Curriculum Vitae: Les Nichols

For 25 years, Mr. Nichols has been actively involved in preventing injury to children in after-school programs, camps, sports programs, schools, and churches. From 1994 to 2016 he served as director and later vice president over facilities and safety for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), shaping policies and practices for protecting 4 million youth at 4,000 Club sites. Prior to BGCA, Mr. Nichols spent nearly 20 years as an architect, involved in the design of schools, churches and other facilities utilized by youth. In 2016, he began private practice as an expert witness and safety-security consultant.

Mr. Nichols is the past president of the National Coalition for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation and has authored or contributed to over 40 publications that address the protection of children or adults from harm. He was an advisor for the Recommended Guidelines and Practices: Background Screening in Youth Serving Organizations, 3rd Ed. (National Council for Youth Sports, 2021) and the Maryland Guidelines and Best Practices for the Design, Assessment and Modification of Physical Facilities and Spaces to Reduce Opportunities for Child Sexual Abuse (2020). Recently, Mr. Nichols co-authored the book, Extreme Violence: Understanding & Protecting People from Active Assailants, Hate Crimes & Terrorist Attacks (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2021).

BGCA National Conference


2016-Pres. President
R.L. Nichols & Associates, LLC
LaGrange, GA
1994-2016 National Vice President Child & Club Safety (also, VP Safety & Risk
Management, VP Safety & Design, VP Building Services)
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National Headquarters
Atlanta, GA
1991-1993 Principal
Cumberland America/Church Building Associates
Marietta, GA
1985-1990 Principal
Staub, Robison, Williams & Nichols, PC
Tupelo, MS
1981-1985 Architect
Sasaki Associates, Inc.
Watertown, MA
1980-1981 Intern Architect
Philip Minervino Associates, PC
Cambridge, MA
1979-1980 Intern Architect
HOK International, Inc.
Dallas, TX
1978-1979 Intern Architect
The Vincent Association, Inc.
Dallas, TX


  • Master of Science in Security Administration, 2015 Professional Studies Program, Southwestern College, Kansas
  • Bachelor of Architecture, 1977 University of Texas at Austin

Licenses and Certifications

  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP), ASIS International.
  • Licensed Architect, Georgia.
  • Graduate Certificates in Emergency Response Planning and Enterprise Risk Management.

Professional Associations

  • The National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation (2014 – Present).
    • Membership Committee (2015)
    • Executive Committee (2017)
    • President (2016)
  • ASIS International (2009 – Present).
  • International Association of Professional Security Consultants (2017-Present).

Child Safety & Protection Consulting Projects (2016 – Present)

  • The Woods Academy, Bethesda, MD
  • National Council of Youth Sports, Atlanta, GA
  • Civil Air Patrol, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL
  • Grantsville Elementary School, Toole County, UT
  • Taylor High School, Weber County, UT
  • Lafayette Elementary School, Lafayette County, MS
  • Lee County Schools, MS
  • Pearl River County Schools, MS
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura, CA
  • Tooele County School District, UT
  • Maryland State Council on Child Abuse
  • School Administrative Unit 39, Amherst, NH
  • Horace Mann School, Ogden, UT
  • Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County, AR
  • Broward County Public Schools, FL
  • Medford High School, Medford, MA
  • Orange County Public Schools, FL
  • Littleton Public Schools, Littleton, CO
  • Moraga School District, Moraga, CA
  • Souhegan High School, Amherst, NH
  • School District of Indian River County, FL
  • Front Row Emergency Notification System Evaluation
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit, MI
  • The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA
  • St. James Sports, Wellness & Entertainment Complex, Springfield, VA

BGCA Child Safety & Protection Projects (1994 – 2016)

  • Participation in the U.S. Protect Act Background Check Pilot (2003 – 2007).
  • Staff and Volunteer Screening Initiative (2003 – 2016).
  • Organizational Membership Requirement Initiative (2003 – 2016).
  • Public Trust Forum (2009 – 2012).
  • The Boys & Girls Club Way Initiative (2006-2007).
  • Situational Prevention Approach (SPA) Pilot Study with Portland State University (2011).
  • Safety Committee Initiative (2014).
  • Critical Incident Management System (2014).
  • Online Safety Assessment Tool (2013).
  • Child Safety Hotline (2012).
  • NAPBS Ban-the-Box Legislation Initiative (2012).
  • BGCA National Insurance Program (2011 – 2013).
  • Online Sex Abuse Prevention Training Pilot with Praesidium, Inc. (2011 – 2012).
  • Five-Prong Bullying Prevention Project (2010 – 2016).
  • CDC Project for Preventing Child Sexual Abuse (2004 – 2006)
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Initiative (1995 – 2010).

Selected Presentations

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Situational Abuse in Youth Serving Organizations Focus Group
  • Portland State University, PSY 410: Preventing Sexual Violence
  • University of North Florida, Protect the Children Conference
  • Auburn University College of Education, Alabama Statewide Anti-Bullying Summit
  • Cornell University, DEA 3301: The Environment and Social Behavior
  • National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine, Resilient America Roundtable
  • United States Department of Defense, European Youth Development Conferences
  • United States Chamber of Commerce, Due Diligence, Background Checks and Employment Conference
  • Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Programs, Missing and Exploited Children Program
  • Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Programs, Annual Youth Gang Symposia
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Organizational Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse Expert Meeting
  • Boys & Girls Club of Canada, National Conferences
  • The Civil Air Patrol Advisory Board, Cadet Protection Program Review
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National, Regional and State Conferences
  • National Child Advocacy Centers, International Symposium on Child Abuse
  • The Nonprofit Risk Management Center, Annual Conferences
  • The American Society for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Annual Conference
  • The Children’s Advocacy Center of Georgia, World Day of Prevention of Child Abuse
  • Ms. Foundation for Women, Annual Conference

Initiatives and Programs

  • U.S. PROTECT Act Background Check Pilot Study (5 years) – The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and The Federal Bureau of Investigation/BGCA, MENTOR and The National Council for Youth Sports
  • BGCA Background Check Program (14 years) – First Advantage Screening Solutions (LexisNexis-Choicepoint)/BGCA
  • Child Safety Hotline Program (5 years) – Praesidium/BGCA
  • Situational Prevention Approach Pilot Study (3 years) – Portland State University and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape/BGCA
  • Diana Screen Pilot Study (2 years)- Abel Screening/BGC of Delaware
  • Ban-the-Box Laws Advocacy Initiative (2 years) – Consumer Data Industry Association and National Association of Professional Background Screeners
  • National Insurance Program (3 years) – Markel Insurance and Crystal & Co./BGCA
  • Safe on All Sides Risk Management Program (5 years) – Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs/BGCA
  • Sex Abuse Prevention Pilot Study (3 years) – New York Life Foundation/BGCA
  • Safe Spaces/CPTED Program (3 years) – Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs/BGCA
  • Environmental and Behavioral Design Study (3 years) – Cornell University/BGCA
  • KidSpaces/Youth Facility Design Program (3 years) – U.S. Army MWR/BGCA

Selected Publications