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Safety and Security Summit

Date: 6/18/2019    Start Time: 9:00 AM    End Time: 3:30 PM    Location: Jepson Alumni Center, University of Richmond

irginia Independent Schools Safety and Security Summit
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Jepson Alumni Center, University of Richmond

8:30 Check-in; Program begins at 9:00 AM and concludes at 3:30 PM

To bring together resources and best practices for safer school environments.


Steve Mandell, Founder of Big Back Pack

Steve Mandell - Principal Consultant and Advocate, Big Back Pack

10 Years as Head of School

14 Years in Key Administrative Positions

10 Years in Private Industry (International Shipping & Logistics)

M.Ed. in Leadership and Administration (South Carolina)

B.A. in Legal Studies (Massachusetts)

Independent School Graduate (Pomfret School)

Experienced Human Resource Professional (SHRM Member)

Certified School Safety Manager (ISHM)

ALICE Basic Certification

Authorized Facilitator, Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Training

U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame - South Carolina Chapter

From a newspaper route at twelve, through a decade in the shipping industry and 24 years of independent school experience, Steve Mandell has a very simple approach: show-up early, work hard, and care compassionately for others. He believes people are happier when they know the boss cares about them and is working to make their lives better. With a positive, wellness based approach to employment and school safety & security, schools can truly be great places to teach and learn. That is Steve Mandell's personal mission every day.

Donna Michaelis, Manager

Donna Michaelis is the manager of the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety and Public Safety Training at the Department of Criminal Justices Services.  She has been working in the area of school safety since 1985 when she began her career with the Chesterfield County Police Department as the county’s first Child Safety Coordinator. Mrs. Michaelis assumed the responsibility of the newly legislated Center at DCJS when it was established in 2000 as a result of the Columbine tragedy. She is currently a manager within the Law Enforcement Division of DCJS overseeing Public Safety Training and the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety.  In her role, she provides training, resources, and technical assistance to all schools, colleges and universities, and law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth on issues related to school and campus safety and specialized law enforcement issues.

Donna is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.


Administrators, Educators, School Security, School Staff, to name a few!

From maintaining buildings and grounds to active shooter training, this summit brings subject matter experts across disciplines to discuss best practices, offer training, introduce new devices and services to assist in creating safer school environments.

School Safety/Crisis Management
Campus Threat Assessment
Student Threat Assessment
Writing a Crisis Plan - What Should be Considered
Communications with Your Communities and Law Enforcement
Run, Hide, Right Training
Round Table on What to Think About When Setting Up Security

For the preliminary schedule

Jepson Alumni Center
University of Richmond
442 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173

For some suggested hotels

FEES: (Includes All Materials and Lunch)

• VAIS members: $145
   • Non-members:   $195

Final date to register for this Conference is Tuesday, June 4. No refunds after this date. Please refer to the VAIS Cancellation Policy for further clarification.

We welcome sponsors at the Safety and Security Summit. Each sponsor includes a table, two chairs and one lunch.
Lunch Sponsor: $1500
Break Sponsor: $750
Table Only: $300

Registration is now open. Register HERE as a sponsor.


Click here to register for the event

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