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 the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment.

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.

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 and the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment, 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.

Katherine Campbell

Katherine Campbell is a Public Health Social Worker in the greater Los Angeles area, and a Trainer for the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment (ICDTA). Katherine received concurrent Master’s degrees in Social Welfare and Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and has worked in the field of school threat assessment for five years.

Katherine currently works for the University of California (UC) system and has worked with multiple UC campuses supporting students in distress and responding to student threats. In her line of work, Katherine serves university students, conducting various biopsychosocial assessments, including suicide and homicide risk assessments, and providing crisis counseling as needed. Katherine also serves as a contributing member to multiple multidisciplinary school threat assessment teams where she uses professional judgement tools to assess risk and consult on institutional response.

Throughout her work, Katherine has received certifications and completed trainings in Targeted Violence Prevention, Crisis Intervention, Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and the implementation of various threat assessment tools including the WAVR-21 (Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk), and the TRAP-18 (Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol).

Katherine is passionate about the elimination of school violence and believes that with appropriate training, knowledge, tools and response, this violence can be preventable.

Christopher Felton

Christopher M. Felton has been in Law Enforcement for over 16 years, with experience at a large Midwest Police Department as well as Active-Duty U.S. Army Military Police.

For the past 14 years, Christopher has served at his police department in various capacities, currently as a Detective Sergeant with the Gang and Violent Crimes Unit. He is also a Trainer for the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment, and an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at two local universities where he teaches courses in Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology, and Emergency Management.

Christopher has also served as a Crisis Intervention Officer, Public Information Officer, and Field Training Officer, and he co-founded and currently leads the Police Officer Peer Support/Critical Incident Stress Management Team.

As a Leading Investigator/Research Assistant with Hutton Criminal Profiling and Associates from October 2015 to June 2020, Christopher collaborated on studies presented at the American Society of Criminology Conferences. He has also presented at the National Gang Crime Research Center Conference in Chicago, IL.

Christopher holds a BS in Criminal Justice, an MS in Criminal Justice – Forensic Psychology, a Master of Philosophy, and is currently writing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice – Law and Public Policy.

Jed Roffers

Jed Roffers is a sworn law enforcement official from the State of Wisconsin. He graduated in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Criminal Justice.

Jed began his professional career in 2008 as a Trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol. During this time, he acquired training and experience in areas of impaired driving detection, highway criminal interdiction, technical crash reconstruction, and forensic mapping.

In 2013, Jed transitioned to a Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). He has served as a member of the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force since 2014, the primary mission of which focuses on investigating child sexual exploitation cases facilitated online and/or through digital means. Cases investigated have included the production and distribution of child sexual abuse material, child sex trafficking, child sex tourism, and proactive online undercover investigations.

Jed has become a subject matter expert on mobile applications/online platforms used by perpetrators to facilitate child exploitation crimes and brings this experience to his role as Trainer for the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment. He has provided professional training at state, regional, and national conferences on this topic, as well as regularly providing community outreach training sessions to local schools and parents, focusing on the dangers of social media and digital communications.

Jed also serves as a Federal Task Force Officer (TFO) with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), focusing on ICAC related investigations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

As a Threat Analyst Manager, Sarah is a vital member of the Safer Schools Together Threat and International Center for Digital Threat Assessment team. She collects social media data that assists schools in Canada and the United States in addressing worrisome and threat-related online behaviors.

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.

Eric Tamashasky

Eric Tamashasky is a magistrate judge with the St. Joseph County (Indiana) Superior Court.  Over his prior seventeen years in law enforcement, he served as a prosecutor, professor, and cybercrimes investigator.  For eight years, Eric served as the Police Legal Advisor for the St. Joseph County Sheriff/Police Department.  While working with the county police, he was deputized as a law enforcement officer and shared responsibility for the St. Joseph County Cybercrimes Unit. Eric served as an investigator for the unit, was part of the team that served search warrants, and filled the role of deputy prosecutor responsible for charging and prosecuting computer crime-related cases.  The St. Joseph County Cybercrimes Unit became a partnership with the University of Notre Dame wherein college students are sworn in as law enforcement to conduct cell phone examinations and obtain/examine digital evidence from ISPs for actual ongoing criminal investigations.  That concept was adopted by the State of Indiana in 2021 such that funding was allocated by the Indiana legislature to create up to ten addition units modeled after the Notre Dame model.

In addition to Digital Threat Assessment® training for Safer Schools Together (SST) and the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment (ICDTA), Eric presents on cyber safety and cybercrime issues to local organizations and schools. Since 2013, he has presented to over 30,000 people on the topic of online investigations and digital safety. His background in cybercrimes includes training by the United States Secret Service’s National Computer Forensics Institute in Hoover, Alabama, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, Virginia, the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce.

Eric has degrees from Hillsdale College (B.A. in Economics), Ohio State (M.A. in Economics), and Notre Dame Law School (J.D.). Eric served as Faculty at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) in Columbia, South Carolina, and taught Courtroom Technology to prosecutors from around the country at the NAC. Eric published an article in the Journal of Legislation entitled “The Lewis Carroll Offense: The Ever-Changing Meaning of ‘Corruptly’ within the Federal Criminal Law.” He currently teaches a course entitled “Cybercrime and the Law” at the University of Notre Dame each fall to undergraduate students.  He continues to consult with the cybercrimes investigators/prosecutors on best practices involving the drafting of search warrants for digital evidence.

Dr. Greg Gerber

Greg is the Director of Training for the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment and is deeply engaged in the practice and scholarship of teaching. With a Doctorate of Education (EdD), Greg holds the position of  Assistant Professor at the New York Institute of Technology, where he serves as the Associate Dean of their Master of Instructional Technology program and as the Director of the Vancouver Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Previous professional experience includes working as Director of Learning for the SCSBC independent schools, Adjunct Professor in Education at SFU and TWU, and a Senior Technical Consultant. He finds joy in solving complex problems and helping educators resolve tensions between practice and theoretical understanding. Greg has extensive experience in technology infrastructure and securities, curriculum and pedagogy, leadership, and instruction.

Colton Easton

Colton came to Safer Schools Together in 2016 after receiving his Diploma in Law Enforcement Studies at the Justice Institute of BC. As a member of the Safer Schools Together and International Center for Digital Threat Assessment team, Colton specializes in Social Media Awareness and publically available information gathering.

As one of the lead threat assessment analysts, he collects social media data that is used to assist schools nationwide in conducting accurate threat assessments. He has been involved in several high-profile cases relating to school safety in Canada and the US. As a trainer, he presents to police officers, school staff, parents, and students on social media awareness, cyberbullying, and online safety.