Cheryl Michaels is the Associate Director of Security at Seattle Pacific University and co-owner of a security consulting firm, Educational Safety LLC. With 28 years of experience in the security and emergency management field, Cheryl began developing her knowledge and expertise when managing a physical security and the classified information protection program for a branch of Raytheon’s naval weapons manufacturing firm. As Associate Director of Security, she oversees the campus security operations center, a 24/7 emergency dispatch center for the campus that also monitors surveillance systems, fire systems, and the campus emergency notification system. She is the lead advisor on threat assessments for at-risk individuals. Since joining SPU in 2001, she is responsible for the University emergency and crisis management plans, overseeing their implementation through the four phases of emergency management. She provides training for University first responders and the campus community through seminars, exercises and campus-wide drills. Cheryl is also the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students and responsible for campus gender-based violence awareness program as well as a certified self-defense instructor with Rape Aggression Defense Systems. During the 2014 SPU shooting, she was the operational commander for the response and recovery phases. Cheryl is a nationally recognized speaker on the role of threat and consequence management in the ecology of targeted violence.