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Patricia Ainsworth is the Chief Information Officer at Mount Wachusett Community College. Prior to her MWCC position, Pat worked at the University of Vermont as project director for the PeopleSoft implementation and as the director of network services and telecommunications. Pat’s 27-year career at Verizon allows her to bring deep business experience and a focus on process improvement to bear in the higher education environment. Pat is a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), as well as a member for FBI InfraGard and the ISSA (Information Systems Security Association). She holds a master’s degree in policy from SUNY, as well as degrees in financial management and accounting.

Larry Berkowitz, Ed.D., is director of the Riverside Trauma Center, which coordinates a statewide Trauma Response Network in Massachusetts, serving over 300 communities. Previously, he served as director of an outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment center north of Boston. A licensed psychologist specializing in work with children, adolescents and families, he has presented widely on issues such as behavioral health disaster response, suicide prevention, and responding to schools following the suicide of a young person.

Tammy Bringaze, Ph.D., director of the Counseling Center at Westfield State College, has been involved in college mental health and crisis intervention for a number of years. Before coming to Westfield State College, Dr. Bringaze served as director of University Counseling Services at Truman State University and as director at the Center for Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Louis University. In addition to her college mental health experience, Dr. Bringaze worked with the Center for Survivors of War Torture and Trauma where she counseled torture survivors from Afghanistan and Bosnia. She also served on the Adair County Mental Health Board where she worked to improve college student access to local mental health and crisis services. Dr. Bringaze is also well versed in professional ethics and was appointed to serve on the American Counseling Association Ethics Revision Committee which was responsible for writing the most recent version of the ethical standards of practice for the counseling profession. Dr. Bringaze has published several articles and presented at numerous regional and national conferences.

Kevin M. Burke is Secretary of Public Safety for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Immediately prior to his appointment as Secretary, Burke was a managing partner with Burke & Mawn Consultants, LLC, a public safety consulting firm providing diverse services to government and industry clients. From 1979 to 2002, Kevin Burke served as District Attorney for the Eastern District in Salem, overseeing the creation of the first Victim/Witness Program in the Commonwealth and the first comprehensive Juvenile Diversion Program. He also authored the Massachusetts Victim Bill of Rights and established one of the first District Attorney-based violence prevention programs to collaborate with schools, courts and social service agencies to provide intervention and prevention services to high-risk youth. Prior to becoming District Attorney, Burke served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from Beverly from 1975 to 1979. He is currently a member of the Board of the Anti-Defamation League, a member of the Northeast Health Systems Board of Trustees, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Beverly National Bank Corporation. Burke holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a law degree from Boston College Law School.

Roger L. Depue, Ph.D., is founder and chairman of the board of the Academy Group, Inc., a forensic behavioral sciences consulting firm specializing in the analysis of aberrant behavior for law firms and planning strategies for dealing with violence in the school and workplace. He has consulted with numerous government entities, and worked with over fifty “Fortune 500” companies resolving a wide variety of behavioral problems. He currently serves as a consultant to the FBI and lectures regularly at the FBI Academy. From 1968 to 1989, he held many positions within the FBI, including Special Agent, Supervisory Special Agent in the Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) at the FBI Academy, and Chief of Behavioral Sciences, before becoming the first administrator of the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. In his early career, after serving a tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps, he served as a police officer and eventually became the chief of police in the City of Clare at the age of 27. He also worked as the Clare County Juvenile Officer with neglected, abused, and delinquent children. He has held administrative positions in numerous professional organizations, professorships at major universities, and has received many prestigious honors and awards. He has provided briefings to top U.S. Government officials, including White House staff. He has testified before both houses of the U.S. Congress, attended and lectured at White House conferences, and has made presentations to top-level corporate and government agency executives. In April of 2007, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine appointed him to an eight-member review commission to examine the Virginia Tech mass killing tragedy. He is an internationally known author and speaker on leadership and forensic behavioral science topics. He received a B.S. in Psychology from Central Michigan University, a M.S. in the Administration of Justice, and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Development from the American University in Washington, D.C. His book, Between Good and Evil, is currently available in bookstores.

Dr. Elizabeth Kandel Englander is a professor of psychology at Bridgewater State College. She was the first recipient of the Presidential Fellowship at Bridgewater State College, which enabled her to found the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, a center that delivers anti-violence and anti-bullying programs, resources, and research for the state of Massachusetts. She is a nationally recognized expert in the area of bullying and cyberbullying, childhood causes of violence and aggression, child development, and characteristics of juvenile and adult violent offenders. Dr. Englander’s expertise in children’s violence led to her appointment to the Advisory Boards for several organizations and to the Executive Committee for the mental health component of the Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative under former Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly. She has collaborated with the Massachusetts State Senate in developing legislation and has testified as an expert before the Senate. Dr. Englander is the author of more than thirty articles in journals and books, and is the author of Understanding Violence, a text in the field of child development, biological psychology, and violent criminal behavior, now out in its third edition. She has been cited on hundreds of occasions in the print media and has appeared on both local and national television and radio across the country and in Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California.

James Allan Fox, Ph.D., is the Lipman Family Professor of Criminal Justice and Professor of Law, Policy and Society at Northeastern University in Boston. He has published sixteen books, including his two newest, The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless, and Extreme Killing: Serial and Mass Murder. He has also published hundreds of journal and magazine articles and newspaper columns, primarily in the areas of multiple murder, juvenile crime, school violence, workplace violence, and capital punishment. As an authority on homicide, Fox appears regularly on national television and radio programs, including The Today Show, Meet the Press, Dateline, and 20/20. He was also profiled in a two-part cover story in USA Today, which described him as arguably “the nation’s foremost criminologist,” in a New York Times feature story as well as in other media outlets. He served as a consulting contributor for Fox News following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and as an NBC News Analyst during the D.C. Sniper investigation. Fox often gives lectures and expert testimony, including over one hundred keynote or campus-wide addresses around the country, fifteen appearances before the United State Congress, White House meetings with President and Mrs. Clinton and Vice-President Gore on youth violence, private briefings to Attorney General Reno on trends in violence, and a presentation for Princess Anne of Great Britain. He served on President Clinton’s advisory committee on school shootings, and a Department of Education Expert Panel on Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools. Fox has served as visiting fellow with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics specializing in the measurement of homicide trends. Finally, he was recently awarded the Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in death penalty scholarship.

Jon Jaffe, LICSW, division director for the Family and Behavioral Health Division, has worked at Riverside Community Care since 2002. Jon has 30 years of experience in mental health and human services. For the last 20 years, Jon has held senior management positions in a range of settings, including for-profit (overseeing operations in managed care and national employee assistance programs), start-up, and nonprofit community mental health. He has also consulted to community health and human service organizations. Jon began his career as a clinician, then clinical supervisor and trainer. At Riverside, Jon oversees the clinical and financial operations of all the agency’s outpatient clinics, emergency services, wrap around services for youth, Day Treatment, and Early Intervention programs. Linda S. Jones, Ed.D., is Director of Counseling and Health Services at Salem State College. A licensed psychologist, she has over 25 years of experience in college counseling. Her professional interests include suicide prevention, sexual assault, clinical supervision and training, and issues related to gender and sexual orientation.

Lieutenant Jeffrey LaFrenier is second in charge on the Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) Campus Police Department. He has been with the MWCC Campus Police Department since November 1998. Prior to 1998, Lt. LaFrenier worked for the Templeton Developmental Center for several years as a Campus Police Officer and Administrator. He has also worked as a reserve officer in the towns of Orange and Warwick. At MWCC, Lt. LaFrenier has served as a Crime Prevention Officer, a RAD Womens instructor, and currently as the Operations Commander in addition to his daily duties as the first watch shift commander and liaison to the Chief for the satellite campuses.

Paul G. Lannon, Jr., is a partner in the Litigation Section and a member of the firm’s national Labor and Employment, Education and Energy Practice Groups and is Chair of the Non-Competition, Trade Secrets and Employee Defection team. He represents public and private companies in complex civil litigation, counsels businesses on asset protection and workplace issues, and advocates for management in employment disputes. He also serves as the outside general counsel for several private colleges and secondary schools in New England. His experience includes successful trials, appeals, arbitrations and mediations, locally and nationally. He has twice argued First Amendment principles before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and he has defended the U.S. Bobsled Team in Olympic arbitration. Mr. Lannon is also accomplished in representing energy services companies before state and federal agencies. In one of the first major federal cases after 9/11, he successfully argued to re-open the Port of Boston to supertanker traffic. Mr. Lannon served as a special Assistant District Attorney and also defends professionals in malpractice and disciplinary actions.

Ann McDonald currently serves as Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management at Mount Wachusett Community College. During her 22-year tenure at the college, she has held responsibility for student affairs areas including transfer, cooperative education, student life and career services. Ann currently manages the student affairs division that includes all enrollment-related offices including admissions, financial aid and enrollment services, as well as counseling services, career and transfer services, orientation, judicial affairs and student life. Ann earned her master’s degree in higher education administration and her law degree from New England School of Law.

J. Keith Motley, Ph.D., is the eighth chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston. He leads an institution with approximately 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students, a full-time and part-time faculty of more than 800, and a $254 million annual budget. Prior to serving as chancellor, Dr. Motley served as vice president for business, marketing, and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts President’s Office, interim chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, and vice chancellor for student affairs of the University of Massachusetts Boston. These positions followed a 20-plus-year career in higher education administration that included ten years as dean of student services at Northeastern University. As vice president for business, marketing, and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts President’s Office, Dr. Motley was instrumental in leading strategic, system-wide initiatives and working closely with the Board of Trustees’ committees on advancement and athletics. He instituted the Development Council, comprised of vice chancellors from the five University of Massachusetts campuses, to improve collaboration on fundraising and facilitate that process. Dr. Motley’s responsibilities in the President’s Office also included building external relationships with K-12 specialists and higher education policy leaders, locally and federally; creating relationships with corporations; and working with functional networks such as associations. A founder of the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School and chair emeritus of the school’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Motley is the immediate past Chair of the Newbury College Board of Trustees. He also serves on numerous boards of community organizations, including the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, Freedom House, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc., the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, ACCESS, and the Dimock Community Health Center. He is the founder and education chair of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc., and the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development. Dr. Motley also chairs the Boston Committee Initiative’s “Do the Write Thing Challenge” of the National Campaign to Stop Violence. J. Keith Motley holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northeastern University and a doctorate from Boston College.

Daniel O’Neill is founder, president and CEO of Applied Risk Management (ARM), LLC, which currently employs 26 full-time consultants and provides global risk management and security engineering services. ARM’s Offices are located in Stoneham, MA; Manassas, VA; and in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Mr. O’Neill has over 15 years of security industry experience and has been the principal in charge of over 100 consulting engagements including multiple large-scale university and college projects. Mr. O’Neill has expertise in areas of quantitative risk assessment, threat assessment, crime analysis, terrorism analysis, security systems effectiveness analysis, security program recommendations including cost/benefit and ROI analysis. He is certified by Sandia National Laboratories to conduct multiple types of risk assessments and is a certified Department of Homeland Security Counter Terrorism and Suicide Bomber Prevention Trainer. He is also a graduate of the Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents Course at New Mexico Tech. Mr. O’Neill is a former senior executive with First Security Services Corporation, holding positions in the consulting, uniform/guard, information and investigative divisions. He is a former Captain in the U.S. Army and was the honor graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School. He was also awarded the Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. He is a graduate of Northeastern University and the Harvard Business School.

Dr. Patricia F. Plummer has been Commissioner (formerly Chancellor) of the Department of Higher Education since September 2006. In this role, she is the chief advocate for public higher education and leads statewide projects that help students prepare for and successfully complete college. Previously, Dr. Plummer was for five years Deputy Chancellor for Policy and Planning at the DHE, overseeing P-16 education coordination, teacher preparation initiatives and the STEM Pipeline Fund. Dr. Plummer began her career in higher education as a tenured professor at Framingham State College, where she worked for nearly 20 years, most recently as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Plummer earned her bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from Framingham State College, her master’s degree in nutrition from Tufts University and her doctorate in higher education administration from Boston College.

Bradford Ridley is the Senior Director of Information Technology—Policy and Risk Management at the University of Massachusetts. Over the past year, he has served as overall project coordinator of the emergency notification system implementations at public higher education institutions within the Commonwealth; working with the Department of Higher Education, Dialogic Communications Corporation (DCC), and the 23 state and community colleges that implemented the DCC Emergency Notification System. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts, Mr. Ridley was the director of financial and administrative systems at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare. Prior to his work at Partners Healthcare, Mr. Ridley was a consulting director responsible for managing large-scale implementations of administrative and clinical systems in major healthcare centers across the country.

Trooper John L. Suyemoto has been a sworn member of the Massachusetts State Police since 1993. He spent the first half of his career performing uniformed patrol functions and was assigned to SP Russell, a barracks with mostly rural patrol areas in western Massachusetts. In 1997, he joined the STOP Team, the SWAT arm of the Department. Since that time, he has served in many functions as a team member, including operator, sniper, West Team Leader, and currently Training Officer, serving in that function since 2002. He graduated from Tufts University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College.

Ed Terceiro is the Executive Vice President at Mount Wachusett Community College and in that capacity serves as the college’s chief operating officer and resident engineer. Ed has over 38 years of experience in higher education and has served on a variety of committees and task forces at both the state and national level. He has developed a national reputation for his expertise in sustainability and renewable energy applications. Ed is a mechanical engineer and holds advanced degrees in vocational technical education, education administration, and higher education administration.

Jo-Anne Thomas Vanin, Ph. D., is associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students for the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Vanin has served in this capacity at the Amherst campus for nearly 20 years, assisting in the administration of student affairs. In her primary role as dean of students, she has led the ongoing efforts to develop and implement systems to respond to the ever changing student life issues, led the commitment to increased cooperation among on-campus departments and community agencies and acted as the university’s chief discipline officer. Prior to working at UMass Amherst, Dr. Vanin served in the student life administrative divisions at Penn State University and Bryn Mawr College. The ACT (Assessment and Care Team) initiative developed in collaboration with UMass Amherst Mental Health Services reflects Dr. Vanin’s current particular interest in safety systems and early interventions to support and assist students.



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