Trainers

Mike B: Safety Training Expert – San Diego

Mike brings invaluable experience to the company, subsequent to a seven year career in law enforcement. Mike earned an Associate of Science Degree in The Administration of Justice from West Valley College. He started his career as a sworn peace officer in 1989 with the California Highway Patrol where he served for five years. In 1994 he began working for the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety as both a Police Officer and Firefighter for two-and-a-half years. He enlisted in the Navy in 1996 and served our country as a U.S. Navy SEAL for eight-and-a-half years. He has conducted counter-terrorist operations throughout the world, including combat tours in Iraq and the Philippines. As a Special Operations Hospital Corpsman and team medic, Mike also brings expertise to the medical aspect of travel safety and preparedness.

James Conroy: Safety Training Expert – New Jersey

James P. Conroy (“Jim”) has 17 years of law enforcement and criminal investigative experience in the fraud, white collar and special investigations unit. His emphasis area of expertise lies in fraud investigation and identity theft, of which he is a state’s expert witness. He holds a certification as a fraud examiner (CFE) from the Association of Fraud Examiners and is currently cleared for designation as a certified anti-money laundering expert (ACAMS). Jim is currently a Supervising Detective with a NJ law enforcement agency and has worked at the city, state and county levels of law enforcement over his career. He has testified in every type of court proceeding, including trials at the state and federal level. Jim has conducted criminal investigations as a sworn law enforcement officer into narcotics organizations, terrorist groups and organized criminal groups, having worked in an undercover capacity for several years. He is a certified internal affairs investigator, and has investigated unattended deaths, bias crimes, hi-tech crimes and other types of criminal investigations.

Jim is certified as a crisis intervention officer/hostage negotiator and is a NJ state certified firearms and tactical instructor. He is a police instructor at the State Investigator’s Police Academy, the Ocean County Police Academy and conducts in-house agency training in the qualifications and proficiency of firearms. Jim is also an adjunct instructor at several colleges throughout the country, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has served as an instructor in both traditional and online format, subject matter expert, course developer, interim Academic Dean and Program Chair. He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice and is completing the requirements for his doctoral degree in higher education administration

 

Larry Kaminer: Safety Trainer – Seattle

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa during the height of Apartheid, Larry developed a keen sense of situational awareness at an early age. The unstable nature of that society, extensive travel experience in Southern Africa and the Third World, and as a victim of several assaults,Larry brings a real world civilian perspective to the issue of personal safety. His insurance consulting background in workers’ compensation while in health care provided extensive experience in writing, organizing and presenting content.

 

Jennifer Kaminer: Safety Trainer- Seattle

 

Jennifer  became a content consultant and trainer for The Personal Safety Group in 2013, combining 20 years in broadcast media and strategy development with a life long activism against violence towards women and children.

A survivor of an abusive childhood, she became an early advocate for women and children’s rights, and a student of survival and human nature.

As an adult, she left her violent husband and raised two daughters by herself.  She made her home a safe house for other women in children in need, while at the same time carving out a career in a heavily male-dominated field.

Years of harassment culminated in two men attempting to rape Jennifer after work.  That crime and several others went unpunished, as the law enforcement community was deeply entrenched in a victim-blaming methodology.  That’s when Jennifer became determined to integrate her communication skills and broadcasting opportunities with her blazing passion to empower others.

In 2010, Jennifer started pushing back against systemic violence against women by producing radio content that provided women with resources and empowerment.  She was determined to give women the encouragement and tools that she never had.

Now, as a mother of 2 college-aged daughters and 2 college-aged step-daughters, she is more passionate than ever about about teaching crime avoidance and personal safety skills to young women.