Your partner in emergency preparedness

Our Vision: Empower every K-12 school community in America with safety technologies and services that let them teach and learn with peace of mind.

Three core customer needs guide and differentiate our work:


We specialize in emergency preparedness and safety for K-12 schools.


We make emergency preparedness simple – to help schools readily manage the complexities associated with compliance and other safety initiatives. Our solutions are easy to use, designed to help staff respond safely and effectively during drills and emergencies.

Peace of Mind

We strive to provide peace of mind to everyone responsible for keeping children and staff safe. We’re a passionate organization driven by continuous improvement in everything we do. Our ultimate goal is to give you confidence that your staff is prepared should an emergency arise.

Leadership Team

Thom Jones

General Manager

Thom Jones is a former administrator and teacher with more than 19 years of experience in public education. While principal of Dublin Willard Grizell, the school was the only Ohio middle school designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School in 2009. At NaviGate Prepared since 2013, Thom leads his team as they strive to help move school districts to the forefront of emergency preparedness.

Shannon Zaher

Director of Marketing

As Director of Marketing, Shannon is focused on telling the story of how technology can support school safety initiatives, creating opportunities for meaningful conversation on the topic and building our community of customer advocates. Shannon has been with NaviGate Prepared for the past three years, after spending 10 years owning her own B2B marketing agency.

Matt Mastroine

Director of Development

Matt oversees the technical development of the NaviGate Prepared software. In addition to programming, developing new code and fixing bugs, he manages projects and works with customers to make their installations just right. Matt enjoys creating new features for a product that he can see actually making a difference.

Chris Porter

Business Development Manager

Chris has served many roles and functions during his 9-year tenure at NaviGate Prepared. As a result, he has deep knowledge of and expertise in all aspects of the company. In addition, Chris is a former Army Medic, Ambulance Crew Chief, EMT Instructor and managed the Preparedness Training program for the American Red Cross in seven counties. He brings this broad emergency response background to NaviGate Prepared and our customers.

Meet the Team

Shonnie Gillmer

Business Development Manager

Dan Hurst

OnSite Field Manager

Emily Davis

Customer Success Manager

Kara German

Customer Success Specialist

Dan Leakey

Customer Success Specialist

Trevor Petitte

Customer Success Specialist

Eric Wittig

Customer Success Specialist

Drew Jones

Business Development Associate

Lucas Dunlap


Tyler Hostetler


Todd Stanley


Lori Gregg


Mic Horvath


Ulla Ress

Social Media Coordinator

Jordan Pope

OnSite Specialist

Contact Us

Part of the Lauren family of companies

Lauren Innovations, Inc operates out of New Philadelphia, Ohio, servicing school districts throughout the United States. We have representatives in regions throughout the country in addition to a variety of online services available to introduce you to NaviGate Prepared, implement your new system, and keep you running for years to come.