SAFESpacesK12 is a nonprofit organization founded to promote the safety, health and well-being of our nation’s schoolchildren, and the preservation of our schools – both public and private – as safe, welcoming learning environments.
Our organization was founded in response to a steady succession of high-profile violent incidents in American schools, as well as in recognition of endemic problems and hazards which compromise the safety of our nation’s schoolchildren and youth: Drug usage, gang violence, sexual assault and harassment, youth suicide and self harm, and a range of other hazards. Our organizers believe that in the absence of a coordinated, effective, and widespread response to tackle these issues head on, it is necessary to empower teachers and students with the knowledge and training they need to prevent incidents when possible, and protect themselves in the event of one.
SAFESpacesK12 activities consist principally of:
- Provision of authoritative, high-quality safety education training and materials to teachers and educators;
- Creating a means for the sharing of knowledge, insights, and best practices surrounding school safety issues for teachers, students, and schools;
- Coordinating localized school safety initiatives with the protective activities of law enforcement;
- Hosting seminars and symposia to educate teachers, educators, parents, and the public at large about safety issues and the means to address them.
SAFESpacesK12 is based in Michigan, and is currently being organized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Strategy matters – but the commitment, expertise, and experience of our people
are a big part of what sets SAFESpacesK12 apart from other firms.
Francesca Lucido is President at SAFESpacesK12, and officially joined the team in 2019. She previously worked as an Early Childhood Education Fellow with IFF and as Communication and Community Service Coordinator with East Detroit Public Schools. She holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Michigan.
Kenneth B. Gonzalez
Director of Information Technology
Kenneth Gonzalez is the Director of Information Technology at SAFESpacesK12. He most recently served as Business Transformation Leader for Purdue University’s College of Business, where he grew business initiatives and maintained relationships with clients ranging from start-ups to public and private companies. In 2014, Kenneth was named one of the top 100 most influential and notable Hispanic professionals in Information Technology by the Hispanic IT Executive Council.
Client Relationship Manager
Sidonie Shuler is the Client Relationship Manager at SAFESpacesK12, and officially joined the team in 2019. She previously worked as a Relationship Manager at Quicken Loans and as a Consultant for Foundation for Healthy Living out of Nashville, TN, bringing experience in client service, account management and non-profits alike. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Communications from Oakland University.
Cheryl Primer is a Board Member at SAFESpacesK12. She has extensive experience working in the K12 space as an Educator, Principal and Curriculum Consultant. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science and an Education Specialist Degree from Oakland University and a Master’s in Teaching from Saginaw Valley State University.
Thomas Bommarito is a Board Member at SAFESpacesK12. He currently serves as the Economic Development Director for the City of Warren and is a Member of the Downtown Development Authority. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Oakland University.
Dr. Joe Cilluffo is a Board Member at SAFESpacesK12. He is an Author, Magazine Illustrator, Fine Arts Award Recipient and High School Digital Media Educator. He is an Ordained Minister through Zion Fellowship International and holds a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Education from Wayne State University. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Religion from Vision Bible College and Seminary in Clermont, Florida.
Dr. Randy Johnson
Dr. Randy Johnson is a Board Member at SAFESpacesK12. He is an Author, Pastor, Coach and Educator with 29 years of experience in the K12 space. He holds doctorates in Education, Counseling, Chaplaincy and Administration.
Joseph Ciaramitaro is a Board Member at SAFESpacesK12. He currently serves as the School Board Attorney for Clintondale Community Schools and Founder of the Joseph P. Ciaramitaro P.C. Law Practice. He holds a Bachelor’s of Art and J.D. from University of Detroit.