Dr. Alyse Folino Ley graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. Following medical school, she completed a general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Michigan State University in 2008. Dr. Ley is board certified in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry (AOBNP). Dr. Ley is a fellow in the American College of Neuropsychiatrists (ACN).
Dr. Folino Ley has expertise in working with adults, children and adolescents with trauma-related disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, developmental disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Folino Ley serves as the Associate Chairperson of Education and Research, in the Michigan State University, Department of Psychiatry. She has also provided subject matter expertise to the Averted School Violence Database project, National Policing Institute’s Center Targeted Violence Prevention initiatives and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Ley participated in after-action reviews of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas (NV), the Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland (FL) shooting, and the Paw Paw High School averted shooting in Michigan. She is the co-director of Prevent 2 Protect: Adolescent Targeted Violence Prevention Project, a collaboration between the Safe and Sound Schools and the Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry.
In September 2022, Dr. Folino Ley was appointed by Governor Whitmer to serve on the Michigan to the School Safety and Mental Health Commission, to serve a 4-year term. She also serves on the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Commission to Address Gun Violence, the Resilience and Recovery subcommittee, and is a member of the Michigan Board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Dr. Folino Ley is also involved in both medical and residency education as the Associate Chair of Education and former director of the four-year general psychiatry residency program at Michigan State University, as well as the two-year child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. Dr. Folino Ley teaches medical students in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and the MSU College Human Medicine. She is a co-coordinator for the MSUCOM Psychopathology course which is delivered to over 320 second-year medical students each fall. She was awarded the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Osteopathic Medical Education Award for co-founding the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Mental Health Committee (MSMH). Dr. Folino Ley received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) 2019 Research Mentor Award for her work with child and adolescent psychiatry residents and most recently was given the Fall 2021 and 2022 Golden Apple Teaching Award-Honorable Mention by the MSUCOM Class of 2024 and 2025.
Dr. Frank Straub is the Senior Director of Violence Prevention Research and Programs at Safe and Sound Schools, the Co-Director of the Michigan State University/Safe and Sound Schools’ Protect 2 Prevent: The Adolescent Targeted Violence Prevention Project, and an Adjunct Professor in MSU’s Department of Psychiatry.
Previously, Dr. Straub served as the founder and director of the National Policing Institute’s Center for Targeted Violence Prevention. Dr. Straub led in-depth studies of several high-profile targeted violence events to include the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Pulse night shooting, and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. He created and led the national Averted School Violence database; and consulted with government and non-government organizations regarding school violence, extremism, and terrorism prevention. He has also led national efforts to improve law enforcement crisis intervention strategies and public safety employee mental health.
Dr. Straub served for over 30-years in federal, state, and local law enforcement. He led law enforcement/public safety agencies in New York, Indiana, and the State of Washington. He was the New York City Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Training and Assistant Commissioner for Counterterrorism. He received national recognition for his work to prevent youth violence, strengthen police-community relations, and improve the police response to persons challenged by mental illness.
Dr. Straub has served on U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security school safety and threat assessment working groups. He currently serves on the International Association of Chiefs of Police Mass Violence Advisory Initiative, the Oakland County (MI) Gun Violence Commission, and the Summit Pointe (Calhoun County (MI) Community Mental Health Authority) Board of Directors.
Dr. Straub holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences, has participated in numerous Congressional and White House briefings, and is a frequently invited commentator and analyst for national and international media outlets.
Angela Matthews is a mental health professional and an educator with over 18 years of experience in law enforcement.
While serving the City of Lansing first as a police officer and later as a sergeant, Angela returned to finish her degree in sociology and then completed her Master of Social Work at Michigan State University. After retiring from the Lansing Police Department, she worked as a mental health counselor before serving the City of Battle Creek Police Department as the inaugural crisis intervention team liaison. In this role, Angela cultivated relationships throughout the community and worked with department leadership to improve the policies and procedures for crisis response that included collaboration with community partners. She was the primary liaison between officers and mental health professionals in ensuring that individuals and families were connected with the appropriate resources.
In addition to her service to the community, Angela has a wealth of experience in training, from her time training cadets while in the academy to her appointments as an adjunct instructor at Grand Valley, Kellogg Community College, Eastern Michigan University, and Lansing Community College.
Her commitment to access to mental health has resulted in a successful private practice where she tailors treatment to individual needs. Angela is committed to fostering openness, respect, and understanding to create safer and stronger communities.
Steve McMahon joined Safe and Sound Schools as a Threat Assessment Specialist to work on the Prevent 2 Protect project. Steve retired after serving the US government for over 28 years including over 22 years with the US Secret Service. During his time with the Secret Service, Steve had multiple roles in the organization including managing the Protective Intelligence Division’s Protective Intelligence Operations Center, and he most recently led the Grand Rapids, Michigan, Resident Office.
Steve has extensive experience in protective intelligence investigations and led the Grand Rapids Resident Office’s effort in Crisis Intervention Team training,
Danielle Murphy is a dynamic professional with a diverse background in healthcare, higher education, and emergency communications.
After working as a 911 dispatcher for the City of Lansing and Ingham County, Danielle started her career in education, working with graduate students in the College of Engineering at MSU. It was in this role that she discovered a passion for helping adult learners be successful. While pursuing a Master of Arts in Higher Adult Lifelong Education from Michigan State University College of Education, Danielle moved into a role in the medical schools, working with resident physicians. Within this role, Danielle was able to leverage her ability to problem-solve and navigate working with community partners throughout the State of Michigan and emerged as a leader and mentor for her colleagues.
During the pandemic, Danielle decided to return to school and is currently in her third year in the Higher Adult Lifelong Education PhD program in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Her research and career interests include education policy implementation, program evaluation, research-to-practice community-based programs, adult learning, rural education, and equitable access to education.
Today, Danielle leverages her multifaceted expertise in her commitment to excellence, problem-solving, and dedication to enhancing educational efficiency. She offers a unique blend of skills and experience that make her an asset in any endeavor.