Scott Rothermel

R/Cst. Scott Rothermel is currently the Safe School Coordinator for the Kootenay Lake School District #8 and is a trainer for Safer Schools Together. Previously, he was the Safe School Coordinator for the Sooke School District #62.

As a police officer for the past 12 years, his last 10 years have been spent working with youth and in specific youth-related programs. The role of the Safe School Coordinator provides VTRA, CIRT, crime prevention, education, investigation, and mediation between school staff, students and parents within the school environment. It is also a role that engages with outside agencies like RCMP, MCFD and Interior Health.

Scott completed an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University.

Scott supports the belief that while youth make up only 20% of our population, they are 100% our future.

Dr. Todd Kettner

Dr. Todd Kettner began his career as a clinical psychologist in the School of Medicine at the University of Manitoba before moving to Nelson BC where he founded Summit Psychology Group nearly 20 years ago. Recently, he worked for five years as the district Psychologist and Safe Schools Coordinator for the Kootenay Lake school district. He has taught at colleges and universities in California, Manitoba and British Columbia.

Todd has served as president of the British Columbia Psychological Association, as a committee member of the College of Psychologists of BC, and as Nelson’s Community Champion for Olympian Clara Hughes’ cross-Canada Ride to raise awareness about Mental Health. He leads workshops for educators, health care professionals, mental health clinicians, law enforcement, and parents across western Canada. Todd is also a trainer for Safer Schools Together.

Todd loves skiing, backpacking and mountain biking with his wife and two teenagers. His favourite adventure (so far) was living on a sailboat in the Caribbean when their children were in elementary school.



Tyler Lum

Prior to joining Safer Schools Together in 2022, Tyler worked in the tech industry completing security audits and overseeing operations.

After completing his bachelor’s degree at Simon Fraser University, Tyler joined a non-partisan security think tank originally based out of Ottawa. The goal was to educate the public on both national and transnational security issues. Starting off his career by writing briefing notes, Tyler eventually joined the think tank in helping write two different books on Structured Analytical Techniques. Tyler has also published five double blind peer reviewed journals.

Tyler was born in the Lower Mainland of BC and continues to serve his local community in varying ways. In his free time, Tyler volunteers with the Red Cross, working as a virtual respondent helping those who have been affected by disaster.


Kyla Wells

Prior to joining Safer Schools Together, Kyla worked as a Regional Sales Manager for a small business, where she specialized in expanding the brand both locally and into global markets. As her role evolved, her focus began to shift towards a career in design and marketing, working to help businesses align their online presence with their overall mission and values.

Kyla is continuing her education and is in the process of completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree through Yorkville University.

Born and raised in Vancouver, she continues to call the Lower Mainland home.


Nancy Hiebert

Nancy joined the Safer Schools Together team in the spring of 2019. Her role as the ERASE Training Coordinator involves the delivery of the provincial-wide ERASE strategy.

Nancy was born and raised in Vancouver and worked as an administrative assistant for a structural engineering firm for more than 10 years.  She took a hiatus from the workforce to raise her 3 children in South Surrey. With her children now teenagers, she is passionate about working to promote safety for all children.


Nanette Sears

Nanette was born in Vancouver and is proud to now call South Surrey home. Prior to joining Safer Schools Together, she was a manager at an international shipping company before taking a hiatus to raise her young family. With her children now in school, she looks forward to transferring her 25+ years of experience in customer service to her position with Safer Schools Together.

Lauren LaJambe

In her role as Client Account Manager for Safer Schools Together, Lauren is responsible for scheduling and planning Digital Threat Assessment®, Mental Health, and Student / Staff / Parent sessions for law enforcement agencies, school districts, and community partners. She also manages PSSTWorld, Case Consultation, and Worrisome Online Behaviour (WOB) contracts.

With a degree in Business Administration, Lauren brings over 15 years of experience with her to SST and is passionate about working to promote school safety and resources.


Jeanette Mitchell

Jeanette handles all things Administration-related at Safer Schools Together and also leads on organizing the company’s annual Gangs and Guns Training Symposium.


Rachel Morris

Rachel is the Office Administrator for the US Safer Schools Together location, and was born and raised in Bellingham, WA.

She spent 3 years as a teacher’s aide for preschool, where she also taught the children gymnastics, helping their minds and bodies connect to develop gross motor skills and advancing the child’s learning capabilities. Rachel also worked for 2 years as an office assistant for a local doctor’s office and procedure center. Having taken time away to raise two children, she is excited to join SST in their Bellingham location, continuing to help make a positive difference for children and community.


Frank Grosspietsch

Frank provides Safer Schools Together with expert consultation services in relation to all concerns having a firearms nexus. Recently retired from 17 years with the RCMP, Frank for the last 14 years served as a firearms investigative & enforcement support specialist/expert with the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST). For a number of those years, Frank supported SSTs Annual Gangs and Guns Conference.

Franks is qualified in the following:

  • Identification, Classification & Verification of Firearms
  • Ammunition and Firearms Related Components (also qualified as such in Federal Court Washington State)
  • Criminal use of Firearms
  • Black Market Value of Firearms
  • Firearms Trafficking
  • Firearms Related Coded Terminology
  • Maintenance & Repair of Firearms
  • Operability of Pellet & Airsoft Replicas
  • Characteristics of an Armed Individual
  • Distribution of Criminal Firearms (Domestic/International)

Frank is also on the United Nations Organization for Security & Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) Roster of Experts for Small Arms & Light Weapons (SALW) in relation to firearms investigative techniques, firearm identification & delivery of firearms training modules. Frank has dedicated his life to public service, including an additional 18 years as a regular member with the Canadian Armed Forces and now looks forwarded to helping Canada’s youth.


Steve Corbeil

Steve completed a Master of Arts in intelligence studies with a focus on criminal intelligence from the American Military University. Prior to this, he completed a Bachelor of Technology in forensic investigations with a focus on crime and intelligence analysis at BCIT in Vancouver. His studies included courses in open-source intelligence, street gangs, organized crime, drug cartels and the narcotics threat, and criminal intelligence analysis. Steve further developed his investigative skill set in the workforce during his time as a Private Investigator before joining Safer Schools Together where he is currently a Threat Analyst Manager.


Chelsea Payne

Chelsea Payne is a Senior Threat Analyst and Resource Coordinator at Safer Schools Together. She began her career with SST in 2019 after receiving her Masters in Higher Education Student Affairs and her Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations at Fort Hays State University. During that time, Chelsea was an academic advisor and assisted students in the career exploration process. As an academic advisor and career counselor, she began teaching and presenting to classes on specifically self-awareness which included goal setting, personality traits, and assessing one’s strengths. Throughout her experience, Chelsea found her passion for working with students and is determined to create a positive climate and culture.

Coming from a family background of law enforcement and school safety, her passion for helping students is continued through collecting worrisome online data for school districts in the United States and Canada to ensure early intervention and prevention.


Jordan Granacki, MPH.

Jordan Granacki recently completed a Master’s of Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. During this program, Jordan was a founding member of USC’s Maternal Cannabis Lab and contributed as a graduate research assistant on several qualitative research studies regarding maternal health inequality. In 2023, Jordan co-authored a peer-reviewed article published in Women’s Health Reports.

Jordan is a Senior Threat Analyst at Safer Schools Together. She began her career with SST in 2019. She collects social media data that assists schools in Canada and the United States in addressing worrisome and threat-related online behaviors.

Prior to her employment at Safer Schools Together Jordan earned a Bachelor’s in Science from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. While enrolled, Jordan worked in student services as a Lead Peer for Student Academic Support Services and served on multiple committees discussing the accessibility of student services. Her role focused on academic advising and connecting students with supports ranging from tutoring to mental health services.


Jackie Cao

Jackie completed a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences with a major in Criminology and a Certificate in Police Studies from Simon Fraser University. Specialized courses Jackie completed during his post-secondary studies include computers and cybercrime, criminal procedure and evidence, organized crime, and criminal profiling. His interests include open source intelligence and crime analytics.

Prior to joining Safer Schools Together (SST) as a Threat Analyst, Jackie worked as a Project Coordinator conducting research in the health sector. In his free time, he volunteered at a local YMCA as a youth mentor working with at-risk youth. Jackie also spent time teaching technology-based courses to seniors and the elderly at senior and retirement homes.


Antonio Ysasi

Since his youth, Antonio has been a computer enthusiast, building and modifying his own computers along with his families and peers. In high school, he collaborated with a teacher and helped petition to offer a computer programming class as an elective, as well as founded the school’s first-ever computer club as an elective.

Before working at Safer Schools Together, Antonio worked for a local business as a web developer to expand their products and services to the vastness of the internet. Once understanding the fundamentals of E-Commerce, he sought a larger challenge. He led a team of graphic designers, sales specialists & customer support agents, to create and expand multiple E-Commerce websites simultaneously, which are still flourishing today.


Sydnee Mena

Sydnee earned a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs from California State University Maritime Academy and is currently a Senior Threat Analyst for Safer Schools Together.

While attending Cal Maritime, Sydnee completed an internship with Central California Intelligence Center and continued employment with them through her graduation. The position focused on conducting site security assessments for houses of worship and schools, providing risk factors, and providing recommendations on how to mitigate those risks. Sydnee also created pamphlets and posters for local law enforcement regarding hoax threats. She worked closely with retired law enforcement, FBI agents, and TSA agents.


Hakan Baris UMUT

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Bilkent University, Hakan developed an interest in open-source intelligence. He began an internship as an analyst for a company in Belgium where his work focused on transnational crime, political risk, and security concerning various geopolitical locations like the Americas, Middle East, and Caucasia.

Following his internship, he volunteered for a research center in Switzerland, where he monitored and reported illicit drug trafficking-related activities in Turkey.

Hakan now works as a Senior Threat Analyst at Safer Schools Together.

Gurveer Kalkett

Gurveer completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He is currently completing a Bachelor in Technology in Forensic Investigations focusing on Crime and Intelligence Analysis at BCIT. His studies include courses in project management for investigation, tactical analysis, strategic analysis, and cybercrime. Gurveer worked as a surveillance operator for Great Canadian Gaming before joining Safer Schools Together where he is currently a Senior Threat Analyst.

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Amanda Lee

Amanda got accepted into the BCIT Forensic Science Advanced Certificate Program in Spring/Summer 2018. In Winter 2021, Amanda pursued the BCIT Forensic Crime and Intelligence Analysis Advanced Certificate Program in tandem. Prior to BCIT, Amanda completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology from the University of Victoria. Prior to joining Safer Schools Together in late October 2022, Amanda worked in the casino and hospitality industry for 6 years. Amanda started in the Cage Department and later transferred to the Surveillance Department in management.

Amanda also worked part-time with Paladin Security as a BC Hydro Security Command Centre Operator, conducting alarm monitoring and access control. Amanda developed skills in utilizing integrated software systems for conducting surveillance and investigations in money laundering crimes and various threats. In her free time, Amanda enjoys working on her small business project making wax melts. Amanda also enjoys going on road trips, hiking, and camping in the summer, and snowboarding in the winter.


Melissa Tecson

Melissa got accepted into BCIT’s Btech Crime and Intelligence Analyst program in Fall 2022. Prior to BCIT, she was in the Criminology program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and finished her last semester in Summer 2022. Prior to joining Safer Schools Together in late October 2022, Melissa worked as a Customer Service Representative for a gun range in Langley.

Melissa is knowledgeable in firearms and has gained valuable customer service skills throughout her career in the hospitality industry. In her free time, Melissa competes in five-pin bowling tournaments outside of the province.

Melissa also enjoys swimming with her parents, exploring new places and binge watching the latest shows on streaming platforms.