Conference Update - 5/30/24
We are seeing an unprecedented number of people signing up for our 2024 School Safety Conference in Seaside. We are particularly excited about the unprecedented number of non-sworn attendees we get to host this year. The OSROA board is working hard to put together another amazing training and networking experience for school safety professionals in Oregon.
For those who have yet to sign up - We have streamlined the registration process a bit. We made it easier for the person at your agency who needs to sign up multiple people. Once you are registered you will receive a follow-up email with a link to enter your own contact information. If you don't get the email, check your spam folder. 
This is going to be an amazing conference, folks. Check out our keynote presenters below and then sign up to join us in Seaside... and keep an eye on that conference info page for periodic updates. 

Max Schachter
Safe Schools for Alex

Max Schachter is a national school safety advocate. His son Alex is one of the 17 victims murdered in the Parkland school shooting on Valentine’s Day 2018. Max is the founder and executive director of Safe Schools for Alex 501©(3). Their mission is to provide most current school safety best practices and resources to students, parents, school districts and law enforcement so that all children can learn in a safe environment. Since the heartbreaking day that changed Max’s life forever, he has been advocating for policy change at the highest levels of the United States government. He has worked alongside members of congress, leaders of all major federal agencies, and Presidents of the United States to make schools safer. Max has testified as a subject matter expert before the United States House and Senate and multiple state legislatures. In August 2018 he advocated for the creation of a federal agency to house national school safety best practices.

In June 2019, Max’s vision became a reality when President Trump created the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse at In July 2022 Max attended the White House ceremony where President Biden announced the most significant gun safety legislation in 27 years, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which made permanent and law. Max has also worked to improve the safety and security of Florida’s 2.4 million students through his appointment to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School Public Safety commission. The MSD commission, established by former Governor Rick Scott, was tasked with leading the statewide investigation into the Parkland school shooting and developing recommendations to protect Florida’s children. Max has advised the Federal Bureau of Investigation Behavioral Threat Assessment Center, the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on threat assessment policies and procedures. He is a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association School Safety and Security Committee and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Mass Violence Peer-to-Peer Advisory Team. In June 2019, Max was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General Citizen Volunteer Service Award by Attorney General William Barr. Max has been interviewed by many local and national media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Dr. Phil. He has given keynote presentations to many school districts, law enforcement organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies detailing the lessons learned and best practices developed in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting along with his journey from anguish to advocacy.
Dr. Bernard James
Pepperdine University

Bernie James is a Professor of Law at Pepperdine University.  He joined the Pepperdine faculty in 1984, after serving in Michigan as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Myron Wahls for the Court of Appeals. Professor James is the author of the textbook, "Education Policy and the Law: Cases and Commentary" (Vandeplas Publishing 2009). Bernie also serves as a senior consultant to the US Department of Justice where he published, "Sharing Information: A Guide to FERPA and Participation in Juvenile Justice Programs" (DOJ Programs 1997). He is the contributing legal editor to the NASRO Journal of School Safety and comments on constitutional issues in North America and Europe. Dr. James teaches School Law and Policy annually at the NASRO conference and has been an honored guest of OSROA multiple times. His interactive presentation will provide you with the most updated information regarding the legal issues facing schools today. We are excited to welcome Bernie back to Oregon!


Mo Canady
Executive Director - NASRO


Mo is a former lieutenant with the Hoover Police Department in Alabama. The last twelve years of his law enforcement career were spent as the supervisor of the School Services Division. After 25 years of service, he retired from Hoover PD in 2011 and was appointed as the executive director for NASRO. Under his leadership, the organization has become the premiere training agency for SROs across the country and around the world. With his guidance, NASRO’s Basic SRO Course became the only SRO course to receive national certification and to be recognized by the federal government as the gold standard of training for SROs. Canady’s expertise as a school safety expert is sought after by many major news outlets, and he has testified before the Federal Commission on School Safety and the United States House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He is widely recognized for his  advocacy of carefully selected, specifically trained, and properly equipped school resource officers and is a respected voice in the school safety arena.

Dr. Christy Kane


Dr. Christy Kane, a distinguished Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a Doctorate in Psychology, is a leading advocate for positive mental health. With a passion for promoting well-being, her work has touched countless lives, establishing her as a renowned figure in clinical psychology. As a published author, Dr. Kane has shared her expertise through three influential books: Cognitive Resilience Mental Health Manual, Fractured Souls Splintered Memories: Unlocking the Boxes of Trauma, and Shell-cracking: Leaving the Past Behind, offering valuable tools for navigating mental health challenges and trauma. Through hundreds of presentations, she engages audiences with brain-based research and storytelling, making complex topics accessible and fostering an environment where mental health is embraced. Dr. Kane also leads successful business ventures, providing mental health corporate consulting and professional development training for school districts. Her implementable tools offer hope and guide individuals toward healing. Recognized by esteemed organizations like TEDx and NASRO, Dr. Kane inspires individuals to care for their mental health, take steps towards healing, and find peace with their past. Through her unwavering commitment, she leaves an indelible mark on the individuals and communities she serves. Dr. Kane's presentation will focus on the effects of Social Media on the Adolescent Mind. 

Shelley Rutledge


Shelley is the lead school psychologist in sexual incident assessment and management for Salem-Keizer Public Schools and chairs the Mid-Valley Sexual Incident Response Committee (SIRC) team. She has extensive experience providing assessment and consultation services for special education and high-risk circumstances in both clinical and educational settings. After several years as the student threat assessment lead for Willamette ESD, she joined Salem Keizer Public in 2012 to coordinate and further develop the Sexual Incident Response Committee (SIRC), providing program oversight and revision, staff training and consultation regarding issues of problematic sexual behavior and criminal sexual harm within a student population. She serves on the board of the Oregon Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment Network (OASOTN), the Marion County’s Child Abuse MDT Sexual Behavior Under 12 Committee, the Mid Valley Student Threat Assessment Team, the Marion County Threat Advisory Team and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, Offender Management Committee. As a school psychologist and a licensed clinical social worker, Shelley regularly provides training and consultation regarding the mitigation of sexual harm within education settings and the implementation of the Salem-Keizer Sexual Incident Response Committee System to districts and community agencies throughout the region.

Courtenay McCarthy


Courtenay is the lead school psychologist in student preventive behavioral threat assessment and management for Salem-Keizer Public Schools. She is also chair of the Mid-Valley Student Threat Assessment Team and is a member of the Marion County Threat Advisory Team. While partnering with John Van Dreal, she has refined the Salem-Keizer student threat assessment system to reflect leading practice in behavioral threat assessment, violence prevention, early intervention, and equitable practices. Courtenay has over two decades of experience in prevention, threat assessment and management, psychoeducational evaluation, intervention with at-risk youth and families, and behavioral consultation and intervention. As a certified threat manager and nationally certified school psychologist, she regularly provides training and consultation on student threat assessment systems implementation and youth violence to school districts and community agencies throughout the nation. In addition, Courtenay is a contributing author to the book, Assessing Student Threats: Implementing the Salem-Keizer System – Second Edition (Van Dreal, et al. 2017) and a co-author on the book, Preventing Youth Violence: The Pathway Back through Inclusion and Connection.

OSROA is comprised of dedicated professionals committed to providing service, training, and support to our school communities by fostering safe, secure, and healthy learning environments for our youth.


Verkada is the leader in cloud-based enterprise building security. By building high-end hardware on an intuitive, cloud-based software platform, modern enterprises are able to run safer, smarter buildings across all of their locations. More than 5,000 organizations, including 28 Fortune 500 companies, use Verkada to protect people and assets, secure facilities, and gain new insights that improve the efficiency of their operations. Verkada’s vision is to be the operating system that runs every building in the world.

Verkada is a 2023 PLATINUM level sponsor


​REECE Complete Security Solutions partners with clients as trusted security advisors, providing extensive industry knowledge and expertise. They offer a proven system called the REECE Security Trio: Access Control, Video Surveillance, and Intrusion Detection. REECE maintains strong relationships with the world's leading security manufacturers to deliver world-class technology solutions. REECE serves clients across Oregon and Southwest Washington.

REECE is a 2023 GOLD level sponsor


PACE was formed in 2006 by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) and the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO). These organizations work together to keep Oregon students safe, reduce risks and conserve member resources. No one can match the expertise and decades of experience that OSBA and SDAO bring to property-casualty coverage for local public entities, and their property and liability risk pool of school entities in the state - the largest in Oregon, with more than 200 education organizations. 

PACE is a 2023 GOLD level sponsor.


Oregonians Credit Union is a team of individuals who live and work in the same communities as you do, and they exist to serve you. They're not a bank. They are a member-owned not-for-profit financial co-op. Every dollar invested by members is reinvested in members in the form of lower loan rates, higher deposit rates, low fees, and great service.

Oregonians Credit Union is a 2023 Bronze level sponsor. 



TC Chevy is a locally-owned dealership in Ashland. The full-service dealership, which has been operating since 1985, offers a no-pressure hassle-free shopping experience, selling both new and pre-owned vehicles, and they are one of the leading Chevrolet dealers in Southern Oregon. OSROA is excited to welcome TC Chevy as a partner and we appreciate their commitment to safer schools and safer kids!

TC Chevy is a 2023 BRONZE level sponsor


OSROA is proud of our continuing partnership with the National Association of School Resource Officers. As a chartered state organization under the NASRO banner, we share their vision of safer schools and safer kids and believe we can accomplish that with law enforcement officers who are carefully selected, specifically trained and properly equipped for the SRO position. NASRO is supporting our conference with a generous grant. 


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The Oregon School Resource Officers Association was founded in 2003 as a member-supported, professional 501©(3) non-profit organization. OSROA exists to support law enforcement agencies and school districts in the State Of Oregon, and to provide resources and training opportunities to help maintain a safer, healthier school environment for students, faculty and guests. Members include sworn law enforcement officers, administrators, juvenile justice professionals and school district employees.
Membership is attained by submitting an application for membership or by attending our Annual School Safety Conference.  There is no charge to become an OSROA member.
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