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MPA - President

Chief Frank Kitzerow is a nationally recognized expert in the school safety arena.  He is the former Chief of Police and School Safety Specialist for the Palm Beach County School District Police Department and was responsible for the safety and security in the 10th largest school district in the U.S., consisting of 187 schools, 197,000 students, and over 20,000 employees, encompassing a culturally diverse county of approximately 2,300 square miles.  


Following the tragic events at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Chief Kitzerow developed and implemented a benchmark-setting, comprehensive school safety ecosystem that leverages prevention, intervention, and diversion strategies, coupled with progressive emergency response initiatives.  


Chief Kitzerow has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, including 18 years as a progressive, successful police chief.  He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and a Master's Degree in Public Administration.  Chief Kitzerow is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

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Executive Director

John Shanks has over 40+ years, experience in law enforcement operations, training, and management – including curriculum development, and program management. He has successfully launched high-level quality law enforcement training programs in the US and Internationally.  John has successfully led teams of law enforcement, community leaders, youth and education professionals to bridge the gap between police and youth. John is known for working with all levels of law enforcement from rank & file law enforcement to executives at the city, county, state and federal levels.  John is a nationally and internationally certified instructor through the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST).  


"I could not be more proud and humbled to serve with the National Association of School & Campus Police Chiefs" - John Shanks 

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Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Highly accomplished and well-respected professional with extensive experience developing and directing successful business models, marketing strategies, and developing profitable relationships across numerous industries. Shay has been extensively involved with school safety initiatives since the Parkland School Shooting in 2018.  As an original member of the NASCPC team, Shay has a track record of effectively partnering with multiple internal and external stakeholders to bring awareness and solutions for school safety across the United States.  

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