D·PREP provides a wide range of instructional classes and consultation services for law enforcement, educational organizations, and first responders. All of our instructors/consultants are subject matter experts in their respective fields.
In addition to these classes and services, we provide agency, company and district specific classes. We customize and conduct drills for law enforcement agencies, school districts, individual schools, local governments, property management companies and building managers.
All of our classes are certified for law enforcement in the State of California by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Most are also certified by the Board of State and Community Corrections (STC). Many are certified by DHS and qualify for funding through grants or federally funded agencies. We have taught these classes or sections of these classes to over 100,000 law enforcement and civilian students. Our classes continue to be evaluated by participants as amongst the highest rated classes currently being offered by POST, STC & DHS
Sgt. Elmo Banning (ret.)
President & CEO
Sergeant Elmo Banning is veteran officer with the Sacramento City Police Department. During his 28-year career he was assigned to a variety of positions. He served for over 10 years in the Patrol/Field Operations Division as an officer and a sergeant. He has an extensive investigative background and served over 18 years in the Detective Division, 13 of which as a supervisor in the Narcotics Division.
He has attended several specialized schools over the years and is a graduate of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy, located in Quantico, Virginia. The California Narcotic Officers’ Association has recognized him twice as the “Narcotic Officer of the Year.”
Sergeant Banning has been certified by the University of California at Davis to instruct Department of Homeland Security courses and is a certificated instructor for the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training.
Sergeant Banning instructed at the California State Department of Justice’s Advanced Training Center for over 17 years. Sergeant Banning instructed for a number of years at the Regional Counter-Drug Training Academy located at the Meridian Naval Air Station in Mississippi. Sergeant Banning is an adjunct instructor for Humboldt State University and for the State Center Community College District located in Fresno, Ca.
Sergeant Banning presents DPrep’s Critical Incident Response Courses a national level and has taught throughout the entire United States.
In October of 2010, Sergeant Banning was selected to serve as an Advisory Committee Member to the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training and continues to serve in that capacity.
Sergeant Banning has been involved in a number of critical incidents as a first responding field supervisor and as the shift watch commander. He brings a unique perspective of education, professional instructor qualifications and real-life experiences to his presentations. Sergeant Banning retired in July of 2008 and now resides Sacramento, California.
Lt. John Kane (ret.)
Director & Founder
Lt. John Kane worked as a police officer in the City of Sacramento for almost twenty-seven years. During his career, he worked almost every assignment you can have as a police officer.
Lt. Kane has an extensive military background. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army at the age of nineteen and served in an Infantry Company with the 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1968 through 1969. He commanded a Military Police Company for almost five years in the Army Reserves; and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor and was wounded in combat and holds two Purple Hearts.
Lt. Kane has both a master’s and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, majoring in criminal justice/government. He is currently an associate professor at Cal State Long Beach, teaching emergency planning and management along with leadership and management classes in the Graduate School of Emergency Management. For twelve years he has been on the faculty of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA, as an adjunct instructor teaching at their Emergency Management Institute, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy course as a Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, and the FEMA Incident Command System – Train the Trainers course, along with many other schools. He was chosen by FEMA in May 2000 to write the Terrorism First Response Lesson Plan for Law Enforcement that is now used to teach officers nationwide how to respond to a terrorist attack. Lt. Kane was a contributing author, along with several other nationally recognized instructors from FEMA, in a recently published book entitled, Terrorism: Defensive Strategies For Individuals, Companies And Governments.
He has served on the California Governor’s Committee of Law Enforcement Specialists in the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) for over three years. While on this committee he helped to write and develop the book The California Law Enforcement Guide for Emergency Operations. He also wrote the 2005 update project for this book. In March 2002, Lt. Kane was the single recipient of the most prestigious award in California for a law enforcement instructor: The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Peace Officer Training, for his work in disaster and critical incident response training.
Lt. Kane has commanded over fifty critical incidents and was the incident commander at the April 1995 Unabomber attack in Sacramento. After a five-year research project, he founded his own company, D-PREP, LLC. In 1996, he developed a four-day course entitled Disaster Preparation and Management.
Director, Traffic/Data Division
David Haradon is a retired sergeant with the Sacramento Police Department. He spent over 22 years working a variety of assignments including Patrol, Investigations, Internal Affairs, and Traffic. David is also a solution specialist with CI-Technolgies, where he helps agencies across the country collect and report on data collected on employees including complaints, use of force incidents, and wellness indicators. David is the lead instructor for our DUI Checkpoint Planning and Management course as well as our Preliminary Alcohol Screening (Calibration and Operation) course. David's experience working with data also lead to the creation of a new set of classes related to Data Narration (coming soon). David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Davis, in Agricultural and Managerial Economics.
Chief Jim Hyde (ret.)
Director, Peer Support Division
Jim Hyde was the police chief for the Antioch Police Department. He has 31 years of law enforcement experience with the Novato, Sacramento, Davis, and Antioch Police Departments. Chief Hyde has a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from the University of South Dakota, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Professional School of Psychology, Sacramento. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Delinquency Control Institute. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the Police Executive Research Forum. Chief Hyde is a certified executive coach and he is also a doctoral student studying organizational psychology. He teaches contemporary law enforcement issues for the State of California’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Program. Chief Hyde is also a co-founder and past president of the West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat (WCPR). The WCPR is a trauma treatment program for emergency service professionals from Guam to London. He was the co-coordinator of the Sacramento Police Department’s Peer Support Program for 14 years. He has taught and developed peer support programs for law enforcement agencies throughout the country for the past 20 years. He is a member of the Sacramento Regional Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. For the past 8 years, Chief Hyde has provided volunteer trauma recovery consulting to the California National Guard by helping to develop a Peer Support Program for California soldiers deploying to and returning from the Middle East. He is currently working with the Department of Defense to expand the California National Guard’s Peer To Peer Program nationwide. He has been a presenter for the 2008 and 2009 Department of Defense/VA National Suicide Prevention Conference. He is the recipient of the California National Guard’s Medal of Merit in 2007. He is also the recipient of the Association of the United States Army’s Patrick Henry Distinguished Service Award in 2007.
Director, Safety Division
Bethany Smith (she/her) serves as the director of the Safety Division, developing and managing their online presence, expert systems, and supplemental materials. Bethany worked with Dr. Brian Van Brunt to develop the Pathways risk rubric and the DarkFox violence risk assessment. She also owns Looking Glass Consulting and Design, which 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 is the co-author of White Supremacist Violence: Understanding the Resurgence and Stopping the Spread and contributed to Understanding and Treating Incels and An Educator’s Guide to Assessing Threats in Student Writing.
Bethany also serves as the CEO of the International Association for CARE and Threat Teams (InterACTT), a 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.
Sgt Mike Henkle (ret.)
Director, Corrections Division
Sgt. Henkle worked for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department for over 17 years and was medically retired due to an injury sustained while on duty. He has worked at every detention facility within the Sheriff’s Department, including the Branch Jail before it was closed in the early 1990’s. His last assignment prior to retirement was as the Training Unit Supervisor. He held this position for the last seven years of his career.
He worked every floor in every facility as a correctional officer, as well as being a Jail Training Officer for two years prior to promoting to sergeant. As a sergeant, he supervised every facility and was also the administrative sergeant for two years. After that, he became the Training Unit Supervisor for the next seven years. He was a sergeant for eleven of his seventeen years with the department.
During his time in the Training Unit, he served as the Correctional Academy Coordinator and has taught most subjects within the academy. He is a certified instructor in Chemical Agents, Pepperball, Expandable Baton, Simunitions, Firearms, Sling Systems, Diversionary Devices and Less Lethal Impact Munitions. He has conducted several high intensity tactical training scenarios for his department’s first responders and SERT team. From 2003-2016 he was a Master Instructor for Pepperball Technologies, Inc. He has instructed courses with the Pepperball Systems throughout numerous agencies in California and Nevada.
He is also the Corrections Division Director of D-Prep, Inc. He has also been an instructor with D-Prep since 2008. He teaches the Critical Incident Management in Corrections for Supervisors and Managers, for Executives, and for Correctional Officers, Leadership Principles for Supervisors, and Report Writing and Courtroom Testimony.
Sgt. Henkle has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and a minor in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno. He is a full time Coordinator/Instructor with the State Center Community College District—Fresno City College Police Academy. He currently teaches in the Supervisors CORE course and the Juvenile Correctional Officer and Probation Officer CORE courses. He teaches Report Writing Review, Leadership Styles, Ethics, Training, Investigations and Role Transition in the Supervisor CORE. He teaches Courtroom Testimony, Emergency Planning, Legal Foundations, Criminal Justice System and Process, and Trauma in the JCO and PO CORE
He was appointed as one of the team leaders for the department’s Critical Incident Command teams. He has participated in several major critical incidents and training drills in the field and in the detention facilities; from being the Incident Commander, Operations OIC, and Logistics OIC. He has served in these capacities during the following situations: a barricaded gunman/hostage, active shooters, suicides, forest fires, loss of facility water, and loss of facility power, and search and rescues. He has taught the Incident Command System to management, supervisors and line officers in patrol and corrections. For six years he was a department coordinator for the Peer Counseling Program where he conducted or coordinated Critical Incident Stress Debriefings. He has led or coordinated with mental health professionals the debriefings for Officer Involved Shootings, Line of Duty Deaths, Officer Deaths, and Suicides.
He was very involved in youth sports within his community. He is a past president of the youth soccer league, past commissioner for a girl’s travel softball team. He coached softball about 8 months out of the year, including doing travel softball during the summer and fall. Along with coaching softball, he also coached girls’ basketball, and most recently youth rugby for six years. He coached youth sports for 20 years up until 2019.
Director, Hostage Negotiations, Internal Affairs, & Officer Involved Shootings Divisions
Debra Salvo is a retired police officer from Folsom Police Department. Debra began her career in Sutter County as a correctional officer for a small women’s prison in 1992 and then moved on to Sutter County Sheriff as a reserve correctional officer for 3 years. Debra was assigned to Bailiff, transportation and jail duties while at the sheriff’s department. Debra also attended and worked for the Yuba College Administration of Justice Department as an instructional assistant for law enforcement and correctional related classes.
Debra attended the police academy in 1995 and then went on to work as a police officer, field training officer and background investigator for the Sacramento State University Police Department.
In 2004 Debra was hired with the Folsom Police Department as a police officer where she worked until she retired in 2021. While working at the Folsom Police Department, Debra was assigned to several specialty positions. Debra was assigned to the following positions: Field Training Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, Crisis Negotiator, Peer Support, Public Information Officer, Master Officer, Mounted Officer, Detective (Persons Crimes), and retired after four years as a training manager.
Debra has an associate degree in administration of justice and has attended multiple training classes and received numerous certificates throughout the years related to law enforcement.
Debra has taught for several years within her agency and the community covering a variety of law enforcement related subjects.
While working as a detective in the persons crimes unit, Debra was assigned to attend the Sacramento County Domestic Violence Prevention Collaboration and eventually became an active member who organized numerous training events related to Domestic Violence and held the position of chair and co-chair for multiple years.
Debra has been working with D-Prep for several years as a role player and department liaison prior to accepting the position as Division Director.
Debra has over 29 years of experience and has a broad spectrum of knowledge and training, which enables her to educate and coordinate effectively.
Debra retired in 2021 and currently lives in El Dorado County, California.
Brian Van Brunt, EdD
Director of Behavior & Threat Management, Safety Division
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., has served as the assistant deputy director for training at Secure Community Network and is the lead content expert for InterACCT, the International Association for CARE and Threat Teams. 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 schools, 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.
Instructors and Consultants
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
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.”
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
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.
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
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.
Tammy Hodo, PhD
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
Dr. Tammy L Hodo is the owner and lead consultant for All Things Diverse. 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.
Amy Murphy, PhD
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
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.
Robert Scholz, MA
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
Robert Scholz, MA, 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, 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 Sullins, MS, LPC, NCC
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
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.
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
Charlie Taylor is an affiliated consultant at DPrep Safety. Charlie is certified in Crime Prevention Through Instructional Design (CPTED) and is a suicide prevention gatekeeper instructor through the Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) program. Charlie has a long career history in personal management, interviewing, conflict resolution, hiring practices, performance improvement planning and employee termination. He has certification in Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response (100, 200), National Incident Management System (700, 800) and is a firearm instructor and competitive shooter with the National Rifle Association. Working in tandem with our DPrep Safety team members with expertise in psychology, law enforcement and threat assessment, Charlie supports DPrep Safety with interviews, physical security data gathering, and assessments as well training in situational awareness and all-hazard response during natural and manmade disasters.
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
Chris Usher has over twenty years of experience in law enforcement, government, non-profit, and security management in private security sectors. He has worked with the United State Marine Corp, U.S. Department of State, Department of Labor, as well as Fortune 500 companies. His experience includes creating, implementing, and directing holistic security programs focused on safety, protection, physical security, counterintelligence, crisis management, disaster recovery, and training.
Chris’ work and responsibilities with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington in coordination with Secure Community Network, several large corporations and the Department of Labor, US Job Corps, included facilitating security concerns thru consultation, education and training as well as physical security assessments; maintaining and creating effective partnerships with local, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency management agencies; implementing a nation-wide emergency communications system; monitoring intelligence related to terrorism and public safety; and assisting with the coordination of security for major events.
As a Special Agent with the US State Department Diplomatic Security Service, Chris served as Assistant Regional Security Officer in Libya and as the protection team lead for the Secretary of State, coordinating and providing security for the Secretary in over 35 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe.
Chris served honorably as a United States Marine for 8 years, both domestic and internationally, operating with law enforcement, having served with US Marine Guard Forces at US Embassies in Germany and Myanmar.
Baron Brown, EdD, MPA, MBA
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
Dr. Baron Brown is a deeply experienced professional in the areas of leadership, law enforcement, public policy, national security and equity-related workplace issues. As a former diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer for a southern CA city, he brings both his civil rights and investigative experience from the challenging fields of law enforcement, military operations and higher education at the community college and university levels. Baron has supervised and managed in a large law enforcement agency, and served as an advocate and investigator in discrimination cases. This municipal experience in the areas of diversity, equity and policy were complemented by 12+ years of experience in the U.S. military as a civil rights officer and 3 years as a personnel officer. He is a well-established orator and has served as a public speaker for several non-profit organizations. Baron is impassioned about equity, humanity, and opportunity in higher education, having retired from a Hispanic serving institution (HSI) and visited 31 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in his doctoral work covering equity and opportunity and the sense of belonging for historically underserved minority students matriculating through higher education institutions.
David Denino, LPC, NCC
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
David Denino 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.
Sgt. Susan Feenstra (ret.)
Sgt. Susan Feenstra is currently assigned as the Employee Services Unit Peer Support Coordinator for the Sacramento Police Department. Sgt. Feenstra was one of the original founders of the Sacramento Police Department's Peer Support Program and has been the Program Coordinator for the past 21 years. Sgt. Feenstra has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Sacramento. She has received numerous awards for her work in Problem Oriented Policing, including an award from the Attorney General of the State California for her innovative work in this area. Sgt. Feenstra has help start and guide at least 18 other law enforcement agencies in starting or expanding Peer Support Programs, including the Sacramento Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol, California State Police, and California Department of Motor Vehicles. Sgt. Feenstra was named the 1995 Woman Peace Officer of the Year for California, the Jaycee's 1995 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and the YWCA's 1995 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. She currently teaches Peer Support and Critical Incidents at the Sacramento Police Academy and other organizations. Sgt. Feenstra is a critical incident stress debriefer certified through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
Sgt. Tim Hunter (ret.)
Tim Hunter retired from the Sacramento Police Department as a sergeant in 2007 after a 28-year career. He was a crisis negotiator for 15 years, spending the last 14 years as a team leader. Tim served on the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Committee for the Crisis Negotiations component of AB 991; he has worked on several other POST SWAT training projects.
Tim has served for 6 years as the Conference Chair for the California Association of Hostage Negotiators and was a board member for 10 years. He has instructed various Crisis Negotiations courses for D-Prep, Inc. since 2004.
Tim attended the two-week National Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Course in Manchester, England in 2019. Tim is one of a select group of United States law enforcement crisis negotiators to have been invited to attend this class. He has presented at CAHN events statewide, at the 2021 Midwest Crisis Negotiators Conference, at the California Tactical Dispatcher Association’s annual conference, and he presented Crisis Negotiations curriculum at the first annual Negotiator’s Conference at the Beijing People’s Police College in 2004.
Tim worked at the UC Davis Police Department for 5-years in a variety of assignments, the last being his favorite. Tim worked as an Outreach Officer; he was involved in forming and running the Cadet Academy, where UCD seniors participated in an abbreviated academy before testing for open positions in the Department. Several former student cadets are now working across the state in various law enforcement agencies.
Lisa Pescara-Kovach, PhD
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
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 Bethany Van Brunt 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.
Sgt. Wayne Spees (ret.)
Wayne Spees retired as a Detective Sergeant after a 31-year career at the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). His areas of expertise include threat assessment and site security; executive protection; personal safety; and training. In addition to his time in gangs, narcotics, and juvenile investigations, Wayne served 9 years on SWAT and 15 years as a Team Leader for the Emergency Negotiation Team.
In his last assignment, Wayne was assigned to the SDPD Criminal Intelligence Unit, where his responsibilities included international and domestic terror groups and threat assessment investigations. He also provided dignitary protection and site security assessments, and worked details with the U.S. Secret Service, protecting the President, Vice President, and other high-ranking members of the government. On a local level, Wayne has worked protective details for the Governor, Mayor, and several celebrities. He has extensive experience in personal and site security.
As a state-recognized expert in hostage/crisis negotiations, Wayne Spees is a graduate of the FBI’s National Crisis Negotiation Course at Quantico, Virginia. He also attended and graduated from the Scotland Yard National Hostage/Crisis Negotiation Course at Hendon and the Force Management of Kidnap and Extortion for Negotiators Course at the Ryton College of Policing in England. He teaches negotiation skills to police officers throughout the state of California, drawing from his 24+ years of combined critical incident experience as a SWAT operator and Crisis Negotiations Team Leader. He is a regular presenter at the annual California Association of Hostage Negotiators’ Conference. Wayne has also taught police tactics for 31 years, instructing more than 10,000 officers in subjects such as active shooter response, response to ambush, surveillance and counter-surveillance, and officer safety. He developed SDPD’s original Active Shooter response training and is still instructing the subject at the police academy. Additionally, he has worked with Special Forces of the United States military to assist operators in working undercover assignments.
Wayne has presented seminars to several public and private companies in San Diego. His crisis de-escalation training includes sharing communication skills that are invaluable when dealing with people who are angry, upset, and even suicidal, while his response to active shooter training discusses situational awareness and safety measures to increase survival in such an event. Wayne earned a B.S. in Administration of Justice from Pennsylvania State University. He also holds numerous training certificates and instructor credentials in police-related fields.
Lt. Tom Sweeney (ret.)
Tom Sweeney is a retired Sacramento Police Department Lieutenant and the Division Director of the Hostage Negotiations / Internal Affairs Division of D-Prep, Inc. He spent 32 years with the Sacramento Police Department serving the Sacramento Community. During his career, Tom spent nearly twelve years as a Patrol Watch Commander; commanded the Special Investigations Division for three years; was the commander of the Sacramento Police Department’s hostage negotiations team; served as the back-up for the full-time SWAT commander; and spent over five years on both the Sacramento Police Officers Association and the Sacramento City Exempt Employees Association Boards, with a combined four years spent as Vice President at the two Associations. Tom has taught crisis negotiations response and management to hundreds of law enforcement officers and managers across the country. He is currently training and consulting on Crisis Negotiations, Internal Affairs, leadership, and other topics.
Chris Taylor, PhD
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
Dr. Chris Taylor, a 30 year veteran of higher education, serves as the dean of students and chief student affairs officer at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he has responsibility for counseling and wellness, student advocacy, student union and programs, recreational sports, residence life, and student conduct. He also chairs the university CARE and threat team.
Chris's research interests are in the areas of masculinities, ethical development in men, fraternities, student development, and violent extremism. He has served on the leadership team for the Association of Student Conduct Administrators, and has been a member of NASPA, ACPA, ACUHO-I, and the American Men's Studies Association. He is a trained Title IX adjudicator and has also worked with D Stafford and Associates as a national Clery Act consultant.
He has presented on a variety of topics including gender based violence, the Clery Act, FERPA, men and masculinities, masculinity in fraternities, the incel movement, and a variety of topics related to student conduct.
He co-authored the book Understanding and Treating Incels: Case Studies, Guidance, and Treatment of Violence Risk in the Involuntary Celibate Community as well as a chapter in Men and Masculinities: Theoretical Foundations and Promising Practices for Supporting College Men's Development.
Chris has a PhD from Miami University in Student Affairs in Higher Education and a Master's degree from Ball State University in Higher Education Administration.
Jacques Whitfield, JD
Affiliated Consultant, Safety Division
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.