Who We Are

We are a team of safety experts providing policy review and analysis, risk management – and comprehensive abuse prevention training – to support organizations that focus on children’s growth and education.

We understand the unique privilege and enormous responsibility that comes with working with children and being an integral part of their present and future success. We create abuse prevention and safety solutions for private and independent schools, camps, tutoring companies, sports teams, faith-based organizations, and other youth development programs.

The SOS ThreeSixty team is composed of individuals who have devoted their lives and careers to protecting children.

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The Founders

Avery Mann

Avery Mann (co-founder) has dedicated his career to the safety of children. Working with federal, local and international law enforcement, he assisted in bringing hundreds of dangerous criminals to justice – many of whom were on the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted’ list – during his 16 years with the original crime-fighting FOX TV program America’s Most Wanted.

Avery also spent five years at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children as VP, Communications, publicizing the work of the organization and leading the team responsible for safety education.

Before founding SOS ThreeSixty, Inc., Avery was part of the senior team at the Bellevue (WA) School District.

He’s also the host of Making The Case: Crimes Against Kids – a podcast that interviews crime survivors, advocates and law enforcement – and provides listeners with important tips on how to keep children safer.

As a life-long advocate for child safety and justice, Avery received the U.S. Attorney General’s Meritorious Service Award and graduated with a Master of Science degree with honors, in Justice, Law and Society from The American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Criminology from Simon Fraser University.

“A child grows and thrives best in a secure environment. Since safety begins from the inside, we offer ‘Boundary Training’ for all staff – and sensible ‘Interviewing Training’ – so that schools and camps establish and maintain the most ethical and safest space for children.”

Nicole Mann

Nicole Mann (co-founder) is personally committed to creating the safest environments possible for students to learn and thrive.

A survivor of educator misconduct as a child, she deeply understands the complexities and impact that the experience and subsequent investigation and prosecution have on a young student, their family, the school and the broader community.

Nicole began her career working with LGBTQ+ inner-city youth in the 90s during the HIV/AIDs crisis, creating social programs and safe spaces to belong and to have fun. She went on to develop health advocacy programs for Indigenous youth in Mexico.

Nicole also brings her expertise in public policy and communications to this work. She spent 20 years managing crisis communications for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and foundations in Washington, DC, Europe and Latin America.

Nicole is a co-producer of the True Crime podcast “Making The Case: Crimes Against Kids,” where brave survivors – and professionals in the field – share their experiences on how to better protect children. She has a MSc with Honors from the London School of Economics and a BA from Wellesley College.

“Children thrive in a caring, trusting environment that prioritizes their safety and appreciates, respects and cares for them. Knowing how much is at stake, it is critical for an organization that works with children to increase safety and minimize risks and vulnerability.”

Our Staff

Joanna Banks is SOS ThreeSixty’s National Sales Director, providing support to schools across the United States and Canada.

School administrators have complimented Joanna’s direct approach and appreciate her understanding of their commitment to achieving the safest environment possible for their communities. Joanna’s work with independent schools is often through referrals – a true testament to her professionalism, exquisite attention to the needs of each individual school and her unfettered commitment to safety. She also has a keen ability to listen to the unique needs of each school, connecting easily and helping them design the safety program that works best for their school’s individual culture.

Throughout her career, Joanna has worked with families, supporting them in their home life. She also assisted some of society’s most vulnerable – seniors – helping to ensure that they were safe and living the safest and most productive lives possible

During her off time, Joanna enjoys decorating, hiking, playing tennis, scuba diving and traveling.

“It is important to listen to the unique needs of each school in order to design a safety program that works best with their individual school culture.”

Daniella Mejia holds a BSBA with a minor in Digital Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She first joined SOS ThreeSixty as a Social Media Intern, working to promote the company’s work with schools across the United States and Canada. She’s currently a Marketing Manager, helping to reach schools and other clients in their work to keep children in their care, safer. Her background in design and early childhood education helped lead her to this meaningful career.

Daniella has a very strong understanding of the importance of creating safe spaces and healthy boundaries between adults and children and is very proud to contribute to shaping children’s success from a safety perspective.

Melany Veras serves as a SOS ThreeSixty Marketing Manager working with schools and other clients in their work to keep children in their care safer. Prior to earning her undergraduate degree in Business Administration (BSBA) and Digital Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Melany served the company as an intern, focusing on social media and digital marketing strategies. Her interest in child safety began at an early age in her home country, the Dominican Republic. Melany’s mother, a social worker, devoted most of her career to working for a non-profit organization that helped protect the essential rights of at-risk children. Likewise, her father has decades of experience as a prominent professor in secondary and post-secondary education. These family influences inspired Melany, who keenly understands that one of the most important aspects to ensure children’s successful growth, is for them to learn and thrive in the safest environment possible.


Tam Matthews is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Trinity College and he studied at the University of Nice prior to starting his career in international banking with CIBC.

Tam began teaching at Upper Canada College as a history teacher and Associate Director of Guidance. He was hired as Director of Admissions at Lakefield College School in 1989. He became Headmaster at Albert College in 1996 opening a new Junior School and was appointed Headmaster at Ashbury College in 2000. There he led two strategic plans that resulted in a facilities transformation, co-education through all grades, a greater focus on internationalism with the IB, Round Square membership and a strong boarding program. Tam was appointed Head of School at West Point Grey Academy in 2013.

He retired in 2019 and established Matthews Consulting doing head searches, strategic planning and coaching. Tam is currently Chair of the Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC) and a past board Chair of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), past Director of the Canadian Olympic Committee and a former Olympic sailor.

Linda Krieg spent 20 years as an agent with the FBI and held a variety of positions. Early in her career she worked on the Violent Crime squad in Chicago, investigating bank robberies, kidnappings, extortion, and Internet crimes against children.

Ms. Krieg was promoted to the role of a Supervisory Special Agent in FBI Headquarters Crimes Against Children Unit. There she served as the FBI liaison to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

In 2003, Ms. Krieg was promoted and transferred to the Milwaukee FBI office. During her time as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge, she served as on-scene commander in a command post investigating the disappearance of two young boys in Milwaukee. She also supervised the first deployment of the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team (CART).

Returning to Washington DC, Ms. Krieg finished her career as the Section Chief of the Internal Investigation Section which investigated internal Agent and civilian employee misconduct.

In 2010, Ms. Krieg retired from the FBI and joined NCMEC to assume the role of Chief Operating Officer. In this role she oversaw NCMEC’s federal grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The grant – awarded annually to NCMEC since 1984 – funds the organization’s most critical work: its mission of bringing missing children home, stopping child sexual exploitation and assisting law enforcement.

In late 2015, Ms. Krieg retired from NCMEC and moved to the Milwaukee area. She is an elected official serving on the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors. Utilizing her law enforcement background, she serves on the County’s Public Safety committee. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Lakeshore Regional Child Advocacy Center – a nonprofit providing services to victims of child abuse. She also serves on the board of Lotus Legal Services – a nonprofit providing pro-bono legal services to victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse.

Ms. Krieg received a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Baruch College.

Detective Robert Shilling – a 37 year veteran of the Seattle Police Dept. – was recruited to be the Head of Crimes Against Children at INTERPOL Headquarters in Lyon, France, starting in 2013. He served there for three years and was responsible for the International Child Sexual Exploitation database (ICSE) which contains child abuse images from all over the world. These images are submitted by INTERPOL member countries.

Det. Shilling’s team and network of investigators were responsible for identifying and rescuing the previously unknown victims shown in the images. By the end of his three-year secondment, Det. Shilling’s team and network of investigators had identified and physically rescued 5,420 victims of sexual abuse from “images” in the ICSE database. This was more victims rescued in three years than had been rescued in the previous 13 years combined.

Prior to this posting – and during his full time duties with the Seattle Police – Det. Shilling was appointed by the INTERPOL Secretary General to the INTERPOL Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children. During his thirteen-year tenure, Det. Shilling Chaired the Major Crimes Against Children, and the Sex Offender Management theme groups. In 2009, Det. Shilling was elected as the Chair of the Specialists Group by the INTERPOL member countries.

Det. Shilling also served for seven years as a voting member of the Washington State End of Sentence Review Committee. He served as an Advisory Board Member of the Twin Rivers Sex Offender Treatment Program and the Washington State Special Commitment Center. He served for five years as a Board Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and he is an ATSA Fellow.

Det. Shilling was the recipient of the 2014 International Council of Jurists Award presented in London by the President of the International Court, and the former Prime Minister of Jordan. The award was for his lifetime achievements in protecting the rights of children. Det. Shilling was the first law enforcement officer to ever receive this award.

In 2015, Det. Shilling was honored at Facebook Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland with the “Wired Cop” Award for his lifetime achievements in protecting children online. In October 2017, Det. Shilling received the “Distinguished Contribution Award” from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers for his “notable contributions to the field of sexual abuse.”

Det. Shilling has spoken at conferences all over the world on sexual abuse and sex offender management, including Tehran, Iran; Moscow, Russia; Bucharest, Romania; Doha, Qatar; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand; Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Jilhava, Czech Republic and Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Earlier in his career, retired Det. Shilling spent 10 years as a Seattle patrol officer. He also served for three years as President of the Seattle Police Officers Guild and five years as President of the Washington State Council of Police and Sheriffs. Det. Shilling was known as a problem solver and someone who could work with both sides of an issue ultimately “getting to yes.” He received many commendations and professional recognitions for his work from citizens, as well as city, state and national leaders.

Det. Shilling spent twenty-six years in the Detective Bureau where he was assigned to the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit. He investigated hundreds of cases of sexual abuse against children and adults. Det. Shilling had a reputation for being a fair, compassionate, thorough and successful investigator who left no stone unturned. He spent 18 of the 26 years as the Lead Detective in the Sex and Kidnapping Offender Detail which is responsible for sex offender address verification, risk assessment, community notification and public education meetings.

Det. Shilling taught community transition classes for sex offenders who were at the end of their sentence and housed in the sex offender treatment program at Twin Rivers Correctional Center in Monroe, Washington. He spent many hours at the treatment program working with offenders and staff to understand how sex offenders groom victims, and how they are able to maintain a veil of secrecy in furtherance of their abusive behaviors.

In 1993, Det. Shilling developed a curriculum for doing community notification – public education meetings. This curriculum was seen by many as a nationwide model, and it assisted many law enforcement agencies across the United States in conducting these meetings without violence or vigilantism. The meetings were truthful, informative, and very popular with citizens. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Center for Sex Offender Management subsequently contracted with Det. Shilling to train law enforcement officers on this curriculum in over 20 states. He has also provided training in Australia, France, Spain, the UK and Switzerland.

Detective Shilling has authored or co-authored twelve pieces of legislation that have been passed into law, most of them having to do with sex offender management. He has testified before legislatures in several states, and twice before the U.S. Congress, on matters relating to sexual assault and managing sex offenders in the community. Himself a survivor of horrible childhood sexual abuse, Det. Shilling has been a passionate and inspirational advocate in the fight to combat sexual abuse.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Diana has been involved in the education space for more than a decade. She first represented Queen’s University as their international admissions coordinator. She later served as director of admissions at a start-up boarding school and also as the first off-shore associate on behalf of Shawnigan Lake School, supporting advancement, alumni, and admissions initiatives in the Asia-Pacific, based out of Hong Kong.

Currently, Diana is a partner relations manager at ApplyBoard, cultivating relationships with secondary and post-secondary institutions across the nation to leverage AI and data to inform international student recruitment strategies.

As a certified Academic Life Coach through Coach Training EDU, Diana works with Grades 9-12 students in creating a life they love through developing time management skills and healthy habits. She connects best with Chinese-Canadian girls and elite student athletes as they navigate their next education chapter.

Fueled by the energetic spirit of initiative from her international treks, she co-founded the West Coast Opportunity Accelerator (WCOA) in Vancouver in 2020 to facilitate and ignite ideas into action and also serves as a board member and chair of fundraising at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

Synergizing her inspiration that education should be accessible, Diana is an external consultant for Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC) to strengthen fundraising strategies, streamline donor management systems, and engage both shores of the Pacific in their mission to educate girls.

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