Chase Winkle, lead trainer Police Social Media Academy and a full time police officer with City of Muncie.
Chase Winkle is a dynamic presenter who has taught social media to public safety agencies around the United States. With a background in marketing, management, and public relations, Chase learned early the importance of social media. Chase started his law enforcement career in 2008 and has worked in uniform, narcotics, and the criminal investigations division. In 2016, he took over his agency’s social media accounts and community relations. The department experienced an increase in news coverage, community support, and enhanced community relations from Chase’s social media efforts. In 2018 Chase’s social media efforts raised enough money to purchase the department four new police K-9s. The administration noted that the agency had seen more good news coverage from the social media efforts than they had in decades, or possibly ever.
In 2018, Chase created PSMA (Police Social Media Academy) and began helping other public safety agencies enhance their online presence. He focuses his training on community engagement, responsible social media usage, content creation, and legal issues.
Deb VanVelzen, Law Enforcement Officer with the Des Moines Police Department
Deb VanVelzen has been a law enforcement officer with the Des Moines Police Department since 2004. In 2005, she was assigned to the School Resource Officer Unit where she is currently assigned to one of Iowa’s largest high schools. Prior to her law enforcement career, Deb was a school teacher for eight years, teaching students with special needs and coaching high school athletics.
Deb’s passion in school safety and SRO training played a vital role in assisting her in establishing the Iowa Association of School Resource Officers (2008), where she currently serves on the board of directors as Treasurer.
Deb has been a dedicated and loyal member of NASRO since 2006. She has extensive board experience, serving on the NASRO’s board as the Regional 5 Director (2010-12, 2016-17) and as Treasurer (2013-14). While on the board, Deb traveled to state conferences, assisted states with obtaining quality NASRO training, managed NASROs financial records, and pioneered NASROs investment policy. In addition, she has developed curriculum for NASRO’s Basic and Advanced Courses and has provided professional development training for NASRO’s instructors. She is a NASRO practitioner and has traveled national and internationally as an instructor for NASRO. For Deb’s exceptional service and dedication to providing quality training, she was awarded the NASRO Instructor of the Year Award in the 2008.
Deb has her bachelor’s degree in Education from Simpson College (Iowa) and is a veteran of the Iowa Army National Guard (Combat Medic). She has two daughters and an amazing husband, Joe.
Sergeant D.J. Schoeff, SRO supervisor Carmel Police Department
Sergeant D.J. Schoeff holds an A.S. degree from Vincennes University as well as a B.S. degree in Law Enforcement Management from Calumet College. He was a middle school SRO for over 7 years and a high school SRO for 2 years. He has been in law enforcement since 2000. In 2012, he was appointed as the Region 5 Director for NASRO. In 2016 he was elected as NASRO’s 2nd Vice President and will progress to 1st Vice President in June 2019. He has held the position of the Chairman of the training committee participating in the update and development of several class curriculum's. D.J. chaired a NASRO committee that developed the Standards and Best Practices for SRO's. He testified to the Federal Commission on School Safety. He assisted in the creation of the Indiana School Resource Officers Association and testified in the Indiana Senate to pass a bill funding hundreds of additional SRO's in Indiana. D.J. was selected to be one of the first instructors for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) to teach Risk Management for Interscholastic Athletics and After School Activities. Sgt. Schoeff currently supervises a team of 7 SRO's in Carmel Clay Schools, including Carmel High School, a 1 million sq ft. building with a daily population of over 6,000.
Seth Sullivan, Falkville Police Department, NASRO Practitioner, and Education coordinator for Alabama Association of SRO's.
Officer Sullivan started his career in law enforcement in 1994, and graduated from the Northeast Alabama Police Academy in 1996.
During his career, Officer Sullivan has been assigned to the Bike Patrol Unit, SWAT Unit, Commander of the Honor Guard Unit, and Traffic Homicide Investigation.
He received the Optimist Club Officer of the Year in May 2005. He received the Falkville PD Officer of the Year in 2014. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Award for his actions in saving the life of a fellow school resource officer's wife following the NASRO 2015 conference.
Officer Sullivan is a NASRO National Practitioner and Instructor and is the Education Coordinator for the Alabama Association of School Resource Officers. He is also LEAD and ALERRT Instructor.
Amber Becker, Systems Coordinator for Juvenile Justice for the Division of Mental Health & Addiction
In October of 2017, Amber Becker was hired as the Systems Coordinator of Juvenile Justice for the Division of Mental Health & Addiction. This position was developed to increase involvement and advocacy where mental health and substance abuse intersect with juvenile justice, education, child welfare, and developmental disabilities. Amber serves as a Subject Matter Expert on mental health/substance abuse and youth involved in juvenile justice. Amber provides training and consultation to both state and local leaders about the importance of the mental health, childhood trauma, and addiction environment, and ensuring that youth involved in juvenile justice system have access to qualified mental health and addiction providers.
Jason Murrey, Statewide Suicide Prevention Coordinator
In July of 2017, Jason Murrey was hired as the Statewide Suicide Prevention Coordinator, a new position that was created out of the 2017's House Enrolled Act 1430. He is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and served as a Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Trainer while deployed overseas. It is his goal from this position to attack stigma regarding mental health and suicide among our most vulnerable populations; especially out youth. He graduated with a Bachelor's in Management while serving in the military and graduated with a Master's in Counseling from Indiana University.