2022 Illinois School Safety Conference Announces Speaker Line-Up, Topics

The Illinois School Safety Conference, happening on October 6, will feature experts in school safety and crisis prevention.

2022 Illinois School Safety Conference Announces Speaker Line-Up, Topics

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The 2022 Illinois School Safety Conference announced its speaker line-up and topics, including mental health programs for schools and police departments, digital threat assessment, and protecting individuals with special needs, among others.

The free one-day conference is happening Thursday, October 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at the White Eagle Events & Convention Center in Niles, Illinois. This jam-packed event is geared toward district and school administrators, police and fire departments, transportation directors, and safety and emergency managers.

The event will include:

  • Keynote speakers addressing pressing issues
  • Onsite vendors offering the latest safety products and services
  • Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch
  • Professional development paperwork provided


The event is hosted by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Facility Engineering Associates, P.C., Niles Police Department, Township High School District 211, Illinois School Resource Officers Association, Illinois State Police, School District 89 (Maywood, Melrose Park and Broadview), Joliet Police Department, Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools, North Cook Intermediate Service Center, DeKalb CUSD 428, Libertyville School District 70, Illinois Association of School Business Officials, and Proviso Area for Exceptional Children.

Speakers and Topics

By attending the event, participants will learn how to enhance the safety and security of their K-12 campuses on a day-to-day and long-term basis. The information and tips will be practical and easy to apply, and there will be ample time for attendees to ask specific questions.

Speakers and sessions are as follows:

  • Mo Canady, Executive Director of National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), The Role of a School Resource Officer (SRO) and Why Schools Should Have One
  • Paul Timm, PSP, Vice President, Facility Engineering Associates, P.C., Trends in School Security: Exploring the Latest School Security Measures and Emergency Preparedness Solutions
  • Michele Gay, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Safe and Sound Schools, Especially Safe: Helping School Communities Plan, Prepare, Teach and Train for the Safety of Individuals with Special Needs
  • Theresa Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Safer Schools Together, Responding to Digital Threats – A Review of Recent Cases, Lessons Learned, and Challenges That Frontline Investigators Currently Face
  • Ashley Burger, School Safety Intelligence Officer, Illinois State Police, Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center, Topic TBD
  • Nicole Pieranunzi, Director of Special Education Services, West 40 ISC #2, Statewide Free Mental Health Programs for Schools and Police Departments
  • Christopher Mannino, Communications & Public Relations Consultant, Media & Social Media Trainer, Julie Parker Communications Company, Media Relations During Emergencies for Schools and Police

In addition to individual sessions, there will also be lunchtime panels featuring:

  • Randy Braverman, Senior Consultant, Facility Engineering Associates, P.C.
  • Paul Timm, PSP, Vice President, Facility Engineering Associates, P.C.
  • Officer Kevin Regal, School Resource Officer, Niles Police Department
  • William Evans, Chief, Joliet Police Department
  • Officer Jeremy Flood, School Resource Officer, Normal Community High School, and Vice President of ILSROA
  • Thomas Bertrand, Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Boards
  • Cordelia Coppleson, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Law Enforcement Training Project Coordinator
  • Jeff Aranowski, Executive Director, Safe and Healthy Climate, Illinois State Board of Education
  • Sgt. Michael Kindhart, Safety Education Unit Manager, Illinois State Police
  • Eric Arnold, Program Manager, Illinois School & Campus Safety
  • Dr. David Negron, Superintendent, School District 89 (Maywood, Melrose Park, and Broadview)
  • Cathy Stashak, Section Chief Technical Service Division Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal
  • James Ford, Protective Security Advisor, U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Space is limited and registration may be capped due to capacity so reserve your space now.

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