11th National School Response Conference Speakers

February 19-20, 2019. South Point Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada



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.

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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.

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As Vice President, Risk Management for The Texas Group, Mr. Searles develops customized curriculum on topics ranging from Work Place Violence Prevention, Active Shooter Response Training, self-defense, OSHA, CPR, weapons, and tactics. He possesses a comprehensive background in complex problem-solving and relationship building derived from conducting domestic and global operations across five continents. Mr. Searles has managed risk upon multiple lines to protect life and safety, critical infrastructure, as well as high-value property and equipment.

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Tim Murphy is a psychologist and national leader in mental health reform.  He attended the University of Pittsburgh for his doctorate degree, Cleveland State University for his Master’s Degree and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Wheeling Jesuit University.  Dr. Murphy has been on the staff of a number of Pittsburgh area Hospitals and had his own private practice before becoming a Pennsylvania State Senator and then a Member of the US House of Representatives.

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David Kondrup was a 3-star Chief, third in command of the 1,260 Nassau County Sheriff’s Department, and a Leader of NY’s Finest, retiring after 20 years with the NYPD as a Lieutenant on Special Assignment in various leadership roles. He commanded City-wide (NYC) units including Emergency Generator Response and the Management of 9 million Square Feet of Space at 300 Facilities. He was the County liaison to the Office of Emergency Management, oversaw a Training Academy and has trained over 2,000 responders in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command (ICS).

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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. Cheryl holds certifications in Franklin Covey’s Speed of Trust, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, AWR 148: Crisis Management for School Based Incidents- Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School Systems, Incident Command System 100, and is an expert in school climate, bullying, behavior and instructional management.

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