Our Team of Experts

Superintendent of Strategy

Leslie Hainrihar Chretien spent over 40 years as a public school educator serving as a teacher, at-risk counselor, building administrator, and district superintendent. Her work often focused on programming, interventions, and supports for students at risk of making academic progress. She currently works as an educational consultant. Recent projects include supporting aspiring and early career teachers, acting as an expert witness for civil litigation involving educators and school districts, and supporting school safety via ATAP Security. Leslie has 4 grandsons, one in preschool, two in elementary, and one in middle school.
Vice President of Operations

James Brunt has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. James has been an ordinance enforcement officer for a local Township and Federal Investigations Officer where he held a Top-Secret Security Clearance to conduct sensitive federal investigations. James held the position as Director of the Advanced Cybersecurity Development Center before recently transitioning to the role of Chairman of the Board. He currently serves his church as an Elder where he’s been a member for the last 48 years.  James is on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army, the Bedford Public Schools Career Technology Advisory Board, and the Bedford Public Schools Strategy Planning Board. James has been married to Kathryn for the past 19 years and they have a 15-month-old daughter Winnie.  He enjoys watching and playing every sport imaginable!
Consulting Superintendent

Andrew Shaw has a bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in Elementary Education and a master’s degree from Michigan State University in K-12 Administration. Andrew enjoyed his career as an elementary teacher, elementary principal, and school superintendent. He retired in the summer of 2020 and is a Client Executive with Kapnick Insurance Group. In his personal life, Andy lives with his daughter. They enjoy golf, kayaking, and attending MSU football and basketball games. Andy also enjoys spending time with his family.
Research Director

Jackie Noto works and studies in the field of behavioral science and focuses on creating positive changes in organizational and public settings while promoting safety, culture, and leadership. She received her dual M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Tech. While there, Jackie completed a thesis, currently pending publication, on teaching human service staff how to respond to active shooter scenarios.  Following her certification as a behavior analyst, Jackie continued her education as a Ph.D. student while conducting research and teaching as an adjunct instructor at her alma mater, Florida Tech. Her goal as both a researcher and educator is to help make the world a better place.
Protection Coordinator

Anthony is a retired police officer, with over 20 years of service in law enforcement, most at a city declining into one of the most violent in the nation. As an officer, he developed his expertise in crash investigation, adding commercial vehicle inspection, enforcement and investigation to that skill. The student attack at Columbine drove training across his department, evolving their every day tactics and response. Yet he did not see these changes in the way schools respond to incidents, evidenced in Parkland. Anthony began researching acts of violence and student crisis, and spends much of his time studying security as an ASIS member and PSP applicant. As the father in a blended family with 5 children, a Marine veteran, a bar tender, 2 college students, and a high school student, his passion for school safety comes from a personal drive to do the best we can for our children.

Scott Beard

Security and Training Expert

Scott is a retired Detective Sgt. from Michigan State Police. He began as a Trooper in 1989 at the Erie Post. He worked as a Detective/Sergeant in the Polygraph Unit), a Sergeant in the Uniform Division, and as a Detective/Sergeant of Investigative Services in the Monroe Area Narcotics Team. Scott obtained his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University in 1988 and has been a licensed Forensic Polygraphist since 2000.

Scott wants to share some of the knowledge that he gained in his 31 years with the Michigan State Police. He believes, as he did when he started in Law Enforcement, that each one of us can make a difference in the world every day; Scott believes that he can do that through ATAP and help those we work with do the same. Scott has been married to his wife, Kim, since 2003. He is the father of 2, stepfather of 2, and grandfather of 6! He is Member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Monroe, MI.

Steve Agard, Lt. Col. USAF (ret.)
Area Security Expert

Steven is a retired senior military officer with experience in personnel protection, facility/installation protection, asset protection, and threat assessment. During his 30-year career, his leadership and innovation positively impacted National Security interests. Since retiring, Steven has taught at the high school level and has worked as a business consultant. Known as a problem solver, he has become very interested in sharing his experience in protecting personnel and mitigating attacks in the workplace and educational institutions. Steven is dedicated to life-long learning and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Leadership. Motivated by societal events, Steven is looking forward to working with you and your team in making workplaces and schools safer.

Brenna Triest

Brenna Triest
School Safety Consultant

Brenna is a retired public safety officer, with over 20 years experience as a cross trained police officer, fire fighter and medical first responder.  As an officer, she spent 5 years as a school liason. Brenna had 4 different school districts in the confines of her city limits, one being a religious school district. She was privileged enough to work with preschoolers, elementary school, middle and high schools students during her tenure.  Brenna has been a physical training and driving instructor at Schoolcraft police and fire academies since 2004, mentoring and training our future police officers and fire fighters.  She obtained her B.S. in criminal justice from Ferris State University.  Brenna stated the best part of her career as a police officer was keeping her community safe and ensuring that each citizen had a great quality of life within their reach.