Bruce Holland

High School Curriculum Training (for Mentors, Facilitators and Educators)

Officer Bruce Holland received America’s D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year award after attending the National Conference in Nashville. He has been training new D.A.R.E. Officers for the past 14 years. He is a past president of the Indiana D.A.R.E officers association and a member of the D.A.R.E. Indiana advisory Board. In 1993, he was recognized as the Indiana D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year.

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Nancy Pommerening

The Brain and Addiction

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.

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Joann Felton

The Brain and Addiction

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.

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Jennie Bullard

Talk Saves Lives and More than Sad

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).

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Lloyd Bratz

High School Curriculum Training

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.

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Kevin Sabet

Marijuana Myths, Facts, and the Rise of Big Marijuana

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.

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Marc Gonzales

Current Licit and Illicit Drug Trends; Today’s Youth

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.

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Robert Benavidez

Verbal Judo

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.

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Greg Holtmeyer

Hiding in Plain Sight

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.

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Lt. Paul Shepard

Helping Children Cope With Loss

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.

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Eileen Zatta

Helping Children Cope With Loss

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.

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Paul LeBaron

Popular Culture: The Noise it Creates

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.

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Eric Goldman

America’s PrepareAthon

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.

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RETRO BILL

Be a Hero! Teaching Safety & Healthy Choices

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.”

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Ernie Gibson

Bullying 101: What Every DARE Officer Needs to Know

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.

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D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board

Where’s D.A.R.E.? The Road to 2020

The Youth Advocacy 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.

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Tim O’Shea

“Change Is Funny That Way!”

Tim O’Shea is a corporate humorist and former HR specialist in management and behavioral assessing. He has an award-winning speaking and presentation business and speaks to corporate and association audiences internationally. He’s been laid-off 4 times, survived 6 different mergers, and held 11 different job titles. This is why he works for himself now.

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