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Dave Smith

Dave is a founding member of FSN and its Executive Director.  He brings 30-years of law enforcement experience to FSN as well as experience gained as the Security Director for Foothills Bible Church in Littleton, Colorado.  For the past several years, he has headed up the Jeffco Safety Coalition in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.  In this role, Dave pioneered the alert system for the Jeffco Safety Coalition.  He has also written extensively and spoken at many seminars on the issue of safety at churches, in addition to providing hands-on training to many faith security teams. Email

Mark Pestal

Mark Pestal is the founder of the Faith Safety Network. The vision for FSN grew out of his work as an attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver where he is the coordinator of the Protecting Houses of Worship initiative. In partnership with security experts and law enforcement, his office has hosted over a dozen training events across Colorado for faith leaders and volunteers tasked with safety and security at religious institutions. Mark also leads a safety and security ministry for a Denver church. In 2010, he founded AeroAngel, a nonprofit that provides free air transportation, using volunteer professional pilots and business aircraft, to do flights for children and adults traveling for medical treatment. Email

Page Fagan

Page has worked as a technology consultant, providing services to Fortune 100 clients. He is involved with the Safety and Security teams at his church.  His career includes teaching math, science, and technology in Wyoming and Montana as well as a position teaching math and project management for ITT Technical Institute.  He is a seasoned NRA firearms safety instructor as well as AED and SCUBA instructor.  His academic background includes degrees in math and education. Email 

Robert Neidig

Since 2011, Bob Neidig has been the Safety and Security Director for Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colorado, a ministry calling to which he is passionately dedicated. He is trained and certified in CPR/AED, First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Rapid Response Tactical Training, Conflict Negotiation, Close Quarters Combat, Weapons Defense, and is an 8th Degree Master Instructor in Taekwon-do. Bob grew up in family whose father’s Air Force career led to frequent transfers to military bases around the country. After attending Westminster High School, Bob graduated from Colorado Christian University with a B.S. in Organizational Management. Email 

Larry McVay

Larry joins the FSN board following a 27-year career as a Special Agent with the FBI. In that position, he was on the frontlines of the agency’s mission to provide security in critical situations, including as a member of its elite SWAT team and Hostage Rescue Team, where he flew as a helicopter instructor pilot. He has also served in a supervisory position for a Protective Security Detail for a high-level government official whose travels spanned over 40 countries. Larry is also a former U.S. Army officer, and later used this experience when he volunteered to embed as a tactical FBI agent with the Army’s Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force operating in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. He also has extensive training in firearms and tactical training, and has trained hundreds of security personnel. As a certified Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Instructor, he currently shares his security experience with frontline law enforcement personnel. Email

Mike Spray

Mike leads an established security team for a large church in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has been active in the faith safety arena for many years.  He is professional firearms instructor who has worked at Centennial Gun Club, and is certified by US Law Shield, the NRA, and USCCA.  He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and served in the Air Force as a communications officer.  He also earned a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Southern California.  Mike is also involved in many other volunteer activities in the community.  Email

Mason Whitney

Mason Whitney is retired military, having served 40 years as a pilot with the United States Air Force and the Colorado Air National Guard. He is a Vietnam Veteran, flying over 340 combat missions throughout Southeast Asia in 1970. He was The Adjutant General of Colorado under Governor Owens and the Director of Homeland Security for Colorado under Governor Ritter. He is an Episcopalian and is the Disaster Warden for the High Plains Region of the Colorado Episcopal Diocese. Email