Institute for Church Safety & Risk Management Appoints Michigan Attorney Greg Parry as Newest Advisory Board Member

The Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management, LLC (ICSARM) is pleased to announce that Gregory J. Parry, J.D. has agreed to serve on the ICSARM Advisory Board effective immediately. Mr. Parry is an accomplished commercial attorney with over 20 years of large firm legal experience in a wide array of complex legal and regulatory matters, and a visible community leader.

Tupelo, MS, January 28, 2010 --( Greg is in the planning stages of opening a boutique law firm, “Risk Management & Homeland Security Law Team, PLLC,” dedicated to counseling faith-based communities, non-profit organizations, and small to medium size businesses providing a team-based approach to proactive legal and operational risk management; regulatory compliance; and matters related to current and evolving homeland security laws and regulations.

Greg is a peer review A-V rated attorney, demonstrating the highest levels of professional competence and ethics, with extensive large firm experience representing Fortune 500 and smaller companies and organizations in environmental law, due diligence and corporate compliance investigations, involving complex high dollar regulatory, liability, reputational, and risk overtones. Greg has served as the lead environmental due diligence counsel for a variety of national and global companies involving nearly 2,000 major real estate, finance, redevelopment, M & A, and corporate transactions involving approximately $3 billion in financing. Greg recently obtained his masters degree in Homeland Security Leadership from University of Connecticut – in partnership with the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Defense and Security (NPS) where his courses included the topics of homeland security, terrorism, intelligence, critical infrastructure protection, and global enterprise risk management. Greg’s graduate Capstone Project covered an in depth review and analysis of “Emergency Planning for People with Special Needs.” His most recent professional published articles cover a variety of contemporary homeland security legal developments including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-terrorism Standards (CFATS), and pandemic planning for business. Greg is a vocal proponent of crime victims rights and has served as Co-founder, V.P. and President on the National Crime Victim Bar Association Advisory Board, and has written and spoken nationally concerning crime victims rights and remedies. Greg graduated from Leadership Oakland; has served on several public interest boards including Child Abuse & Neglect Council of Oakland County; and is the founder and President of the Birmingham Patriots Youth Tackle Football and Cheerleading Program, where he leads a group of over 180 children ages 8-13 years old, nearly 40 dedicated volunteer head and assistant football coaches, together with over parent 100 volunteers dedicated to “Kids first” philosophies, coaching by affirmation, and mentoring children on how to succeed in sports, but more importantly, how to succeed in leading a moral and contributory life.

“We are delighted to have Greg on our Advisory Board” stated ICSARMS Executive Director, Michael Boutot. “While we felt the need to have an attorney who understood the practice of law” continued Boutot, “we also wanted someone who could and would balance that legal knowledge with Scripture and with passion.” “Greg has that passion and knowledge” concludes Boutot, and we are thrilled that he has accepted this appointment.”

“I consider it a privilege and honor to collectively leverage my gifts of legal knowledge and experience, graduate education, ability to proactively identify and creatively solve issues before they arise to problems; and simultaneously exercise my spiritual passions by serving our Michigan churches and on the national Advisory Board,” said Parry. “I look forward to being an active and integral member of ICSARMS’ impressive team as we collaborate on how to proactively protect and preserve the safety, security, infrastructures, integrity, assets and devoted resources of our nation’s churches,” added Parry. “I cannot think of a more important cause in today’s society, where traditional and new risks to churches, unfortunately, are sharply on the rise,” concluded Parry.

Greg obtained his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and Communications from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. He went on to obtain his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan, graduating magna cum laude and with a top 5% class ranking. Greg also has obtained his masters degree in Homeland Security Leadership from University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut - in partnership with the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Greg holds professional memberships in the American Bar Association, including the Criminal Justice Committee and Victims Rights Subcommittee; and is a member in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan; State Bar of Florida Bar; and District of Columbia Bar Association.

Greg resides in Troy, Michigan, with his 8th grade sweetheart and wife of 25 years, Julie together with their four children, Cooper, Bronson, Briggs, and Murphi-Rose. The Parry family attends Kensington Community Church in Troy, Michigan.

About the Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management, LLC (ICSARM)
The mission of ICSARM is to promote the highest level of professional competence to churches and para-church organizations in the area of church risk management by providing programs of study, service, training, exchange of information and problem-solving discussions, leading to more effective and efficient utilization of church facilities and resources for the overall protection of the church building and her ministries, to include church staff, volunteers and members. Membership into ICSARM exists for churches and church personnel, non-profit groups, and service providers who provide services in the area of church safety, church security, church insurance, and/or church risk management.

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