The VTV Family Outreach Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by the families and survivors directly impacted by the April 16, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech where 32 lives were lost. Determined to prevent a similar tragedy, the Foundation advocates for K-12 and higher education campus safety and security. Learn more at www.vtvfamilyfoundation.org and www.32ncsi.org.
President: Joseph Samaha
Executive Director: Alan Davis
Mailing Address: 4400 University Drive, MSN 2A4, Fairfax, VA 22030 (George Mason University)
Physical Address: Student Union Building I, Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030
Map: Google link
Contact: 855-462-7432 or firstname.lastname@example.org
VTV Media Contact
1-855-462-7432 ext 4
mcastro -at- vtvfamilyfoundation.org
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Subject Matter Experts
The following subject matter experts are available for interviews and speaking engagements. Requests should be made through our media contact.
Director of 32 National Campus Safety Initiative, 32 NCSI
VTV Family Outreach Foundation
Topics: Campus Safety, Victim Assistance, Crisis Intervention, Mass-Casualty Trauma Mitigation.
Will Marling is the former Executive Director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), Alexandria, Virginia. As the nation’s oldest national 501(c)(3) victim assistance organization of its kind in the nation, NOVA’s mission is to champion dignity and compassion for those harmed by crime and crisis. An Ohio native, Marling earned his undergraduate degree in 1986 from Cedarville University. He went on to complete graduate and post-graduate degrees, 1989 and 1997 respectively, with spiritual, anthropological and cultural frameworks.
His formal introduction into the world of victim assistance and crisis intervention began in 1990 when he began working with local law enforcement in Columbus, Ohio, serving officers and the community. The context of critical incident intervention, along mass-casualty trauma mitigation brought those added dimensions to his skill set and experience base in responding to people in crisis. Beyond deploying to local incidents, his praxis has been informed as a responder to a variety of national and international high-profile events that have included violent crimes, human error and natural disasters.
Director Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy
Stetson University College of Law
Topics: Higher Education Law, Campus Safety Law, University Policy, University Insurance, Jurisprudence.
Peter F. Lake is professor of law, Charles A. Dana chair and director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of torts, higher education law and policy, insurance, and jurisprudence, and has won several awards for his teaching and scholarship. He co-authored The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University: Who Assumes the Risks of College Life? (Carolina Academic Press 1999, second edition forthcoming 2013), and has authored other books, numerous law review articles and other publications. He is an internationally-recognized expert on higher education law and policy and has been quoted or referred to in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Sun Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Time, Cosmopolitan, various reported legal decisions including the supreme courts of Virginia and Florida, and the most recent Restatement of the Law of Torts.
He has appeared on major television networks such as ABC and CNN. Over the years and in recognition of his work, Professor Lake has served on several boards, including the board of editors of the Journal of College and University Law, the Center for Academic Integrity, the review board for the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center, the academic advisory board of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and the advisory board for the Jed Foundation. He also serves as the chair of the Stetson University College of Laws Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education.
David S. Burns, CEM
Santa Clara University
Topics: Emergency Management, Campus Emergency Management, Mass Notifications, Campus Evacuations, University Policy, Clery Act, Higher Education Act, Emergency Managers.
Dave has a diverse career history over 3-decades in public safety as a program administrator, consultant, and recognized national leader in emergency management. As a full-time, working practitioner for a major university, Dave understands the real world impacts of addressing the Clery Act and Higher Education Act of 2008, and challenges for working public safety professionals in a Higher Education setting.
Dave serves as Vice-President on the Board of Directors for the Santa Clara County Emergency Manager’s Association, and served past roles on the Board of Directors of the California Emergency Services Association (CESA); 3 years as Vice-Chair of the Universities and Colleges Caucus (UCC) for the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Dave has presented on issues and best practices related to the Clery Act (mass notification, evacuation, policy and procedures, etc.), and is a frequent contributor to emerging issues, panel speaker, and author/blogger on a variety of Emergency Management topics.
E.R. (Gene) Deisinger, Ph.D.
SIGMA Threat Management Associates, PA
Topics: Threat Assessment, Threat Management, Psychology, Behavior, Campus Public Safety, University Police, Organizational Development, Campus Security, Campus Law Enforcement.
Dr. Gene Deisinger is a Managing Partner & Co-Founder of SIGMA Threat Management Associates, a professional services firm involving internationally recognized experts in psychology and behavior, law, organizational development, security, and law enforcement. A woman-owned small business, SIGMA provides training and consulting services to a broad range of clients worldwide including educational institutions, governmental agencies, security & protective services agencies, corporations, and public figures. SIGMA helps clients evaluate threatening circumstances, manage situations, mitigate risk for violence, and enhance their safety and well-being.
Until his retirement in November 2014, Dr. Deisinger also served as Deputy Chief of Police & Director of Threat Management Services for Virginia Tech, positions to which he had been recruited following the 2007 mass casualty incident at that campus. As executive officer for the Virginia Tech Police Department, Major Deisinger provided leadership for law enforcement operations to support a safe and secure campus environment. In addition to his police command responsibilities, Dr. Deisinger also led the university’s multi-disciplinary threat management functions.
Jason D. Friedberg
Executive Vice President & Director of Security
Topics: Campus Public Safety, University Police, Campus Security, Campus Law Enforcement, Physical Security, Personal Security, Mobile Safety.
After retiring from a 24-year law enforcement and security career as a chief of police, Jason Friedberg set his sites on technology. In the past two years Mr. Friedberg has helped to found and build two successful personal security and law enforcement startups. As an established expert in campus law enforcement and personal security, Mr. Friedberg understands the challenges of developing and launching security-based products and service in the world of apps. His companies EmergenSee and Criminal Sciences have helped to create and define these new market segments and in doing so, have created profitable companies in the historically competitive world of security and mobile safety.
Mr. Friedberg earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State College and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England College. He is a graduate of the 1st Massachusetts Special State Police Academy Class and of Pennsylvania State University’s Police Executive School (POLEX). In 2011, Mr. Friedberg was appointed as a national faculty member for Clery Act training by Security On Campus, Inc., a non-profit campus security oversight organization founded by the Clery family.
Connie Kirkland, MA, NCC, CTS
Manager, Sexual Assault Services
Northern Virginia Community College
Topics: Campus Sexual Assault, Stalking, Dating/Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Crime Victim Advocacy, Violence Against Women, Threat Assessment, Behavioral Intervention, Criminal Justice, Trauma, Counseling, Campus Law Enforcement.
Connie has worked for over 35 years in crime victim advocacy, as a college instructor, and as a criminal justice researcher and trainer. She is an ATSS Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor. She has authored legislative bills, training manuals, and materials related to crime victim issues, specializing in violence against women.
She is currently the Director of the NOVACares Office at Northern Virginia Community College, where she chairs the Threat Assessment Team, coordinates behavioral intervention and support services for the college, and manages the college Sexual Assault Services program. Previously, she was the Director of Sexual Assault Services at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, where for 20 years she provided education and intervention services for victims of campus sexual assault, stalking, and dating/domestic violence.
Topics: Hazing, Fraternity Hazing, Sorority Hazing, Hazing Prevention, Anti-Hazing, Bullying, Human Behavior.
Franklin College Professor Hank Nuwer began researching hazing as an international human rights abuse issue and pushing prevention in high schools and on college campuses in 1978 with an article in Human Behavior. He has spoken on the topic on roughly 150 television and radio shows, including NPR, “Today Show,” CNN, ESPN, “Anderson Cooper 360” and “20/20”; has spoken at more than 100 universities, including Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Oregon, University of Toronto and University of Illinois; has authored dozens of scholarly articles and has been cited in roughly 200 scholarly books, dissertations and articles; he has written one play, one novel and four scholarly books on hazing, including “High School Hazing” and “The Hazing Reader.” His book, “Broken Pledges,” was made into an NBC Movie called “Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges.” He is considered an expert in the field both nationally and internationally, fielding dozens of interview requests annually.
In addition to serving for 32 NCSI, Nuwer is a founding board member of HazingPrevention.org, which honored him with naming its top award the “Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Award.” Peyton Manning was a past award recipient. Nuwer is also a founding board member for the Anti-Hazing Awareness Movement, a longtime Security on Campus adviser, a Kids-in-the-House expert on bullying and a columnist for Stophazing.org. He was granted an honorary doctorate from State University of New York for service and books related to hazing; he founded the Hazing Collection at SUNY’s Buffalo State College Library for scholarly research.
Jeffrey W. Pollard, PhD, ABPP
Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Counseling Center Director, Emeritus
George Mason University
Topics: Psychology, Threat Assessment, Campus Threat Assessment, Violence Prevention, Threat Management, Counseling.
Dr. Jeff Pollard is a Board Certified Licensed Psychologist, and a founding member of George Mason University’s Threat Assessment Team, where he is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. He served as a subject matter expert in the curriculum development for national campus threat assessment training sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS Office), and has consulted to universities and colleges throughout the country on threat assessment. He is well published and has spoken on violence prevention and threat management at national and regional meetings of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, the American College Health Association, the American Board of Professional Psychology, the American College Personnel Association, and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools among other. He has testified before congress in support of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as well as in support of resources dedicated to the mental health of returning veterans.
Dr. Pollard has thirty years experience directing counseling and health centers on campuses with enrollments ranging from 2,100 to 34,000 students. He is a lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, and is past-president of the American Board of Counseling Psychology. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia that included a Clinical Psychology Residency at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine.
Prevention and Research Coordinator
University of Missouri
Topics: Psychology, Substance Abuse, Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol Prevention, High-Risk Drinking, Behavioral Health.
Dan Reilly received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Missouri. Dan currently serves as the Prevention and Research Coordinator for Missouri’s 21-campus, state-wide Partners in Prevention higher education substance abuse consortium and has served as a Prevention Specialist at The University of Arizona, Director of Substance Abuse Prevention at The University of Rhode Island and Director of the Safety, Environment & Education Center at The University of Tennessee.
Dan has served on the Missouri Behavioral Health Epidemiological Workgroup, the Tennessee Division of AODA Services – Evidence Based Practices Workgroup, and the Core Survey Revision Team. Dan specializes in strategic planning for measurable outcomes in campus-based alcohol prevention. Dan has served on several campus teams that obtained significant reductions in high-risk drinking (48% to 38%, Arizona, 67% to 52% Rhode Island, 48% to 28% Tennessee, 43% to 38% Missouri).
Jen Day Shaw, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President
and Dean of Students
University of Florida
Topics: Student Affairs, Students in Distress, Student Conduct, Conflict Resolution, Sorority & Fraternity Affairs, Crisis Response, Campus Safety, Crisis Management.
Dr. Shaw is Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at the University of Florida, the state’s flagship that serves 50,000 students. Jen’s responsibilities include oversight of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, the Disability Resource Center, New Student and Family Programs (which includes orientation, the first year experience course, the Common Reader program and Convocation), the Career Resource Center, Student Activities and Involvement (including Sorority and Fraternity Affairs, complex events and over 1000 student organizations), the Collegiate Veterans Success Center and the Care Team as well as managing the 24-hour crisis/emergency duty for the campus and serving as chair of the Behavioral Consultation Team, the Protest Team and the Crisis Response Team. Jen initiated the campus-wide U Matter We Care initiative aimed at getting all UF community members to take responsibility for their fellow Gators who may be in distress.
Dr. Shaw serves as the national chair of the NASPA Campus Safety Knowledge Community, is the NASPA representative to IACLEA, and recent winner of the Stetson University National Law and Policy Conference Facilitator Award. Her areas of interest are campus safety issues, crisis management, and assisting students in distress. She has presented at national conferences, consulted broadly and is published on these salient topics. Dr. Shaw received her Ph.D. in Higher Education at Florida State University, her masters of science in College Student Personnel Services at Miami University and her bachelor of arts at Transylvania University.