Conference Speakers

2023 Keynote Speakers

Traci Brown

Traci Brown

Fraud-Busting Body Language Expert. Recently Ranked at the #5 Body Language Expert in the World.

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

July 17, 2023

TIME Magazine has named Traci Brown, CSP one of the Nation’s Top Deception Detection Experts NBC, CBS and FOX have asked this Fraud-Busting body language expert to reveal secrets hidden in plain sight.  She can help your team reveal the secrets your clients are keeping from you. Secrets that are impacting your bottom line.

She’s trained in the body language of deception detection right alongside our country’s top law enforcement.  And in her fast paced, interactive keynotes that are sure to entertain, Traci teaches the lie, fraud and identity theft detection skills she’s used to get to the truth in billion dollar business deals, crimes and politics.

You’ll be able to immediately use the same tools to  tell whose pants are on fire, stop fraud and create more success in your own organization and personal life… so you see more  zeroes (before the decimal) in your bank account.

Traci is a Three Time US Collegiate Cycling Champion and former member of Team USA.

She is a past president of the National Speaker’s Association Colorado Chapter and the author of four books including her latest,  How to Detect Lies, Fraud and Identity TheftAnd She’s the Executive Producer of a new TV series, Truth, Lies and CoverupsTraci earned her Certified Speaking Professional designation in 2020.  Wohoo!! She holds a degree in business from the University of Colorado. She is a certified master practitioner of Neuro Linguistics, Hypnosis and Hawaiian Huna.

John Van Dreal

John Van Dreal

School Psychologist & Safety/Security Expert

Youth Aggression: Identifying Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies on the School Bus

July 18, 2023

John Van Dreal is a school psychologist and the retired director of Safety and Risk Management Services for the Salem-Keizer School District in Oregon. He continues his career consulting with school districts and communities on behavioral threat assessment systems and violence prevention.

He has over 35 years of experience in threat assessment and management, psycho-educational evaluation, crisis intervention, behavioral intervention, and security and risk management systems consultation.

In 1999, he began the development and implementation of the Salem-Keizer Cascade Model, a multi-agency student threat assessment system considered by experts to be a leading practice. Through that collaboration, he has worked daily with educators, law enforcement, trial court personnel, juvenile justice, and mental health personnel in preventive behavioral threat assessment—the management of youth and adult threats of aggression within the schools, institutions, and the community.

He served as Chair of Oregon’s Mid-Valley Student Threat Assessment Team from its inception in 2000 through 2015 and continues to provide consultation to its membership. He has served as a member of the Marion County Threat Advisory Team since 1999.

He is the editor and principal author of the book Assessing Student Threats: Implementing The Salem-Keizer System, Second Edition and has advised on, or contributed to, a number of threat assessment guides, publications, articles, and documentaries. His third book (authored with Courtenay McCarthy and Coleen Van Dreal), Preventing Youth Violence: The Pathway Back through Inclusion and Connection, was released in March 2022. He regularly provides training and consultation to audiences nationally on threat assessment systems, preventing and mitigating human violence, school security, and response options for violent intruder and active shooter situations.

John is dedicated to his own community, patronizing locally owned establishments and supporting nonprofit arts and human services organizations. He is a musician, a published poet, and a nationally renowned fine artist with paintings in several notable collections. Finally, he is lucky to be the partner of a gifted school counselor and the proud father of two brilliant adult children.

2023 Additional Speakers As of 7/5/23. subject to change

Kathy Anneken, CPST

VP of Sales
Easy Way Safety Systems

Bret Brooks
Gray Ram Tactical

Abby Brown
Transportation Research Project Leader
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Richard Cooper
Chief Science Officer
Clean Spray Technologies, LLC

Alex Cook
Chief Engineer
FirstGroup America

Tony Corpin
School Transportation News

Kim Crabtree
Director of Transportation
Bend La Pine Schools in Oregon

Sandy Dillman
Director of Transportation
Tomball ISD in Texas

Denise Donaldson, CPST
Editor & Publisher
Safe Ride News

Taylor Ekbatani
Associate Editor
School Transportation News

Chris Ellison
Director of Transportation
Reynolds School District in Oregon 

Alan Fidler
Fleet Manager
Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indiana

Teresa Fleming
Executive Director of Transportation
The School District of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania

Andrea Fravert
General Counsel, Privacy & Information Security
Tyler Technologies

Vivek Garg
Co-founder & COO

John Gonzales
Senior Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Ryan Gray
Editor in Chief
School Transportation News

Launi Harden
Washington County School District

Richard Hays, Ph.D.
Cybersecurity Expert  & Consultant

Kala Henkensiefken
Special Education Transportation Manager
ISD31 Bemidji Area Schools in Minnesota

Greg Jackson
Director of Business Development
School Bus Logistics

Karim Johnson
Director of Student Transportation & Fleet Services
Bethlehem Central School District in New York

Grant Jones
Physical Scientist & Presidential Management Fellow
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Daniel Kang
Director of Transportation
Los Angeles Unified School District

Michael Laughlin
Technology Integration Program Manager
U.S. Department of Energy

Pamela McDonald

Jackie Miller
Former School Bus Driver in Ohio

Justina Morosin
IC Bus

Ewan Pritchard, Ph.D, PE
Engineering Consultant



Darren Reaume
National Training Manager
Q’Straint / Sure-Lok

Alexandra Robinson
A. Robinson Consulting

Ariel Rodriguez
Fleet Manager
Humble ISD in Texas

Sue Shutrump, CPST
Supervisor of OT/PT
Trumbull County ESC in Ohio

Belle Tromp
Director of Transportation
Snoqualmie Valley School District in Washington

Savanah Urban
Principal Consultant
Urban Recruiting & Consulting

Maritza Valentin
Contract/National Account Manager
AMF-Bruns America

Rosalyn Vann-Jackson
Executive Director of Enrollment & Student Services
Broken Arrow Public Schools in Oklahoma

Charlie Vits, CPST
Seating Consultant

Bobby Williams
Assistant Director, Fleet Services
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas

Scott Wing
Transportation Manager
Cedar Rapids Community School District in Iowa

 Tim Zearly
Associate Superintendent, Business Services
Modesto City Schools in California