Founder / Owner / Consultant
I have been in public emergency services for most of my career, serving as a licensed police officer from 2005-2018. Throughout my career it is has been easy to realize that my real passion is public speaking on school safety and violent intruder prevention. I have taught as an adjunct college instructor in areas of criminal justice, constitutional law, criminal procedure and teaching law enforcement skills to police officer cadets.
My certifications and licenses to train on the following safety topics include:
Violent Intruder Instructor
Instructor in ALiCE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) —Active shooter civilian response training
Instructor for Incident Response to Terroristic Bombings
Instructor for Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents
It is an honor and privilege each year to speak with Scott Doss to thousands of students and adults on the subjects of school and personal safety. I hold my audience captive with my personal stories, practical advice, and animated delivery which leaves the listeners with a can-do attitude and a sense of support among the groups. Developing my personal and professional experiences has also allowed me to create a successful personal defense training company that focuses on making good decisions and applying these to real life scenarios.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Katrinah since 2002 and have three amazing children. My wife has a dedicated career in serving as an RN and nursing supervisor and lends great wisdom and empathy in care for people. My precious family keeps me focused on the importance of safety! In my free time we enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Owner / Consultant
I have been in education for over 32 years as a teacher, coach, and school administrator. I have served in schools in Minnesota and Atlanta., Georgia. During this time as an educator, I have been blessed to be surrounded by amazing people who have affirmed the role educators and other leaders play in the development of our future leaders, the kids. Having had the opportunity to hire hundreds of people who impact and influence others has given me great pleasure in knowing that we can all do our part in changing the lives of those we love.
Whether it was as a teacher, coach or administrator, the foundation of my team leadership was developing teams who learn to work together, support each other, and create healthy bonds as a team. This foundation brings a healthy relational climate that flows over to the classroom learning, and other relationships. Having been a part of districts where PBIS systems (Positive Behavior Support Systems) are supported, I have played an integral part in creating environments where students enjoy coming to school and are comfortable talking to adults and students alike. As a leadership team, we understand the importance of building healthy relationships with students. I enjoy sharing with other school leaders the key components we have implemented in building healthy school climates where enrollments have increased.
One area I am most proud of is the work I have been a part of in supporting and implementing the Metier Program. Metier focuses on helping students at a young age learn how to know themselves to lead themselves. Teaching students how to get into their "FLOW" and learn how they best communicate through their love languages is crucial to a student's overall well-being. Metier has been an integral part of developing healthy students and encouraging them to know when they are the happiest version of themselves. This is done by immersing students in a variety of settings where they play and grow towards finding a career they love and loves them back. For more information on Metier, click here.
I have been married for 32 years. My wife and I have three children, two who have followed me into the field of education. My wife is a great resource as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences to the team as she shares her expertise from her role in Early Childhood programming, and as the director of a non-profit organization who specialize in providing services for families to help build strong communities. Together we believe that early interventions are crucial to healthy school climates and she is a great resource for the team in sharing tools for those who work with the youngest of our students.
I have been licensed to practice Psychology in Minnesota since 1979. I have worked in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings, school-based mental health services, and as a consultant. I am currently working for Northern Pines Mental Health and in private practice.
I have been blessed to be a part of many organizations where I have been able to help promote healthy school climates to clients of all ages. Having the opportunity to present to many professionals throughout my career has prepared me to share many foundational truths which will translate to healthier school climates. I look forward to meeting educators across the Midwest and nationally as a part of this team who works on preventative trainings.
I have recently celebrated my 35th wedding anniversary. We have three adult children and one grandchild on the way.
Sue Van Hal
My role in Product Support gives me just the right combination of product input and contact with schools in customer support. My background as a Children's Pastor for 14 years, and then 14 years in Community Ed and Community Connection for a local school gives me the passion that drives my involvement in RIPL with Ben Rudrud and Scott Doss. I l believe that every person matters, and that we can make a difference in the lives of students and other people when we focus on the important things first -- relationships.
We have two children, Kami and Cory, who both were married recently, so now our family includes Phil and Moriah and we couldn't be happier! My husband of nearly 34 years, Greg, also works in a service organization that invests in people.
I feel that my years of experience in the classroom bring a beneficial perspective to the work of NSSC. My work as Activities Director, along with my union work, has allowed me to grow in my vision of the “big picture” in all aspects of running a safe and effective school district. This experience compliments Scott Doss's and Ben Rudrud's strengths very well. My wife Cathy and I met when we started our teaching careers in 1984. We have been married for 32 years and raised four outstanding young men. Our family has grown to include three amazing daughters-in-law and three beautiful grandchildren.
Even though eligible for retirement, Cathy continues to live her passion as a sixth grade teacher, along with helping at numerous extra-curricular events. Cathy and I both feel very strongly about the old adage, “it takes a village to raise a child.” With our extensive involvement in after school activities, the school really did become our home away from home. The teachers, coaches and support personnel played an incredibly significant role in shaping the lives of our sons. We sincerely believe that the goal of anyone working in education should first and foremost be to make their school a safe, secure and nurturing environment for ALL students.
After 34 years of teaching and coaching in a small public school, I retired after the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year. I taught high school math as well as coached basketball and baseball throughout my career. I also served as Activities Director for the final 12 years of my career. I was active in our local teachers union, serving as president for several years and successfully working with our administration and school board as head negotiator for 16 years. In addition to my work at the school, I worked for the MSHSL as a Section Coordinator for boys and girls basketball for 10 years.