Celebrating our 49th year as Pioneers in K-12 School Safety and Security! The National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials is devoted to a safe learning environment for the K-12 educational system. We provide best practices, networking capabilities and professional development for our national and international membership.Click Here For More Information Keynote Speakers
John F. Clark, former director of the United States Marshals Service and longtime child advocate, is the president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
After an extensive nationwide search, NCMEC’s Board of Directors unanimously chose Clark to lead the nonprofit organization, which was designated by Congress in 1984 to work in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice on issues related to missing and exploited children. He took the helm of the Alexandria, Virginia-based organization on Dec, 7, 2015.
Clark, whose career with the USMS spanned 28 years, was appointed in 2006 as its ninth director by then-President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate. In 2011, Clark joined Lockheed Martin Corp. as its director of security, where he managed a $24 million budget and led a workforce of 250 professionals for the nation’s largest defense contractor.
As director of the U.S. Marshals Service, Clark oversaw the daily operation of 94 district offices, 218 sub-offices, three foreign field offices and seven regional fugitive task force offices. He managed a $2.5 billion budget and led a diversified workforce of 5,500 employees.
Clark implemented and administered Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act, which directed the USMS to locate and apprehend fugitive sex offenders. He also oversaw the implementation and operation of the National Sex Offender Targeting Center. He forged strong relationships with law enforcement leaders at the federal, state and local levels and served on many boards, including NCMEC’s.
Among the many awards Clark has received is the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Federal Bar Association in recognition of superior service in protecting members of the judicial branch. The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association honored him as “Federal Law Enforcement Director of the Year” for his superior leadership of the USMS.
Before joining the USMS, Clark worked for the U.S. Capitol Police and the U.S. Border Patrol. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Syracuse University.
Gordon Graham is a 33 year veteran of California Law Enforcement. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing Attorney, coupled with his extensive background in law enforcement, have allowed him to rapidly become recognized as a leading professional speaker in both private and public sector organizations with multiple areas of expertise. In 1973 Gordon was selected as a candidate for a major west coast law enforcement agency. Thereafter, he proudly served as a motorcycle officer for most of his first ten years in the Los Angeles area.
Immediately prior to joining Verizon, Mr. Mason was an Executive Assistant Director (EAD) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in charge of the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. In 2004, Mr. Mason was the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service (awarded to the top 5% of federal government executives). He began his career as a Special Agent working investigations ranging from undercover narcotics cases to general crimes and public corruption. Mr. Mason was the Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento Field Office and subsequently was promoted to Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office, the FBI’s second largest field office.
Mr. Mason served in the United States Marine Corps from 1980 – 1985 where he achieved the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University. In 2006 he was the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies at his alma mater, during which he received an Honorary Doctoral Degree. In 2007, Mason was recognized as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year and currently sits on the Illinois Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, where he has served since 2010.
Mr. Mason also sits on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Hope International, an organization focused on the eradication of domestic violence both domestically and internationally. He has addressed many audiences on the subject of domestic violence and the manner in which Verizon is working to address this problem. He is also a frequent presenter on the subject of leadership both inside Verizon and to external audiences.
Mr. Mason was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and is a proud fan of the 2016 World Series winning Chicago Cubs!
Our Executive Director, Michael Dorn is among the most experienced, widely published and highly respected school safety experts in the world. Michael’s work has taken him to Mexico, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, India and the Middle East. Selected as the Senior Analysts for School Safety and Emergency Management for Jane’s after an international search, Michael has authored and co-authored 27 books on school safety and emergency preparedness. Michael is currently co-authoring a 600-page university textbook for Cognella – Extreme Violence – Preventing and Preparing for Active Shooter, Active Killer, Terrorism and Hate Crimes which is due for publication in 2018.
Michael’s previous books include:
Michael has keynoted hundreds of states, national and international conferences from Virginia to Vietnam and from Trinidad-Tobago to Toronto. Michael has worked with schools from South Dakota to South Africa and from Kentucky to Kenya and has conducted school security assessments from New York to New Delhi. Michael has delivered keynote or plenary sessions at more than three dozen major universities as well as for the FBI National Academy, United States Department of Education, United States Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Enforcement, the National Association of Pupil Transportation, the National Educator’s Association, the National Association of School Resource Officers, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the International Bullying Prevention Conference and at the International Conference on Safe School Design. Michael has also keynoted the highly regarded Indiana School Safety Specialist’s Academy for the Indiana Department of Education every year since 2004.
Michael has been a full-time campus safety practitioner for most of the past 35 years and served as a full-time public safety official for 25 years. Prior to serving as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, Michael served as:
A graduate of the 181st session of the prestigious three-month FBI National Academy, Dartmouth College’s Advanced Russian Immersion Language Program, Michael has completed bachelor’s degree with a double major in history and political science and master’s program from the Business School at Mercer University Michael also has a certificate in Management Development from the American Management Association – Harvard School of Business delivered through Mercer University.
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