Staff

Director

Christine R. Harms, M.S., 303-239-4534

Chris is a Pennsylvania native and former public school teacher, private school administrator, psychotherapist and trainer with over 30 years experience working with youth, professionals and parents in schools, private practice and victim serving agencies. Her undergraduate degrees are in psychology and education and she earned her Master of Science degree in counseling and human relations from Villanova University. Chris has taught at the pre-school and elementary school levels.

Before coming to Colorado in 2005, Chris spent five years as the co-coordinator of a large suburban Philadelphia school safety center that received one of the first Emergency Response and Crisis Management grants (ERCM, now REMS) in 2003 for $500,000. In her role, she helped establish the center, consulted with schools on their safety and crisis management plans, coordinated tabletop drills between school and emergency responders, and trained school and emergency personnel in all areas of the 4-phase model (Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery). She supervised school crisis responses involving school shootings, suicides and other critical incidents in schools during her time at the Pennsylvania center.

Chris has trained professionals on such issues as violence prevention, school-based crisis response, adolescent trauma, sexual harassment and misconduct, suicide intervention, and mandated reporting of child abuse.  She is the former training coordinator for the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) and has taught victim studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Chris has training from the US Department of Homeland Security, the Boston Trauma Center, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Emergency Response Outreach Consultant

Brad Stiles, M.A., 303-239-4321

Brad Stiles is a Colorado native, having lived in different communities along the Front Range and foothills areas.  Brad served for 8 years in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman, performing a range of duties from patrol supervisor and squad leader to tactics instructor.  After combat deployments to the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq, all from Ft. Hood, TX, Brad returned home in 2006, joining the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff.  During his time with the Sheriff’s Office, Brad was able to complete a B. A. in Criminal Justice, as well as a M.A. in Emergency and Disaster Management, from American Military University.

During his employment with Jefferson County, Brad was selected to serve as a Field Training Instructor, a Crime Scene Technician, as a member of the Honor Guard, as an Academy Instructor and as a member of Mobile Field Force Team 6, utilized during crowd control situations.  Brad was also selected to become a member of the Jefferson County Incident Management Team (Type 3), serving in the Plans section as a fully trained Resource Unit Leader and Status Check/In Recorder.  Brad was deployed with the Jeffco IMT for the Lower North Fork Fire, the Bluebell Fire and the Colorado Floods of 2013. 

Prevention Specialist

Margaret M. Ochoa, J.D., 303-239-4439

Margaret Ochoa, J.D., worked as an Assistant County Attorney in Jefferson County, Colorado. She was primarily responsible for dependency and neglect proceedings, and advised the Department of Social Services in every aspect of child protection. Additionally, Margaret represented the Department of Social Services in child support establishment, enforcement and modifications, as well as benefit eligibility matters. She has lectured and written frequently on the topic of sexual abuse prevention in recent years. In her role as Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Specialist, she provides resources for school personnel, parents and students to identify, prevent, and respond to sexual abuse and assault. She earned her law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.

School Outreach Consultant

Dustin Hunter, M.A., 303-239-4533

Dustin moved from Indiana to Colorado in 2007 to continue his education and career in the criminal justice field. After earning an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Franklin College, he completed a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology at the University of Denver. Dustin has worked with diverse clientele in a broad range of environments within the criminal justice system, including juveniles and adults presenting with mental health and substance abuse issues, victims and offenders, and in both community and correctional settings.

The bulk of this work involved juvenile pre-trial supervision with the Senate Bill 94 program in the 1st Judicial District. This included close collaboration with a number of systems and agencies, including schools, the juvenile mental health court program, and treatment providers. Dustin has also facilitated cognitive-behavioral and psychoeducational groups with the Department of Corrections and a private substance abuse treatment agency.

Regional Training Consultant (Southeast - Colorado)

Vickie Coper, M.A., 720- 626-8916

Vickie Cooper has joined the Colorado School Safety Resource Center from the Branson School District as the Regional Training Consultant for the Southeastern Region of the state.   She has earned Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and has Masters degrees in both Education and Administration. She also graduated from the Police Officer Standard Training (POST) Academy in 1997.  

Her professional career has included experience as a substance abuse, vocational, and mental health counselor working extensively with diverse and special populations, both juvenile and adult.  Her time as a law enforcement officer was split between the Nevada State Youth Parole Bureau and as a Federal Probation Officer.  For the last fifteen years, Vickie has served public schools as a teacher and facilitator in both rural and urban schools. She has taught students in elementary through high school, and has also served as a school behavior strategist and learning coach. Ms. Cooper was born and raised in Denver, CO, lived in Las Vegas, NV for 25 years, and returned to Colorado in 2016.

Vickie is available to review, assist in selecting, develop and provide physical and psychological safety resources and training to school personnel in the Southeastern Region of the state.

Regional Training Consultant (Northeast - Colorado)

Jamie Soucie, M.S., 720-498-9645

Jamie Soucie joined the CSSRC in October 2019. She is a Northeastern Colorado native, living in a small rural area for over 30 years. She began her career as a Mental Health Clinician within the Colorado Department of Corrections where she provided mental health treatment to incarcerated male offenders for 11 years while she also obtained a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Jamie also served as a member of the Sterling Correctional Facility Search Team as a Squad Leader, as well as an NRA Firearms Instructor for law enforcement. 

She also has experience working in a local school district, providing mental health supports to students, as well as prevention programs.  Jamie owned a private practice in the Sterling area for two years and most recently worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor for individuals with disabilities through the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). As a Rehabilitation Counselor, she assisted with individuals with disabilities to find meaningful employment.

Jamie is available to review, assist in selecting, develop and provide physical and psychological safety resources and training to school personnel in the Northeastern Region of the state.

Regional Training Consultant (Northwest - Colorado)

Kati Garner, M.Ed.,

Kati Garner is a Florida native but moved to Colorado Springs when she was 10. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Wyoming and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education Social Studies. Kati taught high school history for 3 years in Southwest Kansas before obtaining her Masters of Education in School Counseling and Licensed Professional Counseling from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. After working as a School Counselor in Southwest Kansas for 6 years, Kati returned to Colorado in 2016 and joined the counseling staff at Grand Junction High School.

She most recently worked as the Mental Health and Crisis Coordinator for Mesa County Valley School District 51 in Grand Junction where she oversaw threat assessments, bullying, suicide risk assessments, crisis response and acted as the districts Safe2Tell representative. Kati is a National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Prepared Certified Trainer and a Mental Health First Aid Certified Trainer.

Kati is available to review, assist in selecting, develop and provide physical and psychological safety resources and training to school personnel in the Northwestern Region of the state.


Program Assistant

Melissa Weiss: 303-239-4435
 
Melissa Weiss joined the Center in February 2017 from the Department of Regulatory Agencies. She provides a wide variety of general support for the Center and staff, including ordering of office resources, planning for meetings and trainings, creating materials, maintaining communication with the Listserv members, and supporting the Center’s fiscal accountability through budgetary management.

Resource Specialist

Isaac Baah: 303-239-4391

Isaac Baah joined the CSSRC in 2019 from the Identification Unit of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He brings with him strong organizational skills, extensive background experience in website management, curriculum design, and public outreach. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Mathematics from the University for Development Studies, Ghana. Isaac is a team player with excellent interpersonal communication and people skills. He is very resourceful with lots of initiative, mindful of responsibilities and possess a great ability to plan and execute instructions.

As the Resource Specialist, Isaac tracks and manages the website and other multi-media platforms of CSSRC, distributes school safety resources to communities and partner agencies, and provides logistical support and event/training planning for the Center. Isaac also assesses and negotiates with developers to prepare online training courses and track progress as well as provides customer support services for the training

 


Contact Us:
  • Colorado School Safety Resource Center
  • Mailing Address:
  • 700 Kipling Street, Suite 1000
  • Denver, Colorado 80215