Topics and Bios

Mark Adams  –  Officer Involved Shooting Debrief: Vehicle Style Ambush

Officer Adams was conducting a traffic stop for a stop sign violation, when the suspect driver immediately exited the vehicle and was refusing to comply with commands, when the suspect pulled a gun on Officer Adams. Officer Adams shot and killed the suspect in this encounter. This incident was recorded on a body camera and patrol unit dash camera  with a regular view and panoramic wide view.  

Mark Adams is an Officer with the Pasadena Police Department for over 13 years. Prior to being a police officer, Mark served four years in the United States Marine Corps from 1996 to 2000 and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003. Mark is a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team and serves as a Field Training Officer for the Pasadena Police Department.

Mark Anderson  –  Full-Spectrum Preparedness

Mark Anderson is a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Bellevue (WA) Fire Department and has 27 years of experience as an emergency responder in the Seattle metro area. He has been working at the local, regional, state and national levels on homeland security planning and preparedness issues since 1998.  He is a founding member of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC), and serves on its guidelines committee.  Since 2009, his primary areas of focus have been on active shooter and complex coordinated terrorism attack preparedness, operational medicine and rescue, and intelligence fusion.

Eric Bank  –  Trauma Resuscitation and the Use of Whole Blood in Ground EMS

Dr. Tau Braun  –  Active Attacker Prevention + Response for Law Enforcement and First Responders

Coby Briehn  –  Advanced Medical

Mike Clumpner  –  Active Shooter Command and Control: Beyond the 60-Minute Mark

Dr. Mike Clumpner is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Threat Suppression, a public safety and military consulting firm located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mike is also a full-time fire captain with the Charlotte Fire Department where he is assigned to a busy ladder company, responding to 3,500 emergencies each year. He is a 26-year veteran of the fire service, with 23 years’ experience as a firefighter and paramedic serving on busy, inner-city fire companies. Mike also worked as a helicopter flight paramedic for nearly a decade at a Level One trauma center. Mike is also a sworn law enforcement officer assigned to the SWAT team with South Carolina’s largest law enforcement agency for the past eight years.  


In 2012, Mike worked extensively with the United States Secret Service during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mike was appointed as Chief of the Joint Medical Operations Center where he was responsible for health and medical response during this National Special Security Event. Mike previously spent four years as a contract instructor for the Department of Justice in Quantico, Virginia. Mike is the co-chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Active Shooter Taskforce, co-chair of the North Carolina Active Assailant/Mass Violence Workgroup, he is a member of the Interagency Board Active Shooter Best Practices Workgroup, and a principal member of the NFPA 3000 Active Shooter Committee.


Mike has undergraduate degrees in fire science, paramedicine, and business administration. He has a master’s degree in business administration and a PhD in homeland security policy. Mike’s dissertation research focused on joint public safety response to active shooter events. Mike has spent the past four years researching fire-as-a-weapon, and conducted numerous structural burns and training courses with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Joshua Comitale  –  Case study in pre hospital care (use of a tourniquet) / Mindset (winning the fight)

Katie Contreras  –  Stop the Bleed

William Davis  –  Advanced Granite Active Shooter Case & The Development and Deployment of a Rescue Task Force

Brian Dillon  –  Terrorist Attacks in the UK in 2017

Wayne Freeman  –  Active Attack Training for Dispatchers AND Keeping the Lost Alive

Wayne Freeman has been a law enforcement officer for 23 years and is the South Carolina Active Shooter Training Coordinator.  He is a Special Agent with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.  Past assignments include: special operations, firefighter, SWAT, medic, tactical flight officer, explosives K-9 handler, bloodhound tracking team, haz mat response, fugitive operations, and others. Active shooter training experience includes: SCAASCAT Instructor, ALERRT 1 Instructor, ALERRT 2 Instructor, LASER Instructor, PACOP Instructor, MACTAC, CRASE Instructor, NTOA Active Shooter Instructor, GTI Immediate Action Team, Blue Line Active Shooter Response, and several other training programs.  He has trained more than 40,000 students in active shooter response and is the author of the South Carolina active shooter training manual.

James Geracci  –  Baghdad to Boston (or Austin?): Translating Military Combat Casualty Care Lessons From 17 Years of War to the Civilian Sector

Bill Godfrey  –  ASIM How To: LE Tactical and EMS Triage/Transport (Topic Integrated Response)

William "Bill" Godfrey retired as Chief of the Deltona (FL) Fire Department after 25 years in the fire service.  Bill is the CEO of C3 Pathways, a public safety training, exercise, and consulting company founded in 2004, and specializing in hostile and major event response.  He has an MBA with additional degrees in public administration and EMS management, and retains certification as a paramedic and fire instructor III.  Bill has authored and co-authored four DHS-certified national active shooter curricula, the validated Active Shooter Incident Management Checklist, and the Active Shooter Incident Management process taught by three universities.  In addition to being a seasoned instructor and dynamic speaker, Bill is a software developer, inventor, and an expert in simulation trianing, active shooter incident management, mass causaltuy incidents, incident comand, and disaster response.

Lisa Hamp  –  Lessons Learned from Survivors of Columbine High School and Virginia Tech

Diana Hendricks  –  Crisis Communication: Resilience and Recovery:Working with the Media and Your Community in the Aftermath of an Active Attack

Diana Hendricks has been the Director of Communications for ALERRT Center at Texas State University since its inception.  The veteran journalist and award-winning writer brings a unique voice to the important Don’t Name Them active shooter response media campaign, and proven experience with national and regional press and public information offices.  She holds a Master of Arts from Texas State. Beyond her ALERRT efforts, she is an accomplished writer and recognized subject matter expert in the fields of Texas music and Texas/Southern culture. One of the Fortunate Few, her biography of Texas music icon Delbert McClinton, was released  by Texas A&M University Press in 2017. 

John-Michel Keyes  –  Reunification. OK. It hit the fan. Now what? |

Executive Director - The “I Love U Guys” Foundation

John-Michael represents The “I Love U Guys” Foundation to districts, departments, agencies and organizations regarding school safety. His professional career has included graphic design, software development, and workflow analysis. The death of his daughter, Emily, at the hands of a gunman at Platte Canyon High School compelled Mr. Keyes to bring his professional expertise to the arena of school safety. The Keyes family's response to the events at Platte Canyon High School was immediate support for first responders and compassionate outreach to law enforcement. 

Michelle Lee  –   Crisis Communication: Resilience and Recovery:Working with the Media and Your Community in the Aftermath of an Active Attack

FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri in 1990.  Thereafter she obtained her J.D. from St. Louis University School Law, St. Louis, Missouri, and became a member of the Missouri Bar.  SA Lee was previously employed at the Jefferson County Missouri Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, St. Louis, Missouri.After joining the FBI in 1998, SSA Lee was first assigned to the Dallas Division and worked White Collar Crime, Environmental Crime, and Counterterrorism investigations.  SA Lee transferred to the San Antonio FBI in 2003 and became the Supervisor of San Antonio’s first Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in January 2005.   In June of 2013, SA Lee was appointed Media Coordinator, San Antonio FBI, which includes oversight of the Public Affairs and Congressional Affairs programs for the division.

John Montes  –  NFPA 3000: The New National Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Program

Julie Parker  –  Active Shooter at Police Headquarters Leads to Friendly Fire Death of Undercover Officer

Carly Posey  –  School Safety – Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook

Bill Sandel  –  ALERRT Research

Bill Sandel is the Research Specialist at ALERRT and a fourth year doctoral student at Texas State University.  Mr. Sandel has worked at ALERRT for four years and in that time he has helped develop and execute many research projects to further ALERRT’s mission to provide research-based training.  Some of these projects include the 21-foot rule, use of force perceptions, bio-factors and skill degradation, distraction, low light entry and distraction, door locks, ballistics, blue on blue, and several others.  He has presented active shooter data and ALERRT research at four national conferences.  

Oren Wacht  –  My personal experience in treating active shooter and terror events in Israel as a paramedic

Jeffrey Walters  –  Philip Barbour High School Barricade Hostage de-brief


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