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This week-long symposium, held at Columbine High School in Littleton, 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.

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 Columbine 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.

New: Two Graduate Credits or three Continued Education Credits available for educators. For counselors or social worksrs there are 20 hours of Coursework Activity available. Find out more.

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.

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.

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 received 5 Medals for Valor, 2 Medals for Distinguished Service, 2 Medals for Meritorious Service, 2 unit citations and numerous commendations. In 2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 A.J. was honored as the "Police Officer of the Year" through the Primo Awards. In 2007 he also received an Honorable Mention for Police Officer of the Year through the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Parade Magazine.

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).

Principal (Retired)
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.

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
Warrior Science Group

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world's foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.

Col. Grossman is a former West Point psychology professor, Professor of Military Science, and an Army Ranger who has combined his experiences to become the founder of a new field of scientific endeavor, which has been termed “killology.” In this new field Col. Grossman has made revolutionary new contributions to our understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, the root causes of the current "virus" of violent crime that is raging around the world, and the process of healing the victims of violence, in war and peace.

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.

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.

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.


John Nicoletti received his doctorate in psychology from Colorado State University. Dr. Nicoletti is a Clinical/Police Psychologist who specializes in identifying, assessing and defusing attack related behaviors and violence in various workplaces, campuses and schools. In his other area of specialization, he provides on-site psychological screenings and consultations at the U.S. bases of McMurdo and the South Pole in Antarctica.

Dr. Nicoletti has written three books in the areas of violence, entitled Violence Goes to Work (1994); Violence Goes to College (2001), published by Charles C. Thomas; and Violence Goes to School (2002), National Education Services.

Dr. Nicoletti provides national training and consultation to various university campuses and school districts. He also consults nationally to various state and federal law enforcement agencies and private corporations. In addition, he is also called upon to conduct individual direct and indirect risk assessments for campuses and corporations. Dr. Nicoletti was on-scene at the April 20, 1999 Columbine school shooting and also responded to the Platte Canyon High School shooting in September 2006. He also provides training for parents of young children on stranger awareness and personal safety. Dr. Nicoletti is on the Colorado Governor’s Task Force on Expert Emergency Response and is past Chair of the Police Psychologist Section for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Dr. Nicoletti also works with Lockheed Martin doing Risk Assessments. Most recently Nicoletti-Flater Associates have been specializing in assisting departments in training and supervising the new generation employees.

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 BRE should be entered.

The block will begin on June 14th and will continue through June 19th. 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.

  • 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 are only open to educators, administrators, school or higher education safety personnel, law enforcement or critical stakeholders. All applicants must be with, or endorsed by, a recognized school, district, institution of higher education, department or agency.
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