All pre-conference sessions are included in the registration price of the conference.

School Security & The New Normal

As schools transition from remote learning models to hybrid in-person instruction, district administrators will face substantial challenges balancing site security and health directives while attempting to limit district exposure to associated liabilities.

Our panel of security and legal experts will host a town hall discussion, providing insight and potential solutions for some of the most significant issues facing schools operating in the new normal.


Brian Erdelyi, CPD, CSRM, TECC, POST Instructor, Director of IMReady/Safety Technology - Keenan Loss Control/Risk Management

Brian joined the Keenan Loss Control Department in February of 2006. Since then, he has served as a field Consultant, a Senior Consultant, and most recently as Director of Safety Technology.

Brian is a managing member of the Keenan IMReady team, which is responsible for providing targeted security and emergency management solutions to California school districts, colleges, municipalities, and hospital districts. Brian holds a current Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Professional designation, and he is a certified California P.O.S.T. instructor.

Brian is also responsible for managing the Keenan Loss Control technology initiative. Over the past three years, he implemented numerous app-based solutions that increase internal accuracy and efficiency while also providing better quality and more consistent products for Keenan clients.

Before coming to Keenan, Brian was CEO of a California based marine manufacturing company, and he worked as a municipal Police Officer in San Diego County. During his tenure as an officer, he worked in several specialized assignments including uniformed drug enforcements, plainclothes street-level drug enforcements, the domestic violence response team, the San Diego County Emergency Response Platoon, and the police cadet and explorer field training program. Brian also assisted with specialized gang enforcement and Police K-9 agitation and training. Brian is a certified drug expert and is recognized by the State of California Superior Court as an expert witness. Brian is a member of the California Narcotics Officers Association (CNOA).

Brian also has extensive experience in private sector security, and he is an active member of the Northern chapter of American Society of Safety Engineers. (#60356).

William “Bill” Clayton, MS-ESA, ARM-P, CSRM, CPD, TECC, POST Instructor, Director of Loss Control/IMReady - Keenan Loss Control/Risk Management

Bill Clayton joined the Keenan Loss Control team in October of 2014 after 27 years in public service. Bill began his career in the U.S. Navy and served in combat in Vietnam and later served in Guam as a police officer, field supervisor, and U.S. Customs Inspector, for the Joint Armed Forces Police Detachment. He’s had real-life experience as a first responder and emergency manager. His assignments included environmental safety officer and emergency manager, and nine years as the safety and loss control manager for a large school and community college risk management JPA.

Bill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration, is a Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM), and an Associate in Risk Management with a Public Entities (ARM-P) designation. Bill, a part-time faculty member of The National Alliance, teaches the Certified School Risk Manager core classes and has led a national webinar on Effective School Crisis Management.

Bill’s certifications include the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Professional Designation (CPD), and California P.O.S.T. Basic Academy Instructor. His extensive Federal (FEMA & Homeland Security) and California State training and experience in risk and emergency management, makes him a subject-matter leader on the IMReady suite of services. He provides oversight to the Emergency Operations Plan Development and Update Service, After-Action Debriefs, and ICS (Incident Command System) exercise and executive-level training programs, which include services for public entity clients to help them in preparing for those unwanted, unexpected critical incidents and events.


Going Back to Better: Reimagining School Return Through an Equitable, Restorative, and Trauma-Informed Lens

COVID-19 thrust us all into a situation of fear, chaos, and overwhelming confusion. Schools were forced to adapt quickly, get creative, and ensure that students had continued access to learning. Some students have excelled without the stressors related to peer interaction and academic pressures, while many have not.

As districts are being instructed to return students to campuses, we return to those feelings of fear and anxiety and we navigate deciding what the best methods for returning are. School closures have provided us a rare opportunity in education and that is the opportunity to evolve. Join us as we reimagine what education might look like and identify key components to consider for a successful return to in-person learning.

 Learning Objectives

  • Equip educators with critical skills for maintaining personal well-being

  • Understand the behavior indicators for common trauma responses

  • Identify and implement trauma-informed and restorative techniques for successful student return

  • Empower educational leaders to identify and remove barriers to educational equity


Teresse Lewis, LCSW - Educational Consultant for Collaborative Learning Solutions

Teresse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Therapist, who also holds a credential in School Social Work. She brings a very well-rounded experience of working in the educational, government, and private sectors to intervene on behalf of some of society’s most vulnerable populations, being children. She is dedicated to providing education and training that positively impacts the trajectory of students, families, and communities.


Atsie Sanchez, LMFT, PPS - Educational Consultant for Collaborative Learning Solutions

Atsie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and holds a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) in School Counseling. She has worked closely in and with schools since 2008, providing individual and group counseling to students, collaborating with school staff and administrators, and connecting with health fairs and other community partners for the betterment of students and school communities. She advocates for the inclusion of equity and social-emotional learning in schools.

Empowering Young Adults: Integrating School and Community Mental Health Resources

Partners4Wellness will present our countywide project, Connect-OC, a community and school-based mental health initiative. The workshop will feature presentations, followed by a Q&A style panel.

The Connect-OC Coalition is a community of over 300 mental health providers and agencies, colleges and universities, and mental health peer leaders and advocates dedicated to improving the system of mental health care for the Transitional Age Youth and Young Adult population in Orange County. Focused on aligning existing efforts, the Coalition’s goal is to connect the mental health community in Orange County, foster collaboration, expand referral pathways, and bridge the gaps in mental health services for teens, young adults and their families.

Presenters: Phillip Falcetti, Crystal Bleicher, David Paddison, & Blair Veraza - Partners4Wellness