Frank Grosspietsch

Frank provides the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment 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.

Frank 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 of the Canadian Armed Forces, and now looks forward to helping Canada’s youth.

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 a disaster.

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 “traveling 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.

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 the 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, behavior 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 to this work come from his training and experience in attachment and restorative justice.

Jesse Miller

Jesse Miller (MA. PgDip) is a recognized authority on the topics of media literacy, social media education, and digital trends. Jesse is an international speaker who has addressed thousands of participants in primary, secondary, and post-secondary education.

Since 2008, Jesse has worked in media education programs helping curate curriculum and learning resources with school districts across North America. Currently, Jesse is a sessional lecturer at the University of Victoria and a Trainer for Safer Schools Together. Prior to the 2020 pandemic, he was also in high demand as a travelling keynote speaker and consultant within education and public safety events across Canada.

Jesse has focused the majority of his most recent work towards the remote learning reality we’re all experiencing, as it is a wonderful opportunity to further how we engage media literacy in a connected (but socially-distanced) world.

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 Threat Analyst at Safer Schools Together.

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.

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 the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment 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.

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 and the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment, where he is currently a Threat Analyst Manager.

Dr. Lindsay McBride

Dr. Lindsay McBride completed her Master of Arts degree, specializing in Forensic Psychology, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, NY. She then received her Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University, and completed her residency at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in its Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) program.

Dr. McBride is currently a Staff Psychologist in the Medical Inpatient and Outpatient Psychology Services at BC Children’s Hospital and a trainer for the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment (ICDTA) in the field of Mental Health. She has worked previously in the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program, and in the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Richmond Hospital.  She is also a Clinical Instructor with the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Pediatric Psychology and the BC Psychological Association, and is registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.

John Callery

Mr. John W. Callery has a total of 35 years of law enforcement experience, beginning his career as a Police Officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1984. He was detailed to the prestigious USAF Presidential Honor Guard in Washington, D.C., serving then-President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Callery continued his law enforcement career as a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in 1992, initially assigned to the DEA Los Angeles Field Division (LAFD).  Mr. Callery received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Counterterrorism-WMD from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2007. He also holds a Master Certificate in Conflict Management from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business.

Mr. Callery started his DEA career in the Los Angeles Field Division as a member of the OPERATION LEYENDA task force and worked arduously on bringing to justice the conspirators in the murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in Mexico. In 1995, Mr. Callery was assigned to the LAFD’s Mobile Enforcement Team (MET), where he conducted numerous deployments to cities suffering from drug-related violence. These deployments were extremely successful, resulting in the arrests of hundreds of drug traffickers and violent criminal offenders.

In 1999, Mr. Callery was chosen for an overseas assignment in Bangkok, Thailand. During his tenure in Bangkok, he controlled high-level heroin investigations with US nexuses to include the first Judicial Wire Tap investigation in the history of The Kingdom of Thailand.

In 2011, Mr. Callery assumed the position of Country Attaché of DEA’s Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Country Office, where he managed DEA’s efforts to identify and dismantle drug trafficking and money laundering organizations operating in Malaysia and Singapore.

In 2014, Mr. Callery returned to the LAFD as a Group Supervisor, where he led the division’s Clandestine Lab Enforcement Group, where he focused his group’s attention on PCP manufacturing, criminal street gangs, and violent drug trafficking.

In 2016, Mr. Callery was promoted to Section Chief at DEA/HQS Regional and Local Impact Section (OGR) where he oversaw DEA’s domestic operations and managed DEA’s Domestic Cartel Initiative (DCI), Domestic Priority Targeting Operations, DEA’s assistance to the Violent Reduction Network and Bureau of Indian Country Affairs.

In 2017, Mr. Callery assumed the duties of Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the DEA Honolulu District Office. There he led and managed all DEA operations in the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, and Saipan.

From 2019 to 2021 he was the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the San Diego Field Division where he led the men and women of the SDFD in concentrating on the opioid overdose death investigations, fentanyl-laced drugs, Mexican Cartel operations, US/Mexico interdiction efforts and the enduring scourge of methamphetamine trafficking in the region.

Mr. Callery is a professional public speaker and has conducted hundreds of lectures around the world on myriad law enforcement and counter-terrorism topics. Between 2005-2011 Mr. Callery conducted over 70 DEA International Training seminars on professional law enforcement best practices in over 50 nations around the globe.

Mr. Callery is married, enjoys golf, snorkeling, and tennis, and is an avid sports fan.

Bill Reynolds

Bill Reynolds is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 20 years of success across the education, retail, insurance, financial services, healthcare, and nonprofit fields. Leveraging extensive experience improving cultural alignment and creating strategic channel partnerships for a B2B company, he is a valuable advisor to the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment. His broad areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, product development, sales management, growth, analytics, business analysis, enterprise software, global operations (China), investments, and customer service.

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Jessy Johal

Jessy Johal started his career as a Safe School Liaison with the Surrey School district. He then moved to a specialized role of Outreach Worker with Surrey School’s award-winning Wraparound program where he built relationships with at-risk youth and supported RCMP Youth Section staff with daily high risk situations (altercations, substance use, school misconduct). In this role, Jessy also worked on gang prevention and intervention strategies in partnership with the Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement team. Shortly after, Jessy moved on to a supervisory role with the City of Surrey where he developed unique programs tailored to the needs and interests of vulnerable youth.

In his current role, Jessy helps to deliver the Gang Reduction Through Informed Practice (GRIP) strategy implemented by Safer Schools Together in partnership with the B.C. Ministry of Education. The GRIP strategy is comprehensive training designed to deliver proven prevention and intervention strategies to communities throughout B.C. in response to youth gangs. Jessy is responsible for conducting social media / GRIP presentations to students, parents, and school professionals. As GRIP consultant, Jessy assists police agencies and school district professionals with safety plans and community consultations.

Nancy Hiebert

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

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.

Lauren Hauff

Lauren Hauff started working for Safer Schools Together (SST) in February of 2019 as a threat analyst and now serves as Project Coordinator for SST and the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment. After receiving her Marketing degree specializing in Generation Z communications in Santa Barbara, California, Lauren previously worked as a Creative Director and Brand Ambassador and 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, trainings, marketing, and events. Lauren has contributed to many of SST’s remote trainings as a co-host.

As Brand Ambassador for PSSTWorld, Lauren is passionate about educating educators, school admin and SROs, parents, and students about the benefits of utilizing anonymous online reporting tools to create safe and caring school communities and fighting back against gang violence and recruitment. If you’re interested in learning more about bringing an anonymous online reporting tool to your school, please get in touch!

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.

Steven MacDonald

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria, Steven specialized in language analytics and artificial intelligence for major media corporations in the Tech Industry. He now is a Trainer and Threat Analyst for Safer Schools Together and the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment. 

Steven’s experience and knowledge in both technology and the world of social media have enabled him to have a greater understanding and a more hands-on approach to working with school-aged children with the ability to assist in data collection and accurate threat assessments for school districts nationwide. 

As a trainer, Steven is passionate about providing presentations and workshops to students, staff, and parents on social media awareness, the importance of creating a positive digital footprint, cyberbullying, and online safety. 

Lauren LaJambe

In her role as Senior Training Coordinator for the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment, Lauren is responsible for scheduling and planning Digital Threat Assessment®, Mental Health, and Student / Staff / Parent sessions for school districts, law enforcement agencies, and community partners. She also manages PSSTWorld, Case Consultation, and Worrisome Online Behavior (WOB) contracts.

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

Sherri Mohoruk

Sherri Mohoruk is a safety and wellness consultant with Safer Schools Together and serves as a liaison with the Ministry of Education. She provides strategic advice regarding school safety matters and direct support to public school districts and independent schools dealing with safety, critical incidence and trauma-related matters. Previously Sherri held two leadership positions with the BC Ministry of Education – most recently as Superintendent of Integrated Services Safe Schools and earlier as Superintendent of Liaison.

As Superintendent of Integrated Services; Safe Schools, Sherri had responsibility for all aspects of student health and safety with a specific focus on implementing the provincial Expect Respect and a Safe Education (ERASE) strategy to address bullying, violence threat risk assessment, critical incidence, and trauma response. Other responsibilities included Internal government/national liaison on student health and safety, Healthy Schools, Emergency Preparedness and student issues related to substance misuse, mental health issues, child abuse, and reporting, domestic violence and gang prevention.

In her role as the Superintendent of Liaison, Sherri provided a link between the Minister of Education, the Ministry of Education and the province’s sixty school districts and education partners. She facilitated connections between ministry divisions, school districts, and partner organizations to improve the implementation of ministry policy, initiatives, and directions.

Sherri has worked in public education in both Canada and the United States as a teacher, principal, director for student services, director for curriculum and instruction and as an assistant superintendent. She has a long-standing interest in educational leadership, student health and safety, literacy and early childhood education. She has presented nationally and internationally at a number of different levels.

Doug Strachan

Prior to joining the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment, Doug had been the communications manager for the Surrey School District—the largest school district in B.C.—for 16 years. He was also the district’s privacy officer.

Doug was a member of the school district’s Critical Incident Response team, as well as the Communications Officer for the district Emergency Operations Centre. He worked closely with the Safe Schools department as well as the Media Relations Unit of the Surrey RCMP, Canada’s largest RCMP detachment. Doug had also established solid working relationships with the regional homicide and sexual crimes police investigation units that assisted him with crisis communications on a number of occasions.

Doug started his communications career working as a reporter at BCTV, then CKNW Radio. He later became the national director of external relations for Telus with responsibilities for crisis communications and emergency operations. He left Telus for a media consulting career, providing media planning and management services for the Air India and Robert Pickton trials for the B.C. Ministry of Attorney General, before joining the school district.

Doug has been a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society since 1998 and has served on the executive of the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education for nine years, including as president.

Randy Wallis

Randy is a Trainer and Case Consultant for Safer Schools Together. He provides support to the Threat Analyst team while also training across North America.

As a lifelong learner and someone who is passionate about Youth Safety, Randy has supported ‘at-risk youth’ and their families throughout his 30+ year career as an International School Counsellor and as an Inner-City Youth and Family worker. Having presented to educators, parents, and students across the globe, Randy comes with immeasurable knowledge and a unique skill set.

Randy has a long history of combining his work in counselling and education to work alongside Law Enforcement, International Embassies, Mental Health Clinicians and Hospitals. Through this work, Randy has developed comprehensive and developmentally appropriate Social-Emotional Curriculum and Child Safety protocols to ensure Safe and Caring Schools.

With his studies in counselling and psychology, Randy has centred most of his work to understand family structure and dynamics, cognitive behavioural interventions for trauma, and inclusion in schools.

While supporting the Threat Analyst team and training, Randy is putting final touches on a manual created for educators in learning to support children through traumatic transitions in the International School’s community.