About Us

The D-Prep Safety Division is committed to providing quality trainings, consultation, and thought leadership on a variety of physical security and behavioral safety issues facing schools, colleges, workplaces, and law enforcement. Our instructors are chosen for their content knowledge, ability to engage audiences, and scholarship in their areas of expertise. Trainings are supplemented with unique client resource webpages and threat assessment tools built through expert systems models. We pride ourselves on repeat client experiences and strive to consistently deliver materials above and beyond your expectations.

Since 1997, D-Prep has provided training and consulting services for critical incident response, disaster preparation and emergency response to law enforcement personnel,  K-12 school districts, higher education, local governments, and property management companies nationwide. We have taught over 70,000 law enforcement and civilian students who consistently evaluate ours amongst the highest rated classes currently being offered.

Our Work

White Supremacist Violence
Brief BITs
An Educator's Guide to Assessing Threats in Student Writing
The Book on BIT
Understanding and Treating Incels
Best BITs
Ending Campus Violence
A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior
A Guide to Leadership and Management in Higher Education
A Staff Guide to Addressing Disruptive and  Dangerous Behavior on Campus
Harm to Others
The Prevention and Management of Mental Health Emergencies
Uprooting Sexual Violence
The Assessment of BITs

Our Team

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Jeff Solomon

National Director of Safety

jsolomon@dprep.com

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Christopher Brown

Affiliated Consultant

chrisbrown@dprep.com

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Celeste Elsey, MA

Affiliated Consultant

elseyceleste@gmail.com

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Amy Murphy, PhD

Affiliated Consultant

amy.murphy@angelo.edu

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Karen Humphrey Sullins, MS

Affiliated Consultant

karen@helpinghandspcc.org

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Bethany Smith

Chief Technology Officer

bethany@dprep.com

Brian Van Brunt

Brian Van Brunt, EdD

Creative Director

brian@drpep.com

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David Denino, LPC, NCC

Affiliated Consultant

david@daviddenino.com

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Tammy Hodo, PhD

Affiliated Consultant

tammy@allthingsdiverse.com

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Lisa Pescara-Kovach, PhD

Affiliated Consultant

lisa.kovach@utoledo.edu

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Jacques Whitfield, JD

Affiliated Consultant

jwhitfield@cpshr.us

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Amy Troxèl

Customer Relations & Development

amy@dprepsafety.com

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Nina Delgadillo

Assistant Deputy Director of Safety

ndelgadillo@dprep.com

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Joseph Dooley

Affiliated Consultant

jmdool@att.net

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Brendan "Airwolf" Keats

Affiliated Consultant

brendanarthurkeats@gmail.com

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Robert Scholz, MA

Affiliated Consultant

robert@roberttherapy.com

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Joseph Baker

Marketing and Production

joseph@dprep.com

Jeff Solomon

Jeff Solomon

National Director of Safety | jsolomon@dprep.com

After retiring from his 27-year career in law enforcement, Jeff Solomon most recently served as the director of operations for Secure Community Network. Prior to that, he was the vice president of safety initiatives for TNG. Jeff is a nationally recognized expert in school safety and has spoken at various events such as the Wisconsin School Resource Officers Conference, the Department of Justice Conference presenting on “Missing and Abducted Children” in Texas and recently met with the United States Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, to discuss K-12 responses to active shooter events. Jeff previously served on the Advisory Board National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA) and as part of their Threat Institute faculty. Jeff served in law enforcement for 27 years and has an extensive background in the complex field of public safety in the school environment. He has worked for the California State University Police Department and the Grant School District Police Department – six (6) years of which he served as the Chief of Police. Jeff also served as an Interim Chief of Police for a Central Valley California city for a little over a year. In addition, he also worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. During his tenure with Grant School District Police Department, Jeff was responsible for implementing their School Resource Officer program within the Grant School District and he was the architect behind the District’s “Trek to Success” curriculum, a youth team building and mentoring outdoors program. Jeff Solomon holds a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice Management. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) at the Police Executive Research Forum, along with the LAPD’s West Point Leadership program. In 2002, he was named the “Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year” by the California School Resource Officers Association and in 1998 he received a Meritorious Commendation Award for Life Saving while with the Grant School District Police Department.

Dr. Brian Van Brunt

Brian Van Brunt, EdD

Creative Director | brian@dprep.com

Dr. Brian Van Brunt has served as the assistant deputy director for training at Secure Community Network and is the lead content expert for InterACTT.org. Formerly a partner with TNG and the president of NABITA, the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment, Brian has provided consulting services to schools, colleges, and universities across the country and abroad on a wide variety of topics related to threat assessment, student mental health, counseling, campus violence, and behavioral intervention. He has reached well over 150,000 individual staff and faculty at colleges and workplaces across the country through on-site and virtual trainings, and remote, asynchronous training modules on violence, mental health, and suicide prevention. Brian has taught at a number of universities and colleges over his career. He has offered classes in counseling theory, ethics, program evaluation, statistics, and sociology for both graduate and undergraduate students. He has served as the director of counseling at New England College and Western Kentucky University and a graduate professor at the University of Toledo. Brian is a regular speaker for academic conferences around the world. He has presented at dozens of workshops with the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA), National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC), American College Personal Association (ACPA), Association of University College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry (OUD). In addition to authoring several books, he has published numerous articles in academic, peer-reviewed journals and practice-based publications. Brian also developed a mental health crisis guide for study abroad advisors for the American Councils and has written textbook test banks and instructor guides for Pearson Education. Brian is past-president of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) and former president of the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE). He has been interviewed by the New York Times, National Public Radio, LA Times, and USA Today, and has appeared on Headline News and Anderson Cooper 360. He has a doctoral degree in counseling supervision and education from the University of Sarasota/Argosy and a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from Salem State University. Early in his career, Brian provided case management services through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, coordinated involuntary psychiatric commitments for law enforcement and hospital emergency departments, offered medical care as an emergency medical technician (EMT-R) and ski patrol member, and was a registered white water rafting guide in the state of Maine. He is certified in PADI SCUBA, QPR suicide prevention, and BASICS alcohol education.

Nina Delgadillo

Nina Delgadillo

Assistant Deputy Director of Safety | ndelgadillo@dprep.com

Nina Delgadillo is a retired Senior Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, having 25 years of distinguished service, holding top secret clearance, and earning title of Senior Special Agent. Nina is a certified master instructor for ATF at the National Academy in Glynco, GA. There, she instructed courses on explosives investigation, undercover investigation (basic and advanced), interviewing, and train the trainer. Nina conducted complex firearms, narcotics, explosive, and arson investigations, domestic and international terrorism investigations, and undercover investigations. Her significant career investigations include the Unabom investigation, the Williams Brothers investigation (arson of multiple synagogues, a reproductive health center and a double murder), and international terrorism cases following 9/11 with the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Nina’s investigative work has been featured on syndicated shows including Forensic Files, Investigation Discovery, America’s Most Wanted, and Crimes of the Century. Among Nina’s other accomplishments, she is a certified instructor for the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program, a board member and instructor for “Kops and Kids,” a non-profit organization promoting life skills for at-risk youth, and conducted field investigations until joining the San Francisco Field Division staff as the Congressional and Media Affairs representative for Northern California and the state of Nevada. Nina trained law enforcement agencies in crisis media response and best practices. She also supported various states with regional and national media in high profile cases. Nina represented ATF and participated in designated special events such as the Olympic Trials, Super Bowl, PGA, NBA, dignitary protection for presidential candidates, heads of state, and foreign dignitaries. Nina has prepared briefings for federal, state, and local agencies as well as multiple government entities. Following her ATF retirement, Nina became Director of the Office of Safe Schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District, where she managed a 2.8-million-dollar contract with the Sacramento Police Department and directed the district’s use of an online emergency management system. She also led a team of school resource officers, probation officers, and non-sworn personnel. The SRO team was contracted to the district and was charged with the responsibility to maintain a safe and positive environment for 50,000 students, staff members, parents, and members of the surrounding community. The team led with engagement and the goal of providing a safe environment for students. She collaborated with first responding agencies to create and implement geo fencing around all school properties to enhance communication between the school district and first responders and collaborated with numerous stakeholders, including several law enforcement agencies, community organizations, and school districts, as it related to the safety of the district and surrounding communities. In her role, she also developed comprehensive school safety plans, coordinated and trained police, sheriff, and fire personnel in the district’s emergency management system to ensure a seamless response in crisis situations, and developed and trained staff, students, parents, community members, and other school districts in numerous safety related topics. Nina has been active speaker at national school safety conferences and an advisor with national school safety organizations. In 2021, she became the Risk and Safety Coordinator for Schools Insurance Group, a Joint Powers Authority, where she provided specialized guidance related to the coordination of various projects associated with risk management and loss prevention for 34 client school districts and engaged with administrators of client districts, first responders, and the Office of Emergency Services to provide planning, development, and implementation of emergency response protocols. Nina also developed and deployed training to promote safety, mitigate risks, and support positive employee relations and provided oversight and management of Safety Credit Program providing tracking and compliance. Nina applied independent judgement and knowledge of state, local and federal regulations, and legislation to reports, programs and projects, determined corrective actions following inspections and provided recommendations to minimize and reduce risk exposure, and reviewed reports for risk management analysis. Awards / Recognition: - Recipient of ATF’s Distinguished Service Medal; four FBI Director Awards; awards from the United States Department of State, Department of Diplomatic Services, the United States Air Force, Office of Special Investigations; recognized by United States Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign - Recipient of Team Resolution from California State Assembly Member Jim Cooper for Outstanding Efforts in School Safety - Recipient of State Senator Richard Pan’s Unsung Hero Award - Recipient of the City of Sacramento’s Champion of Excellence in Education Award - Recognized by the School Safety Advocacy Council for efforts in advancing school safety - Member of the National Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP)

Chris Brown

Christopher Brown

Affiliated Consultant | chrisbrown@dprep.com

Christopher Brown is a police sergeant with over 15 years of law enforcement experience. He facilitates interactive training and consulting in key areas of public safety on school campuses. He trains on topics including civilian response to active shooter, behavioral intervention teams, social media and cyberbullying, critical incident management for the school environment, and missing persons: college students.

David Denino

David Denino, LPC, NCC

Affiliated Consultant | david@daviddenino.com

David Denino (daviddenino.com) has worked in higher education and college counseling over the past several decades and is director emeritus of counseling services at Southern Connecticut State University. A certified clinical trauma professional, David is also a Red Cross mental health first responder and is the mental health lead for the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. As such, he has assisted with relief efforts for hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey as well as provided mental health support at the Sandy Hook and Las Vegas shootings. He served as the associate director and then director of counseling services for more than 30 years. David also supervised the university’s health services for a two-year period and led a search for a new medical director during that time. He is a past-president of the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA) and has served as an executive board member to the Connecticut Counseling Association and as secretary and treasurer for the American College Counseling Association (ACCA). David’s strengths in higher education management come from a strong background with NASPA, ACPA, the ACCA, and the American Counseling Association (ACA), and from having organized departments with regard to CAS standards. His work in residence life, student centers, career services, graduate teaching, and counseling bring a unique blend of talent to his work. David has presented at many state and national conferences. He is a master trainer of Question Persuade Refer (QPR), having taught the QPR curriculum for several years, and was the key person in bringing the QPR model to the state university system in Connecticut. A certified clinical trauma professional, David is also a Red Cross mental health first responder and is the mental health lead for the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. As such, he has assisted with relief efforts for hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey as well as provided mental health support at the Sandy Hook and Las Vegas shootings. In addition, David created training programs that deal with the issues of suicide and mental health on campus. PASS — short for Prevent Another Student Suicide — is three-hour training that focuses on recognizing suicide warning signs, conducting safety assessments, and providing safety planning for students. PASS training also provides a more in-depth review of depression and suicide, key protective factors, and key factors in managing a suicidal person. Lend a Hand is a three-hour mental health awareness and intervention training that offers the opportunity for campus BITs, student affairs professionals, student conduct officers, faculty members, residential life staff, and other members of the campus community to develop awareness and intervention skills in the areas of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A current adjunct faculty member at Southern Connecticut State University, David has experience teaching graduate courses in counseling theory, student affairs, crisis counseling, lifespan/career development, and internship supervision. David has received numerous awards for his outstanding work, including the 2017 NABITA Meritorious Service Award for his work after hurricane Harvey and Las Vegas shooting; J. Philip Smith Outstanding Teaching Award at SCSU; Red Cross Hero’s award for service as a first responder to Hurricane Katrina; Outstanding Emerging Leader as a member of the Connecticut Counseling Association; Connecticut Counselor of the Year award, and the 2015 ACCA Distinguished Professional Award. He also serves on Connecticut's statewide taskforce for suicide prevention and education.

Chief Joseph Dooley

Joseph Dooley

Affiliated Consultant | jmdool@att.net

Since 2006, Joseph M. Dooley has been Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn. In this position, he leads 28 sworn officers, seven full-time civilian personnel and 24 part-time University Assistants, all of whom are responsible for the safety and security of the university’s 12,000 students, faculty and staff. Prior to joining Southern, Chief Dooley served for 25 years with the Orange, Conn., Police Department, commencing as a patrol officer in 1981. He held that role until 1985, when he began a progression up the department’s hierarchical ladder by being named an investigator with the Investigative Services Unit. This was quickly followed by promotions to Sergeant in 1986 and Lieutenant in 1987, a position he held until 1995 when he was appointed Assistant Chief of Police. In 2002, he was elevated to Chief of Police, where he oversaw a department of 42 sworn and 12 civilian personnel for the next four years. A graduate of Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn., Chief Dooley holds a B.S. degree in criminal justice administration from the University of New Haven and a MBA degree from Southern Connecticut State University. He graduated from the Police Officer Standard Training Academy in Milford, Conn., in 1981 and attended the FBI National Academy 148th Session at Quantico, Va., in 1987. Prior to his appointment as President of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association for 2014-15, Chief Dooley was honored with the Distinguished Chief’s Award presented by the Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut in May, 2006. He also served as President of the Connecticut Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates in 2004-05 and the South Central Chiefs of Police Association in 2009. He is a former board member and Chairman of the Notre Dame High School Board of Directors. Chief Dooley has also been president of St. Mary Church (Milford) Parish Council. In 2013, he was recognized with Notre Dame’s Knight of Honor Award and in 2014, the Connecticut Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame Award. Chief Dooley is a member of the following groups and organizations: International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators; Law Enforcement Executive Development Association; International Association of Chiefs of Police; Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association; New England Chiefs of Police; South Central Chiefs of Police; FBI National Academy Associates Association and National Law Enforcement Associates.

Celeste Elsey, MA

Celeste Elsey, MA

Affiliated Consultant | elseyceleste@gmail.com

Celeste Elsey has a master’s in special education and has been an advanced trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA) for the past 14 years. She has trained parents, caregivers, therapists, social workers and educators across the United States. Celeste leads Greatness Kids Initiative groups, teaching youth how to use NHA in their own lives. She has recently authored a book to share greatness kids activities with the world. Celeste is motivated to promote NHA through her love of public speaking, supporting others to make a positive difference in the lives of children and to ensure that all children feel seen. Celeste’s background in education includes teaching special education in middle school, alternative education in middle school and high school as well being an instructional coach for teachers at all grade levels. She has recently retired from teaching as a special education teacher in a K-8 setting. She and her husband Joe reside in California, have raised 3 boys, have three grandchildren and use NHA in all aspects of their lives.

Dr. Tammy Hodo

Tammy Hodo, PhD

Affiliated Consultant | tammy@allthingsdiverse.com

Dr. Tammy L Hodo is the owner and lead consultant for All Things Diverse (allthingsdiverse.com). She is originally from Milwaukee, WI, which continues to be among the top three most segregated metropolitan statistic areas in America. Her parents married in 1962, which would not be a big deal, except her parents did not match. Tammy’s mother is of German, English, and Welsh descent while her father was African American. She grew up in a predominantly white space on the eastside of Milwaukee. Upon completing high school Tammy enlisted in the U.S. Navy where she served a four-year tour. After receiving her honorable discharge, Tammy began her college journey. Tammy earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Urban Studies, with a minor in Sociology in which she specializations in Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity. Utilizing Critical Race Theory, she interviewed over 45 minority faculty members at a major urban Predominantly White Institute (PWI) of higher education to gain insight into their experiences in a historically white space. Though her interviews she found that departments matter as minority faculty in diverse departments had very different experiences than those who were the only one or one of a few in a department. Tammy has worked in academia for over 18 years in a variety of positions, including faculty and university administrator. Her most recent administrative role was the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a law school where she was responsible for policy development and overall institutional compliance for students, faculty, and staff related to discrimination and harassment. Tammy completed a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology position at the University of North Florida (UNF). She taught Urban Sociology and Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Tammy continues to be active in academia as she writes academic articles relevant to the experiences of minorities in America. Her publications include “Black Scholars’ Speak about Diversity or the Lack Thereof in Academia,” and “When Women Stalk, Sexually Abuse Men: The Hidden Side of Rape, Stalking and Sexual Assault,” which was published by Praeger. Her most recent publications (2021) are two chapters in African American Families: Research, Theory, and Practice, Belgrave, Faye, Goings, Trenette C. & Jones, Heather. Cognella Academic Publishing, CA. Tammy discusses the experiences of African American in the Urban Environment and the Sociological Methodologies that have been used to examine African American Families. She is a TEDx Jacksonville speaker, where she spoke about “The Social Implications of Race.” She has written course content for a major educational vendor on implicit bias and microaggressions that is being used at hundreds of colleges and universities. She has written course content on discrimination for the K-12 school system as well as for corporations. Tammy sits on several boards to include The Jacksonville Urban League and FemArt. She established All Things Diverse LLC in 2018 to educate the masses about the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion. All Things Diverse, LLC provides consulting services to businesses, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and government entities who value diversity and want to develop a high performing inclusive workforce. All Things Diverse, LLC is dedicated to helping organizations realize the full potential that can only be achieved through deliberate action. The company is committed to helping its clients create a workplace culture of belonging where everyone can thrive.

Brendan Keats

Brendan "Airwolf" Keats

Affiliated Consultant | brendanarthurkeats@gmail.com

Brendan Keats is currently a criminal investigator for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in Sarasota, Florida. Prior to a career in law enforcement, Brendan worked in public school education as a K-12 general and special education teacher. While an educator, Brendan created and implemented school lockdown procedures and curriculum for staff members and students, managed monthly safety drills in coordination with local law enforcement agencies and facilitated a school safety team to ensure campus security. After his transition into law enforcement, Brendan became a criminal investigations detective responsible for investigating major crimes within Sarasota County, Florida. Brendan partnered with community stakeholders where he handles community relations between community members and local law enforcement. Brendan holds a M.A. degree in Administration and Educational Leadership. He is a graduate of the PEAK Credibility Assessment Training Center and holds an advanced certification in Psychophysiological Detection of Deception. Brendan holds several field related certifications in Crisis Intervention Training and Advanced training in Interviews and Interrogations. In 2020, Brendan received the “Law Enforcement of the Month Award” and the “Meritorious Achievement Award” from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. In 2021, Brendan received the “Congressional Law Enforcement Dedication and Professionalism Award.”

Dr. Amy Murphy

Amy Murphy, PhD

Affiliated Consultant | amy.murphy@angelo.edu

Dr. Amy Murphy serves as an associate professor of student development and higher education leadership at Angelo State University. She is also the program coordinator for the M.Ed. in student development and leadership in higher education as well as the graduate certificate in academic advising, both fully online programs. Amy has been in the role of full-time, tenure-track faculty member at Angelo State since 2016. In this role, she regularly designs and teaches courses on educational law, student affairs administration, program administration and assessment, and academic advising. The degree program is nationally recognized and ranked among the best in the U.S. for quality and affordability by multiple online higher education guides. Amy writes and presents to campus practitioners and educators on behavioral intervention, sexual misconduct, student conduct, threat and violence risk assessment, and other student affairs issues and topics. She co-authored A Staff Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior On Campus and Uprooting Sexual Violence in Higher Education. Her research includes the joint development of the ERIS: Extremist Risk Intervention Scale as well as other tools and resources for behavioral intervention teams in schools and universities. She has authored more than 10 different book chapters and several peer-reviewed journal articles on related topics. Amy is a past president of NABITA, the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment, and past managing editor of the Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention (J-BIT). During her time on the NABITA advisory board, she supported the development of standards for behavioral intervention teams and for case management practices through her research and writing. Amy has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and student affairs. She is formerly the dean of students and managing director of the Center for Campus Life at Texas Tech University. Her experiences include chair of the school’s behavioral intervention team, oversight of prevention and response activities for gender-based violence and discrimination as the deputy Title IX coordinator for students, as well as administrative involvement in student conduct, disability services, counseling, and enrollment management. Amy provided leadership to a wide array of co-curricular and extracurricular student involvement activities, including a system of more than 450 registered student organizations, including 50 inter/national fraternities and sororities. Amy’s experiences in postsecondary education include diverse involvement in a number of complex and transformative projects, including a task force for Greek culture and task force for sexual harassment and sexual assault, new academic program proposal and development, strategic enrollment planning, and many special projects dedicated to the creation of innovative, research-based services and programs. Amy received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from Texas Tech University in 2010. She currently lives and works in San Angelo, TX.

Lisa Pescara-Kovach

Lisa Pescara-Kovach, PhD

Affiliated Consultant | lisa.kovach@utoledo.edu

Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach is a professor of educational psychology at The University of Toledo where she also serves as the Director of the Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide and Chair of the Mass Violence Collaborative. Lisa has her B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Experimental Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a minor in Child Clinical Psychology. In addition to her work at the university, she serves on the advisory boards for the International Alliance for CARE and Threat Teams (InterACTT) as well as the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA). Dr. Pescara-Kovach’s international and national level peer-reviewed and invited presentations include, but are not limited to, the topics of suicides and homicides related to bullying victimization, behavioral threat assessment, and school, campus, and workplace shootings. Lisa has a forthcoming book along with Dr. Brian Van Brunt and Jeffrey Solomon, titled, White Supremacist Violence: Understanding the Resurgence and Stopping the Spread. Her most recent publications address media contagion in connection to suicides and targeted shootings as well as the mental health and mass shooting myth. She is also a web content creator for Navigate 360 (formerly the ALICE Training Institute). Within the regional community, Dr. Pescara-Kovach has served as the region’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Fundamentals of Mental Health trainer since 2014 and is the co-founder and director of the Northwestern Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management team. Her work on media contagion, female shooters, threat assessment, and post-mass shooting mental health has been featured in Salon, The Hill, the Californian, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and the Colorado Sun.

Robert Scholz

Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC

Affiliated Consultant | robert@roberttherapy.com

Robert Scholz, MA, (www.RobertTherapy.com) is a licensed psychotherapist in California and Arizona, as well as a consultant and trainer throughout the United States. He has served in many clinical and leadership roles over the past 25 years, working in university, community mental health, forensic and private practice settings. Robert is well-known for his work as a trainer and consultant in assisting schools/ universities and communities respond to major crisis events like wildfires, mass shootings, deaths of students/ employees and responding to sexual and other types of interpersonal violence. Trained in group and individual critical incident debriefing, Robert is often invited into communities after acts of violence and other traumatic events to help leaders and community members process and cope with extraordinarily difficult events. He serves as the clinical supervisor for the Route 91 So Cal Heals project, https://giveanhour.org/route91/, which provides case management, peer support and support group care for survivors and family members impacted by the Las Vegas and Borderline Nightclub mass shootings. Robert's engaging, evidence-based and entertaining presentation style translates well when he presents to professionals in education, mental health, criminal justice and corporate settings, but also makes him very accessible when speaking with groups of with parents, teens and young adults. As a corporate consultant and trainer, Robert collaborates with human resource directors to help problem-solve challenging employee situations and develop company-wide interventions to assist with change initiatives. Certified and trained additionally as an executive coach, Robert provides leadership training and executive coaching to mid to high level management team members of universities, mental health corporations and other workplaces. With extensive training and experience in the fields of risk and threat assessment, Robert has also served as an advisor to school, university and workplace threat assessment teams. Robert has an extensive history in higher education settings, serving as an administrator in offices of housing and residential life, director of disability services, assistant director of counseling and outreach, and coordinator of alcohol and drug programs. In his time at Pepperdine University, he also helped to develop their campus-wide sexual assault prevention initiatives, as well as co-create, with athletic dept. staff, their student care team for student-athletes. Robert has extensive experience training staff, faculty, and student staff on the topics of suicide prevention/ intervention, bystander intervention, trauma-informed care, managing challenging conversations and de-escalating crises. Robert has served as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology for over 20 years, teaching courses on substance abuse treatment and forensic psychology. Robert has served as an advisory board member for several organizations, including most recently the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA). A respected writer, Robert co-authored the book Engaging Resistance, a best-seller in the forensic psychology field, and has authored several other publications on the topics of men’s mental health, treating mandated clients, addiction and best practices in disaster mental health. Robert is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and regularly provides motivational interviewing training and consultation for a variety of criminal justice, education and mental health/ addiction treatment groups. Outside of work, Robert, especially, values time with his wife, son, extended family and friends. A life-long athlete, Robert can often be found on some type of athletic field, in the ocean or hiking the mountain trails of Southern California.

Karen Humphrey Sullins

Karen Humphrey Sullins, MS, LPC, NCC

Affiliated Consultant | karen@helpinghandspcc.org

Karen Sullins is a facilitator for Symbis Pre-Marital therapy. She is FEMA trained, a licensed Red Cross disaster mental health volunteer for the AL/MS and Caribbean regions, receiving advanced training in the areas of incident command/mass casualty, crisis response, compassion fatigue, threat for violence, violence prevention, and anti-human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She is active shooter-active killer certified. She is train-the-trainer instructor certified in mental health first aid to aide persons in crisis adults, youth, and first responders. Mrs. Sullins is the regional mental health coordinator for Reloveution's 'Project Respite' which serves first responders and healthcare workers responding to the covid19 pandemic by providing free, confidential listening sessions nationwide and in other countries. Karen is passionate about serving people and is open to partnering with community leaders and like-minded organizations, promoting wellness, safety, and a spirit of excellence in the community through education, advocacy, and being prepared for adversities.

Jacques Whitfield

Jacques Whitfield, JD

Affiliated Consultant | jwhitfield@cpshr.us

Jacques Whitfield is a seasoned human resources executive with over 20 years of experience in human resources management. Whitfield recently completed a six year tenure as the chief human resources officer for the Yuba Community College District. Whitfield was responsible for the management and oversight of the human resources operations for the district and is credited with revitalizing and streamlining the human resource operations for the Yuba Community College District. Whitfield is a subject matter expert in performance management, employee engagement and state and federal EEO compliance matters. He is highly accomplished in successfully working with others to develop professional skills and improve employee effectiveness through training and development. Whitfield is a frequent speaker, trainer and presenter.

Joseph Baker

Joseph Baker

Marketing and Production | joseph@dprep.com

Joseph Baker is a marketing consultant and event producer. He works with businesses and nonprofits to help them take their marketing and events to the next level. From promoting online seminars to producing sold-out conferences to capturing educational content for distribution, Joseph brings a spirit of excellence and strategy to each project he engages. Originally from California, Joseph now resides in the Dallas, TX Metroplex.

Bethany Van Brunt

Bethany Smith

CTO | bethany@dprep.com

Bethany Smith (she/her/hers) worked as a programmer and software developer for 10 years before taking time off to raise her family. She then founded Looking Glass Consulting and Design, offering web design and automated systems design for assessment and intervention tools. Looking Glass provides customized technology solutions by taking the time to understand not just the problem at hand, but the larger context and design elements needed to reach the goals of the end users. From grant development to innovative technology solutions including interactive graphics, learning management system design and online database and retrieval, she has assisted her clients in bringing their visions to life in a creative, accessible and effective manner. Bethany also serves as the CEO of the International Association for CARA and Threat Teams (InterACTT), a woman owned subscription-based service for educational, workplace and law enforcement settings. She brings her brand of personal management skills with a focus on collaborative planning, coordination and, above all, ensuring the customers experience is positive one. By bringing together a multidisciplinary team of educators, advocates, counselors, instructors and law enforcement, Bethany connects technology with subject matter experts to create a unique approach to providing resources, guidance and community to those working in these fields.

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Amy Troxèl

Customer Relations and Development | amy@dprepsafety.com

Amy Troxèl has worked in the public relations space, building client relationships, and supporting content creators. With a background in social work, she coordinates our testimonial page for teaching and consulting engagements.