Safe and Sound - Securing our schools

Our Team


Michele Gay

Michele Gay is a mother, former teacher, and now one of the founders of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative.  After losing her daughter, Josephine Grace on December 14, 2012, she chose to take action as an advocate for improved school security and safety in our nation’s schools.

Michele’s background as a teacher and involved parent, along with her personal loss and post tragedy perspective, have left her uniquely positioned to help school communities prevent tragedy, and better prepare and respond in the event of an emergency in their own schools.

Michele holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Towson  University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College.  She taught at the elementary level in Maryland and Virginia public schools before staying home to raise her three daughters and advocate for the special needs of her youngest daughter, Josephine.  Michele is dedicated to honoring Josephine in her work to make schools in our country more safe and secure.



Alissa Parker

Alissa is the mother of Emilie Parker, one of the 20 children who died tragically in the Sandy Hook School Shootings on December 14, 2012.  In the wake of the tragedy, Alissa was moved to engage parents in securing the safety of their children in school. She became an active member of the Newtown Public Schools’ Safety Committee.  She has become passionate about school security and safety, traveling, listening and learning in school communities across the United States.

Alissa holds an Associate’s degree in Communications from Weber State University.  As an active stay at home parent and involved community member, Alissa brings powerful perspective and passion to our foundation.  She is devoted to creating a legacy of safety for our nation’s children in honor of her beloved Emilie.



Krista and Rich Rekos
Parents of Jessica Rekos

Cindy and Mark Mattioli
Parents of James Mattioli

Bob Gay
Father of Josephine Gay

Robbie Parker
Father of Emilie Parker


Advisors and Professional Contributors

Mark K. Bailey, MEd., EMT-P
Fire Chief
Fort Thomas Fire Department
Ft. Thomas, Kentucky

Tau Braun, Ed.D., M.Sc., EMT
Director of the Violence Prevention Agency
Violence Prevention Specialist
Threat Assessment and Management Professional
South African Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Stephen E. Brock, Ph.D.
Licensed Educational Psychologist
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Author PREPaRE:  Crisis Intervention and Recovery
Lead Editor Best Practices in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention
Professor and School Psychology Program Coordinator
Graduate and Processional Studies in Education
California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, California

Mo Canady
Executive Director
National Association of School Resource Officers, NASRO
Hoover, Alabama

Michael Dorn
Executive Director
Safe Havens International
Macon, Georgia

Paul Hildreth, MBA, CEM
Emergency Operations Coordinator
Fulton County Schools
College Park, Georgia

Amanda Klinger, Esq.
Director of Operations
The Educator’s School Safety Network
Author:  Moving Beyond Lockdown: Lockdown Alternatives and Enhancements for Active Shooter Response in Schools, online training course
National School Safety Lecturer and Consultant
Adjunct Professor, Ashland University

Amy Klinger, Ed.D.
Director of Programs
The Educator’s School Safety Network
Author:  FEMA/DHS training course and manual Crisis Management for School-based Incidents for Key Decision Makers.
Author:  Moving Beyond Lockdown: Lockdown Alternatives and Enhancements for Active Shooter Response in Schools, online training course
National School Safety Lecturer and Consultant
Associate Professor of Educational Administration, Ashland University
Public Education Teacher and Administrator of 28 years

Shari Nacson, LISW-S
Child Development Consultant
Clinical Social Worker
Adult Educator
Cleveland Heights, OH 

Chief Dave Peck (RET)
Fairfield Police Department
Fairfield, Connecticut

Scott Poland, Ed.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Author:  Coping with Crisis
Professor, The Center for Psychological Studies
Nova Southeastern University
Hollywood, Florida

Kevin Quinn, School Resource Officer
Chandler Police Department, Arizona
President:  National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)
President:  Arizona School Resource Officers Association (ASROA)
Author: CNN Schools of Thought Blog
Author:  Law Officer Magazine-School Violence Prevention:  10 Things Every Cop Needs to Know

Melissa A. Reeves, Ph.D.
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Licensed Professional Councelor
Licensed Special Education Teacher
Co-Author:  PREPaRE:  Crisis Prevention and Preparedness
Co-Author:   Identifying, Assessing, and Treating PTSD at School
Co-Author:   Comprehensive Planning for Safe Learning Environments
Lecturer, Winthrop University
Rock Hill, South Carolina

Stephen C. Satterly, Jr.
Director of Transportation and School Safety, CSC Southern Hancock County
Certified Indiana School Safety Specialist
Co-Author:  Staying Alive:  How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters
School Safety Practitioner
Expert Witness
Speedway, Indiana

Stephen Sroka, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
President, Health Education Consultants
Author: School Safety Lessons Learned: From Cleveland to Newtown.

Paul Timm, PSP
RETA Security, Inc.
Author: School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Program 
Chicago, IL





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