Nick Brown

Nick Brown

Upon completion of the Human Services Foundation program in 2003, Nick began his career at Lutherwood, a mental health treatment center and youth custody program. Throughout the next 16 years, he worked alongside a multi-disciplinary team, providing strength based, client centered treatment to vulnerable youth and their families. As time progressed, he moved into a Family Counsellor role, offering direct support to at-risk and high-risk families in the creation of goal setting and providing professional recommendations upon completion.

For 12 years, he worked for John Howard Society in the YARD Program – a community-based gang-exit program serving youth involved with/or at risk of joining a gang.  Through this program, behaviour change support was provided to youth through the development of pro-social, leadership and employability skills.

Nick is a trainer and consultant for Safer Schools Together and works for the District of Surrey where he is an active member of the WRAP team. His dedication and commitment for this work comes from his training and experience in attachment and restorative justice.

Norman Miller

Norman Miller is a 28 year law enforcement veteran with a Masters in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security from Tiffin University. He earned a graduate certificate in Information Management and Analysis from Eckerd College, a CENTCOM/CIA sponsored program for the development of intelligence analysis. Norman is currently serving as an investigator assigned to the gang prosecution unit. He has investigated major crimes, gang crimes, white-collar crime, misdemeanor, and juvenile and truancy issues for over 24 years with the State Attorney’s Office under Bernie McCabe.

Norman previously served as a deputy sheriff for the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, where he began working gangs in 1993 after the Latin Kings formed in a school where he was a school resource officer. He has been a member of the Florida Gang Investigators Association since 1994, where he is currently the Director of Training. Norman is also the Vice-Chairman of the Tampa Bay Multi Agency Gang Task Force (MAGTF), one of the largest in the state of Florida.

As a member of the Safer Schools Together team, Norman provides Digital Threat Assessment training across North America. His background in law enforcement and gang investigation provides attendees with a vast wealth of knowledge and case examples from his throughout his career.

Raj Jaswal

Raj has worked within the criminal justice system for the last 13.5 years in a frontline and investigative capacity as a Municipal Police Officer in BC. Raj has extensive experience in gang enforcement, intervention and suppression, and has focused considerable time on intelligence gathering across the Lower Mainland. In 2014, he was recognized for his work with a departmental commendation for developing strategies to curb gang violence in his region. In 2021, he was recognized for his superior accomplishments in gang investigations by the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, Illinois with the Frederick Milton Thrasher Award.

Raj is part of a select group of Police Officers across Canada who is a certified instructor in criminal vehicle interdiction training that targets the “travelling criminal”. Raj has been a leader in the creation of a multi-agency working group between various government agencies that educate and train Canadian law enforcement officers in criminal vehicle interdiction. Raj is also a recognized instructor for the US Drug Interdiction Assistance Program that trains and educates law enforcement officers across the United States, and brings his extensive knowledge to his role as Trainer for Safer Schools Together.

Raj has a genuine passion for combining practical experiences with educational training and serves as a guest lecturer for post-secondary criminology departments. Raj’s dedication to his community has resulted in him being the recipient of community service awards for his commitment to the communities he has worked in.

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.

Susan Payne

Susan Payne, 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 in this role as a Detective from Colorado Springs Police Department; the first Special Agent with the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security and she served as the Director of Safe Schools at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office directing the Safe2Tell Colorado prevention initiative. Ms. Payne currently is an advisor and speaker for Safe and Sound Schools, she 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 and prevention strategies, and she is often sought out by media, schools, and law enforcement for her expertise. Since the tragedy in Parkland, Ms. Payne was requested to speak to the Federal School Safety Commission at the White House and to Keynote at the Department of Homeland Security School Safety Round Tables in Washington D. C.  In 2006, Susan’s expertise was requested at the President’s White House Conference on School Violence Prevention. Susan again was invited to the White House in 2013, where they convened experts from around the nation regarding school safety, security, and the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Additionally, in 2015 the National Institute of Justice conducting a study for the U.S. Department of Education selected Susan to serve on a panel of 20 experts regarding the innovations in technology for school safety in Washington D. C. Susan has participated as a key presenter in school safety summits around the country.

She is recognized as a national expert on prevention, intervention, awareness, education, and training for school safety. Susan also consults extensively with Legislative Committees, Emergency Management planning teams, crisis response teams, schools and law enforcement throughout the U.S.

Susan is a Terrorism Liaison Officer for Colorado. Her experience includes team leader for Hostage Crisis Negotiations, serving on the FBI Safe Streets task force, and training at Quantico at the FBI Academy, and was cross designated as a U.S. Customs agent. Susan is a graduate of the National School Safety Center and also has been certified as an Advanced Public Information Officer. Susan has worked in media coordination as a spokesperson and as an advisor behind the scenes in major events. She has worked on threat assessment to prevent workplace violence and school violence.

Susan has been requested to attend law enforcement debriefings following many incidents around the nation including tragedies at Youth with a Mission, New Life Church, the Pennsylvania Amish School, Platte Canyon, Deer Creek, Virginia Tech and Arapahoe. In addition, Susan has been requested to participate in the development of National School Safety standards, providing input into the training and revision of the four-phase model of crisis management; Preparedness, Prevention, Response and Recovery and the five-phase model including Protection.  Susan was asked to review and provide input on the language of the guidelines in FERPA with the U.S. Department of Education to encourage information sharing when a threat to safety exists along with managing intelligence.

Susan has focused her career on continuing the development and expansion of school safety efforts along with the expansion of the Safe2Tell® program with a focus on preventing violence in schools and communities. Susan has been innovative in developing strategies of prevention in the aftermath of trauma where a deliberate and strategic effort of prevention can save lives.

Just prior to the tragedy at Columbine High School, Susan was asked to speak to state leaders about the successful prevention and reporting model she had developed for the Pikes Peak Region using Crime Stoppers, classroom education, and a prevention-focused effort on precipitators to violence and suicide prevention.

After the Columbine tragedy, Susan was appointed to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office to develop a statewide program to facilitate intelligence gathering and information sharing. The Columbine Commission recognized that the research showed that targeted acts of violence were often broadcast in advance. Susan developed Safe2Tell®, a Colorado prevention initiative that opens lines of communication providing methods of anonymous reporting answered by law enforcement with a board of directors. Safe2Tell® works in collaboration with young people, parents, law enforcement, government agencies, and community groups in which students are encouraged to report any threat to their own safety or the safety of others. The outcome results have proven the Safe2Tell® prevention initiative is a simple, yet profound solution to breaking the Code of Silence and promoting school and community safety. Susan was a contributing author with Dr. Del Elliott, Founding Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Dr. Dewey Cornell, and Dr. Herbert Scheithauer, “Columbine a Decade Later: The Prevention of Homicidal Violence in Schools: New Directions in Youth Development, Number 129. Wiley Publishing; Issue Editors’ Notes (Dewey G. Cornell, Herbert Scheithauer).

Susan has conducted thousands of training sessions, seminars, and presentations – including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Colorado District Attorney’s Council, the Colorado Association of School Board Executives, and Terrorism Liaison Officers. She developed a Train-the-Trainer program for School Resource Officers and Counselors that includes classroom-guided discussions about issues young people face today. Susan has worked with many agencies in the aftermath of major incidents with high profile repercussions to restore public trust including establishing anonymous reporting mechanisms for the Air Force Academy, Colorado University, and the Colorado Department of Corrections to assist in providing additional intelligence for specific investigations.

Susan was asked to consult with the United States Olympic Committee’s legal team in the aftermath of the USA Swimming Sexual Abuse Scandal.  Susan was instrumental in the development of focused effort of education, training and reporting focused on prevention; The Safe Sport program.

Susan currently serves on the FBI Averted Plan School Attack Task Force, Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Colorado Prevention Leadership Council, Behavioral Health Planning Advisory Council, Colorado School Safety Resource Center’s Board of Directors, Colorado Statewide Youth Development Plan Committee, Colorado 9 to 25, Colorado Department of Education Project Aware State Management Team, Colorado 9 to 25, and the Not One More Child; Child Abuse Task Force. She has served on the Drug Endangered Children task force, the Kidpower Board of Directors, Crime Stoppers International Board of Directors, Rocky Mountain Hostage Negotiation Network, and the Positive Behavioral Intervention Support Advisory Council, and as the President of the multi-state federal task force, White Collar Investigative Network.

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.

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 Senior Training Coordinator 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.

Lauren Hauff

After receiving her Marketing degree specializing in Generation Z communications in Santa Barbara, California, Lauren worked as a Creative Director and Brand Ambassador. She has experience building and growing companies to their full potential.

Lauren now proudly acts as Project Coordinator where she creates and reviews content such as resources, manuals, training, marketing, and events. Lauren has contributed to many of SST’s remote trainings as a co-host. Lauren is certified in Digital Threat Assessment, Digital Threat Assessment as a Trainer, and Traumatic Events Systems. Lauren is also well versed as a threat analyst and is a contributor to all SST resources.

Lauren is also enthusiastic about contributing to the community and volunteers for organizations on the east side of Vancouver that aid the poverty and hunger crisis in inner-city and aboriginal youth, as well as the BC Women’s and Children’s Hospitals.

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.

Frank Grosspietsch

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 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.

Sarah McTyeire

Sarah McTyeire’s background in school safety began while studying Community Health at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. During her studies, she researched teachers’ perceptions of school safety at a local high school. As a Capstone project, she designed a theoretical health program to prevent school shootings utilizing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and bullying prevention.

Before joining Safer Schools Together, Sarah worked at a Federally Qualified Health Center serving low-income and underserved populations in Tacoma, WA. During her tenure, she developed and led community-based diabetes education programs. Sarah composed dental health lesson plans and educational materials for Pierce County schools. Her work also included training staff and community members to become leaders in health education programs.

Sarah is currently a Threat Analyst Manager with Safer Schools Together. She collects social media data that assists schools in Canada and the United States in addressing worrisome and threat-related online behaviors. As a presenter, she provides workshops to students, staff, and parents on Social Media Awareness, and online personal and public safety.

Chelsea Payne

Chelsea Payne is a Digital Threat Analyst at Safer Schools Together, starting 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

Jordan Granacki 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. This role focused both on academic advising and connecting students with support ranging from tutoring to mental health services. Her position included creating and leading presentations to help students navigate online registration. Additionally, Jordan served on multiple committees discussing the accessibility of student services.

Jordan is a member of the Safer Schools Together Threat Analyst team. She collects social media data that assists schools in Canada and the United States in addressing worrisome and threat-related online behaviors.

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 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.