School Safety Conference

Free One-Day Event

The Illinois State Board of Education, the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools, RETA Security, the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, East Aurora School District 131, 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 crisis prevention. At no cost to you, come and 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.

September 14, 2012

7:30am to 4:00pm


5333 Prairie Stone Parkway

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

Who Should Attend?

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

Register by 09/09 at

Please provide the name of your school or agency, your name, your phone number, and your email address. Registration is limited to ten people per department or school. If you need to bring more than ten, 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 provide on site.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

Guest Speakers and Topics

  • Jonathon E. Monken –Director Illinois Emergency Management Agency
  • Ron Ellis – State Program Director, School & Campus Training Project
    "Discussing Free State Emergency Training Video and Online Training”
  • Sarah Migas and Chris Feller – Office of the Illinois Attorney General/Internet Safety Specialist
    “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 Illinois-specific cases.
  • Dominick Cappelutti – Waukegan Police Department – Homicide/Gang Detective
    “Interviewing students involved in gangs using the three R’s system. During this session, Dominick will conduct a live demonstration using students.”
  • Paul Timm, PSP – RETA Security, Inc. – President
    Illinois has had the 2nd most tornado-related deaths at schools. Now is the time to learn important lessons from last year’s devastating tornado in Joplin, MO.
  • Clayton Muhammad – East Aurora School District (Director of Community Relations)
    “Managing Media During a School Emergency Crisis” During this session, Clayton will be asked live questions from WGN media and audience members.
  • Suzanne Peck – Peck Consultants – President
    “Lessons That Will Teach Respect and Prevent Bullying” Suzanne will teach a solution based multi-media program to school personnel and students on how to prevent bullying and how to speak up when bullying occurs.
  • Bruce Talbot – Bruce R. Talbot Associates – President – Recognized Expert in Emerging Drug Trends.
    “Current Trends in School Drug Abuse". Bruce will present Illinois-specific data on school drug use of narcotic "poly-pharming" and designer synthetic drugs.  Legal issues surrounding establishing reasonable suspicion of under the influence of drugs will be briefly reviewed.

Safety Panelists

  • Randy Braverman – RETA Security, Inc. – Senior Consultant Conference and Safety Panel Moderator
  • Charles M. DuShane – Department of Homeland Security – Protective Security Advisor
  • Paul Timm, PSP – RETA Security, Inc. – President
  • Julie Ewart – U.S. Department of Education – Office of Communications and Outreach, Great Lakes Region
  • Sarah Migas – Office of the Illinois Attorney General – Internet Safety Specialist
  • Lt. William Evans – Cook County Sheriff's Police
  • Harrison Schneider – Kane County Regional Office of Education – Associate Regional Superintendent
  • Dr. Sandy Ellis – Faculty, National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center, TEEX, Texas A & M University
  • Dominick Cappelutti – Waukegan Police Department – Homicide/Gang Detective
  • Kathryn R. Hug – FBI – Special Agent – Squad H1 – TLOC Coordinator – Chicago
  • Dr. Terry Smith – Executive Director – Proviso Area for Exceptional Children
  • Michael Hish – Hoffman Estates – Police Chief
  • Pete Smith – ILEAS Field Operations Manager for Northern Illinois

Conference Extras

  • View the most current safety products on the market from vendors dedicated to school safety and security.
  • Everyone in attendance will receive a complimentary gift.