About Us

BILL CUSHWA / Founder, CEO

Bill Cushwa brings more than 27 years experience driving organizational improvement and implementation of best practices.  Bill has a unique blend of hands-on corporate expertise and an entrepreneurial mindset.  In business and in the community, Bill has the ability to build consensus and launch successful initiatives.

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It is through working with elected officials, community leaders, and school administrators on student safety and security issues in the wake of both the shootings at Virginia Tech University and Chardon High School that Bill developed the basis for the Bearacade®.  It was an idea that would not let him rest.  As a past school board member, a school administrator, with a daughter and son-in-law teaching in the public schools, a sister teaching in college, and his youngest children still in school, this work is much more than a “job.” Before one device was produced, Bill traveled throughout the Midwest to garner feedback from police, fire, engineers, and school administrators.  “We started with their concerns and wishes and, only then, designed the Bearacade®.  We saw what was out there, what methods were being taught, and we were worried enough to set out to make a smarter product.”  With sensitivity to all facets of school safety and school funding challenges, Bill understands schools, teachers, and pricing concerns.  He also knows that doing nothing is not an option.

“When another dire circumstance occurs at a school or office, let’s not say, ‘We could have stopped or reduced injury and the loss of life again, if only…’”

In addition to being a member of the City of Hudson’s School Safety and Security Consortium, Bill is a founding member of the Keep Hudson Safe Initiative, a collaborative effort of community leaders focused on initiatives, programming, and actions that will increase the safety of the Hudson community, with particular emphasis on children within all schools.  Bill serves as a director on the board of The Coach Hall Foundation with the mission of providing effective means to protect against school violence and improve the quality of life in our school communities.  He serves on the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, the Haslinger Center for Pediatric Palliative Care, and is a mentor to regional schools in youth entrepreneurship and the National Lemonade Day program in Northeast Ohio.  Additional community involvement includes serving the City of Hudson as Charter Review Commission member and chairing two ad hoc rezoning committees. Bill also serves as a trustee on the board of two private foundations focused on community and educational scholarships.

You can contact Bill at 855-350-2321, ext. 101 or by emailing bill@doorbearcade.com

DAVE SOULSBY / Founder, President

Dave brings more than 25 years of leadership in business development, marketing and sales management with Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups. He has led and managed a variety of businesses across multiple industries, always committed to designing custom solutions to address his clients’ biggest challenges.

Dave brings solid existing relationships with the administrations of the University of Akron, Kent State University, Cleveland State University, and numerous public and private schools throughout Northeast Ohio to the company.

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With broad corporate experience outside the traditional school environment, Dave has introduced our solutions to other vertical markets including government, corporations, and houses of worship.  His international connections have brought the Bearacade® to Ireland, France, Dubai, UAE and many other countries.

Dave’s wife, a drama teacher for several private and public schools and his two children provided further incentive to develop the device and bring it to market quickly in an effort to protect educators, administrators and students.  He has worked tirelessly with Bill to commercialize a device that fits quickly and easily on any door to stop the door from an unwanted breach, and is open to partnering with any organization, public or private who is committed to protecting their constituents.

Dave graduated from the University of Akron, magna cum laude, with B.S. in Marketing, and a B.S. in Advertising.

You can contact Dave at 855-350-2321, ext. 102 or by email at dave@doorbearacade.com

AMANDA ANSCHUTZ / National Account Executive

Amanda Anschutz brings more than 17 years of sales, leadership, customer relations, and marketing experience to her work at National School Control Systems.  In her career, she has worked with various industries including schools, universities, government offices, and places of worship around the country.  She infuses passion and energy to every project and client relationship.

In addition to her business, Amanda is very involved in her community.  She has served on the several boards including YWCA, Stark County Planning, various Chambers of Commerce, and Young Professional organizations.  She is an active supporter of her church and on the worship team there.

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Amanda has several family members involved in education including her parents, who have been educators for more than forty years.  To her, Bearacade® is more than a job, it’s about keeping her family safe and partnering with educators and students everywhere with the hope of keeping them safe.

Amanda attended Grace College and studied Business and Communications.

You can contact Amanda at 855-350-2321, ext. 103 or by email at amanda@doorbearacade.com

STEPHANIE LANCASTER / National Account Executive

Stephanie brings her experience as a former middle school and junior high teacher.  Her years spent in the classroom, along with her role as a mother of two, give her a unique perspective in making sure her children and their peers are safe.

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Stephanie is actively involved in the schools in her area as a tutor and member of her PTO. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Kent State University.

You can reach Stephanie at 855-350-2321, ext. 106 or by email at stephanie@doorbearacade.com.

WAYNE BLANKENSHIP / Education Leadership Sales

With more than 35 years as an educator and administrator, Wayne Blankenship brings his experience as a high school principal, assistant school district superintendent, and school district superintendent to the team.  Wayne closed his education career with 9 years as Superintendent of Nordonia Hills City School District in Northeast Ohio.

While he set out to enjoy retirement with his loving family, it was upon learning about Bearacade® that Wayne knew he needed to get involved and share this solution within his vast network of educators and community leaders.

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“If I had Bearacade® when I was a superintendent, I know I could have truthfully said to any parent that I was doing everything I could to protect their children,” noted Wayne.  “Without Bearacade®, that last piece of our safety plan was always missing. We had cameras, visitor management sign in, and periodic drills, but we never had something so effective for my faculty and staff.”

Wayne has his undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University and his Masters in Educational Administration from Bowling Green State University.

You can reach Wayne at wayne@doorbearacade.com.

BOB ANDREA / Account Executive

With a wealth of experience and a background in both EMS and law enforcement, Bob Andrea joins the team to further share our lockdown safety solutions throughout the US, with a primary focus on Ohio.

Bob served his country for eight years with the United States Marine Corps.  Following his honorable discharge, Bob was deputized by his county Sheriff to serve in various capacities within law enforcement.  He established and chaired first EMS Commission for the City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  Bob has consulted for independent ambulance services from Ohio to Massachusetts.

In addition to his professional background, Bob serves on the Advisory Board of and is Fundraising Coordinator for Broadview Center, a residential facility for mentally challenged children.  Bob also serves on the Board of Directors for the Benedictine Fathers of Loyola Retreat House,

You can reach Bob directly at bob@doorbearacade.com.

CEDRIC LE ROUGE / International Account Executive

We are excited to welcome Cédric Le Rouge to the NSCS team.  Cédric has an MBA in global business. He has 20 years’ experience in executive marketing & sales management in North America and Europe in the petroleum, construction, manufacturing, and renewable energy industries.

Cédric is fluent in French (his native language) and is helping us throughout Canada and the EU in markets beyond education.  His expertise in global imports and exports is invaluable to the company.

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You can reach Cédric at cedric@doorbearacade.com or by phone at 1-855-350-2321, extension 105.

BOB DOWLING / Advisory Board

Bob Dowling is a US government subject matter expert in tactical, cyber, and social media technology.  Bob brings a wealth of protection, security, and counterterrorism expertise to NSCS, including:

  • Private bodyguard for one of the world’s wealthiest families
  • 17 year Special Agent including NCIS and DARPA
  • Senior Special Agent attached to the FBI for National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF) and National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)
  • Federal Protective Service Special Agent for National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)
  • Subject Matter Expert for Department of Homeland Security’s HSIN and COP programs

Bob is a recipient of the NATO Medal for Operations in the Former Yugoslavia (civilian) and the Desert Shield/Desert Storm Award. He has appeared on CNN and ABC, and his tactical, cyber, and social media technology solutions have been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today and several cyber technology journals.  He is also the founder of Hire the Heroes, dedicated to hiring US veterans.

RICK KELLAR / Advisory Board

Rick Kellar is a 26-year Army veteran, having served in various capacities to include Europe and the Middle East. He was a nuclear surety and security program certified officer, has led an Operational Detachment Alpha Combat Dive Team, and spent two years at the Pentagon overseeing the Army’s 8.5-billion training budget. He currently serves as the President of the Tallmadge City School Board, and also leads an $80-million private, grant making foundation Hudson, Ohio. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds an MBA from the Whitman School at Syracuse University.

DAN SPARKS / Advisory Board

Dan is a 20-year veteran of the FBI, serving on the first ever Safe Streets Task Force. He enlisted in the Army in 1977 and was assigned as a 60mm mortar gunner with the 1st Ranger Battalion. He volunteered for Special Forces, serving on an Operational Detachment Alpha Combat Dive Team.

He graduated from Ranger School has been involved in Army Special Forces for over 25 years. He has flown AH-1S Cobra Attack Helicopters on the East German Border; spent 20 years as an FBI Agent working violent street gangs and SWAT. He is also a Pan-American Jujitsu Champion.

CHRISTOPHER L. WILLIAMS / Advisory Board

Chris Williams joins our advisory team following a distinguished career with US Army Special Operations.  Chris retired as the III Corps G7 Sergeant Major with 21 years in US Army Special Operations. Spent  He spent 17 years as a PSYOP Senior NCO with 19 deployments including Iraq and Afghanistan. Involved in 6 separate combat engagements. Earned the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

But most importantly, while deployed in South America for SOCSOUTH, Chris was in charge of the safety of all the members of his ODA, and has used door barricading devices in 8 countries including Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Haiti.

 

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