Jeff Green, Founder of SafeDefend
Following the Sandy Hook tragedy, Jeff Green was in his office reviewing his school safety plan and realized that everything he had in place, Sandy Hook did as well. In fact, Sandy Hook was better prepared than most schools. He began researching what changes had occurred in school protection. The most significant modifications over the years were improvements with law enforcement’s approach after Columbine. However, schools were still missing critical elements in addressing an active shooter situation and having a safety plan in place. The typical approach involved locking an intruder out, hiding and hoping. This method had proven ineffective time and time again. As a parent and a principal, Jeff wanted a system that would protect his children, students and staff and empower them at the same time.
Jeff met with local and national threat assessment experts, FBI, law enforcement, police chiefs and Sheriffs to learn what schools could do during the critical minutes leading up to the time first responders arrived on the scene. As a result, he designed the SafeDefend Personnel Protection and Shelter in Place Systems for schools, hospitals, government buildings and corporate offices. Prior to SafeDefend, Jeff was an educator and principal for 16 years throughout Kansas. He is a father to three children and is currently working on his Ph.D from the University of Kansas.
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Meet Our Team
Read Jeff’s Bio
Jeff Green is the founder of SafeDefend. Jeff started in education in 1997. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Emporia State University, a Master’s in Education Administration and a post graduate certification in District Administration from the University of Kansas. Jeff is the father of three children and they were a driving force in the creation of SafeDefend.
Throughout his educational career, Jeff has been a para-professional, a teacher, an assistant principal and a principal. These experiences allowed him to develop SafeDefend as a truly effective and user friendly safety solution. Jeff left education in 2013 to devote full time to SafeDefend following his belief that this approach will save lives.
Read Rusty’s Bio
Upon graduating from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, Rusty spent six years in Marketing for an International Company. During this time, he gained valuable experience while traveling the world.
Prior to coming on board with SafeDefend, he worked for twenty-two years in sales, both in management and as an administrator, all in the Health Care industry.
His Interests include: The Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas State Athletics, KC Royals, collecting and riding Motorcycles, being a Youth Friend Volunteer and Coaching Football. Most importantly, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family.
Read Dan’s Bio
Dan started his career journey in 1984 with Lifetouch National School Studios. Throughout his 31 years with Lifetouch he focused on relationship building with school administration and parent groups to create programs to benefit students, parents, school staff, and administrators. While achieving success within the company Dan closed out his career with Lifetouch as Territory Manager for the Kansas City, KS region.
Dan has also been actively dedicated to the field of fire rescue. He served communities in Kansas and Missouri through the departments of Eureka-Greenwood County, Spearville-Ford County, Garden City-Finney County, and the communities within Boone County, Missouri. Currently he holds a rescue specialist position with Missouri Task Force One based in Columbia, Missouri. MO-TF1 is operated by Boone County Fire Protection which is one the largest volunteer fire-ems organizations in the country. MO-TF1 is one of twenty-eight specially trained Urban Search and Rescue teams under the Homeland Security umbrella. Dan has been deployed with the team conducting search and rescue operations associated with Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Harvey as well as the Joplin Tornado. Lessons learned from these tragic events has given Dan foresight for dealing with the mass casualty crisis.
The combined life lessons from working in schools and within the rescue field is the motivation that drives Dan to press into our SafeDefend mission of protecting lives.
Shea is a 1993 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art. His professional career spans 25 years in wholesale, retail and educational environments. He has managed both people and projects in large scale businesses such as Walmart, Kodak and most recently Lifetouch where he spent the past 16 years working with over 1,200 public and private schools across the MidWest.
His degree in Art has allowed him the ability to creatively problem solve various situations throughout his career. Always working with an empathetic attitude towards his customers has driven his success. Customer focus and impeccable follow through skills maintained at the highest level is his top priority. Previously certified as an Emergency Medical Technician along with skills developed as a volunteer firefighter rounds out his knowledge and abilities.
Shea lives in central Iowa with his 3 children and wife Amy of 25 years. They spend time enjoying their kid’s activities as well as serving in various volunteer roles in their community.
Read Paula’s Bio
Paula brings a diversity of experience to SafeDefend. As a former small business owner she adds a wealth of knowledge to the Director of Finance position. From her time with several non-profit agencies she has detailed experience in both domestic and international project management and logistics. Her knowledge from operating a 501c3 and participating in the running of its operations compliments her skill set. She got her start in corporate management and administration so the transition back to SafeDefend was a comfortable move.
Paula’s strong community ethos has her volunteering at local schools, assisting with civilian aspects of the county sheriff’s department and court house. Her strong community spirit keeps her involved and busy.
She is a true advocate for companions in the workplace which is evident by the ever presence of her toy poodle, Monkey, in the workplace.
Read Blair’s Bio
Blair Johnson graduated summa cum laude with a degree in mathematics from Kansas State University in 2012. She has spent the last 4 years as a project manager in both a large software corporation as well as SafeDefend. She brings with her experience in process creation and improvement, project planning and execution, problem-solving, and managing relationships with clients.
Read Doug’s Bio
Douglas B. Parisi, MPA is the Director of Training for SafeDefend. He is a former police captain with over 20 years of service he has personal experience with active shooter situations.
During 3 ½ years as a police academy commander he has obtained extensive training on site security, active shooter response and civilian response to hostile events.
He is a regular speaker at national conferences and seminars. He has presented at SRO, DARE, Human Resource, school board, superintendent, public safety, sheriff’s association and other conferences across the Midwest. He has participated in campus safety webinars and conducts interviews with media sources on workplace and campus safety concerns.
He has certifications including Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT), Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE), Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, (TECC) Combat Life Support (CLS), Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Currently and Mental Health First Aid.
Douglas works with schools, businesses, and government institutions on policy implementation, crisis response planning and threat mitigation.