Advisory Board

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Bruce D. Perry


Dr. Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network and a Professor (Adjunct) at the School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician, and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs, and policy across the world. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Dr. Perry’s most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing (2021), co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, has been translated into 28 languages and has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for over 100 weeks after becoming #1 on the list in April of 2021.

Jonathan Aronie

Practice Group Leader

Jonathan Aronie’s entire career has been centered around integrity, and especially the idea that organizational integrity is good fiscal policy, for corporations and criminal justice agencies alike.

After graduating from Brandeis University and Duke University School of Law, Jonathan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Patricia Wynn on the DC Superior Court. In the early 2000s, he served as the Deputy Independent Monitor over the Memorandum of Agreement between the US Department of Justice and the DC Metropolitan Police Department.

Jonathan Aronie is the Leader of Sheppard Mullin’s Government Practice Group, and the founding member of the firm’s Organizational Integrity Group, a cross-disciplinary team of litigators, regulatory specialists, federal monitors, and ex-prosecutors with extensive experience helping organizations prevent and defend against challenges to their organizational integrity.

Jerry Clayton


Jerry L. Clayton has served as a criminal justice professional for 35 years. He is currently serving his fourth term as the Sheriff of Washtenaw County. Sheriff Clayton leads a values and mission-driven organization focused on co-producing community wellness and safety.

During his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Jerry served in a variety of front-line positions and was appointed to the following executive positions: Corrections Commander, Police Services Commander, and SWAT Team Commander.

Jerry has also been a certified criminal justice trainer and instructor for more than thirty years, specializing in a number of areas, including Cultural Diversity, Bias-Free Policing, Organizational Change, and Leadership. Sheriff Clayton has provided training, monitoring, and Subject Matter Expert consulting services to a variety of private and public sector clients, including the United States Department of Justice, the National Sheriff’s Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Keith Malcolm

Retired Expert

Keith Malcom graduated from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania with a BSCE in Civil Engineering. While at college he served on the Interfraternity Council and President of his fraternity. Upon graduation, he received an assistantship to attend the University of Cincinnati, graduating with a MSCE specializing in Water Resources Engineering.

Following graduate school, after several “odd jobs” he went to work for a small construction company with 10 employees in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Ultimately, he acquired the business, grew it to 50 employees, and owned it for roughly 40 years before selling it in 2020. During that time, he served on the local Community College Advisory Board, helping the College foster programs for the construction trades.

Sarah J. McCrea-Dameron

Clinical Training Director

Sarah J. McCrea-Dameron is currently the Director of Clinical Training and Development for myLaurel Health, an innovative healthcare solution providing high-acuity mobile healthcare services keeping vulnerable patients healthier and in their homes, avoiding unnecessary use of emergency services and emergency departments.

She retired from the City of Las Vegas, Department of Fire & Rescue as Deputy Fire Chief in January 2021. Hired with LVFR in 1998, she held various roles including firefighter, paramedic, fire apparatus driver/operator (engineer), technical rescue technician (high angle rope rescue, vehicle extrication, confined space, structural collapse, swift water rescue, and firefighter rescue), EMS Quality Improvement Coordinator, Administrative Officer, and Assistant Chief. Throughout her time as a Chief Officer, she was assigned several divisions including Fire Training, Fire Communications (fire/medical dispatch), Special Operations (hazardous materials and technical rescue teams), Nurse Triage Line, Medical Services, and Compliance and Innovation.

Tamara Player

Healthcare Leader

Tamara Player, LCSW, is an innovative, collaborative leader in healthcare, driven by her belief that everyone deserves to feel well. She works every day to ensure access to quality care for the whole person, knowing that people want health, not health care. Her career in behavioral health spans over 30 years in four different states, serving as Chief Operations Officer for community mental health agencies in Maine and Colorado and as the CEO of a community-based behavioral health provider in Northern California prior to joining Polara Health as the CEO in June of 2019.

As CEO of Polara Health, Tamara oversees a comprehensive array of programs and services to the citizens of Yavapai County AZ. Her focus is on innovative care that serves the citizens of all of the communities, with a special emphasis on equity and excellence, bringing hope to the people in crisis.

Susan L. Rahr

Author & Field Expert

Sue Rahr began her 43-year law enforcement career as a deputy with the King County Sheriff’s Office in 1979 and worked her way up through the ranks until she was elected Sheriff in 2005, where she served as Sheriff for another seven years. She was responsible for over 1,000 employees, a $150 million budget, contract police services in 12 cities, and transit policing for the Seattle/Puget Sound region. She led KCSO to CALEA National Accreditation in 2010 and was awarded “2010 Elected Official of the Year” by the Municipal League.

In 2012 she was appointed Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission where she served for nine years and was responsible for training all city and county law enforcement and corrections officers in the state, as well as many other criminal justice professionals.

Dr. Catherine Sanderson

Psychology Professor

Catherine Sanderson is the Poler Professor of Psychology at Amherst College. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a specialization in Health and Development, from Stanford University, and received both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University. Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. Professor Sanderson has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to four college textbooks, middle school and high school health textbooks, as well as the Introduction to Psychology course for The Great Courses. In 2012, she was named one of the country’s top 300 professors by the Princeton Review.

Dr. Ervin Staub

Psychology Professor

Dr. Ervin Staub is Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Founding Director of its Ph.D. concentration in the Psychology of Peace and Violence. He is the former President of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence (APA Division 48) and of the International Society for Political Psychology.

Born in Hungary, as a young child he lived through Nazism, and then communism. He escaped from Hungary at age 18 after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was defeated, lived in Vienna for two years, and then came to the U.S. He finished his undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota and received a Ph.D. at Stanford. He has taught at Harvard, Stanford, the University of Hawaii, and the London School of Economic and Political Science.

Declan Sullivan


Declan Sullivan, M.P.A., came to the world of active bystandership through his experience as a Senior Program Associate at Georgetown University’s Center for Innovations in Community Safety. In 2021, Declan served as part of the leadership team for Project ABLE (Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement). Declan supervised all ABLE training operations, oversaw the agency application process, and led ABLE’s statewide initiatives in Washington, Colorado, and Utah.

During his time at ABLE, Declan was critical in allowing the expansion of the program to hundreds of police departments all over the United States and Canada. Thanks largely to Declan’s efficient and inspiring leadership, ABLE’s list of agencies grew from a small number of agencies to more than 300 police departments in three short years. In its early years, ABLE was understaffed, requiring Declan to play multiple positions at the same time. He brought outstanding administrative skills, deep respect for law enforcement, and empathy for police officers and the communities they serve and protect.