Therese (Terri) D. Harris, Founder and Executive Director

As Executive Director of NSDI Terri Harris finds herself at the forefront of personal safety training on a national level. Her experience as President of The Harris Company, which includes 30 years in the business of Marketing and Advertising, has afforded her the ability to meet a myriad of people from different cultures and societies, an experience which unexpectedly confirmed for her that safety is a common thread of concern.

She is a Rape Aggression Defense Instructor, through R.A.D. Systems. Terri’s Black Belts include: 3rd Dan: Chendokan Aikido, 1st Dan: Sanuces Ryu Ju Jutsu and So Getsu KenJutsu -- ranked by Professor Philip Chenique; and 3rd Dan: Aikido Atemi Do, AK Kenjitsu Kan, and Aiki Atemi Ryu Jujitsu -- ranked by Professor A. Kilani (click on links for backgrounds).

Terri's interests and accomplishments offer a scope of her heart's interests, having served as Vice-Chairman of the Fine Arts Advisory Panel of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington D.C. to serving on the Boards the Miami Beach Police Athletic League (PAL) and Crimestoppers of Miami-Dade County; but her many accomplishments pale to her personal motivation that drives her to create and promote such awareness/education programs such as 'S.A.F.E.' and Be 'S.A.F.E.R.'

Erwin Harris, Chief Financial Officer

Erwin Harris, Founder and now Chairman of The Harris Company, Inc., an International Marketing and Advertising Agency, and former Combat Intelligence Officer of the 18th Airborne Corps and British Second Army-Joint Allied Operations, is a graduate of NYU and Columbia Universities and was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the U.S. Regional Export Expansion Council. Known worldwide for his litigation against the Castro government, it was documented by Jack Webb in the CBS television docudrama "Harris vs. Castro".

He is a 32° Mason and a Shriner. And his heart for patriotism and respect for our country shines through such accomplishments as being elected to the National Board of Boy Scouts of America while serving as Vice President of the South Florida Council, BSA, to serving as Chairman of the State of Maryland's Official Celebration of the Bicentennial of Maryland's Ratification of the United States Constitution - the "We The People" Event. Further marking our history with his passion for history, Erwin also served as a delegate to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission and Director of the Historic Federal Hill Association in Maryland.

Directors

Laura Utley - Chairman, Global Communications for Conservation, New York
Patricia Kaufman - Wellness Coordinator, Merrill Lynch, New York
Donald Eisenberg - Certified Public Accountant, Miami

Advisory Board

Jayne Abess, Chairman Emeritus, Goodwill Industries; Board, Miami-Dade United Way
Richard Barreto, Chief of Police, City of Miami Beach (retired)
Stephanie Cooper Greenberg, Special Events Coordinator, Baltimore, MD
Archbishop John S. Erbelding II, the Diocese of the Holy Spirit, the Anglican Church of Georgia
Sharon Gless, Emmy-Award winning Actress (Cagney & Lacey to Burn Notice), Los Angeles
Ron Grimming, Director, School of Justice & Homeland Security, Miami Dade College, Miami (retired)
Roz Gersten Jacobs, Retailing & Merchandising Consultant, New York
Betty Montenegro Helms, Psychotherapist and President of R.A.D. Plus, LLC, Broward County, FL
Patrick W. Knight, J.D., KnightVision Seminars, Inc., Miami
Lawrence Nadeau, Founder, Rape Aggression Defense Systems Network
James Rosebush, Growthstategy Incorporated, Washington, DC
Dr. Harvey Rosenwasser, Key Biscayne, FL
Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of the County & Circuit Courts, Miami-Dade County, FL
Lynn M. Summers, Former Ass't U. S. Attorney; President, Community Technologies, Inc.
Jonathan Warner, Attorney at Law, Miami

National Director of NSDI's Law Enforcement Advisory Board

Chief William Berger, past President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), having retired as the Chief of Police of the North Miami Beach Police Department (since 1989), now serves as Chief of Police in Palm Bay, Florida. His prior law enforcement experience includes 15 years with the City of Miami Police Department where he held command-level positions.

Chief Berger is a graduate of Harvard University/J.F.K. School of Government, July 1997, Program for Senior Executives in Government, F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (30th Session), PERF's Senior Management Institute for Police (19th Session), the 132nd Session of the F.B.I. National Academy and has attended over 75 other law enforcement courses.

Chief Berger is also the past president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and past Southern Regional Chairman and Parliamentarian for the State Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP), and was selected as Florida Police Chief of the Year by Florida Police Chiefs Association in 1992, 2003 and for an unprecedented third time in 2006.

Bill Berger's accomplishments are even more amazing when put into perspective: While serving as one of our nation's most outstanding police chiefs, he has been steering the course of NSDI's initiatives on a pro-bono basis.

Director of Training

Larry N. Nadeau, Founder of the ground breaking and highly acclaimed nationally recognized Rape Aggression Defense Program for Women, currently teaches self-defense and police tactics upon request as a consultant, through the National Academy of Defense Education, (formerly the Tidewater Academy of Self-Defense) which is currently located in Poquoson, Virginia. He is the author of numerous training manuals, which are a concise summary of the police defensive tactics, and self-defense philosophies he has learned, developed and refined over the last twenty-nine (29) years (1980-2009).

He has been published in numerous law enforcement magazines, journals and newsletters, and has been featured in SWAT magazine, The Campus Law Enforcement Journal, Law Enforcement Trainer magazine and The Police Marksman magazine. Larry has also appeared on the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN) over twelve (12) times regarding police defensive tactics, self-defense and simulation training methods. He is a frequent presenter at state, national and international training forums, and has been the guest speaker at numerous professional and awareness oriented functions.

'S.A.F.E.' - Sr. Staff Instructor

Sgt. Paul Lupien retired as 25-year veteran with the Miami Beach Police Department, where he was the Supervisor of the Training Unit, responsible for the training of all sworn and civilian personnel (approximately 500). Also, he was a 20 - year veteran of the SWAT Team, serving as a Team Leader, and is a State Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor. From 1993-2001 he served as the Supervisor of the Crime Prevention Section where he was responsible for the development and implementation of community based programs, such as the NSDI/S.A.F.E. Program and the "Citizen's Police Academy", a free program that educates the public about different aspects of law enforcement.

Paul introduced 'S.A.F.E.', making the Miami Beach Police Department the first law enforcement agency in the nation to offer this program to its community. For his work with 'S.A.F.E.', Paul received the March 2000 LEO (Law Enforcement Officers) Award in the 'SAFETY' category and was Top Gun of the Month for June 2001 in the Public Safety Journal for his work in the area of Safety and Crime Prevention.

'S.A.F.E.' - Director of Special Projects

Lt. Kelly Reid retired as a 23-year veteran of the Miami Beach Police Department, last serving as the department’s Training Unit Commander. Kelly has been certified as a police trainer in the State of Florida since 1991. She is also a certified defensive tactics and defensive driving instructor, RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) instructor, National Self Defense Institute ‘S.A.F.E.’ instructor trainer, Be ‘S.A.F.E.R.’ facilitator, among various other training certifications. She has presented to academy recruits, in-service training classes, and community groups.

Kelly has served in the Patrol Division as an officer, sergeant, and lieutenant and on bicycle and rollerblade patrol. As, district commander, she was assigned to manage the Crime Prevention Unit. During her career, she was also assigned to the narcotics unit and the police communications unit.

Just weeks after September 11, 2001, she accompanied the NSDI founder to the IACP conference in Toronto to begin the international presentation of ‘S.A.F.E’. Shortly after that, Be ‘S.A.F.E.R.’ was born in the wake of the tragedy.

Kelly believes in both programs strongly and is committed to expanding their reach.