Kristen Devitt has been the Director of the Office of School Safety since July of 2018. Prior to holding this position, Kristen was a police officer, social worker and educator. Kristen joined the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Juvenile Officer's Association in 2012 and became an instructor for the National Association of School Resource Officers in 2014 (Instructor of the Year, 2019).
Since her time as the Director of the Office of School Safety, Kristen has earned her Certified Threat Manager designation via the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and has served on numerous committees that have contributed to developing nationally recognized best-practices in school safety.
Susan Whitstone, MS is the Deputy Director of the Office of School Safety since July 2021. She has nearly 25 years’ experience in the Criminal Justice arena to include over 7 years teaching tertiary education. Susan started her criminal justice career in Green Bay at the Green Bay Correctional Institution as a student at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. At the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay she received the honored Chancellor’s Medallion and high honors. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Administration, she quickly promoted to Lieutenant with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department. During her tenure with Waukesha she received her Master’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Criminal Justice Administration. Shortly after retiring from Waukesha she was appointed as the Director of the Academies at Blackhawk Technical College. In her current position with the Department of Justice, Office of School Safety, she is able to blend her experience in criminal justice and education by managing the SUSO Resource Center to help keep the schools in Wisconsin one of safest schools in the nation.
Stephanie La Haye
Stephanie La Haye has been with the Office of School Safety since September of 2018. Her professional background has been rooted in education, nonprofit management, and early childhood education and advocacy. Stephanie is Trauma Informed, and believes every child deserves to feel safe and loved, always. She spends her summers camping and exploring Wisconsin's lakeshore with her black lab Miles, volunteering with the Ice Age Trail Alliance, and hunting the ever-elusive morel mushroom.
Erin Armbrust has been with the Office of School Safety since June 2018. Erin believes every student should feel safe within their school building in order to learn and grow in a positive and nurtured way. Her professional background has been focused on supporting all families in gaining access to quality child-care, parenting education, and ensuring that the child protective factors are embedded into all her work. She spends all her free time with her two children ages 6 and 2, learning through play and exploration.
In February 2021, Kelly DeJonge joined the Office of School Safety as the Critical Incident Response Coordinator. Prior to joining the OSS, Kelly was a law enforcement officer in a suburb of Milwaukee County for 21+ years. During her career in law enforcement, Kelly gained experience in various positions at the department including: Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Community Outreach Officer/Crime Prevention and Public Information Officer. While working as the School Resource Officer, Kelly obtained a strong passion for school safety and believes that education will be hindered if students and staff do not feel safe in their school buildings. In 2014, Kelly began to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). In addition to serving on the board, Kelly is a certified NASRO Instructor and Past President of the Wisconsin Juvenile Officers Association. Kelly spends her free time traveling with her family and taking part in organized running or cycling events.