April 25, 2023
Program on School Safety
Presents a forum on School Safety
At Brittany's Restaurant & Sports Bar
Scroll down page for biographies of panelists and moderator
Brittany's Restaurant & Sports Bar
updated April 21, 2023
(Revised) Panelists include (alpha order):
BIOGRAPHIES of Panelists, Moderator & School Board Members
Prince William County Public Schools Director of Risk Management & Security Services. Mr. Crowe has service in PWCS Security for 28 years. For the last 8 years as the Director. He has overseen significant improvements in all aspects of school safety. In the last two years he has made significant improvements in both school violence prevention and response. He coordinates the School Resource Officer program with PWC Police Department.
Mr. Crowe holds a BS, Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science from Radford University
My name is Jen Donnelly and I am a mom, wife, grassroots activist and passionate about protecting our kids. I am originally from Baltimore, and moved here after I got married in 2005. I have a 13 year old son who is active in sports I have been classroom mom and team mom more times than I can count. Last year I was asked to join the board of our local Moms for Liberty chapter. I am currently the Vice Chair and have focused on educating our chapter on school safety.
Jeff Fuller is a retired Army Special Forces LTC who served in a range of special operations, planning and policy assignments. He supported USSCOCM, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and USCG in combating terrorism and risk management.
He is a Doctoral Dissertation Advisor to Capitol Technology University on terrorism and risk management. He is married and has three children and five grandchildren and has lived in Virginia since 1997. He has had an interest in PWC schools safety since the Uvalde Texas attack.
Dr. Kara Grasser
Dr. Kara Grasser is the Director of Communications and the Head of School Safety and Security for Manassas Park City Schools. Dr. Grasser started her career as a beat reporter and assignment editor at WKMG, the CBS affiliate in Orlando, Florida over 20 years ago. After several years in tv news, she changed careers into education. She has served as a classroom teacher, an assistant principal, and then was a school principal for nearly 10 years. Dr. Grasser has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The George Washington University. Her doctoral research focused on school crisis response and recovery including crisis communication and multi-agency crisis response. She serves on the Northern Virginia School Safety Working Group that is part of the High Threat Response Team. The goal of that group is to increase collaboration between the schools and the local police and fire departments to better respond to an active violence incident (AVI).
Gil Trenum is currently employed by Leidos, Inc. as a project and technical manager supporting various DoD and US Army contracts.
Mr. Trenum is a former member of the Prince William County School Board, serving as the Brentsville District Representative for 12 years, from 2008 – 2019. As a school board member, he focused his efforts on infrastructure and alleviating overcrowding; improving transparency in finance and budgeting; and empowering parents. Following highly publicized school shootings he helped drive the implementation of the school division’s Safe Schools Advisory Committee and accelerated school security-related improvements across the county.
Mr. Trenum served as an Officer in the United States Navy, retiring in 2018 as a Commander after 28 years of combined Active and Reserve service, including a 12-month mobilization to Djibouti from 2016-2017.
He is a graduate of Texas Tech University earning BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned a Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.
Jennifer Wall graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Humanities-English in 1992. She earned a Juris Doctor in 1997 from the J. Reuben Clark Law School. Mrs. Wall has been a long-time volunteer in the community. She has served in middle and high school band and orchestra programs, as a chaperone for school events and field trips, with PTO activities and as a parent tutor in the classroom.
As a board member, Mrs. Wall actively participates in professional development opportunities to improve her ability to represent her district’s students, families and teachers. Since her election in 2020, Mrs. Wall has served on the Safe Schools Advisory Council, the School Health Advisory Board, and the Internal Audit Committee, with the goal of seeking continuous improvement for Prince William County Public Schools.
Mrs. Wall and her husband have three children. Their oldest two children earned advanced diplomas from Battlefield High School in 2018 and 2021. Their third child is currently attending Battlefield High School.
Lisa Zargarpur is a graduate of Prince William County Public Schools. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from George Mason University and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Mary Washington where she was awarded the honor, Teacher of Promise.
Mrs. Zargarpur is an elementary general music and chorus teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. She has served as Secretary on the Fairfax General Music Educators Association board and is a member of the Fairfax Education Association. She has been an Equity Lead in her school for the past three years, has presented workshops at the American Orff Schulwerk Association's National Conference, and has been part of cultural competency symposiums for PWCS staff. In 2019, she was nominated for an Outstanding Co-Curricular Educator Award from the FCPS SEPTA.
Mrs. Zargarpur and her husband, Yaqub, a local community and business leader, have three children: two graduated from PWCS and the youngest is in high school.