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2014 Instructor Bios

Rich Stanek

Rich Stanek

Richard Stanek is the 27th Sheriff of Hennepin County and is serving his second term.

 

A 30-year veteran of law enforcement, Sheriff Stanek began his career in the Minneapolis Police Department.

 

He rose through the ranks from Patrol Officer, Detective, Commander of Criminal Investigations, to Precinct Commander.

 

While a police officer, Sheriff Stanek was elected five times to the Minnesota State Legislature. In 2003, the Governor appointed him Commissioner of Public Safety & Director of Homeland Security for Minnesota.

 

Sheriff Stanek currently serves in leadership positions with several national organizations and on several national boards.

 

For the National Sheriffs’ Association, he serves on the Executive Committee and he chairs the Homeland Security Committee.

 

For the Director of National Intelligence, he serves with two groups -- The Joint Counter-terrorism Assessment Team and The Homeland Security/Law Enforcement Advisory Board.

 

He is a member of the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council. It is a group that advises the U.S. Attorney General on criminal justice issues.

 

Sheriff Stanek earned a Criminal Justice Degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University.

 

 

PRESENTATION

Welcome

 

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

 

 

Sgt. Ray Gainey

St. Paul Police badge

Sgt. Gainey has been a police officer since 1988. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2000, and currently serves as the Director of the Gerald D. Vick Human Trafficking Task Force. As the director of the task force his duties include building relationships with non-governmental organizations, and law enforcement agencies across Minnesota.  Sgt Gainey graduated from the FBI academy and has been awarded the St Paul Police Department's medal of merit for his work as an undercover officer.  

 

He is on the steering committee for the MN Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Safe Harbor Advisory committee. He has worked with sex trafficking victims in the juvenile unit and the human trafficking unit.    

 

Thanks to a grant from the Women's Foundation he is currently working on the MN Girls are Not For Sale Campaign.

 

PRESENTATION

"Human Trafficking"

 

St. Paul Police

 

 

Lt. Steve Tait

Lt. Steve Tait

Lieutenant Steve Tait is a 23-year veteran of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.  During his career, he has served in a number of assignments including the Adult Detention Division, Court Security Division, Forensic Sciences Division, and Enforcement Services Division.  In his current assignment as commander of the Employee Development Unit, his responsibilities include overseeing the provision of initial and in-service training for licensed, detention, and civilian staff as well as the coordination of specialized training events and exercises.

 
PRESENTATION

"Partnerships in Preparedness:  Strengthening Law Enforcement and Community Partnerships through Training & Awareness"

Active Shooter incidents continue to be a prominent threat to public safety across the country.  These types of events are unpredictable, evolve quickly, and require a swift, coordinated, and aggressive response by law enforcement to stop the threat and prevent further bloodshed.
 

As a leader in law enforcement training, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with Hennepin County Emergency Management, has played a key role in providing active shooter training to our public safety partners as well as businesses, faith groups, schools, and citizens.
 

This presentation will discuss some of the initiatives that has Sheriff’s Office has implemented since 2011 as part a comprehensive multi-year training and exercise program that is focused on developing collaborative partnerships with the goal of improving public safety in our communities.
 

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

 

 

Robert M. Berg

Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Robert M. Berg is an employee of the Minnesota Public Safety Dept., Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management. His primary job is in HazMat response with the State of Minnesota. In addition he teaches for the National Fire Academy and Texas A&M University. He holds a Masters in Adult Education and a MEP Degree.

 

PRESENTATION

"Railroad Emergencies"

 

HSEM

 

 

Rick Luth

Rick Luth

Rick Luth joined MN HSEM in Dec. 2009 as a Planner for the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program. He was responsible for hospitals, ambulance services and schools in the areas near the MN nuclear generating plants. Rick currently is the MN State Emergency Response Teams Coordinator for the MN state hazardous materials, explosive ordinance disposal and technical rescue teams. His background includes 38 years with the Plymouth Fire Department as a paid on call Assistant Fire Chief, past Radiological Field Team member and Hazardous Materials Specialist. He is also a certified emergency manager and assists with the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center. Prior to coming to HSEM Rick had 25 years experience in aviation and licensed in technical air frame, power plant and avionics maintenance. He was a lead instructor for aviation technical and safety training. He also served 26 years as a volunteer medical coordinator for events at the Mall of America Field and Target Field.

 

 

PRESENTATION

"Minnesota State Emergency Response Teams"

This session covers the process for requesting assistance for MN State assets through the MN State Duty Officer. Assets include Chemical Assessment Teams, Bomb Squads, Technical Rescue Teams, Specialized Response Teams and Decon Systems.

 

HSEM

 

 

Mike Christianson

Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Mike Christianson is the Safe School Facility Assessment Coordinator for the Minnesota School Safety Center which is within the Department of Public Safety – Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Christianson is a retired Sergeant Major from the Minnesota National Guard with 30 years of service, 15 of those years being on active duty within the Army National Guard and U.S. Army. After retiring from the military, Christianson spent 2 years as a Critical Infrastructure Specialist and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of St. Paul before becoming a School Safety Specialist in December of 2013. Christianson spent over 12 years conducting facility security assessments of critical infrastructure and key resources using multiple methodologies within both the Minnesota National Guard and the City of St. Paul's Emergency Management Department. Since being part of the School Safety Center, Christianson facilitated numerous school assessments training events and conducted safety and security presentations to hundreds of administrators, first responders, school resource officers, teachers, transportation supervisors, and facility managers. Christianson was also a public school teacher from 1993 to 2001.

 

 

PRESENTATION

"Safe School Facility Self-Assessment"

The Minnesota School Safety Center has developed the Safe School Facility Self-Assessment Course to assist schools in utilizing our Safe School Self-Assessment Tool when conducting their own facility assessments. While not intended to be prescriptive, this self-assessment checklist is designed to assist schools with evaluating their facilities for strengths and areas of vulnerability. Not all assessment measures will apply to any one school.

Goal of the training - Participants will be able to successfully conduct a safe school self-assessment using the tool provided.

Learning objectives:
• Ability to identify hazards within the school and community
• Understand principles of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED)
• Gain tips for conducting an assessment
• Identify facility best practices
• Determine facility improvements to mitigate vulnerability and reduce risk

 

School Safety Center

 

 

Joella Givens

Joella Givens

Joella currently leads Metro District GIS Business Relations for MN.IT Services@DOT, managing GIS Support for MnDOT’s Metropolitan District. Over her career she has accomplished innovative GIS work for the State Legislature, DNR, MnDOT, Washington County, and the private sector. She served on the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Board of Directors for 7 years, including holding the positions of Conference Chair and Board Chair, and helping with numerous GIS/LIS workshops, conferences, and other educational events. In 2006 the Consortium presented Joella with the Polaris Leadership Award. Joella is currently a Deputy Director for the FBI InfraGard P2CAT program in Minnesota. She is a licensed First Responder and certified as an Emergency Manager in the State of Minnesota.

 

 

PRESENTATION

"GIS and Emergency Management"

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have proven to be an effective tool for Emergency Management. Simple maps have become smarter and hold more information than ever before. But GIS is more than a map, more than identifying features. GIS is about combining bits of information that are related to each other based on their location, in order to make more informed decisions. A GIS gives a whole new perspective to data analysis; it enables a person to visualize patterns, relationships, and trends in a way that lists and tables just can’t. This presentation will provide a basic primer on GIS for emergency managers, and will discuss some of the benefits that GIS can provide. This will include specific examples of recent events where GIS was used, including the St Anthony Bridge collapse, the Republican National Convention, and statewide flood response. We will look at how GIS was used for these events and talk about lessons learned.

 

MN DOT

 

 

Kai Hjermstad

Kai Hjermstad

Kai Hjermstad, AAS, NREMT-P, CP, began his EMS career as an EMT for HealthEast Transportation while attending paramedic school at St Cloud. He has since worked as a paramedic in ALS and critical care ambulances, and in 2005 he became Assistant Director of Mdwakanton Emergency Services and helped the tribal service acquire their ALS 911 license.

 

Hjermstad has served as the Emergency Preparedness Specialist for Scott County Public Health, Scott County Public Health’s Emergency Preparedness Specialist, and Customized Training EMS Coordinator for Hennepin Technical College. It was there that he began the work to implement a Community Paramedic training program. In 2010 Kai was one of eight paramedics that were part of the pilot Community Paramedic program in Minnesota.

 

Hjermstad has been instrumental in building the curriculum and training programs to advance the community paramedic workforce in high demand across the nation. He fulfills numerous requests to speak at conferences nationally and internationally every year.

 

 

PRESENTATION

"Compassion Fatigue - Panel Discussion"

 

HTC Customized Training Services

 

Jonathan Bundt

Jonathan Bundt

Jonathan has worked in the behavioral science, law enforcement field and emergency management for over 30 years specializing in disaster and crisis response. With a vast experience in providing consultation and training services to the private sector, hospitals, public health, human services, EMS, police and fire departments, on local, state and national level.


Specialties: Consulting specializes in dealing with all elements of preparedness and response including planning, risk assessment, exercise development and execution, incident response and recovery. Training on a large range of topics: physical safety training, workplace violence programs, threat assessment, crisis negotiations, disaster behavioral health, crisis communication, critical incident response, stress debriefing training and response, hostile events, terrorism, and tactical operations and command. Public speaking and Keynote presentations.

 

 

PRESENTATION

"Compassion Fatigue - Panel Discussion"

 

Masa Consulting

 

 

Kurtis Bramer

Kurtis Bremer

Kurtis Bramer, MA, EMT-P, CEM-MN: Kurtis began his career in EMS in 1980 and received an AS degree in Emergency Medical Care & Rescue from Mankato State University in 1986. Since 1998, he has served as an Operational Supervisor for Hennepin Emergency Medical Services. During this time he was a principal author of the EMS Incident Response Plan; a member of MMRS including plan development for ChemPacks, and prophylaxis for essential personnel; served as a Deputy EMS Commander at the 35W Bridge Collapse; collaborated on the development of Ambulance Strike Teams in Minnesota; regional EMS planning for the 2008 Republican National Convention; Responder Rehab protocols; and commanded a medical task force in response to the 2009 Fargo-Morehead floods. Currently he is a certified Emergency Manager for the State of Minnesota, serves as the Emergency Manager for Hennepin EMS, is a FEMA certified instructor, and holds a BA and an MA in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University. Kurt is an adjunct professor and guest lecturer for several colleges and universities including Bethel University, the University of MN, Hamline University, and Hennepin Technical College, and has lectured locally and nationally on leadership, and emergency management.

 

 

PRESENTATION

"Compassion Fatigue - Panel Discussion"

 

Hennepin EMS

 

 

Chris Caulkins

Chris Caulkins

Chris Caulkins is currently a managing researcher for Sumrith Solutions, LLC, program director and faculty for the Century College Emergency Medical Services Program, and maintains part-time employment as a paramedic for the City of Woodbury.

 

Chris holds a Master of Public Health, a Master of Liberal Studies (Interdisciplinary Research), a graduate certificate in Career and Technical Education, and is currently working on a Doctorate in Higher Learning Administration at St. Cloud State University.

 

Aside from his formal education and continued response to behavioral health emergencies as a paramedic, Chris has experienced mental illness first hand in caring for family members and in dealing with his own PTSD. He continues to study the phenomenon of suicide intensively after the deaths of both his wife and brother by suicide. He also co-founded and co-facilitates two peer support groups for those bereaved by suicide.​

 

 

PRESENTATION

"Compassion Fatigue - Panel Discussion"

 

Sumrith Solutions, LLC

 

 

Intelligence Project/SPLC

Southern Poverty Group

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was founded in 1971. The center is based in Montgomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement. The SPLC is internationally known for exposing the activities of hate groups within the U.S. and seeking justice for the victims of discrimination.

 

Along with exposing and fighting civil rights abuses, the SPLC also runs the innovative “Teaching Tolerance” program, which distributes educational materials free-of-charge to educators to promote tolerance and respect in our nation’s schools.

 

 

PRESENTATION

"Recognition of the Radical Right Domestic Extremist Movement"

General overview of radical right extremism in the United States. This section deals with past growth of hate groups in America and the most recent map we have of hate groups and chapters currently active in the country today. It also breaks hate groups into the following categories: Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi, racist Skinheads, black separatists, religious-based (Christian Identity and Odinism), and “other” (non-specific) hate groups. The objective is to provide the learner with (1) a working knowledge of the major radical right domestic terrorist groups currently active in the United States and the participants’ area of operations; (2) identification of activities of these radical right domestic extremism groups; (3) identification of radical right extremist symbols, tactics and technology. The learner should be able to recognize the most important groups and subsets, their beliefs and symbols. Training includes the viewing of several video snippets pertinent to the various categories of radical right domestic extremist groups.

 

SPLC

 

Cami Brurud

Cami Brurud currently serves as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Intelligence and Analysis’ (I&A) Senior Intelligence Officer (SIO) assigned to the state of Minnesota. Ms. Brurud has served in this capacity since July 2008 ensuring that relevant information is shared between the National Intelligence Community, DHS and the state of Minnesota through the Fusion Center. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Brurud served as an Intelligence Officer within the Department of Defense for 13 years.

 

 

PRESENTATION

"Current Terrorist Threats to MN and the Nation "

An ever evolving culture of threat faces Minnesota as well as our Nation. We will explore current threat topics, Minnesota nexus, and our role in helping to mitigate these threats. As Homeland Security partners it’s imperative we recognize indicators and identify threats as we work to keep our homeland safe.

 

 

 

 

Fred Stephens

FBI Badge

Fred Stephens is the WMD Coordinator for the Minneapolis Division of the FBI.
 

 

PRESENTATION
 

"Pipette Meets Handcuffs: When Public Health Laboratory Science and Law Enforcement Intersect"
On a daily basis, suspicious letters and packages elicit an emergency response by first responders, public health laboratories, and federal agencies. This session will describe the partnerships that are evolving and the coordinated response that ensures Minnesota’s security is upheld from all-­‐hazards threats.

 

 

Moe Sullivan

MN Department of Health

Moe Sullivan is the supervisor of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Laboratory Unit at the
Minnesota Department of Health Public Health Laboratory (MN-PHL). In addition, she is the Laboratory
Bioterrorism Coordinator for the CDC Public Health Preparedness Cooperative Grant. She has worked
for the MN-PHL for the past 21 years, holding a variety of positions.

Nationally, Ms. Sullivan is a member of the Association of Public Health Laboratory (APHL) Emergency
Preparedness and Response Committee. She has worked on a variety of subcommittees dealing with
emergency preparedness.
 

PRESENTATION
 

"Pipette Meets Handcuffs: When Public Health Laboratory Science and Law Enforcement Intersect"
On a daily basis, suspicious letters and packages elicit an emergency response by first responders, public health laboratories, and federal agencies. This session will describe the partnerships that are evolving and the coordinated response that ensures Minnesota’s security is upheld from all-­‐hazards threats.

 

MN-PHL

 

 

Daniel Moren

DEA logo

 

PRESENTATION

"Minnesota Drug Threat"

 

 

Jen Longaecker

Jen Longaecker

Jen Longaecker is a public information officer for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), serving primarily the State Fire Marshal Division and the Office of Pipeline Safety. She is also the department's social media coordinator, writing and managing content for Facebook and Twitter accounts that update Minnesotans on the activities of 10 wildly different DPS divisions.

Longaecker's educational and professional background is in print journalism. She was a beat reporter and a freelancer for seven years at various newspapers, including the Rochester Post-Bulletin, before she decided it was time to chase a different type of story.

She heard plenty of interesting tales during her three-year run as a 911 dispatcher in Washington County, and now combines emergency response know-how, communication skills and technical savvy as a state PIO, helping keep Minnesotans safer since January 2013.

 

 

PRESENTATION

"Social Media: How To Use It and Why"

 

 

Nancy Swan

Nancy Swan

Nancy Swan has been Director of Children’s Environmental Protection Alliance (Children’s EPA) since 2004. Since founding Children's EPA, she has met with school boards, mayors, and six state governors, leading the nation in securing more than a dozen state proclamations and community resolutions to improve the environmental quality of U.S. schools.

 

Swan partners with more than two dozen major health and environment organizations, educating policy makers and the public and participating in legislation to protect children from environmental and chemical hazards. She has served as host for CDC/ATSDR Community Conversations and as host of Children’s EPA Community Forums. Her work as been published in state and national newspapers, including USAToday. Swan is an active blogger and public speaker and has been interviewed on network television news and radio programs all over the US.

 

Nancy Swan’s soon to be published memoir, Toxic Justice, is the story of her injury resulting from toxic chemicals applied to the school where she was teaching. For more than fifteen years, she battled for justice for herself and the more than two dozen seriously injured schoolchildren. Her case became the longest running personal injury case in Mississippi history and changed state law. But by 2002, Swan was caught in a dangerous web with no way out, forced to challenge a judicial and legal system that demanded a price few can afford.

 

Nancy Swan shares her story and experience as a wake up call for parents, community leaders, and for those who are charged with protecting schoolchildren from harm.

 

 

PRESENTATION

"Toxic Schools and Emergency Response and Preparedness"

I. Toxic Environment and chemicals that endanger health of school children and personnel
     A. Story of my injury from toxic chemicals.
     B. History lesson: Toxic school injuries and deaths that changed laws and regulations.
     C. Doing the Math: Current status of environmental and chemical hazards in US schools
II. Problems that impede progress toward safer, healthier schools
     A. ABCs of unsafe schools
     B. Lack of laws and regulations to protect schoolchildren and personnel
     C. Lack of oversight and funding for enforcement
III. Problems in responding to school environmental and chemical emergencies.
     A. Reality check - whose in charge?
     B. Covering up unsafe school environmental or chemical emergencies.
     C. Planning for disaster or disaster in the making?
IV. Toxic Justice
     A. Political Science: Litigation and justice for toxic victims.
     B. Toxic Twins: Educating the public, emergency preparedness.
V. Beyond Toxic Justice
     A. Children’s Environmental Protection Alliance (Children’s EPA)
     B. What emergency responders can do to help.
     C. Resources to learn more
VI. Questions and discussion

 

Children's EPA

 

Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol

Presenter: Lt. Col. Thomas Simonet, Col, USAF (Retired), Former USAF Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer-Minnesota responsible for the coordination of federal military assets requested by local authorities based on a Presidential Emergency Declaration. He was certified in 2013 through the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management as an Emergency Manager and is currently the Director of Administration for the Minnesota Wing-Civil Air Patrol.

 

Presenter: Lt. Col. Don Sorenson has been in Civil Air Patrol since 1996 and is one of nine Incident Commanders in the state.  Having completed ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 he has worked with multiple State and Federal Agencies as Agency Liaison on US Air Force assigned Missions. Former Squadron Commander and Group Commander in charge of five Squadrons with near 400 Cadets and Senior members.  He is currently coordinating marketing of CAP capabilities and services. 

Presenter: Major David Yost has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol since 2004, and has focused primarily in the areas of flight operations and safety.  Dave holds a Commercial Pilot certificate, and is a Flight Instructor and a CAP Mission Pilot.  He has flown numerous missions, both training and actual, in various types of airplanes.  Dave is a past Squadron Commander of the St. Croix Composite Squadron.  He is currently the Operations Officer and Standards-and-Evaluation Officer for the St. Croix Squadron.

Presenter: Major Jay Sliwinski is both a member of Civil Air Patrol and has served as a 911 Supervisor, Dispatcher, Police Officer and EMT.  His mix of both paid and volunteer experience with emergency preparedness gives him a unique insight on how C.A.P. can be of service to the public safety community.

Presenter: Major Tom Fitzhenry: Soloed with CAP as a Cadet in 1969. Past Commander for the 130th Composite Squadron. Numerous CAP Commendations and a Life Saving Award. Mission Pilot, Ground Team Leader with many finds. Counter Drug Operations Officer for the MN Wing CAP. Experimental Aircraft owner and Powered Parachute Pilot. Retired Police Sergeant (Still license with the State.) City Council Member for Richfield. Member of the Richfield CERT Team.

Available for Q & A: Marcel A Kobberdahl is a former Naval Aviator and retired 3M employee in Pharmaceutical Sales & Marketing.  He has experience in Engineering Production Management.  As a CAP pilot he has flown more than sixty missions.  He is the former commander of Crow Wing Composite Squadron in Brainerd.

Available for Q & A: Stanley H Kegel, Jr., Lt Col, is the Minnesota Wing Director of Emergency Services.  He has completed the National Search and Rescue School and is a ground team leader, mission pilot and incident commander.  He is currently employed as an information system solution architect by Upton Hill. He served as the Viking Squadron Commander in St. Louis Park.

Available for Q & A: Major Jacob Heffron started his law enforcement career as a Community Service Officer for the Brainerd Police Department in 2005. Jacob completed his A.A. degree at Central Lakes College at the age of 17 in 2004, and his Certificate in Criminal Justice in 2005. At the same time he was enrolled at Bemidji State University, and at age 19 he received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He then served as a Correctional Officer for Crow Wing County, and started as a Deputy Sheriff for Morrison County in January 2007. In March and June of that same year, he started part-time with Crosby and Little Falls Police Departments. He worked for 3 years full-time with Crosby PD until Morrison County offered him a permanent position in 2011. He still works for all 3 departments and enjoys the diversity that offers.

In 2010 Jacob enrolled in the Public Safety Executive Leadership Program at St Cloud State University. He has used his skills to facilitate a Strategic Planning exercise with Little Falls Police and members of the community in 2011. In May 2012 he graduated with a Master of Science in Public Safety Executive Leadership. In 2012 & 2013, Jacob taught as an adjunct Criminal Justice Instructor at Central Lakes College, and he continues to teach during their summer Law Enforcement Skills Program.

Jacob now serves as the Unit Commander of the Crow Wing Composite Squadron; based in Brainerd, MN.

 

 

 

 

PRESENTATION

"Civil Air Patrol: A Low-Cost Option For Public Safety"

 

MNCAP

 

 

Craig Anderson, Ph. D.

Dr. Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson, Ph.D. in social psychology, Stanford University, 1980, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University; Director, Center for the Study of Violence; Past-President of the International Society for Research on Aggression. He has published over 200 works, many in top scientific outlets, and is widely cited in textbooks and the scientific literature. His 2007 book Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents (with Doug Gentile and Katherine Buckley, Oxford University Press) included the first longitudinal study of this topic. His General Aggression Model has been applied to clinical, social, personality and developmental psychology; pediatrics; criminology; war and climate change, among other fields.

 

 

PRESENTATION

General Session:

"Violent Video Game Effects on Physical Aggression and Violence"

In this session, evidence will be presented on the question of whether playing violent video games increases the likelihood of the player later engaging in physically aggressive and violent behavior. Key issues include the distinction between short-term and long-term effects, strength and consistency of the evidence, underlying processes that cause these behavioral effects, and the risk and resilience approach to understanding violent behavior, including school shootings. Depending on time and audience interest, this session may also include discussion of public policy options, the so-called "debate" about media violence effects, and recent cross-cultural studies on violent video game effects.

 

Break out session:

"Beyond Aggression and Violence: Other Positive and Negative Effects of Video Games"

In this session, effects of playing various types of video games—excluding aggressive and violent  behavior— and will be presented. This includes the varying effects of violent games and nonviolent-prosocial games on outcomes such as prosocial, academic and health behaviors. Also included will be recent research on 

video game effects on attention problems such as Attention Deficit Disorder, on stereotyping, on school performance, on desensitization, and on impulsive behavior. Other topics to be discussed include video game addiction, spatial-visual skills, and empathy. Finally, a mapping of video game characteristics to likely have positive and negative effects on players will be presented. 

 

 

Jason Sole

Jason Sole

Jason has been an educator, serving as an adjunct and assistant professor for more than five years, at Metropolitan State University’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. He is a national keynote speaker and gang trainer, including serving as a trainer for One Circle Foundation. He serves as an Executive Committee Member for Minnesota’s Second Chance Coalition. Through his firm, Jason Sole Consulting LLC, he offers juvenile and criminal justice agencies the tools they need to influence people affected by delinquency, incarceration, poverty, and other social ills. In addition, he is a 2013 Bush Fellow who is focusing on reducing the recidivism rate among juveniles throughout the state of Minnesota. He recently released his memoir, From Prison to Ph.D.: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chances. (Note: Book will also be sold at the M-STEP conference.)

 

 

PRESENTATION

"From Prison to PHD"

The goal of the presentation is to provide a holistic view of social ills ex-offenders, including new challenges in the 21st century. The presenter will discuss how he was able to transcend his felony convictions to become an effective change agent in the criminal justice system.

Participants will learn the following:
• How to Utilize a Strength-based Approach with Ex-offenders
• Understand the Effects of Labeling
• The Art of Normalizing Mistakes
• Know When to be What: Selecting the Right Delivery
• The Power of Identifying Resiliency Factors in Ex-offenders

 

Jason Sole Consulting, LLC

 




Last updated: 2015-02-18 16:19:42