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Safe Surfin’ Leadership

Our Executive Leadership and Board has vast backgrounds in law enforcement, non-profits, and the private sector.

Eddie Worth

Eddie Worth

Executive Director/President

Eddie joined the Safe Surfin’ Foundation staff in 2012 as a volunteer 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 Care facilities.

 

Eddie has served as a member of the Floyd County Drug Court since its inception in 2018. Eddie also serves on the Floyd County Economic Development Authority and is Past President of The Virginia Moose Association.   Eddie resides in Floyd County, Virginia with his wife Teresa who is an accomplished artist and school teacher in Roanoke County.

Sheriff Brown

Sheriff Mike Brown, Ret.

Founder

Sheriff Brown has served in the law enforcement arena for 53 years, and is a retired Senior Special Agent, United States Treasury Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He served in the US Army, Military Police Corps, from 1967 to 1970; as a Tactical Officer, Special Operations Division, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC; as a Staff Support Specialist with the Department of Defense; and prior to his election as Sheriff on January 1,1996, he served as a criminal justice consultant/instructor with the United States Department of Justice, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program, in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

 

Sheriff Brown has directed, since 1998, the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, for the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He testified before Congress in 1999 on matters concerning Internet crimes against children (sexual exploitation of children and the problem of child pornography on the Internet).

 

Sheriff Brown is a member of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, National Sheriffs’ Association; Vice Chair, Board of Directors, National White collar Crime Center; and former member of the Board of Advisors, Law Enforcement Innovation Center, University of Tennessee.

 

The Sheriff is a graduate of The American University, Washington, DC, with BS Degree in the Administration of Justice and Police Administration.

Robin Sundquist

Robin Sundquist

Co-Founder

Robin hails from the South Shore of Massachusetts. After graduating Fisher College in Boston, she worked as an International marketing manager in the toy industry for a fortune 500 company in New York City. She later accepted a position as marketing manager for a large Equestrian company and traveled the world buying and sourcing products and apparel for the show horse community. Most recently, she retired from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, VA, after 20 years of service. Robin now serves as Special Projects Manager for the National White Collar Crime Center. Robin is a horse enthusiast, loves animals and gardening at her home in Virginia.

Mike Rios

Mike Rios

Chairman of the Board

Mike is from Chesapeake, VA. and currently resides in Elizabeth City, NC. He began his Law Enforcement career in 1979 as a member of the Suffolk (VA) Police Dept. where he spent 7 years prior to joining the Virginia State Police in 1986. With State Police, Mike served in many capacities to include spending time in the High Tech Crime Unit and has experience in handling internet crimes against children.

 

After his retirement in 2010, he began work with the Loyal Order of Moose and currently serves as the Director of Membership/Vice President of Moose International, Inc. Mike is married to his wife Linda of 23 years and has a 20 year-old son.

Jack Quinn

Jack Quinn

Board Member

Jack is a past Vice President of Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. During his 40-year tenure with Ecolab, Jack held numerous sales positions, including District Manager in Rochester, New York, Vice President of Corporate Accounts, and Vice President of Global Accounts. He most recently served as the Vice President of Industry Relations, representing Ecolab with industry trade associations in the areas of foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, government, education and manufacturing.

 

In addition to serving on the Industry Advisory Councils of Share Our Strength and the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals, he was on the Hospitality Board of Purdue University. Jack was also a member of several hospitality industry organizations, including the National Restaurant Association, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, American Culinary Federation and the International Franchise Association.

 

Jack is also a past reserve Deputy Sheriff of Prince William County, Virginia, serving from 2000 to 2003.

 

Jack has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Education from the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Virginia, reside in Bedford County in Huddleston, Va.

Dr Janet Brown

Dr. Janet Brown

Board Member

Dr. Janet Brown holds a doctoral degree from Liberty University and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. She has ten years of successful teaching experience at the Associate Professor rank. Dr. Brown has taught Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Criminal Behavior, Psychology of Childhood online, as well as Research 201 and Statistics for Psychology 355 online. She currently teaches Developmental Psychology, Developmental Psychology (Honors) and Directed Research (the Daniels Program) working with students as they complete research, from developing an idea, to IRB approval, and implementation.

 

A published scholar who has given numerous scholarly presentations, Dr. Brown is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research, Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Key Women Educators, the National Coalition on Violence against Animals, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the Virginia Association for Psychological Science.

 

She is a member of the Board of Directors, Safe Surfin’ Foundation, as well and serves as Special Advisor to Safe Surfin’ Foundation and the National White Collar Crime Center on Social Cognitive Theory. She is a Chief Advisor to the Mosaic Foundation (MOSFED), an international organization dedicated to fighting human slavery and trafficking around the globe (see: https://www.humanslavery.com/new-page-2).

 

Dr. Brown has received an award from the Center for Research & Scholarship at Liberty University to continue her research on Social Cognitive Theory and its Application to the Cyber S.W.A.T. Program. The Cyber S.W.A.T.™ Team Program is a paradigm shift in online safety and responsibility education. What makes this program—and her research—unique is its utilization of peer-to-peer learning. Specifically, the proposed research will examine whether young people listen to and learn from a similarly-aged peer more readily than they do with adults. It is anticipated that data obtained from this study will further improve the efficacy of education in online safety and responsibility.

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Anthony Depaolo

Board Member

Anthony DePaolo is the newest board member at Safe Surfin’ Foundation. Tony has an extensive wealth of experience working with non-profits and for-profits that he brings to the table. Tony’s worked in the Sales department of many major corporations. His skill at working in Sales has led to Tony holding positions with titles of: Director of Sales and Marketing, VP of Sales and Marketing, Director of Sales, International Sales Director, National Accounts Manager, and Southeast Regional Sales Manager.

 

Tony also has worked with many non-profits in volunteering and professional capacities. In a professional setting, Tony worked as the Director of Development for the Buffalo Zoological Society. Tony also served as a board member and the Chair of Buildings and Ground. Tony has also served as a board member with multiple different non-profits. He served as the VP of Membership and Development for the International Food service Manufacturing Association for 10 years. In his time as the VP of Membership and Development, Tony was responsible for membership acquisition and retention, major events sponsorship, and helped write grants.

 

We are excited to welcome Tony to the Safe Surfin’ Foundation team and embrace the knowledge and skills he has that can help us continue our mission.

Tommy East

Tommy East

Board Member

Tommy is currently the President / Chief Executive Officer for American HealthCare, LLC located in Roanoke Virginia. He currently leads a team of over 2000 employees providing quality services in 18 nursing facilities across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Tommy started his career working at Richfield Retirement Community where he served in various capacities for 27 years. He has been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 1989 and has over 38 years of experience in senior care services, having managed nursing facilities, assisted living, home health and hospice services.

 

He has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board for the Virginia Health Care Association. In 2014, he was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve on the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Health. In 2018, he was reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam to serve on the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Health.

 

He has been a lifelong resident of Salem, Virginia and is a graduate of Roanoke College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He has been married to his wife, Lori, for over 25 years and a proud father of three children: Karlyn, Anna and Eliza.

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Moe McClanahan

Director of Training

Investigator Moe McClanahan is a member of the Christiansburg Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. She has been employed with Christiansburg for 12 years and part of  the ICAC unit for 8 years. During her 19 yrs in law Enforcement she has received training  in areas to include undercover narcotics, SWAT, General instructor and Less Lethal Instruction, Peer 2 Peer File Sharing, Undercover Chat Investigations, and certified Forensic Analysist of computers and portable devices. Moe is a graduate from the University of Northern Colorado with both her Bachelors and Masters degree in Criminal Justice. Moe is a strong advocate for Special Olympics and has volunteered for over 20 years. As the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Member for Christiansburg Moe investigates both online and offline crimes against children, conducts forensic downloads for 7 counties and speaks on the dangers of social media.  As an ICAC Investigator Moe has educated over 6,000 adults and children in person and virtually. Since COVID19 she has been hosting a LIVE CyberTip Tuesday in Instagram and provides a Cybertip Newsletter bimonthly. Moe resides in Christiansburg, va is married to Eric who is also a Police Officer at Christiansburg PD and they have a son Brodie who is about to turn 8.

Chandler Hood

Chandler Hood

Director of Marketing

Chandler is a filmmaker and director from Forest, Virginia, with a passion for storytelling. Chandler has created and directed over 20 short films, Chandler was a nominee for best director in the Lynchburg, Virginia 48 Hour Film Fest at just 16 years old, He wrote and directed a short film entitled “Exposed” with over 40 thousand views, He Directed “Baby Gap” the State Champion Film in the Virginia High School League Film Festival, He wrote and directed “Red Stains” which won the VAHPERD Film Fest for best experimental, and directed the short film “Voiceless” which was accepted into the Oregon Cinema Arts International Film Fest and received a nominee for best ensemble. Chandler has also spoken at the Virginia School Board Association Conference on film and the many projects he has created.

 

He has worked with the Safe Surfin Foundation for two years and looks forward to growing his skills in film with the foundation, while spreading awareness on Internet Safety.