Associates

Mateja Mihinjac

Mateja is a criminologist and researcher currently completing doctoral research into the implementation of crime prevention through environmental design. She is the Executive Director of the International CPTED Association. Mateja is also a certified SafeGrowth® Advocate and has co-taught SafeGrowth® and CPTED workshops in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. She has studied criminal justice issues in Europe and Australia for the past 10 years. She worked with the planning department of the City of Saskatoon, Canada and conducted fear mapping in the city. She also worked with the Constitutional Court in Slovenia. She has extensive computer and analytical skills and developed the AlterNation GPS-enabled, digital fear observation mobile app used to collect community-based information on fears and perceptions of crime. Her skills include database management and geographic information systems. 

Anna Brassard

Anna is a full-member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Registered Professional Planner with the Alberta Professional Planning Institute. She has 14 years experience in the fields of strategic planning, SafeGrowth®, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), facilitation, facility planning, master planning and comprehensive community planning with First Nation communities. She spent 5 years as an Adjunct Assistant professor with the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary supervising Master’s level theses and teaching graduate level students courses in facilitation and building safe communities. This included developing a new joint initiative – “People and Place” – between the faculties of Social Work and Environmental Design. She has conducted workshops across North America on SafeGrowth® to police, design professionals and community members.

Tarah Hodgkinson

Tarah is a certified SafeGrowth® Advocate and holds a PhD in criminology. She is a lecturer/assistant professor in criminology at Griffith University in Australia. Her areas of research include crime prevention, policing, collective violence, methodology and statistics, auto-theft, gangs, crime-mapping, and victimology. Her doctoral research focused on the need for community leadership in partnerships with the police. She has co-taught SafeGrowth® in Canada and the United States and worked with the planning department of the City of Saskatoon, Canada. She is a board member of the International CPTED Association as well as member of the World Society of Victimology and the American Society of Criminology.

Macarena Rau Vargas

Macarena is an international authority on CPTED and has appeared on TED Talks describing her story working in gang ridden favelas. She is a Chilean-born architect and the Vice Chair of the International CPTED Association. Macarena heads the Latin American chapter of the ICA and has consulted in CPTED for the World Bank and advised national governments. She is executive director of the South American International Safety Fair and Director of the firm PBK Consulting, a leading CPTED firm in Latin America.

Cindy Granard

Cindy is a CPTED and SafeGrowth consultant to AlterNation LLC. She has been a police officer for 28 years with police departments in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Redmond, WA. She has worked in anti-crime teams, general patrol, undercover, domestic violence, community response teams, communications and evidence. Cindy has won numerous local and national awards for her prevention and community safety work including Working Against Domestic Violence Award, the Seattle Police Department Foundation’s Innovation Award, and the national LISC/MetLife Community Policing Partnership Award.

Bradley Vassallo

Brad is a certified SafeGrowth® Advocate who operates from Philadelphia. He has a diverse background in youth development, placemaking and project management that help neighborhoods envision change and leverage existing community assets. Drawing on a depth of experience in the nonprofit sector, Brad practices the SafeGrowth® philosophy of engaging communities in adopting participatory change where community residents take the lead.

He has a B.S. in Community Development from Temple University. He is 2015 recipient of a Knight Foundation Emerging City Champions Fellowship in which shipping containers were developed as venues to sell products or services from aspiring local entrepreneurs.

John Lyons

John spent a number of years as fraud investigator with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and as international crime analyst with Interpol Ottawa. He has extensive experience in identifying, preventing and mitigating insurance fraud in both the private property and casualty insurance industry and with public health insurance systems. He is author of a forthcoming book on the role that identity documents play in fraud. With an academic background in art history, he is also a specialist in art fraud. While assigned to Interpol from the RCMP he established a Canadian art theft repository, consulted law enforcement and insurance agencies on complex investigations, and assisted museums with crime risk assessments. He specializes in search conferencing as a means to establish collaborative networks for capacity building within organizations.