GARY L. SIGRIST
CHAIRMAN OF THE CONFERENCE
Gary Sigrist is a nationally known speaker, consultant, author and expert on emergency preparedness. His career spans more than 30 years as an educator, administrator and police officer. Sigrist’s background in both education and law enforcement gives him a unique perspective on safety and preparedness, which he brings to his work with clients of Safeguard Risk Solutions.
Gene Komondor is a partner at OneStar, a company that specializes in emergency preparedness training and exercises as well as review and revision of emergency plans for schools and other organizations. OneStar provides emergency management planning and preparedness services to assist clients in meeting compliance requirements.
Dr. Cindy Ryals is the principal of St. Alphonsus Catholic School in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana. Prior to her current position, Dr. Ryals was an elementary teacher for twenty years before becoming an administrator in 2009. She serves on the Diocese of Baton Rouge School Safety Committee where she is often consulted for her expertise on school safety.
Cheryl Spittler is an experienced professional developer and teacher with 20 years of classroom experience. She has her B.S. in Secondary Education (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), M. Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction (Wayne State University). Currently she is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in K-12 Instruction from Grand Canyon University.
Jack Crowley teaches combat-honed skills intended for buddy aid, or self-treatment in the first “platinum ten” minutes after critical injury. A 4-hour class can save lives in schools, businesses and public-trauma crises. Crowley’s taught hundreds of soldiers and first responders the acute care he’s used under fire. Jack’s run classes overseas and in multiple states.
Sam is the Director of Services for Safer Schools Together and delivers safe school related trainings for the organization. He manages the fast-paced Safer Schools Together Social Media Team and is the lead developer and trainer of the “Digital Threat Assessment” Training day that has been delivered across North America. As a supplement to Threat Assessment files and Trauma Response work, Sam collects open source information and social media data for high profile school related files throughout Canada and the United States.
Spent eighteen years with the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University as Director of Programs. Curtis has conducted training on school safety and security and violence prevention with school personnel all across the country.
JONATHAN C. EVANS
USMC Veteran, Current Corporate Chief Health & Safety Officer / Danville Region Director Family Insight P.C. Child Welfare Scholar. 10 years psychotherapy with Individuals, Youth and Families. Former State Child Protection Agent, (NC). Experience working with Veterans with Substance use disorder and mental illness.
GARRET L. RAIN
Garret Rain retired as a Captain from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) after 27 years of service. He led the PSP Domestic Security Division (DSD) where he was responsible for the administration of the Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Team (RVAT) that conducted detailed physical site security assessments of schools throughout Pennsylvania.
Mr. Dennis Goodwin, co-founder of AHC, is a professionally licensed Science teacher in Massachusetts. He has over twenty years of teaching experience at the middle school, high school and community college levels. He also has been active in athletics for over 30 years as a lacrosse coach, basketball official and baseball umpire. Dennis has been training educators, administrators, coaches and parents across the country on hazing.