School Safety Conference

Free One-Day Event

The Illinois State Board of Education, RETA Security, Oak Park & River Forest High School, Oak Park Police & Fire Departments, and Proviso Area for Exceptional Children invite you to heighten your safety awareness by attending a gathering of experts in the field of school safety and emergency preparedness. At no cost to you, you can learn how to enhance the safety and security of your school facility on a day-to-day basis and long term. This vital information will be practical and easy to apply, and there will be ample time for you to ask specific questions. Theodore Roosevelt once said “you never have trouble if you are prepared for it.” This statement takes on significant meaning as schools try to ensure the safety of their students in today’s vulnerable world. We hope you will join us to hear from the subject matter experts.

April 20, 2016
7:30am to 4:00pm

Bristol Palace
828 E. Rand Rd.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Who Should Attend?

  • District Administrators
  • School Administrators
  • Police & Fire Officials
  • Transportation Directors
  • Parties in Charge of Safety

Register by 4/12/2016 at

Please provide the name of your school or agency, your name, your phone number, and your email address. Registration is limited to (4) people per department or school. If you need to bring more than four, please call Randy Braverman at 224-578-0484.

A FREE Continental Breakfast & Lunch Will Be Served.

Exceptional Vendors Will Be On Site!

CPDU/CEU paperwork will be provided on site.

Guest Speakers and Topics

  • Brittney Burns - Assistant State’s Attorney - Community Justice Center - Cook County
    “While Technology Continues to Evolve, the Need to Instill and Reinforce Concepts of Digital Citizenship Remain Constant.” This session will highlight current trends, review the various digital platforms, and illustrate county-specific case examples.

  • Mia Ray Langheim - School Intelligence Officer - Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center Illinois State Police
    “School Safety Information Sharing Program and Suspicious Activity in Schools.”

  • Paul Timm, PSP - RETA Security Inc. - President
    “Effective Security Before and After School Hours”

  • A. J. DeAndera - Sergeant - 23 year veteran of the Arvada, Colorado Police Department. Currently assigned to the Community Response Impact Team (CRIT). Served as a member and Team Leader of the Jefferson County Regional SWAT Team for 16 years.
    “A Decision Making Matrix: Learned from Columbine H.S. , Platte Canyon H.S. and Youth with a Mission School Shootings.”

  • Ernest Brown - Executive Director, Marcos Estrada - Deputy Director of Training and Special Projects, Robert Dunne - Training & Exercise Coordinator - Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
    “Seconds Matter.” This program encompasses the full Life Cycle of Active Threat Preparedness across all Mission areas including Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.

  • Jennifer Smith - Attorney - Education Practice Group - Franczek-Radelet P. C.
    “A Legal Guide to Serving Transgender Students.” Transgender students may have needs that arise at school that relate in important ways to their gender identity. This session will explore topic areas in which schools have legal obligations to support their transgender students - including student records, safety, activities, facility access, and health services - and some of the state and federal laws applicable to each area.

  • Randy Braverman - Director of Campus Safety - Oak Park and River Forest H.S. Conference and Safety Panel Moderator

  • Paul Timm, PSP - RETA Security Inc. - President

  • Ron Ellis - School Security Specialist

  • David Young - FBI - Special Agent - Chicago - Liaison between the Behavioral Analysis Unit and local law enforcement

  • Rick Tanksley - Chief - Oak Park Police Department

  • LT. William Evans - Cook County Sheriff's Police

  • Nathaniel L. Rouse - Principal - Oak Park and River Forest H.S.

  • Dr. Sandy Ellis - Faculty, National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center, TEEX, Texas A & M University

  • Peter Pilafas - Deputy Fire Chief - Oak Park Fire Department

  • Jill Pettorelli - FBI - Special Agent - Chicago Coordinator for Behavioral Analysis Unit

  • Sgt. Larry Drish - Bomb Technician - Cook County Sheriff's Police

  • Dr. Terry Smith - Executive Director - Proviso Area for Exceptional Children

  • Anthony Ambrose - Deputy Chief - Oak Park Police Department

  • Robert Zummallen - Construction Manager - Oak Park and River Forest H.S.

  • Ronald Johnson - Director of Transportation - Oak Park and River Forest H.S

  • Cameron Bergau - Student - Junior - Oak Park and River Forest H.S.

Conference Extras

  • View the most current safety products on the market from vendors dedicated to school safety and security.