R. Leslie Nichols, is a specialist in developing safety and security programs to protect children, under the care of organizations, from sexual abuse, violence, abduction and other forms of extreme threats and risks. He served for 22 years as the lead youth safety and facility expert for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which serves approximately 4 million youth at 4,000 sites located in dedicated and shared facilties on school-based sites, military bases, tribal lands, camps, public housing projects, parks and recreation facilities, community centers and churches. He has participated in numerous national initiatives for the reduction of child sexual abuse within organizations and is the past president of the National Coalition for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.
Mr. Nichols a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through ASIS International, has a Master of Science in Security Administration, holds certificates in Enterprise Risk Management and Emergency Response Planning,has been educated in terrorism and homeland security issues at the graduate level. He has been a licensed architect since 1982 and is experienced in applying "CPTED" and situational crime prevention.
Mr. Nichols has conducted safety-related consultations and presentations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Guam, the Philippines, and Japan. Most recently co-authored (along with Michael Dorn and Phuong Ngyuen,
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:
Katherine Starr has experience in School and Amateur Sport-related, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, College Athletics / Sports Injuries.
Katherine is a two time Olympian 1984 and 1988 (Great Britain), winning two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games.She founded Safe4Athletes in 2011 as a result of living for decades with pain and suffering from the tragic effects of coach athlete sexual abuse. Safe4Athletes was brought to life to help other athletes who have experienced the same destructive abuse of power in the coach athlete relationship. Safe4Athletes’ mission is to advocate for athletes that have been abused, bullied or harassed by their more powerful coach or teammate.
Katherine has worked with many local governments and congress in the United States and internationally. She has been instrumental in changing several state laws pertaining to sexual abuse. Katherine has written for multiple Senate hearings on coach-athlete sexual abuse. She has been featured on ESPN (Outside the Lines), NBC Sports Radio, NPR, BBC Radio, NY Times, as well other nationally recognized media outlets in sports.
Litigation Support - Katherine serves as an Expert witness for legal teams working on cases involving athletes in coach-athlete sexual abuse, athlete on athlete sexual abuse, athlete cyber-bullying, athlete sexual hazing, as well as many forms of athletic abuse in general. She has brought expertise to single multi-plaintiff cases, working closely with the legal teams, from discovery to trial for both plaintiff and defense cases.
The Rehberg Konin Group provides Litigation Support services in the area of Sport Safety and Reduction of Risk associated with accidents, illnesses and injuries using the most current evidence available. Their cutting edge practice and evidence-based approach ensures that their opinions are grounded in the latest scientific and professional evidence. A full-service consulting firm, The Rehberg Konin Group provides a wide range of services to the legal and insurance industries, including investigation, research and analysis, expert testimony at trial and depositions, expert reports, site inspections, document review, and on-site consulting during trial and depositions. They offer powerful and unbiased opinions and testimony for both plaintiff and defense cases. Their evidence-based approach means services grounded in the latest published research.
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Dr. Robb S. Rehberg, PhD, ATC, CSCS, NREMT has extensive experience as an educator and clinician. He has spent over 20 years working with athletes of all levels, from high school to Olympic competitors. His teaching experience is just as comprehensive with 18 years as an instructor in a variety of courses. Prior to his current role as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Athletic Training Clinical Education, he was the Chief Athletic Trainer for the prestigious Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. In addition, he spent 13 years overseeing the sports medicine needs of 39 interscholastic athletic teams.
Dr. Jeff G. Konin, PhD, ATC, PT, FACSM, FNATA Dr. Jeff Konin is currently the Director of Athletics at Eastern Connecticut State University, in Willimantic, Connecticut. Prior to this role, he was an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, FL, where he also served as the Executive Director of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma (SMART) Institute and the Director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program. Dr. Konin has an extensive background as a clinician, educator, administrator, author, and public speaker.