2021 Speakers

Melissa Brymer, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Melissa Brymer, Ph.D., Psy.D. is the Director of Terrorism and Disaster Programs of the UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and its National Child Traumatic Stress Network. In this capacity Dr. Brymer has been involved with the development of acute interventions, assessment, and educational materials in the area of terrorism, disasters, and school crises. She is the lead author of NCTSN/NCPTSD Psychological First Aid for Schools and Skills for Psychological Recovery and has served as a consultant for many Federal, state, and local agencies across the country and internationally after disasters, terrorism, school shootings, and other mass violence tragedies. Dr. Brymer is the lead advisor to the Newtown Public Schools Recovery Program, and is the Pl for an NIJ research project examining the short and long-term impact of 12 different school shooting and mass violence incidence. Dr. Brymer is a key partner with the MUSC National Mass Violence Resource Center. She is a consultant for the US Department of Education and a subject matter expert for the Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee of the National Bio-Defense Science Board, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (DHHS/ ASPR), and for Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Lt. Terry Preuninger

Lieutenant Terry Preuninger has been in law enforcement for 29 years and previously served in the United States Army. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is working on completing his Master’s Degree from Washington State University. He is currently a night shift watch commander and just finished two years working in the Public Information Office as the assistant communications director.  Through his career he has worked in both the patrol and investigative divisions as well as special investigations.  Lt. Preuninger has a wide range of experience in law enforcement. He has been a member of multiple specialty units including a 26 year veteran of the SWAT team as an operator, team leader, and assistant commander. He has been a lead instructor in Active Shooter Response, narcotics/ drugs, Firearms, Patrol Procedures, etc. with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy, and Spokane Police Department. He currently is recognized as an expert witness in Police Tactics through both Federal and District Court. He has completed over 1100 hours of specialized training and courses. Lt. Preuninger has been involved in many high profile cases, including active shooter events, large scale drug and firearms cases, homicides and other violent crimes.

Tom Michaud

Tom Michaud has been in law enforcement for over 20 years. He has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. He currently supervises the Spokane Criminal Intelligence Unit (Analyst Section) for the Spokane Police Department. He has professional work experience in Corrections, Transitional /Drug Programming, and Intelligence. He has over 900 hours of specialized training in regards to social media, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and Analysis. He has numerous certifications and trainings including Emergency Management Response (FEMA), FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Institute, Statistical Analysis, Open Source Investigations, Intelligence and Analysis Investigations. Tom has won awards for his involvement in the Public Information Unit, City of Spokane Employee of the Month, and recognition from federal partners for analytical liaison support for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Secret Service, and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Tom has assisted in a wide variety of investigations on both the state and federal level to include Active School Shootings, Kidnappings, Homicides, and Terrorism.

Ryan Busse

Ryan Busse is a former firearms executive who helped build one of the world’s most iconic gun companies, and was nominated multiple times by industry colleagues for the prestigious Shooting Industry Person of The Year Award. Busse is an environmental advocate who served in many leadership roles for conservation organizations, including as an advisor for the United States Senate Sportsmen’s Caucus and the Biden Presidential Campaign. He remains a proud outdoorsman, gun owner, father, and resident of Montana.