GENERAL SESSION SPEAKERS FOR THE 2018 SAFE SCHOOLS CONFERENCE INCLUDE:
JULY 18, 2018 – Dr. Stephen Sroka
Dr. Stephen Sroka is an internationally recognized speaker, trainer, author, teacher and educational consultant on health education, sex, drugs (especially opiates and heroin) and violence (including bullying and suicide) proactive prevention education, school safety, brain-based learning, at-risk students and alternative education, juvenile justice, parenting, dropout prevention and leadership building for schools and communities.
He was invited to the President’s White House Conference on School Safety, and he keynoted the First International H1N1 Swine Flu Conference in Washington, DC, which was featured live on C-SPAN. He has been a guest on Oprah and featured in USA TODAY.
Dr. Sroka received the Outstanding School Health Educator Award from the American School Health Association, was selected the Disney Outstanding Health Teacher of the Year, and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
JULY 19, 2018 – Michael Hingson, #1 New York Times best-selling author and international lecturer
“Who would have ever thought?” is a question Michael Hingson thinks about and discusses in every speech he delivers. Michael Hingson’s life changed dramatically on September 11, 2001 when he and his guide dog, Roselle, escaped from the 78th floor of Tower One in the World Trade Center moments before it collapsed. Soon after, Michael and Roselle were thrust into the international limelight where Michael began to share his unique survival story and 9-11 lessons of trust, courage, heroism, and teamwork.
Michael and Roselle became recognized experts of the strength of Teamwork and the human-animal bond, and have been successful in communicating the power of Trust in countless media interviews and public presentations. Michael’s #1 New York Times best-selling book, THUNDER DOG: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero was released in August 2011 and gives readers an unprecedented look at how a guide dog team works and how blind people can be just as successful as our “light dependent colleagues”. A harrowing story of trust and courage, Thunder Dog reveals how blindness and a bond between dog and man saved lives and brought hope during one of America’s darkest days –September 11, 2001.
JULY 20, 2018 - Chief Steve Sentman, Chief Probation Officer, Orange County Probation Department
Chief Sentman will facilitate a session of young people who have gone through our system, weathered the storm, and are on a path of success in life. This compelling session will allow us to hear from those who are succeeding, their thoughts, their feelings, and hopes for their future! All of you sitting in the audience helped to get these young people where they are today. Come and witness what we as educators and law enforcement officials do together to be a part of these positive outcomes!
Steven Sentman is the Chief Probation Officer in Orange County. He has been with the department for 32 years and has served in multiple line, supervisory and management assignments ranging from Juvenile Facilities, Field Supervision, Sex Crimes and Gang Violence Suppression. In 2010, Chief Sentman was sworn in as Orange County’s 14th Chief Probation Officer. He manages a budget of $170 million and approximately 1,286 sworn, professional and support staff.
He is an active member of the Chief Probation Officers of California participating in several statewide working committees. He also participates in such groups as the Golden West College Executive Advisory Board, Saddleback College Human Services Advisory Committee, and the State Board of State and Community Corrections’ Executive Steering Committees.