Sheriff Michael J. Brown, Chairman of the Board/Co-Founder
Sheriff Michael J. Brown is a native of Bedford County, Virginia, and has 42 years of law enforcement and intelligence experience on a local, national and international level. Sheriff Brown is a retired Senior Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department (BATF). He served with the US. Army Military Police Corps (1967-1970); as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department; as a Staff Support Specialist with the CIA; and, prior to his election as Sheriff on January 1, 1996, he was a criminal justice consultant and program developer with the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. State Department in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Sheriff Brown is on the Board of Directors for the National Sheriffs’ Association and National White Collar Crime Center and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Law Enforcement Innovation Center at the University of Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Administration and the Administration of Justice from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Robin Sundquist, Deputy Director/Co-Founder
Robin Sundquist found her way to Virginia and joined the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. She was on the original development team of Operation Blue Ridge Thunder, which was one of only ten Internet Crimes Task Forces in the nation. After growing up in Massachusetts, her career was in corporate America where she served as an International Marketing Manager with a Fortune 500 company for 10+ years traveling throughout the country and overseas. Robin is a graduate of Fisher College in Boston and is an active equestrian enthusiast. Robin is the Administrative Officer to the Sheriff, grant writer for the agency and manages the numerous administrative duties for the Safe Surfin’ Foundation.
Ronald E. Porter, M.S., Director of Research
Ronald Porter is the Special Assistant to Sheriff Michael J. Brown and has over 30 years of experience in training, instruction and public relations.
After concluding a distinguished military career with his Vietnam tour, Mr. Porter studied as a National Defense Education Act Fellow at the University of Tennessee, and then quickly became a highly sought after industrial trainer and faculty member at two of America’s oldest colleges and universities.
Deputy Randall E. Smith, Jr., Director of Education
Deputy Smith began his career with the Liberty University Police Department in December 1993. During his 15 years at the Police Department he worked as a Patrol Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Lieutenant of the Investigation Bureau and Special Operations Division. In December 2001, Investigator Smith was promoted to Chief of Police for Liberty University.
Deputy Smith is certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services as a Law Enforcement General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Personal Protection Specialist, SWAT School certified, Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, Terrorism and Prevention Trainer, Private Investigator, and also a Crime Prevention Specialists for the Commonwealth of Virginia who is working to obtain his National Crime Prevention Specialists Certification in the near future.
In 2008, Deputy Smith began his new career with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office serving the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Deputy Smith served as an investigator and worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children handling CYBERTIP investigations. Investigator Smith has several hundred hours of training dedicated specifically to the investigation of Internet Crimes Against Children. Deputy Smith has also provided instruction to other Internet Investigators on various topics around the Country. Deputy Smith has been requested by several local, state and government agencies to speak at their venues to better enhance other Law Enforcement officers in the fight against Child Predators.
In 2011, Deputy Smith transferred to the School Resource Officers Division of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. Since transferring to this unit, Deputy Smith has been able to implement new teaching ideas in the school system as well as having him serve on the Internet and Technology board of the Bedford County Public Schools. Deputy Smith’s knowledge in dealing with Child Predators makes him a major asset to the school system and the unit he now serves in. Deputy Smith continues to work on improving his knowledge and expertise of crimes against our Children.
Janet Vickers, Senior Administrator
Janet is a lifelong local to Central Virginia and is a graduate of James Madison University with a Majored in Information Systems and Minored in Economics. She received her MBA from Lynchburg College.
She is the proud mother of four teenagers and wife to Mike, who is an engineer at a major communications company. Her hobbies include a love of outdoor running, hiking and spending time with their menagerie of furry and feathered family members.
I have worked in several large and small companies over the years and gained valuable experience in many aspects of business – accounting, finance, sales, payroll, information systems to name a few. It is my pleasure to currently serve as Senior Administrator for the non-profit Safe Surfin’ where I handle a variety of tasks to make sure critical educational materials are delivered to anyone who asks – so that we can educate our youth about the dangers of Internet Predators!
One of the highlights of my two plus years here at Safe Surfin’ has been a recent trip to Nashville, TN for the International Moose convention. It was a blessing to meet so many wonderful Moose members – whose hearts are as big as their conventions!! What an amazing group of people! The Moose family provides Safe Surfin’ with the resources to make it all happen – educating our youth and keeping them safe!!
Monica E. Pinedo (formerly Barajas), Senior Administrator, West Coast
From 2011 – 2015, Monica E. Pinedo served as the Special Operations Administrator for the Family Violence Operations Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Monica has a diverse community focused background, with over 19 years of community engagement experience. She served the City of Los Angeles for over 14 years, including two Mayoral Administrations. Monica administered programs related to the prevention of cybercrime, truancy, child abuse, elder fraud and domestic violence. She has partnered with law enforcement officials and child advocates nation-wide in an effort to prevent Child Abuse. She is certified by the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children to train children, parents, and school administrators on Cyber Safety. To date, Monica has trained over 20,000 youth statewide on internet safety and current issues in cybercrime. In 2014, Monica took part in the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State and traveled to Montevideo, Uruguay a for their “Internet Safety for Children and Adolescents Week.”
Monica spent four years assigned to the City Attorney’s award-winning Neighborhood Prosecutor Program where she collaborated with the police, city agencies and area stakeholders on projects designed to improve the quality of life and increase safety in the community. She has organized numerous community resource and health fairs, parent workshops, developed curriculums, and created school safety and crime prevention projects. She has been recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with their 2009 Public Service Award and by the City of Los Angeles for her continuous efforts to educate and raise awareness among its residents. Monica is a past-president of the Hollenbeck Police Activities League and continues to support their efforts to provide sports activities and leadership opportunities to youth in neighborhoods with a high level of gang violence and multi-generational gang membership. Whether at work or volunteering in her community, Monica’s focus has always been to promote the well-being of children, youth and their families.
Monica speaks and reads Spanish fluently, regularly makes presentations to the Spanish-speaking community and is a certified translator for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Monica was raised in East Los Angeles and has worked in many of Los Angeles’ diverse and multi-cultural neighborhoods – from South Los Angeles to Downtown to the San Fernando Valley. Monica holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Social Work from Mount St. Mary’s College and is the proud parent of two children. In November of 2015, Monica joined the non-profit sector and now serves as the Workforce Development Department Manager for AltaMed Health Services Corp. Her efforts continue on in improving the lives of children, youth and their families
Eddie Worth, Director of Marketing
M. Edward ‘Eddie’ Worth joins the Safe Surfin’ Foundation staff, after a very successful sales management career in the health and sanitation industry.
A native Virginian, Eddie graduated from Natural Bridge High School and then attended Phillips business College, before studying at the University of Houston. Over the next 30 years, Eddie attended several major marketing and management training programs, as he progressed upward in his career. During that career, with a Fortune 500 company, Eddie developed skills which placed him in front of the leaders of major U.S. industries, resorts and health facilities.
Eddie joined Moose Lodge #2300 and began immediately to serve in its leadership positions, before chairing major committees in the Virginia Moose Association.
Eddie was recognized for his hard work and many contributions and was honored by being appointed Deputy Supreme Governor for the 2011-2012 year. He is a member of the Virginia Moose Riders and an avid golfer. Eddie resides near Floyd, Virginia with his wife Teresa who is an accomplished artist and teacher.