Who We Are

What is LAPSEN?

In 2002, the USDoE created a Career Cluster called Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (LPSCS). This cluster provides a framework for secondary and post-secondary schools to create curriculum and career pathways for students interested in the careers of law enforcement, fire services, security, and the like. LAPSEN is the leading national organization supporting these efforts with a focus on the secondary school level. It provides and shares LPSCS career education programs, curriculum, certifications, and models that help connect secondary students to work and colleges that are cost-effective and can be used by secondary school instructors, their partners, and participating states.

LAPSEN also works with others who are building a career pathway to LPS careers. Explorers and Public Safety Cadets, experiential learning programs, LPS agencies, professional groups like NSA and IADLEST, as well as many others partner with LAPSEN to prepare the heroes of tomorrow. 

In summary – we are a nonprofit, run by educators and industry experts, here to serve those guiding young people into law and public safety careers. 

The LAPSEN Booklet

This booklet gives a quick overview of what LAPSEN is, what we do, and how we can serve you.

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More About LAPSEN

Recording of the session Law & Public Safety Education Network: Work Smarter

Recorded at ACTE Vision 2020

Our Mission

LAPSEN supports any entity that is supporting youth as they transition into law and public safety related careers. While educators are our biggest group, we also work with camps, Public Safety Cadets, Explorers, and many others.

Our Vision

LAPSEN will be recognized as the premier support organization for the LPS Career Cluster as it relates to secondary & postsecondary education and its connections to careers in the targeted professions.

Our immediate goal is to have a “turn-key” curriculum for all pathways as an effort to reduce attrition, improve instruction, and prepare the next generation of heroes serving our communities. 

Our Board

LAPSEN is directed by a board comprised of member state CTE leaders. AdvanceCTE and ACTE also have seats on the Board. This ensures LAPSEN stays true to its primary goal of improving LPS education. For regular guidance and support, LAPSEN has an Executive Committee. 

Governing Documents

Charter and Bylaws – Click Here

Operations Manual – Click Here

Executive Committee

Steven Watterson, Past Chair

Education Associate at South Carolina Department of Education. After a full career as a Naval Officer, service in CTAE for over 15 years!

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Dr. Oscar Carter, Chair 

Director of Skilled Technical Sciences at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Over three decades working in technical education.  

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Krissy Miller, Vice Chair

Program Specialist at Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. She spent many years in industry before before moving into administration. 

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Candace Vinson, Secretary

Education Consultant at Michigan Department of Education, Office of Career & Technical Education, Career Readiness Unit. Over a decade working in technical education, she was a Family Consumer Science teacher before moving into administration. 

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Dr. Thomas Washburn, Interim Treasurer

A recent retiree as Program Specialist for LPSCS pathways for Fulton County Schools (Atlanta, Georgia) and classroom teacher at the Cambridge Law & Justice Program (Milton, Georgia). Tom is the Executive Director for LAPSEN 

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Kevin Bronson, Executive Committee – Category 1 State Representative

Education Program Consultant for Career, Standards and Assessment Team at Kansas State Department of Education. Educator for 25 years in areas of construction, cabinetmaking and drafting design.

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Allen Williams, Executive Committee – Category 2 State Representative

State JROTC and Law & Public Safety Director at the Mississippi Department of Education. Former Intelligence Specialist for the USAF, aerospance science instructor, and Director of Recruitment at Tulane University School of Professional Advancement and LPS instructor. 

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Jordan Whittington, Executive Committee – Category 3 State Representative 

Program Director for Health and Public Safety at the Colorado Community College System. Started as a Army Combat Medic, taught Health Science and now works for the CCCS. 

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Dave Nichols, Executive Committee – At Large Representative

Extension Program Assistant with the MSU School of Human Sciences. Mr. Nichols also serves as the State Program Manager for Mississippi Citizen Corps of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.

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State Board Members

Dr. David Barbour, State Representative 

Education Consultant for Trade & Industry at North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Over two decades working in technical education.  

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Patricia Beardeaux, State Representative   

After working in the private sector for over 15 years plus teaching middle school, Mrs. Beardeaux is the Career & Technical Education Resource Teacher for the Hawaii State Department of Education.

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Cindy Beck, State Representative

Health Careers Education Programs Consultant for the California Department of Education. Vast expierence in health care, mental health and work with HOSA. 

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Miranda Bright, State Representative

Human Sciences and Education Career Field Specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education. Former Family and Consumer Sciences Educator and FCCLA sponsor.

Dr. Joseph N. Coffee, Member Emeritus 

Over three decades working with career programs across the nation. 20 years of experience working with Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security programs. Formerly worked with the ATF. Joe is the past Executive Director for LAPSEN.

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Maren Hansen, State Representative

Education Specialist at Utah State Board of Education. She was a Health Science teacher for two decades before moving into CTE administration. 

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Kira Hassler-Newsom, Special State Representative

Former forensic scientist and dispatcher is currently a high school Criminal Justice instructor. Texas Public Service Association is a special member of LAPSEN and represents instructors in Texas. 

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Deja Luckett, State Representative 

Associate Director for Career and Technical Education at the Illinois Community College Board. She has broad experience in research and leading projects in post secondary institutions.  

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Sandra Martin, State Representative

Georgia Department of Education Program Specialist. After several decades working in technical education, she was a former registered dental hygienist and then a Health Science teacher before moving into administration. 

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Erica Settelen, State Representative

Academic Program Consultant for the Office of Career & Technical Education at the Kentucky Department of Education. Erica entered CTE as an Occupation-Based Educator in Culinary Arts at the secondary level and later served as a Student Achievement Coordinator and Building Assessment Coordinator overseeing logistics, improvements, and resources for state, district, and CTE assessments in pursuit of graduating all high school students post-secondary ready.

Lauren-Anne Sledzinski, Special State Representative

Instructional Specialist Trade & Industrial Education and Related Clusters at Virginia Department of Education. She spent several years as a trainer in criminal justice as well as a high school LPS teacher before moving into administration. 

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Frank Tetrick, State Representative

Coordinator of Law and Public Safety at West Virginia Department of Education. Mr. Tetrick recently moved into LPS administration after serving in other coordinator positions. 

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Cohort Board Members

Jeff Branyon, Post Secondary Cohort Representative

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Director of POST Academy at Truett McConnell University. Former GBI Agent, Police Chief for Baldwin Georgia and Marshall of Dahlonega. 

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Timothy F. Bussineau, Agency Cohort Representative

Law and Public Safety Educator at Romeo High School Health Human and Public Service Academy and Mock Trial Coach

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Michael Caruso, Ph.D., School District Cohort Representative

Adjunct Professor and University Supervisor at University of Maryland Global Campus, and Instructional Program Coordinator at Prince George’s County Public Schools.

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Dr. Kevin Johnson, AdvanceCTE Representative

Senior Advisor at Advance CTE. He has extensive CTE administrative experience at the local, state, and national levels. Starting in the Army, his medical career led to the classroom as a health science teacher before jumping into administration. 

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Jennifer Powell, Esq., Indiviudal Member Representative

Criminal Justice instructor at POLYTECH High School in Delaware. Former prosecuting attorney, patrol officer and founder of StandByMe Security. 

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Rich Trinkwalder, ACTE LPS Section President

Navy veteran and former criminal investigator and compliance specialist. Currently a high school Law and Justice instructor and adjunct professor. 

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Chris Wood, Corporate Partner Representative

Executive Director of  the National Emergency Communication Institute, NECI 9-1-1.

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Board Partners, Members, and Advisors List

LAPSEN has an extensive network of educators, industry, and experts that serve on our advisory council

Advisory States
Jason Wojcik AZ DOE Advisory State Jason.Wojcik@azed.gov
Cale Hutchings IA DOE Advisory State cale.hutchings@iowa.gov
Rick Schmidt NM PED Advisory State Rick.Schmidt@state.nm.us
Randi Hunewill NV DOE Advisory State rhunewill@doe.nv.gov
Dale Fowler Texas TEA Advisory State Dale.Fowler@tea.texas.gov
NPO Partners
Michael Connet ACTE NPO Partner mconnet@acteonline.org
Rachael Mann ACTE NPO Partner rachael@teachliketed.org
Kevin Johnson Advance CTE NPO Partner kjohnson@careertech.org
Dave Nichols My PI NPO Partner dn299@msstate.edu
Ben Williams NAPE NPO Partner bwilliams@napequity.org
Peyton Holland NTHS NPO Partner pholland@nths.org
Brandon Hudson SkillsUSA NPO Partner bhudson@skillsusa.org
Patrick Joyce TEFGA NPO Partner pmaj.ga@gmail.com
Corporate Partners
Mark Johnson iCEV Partner Mark.Johnson@cevmultimedia.com
Sandi Davies IFPO Partner sandidavies@ifpo.org
Chris Wood NECI Partner chris@neci911.com
Chris Lieber 911simulators.com Partner chris.lieber@911simulators.com
Dave Schott Trial Pro Partner dschott@trialpro.law
Jody Smith Youscience Partner jody.smith@youscience.com
Partnering School Districts
Rose Giangregorio Burlington Technical Center School District rgiangre@bsdvt.org
Michele Gray Cape May County Technical School District School District mgray@capemaytech.com
Charlotte Co, FL School District pending
Kim Yancy Dallas ISD, Texas School District KYancy@dallasisd.org
Stacey Hervey Denver, CO School District stacey_hervey@dpsk12.org
Carrie Hernandez Las Cruces, NM School District chernandez@lcps.net
Crystal Nowka Oakland MI School District Crystal.Nowka@oakland.k12.mi.us
Teresa Bender Omaha Public School School District teresa.bender@ops.org
Michael Caruso Prince Georges County School District michael.caruso@pgcps.org
Erik Marvin Southern Westchester BOCES School emarvin@swboces.org
Ron Hoke Vicennes University College rhoke@vinu.edu
Valarie Purl Warren Tech North, Co School District vpurl@jeffco.k12.co.us
Michelle Ronga West Contra Costa USD, CA School District mronga@lcps.net
Jerilyn Muccio Westerly, RI School District jmuccio@westerly.k12.ri.us
State Representatives
Lori Gray Arizona State Representative lori.gray@lhusd.org
Christopher DeRosa Connecticut State Representative Christopher.DeRosa@cttech.org
Jennifer Powell Delaware State Representative jennifer.powell@polytech.k12.de.us
Mandy Pugh Georgia State Representative amanda.pugh@barrow.k12.ga.us
Arnold Laanui Hawaii State Representative arnold.laanui@k12.hi.us
Kristen Tirado Massachusetts State Representative ktirado@smithtec.org
Kelly Glenn Virginia State Representative glennkm@lcsedu.net
Julius Jackson Washington, DC State Representative julius.jackson@k12.dc.gov
Savannah Hammond West Virginia State Representative savanna.hammond@k12.wv.us
Pathway Specialists
Wayne Bailey Blue Ridge Mountain Drones Drone Pathway Specialist wayne.bailey59@gmail.com
Heather Joyner Franklin County Emergency Communications Dispatch Pathway Specialist heather@thepsapconsultinggroup.com
Sam Bishop Hunter Huss High School EMT Pathway Specialist
Bob DiPietro Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology Fire & Public Safety Pathway Specialist rdipietro14@gmail.com
Jeff Branyon Truitt McConnell University Forensics Pathway Specialist jeffbranyon@gmail.com
Tim Hart Cambridge High School Law Enforcement Pathway Specialist hartt@fultonschools.org