As an active member of the school safety community, Michele Gay of Safe and Sound Schools shares resources and discusses programs and interventions available to communities striving to improve school safety. Michele will share her journey as a parent advocate, discuss the Parents for Safer Schools program and host a discussion with a panel of ‘Parents for Safer Schools’ leaders.


Michele Gay
Safe and Sound Schools



Mother, educator, and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools, Michele Gay chose to take action after losing her daughter Josephine Grace on December 14, 2012. Since that time, Gay has channeled her work as an advocate, improving safety and security in schools and communities across our country. Now a nationally and internationally recognized public speaker and school safety expert, Gay reaches audiences and consults with all levels of community institutions — schools; municipalities; houses of worship; educational and public safety leadership; state and federal governments; law enforcement agencies; and top news media sources.

Missy Dodds
Parent Advocate
Former Red Lake Teacher

Jessica Gonzalez
Parent Advocate
Rockhill, SC

Evan Kirksey

Student Advocate

John McDonald
Executive Director for Safety Security
Jeffco Schools