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LiveSafe is the leading mobile safety communications platform delivering actionable crowdsourced safety and security intelligence, preventing incidents before they occur and connecting people to the help they need. Used by businesses, colleges, and universities, LiveSafe’s enterprise-class platform is backed by a team with safety in their DNA and combines a cloud-based Command Dashboard with customizable mobile applications. Every minute of every day, we deliver two-way, real-time interactions that include location-tagged text, calls, photos and videos, scalable mass notification, relevant safety resources, and peer-to-peer safety tools like SafeWalk™.

Our founding

LiveSafe was born from a spirit of triumph over tragedy and the desire to make the world a safer place. The founding team saw an opportunity to mobilize and connect people on safety through technology.  As a victim of assault and a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting, Shy Pahlevani and Kristina Anderson wondered if they could build tools with the goal of preventing incidents, like those they experienced, before they occur. Emerging with strength from these events, they rallied like minded individuals to launch LiveSafe to campus partners in 2013.

Shy Pahlevani

Founder, Executive Director of Education Partnerships

A victim of crime himself, Shy understands the magnitude of an emergency situation and the need for technology that prevents crime and ensures safety. As Founder of LiveSafe, Shy executes the company’s day-to-day affairs and ensures the success and reliability of the company’s products. He brings over a decade of experience in the technology and start-up space, previously at buySAFE, and more recently at KidSafe. His goal is to ensure that every person has access to tools that increase safety and create peace of mind.

Kristina Anderson

Chief Evangelist, Founder of Koshka Foundation

Kristina, a survivor of the Virginia Tech tragedy in April 2007, has since dedicated herself to the important issues of campus safety and emergency planning. As founder of a non-profit for safer schools, Kristina is a frequent speaker and resource for violence prevention experts and survivors. She believes in the positive impact that increased communication and knowledge provide and leads LiveSafe’s efforts to share the revolutionary nature of the LiveSafe solution with the world.

Eman Pahlevani

Co-Founder

Eman brings years of in-depth experience in sales, business development, legal counseling, and management in both the private and public sectors. At LiveSafe, he leads the legal team and supplements LiveSafe’s business development efforts by creating strategic partnerships with key players in higher education, law enforcement and related areas. Eman believes that the best way to keep our communities safe is to have more members of the community get involved.

Samier Mansur

Co-Founder

Samier brings close to a decade of experience in government consulting and public policy. He is passionate about ideas and technologies that can help make this world a better-organized and more peaceful place. Samier has worked on a range of conflict resolution and business development initiatives both locally and internationally alongside ambassadors, public, and private sector officials. As a Founder of LiveSafe, he leads user-marketing efforts and works closely with the product team to strategize features designed to keep LiveSafe users feeling safe and empowered.

Learning from trusted advisors

Based in Northern Virginia, we are able to draw upon the deep expertise of safety and security professionals found only in the Washington DC region.  Along with ongoing dialogue with business and education leaders, we are guided in our strategy by a diverse and experienced set of advisors.

Advisory board

Jan Fedarcyk

Former Assistant Director of FBI, Director of New York FBI

Janice K. Fedarcyk formed Fedarcyk Consulting LLC upon her retirement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where she served for 25 years.

Mark Sullivan

22nd Director, United States Secret Service

Mark served as the 22nd Director of the US Secret Service from 2006-2013. He is currently a founding Partner of Global Security and Intelligence Strategies (GSIS) in Washington, DC.

Dick Newton

Lt. Gen. US Air Force, Ret. ***

General Newton served as the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director of Air Staff of the U.S. Air Force until retiring in 2012. He earned three stars throughout his 34-year career.

Patrick Gross

Chairman of the Board, Rosetta Stone

Patrick is the Chairman of the Board for Rosetta Stone and a founder of both the Lovell Group and American Management Systems, Inc.

Chelsea Clinton

Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Chelsea’s work at the Clinton Foundation emphasizes improving global and domestic health, creating service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders.

Alan Merten

President Emeritus, George Mason University

Alan served as President of George Mason University from 1996 to 2012. He holds a Masters and PhD in computer science from Stanford University and University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectfully.

Public safety advisors

Chief John Venuti

Chief of Police, Virginia Commonwealth University

At VCU, Chief John Venuti serves the largest university police department in Virginia as well as one of the largest in the country. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Chief Paul Dean

Chief of Police and Executive Director of Public Safety, University of New Hampshire

In addition to being with UNH since 1985, Chief Paul Dean is the chairperson of the IACLEA Homeland Security & Domestic Preparedness Committee.

Chief Frank Zebedis

Chief of Police, Winthrop University

Chief Zebedis has been with Winthrop University since 1998 and currently serves as Chair of the IACLEA Administrators Domestic Preparedness Committee.

Chief Daniel Dusseau

Chief of Police, Northern Virginia Community College

Chief Dusseau began serving NVCC in 2010 upon retiring from Prince George’s County Police Department after 21 years.

Suzanne Devlin

Supervisor of Safety and Security, Loudoun County Public Schools

Prior to joining LCPS, Ms. Devlin worked as a Senior Principal Intelligence Analyst in the Global Analysis Division of BAE Systems as well as spent 33 years with the Fairfax County PD.

William Flagler

Deputy Director for the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management

Will has over a decade of public service and emergency management experience and has worked in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security for U.S. Presidents’ visits to NVCC.

Council of subject matter experts

Meera Seshadri

Associate Director, Harvard University Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Meera Seshadri is a public health professional working for both sexual health promotion and sexual violence prevention and is an advocate for survivor-centered environments.

Rudy Bellavia

Managing Director for the Office of Business and Finance, Arizona State University

Rudy oversees the research, analysis and implementation of multi-faceted projects, all of which advance the strategic and tactical operations of ASU.

Myrna Soto

Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Comcast

Myrna has been named one of the most influential women in the Cable Industry, named to the HITEC 100 and is a member of the FCC.

Avadhesh Mathur

During his career of 4 decades in the Indian civil service, Mr. Avadhesh B. Mathur served in various senior positions in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of India. While serving in the Cabinet Secretariat, he supervised the work relating to India’s relationship with regional countries. He was also appointed UNMIK Head of Office, Mitrovice/Miroica in May 2012. Prior to joining UNMIK he was Secretary to Government of India, in charge of various portfolios including the security of the Prime Minister.

Leading a movement to put safety in everyone’s hands.

Focus on strategy, building a winning team and culture, and access to the resources needed to succeed is paramount within the minds and actions of our leaders.

Executive team

Carolyn Parent

CEO & President

Carolyn is a leader in building digital and mobile communications data solution organizations, with more than 20 years’ experience as a successful entrepreneur, sales leader and team builder for small, mid-cap and Fortune 500 private and public companies. She is directing the mobile safety communications firm’s expansion into corporate enterprise security serving many industries including global media corporations, sports and entertainment venues as well as healthcare facilities. She will also grow what is now the leading safety solution for colleges and universities.

Randy Klueger

Chief Financial Officer

Randy is a seasoned financial executive and venture capitalist specializing in mobile and security sectors. He brings to LiveSafe over twenty years of CFO experience in private equity and venture capital-backed growth companies. In addition to his role as CFO with companies, he has served as President of Klueger & Associates, LLC and Millennium Laser Eye Centers prior to joining LiveSafe. He is enthusiastic about LiveSafe’s mission to revolutionize public safety with a crowdsource approach to driving citizen engagement.

MARK LAFLEUR

VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

Mark oversees all sales and business development strategies for driving new customer acquisition and revenue growth. Mark has more than 20 years of experience in the technology and professional services industries including leading Omega Performance
sales strategy, execution and P&L for their North American and International markets. Mark also served as Vice President of North American Sales and Business Development for Learning Tree International, a global provider of enterprise training solutions in the areas of technology, engineering and project management.

Shy Pahlevani

Founder, Executive Director of Education Partnerships

A victim of crime himself, Shy understands the magnitude of an emergency situation and the need for technology that prevents crime and ensures safety. As Founder of LiveSafe, Shy executes the company’s day-to-day affairs and ensures the success and reliability of the company’s products. He brings over a decade of experience in the technology and start-up space, previously at buySAFE, and more recently KidSafe. His goal is to ensure that every person has access to tools that increase safety and create peace of mind.

MATT HAGOPIAN

VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING & PRODUCT

Matt is leader in the DC Tech scene known for building strong teams that deliver groundbreaking technologies. Before heading up the engineering team at LiveSafe, Matt served as CTO for both Wealthminder and Jobfox. He is well versed in mobile and enterprise app development that relies heavily on flexible, scalable backend technologies to deliver remarkable experiences to end users

JEFF IRBY

VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING

A seasoned executive in Marketing Services, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge to LiveSafe with experience in B2B, B2C, and B2B2C organizations. Most recently as CMO of Unisys, he was responsible for Global Marketing and Product Services management. Jeff also led management consulting and system integration teams as a KPMG Partner and has advised several governments around the world on security matters. Jeff also has extensive experience overseeing the implementation of local, national, and global security solutions for children, policing organizations, corporations, and governments.

Board of directors

Gregg Winiarski

Gregg Winiarski is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel of IAC and serves in the Office of the Chairman. IAC is a leading media and Internet company comprising more than 150 brands and products, including Ask.com, About.com, Match.com, HomeAdvisor and Vimeo. Focused on the areas of search, applications, online dating, media and eCommerce, IAC’s family of websites is one of the largest in the world, with over a billion monthly visits across more than 100 countries. The Company is headquartered in New York City and has offices worldwide.

Carolyn Parent

Carolyn is a leader in building digital and mobile communications data solution organizations, with more than 20 years’ experience as a successful entrepreneur, sales leader and team builder for small, mid-cap and Fortune 500 private and public companies. She is directing the mobile safety communications firm’s expansion into corporate enterprise security serving many industries including global media corporations, sports and entertainment venues as well as healthcare facilities. She will also grow what is now the leading safety solution for colleges and universities.

Jeff Grass

Chairman of the Board

Jeff is an experienced inventor, entrepreneur, leader and business builder with a proven record of success. Having earned an MBA from The Wharton School, Jeff went on to co-found PayMyBills which sold for $67 million. He then co-founded buySAFE, an e-commerce service for which he raised over $30 million in venture capital. Jeff brings his tremendous experience to LiveSafe where he serves as the company’s Chairman, providing strategic and operational guidance to the team. Jeff is inspired by the opportunity to blend new technology with a powerful vision of creating safer communities.

Shy Pahlevani

A victim of crime himself, Shy understands the magnitude of an emergency situation and the need for technology that prevents crime and ensures safety. As Founder of LiveSafe, Shy executes the company’s day-to-day affairs and ensures the success and reliability of the company’s products. He brings over a decade of experience in the technology and start-up space, previously at buySAFE, and more recently KidSafe. His goal is to ensure that every person has access to tools that increase safety and create peace of mind.

EVE BURTON

Eve Burton is senior vice president and general counsel of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified communications companies with interests in magazine, newspaper and business publishing, cable networks, television and radio broadcasting, Internet businesses, television production, newspaper features distribution, business information and real estate. She is also on the Hearst Board of Directors.

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