Two Day Educational Seminar - Nov 8-9, 2018
Violence in Healthcare: Understanding and Mitigating the Risk

Speaker Biographies


James Alan Fox

James Alan Fox is The Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University. He has written 18 books, including his latest two published this year: Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder and The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder.  He appears frequently on national television programs and newscasts, and was profiled in the New York Times, Scientific American, and a two-part cover story in USA Today which nicknamed him “The Dean of Death.” As a member of its Board of Contributors, Fox’s opinion columns regularly appear in USA Today. Finally, Fox often gives keynote talks and expert testimony, including sixteen appearances before the U.S. Congress and briefings at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice.



Bonnie S. Michelman, CPP, CHPA

Bonnie Michelman has extensive leadership and security management experience in diverse industries. She currently is the Executive Director of Police, Security and Outside Services at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Security Consultant for Partners Healthcare Inc., an organization comprising 17 hospitals, hundreds of offsite facilities, and a workforce over 100,000. She oversees a licensed Police Department in this role among other departments. She was formerly a senior executive at First Security Services Corporation (now Securitas) overseeing Security for 60 diverse operations and Assistant Vice President for General Services/Operations at Newton Wellesley Hospital managing 16 operational and support departments.

Bonnie is on the Board of Directors and Past President for the International Security Management Association (ISMA). Bonnie served as President in 2001 of ASIS-International, a 40,000-person organization, Chairman of the Board in 2002, and Foundation President from 2003-2005. She is Past President (2008 and 1995) as well as Chairman of the Board of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS). She has been an Instructor at Northeastern University, College of Criminal Justice in the Graduate and Undergraduate program for over 20 years. Bonnie is on the Regional Board of Directors for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and chairs their National Security Committee. Under Bonnie’s direction, MGH won the Lindberg Bell Award for the nation’s finest healthcare security program in 1999 and 2007 among numerous other awards and recognitions. She was appointed in 2010 by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), holding that position until 2015 and chaired the DHS Faith Based Security Advisory Committee.

Bonnie has an MBA, and MS in Criminal Justice and a BA in Government and Sociology.


Dave Corbin, CPP, CHPA

David Corbin, has over two decades of experience in the security field.  He is currently the Director of Police, Security & Parking at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  David has served in security leadership roles at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Faulkner Hospital, and previously at BWH.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Northeastern University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

David is the Chair of the Education Committee for the Boston Chapter of the International Association for Healthcare Safety and Security (IAHSS).  Further, he is the 2016 recipient of the IAHSS Foundation Philip A. Gaffney Faculty Chair Award and his Police, Security, Safety & Parking Department at Faulkner Hospital won the prestigious Lindberg Bell Award in 2011 for establishing and maintaining an outstanding security program.

David is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), a Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA), and a certified Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Specialist. 

David holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.

David consults on healthcare security and workplace violence prevention nationally.


William Gibbons, Director of Public Safety

William Gibbons is the Director of Public Safety at the Boston University Medical Campus and Boston Medical Center.  He has been with the department for 26 years, holding leadership positions in the department for the past twenty years and serving as the Director for the past five years. The Boston University Medical Campus consists of the BU School of Medicine, Dental Medicine, School of Public Health, Graduate studies, the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, a BSL 4 high security Research facility and the Boston Medical Center, a 496-bed hospital and Level-1 Trauma Center. The BUMC Public Safety Department is a hybrid department of 125 men and woman both sworn and non-sworn Officers as well as both armed and unarmed personnel.  William holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Studies from Boston University.


Monique Mitchell, MS, PMHCNS-BC

Monique Mitchell has over thirty years of professional experience as an advanced practice nurse and is board certified in psychiatric and mental health nursing. She provides expert consultation for complex medically ill patients and their families who are experiencing behavior disturbances and for patients with acute psychiatric mental health illness. She serves as a subject matter expert for the department of nursing and is skilled in developing programs within large organizations through research to improve outcomes and safety for patients, families and staff and advance practice.  Monique has provided educational programs locally and nationally and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles on topics such as delirium, dementia, substance use disorders, personality disorders, acute psychiatric presentations and workplace violence.


Dr. Barbara E. Lakatos

Dr. Barbara E. Lakatos has over thirty years of professional experience as an advanced practice nurse and is board certified in psychiatric and mental health nursing. She has held dual academic teaching and practice appointments and is skilled in developing programs to advance practice within large organizations. Currently, she provides consultation to patients/families, and coaching/education to inter-professional staff to improve psychologically based care.   A member of numerous professional organizations; she has authored peer-reviewed articles on issues including workplace violence and has led research initiatives to improve the outcome, quality and safety for patients, families and clinicians. She is member of numerous professional organizations, most recently, serving on the ANA Workplace Violence and Incivility Advisory Committee. 


Kevin Slattery, Lt.

Lieutenant Kevin Slattery of the Brigham and Women’s Police and Security department has over thirty-two years of experience in Public Safety. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Lieutenant Slattery has attended the Senior Management Institute of Policing at Boston University.  He served with the City of Framingham Police Department from 1985 until 2017.  He served as the Commander of Investigative Services. Slattery also served at Deputy Police Chief in Charge of Operations.  Lieutenant Slattery joined the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Police and Security Department in October of 2017. He is currently the dayshift Operations Supervisor.  Lt. Slattery has received numerous awards from Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies. Lt. Slattery is the 2018 recipient of the New England Innocence Projects Champion of Justice Award.


John Fisher, Chief

John Fishercurrently serves as the Chief of Police of the Carlisle (MA) Police Department and is on the Executive Board of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC). Chief Fisher also serves as the Assistant Control Chief for the SWAT and Regional Response Teams (RRT).

He began his career at the Nashua Police Department in 1989 and became the Department’s first Problem Oriented Policing Officer.  He subsequently served as an Entry Team Member on the Department’s Special Reaction Team (SRT), a Cadre Member assigned to the New Hampshire Police Academy designing courses and teaching Accident Reconstruction, Community Policing and Supervision.  He next spent several years as a detective prior to being promoted to Sergeant in 2003.  Chief Fisher worked in the Patrol Division, Professional Standards Bureau, and Administrative Services Division during his time as Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain in Nashua. He also commanded Nashua’s Accident Reconstruction and Ceremonial Units. Chief Fisher retired from the Nashua Police Department as a Captain after 23 years to assume his roles in Carlisle and NEMLEC.

Chief Fisher served in The United States Coast Guard Reserve, during which time he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Plymouth State University and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the UNH.  He also taught in the Criminal Justice Program at Rivier University in Nashua for 6 years.


Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Madelyn “Maddy” Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is chief nursing officer and senior vice president of Patient Care Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Pearson joined BWH from the Mount Sinai Health System Downtown Campus in New York where she served as regional senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer. There, she was instrumental in efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and improve quality and patient safety.  Prior to Mount Sinai, Pearson was the senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey. With her leadership, the hospital sustained Magnet status.  Pearson has served as a program appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program for more than a decade.

Pearson earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, her master’s in Nursing Administration from New York University, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Rutgers State University. She is also pursuing a doctorate at Rutgers and is certified as a nursing executive advanced.


Joe Camillus, MPH, MBA

Joe Camillus, is the Vice President of Ambulatory Operations & Professional Services at Boston Medical Center.  Joe has been with BMC since 2011 and in his current role since 2013.  He holds an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Joe’s portfolio includes oversight of ambulatory clinics, network development, and marketing.


Thomas Kieffer

Thomas Kieffer has served as Executive Director of the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center (SJPHC), for the past seventeen years. The Center itself is more than forty years old and is home to fourteen primary care physicians that provide care to patients of all ages. More than 12,000 patients in Jamaica Plain and surrounding communities make over 50,000 visits each year to the health center. Over 50 percent of those patients are Latino and bilingual staff provide patients with high quality primary care. As part of BWH and Partners HealthCare, patients benefit from receiving care in a familiar, local setting while being part of a large, integrated network of specialty and hospital care that provides any medical services they might need.


Dr. Sonali Desai

Dr. Sonali Desai currently serves as Medical Director for Ambulatory Patient Safety in the Center for Clinical Excellence at BWH, as well as Medical Director for the Quality Program within the Department of Medicine. From 2014-2017, she also served as Program Director for a Safety Quality Informatics Leadership Course at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Desai is an Assistant Professor Medicine at HMS and provides patient care in general rheumatology.


Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is the Training & Compliance Coordinator for the Boston University Medical Campus Department of Public Safety presenting and administering comprehensive training programs for all Public Safety personnel.  He also presents variety of safety and workplace violence programs to Boston Medical Center and Boston University Medical Campus staff and employees.    

Eric is the current Secretary for the Boston Chapter of the International Association for Healthcare Safety and Security (IAHSS).  He retired as a Lieutenant on the Massachusetts State Police in 2012 after 34 years of service.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors of Science degree in Music Education.  Eric also presents and consults nationally on Safety, Security and Workplace Violence Prevention.


Sunil Eappen, MD, MBA

Sunil Eappen is the BWH Chief Medical Officer, leading key initiatives in physician recruitment and retention, medical affairs and patient care.  He joined BWH on July 16, 2018, from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, where he most recently served as the Chief of Anesthesiology and the Chief Medical Officer. He was previously the Medical Director of the Operating Rooms at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In these roles at the Mass Eye and Ear, he managed the Medical Staff Office and the pharmacy as well as leading the Quality and Patient Experience Programs.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, his MD from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and an MBA from the Yale University School of Management. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Eappen has numerous published articles and is a national speaker on the utility of surgical checklist implementation in order to reduce surgical complications, optimizing OR efficiency, and change management.  In addition to serving as CMO, Eappen is also an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School.


Janet Gorman, BSN, MM

Janet Gorman serves as Associate Chief Nursing Officer for the BWH Emergency Department. She has been a nurse at the Brigham for the past six years, following a nearly three decade career at Boston Medical Center. BWH is a verified Level I Trauma Center, providing multidisciplinary state-of-the-art emergency care for trauma patients. BWH emergency medicine physicians care for more than 60,000 patients each year.”


Sejal Shah, MD

Dr. Sejal Shah serves as Director of the Medical Psychiatry Service at BWH. The Medical Psychiatry Division is renowned for its mastery of the diagnosis and management of psychiatric problems that occur in the context of the full range of medical and surgical illnesses. These can include the co-occurrence of psychiatric and medical illness, the psychiatric co-morbidity associated with the pathophysiological aspects of medical conditions, and the psychological reactions to medical illness and associated stressors. The Division provides award-winning emergency psychiatry services in the emergency departments of both BWH and BWFH.


Brendan Riley, MS, CHPA

Brendan Riley is the Manager of Security and Emergency Preparedness at Lowell General Hospital, and a Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA). He is a professional member of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) and a featured presenter on the topic of workplace violence management and prevention. Brendan holds his Master of Science in Healthcare Management & Policy and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies, both from the University Massachusetts Lowell. He is a certified instructor in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI), Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB), Monadnock Defensive Tactics Systems (MDTS), ALICE for Active Shooter Response, and Rape Aggression Defense for Women (RAD). Brendan also teaches free Personal Safety and Self Defense seminars for women, teens, and pre-teens across the Greater Lowell Community. He has been the recipient Lowell General Hospital’s Cupola Award for Outstanding Manager and the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Medal for Community Service. Brendan is proud to be a White Ribbon Day Ambassador for the State of Massachusetts and is the featured speaker at the City of Lowell’s White Ribbon Day celebration every year. 

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