Professor of Law

Pepperdine University School of Law

Bernard James is a professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, where he specializes in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, and Education Law.  He joined the Pepperdine faculty in 1984 after serving in Michigan as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Myron Wahls on the Court of Appeals.   Dr. James is author of the textbook Education Policy and the Law: Cases and Commentary and numerous articles on law, education, and religion.  He is a contributing editor to the NASRO Journal of School Safety, with whom he published To Protect and Educate: The School Resource Officer and the Prevention of Violence in Schools.


He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice where he published Sharing Information: A Guide to FERPA and Participation in Juvenile Justice Programs.  (DOJ Programs 1997).  His school law blog ( is a popular and informative source of school safety law reform.  He lectures in America and Canada on legal issues and serves as a constitutional law commentator for the national and local media.


Senior Vice-President

Chief Security Officer Verizon Communications

Michael A. Mason joined Verizon in January 2008 as the company’s Chief Security Officer.  He oversees and coordinates global security efforts throughout Verizon and all its business units, including enterprise wide security strategy and programs, physical security, cyber security, legal compliance, investigations and law enforcement matters.    In 2010 the department created a very effective Insider Threat Program which has grown from utilizing six employees in 2010 to almost 100 today.  In 2014, Mr. Mason was recognized by Security 500 Magazine as one of 2014’s Most Influential Security Executives.


Immediately prior to joining Verizon, Mr. Mason was an Executive Assistant Director (EAD) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in charge of the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.  In 2004, Mr. Mason was the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service (awarded to the top 5% of federal government executives).    He began his career as a Special Agent working investigations ranging from undercover narcotics cases to general crimes and public corruption.  Mr. Mason was the Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento Field Office and subsequently was promoted to Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office, the FBI’s second largest field office.


Mr. Mason served in the United States Marine Corps from 1980 – 1985 where he achieved the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University.  In 2006 he was the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies at his alma mater, during which he received an Honorary Doctoral Degree.  In 2007, Mason was recognized as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year and currently sits on the Illinois Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, where he has served since 2010.


Mr. Mason also sits on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Hope International, an organization focused on the eradication of domestic violence both domestically and internationally.  He has addressed many audiences on the subject of domestic violence and the manner in which Verizon is working to address this problem.  He is also a frequent presenter on the subject of leadership both inside Verizon and to external audiences.


Mr. Mason was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and is a proud fan of the 2016 World Series winning Chicago Cubs!

President and CEO
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

John F. Clark, former director of the United States Marshals Service and longtime child advocate, is the president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

After an extensive nationwide search, NCMEC’s Board of Directors unanimously chose Clark to lead the nonprofit organization, which was designated by Congress in 1984 to work in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice on issues related to missing and exploited children. He took the helm of the Alexandria, Virginia-based organization on Dec, 7, 2015.

Clark, whose career with the USMS spanned 28 years, was appointed in 2006 as its ninth director by then-President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate. In 2011, Clark joined Lockheed Martin Corp. as its director of security, where he managed a $24 million budget and led a workforce of 250 professionals for the nation’s largest defense contractor.

As director of the U.S. Marshals Service, Clark oversaw the daily operation of 94 district offices, 218 sub-offices, three foreign field offices and seven regional fugitive task force offices. He managed a $2.5 billion budget and led a diversified workforce of 5,500 employees.

Clark implemented and administered Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act, which directed the USMS to locate and apprehend fugitive sex offenders. He also oversaw the implementation and operation of the National Sex Offender Targeting Center. He forged strong relationships with law enforcement leaders at the federal, state and local levels and served on many boards, including NCMEC’s.

Among the many awards Clark has received is the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Federal Bar Association in recognition of superior service in protecting members of the judicial branch. The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association honored him as “Federal Law Enforcement Director of the Year” for his superior leadership of the USMS.

Before joining the USMS, Clark worked for the U.S. Capitol Police and the U.S. Border Patrol. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Syracuse University.

National Center for Spectator Sports, Safety and Security NCS4

Dr. Lou Marciani is the Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Center was founded in 2006 and is the country’s first academic center dedicated to spectator sports safety and security research, professional development, training and outreach.   His extensive sports management role provides him great insight into addressing the issues constituting potential and actual threats and risks to the ongoing security and safety of spectators at sporting events and venues. His background includes an extensive career in sport management serving as intercollegiate athletic director at several universities and executive director of two national sports governing bodies for the USOC.  


He is the principal investigator in over 9.4 million dollars externally funded grants through the Office of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Education. His work at the Center focuses on the development and implementation of FEMA sport risk management, incident and evacuation training and exercise courses. He has been involved in the development of a computer-based modeling, simulation and visualization tool to aid sport managers, policy makers as well as emergency managers in their “what-if” scenario training to enhance their critical decision making capabilities of preparedness, response and assessment of their overall sport event security.   Under his leadership, the center has grown into a National Center, the addition of a National Sport Security National Laboratory, establishment of the Institute for the Study of Sport Incidents and the Annual Sport Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.    


The Center has an international outreach, actively working with professional sport leagues, NCAA, private sector and government agencies in enhancing sport safety and security. Dr. Marciani is an active speaker on sport safety and security at international and national sport organization annual conferences.


Executive Director

Safe Havens International

Our Executive Director, Michael Dorn is among the most experienced, widely published and highly respected school safety experts in the world. Michael’s work has taken him to Mexico, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, India and the Middle East. Selected as the Senior Analysts for School Safety and Emergency Management for Jane’s after an international search, Michael has authored and co-authored 27 books on school safety and emergency preparedness. Michael is currently co-authoring a 600-page university textbook for Cognella – Extreme Violence – Preventing and Preparing for Active Shooter, Active Killer, Terrorism and Hate Crimes which is due for publication in 2018. Michael’s previous books include:

·         School/Law Enforcement Partnerships: A Guide to Police Work in Schools

·         Weakfish – Bullying Through the Eyes of a Child

·         Innocent Targets – When Terrorism Comes to School

·         Jane’s Safe Schools Planning Guide for All Hazards

·         Let None Learn in Fear – Michael Dorn on School Safety

·         Staying Alive – How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters


Michael has keynoted hundreds of states, national and international conferences from Virginia to Vietnam and from Trinidad-Tobago to Toronto. Michael has worked with schools from South Dakota to South Africa and from Kentucky to Kenya and has conducted school security assessments from New York to New Delhi. Michael has delivered keynote or plenary sessions at more than three dozen major universities as well as for the FBI National Academy, United States Department of Education, United States Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Enforcement, the National Association of Pupil Transportation, the National Educator’s Association, the National Association of School Resource Officers, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the International Bullying Prevention Conference and at the International Conference on Safe School Design. Michael has also keynoted the highly regarded Indiana School Safety Specialist’s Academy for the Indiana Department of Education every year since 2004.

Michael has been a full-time campus safety practitioner for most of the past 35 years and served as a full-time public safety official for 25 years. Prior to serving as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, Michael served as:

·      Police Officer, Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant for the Mercer University Police Department

·      Chief of Police for the Bibb County, Georgia Public School System

·      School Safety Specialist for the Office of the Governor – Georgia Emergency Management Agency (top expert for the nation’s largest state government pre – K-20 school safety center)

·      State Antiterrorism Planner and Lead Program Manager for the Georgia Office of Homeland Security Terrorism Division

·      Senior Analyst for School Safety and Emergency Management for Jane’s

A graduate of the 181st session of the prestigious three-month FBI National Academy, Dartmouth College’s Advanced Russian Immersion Language Program, Michael has completed bachelor’s degree with a double major in history and political science and master’s program from the Business School at Mercer University Michael also has a certificate in Management Development from the American Management Association – Harvard School of Business delivered through Mercer University.