Safe-Wise Associate Staff

John Pearson
Staff Consultant – New England
National Training Staff

clip_image002_002John has over 36 years in not-for-profit management experience.  He founded a new Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) agency in Framingham, MA, joined the national staff in 1979, and in 1984 he moved back to the local level, joining the Boston agency.  In Boston, he held the position of CEO for over 25 years.

John has developed and demonstrated expertise in many areas of nonprofit management including child safety and sexual abuse prevention, along with strong risk management knowledge.  John developed a national protocol for screening volunteers in the late 1980s by studying all then-known incidences of child sexual assault.  Part of that protocol included a reporting system that allows for continuous learning from past experience that informs future training, thus leading to constant improvement and relevance of the screening process.  John is considered an international trainer and leading authority on child sexual abuse prevention.

John and his wife Susan have two daughters and one grandson.  He loves being on the ocean either sailing or in his off-shore fishing boat.  He and Susan are restoring his families’ 18th century homestead in Harpswell, Maine.  John is doing the finish carpentry on the home’s addition that now has the modern conveniences of indoor plumbing, heat, and electricity.

Bill Starmer
Staff Consultant – West Coast

BillStarmer-12-09Bill has over 40 years of nonprofit leadership experience. He led organizations in Michigan and Arizona before moving to Las Vegas to become the President and CEO of the YMCA of Southern Nevada. Bill then served as a safety and risk consultant for YMCAs through the Y Services Corporation. Bill is now retired from full-time work but continues to work with organizations as a consultant and interim.

Bill brings significant resources and experience to Safe-Wise from facility development and construction to risk management consulting.  Additionally he has extensive experience in assisting troubled organizations in their turn-around efforts; helping them implement effective policies and procedures, solve risk management issues and incorporate efficient management solutions.

Bill enjoys golf, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. He currently resides in Las Vegas with his wife Heather. They enjoy time there and at their mountain retreat home.