Safe and Sound Schools
Empowering a Nation of Safer School Communities
Safe and Sound Schools

Our Speakers

Safe and Sound’s panel of school safety experts combine deep practical knowledge with engaging delivery to inspire and educate your school community. From keynotes to hands-on workshops and community-wide forums, our speakers can adapt their delivery approach to meet the unique needs of your event.

Michele Gay

Michele Gay is a mother, former teacher, and one of the founders of Safe and Sound Schools. Michele travels across the country sharing her message of inspiration, recovery, and school safety education and advocacy.

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Amanda Nickerson Ph.D., NCSP

Dr. Nickerson is a professor and director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Dr. Nickerson’s research focuses on school violence and bullying.

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Scarlett Lewis

Scarlett works to promote social and emotional education in our schools through the Choose Love Enrichment Program providing educators with free social and emotional learning (SEL) tools for pre-K through grade 12 students.

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Lisa Hamp

Lisa Hamp is a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting in April 2007 in Norris Hall. She has begun sharing her story with law enforcement, EMS, school counselors, social workers, and mental health professionals. Lisa is passionate about helping those who have experienced trauma. 

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Alissa Parker

Alissa Parker is one of the founders of Safe and Sound Schools. She has become passionate about school security and safety, traveling, listening and learning in school communities across the United States.

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Melissa Louvar Reeves Ph.D

Dr. Reeves is the past president of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Dr. Reeves is a co-author of the NASP PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum and travels both nationally and internationally training professionals.

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Carin Winter

Carin Winter is the founder and CEO of Mission Be, Mindful Education and has successfully lead the organization to bring mindfulness rooted in social emotional learning.

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Scott Ervin

Scott Ervin works with at-risk, disturbed, abused and neglected kids. He has worked exclusively with populations in extreme poverty and has held multiple teaching and administrative positions. Scott is the founder and CEO of Ervin Educational Consulting LLC.

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Frank DeAngelis

Frank DeAngelis, retired principal of Columbine High School. A national-level speaker, Frank has addressed numerous professional and school audiences on the topic of recovery after a school-based tragedy.

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Scott Poland Ed.D

Dr. Scott Poland is a Professor at the College of Psychology and is Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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CJ Huff

CJ Huff is a proud father, educator, and child advocate. As the former superintendent of Joplin Schools, C.J. carries an inspirational message of hope, courage, and appreciation to national and international audiences.


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Jin Kim

Jin Kim is widely known as a subject matter expert in active shooter and mass attack survival. Kim retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2018 and is a twenty-three veteran of the FBI’s New York Division.

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For more information on Mr. Jin Kim’s presentations, contact Kirkland Productions, Inc., or 866-769-9037.