SAM Principals

Ellen van Olden

Ellen C. van Olden is President and co-founder of SAMĀ® Training, LLC. She has put her years of experience in the security and safety industry together with her considerable involvement in the education system to help design a training program tailored to the specific needs of schools working to create safer learning environments. Ellen has over 15 years of experience in safety training and was Vice President of MOABĀ® Training International, Inc., one of the leaders in the security training industry. She brings a tremendous amount of passion and commitment to empowering people, particularly women, with the tools necessary to reduce their risk of becoming a victim.

Ellen’s professional affiliations have included the American Society for Industrial Security, The Connecticut Chapter of ASIS, The National Crime/Loss Prevention Council, The International Association of Hospital Safety and Security and The New England Regional ASIS organization. She has served as Assistant Vice President of CONASIS, on the Board as Assistant Vice President of ASIS New England Regional, and helped to organize the First Regional Seminar of ASIS and IAHSS.

The mother of two girls, Ellen served as a member of the Parent Education Advisory Committee for Broward County District 1, President of the PTA, member of the TDS School Safety Committee and has been a Girl Scout Leader for eleven years. She earned her BA from Western Connecticut State University in 1988.