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.
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.
Margaret M. Ochoa, J.D., 303-239-4439
Margaret Ochoa, J.D., worked as an Assistant County Attorney in Jefferson County, Colorado. She was primarily responsible for dependency and neglect proceedings, and advised the Department of Social Services in every aspect of child protection. Additionally, Margaret represented the Department of Social Services in child support establishment, enforcement and modifications, as well as benefit eligibility matters. She has lectured and written frequently on the topic of sexual abuse prevention in recent years. In her role as Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Specialist, she provides resources for school personnel, parents and students to identify, prevent, and respond to sexual abuse and assault. She earned her law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.
School Outreach Consultant
Dustin Hunter, M.A., 303-239-4533
Dustin moved from Indiana to Colorado in 2007 to continue his education and career in the criminal justice field. After earning an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Franklin College, he completed a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology at the University of Denver. Dustin has worked with diverse clientele in a broad range of environments within the criminal justice system, including juveniles and adults presenting with mental health and substance abuse issues, victims and offenders, and in both community and correctional settings.
The bulk of this work involved juvenile pre-trial supervision with the Senate Bill 94 program in the 1st Judicial District. This included close collaboration with a number of systems and agencies, including schools, the juvenile mental health court program, and treatment providers. Dustin has also facilitated cognitive-behavioral and psychoeducational groups with the Department of Corrections and a private substance abuse treatment agency.
- Colorado School Safety Resource Center
- Mailing Address:
- 700 Kipling Street, Suite 1000
- Denver, Colorado 80215
- Office Physical Address:
- 690 Kipling Street, Suite 2300
- Denver, Colorado 80215
- Phone: 303-239-4435
- Fax: 303-239-4510
- Email: CDPS_School_Safety_Center@state.co.us