow, was named 2005 AERA Qualitative Dissertation of the Year. Carolyn is a Founder of Sandy Hook-Columbine Cooperative, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Alliance Member National Centre for Therapeutic Care, Fellow of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, Board of Directors of the I Love You Guys Foundation [school safety], and adjunct faculty at the University of Denver. She has presented to audiences in the U.S., Europe, and Australia on trauma response and recovery, school safety, and leadership during crisis.
David Mitchell
EMS Chief
Arvada Fire Department

Susan Payne
Executive Director
Susan Payne is the Founding Executive Director for the Safe2Tell prevention initiative in Colorado. Susan served in this role as a Special Agent with the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security from 2006 until 2010; she currently serves as the Director of Safe Schools at the Colorado Attorney General's Office. Susan is a 17-year veteran of the Colorado Springs Police Department. She was the first Special Agent at the Colorado Department of Public Safety dedicated to school safety. Susan is a Terrorism Liaison Officer for Colorado. Her experience includes team leader for Hostage Crisis Negotiations, FBT fugitive task force, and training at the FBI Academy. Susan is a graduate of the National School Safety Center and also has been certified as an Advanced Public Information Officer. Susan has also conducted over 1,000 training sessions, seminars, and presentations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Colorado District Attorney's Council, the Colorado Association of School Board Executives, and Terrorism Liaison Officers. In 2006, Susan's expertise was requested at the President's White House Conference on School Violence Prevention. As a national expert on prevention, intervention, awareness, education, and training for school safety, Susan also consults extensively with Emergency Management planning teams throughout the U.S. while continuing the development and expansion of school safety efforts along with the expansion of the Safe2Tell program.
Lee Shaughnessy
Vice President
The "I Love U Guys" Foundation
Lee Shaughnessy is currently the Program Manager at Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation and Vice President of The "I Love U Guys" Foundation board of directors. Having worked in Denver metro human-service nonprofit organizations for 30 years, Lee has spent most of her time in health-related education and support. She was the Patient Education Coordinator at Rocky Mountain MS Center, did stroke community education and outreach for the CO-DOC Telemedicine Network at Colorado Neurological Institute, was the health educator for a National Library of Medicine grant to create a Health and Medicine website for the Denver Public Library, and became acquainted with Ellen and reacquainted with John-Michael Keyes when they approached Donor Awareness Council, following a broadcast TV special on the destination of Emily's corneas, after the events at Platte Canyon High School. Most of this has nothing to do with school safety, and Lee, who has occasionally filled in on SRP presentations for John-Michael, starts each of her presentations with a slide entitled "Who's the Imposter?"
Brad Stiles
MA, Emergency Response Outreach Consultant
Colorado School Safety Resource Center
Brad served for 8 years in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman and Combat Tactics instructor, before transitioning to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, as a Deputy Sheriff. Brad was assigned to many duties with the Sheriff's Office to include serving as a Field Training Instructor, a Crime Scene Technician, as a member of the Honor Guard, as an Academy Instructor and as a Planning Section member with the Jefferson County Incident Management Team (Type 3). As the Emergency Response Outreach Consultant, he provides training to schools and emergency responders on a variety of school safety topics.
Carly Posey
Sandy Hook Elementary

Rick Sullivan
Vice President
Regis Jesuit High School

Rick has been a teacher and administrator in three Jesuit high schools in Omaha, Toledo and Aurora. Has been at Regis Jesuit High School since 1993 as principal and other administrative positions. Current is the Vice President of Operations and oversees campus safety, Information Technology, Facilities and Grounds, Human Resources, construction projects and future planning.

Married with two daughters and four grandchildren.

B.A. in Education from the University of Virginia M.S. in Counseling and School Administration Certification from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Alex Walser

Alex C. Walser is a consultant with IBEX Consultants, a Denver-area business which he founded. He consults in a wide variety of areas to include security, geopolitical affairs, emergency response and infectious disease. IBEX Consultants has developed novel training programs and protocol that have been adopted at a variety of EMS agencies and medical training academies.

Alex earned a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University's department of Microbiology and Immunology and a Master of the Arts degree from Denver University's Korbel School of International Affairs. He is a recipient of a graduate certificate in Biosecurity and Disaster Response from Saint Louis University's School of Public Health. He is also a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

Alex spent time as an EMT with Pridemark Paramedic Services (PPS), operating within the 911 system as well as serving as the agency infection control officer. During his time at PPS, he also founded a disaster response and readiness team that served to provide the company a state-wide disaster response capability.

Alex served as an infantryman in the U.S. army for 6 years. He served in various leadership positions during deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan, leading teams of up to 20 men in extremely dangerous and austere environments. He also performed duties as a reserve medic on numerous combat missions, often coming to the aid of fellow soldiers during both medical and trauma-related combat emergencies. Alex was stationed in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and spent time with both the 82nd Airborne Division and Special Operations.

The Briefings :: A National School Safety Symposium at Columbine
You may be feeling a little anxious... but you need to know that you are not in this alone. There are people to support you.
Frank DeAngelis
Columbine High School
7:30 Doors open
8:30 Cynthia Coffman Chief Deputy Attorney General
Opening Ceremonies and Introductions
9:00 Frank DeAngelis Principal, Columbine High School

On Leadership in Crisis - The tragedy at Columbine redefined the nation. Frank tells his story from the events to the aftermath. This presentation has rarely been given and in it he reveals the leadership lessons he learned in the focus of an international fire storm.

This blunt, straight-forward account provides invaluable insights into managing the after-crisis with students, staff, community and never ending media attention. The take-aways from this presentation should be required reading for every principal in the nation.

This year, Frank celebrates his 37th anniversary at Columbine High School.

10:45 Break
11:00 John McDonald Executive Director of Emergency Planning - Jefferson County R1 School District

Landscape and Horizon of School Safety - As a nationally recognized pace setter in the school safety arena, John provides insight about the current landscape and the future horizon of school security and emergency preparedness.

12:00 Lunch
1:00 Kristina Anderson Founder - Koshka Foundation, Virginia Tech Student (2007)

Kristina was a sophomore at Virginia Tech when she became one of the many injured in the shooting tragedy of April 16th, 2007. Kristina works to raise awareness on the importance of school safety and violence prevention through sharing her significant encounter with gun violence, as well as working and meeting others affected by irrational acts of aggression.

1:45 Break
2:00 AJ DeAndrea Sergeant - Arvada Police Department
John-Michael Keyes Executive Director - The "I Love U Guys" Foundation

Sgt. DeAndrea was a team lead for Jeffco Regional SWAT at Columbine. He was also a team lead for the incident at Platte Canyon, Colorado. He is joined by Mr. Keyes, parent of a school shooting victim, for a riveting account of the day that Mr. Keyes lost his daughter, Emily.

The point counterpoint of their actions on that day, are only part of the story. The positive outcomes and protocols that are a result of this tragedy are impacting schools across the US and Canada., This presentation will demonstrate how to turn a tragic loss into practical programs that you can take back to your school.

4:30 End of General Session
7:30 Doors open
8:30 Introductions and Honor Gaurd
8:45 Carly Posey Parent - Sandy Hook Elementary

Carly delivers a concise account of her and her family's experience on December 14th 2012 in Newtown Connecticut. From the events to the lessons learned, her compelling story is reminder of why we do what we do.

9:15 Break
9:30 Dr. David Benke Teacher - Deer Creek Middle School

From Dominoes to Action - Establishing An Ethos and Following It. Dr. Benke provides an inspirational look at his actions and decision before and after the shooting at Deer Creek. This presentation ignites not just educators but other first responders to evaluate their roles in a crisis before the crisis happens.

10:30 Break
10:45 Stone Soup - A number of practitioners in the arena of school safety, join on stage to share experiences and lessons learned. From the mundane to the world changing events, this presentation will leave you with considerations, strategies, solutions and even a couple of puzzles.
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Pragmatic Threat Assessment - Nicoletti/Flater

"It's all about moving trees." That's one strategy that Dr. Nicoletti reveals in his presentation. Learn hands-on, real-world methods for identifying threats and intervening before they escalate.

3:00 Break
3:15 Dr. Jeff Brodsky Director of JOY International

Child Sex Trade Industry in the U.S. JOY International is devoted to the rescue and restoration of children and young girls who are forced into the child sex trade industry. It's a worldwide organization; this session focuses on identification and collaboration within the U.S.

4:30 End of General Session
8:00 Opening Ceremony at Columbine Memorial
9:15 Susan Payne Director of Safe Schools for the Colorado Attorney General, Founding Executive Director - Safe2Tell

Infrastructure and strategies for intelligence gathering and information sharing, building teams at school, district, and community levels.

10:30 Break
10:45 Dr. Del Elliott Founding Director, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado

Research, and lessons learned in history that provide a foundation for future solutions.

12:00 Lunch
1:00 Chief Lee Birk Westminster Police Department
Tim Carlson Deputy Chief of Police Westminster Police Department
Trevor Materasso Sergeant Westminster Police Department

The Jessica Ridgeway Case Debriefing

Jessica Ridgeway vanished on Oct. 5 when she left for school. The fifth-grader never showed up at a nearby park where she was supposed to meet friends for the one-mile walk to her elementary school.

After an extensive search of the area, including knocking on doors and FBI road blocks, Jessica's dismembered body was found on Oct. 10 in an Arvada, Colo., park, miles from where she was abducted.

4:30 End of Session
8:15 AJ DeAndrea Sergeant - Arvada Police Department
Dave Mitchel EMS Chief - Arvada Fire Department

Rescue Task ForceDiscover the process and the training that were used to bring Rescue Task Force tactics and methods to these departments. From the blue ribbon commissions to training to live exercises, the process is outlined and delivered as model for other communities.

10:30 Break
10:45 Alex Walser EMT

Infectious Disease Control for First Responders - Practical strategies for Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement when day to day encounters could make you literally sick. Add the long term impact of constant pathogen exposure and you'll learn life prolonging mitigation techniques.

12:00 Lunch
8:30 Rick Sullivan

There are many elements that contribute to creating the climate in a school. A positive climate and strong sense of community can positively impact students and staff while contributing to a safer environment. Learn about how Regis Jesuit High School's retreat program for students significantly impacts the school culture. Ways to adapt this program to your public or private school will be explored.

9:15 Break
9:30 Dr. Carolyn Mears

The impact of trauma on schools and communities, lessons learned, and hope for the future.

10:30 Break
10:45 Pat Hamilton

Communications in a crisis.

12:00 Lunch
1:00 Darren Lubbe

On April 17, 2013, an ammonium nitrate explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company storage and distribution facility in West, Texas, eighteen miles north of Waco while emergency services personnel were responding to a fire at the facility.

This is Darren's story of being one of the first responders to the site after the explosion took the lives of 15 people and injuring over 160.

3:00 Break
3:15 Reunification
4:30 End of Session
9:00 - 3:00 SRP/SRM Train the Trainer This session is for people who are ready to take the Standard Response Protocol to their organization, and/or to present it on behalf of The Foundation. Participants will understand the methods of implementation, and learn about the Standard Reunification Method. In-depth discussion of the creation of the programs, how to introduce, implement and train. Completion of the day will earn participants The "I Love U Guys" Foundation Adjunct Trainer Certificate.
9:00 - 12:00 This course will address how law enforcement officers and school mental health professionals can work in collaboration to create safer school environments. Professionals in both roles play an integral part in the climate created at a school and the feeling of connectedness experienced by students. Mental health professionals and law enforcement personnel must also work together identifying students with mental health needs, providing effective discipline, responding to school crises and assessing threats. Join the discussion on how best to enhance these collaborations.
  Program subject to change without notice.
The Briefings :: A National School Safety Symposium at Columbine
Hampton Inn & Suites Littleton
7611 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO 80127

Please contact the hotel and request the special rate for The Briefings no later than May 25th to receive the group rate. Any new reservation requests received after that date will be offered on a space/rate available basis.

Reservations can be booked by calling the hotel directly or by booking on-line at After the dates are entered, "add special rate codes" should be selected and then the GROUP code ILU should be entered.

The block will begin on June 15th and will continue through June 20th. A combination of deluxe king and deluxe double queen rooms are available at the discounted rate of $129.

A complimentary shuttle will be available for transportation to and from Bear Creek High School, 9800 West Dartmouth Place, Lakewood, CO 80227

Airport Transportation
Super Shuttle: For transportation to and from the airport, there is a discount available through Super Shuttle.

Discount Code: ILYG4

Attendees can also call 1-800-258-3826 (1-800-BLUE-VAN) and use the code.

The Briefings :: A National School Safety Symposium at Columbine

Very powerful! Inspiring! Rejuvenating! A message of hope and resiliency.

This experience was inspirational and personally and professionally motivating on so many levels. It has surpassed any other training, workshop, or presentation I've attended in my career and in my opinion it is imperative that anyone who works in schools be exposed to some or as much of this content as possible. I am grateful and feel truly privileged to have been able to attend this week.

All presenters were excellent and extremely relevant. Their presentations shifted my perspective and caused me to re-evaluate the priority of safety and security on my work.

This was a fantastic gathering. I loved every aspect from the police end to the school officials' contribution to the program.

Thank you all. This has been a life-changing experience for me

I will approach my work very differently in the future.

This gave me the Information to get my administrator's attention to follow through and truly implement the plans and protocols. Especially meaningful scenario-based drills.

I learned how to inspire my community (colleagues, parents, kids...) in our school and to make sure preparedness is a priority at our school.

I learned not to become complacent; that something can happen. Communication, practice, plan.

All of the presentations offered a great perspective for each of the people involved. Their experiences are awesome and unique tools for others to learn from.

The Briefings :: A National School Safety Symposium at Columbine
The Briefings at Columbine sessions qualify for up to two Educator Graduate Credits and up to three CEUs.

Educators can earn up to two Graduate Credits by attending all sessions (four days for 30 hours) at $55/credit.

Continuing Education Units: 1.5 CEUs: $30 (Attend 15 hours)
Continuing Education Units: 3.0 CEUs: $45 (Attend 30 hours)

Register online by going to this link.

Documentation will be provided at The Briefings.
If you're planning to get credit for attending the sessions, please email: for a syllabus, agenda and advance materials.

The Briefings at Columbine sessions qualify for up to 20 hours of Coursework Activity for School Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors.

Appropriate attendance documentation will be provided at The Briefings.

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The Briefings :: A National School Safety Symposium at Columbine
We will not falter.
We will not fail.
We will train harder and harder.
A.J. DeAndrea
Arvada Police Department
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The Briefings :: A National School Safety Symposium at Columbine
Most people won't face a person shooting at them or their children. But there is a larger lesson about preparing yourself to take action in your life.
Dr. David Benke
Deer Creek Middle School

Dr. Benke tackled the gunman at DCMS

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