Anne P. Mitchell, Esq., Founder
Expertise: Law; Males in Society
Anne P. Mitchell, Attorney at Law, is the principle founder of this group. Anne has over 25 years experience in issues relating to how men and boys fit into society, and the pressures and expectations placed on them by the systems in which they must function. Aware of the pressures put on boys by our society in general, and schools in particular – where “boys will be boys” has mutated to “boys are bad” – Mitchell realized, following the Littleton, Colorado shooting at Arapahoe High School, that there are many common factors amongst all of the school shooters, starting with the fact that they are all boys, along with other already-identified common factors, which can be used to identify a youth at risk for developing into a school shooter. By identifying those individuals at greatest risk, mental health interventions can take place with the goal of preventing school shootings.
Stephen Walker, PhD
Expertise: Behavioral Psychology and Assessment
Dr. Stephen Walker is a licensed professional counsellor who has served as a therapist, health psychologist, athletic & personal performance consultant for the past 32 years. He earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology (1984) from the University of Colorado, where his work resulted in the publication of groundbreaking research that brought together the fields of psychology, integrative physiology, biofeedback and human performance in response to stress and recovery.
Dr. Walker’s considerable experience in assessment, and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, and expertise in stress-related disorders led to, among other things, his development of the Walker Self-Talk Assessment, a diagnostic tool for determining how an individual perceives, integrates, and interacts with the world around them. In addition he is a trained ‘Special Advocate to the Court’ for child welfare assessments and custody concerns, and has published papers and presented research in both the professional literature and in symposiums presented to, among others, The Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.
Expertise: Law Enforcement, Youth at Risk
Jim Black has more than 37 years of experience in law enforcement and as a criminal justice consultant. He has degrees in Criminology and Sociology from Colorado State University, and has trained at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in their Law Enforcement Executives program. Mr. Black has extensive experience with at-risk youth, both as an elected sheriff, and a parole officer, and has been intimately involved in the development of Policy and Procedures in that arena.
He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Sheriffs Association, the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (Colorado), and the Commission on Standards and Accreditation with the American Correctional Association.
On a more personal, and relevant note, Mr. Black was present during the Columbine school shootings in 1999.
Expertise: Behavioral Profiling and Analysis
Pete Kismet received his degree in Criminal Justice, with minors in Psychology and Sociology, from Metropolitan State College in Denver. Following graduation, Pete served on the Ventura, California, police force, working on patrol, and as a detective and patrol sergeant, as well as working in vice and narcotics, and administration. During this time he also completed his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice , at California Lutheran University, and a second Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Pete was then recruited by the FBI, and was assigned to the Los Angeles FBI office for two years, after which he transferred to the FBI’s Omaha Division. He worked for 11 years at FBI Omaha, during which, in 1985, he was selected from all agents in the Omaha Division to be one of the first profilers for the FBI. After extensive training in Profiling, Pete was appointed as the Profiling Coordinator for the Omaha Division, which encompasses Iowa and Nebraska. In that capacity, he worked extensively with agencies in the Midwest on violent crime cases, as well as training hundreds of officers in the Psychological Profiling program. Pete retired from the FBI at the end of 1999, after 20 years of service. His book, FBI Diary: Profiles of Evil is available on Amazon.
Warren Farrell, PhD
Expertise: Men and Boys in Society
Dr. Warren Farrell is the acknowledged go-to expert in the field of boys and men in society. The acclaimed author of the award-winning The Myth of Male Power and Why Men Are the Way they Are, among others, Dr. Farrell is currently the Chair of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Boys & Men. Additionally, Dr. Farrell is currently co-authoring the new book Boys to Men, about boys in crisis in our society, with author John Gray, known for his own award-winning Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.
Dr. Farrell has been named by the Financial Times as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders, and by the Center for World Spirituality as one of the world’s spiritual leaders. His books are published in over 50 countries, and in 15 languages.