Action-oriented, passionate and knowledgeable. Daphne has over 20 years’ experience as a civilian trainer educating Law Enforcement, Public Safety Professionals, and School Administrators. She is a recognized subject matter expert on the topics of Social Media/Internet Safety, Social Media for Public Safety Agencies, Community Policing, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Communication, and Cultural Intelligence.
Daphne was the Director of GSRCPI - the Gulf States Regional Center for Public Safety Innovation for 17 years writing and conducting training for the Department of Justice, DHS and others. She also served as the Executive Director of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police for 7 years.
Daphne as a Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education from North Texas State University
Lt. Henry "Hank" Levenson (Ret.)
Lt. Levenson retired from the Gretna Police Department in Louisiana after 26 years of service. In his law enforcement career, Hank was a Louisiana State Post Certified Instructor for 21 years, Patrol Commander for 19 years supervising Sergeants, Patrol Officers, Emergency Medical Technicians and 911 Dispatchers. Throughout his career, he served on city and parish boards managing special projects and overall coordination of multi-jurisdictional Mardi Gras parades and large venue festivals. He wrote the Field Training Officers Manual and the Performance Appraisal System which have been adopted by other Law Enforcement Agencies.
Hank graduated from the Southern Police Institutes 79th Administrative Officer’s Course at the University of Louisville, and he earned a Bachelor of Arts in the Administration of Criminal Justice from Mountain State University and a
Master’s Degree in Justice Administration from Norwich University.
Leora "Sparky" Thomas
Over 10 years’ experience in design and publication of websites, brochures, flyers, email and traditional advertisements, newsletters, journal articles, course catalogs, and various other forms of marketing and promotional material. Software skills and experience include the Adobe Master Suite Collection for production of all mediums of production including print, web, and digital film.
Sparky has created promotional materials for private and public entities including the US Department of Justice, COPS Office, Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police, Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, Northwestern State University, and Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault. Sparky also has experience in and currently assists with curriculum design.
Northwestern State University
Bachelor of General Studies
Criminal Justice / English
Tim W. Sutton “A Better Understanding”
Tim Sutton is a 28+ year veteran Law Enforcement Officer. After spending 4 years as a patrolman for the Chesterfield County Police Department, he was hired as an officer in the mid-Virginia area where he performed as a patrol deputy for two years. He then spent four years as a Street Crimes Investigator. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1999 and has been a patrol Sergeant ever since. In 2003, he implemented the Project Lifesaver Program and continues to run the program. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from James Madison University.
While overseeing the Project Lifesaver Program, he has interacted extensively with families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Autism. He has attended and instructed numerous seminars on both topics. In 2007, Tim was asked to travel throughout Virginia for the Department of Criminal Justice Services as an instructor for the “Alzheimer’s for First Responders” training. He assisted with the training. In 2011 he was approached by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to assist in teaching the “Alzheimer’s Initiative” throughout the country.
In 2009, Tim was asked to join the Public Safety Workgroup of Virginia to help develop an Autism Training curriculum for Public Safety in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the fall of 2010, the pilot class was presented at the Project Lifesaver International Conference in Virginia Beach. Since that time, he has been part of a team traveling across Virginia conducting the Critical Autism Training (CAT 1). The team was featured in the Washington Post during the spring of 2011 when they trained members of the Fairfax Police Department.
Tim continues to work in law enforcement as a sworn officer and formed A Better Understanding LLC (www.a-betterunderstanding.com) to raise awareness in the area of Special Populations. He continues to travel the country teaching and presenting on topics such as Alzheimer’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, and Developmental Disabilities.
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