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 was raised in Eureka, Kansas a small rural community within Greenwood County. While growing up, Dan’s father and mother were the independent business owners of Cole Auto Service and Towing. His parents used their hands and hearts to make a living while being an active part of the local fire rescue emergency system.
During one of Dan’s photo jobs in the gym of a rural Kansas High School the intruder alarm rang out. Being ushered into the nearby boy’s locker room with 30 nervous students who had no system or method of protection, it resonated with Dan that there must be a better way.
In January of 2015, Dan resigned his position ending his 30 year career with Lifetouch to come on board and be a part of the SafeDefend team.
Read Mike’s Bio
Mike spent 15 years in the staffing industry with Allegis Group Services, helping the company grow from $100 million to $5 billion during his tenure.
Since leaving the staffing industry, Mike has built a successful nutritional beverage distributorship and worked on private equity investments. He also is actively involved as a member of the Board of Advisors for Samaritan’s Feet, a non-profit organization that washes feet and distributes shoes to needy people all over the world. Ignited by college basketball coaches who go barefoot during a designated game each year, Samaritan’s Feet has reached more than 4.5 million children and adults in 60 countries since its 2003 origin.
Read Doug’s Bio
Doug has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years. He currently serves as a commander for a large metropolitan police agency in the Midwest. He is an instructor for field responses involving physical, mental and tactical approaches to active shooter situations. He has certifications in Medical Health First Aid, Individual First Aid Kit, ALERRT Active Shooter training, and has been a defensive tactics instructor. He served as a Police Academy commander for over three years training new recruits and instructing advanced tactics to state certified officers.
Doug is a father of three school aged children. He takes an active approach in discussing challenges they will face in their academic lives. He is committed to empowering and educating others to achieve success