Mitch Javidi, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer & Chancellor

Mitch is an envisioneer with over 30 years of practical and hands-on Leadership Development experience in diverse industries including Academia, Military, Law Enforcement, Government, and Technology.  As a globally recognized leader, he is the founder of the National Command & Staff College, Institute for Credible Leadership Development and the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development.

He has trained at the Joint Special Operations Command “JSOC” and the US Army Special Operations Command “USASOC.” He was awarded the honorary member of the United States Army Special Operations Command in 1999 and honorary Sheriff by the National Sheriffs’ Association in 2016.  He served as a tenured Associate Professor at NC State University for 16 years before taking an early retirement but continues to serve as an Adjunct professor without pay (by choice) at both NC State and Illinois State Universities. He is a member of the “Academy of Outstanding Teachers and Scholars” at NC State University and the Distinguished 2004 Alumni of the University of Oklahoma.

Mitch is the developer of “MAGNUS,” a general theory of Leadership.  He has published scholar with over 890 conference presentations worldwide to include presentations for HIDTA, CA Chiefs, National Sheriffs Association, etc.  His most recent co-authored article was published in the Police Chief Magazine.  His most recent books include “Deliberate Leadership: Achieving Success Through Personal Styles,” “Handbook of Research on Effective Communication, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution, and “Moral Compass for the Law Enforcement Professionals”.  His coauthored article entitled “Human Factors: Police Leaders Improving Safety While Developing Meaningful Public Trust” coauthored with Dr. Anthony Normore and Lt. Darius Bone was recently published by the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. Click here for publications

Dr. Javidi was the recipient of prestigious “Person of the Year” award by the National Society of Accountants ~ Senator William Victor “Bill” Roth, Jr. “Roth IRA” received the award in the following year.

Anthony H. Normore, Ph.D, President

Anthony H. Normore, Ph.D is professor of educational leadership, and department chair of Graduate Education at California State University Dominguez Hills in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Normore’s research focusses on urban leadership development in the context of ethics and social justice. He is the author of 20+ books including, Leading against the grain: Lessons from visionaries for creating just and equitable schools (2018, Teachers College Press); Foundations of educational leadership: The key to developing excellent and equitable schools (2017, Routledge);The dark side of leadership: Identifying and overcoming unethical practice in organizations (2016 Emerald);  Handbook of research on communication, leadership, and conflict resolution (2016, IGI Global publishers). He has published 150+ book chapters, reviews, and peer-reviewed articles in numerous professional leadership journals, and 300+ professional conference presentations. Dr. Normore is the AERA 2013 recipient of the Bridge People Award for Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group at the American Educational Research Association for his partnership work in law enforcement, corrections, and education including his leadership work with incarcerated men at Men’s Central Jail at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Organization. He is also the chair of the criminal justice commission, and co-creator of the Credible Leadership Development program  with the International Academy of Public Safety. The program was piloted with Los Angeles Police Department. Dr. Normore is the 2015 recipient of the Don Willower Excellence in Research Award at Penn State University for his work on leadership, social justice, and ethics in education.

His research appears in numerous academic journals including: Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Educational Administration, Values and Ethics in Educational Administration, Journal of Authentic Leadership in Education, International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Policy, Educational Administration Quarterly, Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, International Journal of Educational Management, Canadian Journal of Education Administration and Policy, International Journal of Urban Educational Leadership, Educational Policy, and Journal of Research on Leadership Education. Dr. Normore’s police articles are published in law enforcement venues including, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Police Chief, California Peace Officers Association, Peace Officers Research Association of California, California Law Enforcement Journal, Law Enforcement Today, and Policing: International Journal of Theory and Practice.

Sherry Bass, Chief of Staff

Sherry is a seasoned business professional and entrepreneur with 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry which included extensive human resource, project management, marketing, event planning and logistics/materials management experience.  She served as the Site Representative for the Portfolio Brands Team and earned the President’s Award for New Product Launches while at Bristol-Myers Squibb prior to transitioning to the International Academy of Public Safety as Chief of Staff. Her extraordinary organizational and leadership skills as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills have made a significant contribution to the continued growth and success of IAPS. 

Her proven competencies include collaboration with colleagues to develop business strategies, sales initiatives, strategic planning and resource allocation.  She has a proven track record for organizing and coordinating inter- and intracompany operations as well as an outstanding ability to make decisions and solve problems.

Sherry recently co-authored a white paper with IAPS colleagues entitled “The Virtuous Magnanimous Officers:  I’m MAGNUS”.  She holds a BS in Business Administration from Appalachian State University.

Ret. Lt. Col. Wellington R. Scott, Chief Operating Officer

Lt. Col. Scott is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Administrative Officer’s Management Program, and an honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
He was a member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for 28 years and retired as the Deputy Commander in 2013. He directed the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s First Line Supervisors School where he developed curriculum and provided instruction for newly promoted First Line Supervisors. Lieutenant Colonel Scott served as a Troop Commander, Unit Commander in Charge of Promotion and Performance Management, Director of Support Services, Director of Professional Standards, Director of Field Operations, and Deputy Commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

He received Specialized Instructor Certifications in Defensive Tactics, Fitness Specialist and Biomechanics, Verbal Judo, and Performance Management Instructor Training from Developmental Dimensions International. He is a contract instructor for the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center and the Central Piedmont Community College – Public Safety Leadership Institute.

He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Field Training Officers, and is an Honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Lieutenant Colonel Scott now serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the International Academy of Public Safety and is a co-author of the book, Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals.

Terry Anderson, Ph.D, Chief Leadership Officer 

Terry has studied and taught leadership at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has conducted executive coaching and mentoring, organization development, strategic planning, team development, and/or executive leadership development projects for corporate and justice and public safety agencies for over 30 years.   In public safety, he has been trusted by executives at Folsom Police, New Westminster Police Service, Vancouver Police, San Diego Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the LA County Sheriff’s Department and LAPD.  He is certified by California POST to facilitate the Executive Team Building Workshop.

In the business sector he has done similar work with small businesses, and executives in Fortune 500 firms such as General Telephone and Electric (GTE) and The TORO Company. He is result-oriented and seeks always to move best practices into practice.  He is the coauthor of “Every Officer is a Leader: Coaching Leadership, Learning and Performance in Justice, Public Safety, and Security Organizations,” 2013.

Ron Ford, Chief Technology Officer

Ron is a seasoned business leader, entrepreneur, consultant, and author who enjoys seeing good ideas and vision transformed into effective action and results. He brings to the International Academy of Public Safety an extensive and broad range of business and organizational experiences with not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.  His experience includes extensive work as an organizational consultant working with small and medium sized businesses and nonprofit organizations leading team-based strategic planning and leadership development programs.

In addition to over 20 years of experience strategic planning consulting and executive coaching, Ron has spent 10+ years building and managing technical services businesses. His proven competencies include working with software development project management, outsource technical  team management, web development, and digital marketing technologies and initiatives.

Ron has also co-authored and published several manuals and books in leadership, business development and strategic planning. Those works include: Strategic Planning Technology for Small Businesses (Co-authored with Bill Bean, HRD Press, 1995), Strategic Teamwork: Team Leaders Guide and Team Members Tool Kit, (1996, self published; for nonprofit organizations), Living On Purpose (LOP is a comprehensive personal life-planning system co-authored with Bill Bean and Rich Edler, self-published by Strategia, Cardiff, CA. 1996), Turbocharging Your Business, (Co-authored with Bill Bean, self-published by Strategia, Cardiff, CA. 1996), Transforming Leadership (Co-authored with Terry Anderson, Times Mirror Press/St. Lucie Press Division, 1998).

David G. Dominguez, Vice President, Police Education and Development

David G. Dominguez is a retired Chief of Police with over thirty-three years law enforcement with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, Riverside and Palm Springs CA police departments.  Chief Dominguez has the unique career experience working in a major metropolitan Sheriff’s department and two major municipal police departments as a dedicated leader with a long history of progressive leadership and command experience.  Chief Dominguez has held virtually every assignment within law enforcement with recognized expertise in internal affairs, criminal intelligence, risk management, law enforcement leadership and community policing.  Chief Dominguez has significant program management experience operating as Chairman of a regional gang and narcotic task force, regional HIDTA task force and managing numerous law enforcement grant funded programs.  Chief Dominguez is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP) from the John F. Kennedy Government Center at Harvard University and the Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI) in California. Chief Dominguez holds a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a Master’s degree in public administration from California State University Fullerton and a teaching credential for California colleges and universities.  Chief Dominguez is past President of the California Peace Officers’ Association, (CPOA) and the Riverside County Law Enforcement Administrators Association.    Chief Dominguez is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) and the Program Management Institute.   Chief Dominguez is an active law enforcement “Executive Fellow” with the Police Foundation.   

Throughout his career, Chief Dominguez worked very closely with the various branches of the United States Armed Forces; fundraising and supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, supporting the transition of military personnel from armed services to careers in law enforcement “Troops to COPS” program and supporting various Veteran’s programs. Chief Dominguez received the “Freedom Honor” public safety award in 2009 from the NAACP for community leadership in Riverside and the law enforcement “Public Safety Leadership Award” from the National Latino Peace Officers Association in 2010. Chief Dominguez retired in 2011 and contracts with the Federal DOJ, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) – as a senior law enforcement advisor. This has given him an opportunity to travel internationally and work with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions that protect human rights, combat corruption, and reduce the threat of transnational crime and terrorism while providing international development assistance that supports both national security and foreign policy objectives. 

Tony Paixão, Vice President, Influence and Development

Tony’s law enforcement career began his junior year in college where he served as an Honors Intern in the Fraud Unit with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Chesapeake, VA.  

He graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Justice Studies, served in various roles in the public safety industry including a pre-trial officer, a police officer with the University of Virginia, and a Special Agent in the Family and Sexual Violence unit with NCIS.  

Tony transitioned into the private sector as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager responsible for leading a team of 5 area managers covering all east coast operations. Along with his team he investigated and resolved hundreds of theft/fraud cases working closely with local, state and federal authorities. During this time, Tony obtained his Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) license.

James D. Franklin, Vice President, Public Safety Education & Development

Jim Franklin has just retired from the Minnesota Sheriffs Association after serving 14 years as the associations Executive Director.  His career spans 50 years of public safety service specializing in law enforcement, fire and emergency service operations.  His law enforcement career started in 1967 with the City of Maple Plain and then Orono, Minnesota police departments.  In 1979 Jim asked to create a new entity called the West Hennepin Public Safety Department and managed contract services for five local fire departments.  He has also served as the Director of Public Safety for the City of Mankato where he directed the Police, Fire, Joint Services and Emergency Management functions for the City. 

Franklin was appointed as the MN State Director of Emergency Services during the administration of Governor Arnie Carlson.  During that time Franklin established the MN Community Right to Know Act; Emergency Response Commission; MN Incident Management System, MN Duty Officer System; development of the current Hazardous Materials Response Team program and recodification of the current Chapter 12 Emergency Management statutes in the State of MN.  Jim has accomplished both state and federal recognition as a certified peace officer, fire fighter and emergency manager. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI Executive Development Program, the US Fire Academy, the National Emergency Management Institute, the National Inter-Agency Counter Drug Institute, the American Institute of Banking.  He also has served as the Executive Directors, President and Legislative Committee of the National Sheriffs Association.

He has also served 13 years as an elected school board member for the Orono School District.  Jim is a Wisconsin native, playing football at Lambeau Field in Green Bay back in the days of Vince Lombardi.  In his spare time, he enjoys raising horses, farming and fishing.

Dr. James Klopovic, Director, Risk and Liability Prevention

Dr. Klopovic holds a Doctorate of Public Policy from Charles Sturt University, Sydney Australia, with concentration on service project capacity building at the organizational and community levels focusing on community policing, delinquency prevention, reducing recidivism and reducing prison populations. 

He has served as a senior staffer on The North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission for 24 years and he is retired from the United States Air Force where he served in multiple locales including South East Asia and the Middle East in numerous capacities including as a logistics line officer, training detachment commander, Department of Defense Advisor (from 1977-78) to the Imperial Iranian Air Force, Area Recruiter for the ROTC and  Air Force Academy and Associate Professor, Arizona State University. 

James has 45 years of experience in the public sector providing leadership at federal, state and local levels with subject matter expertise in strategic planning, municipal governance, financial development, federal granting, community and organizational development, implementation and evaluation.  James developed numerous programs one of which was detailing the processes and procedures for School Resource Officers which led to a $10M bill from the NC General Assembly and nearly a decade of sustained granting from the NC Governor’s Crime Commission to fund SROs statewide.  SROs grew from 200 in 1995 to over 800 officers in 2012 – and growing – resulting in safer learning environments statewide.  James has served as the principal investigator/project director on a series of research projects to analyze and propose model local projects which led to granting initiatives for dozens of municipal and state initiatives.  His technical support to numerous local government entities created and enhanced services ideas such as delinquency prevention, reentry and decriminalizing the mentally ill. 

He has broad experience in logistics, training and education as well as project and program design, implementation, management and building program and organizational permanency.  He has authored or collaborated on numerous publications on community policing, community development and effective/efficient delivery of public services.  His books include: Effective Program Practices for At-Risk Youth:  A Continuum of Community Based Programs, Civic Research Institute, Inc., 2003.  http://www.civicresearchinstitute.com/epy.html . From the Bottom-Up – Reforming the Criminal Justice System with Capacity Building, Reentry and a Movement (working title), Expected release, summer 2018.  

Alexander Javidi, Director, Homeland Training & Standards

Alexander joined the National Command & Staff College (NC&SC) as an intern 6 years ago and worked his way up to his current position working closely with the board commissioners to set standards, and develop and implement training to ensure that minimum standards are maintained.   He is responsible for identifying appropriate training providers (including interviews, briefing, appointment letters) and initiating training.  He worked closely with the National tactical Officers Association to complete curriculum and help launch the NTOA Command College.   He was also  instrumental in build up and the launch of the California Tactical Officers Association’s on-line academy.  Alexander lead the team to complete a comprehensive college credit at the Columbia Southern University. He is a 4-Star certified Credible Leader awarded by the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership development (CJC-CLD).  Alexander is a co-author of the “MAGNUS – Describing the Magnanimous Officer”  article published in 2016 by the International Academy of Public Safety.  He holds a BA degree in Homeland Security from the American Military University, 2017.  

Chief Mark A. Garcia, Director, Influence & Development

Mark A. Garcia served in law enforcement for 31 years.  Chief Garcia served as the Chief of Police for the City of Redlands for 6 ½ years, retiring in 2018.  Prior to becoming the Redlands Chief of Police, he served San Bernardino Police Department for 24 years ascending to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police.   Chief Garcia’s experience includes being Narcotics Bureau Commander, Tactical Commander, District Commander, Investigations Commander, Personnel and Training Commander, overseeing Internal Affairs and serving as the department’s Public Information Officer.  Chief Garcia has received numerous awards including the Medal of Valor, Officer of the Year and Citizen of the Year.  Some of the highlights of Chief Garcia’s career include being the point car in President Reagan’s motorcade, being responsible for external security for President George W. Bush’s visit to San Bernardino, leading Redlands through the December 02 terrorist incident and developing future leaders.

Chief Garcia’s passion for character-based leadership development led to starting Blue Virtue Leadership and he has taught hundreds of officers how to develop their leadership capacity, how to build character, how to enhance organizational culture, how to build a Virtue Based Policing structure, how to create organizational ethics programs, Service Oriented Leadership and Strategic and Tactical Decision Making. He has made numerous presentations on leadership, ethics and culture, including the Law Enforcement Leadership Symposium, California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute at the Drucker School of Management, California College and University Chiefs of Police Conference, Faith and Justice Summit, University of Redlands and Cal State San Bernardino. 

Chief Garcia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and a Master’s of Science in Management.  He considers himself to be a lifelong learner having completed many certificate programs including the prestigious Leadership Decision Making Program, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education; Josephson’s Institute of Ethics Train the Trainer Program, Master Instructor Development Program and is a certified leadership development trainer for the John Maxwell Team. He serves on the California Police Chief’s Association Training Committee, and serves on the Police Public Safety, Image and Ethics Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Christopher Hoina, FBI NA # 222 ~ Director, Criminal Justice Studies

Christopher Hoina, Sr. (ret. Cary PD) is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy, he received his Master’s degree from NC State University and his Bachelor’s at Shaw University.


He is the co-founder of the Institute for Credible Leadership Development and serves on the executive board for the International Academy of Public Safety.  Chris is also the co-founder of the North Carolina Public Safety Leadership Academy at Wake Tech.  Chris has served as Faculty and Director of Criminal Justice studies at Campbell University in Research Triangle Park. 


He has 25 years of law enforcement experience; from patrol officer to team commander.  During his tenure as a police officer he served as supervisor within the following commands: Training, Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Juvenile Investigations, School Resource Officers, Crisis Negotiation, Community Services, Crime Prevention, D.A.R.E., and Crisis Intervention.

Chris has an extensive teaching record in both classroom and on-line.  He has taught at the Justice Academy, Community College, and University level.  He has taught a variety of topics to include Hazardous Materials, Bias Based Profiling, Hate Crimes, Crisis Intervention, Juvenile Minority Sensitivity, Juvenile Investigations, Crisis Negotiations, Crime Scene Investigations, Crime Prevention, School Resource Officer and Implicit Bias.  For the past several years his focus has been on leadership development and self-improvement for criminal justice professionals. 

Chris is the co-author of the book the Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals, and the essay titled Virtues of Magnanimous Officers.