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Professor Alphonses J. Heraghty
Available Nationwide
45 Ashley Circle
Commack NY 11725
USA
phone: 631-241-3058
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Professor Alphonses J. Heraghty is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) by the National Recreation and Park Association and a Certified Supervisor for Outdoor Environments by the National Program for Playground Safety. He specializes in Sports Injury Prevention and Risk Management.

Also a Certified Interscholastic Coach by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), Prof. Heraghty currently serves on the Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces, and Facilities committee with American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM). He currently serves as Professor and Academic Chair of the Health & Physical Education Department at SUNY Suffolk in Brentwood, New York. Prior to this role, he was the Fitness & Aquatics Director and Head Lacrosse Coach at SUNY Suffolk.

Litigation Support - Prof. Heraghty specializes in Risk Management Programs for various types of sports, recreation and fitness activities as well as the preparation of expert opinions for both plaintiff and defendants, in conjunction with Recreation and Sport Personal Injury cases.

Areas of Expertise
  • Playground Equipment Accidents
  • Playground Supervision
  • Recreation Accidents
  • Physical Education Accidents
  • Trampoline Parks
  • Athletic Accidents
  • Health Club Accidents
  • Fitness Equipment Accidents
  • Weight Room Accidents
  • Athletic / Sport Facility Accidents
  • Lacrosse Accidents
  • Swimming Pool Accidents
  • Coaching Safety
  • camp Accidents
  • Improper Supervision
  • Non-Adherence to Standards
  • View Alphonses Heraghty's Consulting Profile.
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    R. Leslie Nichols, MSSA, CPP
    137B Commerce Ave., Suite 336
    LaGrange GA 30241
    USA
    phone: 404-247-0797
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    R. Leslie Nichols, is a specialist in developing Child and youth safety and protection programs for organizations. For 22 years, he served as the lead youth safety and facility expert for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, an organization serving 4 million youth at over 4,000 sites in 50 states, domestic and overseas military bases, university campuses, tribal lands, camps, housing projects, parks and recreation facilities, community centers, churches and schools.

    Mr. Nichols is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with the American Society for Industrial Security and has a Master of Science in Security Administration. He holds certificates in Enterprise Risk Management and Emergency Response Planning and has been educated in terrorism and homeland security issues at the graduate level. He has conducted thousands of safety consultations for organizations in all 50 States and in Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Guam, the Philippines, and Japan.

    As an architect, he has over 35 years’ experience in Facilities Planning and Evaluation. He is experienced in applying Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), The Situational Prevention Approach, threat-vulnerability analysis and target hardening. This unique background supports his understanding of the relationship between operational strategies and the physical setting for creating safe environments for youth.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Nichols provides expert witness services in matters involving Safety, Security, and Risk Reduction in the care of school age children and teens. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant and includes strategies to prevent harm from:
    • Child Protection Programs
    • Youth Serving Organizations
    • Out of School Time Programs
    • Child Sexual Abuse
    • Bullying
    • Child Abduction
  • Missing Children
  • Care and Custody of Children
  • Supervision of Children
  • Physical Injury to Children
  • Security
  • CPTED
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    Sherryll Kraizer, Ph.D.
    460 S. Marion Parkway
    Ste. 906
    Denver CO 80209
    USA
    phone: 303-809-9001
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    Sheryll Kraizer Child Safety Expert PhotoSherryll Kraizer, PhD,., is an internationally recognized expert and author in child sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse, bullying, and child safety.

    Background Experience - Dr. Kraizer was on the ground floor of the child abuse prevention field in the early ‘80s, working with the C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and founding the Coalition for Children. She has written many articles, books and curricula that address recognition, prevention and reporting of child abuse (including sexual, physical, emotional and neglect). She also has expertise in the areas of bullying, school safety, special education, and duty to supervise in a wide variety of settings.

    Working with schools, religious organizations, community groups and treatment facilities, Dr. Kraizer has a deep and historically accurate understanding of the standard of care, policies and procedures, training, and supervision consistent with protecting children as they have evolved over time.

    Dr. Kraizer has extensive experience in cases involving child abuse and bullying in youth serving organizations and institutional settings (i.e. schools, churches, foster care, youth groups, day care, treatment centers, residential facilities and hospitals), failure to properly train and supervise staff, failure to supervise children, child injury and death cases, abuse by teachers, clergy or staff members and child-on-child abuse. She is qualified to assess standard of care, policies, procedures, best practices and questions of negligence.

    Litigation Support - Since 1992, Dr. Kraizer has worked nationally for plaintiffs and defendants alike. Understanding the issues on both sides, she is able to review your case and advise you on the strength of the evidence, areas for further discovery, deposition and trial preparation. As a forensic expert, she can assist you in asking the right questions to make informed decisions about each case.

    Dr. Kraizer has extensive experience in cases involving:
    • Child Abuse or Injury/Accidents in Institutional Settings (i.e. private and public schools, churches, foster care, youth groups, day care, treatment centers, residential facilities, and hospitals)
    • Abuse Over Time Involving Multiple Victims
    • Child Sexual Abuse and Assault, Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse and Neglect
    • Boundary Violation
    • Standard of Care, Negligence and Best Practices
    • Policies and Procedures
    • Staff training and Supervision
    • Failure to Supervise
    • Sexual Abuse by Teachers, Clergy, Staff Members, Volunteers, and Child-On-Child Abuse
    • Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
    • Bullying and Interpersonal Violence
    • Wrongful Death
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    Sherryll Kraizer, PhD
    This book offers strategies on the latest forms of bullying, like cyber-bullying via instant message and networking sites. With anecdotes throughout, it book also teaches how to successfully approach another parent or a school about bullying.
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    It's the most urgent and highly publicized issue facing America's family: how to teach our children to protect themselves in any situation. Based on the author's successful education workshop, which has been in operation since 1969 and has educated more than 50, 000 parents and children nationwide, The Safe Child Book gives parents effective and nonthreatening techniques for teaching children how to protect themselves without making them afraid.