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2022 Conference BIO's

WACLEA President Sean O’Laughlin is the Deputy Police Chief at Eastern Washington University. He has been in law enforcement for 20 years and is currently a Reserve Lieutenant Commander with the United States Coast Guard. President O’Laughlin will present at WACLEA on Emergency Management and critical planning steps to prepare you for critical incidents on your campus. He is an Emergency/Contingency Manager for both the US Coast Guard and Eastern Washington University Police Department and holds over 9 different Incident Command Positions such as a Type 1 Planning Section Chief, Type 3 Liaison Officer, Emergency Preparedness Liaison and Operations. President O’Laughlin has deployed to multiple critical national responses (Type 1 Events) to include Covid-19, Hurricane Dorian in 2018, Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017 and Deep Water Horizon in 2010.

Chief Jason Berthon-Koch is the Chief of Police for Central Washington University Police Department and will present on Clery Compliance – Are you prepared? He will also talk about the Active Shooter Incident that occurred on campus in 2019.


Jason joined the Coast Guard in 1991. He was stationed in various places along the west coast to include Alaska and California, were he spent most of his tenure.

After leaving the coast guard in 1994, he returned to Ellensburg to attend to CWU. He became a reserve Sheriff’s deputy for the Kittitas County Sheriff’s office in 1998. Later that year decided he wanted to take his passion for serving and apply to be a correctional officer. He was hired by the Kittitas County Correctional Center in 1998. He had various responsibilities working in the correctional facility but knew he wanted to take his passion for serving people to a career in law enforcement.

In October 1999 Jason was hired by the Central Washington University Police Department. Over the past 22+ years Jason has not only held several titles, he has been instrumental in shaping the police department to become what it is today.

During his career Jason has led several undercover drug operations that led to the arrests and convictions of drug dealers keeping our streets safer. He was instrumental in developing and advancing the training programs for CWU PD. But his passion didn’t end there. Jason has trained instructors throughout the world. Jason is an award-winning instructor for Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD). He is also the Regional and State Director for RAD. As an adjunct professor Jason has brought the curriculum to Central Washington University and created a PE course for credit.

While working at the Central Washington University Police department, Jason continued his passion for education and training and received his Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice in 2007. Jason is currently working towards earning two master’s degrees in ITAM and Business Administration.

Jason has held every position within the Central Washington University Police Department. He was promoted to sergeant in 2004, Lieutenant in 2008, Captain in 2012, and became the Chief of Police in January 2018.  

 Detective Valerie Carson, Public Information Officer, SPD Public Affairs

Jim Wohlpart became Central Washington University’s 15th President in 2021. Strongly committed to the university’s mission of preparing students for enlightened and productive lives, Wohlpart has made civic engagement, sustainability, and diversity hallmarks of his administration. He has promoted Central as a welcoming, inclusive institution that seeks to make education accessible to all.

Wohlpart came to Central from the University of Northern Iowa, where he was Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2015-2021, including a stint as Interim President.

Prior to that, he served in a number of administrative and academic positions at Florida Gulf Coast University, including as Dean of Undergraduate Studies (2011-2015), Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences (2005-2011), and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Arts (2000-2005).

He holds a PhD in English from the University of Tennessee, MA in English from Colorado State University, and BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Tennessee.

Wohlpart is author or co-editor of several books and peer-reviewed publications, including, Walking in the Land of Many Gods: Remembering Sacred Reason in Contemporary Environmental Literature, Unspoiled: Writers Speak for Florida’s Coast, and A Voice for Earth: American Writers Respond to the Earth Charter.