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The Strategos Team

Strategos International is led by veterans of law enforcement, the U.S. military, private security and education. We have diverse experience serving businesses, schools, churches and law enforcement. Strategos staff speak and train worldwide and are frequently sought out by regional and national media for expert commentary on active shooters, terrorism and crisis response.

Vaughn Baker

President

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Vaughn Baker is president of Strategos International, a Kansas City, Mo.,-based firm that provides security training, consulting and executive protection services. Baker has 20 years of experience in law enforcement including patrol, investigation, SWAT and special operations. He has trained thousands of school, health care, government, law enforcement and military personnel in security practices. Baker has also developed specialized intruder response curriculum for schools and churches, including some of the nation’s leading training on behavior pattern recognition. He is the author of The Church Security Handbook and, with Mark Warren, Active Threat. In addition, he served as deputy director of training and as an instructor for the Surefire Institute, a California-based tactical lighting manufacturer and tactical training company. He is also the director of security for a church of more than 7,500 in the Kansas City area, a position he has held for more than a decade.

Mark Warren

Executive Vice President

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Mark Warren is a former law enforcement officer in multiple jurisdictions including the Blue Springs, Mo., Police Department, where he finished his career with the rank of sergeant. He also served as an undercover officer for the Jackson County Drug Task Force. Before joining civilian law enforcement, he served in the  U.S. Army as a military police officer. He has trained thousands of students through Strategos, the Surefire Institute and the Western Missouri Public Safety Institute.

Rev. Barry Young

Vice President Of Operations

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Barry Young has dedicated his life to helping churches improve security. He has been the director of security at two churches in the Kansas City area and is a chaplain for the Independence, Mo., Police Department. He’s also a black belt in Sho-Lum-Tae Karate. Barry’s goal is for every church in the United States to have a comprehensive security plan and team that goes from the parking lot to the pulpit.

Todd Burke Manager – Firearms Training Division

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Todd Burke has served for 35-years as a police officer, firefighter, and paramedic in both career and volunteer capacities as a line officer, supervisor, and chief officer.  He holds a wide variety of certifications and instructor’s credentials, he is a Certified Police Specialist and Generalist Instructor with the Missouri Department of Public Safety, he has had numerous articles published in professional journals, and he has offered expert witness testimony in high-profile felony and capital crime prosecutions.  Todd helps organizations and individuals realize their training needs and objectives and then exceed those requirements with a cadre of talented and experienced staff.

Nick Spencer

Director Of Project Management

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Nick Spencer is a lead instructor and project manager for Strategos International. Nick began his career with the U.S. Army, where he served as a team leader for a tactical PSYOP team. During his 8-year enlistment, Nick obtained the rank of E6, Staff Sargent. He served in peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and spent 14 months in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After his enlistment, Nick served the Blue Springs (Mo.) Police Department, where he spent seven years in patrol.  Nick was also a member of the department’s tactical team and was the training coordinator and a lead instructor.

Regina Ferguson 

Director of School Safety and Security Solutions

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Prior to joining Strategos, Regina served for 16 years as risk manager for a Midwestern school district with more than 15,000 students and 2,600 employees. She was responsible for safety and emergency management, including drills and incident investigation. In addition, she has master’s degrees in business administration and legal studies. She is a certified paralegal and worked in that capacity for 11 years. Her role is to help schools identify ways to improve safety by assessing hazards, reviewing their policies and procedures and training staff.

Guy Beveridge

Director Of Business Development

With a background in military and civil special operations, Beveridge is an internationally known trainer, speaker, professional security consultant and a licensed master peace officer in Texas. He is an expert in security management, crime, loss prevention, investigations, and crisis response. 

Beveridge has managed security projects, both national and international, for businesses that top the Fortune 500 list. He specializes in prediction, recognition, and evaluation of crime risk.

Steven Svestka

Project Manager / Instructor

Steven Svestka has over 20 years Police, Marine Corps and Protective Security Experience, primarily with Arizona State Police and U.S. Marine Corps Reconnaissance.  He served in numerous roles, from armed operations against individuals and organized criminal networks, to personal security detail operations for visiting heads of state.

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Cody Ashley Director Of Sales and Marketing – Instructor 816.795.3768 x108

Kyle Baker Instructor / Project Manager 816.795.3768 x111

Chuck Wolfe Director Of Protection Projects Staffing 816.795.3768 

Leanda Warren Office Manager 816.795.3768 x101

Kirstie Warren Assistant To The Office Manager 816.795.3768 x110

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