Sergeant Christine Rapp is a D.A.R.E. America Mentor and has been D.A.R.E. Officer at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department in Indiana for 18 years.
Dr. Bill Beacham (University of Oxford) is Executive Director of the Center for Drug-Free Communities since 1988, specializing in Treatment of Addictive Disorders and Training in the areas of Drug-Free Schools. He is California Board (BBS) Certified.
Laurie Wood joined the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in November 1991 as a writer/researcher for what is now the Intelligence Project, the investigative arm of the SPLC, and then served as the department’s research manager.
Nancy Pommerening graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at Kent State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education. She became a teacher for the Lakewood City Schools, where she was honored as both Lakewood Teacher of the Year, and the Ohio PTA District 11 Teacher of the year. Her teaching career led to her interest in substance abuse prevention.
Joann Felton has been a full-time police Officer in Solon, Ohio since 2001, with a total of her 24th years of service in law enforcement. Since 2011 she has been an active bike patrol officer along with teaching the D.A.R.E program to approximately 2,000 students yearly, ages ranging from 5 years old to 17 years old. She proudly served as vice president of the D.A.R.E Association of Ohio , and continued on as a Co-chair for the state’s newly established steering committee.
Jennie became a Licensed Professional Counselor 15 years ago, and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor a few years after that. While her primary clinical focus has been on recovery and healing following early trauma (sexual abuse, neglect, etc), she started in the early 1990’s working with infertility and birthparent adoption (grief, loss & attachment).
Lloyd Bratz is the D.A.R.E. America Regional Director responsible for Region #3:
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia. He served as the Commanding Officer of the Cleveland Police Training Academy for 12 years. In his last assignment as the Commanding Officer of the Bureau of Community Policing, his responsibilities included oversight of a large D.A.R.E. Unit.
Author, consultant, advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, and assistant professor, Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for more than 20 years, when he started reporting on drug issues as a junior high school student in Orange County, CA.
Marc Gonzales obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy. He provides expert testimony on all drug related matters including signs and symptoms of illicit drug use, appropriate prescribing, and drug facilitated sexual assault. Dr. Gonzales is a consultant for the Department of Defense; training and advising military, law enforcement.
Sergeant Frank Flores has been with the Las Cruces Police Department for 20 years. He has served as a Neighborhood Police officer, Patrol Officer, Academy Coordinator, Patrol Sergeant, School Resource Officer Sergeant, SWAT Commander, Physical Training Instructor, Survival Spanish for Law Enforcement Instructor, Verbal Judo Instructor, and a DARE Instructor.
Officer Robert Benavidez has been with the Las Cruces Police Department for 14 years. He has served as a Patrol Officer, Crash Reconstructionist, DUI/Beast Officer, Academy Coordinator, Accreditation Manager, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Taser Instructor, Verbal Judo Instructor, and a DARE Instructor. He is an Army Veteran and an open book on life experiences.
Greg Holtmeyer, Executive Director of The Phoenix Project, is an educator, advocate, and survivor. He has been an educator for the past twenty-six years. His passion is to create awareness concerning the devastating effects of childhood sexual abuse of males in the education, law enforcement, medical, counseling, and society in general. Greg created The Phoenix Project to offer hope, education, support, and inspiration for those who are on their healing journey from sexual and physical abuse.
A 1988 graduate of Olmsted Falls High School and the Polaris Law Enforcement (now Criminal Justice) program, Paul Shepard always had an interest in the criminal justice field. After graduating from high school, Shepard spent three years as a private security officer. He worked the next four years as a corrections officer for the City of North Royalton while working part-time security for Westgate Mall. After graduating from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in 1996, he joined the City of Fairview Park Police Department, where he has worked the last 20 years as a police officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant.
Eileen Zatta, MSSA, LISW-S has been practicing in the field of trauma recovery for the past 18 years. She has been with the Children Who Witness Violence Program at FrontLine Service in Cleveland, Ohio since its inception in 1999. She was a Crisis Intervention Specialist for 3 years and was promoted to Program Manager in 2002.
Paul LeBaron is a 24-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department in Los Angeles County, CA. Currently a Commander of the Detectives Division in the Investigations Bureau, where he oversees investigations including Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Sex Crimes, Computer Crimes, Human Trafficking and all Juvenile related crimes.
Eric Goldman serves as the Regional Preparedness Liaison (RPL) in FEMA Region II. In this capacity, he works with external stakeholders to plan workshops and provide Preparedness resources, thereby increasing community resiliency and ensuring that constituents are better able to respond and recover from natural, technological, and anthropogenic disasters.
RETRO BILL is an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer and artist. He has provided voice-overs for television programs and cartoon shows, and directed music videos, television commercials and public service announcements. He was also the recipient of the International Family Film Festival’s “Best Children’s Video” Award for the “D.A.R.E. Safety Tips starring RETRO BILL.”
Lisa McElhaney is retired from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) after serving over 25 years as a sworn law enforcement officer. During her law enforcement career Lisa held supervisory positions in the agency’s Pharmaceutical Drug Diversion Unit, the Crime Laboratory, and the Public Corruption Unit.
Carrie is a Wyoming native. She has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Arts degree both from the University of Wyoming. She has been a school social worker for 26 years and has served students K-12. She is also certified to coach volleyball, swimming, track and has enjoyed coaching.
Deputy Ernie Gibson is a native of Illinois and has resided in Wyoming since 2004. Deputy Gibson served 22 years on active duty in the US Air Force as a Police Sergeant, training instructor, and worked directly in support of the offices of the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense.
Richard Mahan is a member of the D.A.R.E. America Board of Directors and the D.A.R.E. America Director of Communications.
The Youth Advisory Board gives D.A.R.E. graduates an opportunity to speak to issues impacting the national and worldwide D.A.R.E. program and to advise D.A.R.E. America and local D.A.R.E. programs, government and community leaders on drug and violence prevention strategies beneficial to our youth.
A long time ago (in a galaxy not so far away) Tim and Kris O’Shea honed their comedic skills in comedy clubs and theaters by night, while working in sales, training, and HR by day. They learned the importance of laughter to connect with others, and to deal with the stress of a constantly changing work environment.