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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Ocean Van Samang

Ocean Van Samang is a specialized trainer and the mental health advisor for Safer Schools Together and has worked for over 20 years in the field of mental health and disabilities.

She is currently the Deputy Director of Inclusion PR and has worked as a therapist and educator in the areas of communication, anxiety, depression, resiliency, and trauma. Ocean has assessed youth for suicidal and self-harming behaviors in schools, community agencies, and hospitals. She has developed a curriculum for both K-12 and post-secondary.

Ocean provides training and support throughout North America in the areas of violent threat risk assessments, mental health literacy and trauma-informed classrooms.

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.

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.

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.

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.