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JANUARY 16TH, 2020

About our Presenters

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Louis Pepe


Assistant Superintendent/CFO
City of Summit Public Schools


Mr. Pepe is an experienced administrator in the field of education and has over 20 years of professional leadership experience in management, operations and administration. He has developed a solid base of expertise in planning, finance, budgeting, resource allocation, construction, facilities maintenance, transportation, food service, and labor relations. He oversees all financial and business operations for the K-12 District comprised of two primary centers, five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school containing 3,883 students with a $61 million dollar budget.
He is a Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA) by the State of New Jersey and has served as the Editorial Review Committee Chair for KEYPOST, the official magazine for the State of New Jersey Association of Business Officials (NJASBO) for the past five years.In 2017, Mr. Pepe lead a project to update the physical security of the school buildings within the district.  His proven leadership and vision helped ensure the allocation of funding for these projects as well as creating a culture of safety with the school community.
Mr. Pepe is a speaker, mentor and Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University. His knowledge and success has positioned him as a go-to resource for other professionals throughout the industry. 
He is also the author of a new book called, “Smarter Decision-Making: Avoiding Poor Decisions through Effective Listening”

Mr. Kevin Craig

Assistant VP of Safety,  Security & Investigations

Porzio Compliance Services


Kevin Craig, a retired New Jersey Police Chief, he has nearly 30 years of experience in public safety, emergency management, and school security. He is a licensed private detective and is certified as a Public Manager, Police Instructor, School Safety Specialist, and School Resource Officer in NJ. Chief Craig represented the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police on the NJ K-12 Task Force in conjunction with the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and was appointed to the NJ School Security Task Force by the Governor of NJ as a subject matter expert.
In addition to being a certified instructor in Active Shooter Response, De-escalation, and Threat Assessment, Chief Craig is an instructor for the NJ School Safety Specialist Academy in the NJ DoE & a member of the ASIS International School Safety and Security Council and Advisory Board Member and Senior Instructor for the NJ Association of School Resource Officers.
Throughout his law enforcement career and beyond, Chief Craig has conducted training, planning and assessments for public and private schools and colleges in New Jersey.  He is regularly consulted as a subject matter expert on issues pertaining to school security in NJ.

Mr. Paul Jenne

Sales Manager

Eastern DataComm


Mr. Jenne has worked with hundreds of school districts across the tri-state area, providing expertise in enabling K-12 schools to communicate more effectively while meeting their budget expectations. 
Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, his team at Eastern DataComm has worked to develop comprehensive emergency notification solutions utilizing the school’s existing infrastructure. 
Combining his knowledge of lockdowns and active shooter events with the technology schools use to communicate, he can develop cost effective solutions that not only improve school safety but improve day-to-day communications as well.


Ms. Katrina M. Homel, ESQ.

New Jersey School
Boards Association


Ms. Katrina M. Homel, Esq. is Counsel at the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA). In her role, Ms. Homel provides legal information, guidance, and training to NJSBA members.  Prior to joining the NJSBA’s Legal and Labor Relations Department, Ms. Homel was an attorney in the Princeton, New Jersey and Yardley, Pennsylvania offices of Hill Wallack LLP, where she was a member of the school, municipal, employment and labor, and trusts and estates law practice groups. While at Hill Wallack, Ms. Homel represented school districts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as the board attorney and as insurance counsel. Ms. Homel previously represented students with special needs and their families in special education matters as well as in guardianship, adult services, and related matters at a New Jersey disability law firm.
Immediately following law school, she was a Legal Fellow at the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board. Ms. Homel is a member of the New Jersey Law Journal’s Young Lawyers Advisory Board and the Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
While in law school, she was an Executive Editor of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, the Law Weekly. She also taught a civil rights and mock trial course at a local public high school while participating in the D.C. Street Law Clinic. Prior to law school, Ms. Homel was an AmeriCorps*Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) in Washington, D.C. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with General and Departmental Honors from Vassar College, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science.


If safety is a concern within your district, you won’t want to miss this training!



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