Safeways Staff

Janine Heiner Buchanan,


Janine Heiner Buchanan is the architect of the SafeWays Certification Program and has been involved in blight reduction and community safety since arriving in Memphis in 2000.

During more than a decade of working in commercial real estate as a national commercial underwriter for First American Title Insurance Company and as President and CEO of Service First Title & Escrow, LLC, Janine also provided property and legal research support to the University of Memphis’ Center for Community Building and Neighborhood Action (CBANA).

In 2011, Janine joined CBANA full-time to help complete a comprehensive property condition, community assets, and public safety survey and analysis of the 53-square mile Memphis Aerotropolis for the Greater Memphis Chamber.

When SafeWays emerged from CBANA as a nonprofit organization, she had the opportunity to implement and expand upon the protocols and field techniques she helped develop at CBANA. As SafeWays’ Senior Analyst and Director of Property Research, Janine was instrumental in developing property inspection protocols and certification standards. Having further refined her approach to place-based community safety strategies and interventions during a period serving as Director of Family Services at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, Janine is eager to bring the SafeWays Certification Program to scale in Shelby County.

In addition to maintaining a license to practice law in the State of California, Ms. Heiner Buchanan is certified as a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Specialist by the American Crime Prevention Institute. She has earned the CPTED Professional Designation from the National Institute of Crime Prevention and is also certified as a Master Home Environmentalist by the American Lung Association. She is passionate about sharing CPTED philosophies and strategies with others to reduce blight and crime and improve community safety throughout Shelby County. A Baltimore native, Janine lives in Memphis’ University District with her spouse, Tk Buchanan, and their teenaged daughter.

Joe E. Gurley, II


Memphis native Joe Gurley, II is a Bartlett High School graduate. After serving in the United States Air Force as a security police officer, in 1988, Joe returned to Memphis and joined the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office as one of the first 9-1-1 operators in Shelby County. The following year, Joe joined the University of Tennessee Campus Police and received his POST certification. In 1990, Joe rejoined the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and was instrumental in implementation of a program targeting youth alcohol and drug abuse. Joe was awarded the Lifesaving Medal by the Sheriff’s Department in 2004, and retired in 2015. Joe has also served as a chief executive in two private security companies which did extensive work in high-crime apartment communities.

Additionally, Joe has earned the Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Professional Designation from the National Institute of Crime Prevention.

Joe and his wife live in the Greater Memphis Area, where they have raised two wonderful children.

Christi Barger


Christi Barger joined SafeWays, Inc in 2018 as our data coordinator and office administrator. She is a native Memphian and holds degrees in communication and sociology from the University of Memphis.

Ms. Barger’s past experience includes work with multiple educational organizations including Memphis City and Shelby County schools as well as data management and analysis for various Memphis companies. She has completed formal training in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design through the National Institute of Crime Prevention.

Ms. Barger is passionate about helping the community through volunteer work with people in crisis. She volunteers with Crisis Text Line as a crisis counselor. She also volunteers with the Memphis chapter of VOICES, a speakers’ bureau comprised of domestic violence survivors working to eliminate domestic violence in our communities.