Life after School Shootings
Kirkland Production Company
Kirkland Productions is an entertainment agency specializing in entertainment, cultural, and educational programs for corporations, government institutions, organizations, colleges and universities across the country. We also provide entertainment, training classes, and workshops to theaters, performing arts centers, and community groups. Kirkland Productions is the exclusive agency representing the premiere speaker’s group of the non-profit Safe and Sound Schools. We pride ourselves on offering professional speakers, trainers, entertainers, quality programs, and the highest level of service to our customers. When you hire your entertainment through Kirkland Productions, you can be assured of personal attention and marketing assistance to help make your program a great success. Kirkland Productions is a 19-year member of the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA).
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GINA KIRKLAND Polesetsky
Gina Kirkland Polesetsky is a graduate of the Gavin de Becker Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy, Gavin de Becker Gavin de Becker is widely regarded as the Nation’s leading expert on the protection of public figures. His work in the prediction and prevention of violence has earned him three Presidential appointments. He is the bestselling author of The Gift of Fear: Survival Signs That Protect Us From Violence, now published in 18 languages.
Gavin de Becker and Associates, claims to protect ‘over 90 of the world’s most prominent families and at-risk individuals’, at a cost of £7,000 a day this firm is out of my price range.
Michele Gay is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Safe and Sound Schools. Following the tragic loss of her daughter, Josephine, in the Sandy Hook School tragedy, Michele joined fellow Sandy Hook mother Alissa Parker to establish Safe and Sound Schools as a national resource for school safety.
CO-FOUNDER OF SAFE AND SOUND SCHOOLS
Alissa is a co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools and the mother of Emilie Parker, one of the 20 children who died tragically in the Sandy Hook School Shootings on December 14, 2012. In the wake of the tragedy, Alissa was moved to engage parents in securing the safety of their children in school.
Frank DeAngelis: RETIRED PRINCIPAL OF COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL
Frank DeAngelis, retired principal of Columbine High School, served as an educator for the Jeffco School District in Littleton Colorado, since 1979, starting as a Social Studies teacher and filling many roles before becoming the Principal in 1996.
SURVIVOR OF THE VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING
Lisa Hamp is a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. With her classmates, she built a barricade to prevent the shooter from entering their classroom. Lisa suffered from untreated PTSD for many years after the Virginia Tech incident.
FBI VETERAN/EXPERT ON ACTIVE SHOOTER & WORKPLACE VIOLENCE
Mr. Jin Kim is widely known as a subject matter expert and material practitioner in active shooter and targeted violence attacks. He retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2018 and is a twenty-three year veteran of the FBI’S NY Division where he served as the Active Shooter Coordinator on the Crisis Management Unit.
POLICE CHIEF AND SAFETY AND SECURITY DIRECTOR
A graduate of Gavin DeBecker’s Advanced Threat Assessment
John Baker serves as the Chief of Police for the Lancaster Lebanon IU13 Police Department and the Safety and Security Director for the IU13 supporting over 90,000 students and 6,000 staff members. Whether teaching situational awareness, how to de-escalate volatile behavior in meetings, or
responding to a violent intruder
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
John has managed or responded to several tragedies and crisis events impacting schools including the 2010 Deer Creek Middle School shooting, the 2012 kidnapping and murder of Jessica Ridgeway, the 2013 Arapahoe
High School shooting, and a shooting at Sheridan High School in 2015.
John McDonald is the Executive Director of Security and Emergency Management for Jeffco Public Schools, and recognized internationally as the architect of the Columbine High School post-tragedy
security and emergency management plan.
FOUNDER OF THE JESSE LEWIS CHOOSE LOVE MOVEMENT
Scarlett Lewis founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement TM after her son was murdered during the Sandy Hook tragedy in December 2012. Shortly after his death, Scarlett became an advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL) that teaches children how to manage their emotions, feel connected, and have healthy relationships. Scarlett works to promote the Choose Love Enrichment Program TM , a free, comprehensive, evidence-based SEL program that empowers educators and their
students to choose love for themselves and others.
FOUNDER OF SAFE2TELL SPECIAL ADVISOR SAFE AND SOUND SCHOOLS
Susan Payne is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Safe2Tell non-profit prevention initiative, developed as a response to the Columbine tragedy in Colorado. Susan, a 28-year law enforcement veteran, served as a Detective at the Colorado Springs Police Department, the first Special Agent with the Colorado Department of Public Safety, and the Director of Safe Schools at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.
She currently trains on digital threat assessment for Safer Schools Together and serves on the National School Safety Consortium. The U.S. Department of Justice, The U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education have recognized Susan as a subject matter expert in school safety, response, recovery and prevention strategies.
LEAD TEACHER AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY
Natalie Hammond taught third grade at Sandy Hook Elementary for thirteen years before becoming the Lead Teacher in the building. In a morning meeting on December 14, 2012, she heard alarming sounds
outside of the main office. She, along with the Principal and School Psychologist, confronted the unknown. Although wounded multiple times during the attack, Natalie survived her injuries.
LEAD INVESTIGATOR FOR THE SANDY HOOK SCHOOL SHOOTING
Daniel Jewiss joined the Connecticut State Police in 1998 where he spent 12 years as a detective in the elite Western District Major Crime Squad investigating numerous felony cases such as homicides, bank
robberies, sexual assaults, financial crimes and-most notably-the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. As the lead investigator for the scene, Dan remains committed to supporting the victims and
the victims’ families. He also travels throughout the U.S. to share his personal analysis and lessons learned from that tragedy with the first responders and school officials in an effort to save lives in the future.
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