**Event POSTPONED**SMPS & AIA March 24th Luncheon: Building for Security - Everything You Need to Know to Keep Security Top of Mind in Your Buildings

March 24, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

City Springs: City Hall, 3rd Floor Conference Center
One Galambos Way
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
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**This SMPS event has been POSTPONED**
Building for Security - Everything You Need to Know to Keep Security Top of Mind in Your Buildings

Session Overview:

Security and safety are an ever-growing concern in 2020. Not just physical security threats affecting our communities but online threats affecting our businesses, technology, and infrastructure.

We will start this event with a short keynote on what is happening in the world of security and protection in Georgia and the Southeast led by Deputy Director of Department of Homeland Security, Harlan Proveaux. Harlan will give us an update on trends in security and what the Department of Homeland Security is watching this year.

Then, our panel of industry experts will talk about the security issues that keep them up at night in the K-12 schools, water, and private sectors. We’ll answer questions about how we keep our buildings and users safe today and in the future, how we design for protection, what the threats are that affect the world today, and how we design for them. Our conversation will also include how we deal with online and cyber security concerns.

There's a lot to discuss when it comes to building for security so we hope you'll join us for this important conversation.

Event Agenda

11:30 – 11:50 AM – Registration & Networking
11:50 – 12:20 PM – Luncheon & Networking
12:20 – 12:35 PM – Keynote Presentation 
12:40 – 1:30 PM – Panel Discussion 

CPSM CEUs: 1.0 hours
Domain: 1, 2, 3


Keynote speaker

Harlan Proveaux 
Deputy Director of Homeland Security

Harlan Proveaux serves as Deputy Director of Homeland Security at GEMA/HS. In this position, he oversees the Homeland Security Division which includes: operations, intelligence, critical infrastructure as well as the training and exercise units of the agency. Prior to joining GEMA/HS., Mr. Proveaux served for 10 years at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) as manager of Savannah Regional Police Academy. Mr. Proveaux was recruited to join the GPSTC staff after a highly successful and diverse law enforcement career. He has also served as a Law Enforcement Game Warden with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Ware County Sheriff's Office, and as Magistrate Court Judge of Ware County. Mr. Proveaux earned his Master in Public Safety Administration Degree from Columbus State University where he now serves as adjunct professor teaching Critical Incident Management.   


Kathryn L. Bedette, AIA 
Associate Professor of Architecture
Kennesaw State University 

Kathryn Bedette, AIA, is an award-winning architect in the State of Georgia and an Associate Professor of Architecture at Kennesaw State University. Her professional experience includes a broad range of institutional projects her design studios prioritize a synthetic approach to the cultivation a meaningful, equitable and responsible built environment. 

Kathryn is the Architect Licensing Advisor for Georgia and served as the 2018 President of AIA Georgia.  In her role as the 2019 Past-President of AIA Georgia, Kathryn led the development of AIA Georgia’s advocacy efforts on School Safety Design and wrote the AIA Georgia whitepaper “Designing School Safety in Georgia: The Role of the Design Community in Keeping Our Schools Secure”.  She also chaired the national, AIA State Government Network School Safety Task Force and collaborated with AIA staff to produce resources and advocacy materials for use by AIA chapters and components across the country in advocating for school safety design. In 2018, Kathryn was named one of Engineering Georgia’s  “100 Influential Women to Know” and her work and scholarship have been exhibited in multiple venues and presented internationally.



Bill Clark 
Private Sector & Judicial Projects
Stevens & Wilkinson 

Bill Clark is a managing principal of Stevens & Wilkinson, a 100-person architecture, engineering, and interior design firm based in Atlanta. Bill has been providing client-focused architectural services for over 40 years. His range of knowledge expertise covers the spectrum of project types including cultural, K-12 and higher education, government, adaptive reuse/preservation, mixed-use, and office and corporate spaces.   

Bill received his Masters and Bachelor of Science degrees in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as the past-president of the Atlanta chapter. In addition, Bill is a LEED Accredited Professional and an active member in the community, serving on numerous boards and supporting a variety of organizations.  


Cheryl Benefield 
Program Manager, Safe and Supportive Schools
Georgia Department of Education, Office of School Safety and Climate 

Cheryl Galloway - Benefield, serves as the Program Manager for Safe and Supportive Schools in the Office of School Safety and Climate at GaDOE. Her career in education has included early childhood education and special education, as well as school and district administration. As a Family Engagement Coordinator and Parent Mentor, Cheryl was actively involved in curriculum development for the Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Parent and Youth (CPS-P/Y) Development Project and received certification as a CPS-P when the training was released statewide. Cheryl currently represents GaDOE on a number of committees and groups dedicated to student safety and well-being, including the Attorney General’s Opioid Task Force and the Human Trafficking Task Force.


Walter Barber
Safety and Compliance Officer
Clayton County Water Authority

Walter Barber has been the Safety and Compliance Officer for the Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) since 2014. His responsibilities include conducting research and compiling information to develop policies and procedures for their safety and security programs. In addition, he chairs the CCWA Department Peer Safety Team and performs safety inspections of all CCWA facilities. He is a former Clayton County Fire Captain and Public Information Officer and is well-versed in fire safety, security, and emergency management.



Thank you to our Event sponsors





$400 Event Sponsorships

- Complimentary event registration ($80 value)
- One reserved seat at a VIP table
- Opportunity to deliver a 2-minute verbal company infomercial at event
- Recognition on event program handouts and sponsor boards
- Logo promotion on email blasts
- Sponsor name badge
- Verbal recognition at event

Sponsorship opportunities are available!  Please contact Laura McDonald, CPSM, [email protected] for additional information.

Event champions

Michelle Erste, CPSM


Angel Jones, CPSM