Office of School Safety – Meet Our Team

Trish Kilpin

Trish Kilpin was appointed as Director in the Office of School Safety in February of 2022. Prior to serving in this position, she was a school social worker for over 30 years. Trish earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was named the Wisconsin School Social Worker's Association's School Social Worker of the Year in 1997, and Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year in 2021. She is a certified PREpARE and Sources of Strength Trainer.

Susan Whitstone

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. 


With over 10 years of Law Enforcement experience withthe Dane COunty Sheriff's Office, Milton Police Department and Janesville Police Department, Corey joins OSS as the SUSO manager. During his LE career he has been a training officer, mentor, Peer Support team member and Search and Recovery Dive Team member. Corey has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Blackhawk Technical College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration/Emergency Management from Upper Iowa Universary. He has also attended and completed the FEMA Basic Emergency Management Academy at Wisconsin Emergency Management. 

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

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.

Kelly DeJonge

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.