Christopher R. Bell
President, BCASSP
Principal, Meadowbrook School
Hillsdale Public Schools

Bell PhotoMr. Bell has been the Principal of Meadowbrook School in Hillsdale, NJ for 10 school years. Previously, he was an Assistant Principal in Stillwater Township (Sussex County) after successfully teaching second grade and coaching girls' soccer at the middle and high school in the Kinnelon Public Schools (Morris County). Outside of education, he has served as an emergency responder in his hometown for 21 years.  He currently is serving his eighth year as Chief of the Pequannock Township Fire Department while also acting as Deputy OEM Coordinator.  In his spare time, he is a Doctoral Student at Drew University in Madison, and volunteers as an Assistant Varsity Girls Soccer Coach at Pequannock Township High School. Mr.  Bell resides in Pompton Plains with his wife Kristin, and their two boys, Braeden and Andrew.

Professional Certifications: NJ School Administrator, New Jersey Standard Principal, Supervisor, and K-8 Teacher.
Education: M.A. Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University; B.A. History from William Paterson University.


Dave Koptyra
Vice-President, BCASSP
Supervisor of Security
Garfield Board of Education
Garfield, NJ
972.340.5000   Ext. 2312

DaveDave Koptyra is currently employed by the Garfield Board of Education as a Security Director/School Specialist for the  past 13 years and was formerly employed by the Garfield Police Department for 25 years. My past experience as a juvenile officer for 15 years working closely with school administrators and staff help me to understand the importance of having a good working relationship.  I also was the delegate for Garfield PBA Local #46 for 16 years and was a 1ST Vice President of NJSPBA.  I was a school board member for the Garfield School District for 3 years.  I am currently on the Garfield YMCA Board of Directors and past Trustee at Garfield Boys & Girls Club.

Jeff Botbyl
Secretary, BCASSP
Director of Operations and School Security

Eastern Christian School

Botbyl PhotoI was hired by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Dept. in 1989. I found my passion in riding motorcycles and was assigned to the motorcycle unit for the majority of my career. After 26 years of service, I retired as a Lieutenant and Master Instructor for Police Motorcycle Operation. Over the years I remained involved at Eastern Christian Schools coaching softball, soccer, and baseball. After my career in Law Enforcement, I came back to EC and am now the Director of Operations and School Security. A great quote from the “I Love U Guys” foundation describes me well. “I am not an expert but I am an avid student”. School is not a place for students to feel afraid. We are working very hard to create a safe learning environment for students, staff, and visitors.



Agent William J. Stallone, CPP, MSc.
Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
Intelligence & Counterterrorism Unit
Bergen County UASI Risk Mitigation Planner / Critical Infrastructure Coordinator

Bill had been a law enforcement officer for 26 years as well as a First Responder as a Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator with 38 years of service. Prior to his law enforcement retirement, Bill was a supervisor of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in the Major Crimes Unit. Bill has been the County’s Risk Mitigation Planner for the past 14 years. 

The Risk Mitigation Planner is responsible for conducting Risk and Vulnerability Assessments of Bergen County Critical Infrastructure facilities as well upon request conducting security assessments of Schools in Bergen County and the UASI Region. Bill has worked close and provided technical assistance to the New Jersey Department of Education in the development of their school security audit program. Bill has conducted risk assessments of over 200 school buildings as well as coordinating unannounced drill visits in 162 schools 74 of the county’s 76 school districts. Bill collaborated with the United States Department of Justice in developing a self-assessment tool for evaluating school security. Bill helped to organize the first School Security working group in the State of New Jersey comprised of the school security professionals within the County’s School Districts. The working group developed into today’s Association of School Security Professionals. 

Bill holds a Graduate Degree in Corporate Security with a concentration in Information Assurance from the New Jersey City University. Bill is also a Board Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS).


Michael Koth
Assistant Principal
Northern Highlands Regional High School

Mike Koth

Mr. Michael Koth currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ.  Mr. Koth is in his 16th year at Northern Highlands and his eighth as the Assistant Principal; he has previously served as a teacher, coach, and Student Coordinator.  As Assistant Principal, he assists with the oversight of implementing the instructional curriculum, evaluation of staff, as well as mitigating student discipline and attendance matters. In addition, Mr. Koth serves as the district School Safety Specialist and Anti-Bullying Coordinator. 

In conjunction with these roles, Mr. Koth has also served as a consultant for the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Safe Schools Task Force Training Committee and the Computer Crimes Task Force.  In addition, Mr. Koth has recently been asked to serve as the Program Director of the USRA Coalition, an association of community leaders that aim to educate and create awareness in our communities to prevent and reduce substance abuse and other related mental health issues.

Mr. Koth is married to his wife, Patreece. They reside in Bergen County with their three children, Mike, Luke, and Jack.


Barry Leventhal

Operations/Training Officer
Bergen County Office of Emergency Management

Leventhal Photo

Barry Leventhal retired in 2013 from the Bergen County Police Department as a Sergeant and Deputy County Emergency Management Coordinator after
a 29 year career. 

In Law Enforcement his duties included Crisis Negotiator, RDF Command Staff, Radiological Officer, Emergency Planner, Detective and Patrol Officer, Training & Exercising Coordinator.

  • BS in Criminal Justice in Administration
  • Is a certified NJ Emergency Services & FEMA ICS Trainer
  • A New Jersey Certified Emergency Manager 
  • Is a Member of the New Jersey and NYPD Honor Legion

He is currently serving as the Operations/Training Officer for Bergen County OEM



Dave Kaplan
Edith A. Bogart Elementary School
Upper Saddle River School District



Maria Engeleit
Treasurer, BCASSP
School Business Administrator/Board Secretary
Allendale School District
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Thomas A. Tosi
Technical Advisor, BCASSP
Senior Network Administrator
Video Security Administrator
Bergen County Technical Schools & Special Services
Hackensack, NJ
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Tosi PhotoMr. Tosi is the Senior Network Administrator and Video Security Administrator for Bergen County Technical Schools and Bergen County Special Services.  He has worked for the County for 22 years, first handling Routing and Switching and cabling.  In the late 1990’s he started the Cisco Regional Networking Academy at the Bergen County Academies and was a "Train the Trainer" for many years.  He moved into a Manager’s position in 2010.  In that time he has seen his responsibilities grow to take on the Cisco Phone system, Wireless Connectivity, Access Control, Video Security, Broadband Access, Inter-building connectivity and IP Speakers.

He previously worked at Narus, Inc, a data analytics company in Silicon Valley as a Sales Engineer traveling frequently to support their technology solutions.

Mr. Tosi was graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Music (Music Performance).  His hobbies include playing Music as much as possible, travelling and working around the house.  He lives in Ramsey, NJ with his wife, Kathleen and son Tyler.


Dexter Evans
Network Technology Specialist
Bergen County Technical Schools & Special Services
Hackensack, NJ
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Jeff Levi
Webmaster, BCASSP
Bergen County Technical Schools & Special Services
Hackensack, NJ
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