Our Instructors

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, Ed.D.

Affiliated Consultant | brian@dprep.com

Dr. Brian Van Brunt is the assistant deputy director for training at Secure Community Network and the lead content expert for InterACTT. 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 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 recently left his position as a partner with TNG and the president of NABITA, the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment. During his time there, he provided consulting services to schools, colleges, and universities across the country and abroad on a wide variety of topics related to student mental health, counseling, campus violence, and behavioral intervention. 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.

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Nina Delgadillo

Affiliated Consultant | 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)

Dr. Tammy Hodo

Tammy Hodo, Ph.D.

Affiliated Consultant | tammy@allthingsdiverse.com

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.

David Denino

David Denino

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. 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.

Dr. Amy Murphy

Amy Murphy, Ph.D.

Affiliated Consultant | amy.murphy@angelo.edu

Dr. Amy Murphy serves as an assistant 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.

Jacques Whitfield

Jacques Whitfield, J.D.

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.

Bethany Van Brunt

Bethany Van Brunt

CTO | bethany@dprep.com

Bethany Van Brunt (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.

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.