Meet the Team

Utah State Board of Education (USBE) School Safety Center (SSC)

Rhett Larsen
Student and School Safety Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7997 | E-mail

As the Student and School Safety Specialist for USBE, Mr. Larsen’s responsibilities include coordinating and aligning school safety efforts at the state and local levels. He is the project lead for the USBE SSC. The SSC develops model policies, resources, and best practices for school safety. Mr. Larsen believes in a comprehensive approach to keeping schools and students safe. With a Master of Science in Counseling/School Counseling, he has worked as a school counselor, teacher, and prevention specialist. Education is important to both Mr. Larsen and his wife, who is a teacher. Together they strive to make a positive difference in the lives of students.


Shaleece Oldroyd
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7640 | E-mail

Shaleece works as Executive Secretary on the Safe and Healthy Schools Team at USBE. Part of her role includes supporting the USBE SSC. Her previous positions include Executive Secretary on the ASPIRE research grant at the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR), Administrative Support at the Utah Personnel Development Center (UPDC), and Office Manager for a local chiropractor. Shaleece holds an Associate of Science in Medical Administrative Assisting.


Scott Eyre
School Based Mental Health Specialist
Utah Office of Substance Use and Mental Health (OSUMH)
Phone: (801) 450-2667 | E-mail

Scott Eyre works for the Office of Substance Use and Mental Health (OSUMH) as the School Based Mental Health Specialist and acts as the liaison between OSUMH the State Board of Education. He is a part of the School Safety Center team which works to identify evidence-based approaches that increase the physical and psychological safety of students and improve overall school climate. Scott has a passion for working with youth and spent the first decade of his career at Provo Canyon School where he helped to develop Early Adolescent and Elementary programs. In 2016 he began his employment with the state of Utah where he spent 3 years with Juvenile Justice Services before transferring to his current position. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Utah Valley University and is currently in pursuit of completing his Master’s in social work at the University of Utah. In his free time Scott enjoys being outdoors, coaching his sons’ sports teams, building and testing paddle boards, and running/surviving the occasional ultra-marathon in the desert.


Sergeant Jeremy Barnes
School Safety Liaison
Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Phone: (801) 503-5815 | E-mail

Jeremy is a fifteen-year veteran of law enforcement and is currently the School Safety Liaison for the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) and USBE SSC. He was previously assigned as an investigator with the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) with the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) from May 2016-February 2020. Jeremy also worked with the Draper City Police Department from May 2009-May 2016 as a Patrol Officer, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Officer, Juvenile Crimes Investigator, and School Resource Officer (Corner Canyon High School). He holds a Bachelors of Science in Emergency Services Management and is also a member of the United States Navy Reserve.


Ashley Pistello
Project Administrator
SafeUT at the University of Utah
Phone: (801) 581-2487 | E-mail

Ashley Pistello is a Project Administrator for SafeUT and also works as a liaison with USBE. Her primary role at SafeUT is to oversee the SafeUT SuperUser Grant Program, but she also assists with K-12 outreaches. While at USBE she serves on the SSC and helps bring a student/educator mental health perspective to discussions, along with her background knowledge of being a general education teacher.