Jonathan Shapiro, M.A.
Director of the Maine School Safety Center
Assistant Director of the Maine School Safety Center
Robert is a retired 33 year municipal police officer, having served 27 years as a School Resource Officer. Robert has been involved in and helped create safety plans for several school districts and continues to strive to bring safety and security to every school in Maine.
Karen Barnes, Ph.D., LCSW
Behavioral Threat Assessment & Mental Health Coordinator
Dr. Barnes worked for over 25 years in public schools, with the majority in adolescent mental health. Karen works with a group of stakeholders at federal, state, and local levels to develop effective strategies to identify students who are at risk of committing acts of violence and providing early intervention to change the trajectory on their path to violence. Much of her work focuses on facilitating the development of multidisciplinary teams to support students and promote favorable outcomes of early intervention including reduced suspensions and expulsions, increased connection to positive supports, elimination of racial disparity with disciplinary measures, reduced support for zero tolerance policies, and overall emotional wellness.
- Information about Behavioral Threat Assessment
- Assistance in enrolling school-based Threat Assessment teams in training
- Ongoing support for trained BTA teams
Melissa Condon, CEM-ME, MCP
School Emergency Management Coordinator
Melissa Condon is an Emergency Management professional with experience in national and local disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Melissa assists SAUs and their respective stakeholders in preparing for, mitigating against, responding to, and recovering from all threats and hazards that have the potential to, directly or indirectly, impact a school. Utilizing a trauma informed, whole community, collaborative approach, Melissa works closely with partners at the federal, state, county, and local government levels, and non-governmental organizations, ensuring the unique needs of every school is met.
- The development of a Comprehensive Health and Safety and Emergency Management Plan
- Identifying and planning for all hazards and potential hazards that could reasonably be expected to impact a SAU
- Forming a collaborative, multi-disciplinary planning team
- Developing and enhancing MOUs/MOAs with community partners
- Grant availability for emergency preparedness / mitigation strategies
- Emergency management training and education opportunities
- Emergency exercises/drills
- Continuity of Operations
- Youth Disaster Preparedness Education & Training
Wendy Robichaud, Ed.D.
School Safety Training Coordinator
Wendy spent 24 years in education as a pre-primary instructor and a high school marketing instructor. She also spent 10 years teaching at the college level. Wendy has a doctoral degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education. She helps the team design and deliver trainings, as well as managing the School Safety Specialist program through Eastern Maine Community College.
- Enrollment in the School Safety Specialist Program
- Trainings available on website
- Signing up for an upcoming training
Stacey Barlow, M.Ed.
Restorative Practices Coordinator
Stacey spent 17 years working in middle and high schools in alternative education programs. She has a master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Instruction and is in the process of completing her Ed.D. in Restorative Justice in Education.
- Restorative Process in an educational setting
- Alternatives to suspension
- Integrating trauma informed practices into school behavioral response
Rebekah Sousa, MPH
Food Security Champion
Rebekah began working at SOM DOE in June 2021 as an Americorps VISTA- part of the campaign to end hunger by 2030. Prior to that, she worked as an Ed Tech in the Pathways program and Resource room, as a community manager for a homeless shelter and as an Air Force medic- with an emphasis on teaching field first-aid and public health practices. As a mother of 7, the school environment is very important to Rebekah, and she is grateful to champion food security with the MSSC. “Even if it’s not my kids who are hungry, it is kids in my kid’s class...”
Rebekah holds a Masters in Public Health and a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.
- Information on local anti-poverty/ anti-hunger resources,
- Help in establishing in-school pantries, weekend meals programs, classroom snack sourcing, other evening/ weekend/ school closure food access programs, and
- Most recent data on food needs across the state.
Staci has a B.A. in Liberal Studies, with minors in Childhood Behavior & Psychology from the University of Maine System.
She began working at SOM DOE in June 2020. Prior to that, she worked for University of Maine Augusta, as Assistant Director of University Advancement and Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs.