Extraordinary Team Of Passionate Educators, Police Officers and School Safety Experts


James Kenyon

Assistant Director, Licensing
Nevada Department of Education

James \"Jim\" Kenyon is a career educator with over twenty-five years of experience. He has held various positions in education and most recently Assistant Director of Licensing for the Nevada Department of Education, College of Education Faculty with the University of Nevada Las Vegas and currently the Director of Policy Development with Teach-Now in Washington, D.C. Prior to moving to Nevada and joining he NVDOE, Jim worked for the School Improvement Policy Center and the Public Policy Center in Tallahassee, FL.

He is from New York and Massachusetts; however, his career has taken him to California, Florida, Nevada, and Washington, D.C. Jim holds a Bachelor\'s Degree from Syracuse University, Master\'s Degrees in Secondary Education, Administration, and Special Education and a doctorate from Florida State in Education Leadership and Policy Studies.

Gary L. Sigrist, Jr.

CEO and President
Safeguard Risk Solutions

Gary Sigrist is a nationally known speaker, consultant, author and expert on emergency preparedness. His career spans more than 30 years as an educator, administrator and police officer. Sigrist\'s background in both education and law enforcement gives him a unique perspective on safety and preparedness, which he brings to his work with clients of Safeguard Risk Solutions. Sigrist launched Safeguard Risk Solutions in 2013 with his partner and friend Mick Yinger.

Ryan Searles

Senior Consultant Security Assessment & Protective Services

Ryan brings more than 17 years of professional experience in “in-the- field” security, force protection, and risk management for multiple- jurisdictional responses at local, state, regional, and national levels. He has led tactical teams of 90+ in dynamic, fast-paced environments and possesses a comprehensive background in complex problem-solving and relationship-building derived from conducting domestic and global operations across five continents.

Ryan has managed enterprise-wide risk management programs to protect life and safety, critical infrastructure, property, and equipment valued over $7M. His extensive knowledge includes Public Policy, OSHA, Work Place Violence, Active Shooter Response Training, Project Management, and Incident Command System application.