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Staff

Director

Christine R. Harms, M.S., 303-239-4534
   Chris is a Pennsylvania native and former public school teacher, private school administrator, psychotherapist and trainer with over 30 years experience working with youth, professionals and parents in schools, private practice and victim serving agencies. Her undergraduate degrees are in psychology and education and she earned her Master of Science degree in counseling and human relations from Villanova University. Chris has taught at the pre-school and elementary school levels.
   Before coming to Colorado in 2005, Chris spent five years as the co-coordinator of a large suburban Philadelphia school safety center that received one of the first Emergency Response and Crisis Management grants (ERCM, now REMS) in 2003 for $500,000. In her role, she helped establish the center, consulted with schools on their safety and crisis management plans, coordinated tabletop drills between school and emergency responders, and trained school and emergency personnel in all areas of the 4-phase model (Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery). She supervised school crisis responses involving school shootings, suicides and other critical incidents in schools during her time at the Pennsylvania center.
   Chris has trained professionals on such issues as violence prevention, school-based crisis response, adolescent trauma, sexual harassment and misconduct, suicide intervention, and mandated reporting of child abuse.  She is the former training coordinator for the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) and has taught victim studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Chris has training from the US Department of Homeland Security, the Boston Trauma Center, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

 
School Outreach Consultant

Anna Gisetti, M.A., 303-239-4533
   Anna Gisetti is an Oregon native who has lived in California, Connecticut and Washington, DC before coming to Colorado in 2000.  Anna earned her B.S. in business administration from American University in Washington, DC.  After moving to the Denver area, Anna began working at the Denver Children's Home with at-risk youth in a residential treatment setting.  She earned her M.A in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver.
   Anna worked in the Colorado public school system for over six years as a school counselor.  She spent four years with Sheridan High School and moved to Manny Martinez Middle School for two years before joining the CSSRC team.  She has trained staff on many topics including bullying prevention, suicide intervention, substance abuse prevention, school culture and climate, PBIS and administration of standardized testing.  Anna counseled students regarding substance abuse, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, trauma, bullying, suicide and self-harm.  She participated on the District's School Safety Task Force and Interagency Teams while in the Sheridan Schools.  In both schools, Anna worked on the Threat Assessment, Data, PBIS and School Culture and Climate teams, leading the Culture and Climate team at Manny Martinez Middle School.  Having training in Restorative Justice (RJ) practices, Anna has facilitated RJ trainings, circles and mediations.

 
Emergency Response Outreach Consultant

Brad Stiles, M.A., 303-239-4321
   Brad Stiles is a Colorado native, having lived in different communities along the Front Range and foothills areas.  Brad served for 8 years in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman, performing a range of duties from patrol supervisor and squad leader to tactics instructor.  After combat deployments to the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq, all from Ft. Hood, TX, Brad returned home in 2006, joining the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff.  During his time with the Sheriff’s Office, Brad was able to complete a B. A. in Criminal Justice, as well as a M.A. in Emergency and Disaster Management, from American Military University.
   During his employment with Jefferson County, Brad was selected to serve as a Field Training Instructor, a Crime Scene Technician, as a member of the Honor Guard, as an Academy Instructor and as a member of Mobile Field Force Team 6, utilized during crowd control situations.  Brad was also selected to become a member of the Jefferson County Incident Management Team (Type 3), serving in the Plans section as a fully trained Resource Unit Leader and Status Check/In Recorder.  Brad was deployed with the Jeffco IMT for the Lower North Fork Fire, the Bluebell Fire and the Colorado Floods of 2013. 

 
School Safety Resource Specialist

Alice Huyler, B.A., 303-239-4391
   A Colorado native, Alice has lived throughout the western states in Colorado, Oregon, California, and Montana. Alice earned her B.A. in Economics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She spent a summer as a University of Maryland Joint Program in Survey Methodology Junior Fellow, helping the U.S. Census Bureau develop the current Survey of Business Owners.
   After returning to the Colorado mountains, Alice worked eight years with a transportation company as a safety trainer. During her tenure there she acquired several safety and training credentials, including Certified Safety and Security Manager from the Community Transportation Association of America and Gold Level Adult Safety Trainer from the Federal Transit Administration. Alice has professional experience with research, teaching adult learners, and customer service.

 
Program Assistant II

Laura Vertucci, 303-239-4435
     Laura Vertucci is a New York native who moved to Colorado in 2004. She spent 10 years at Lewis-Palmer School District 38 in Monument as a Safety & Security Specialist and Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent before joining the Colorado School Safety Resource Center in 2014.  As the Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent, Laura helped with budgeting, finance and assisted various support departments such as Transportation, Grounds/Maintenance and Food Service. As Safety & Security Specialist at District 38, she helped develop the district's Comprehensive School Safety Plan and was a key member and co-chair of the Safety & Security Advisory Council.

     She has extensive experience in emergency management, school facility threat assessments, crisis exercise planning, school plan development, and emergency communications.  Laura is an active member of the Tri-Lakes community in Monument and a graduate of the Monument Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy.  She also has specialized emergency management training from FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.

 

 
 

 

Contact Us:
Colorado School Safety Resource Center
 
Mailing Address:
700 Kipling Street, Suite 1000
Denver, Colorado 80215
 
Office Address:
690 Kipling Street, Suite 2300
Denver CO 80215

 

Tel: 303-239-4435
Fax: 303-239-4510
Email: CDPS_School_Safety_Center@state.co.us
 

 

Media inquiries: Please contact Lance Clem at 303-239-4415, cell 303-842-9344, lance.clem@state.co.us