Commissioners

Howard T. Prince II, Ph.D.
Loyd Hackler Chair in Ethical Leadership, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 
The University of Texas at Austin
US Army Brigadier General (Ret.)
Honorary Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Dr. Prince is a Clinical Professor and holds the Loyd Hackler Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs (LBJ School) at the University of Texas at Austin.  He joined the LBJ School in September 1999 and was the founding Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Texas Excellence Teaching Award as the outstanding teacher in the LBJ School for AY 2001-2002 by nomination of the student body.  In 2008 he was chosen by The Eyes of Texas, a student organization, for The Eyes of Texas Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to student life.

Dr. Prince is a 1962 honor graduate of West Point and also holds the Master of Arts degree in International Relations from American University.  During 1965-67 he studied economics, history, law, political science and sociology at the University of Bonn in Germany as an Olmsted Scholar, and earned the Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. A clinical psychologist, he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.  He is also a graduate of the U. S. Army War College.  In 2006 he was selected for the highest honor given by West Point to its alumni, the Distinguished Graduate Award.  

Dr. Prince is an accomplished educator and leader who has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout a lifetime of public service.  He has been active in promoting leadership education and leader development on the national and international levels for many years as a consultant and speaker.  In 1996 the Association of Leadership Educators honored him with its Distinguished Leadership Service Award.  In 2009 Division 19 of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Military Psychology, presented him with the John R. Flanagan Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Previously he served as founding dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, where he was responsible for the development of the first undergraduate leadership degree program in the world from October 1990 until June 1996.  He then held the George and Virginia Modlin Endowed Chair as Professor of Leadership Studies until July 1997.  Before going to Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Prince was Professor and Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, New York from July 1978 through September 1990 where he developed both graduate and undergraduate leadership programs and was instrumental in reshaping leader development throughout the U. S. Army. 

After serving for over twenty-eight years in the United States Army, upon his retirement in 1990 he was advanced on the retired list to the rank of Brigadier General and presented with the Army’s highest award for service, the Distinguished Service Medal.  While on active duty he held a variety of troop command and staff positions in the 82nd Airborne and 1st Cavalry divisions before joining the permanent faculty at West Point.  His other military awards and decorations include two awards of the Purple Heart for combat wounds, two Bronze Star Medals for valor, the Bronze Star Medal for Service, the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor, the Silver Star for valor, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.  He was also an Army Ranger and a senior parachutist.

Gordon Graham, Founder of Lexipol
Honorary Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Gordon Graham is a 33-year veteran of California Law Enforcement. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing Attorney, coupled with his extensive background in law enforcement, have allowed him to rapidly become recognized as a leading professional speaker in both private and public sector organizations with multiple areas of expertise.

 In 2002, along with Bruce Praet, Gordon became a founder of Lexipol–a company designed to standardize policy, procedure and training in public safety operations. Today, most of the law enforcement agencies in California are using the Lexipol Knowledge Management System and nearly half of the States are now using this approach to law enforcement operations. This effort has greatly improved the safety of police personnel while also influencing a dramatic reduction in claims, settlements and verdicts adverse to law enforcement agencies.

Gordon held his law enforcement headquarters assignment until his service retirement in 2006.  In 2008, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from California POST. In 2015, he received the Lifetime Dedication Award from the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute. In 2018, he received the James Oberstar Sentinel for Safety Award for his lifetime work in improving aviation safety internationally.

Today, Gordon divides his time between study, research, writing, speaking, and consulting in the discipline of risk management. His innovative programs, based on the values and beliefs he learned as a child along with a passion for continuous improvement, are the standard for any organization that wants to improve existing operations and prevent things from going wrong.

He and “Mrs. G” are the proud parents of two adult children–who hopefully will take the values and beliefs along with them in their personal and professional lives.  A resident of Southern California, he enjoys spending every possible moment with Mrs. G “cruising the coast” either in their vintage wooden boat or their wooden car and finding new adventures and new places to enjoy a great meal.  Read More …

US Navy Rear Admiral Robert L. Greene (Ret.)
Honorary Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Rear Adm. Greene was reared in St. Louis, Mo.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S.in Electrical Engineering, May 1982.  He became a certified Navy Nuclear Engineer in 1986.  As a Tactical Action Officer Instructor at the Fleet Combat Training Center, he was awarded the Chief of Naval Education and Training Instructor of the year (1989).

Greene transitioned to the Navy Reserve Force in 1991.  He held five subsequent command tours with his fifth as Commander of a Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron.  He was awarded the Legion of Merit when providing landward and seaward port security in Kuwait and United Arab Emirates, championing foreign relations and sourcing over 600 highly skilled, combat ready forces capable of performing operations across a wide spectrum of asymmetric warfare.

His follow-on assignments included Principal Advisor to the Chief of Strategic Affairs, directly supporting the Chief of Naval Personnel in directorate roadmap development, bringing the right sailor with the right competency to the right command when needed.  Prior to attaining Flag rank, Greene collaboratively developed a strategic plan as Senior Advisor in Antiterrorism to the Commander, U. S. Fleet Forces Command.  It was this roadmap that led to the effective execution of countermeasures designed to close assessed performance gaps throughout the Fleet.  

Greene was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal as Reserve Director, Interagency Partnering, Headquarters, United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, for spearheading the strategic planning process that became the roadmap for “Winning the Peace” and the basis for greater situational awareness of transnational threats, foreign fighter flows and illicit drug trafficking.  This effort ultimately enhanced the Commander’s decision making and ability to drive interagency operations to secure the European Command’s Area of Responsibility from 21st century challenges.

Greene served as Deputy Commander, US Naval Forces Southern Command and Deputy Commander, US FOURTH Fleet prior to retiring in October of 2016 after 35 years of service.

Colonel Craig S. Kozeniesky
Deputy Commander, MORSOC USMC (RET.)
Honorary Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Craig is a native of Albuquerque, NM and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1988-2016, retiring as a Colonel and as Deputy Commander of MARSOC. Throughout his career, he served in the USMC infantry, reconnaissance and joint special operations assignments. He served as a foreign exchange officer with the British Royal Marine Commandos at 45 Commando Group in Arbroath, Scotland, as well as the Norwegian Army in Oslo, Norway. He served with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company and also at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California. He was assigned to the USMC Initial Force Contribution to U.S. Special Operations Command, Marine Corps SOCOM Detachment ONE, leading ‘Task Unit Raider’ during Operation Iraqi Freedom II.  He commanded 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, deploying with 31st MEU (SOC) and to Ar Ramadi, Iraq for OIF during the ‘Anbar Awakening’.  As Commanding Officer of Camp Fuji, Japan, he led ‘Task Force Fuji’ in disaster relief operations at the Sendai Airport as part of Operation Tomodachi from March-April 2011. He served with a joint special operations task force based in Ft. Bragg, NC, deploying to Afghanistan.  He is a recipient of the British Royal Marines Commando Medal.  He presently lives in Incline Village, NV on the north shore of Lake Tahoe and works at a consulting company.


Chief Randy Watt
Chief of Ogden Police Department
US Army Reserve Special Operations Command (Ret.)
Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Chief Randy Watt is the Chief of Ogden Police Department in Utah.   Randy holds a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Army War College, a M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Police Science degree from Weber State College, and is a graduate of Session 191 of the F.B.I. National Academy.  Randy retired from the Ogden Police Department, Ogden, Utah, in October of 2011.  At the time of retirement he was serving as Assistant Chief of Police, with thirty-two years of service in a multitude of assignments and at all levels of supervision and leadership. 

Chief Watt is a recipient of various medals and commendations, including the department’s Medal of Valor (twice awarded).  A long-time member of the Ogden/Metro S.W.A.T. Team, Chief Watt has extensive experience in tactical operations, ranging from high-risk warrant service to hostage rescues.  Chief Watt is a nationally recognized expert in the field of law enforcement special operations and counter-terrorism.  He is involved with projects supporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).  He is an expert witness on Law Enforcement use of force and counter-terrorism. 

He is a lead instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association (N.T.O.A.) in a variety of S.W.A.T. Leadership and Terrorism courses, and is a regular presenter at the N.T.O.A. Conference, as well as at various state S.W.A.T. Association conferences and training events.  He is the past author of the “On Leadership” column for the N.T.O.A’s Tactical Edge magazine.  Prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, then-Lieutenant Watt, was co-chair of the Tactical Response Sub-Committee and spent three years studying terrorism, writing the tactical response plan for protection of the Olympic Games, and conducting security assessments for Olympic venues.  Chief Watt has taught hostage rescue tactics and techniques to foreign military and police units and is a consultant to myriad local, state and federal tactical units.  He is an instructor at Gunsite Academy in Paulden, AZ.  Randy is also a Colonel in the Utah Army National Guard, currently assigned to the Joint Forces HQ.  From June, 2011, to December, 2013, he was the Commander of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), commanding 2200 Special Forces soldiers located across 9 states. 

With 32-years of active duty and reserve Special Forces experience, he is a graduate of numerous Special Operations courses and schools, and is a Master Parachutist and Military Free-Fall Parachutist.  Leadership schools include the Infantry Officer’s Basic/Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Service and Support School, Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, and the resident U.S. Army War College.    Colonel Watt’s combat service includes year-long tours of Afghanistan, 2001-2002, Iraq, 2006-2007, and Iraq again in 2010 through 2011.  All assignments were at leadership levels of counter-terrorism units.  As a result of his service, he received the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor in combat, three Bronze Star Medals for meritorious service in combat, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the G.W.O.T. Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with three stars, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.  He was featured in the March, 2003, ABC television special Profiles From the Front Lines, and the August, 2003, issue of Men’s Health magazine.  He is the author of “One Warrior’s Creed.”

Chief Master Sergeant John J. Chacon
United States Air Force
Honorary Commissioner & Faculty, The National Command & Staff College

Chief Master Sergeant John “JC” Chacon is the Operations Chief for the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Chief Chacon holds a Master of Science Degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and 3 Associate in Applied Science Degrees from the Community College of the Air Force.

CMSgt Chacon was born in Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico, and raised in Clifton, Arizona. CMSgt Chacon enlisted in the Air Force 10 January 1996. His first assignment was to the 820th RED HORSE Squadron where he deployed and supported expeditionary operations across the globe. In 2003, he was selected as a military training leader for the Pararescue and Combat Rescue Officer School. In 2008, Chief Chacon was reassigned to the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron as NCO in charge of the Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance. Subsequently, because of his “can do” attitude and exemplary work ethic, he was assigned as the NCO in charge of facility operations and maintenance for 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing Headquarters. In 2010 – 2011, he deployed with the Army on a joint tasking to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, where he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Combat Action Badge and the Air Force Combat Action Medal for his actions against Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in the Kunar Province. Chief Chacon was also selected for Enlisted Professional Military Education in 2012 as a NCO Academy instructor at the Robert D. Gaylor Noncommissioned Officer Academy, and was later hired in 2013 as the Commandant of the SSgt Cierra M. Rogers Airman Leadership School at Joint Base San Antonio.

Chief Chacon is also a Master Resilience Trainer for the United States Air Force. He has been instrumental in assisting law enforcement and first responder agencies, such as the FBI National Academy Associates and the Texas Department of Public Safety, develop their Health and Wellness Resilience Courses.

Sergeant Robert Peters
Los Angles Police Department

Honorary Commissioner & Senior Faculty, The National Command & Staff College

Robert Peters is a 30 year  veteran of the United States Navy, where he continues to serve in the US Navy Reserve; and, he is a 25 year member of the Los Angeles Police Department, where he currently serves as Officer in Charge of a Special Problems Unit for the LAPD’s Transit Services Division.

In his Naval Career, Robert has served in many roles to include ship’s crew aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) from 1991 – 1992, navigator for Lansing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC) in 1996, and a firearms and basic combat skills instructor for 31st Seabee Readiness Group (31st SRG) from 2000 – 2005. In addition, Chief Peters has performed in various leadership roles as an Enlisted Officer in Charge of a Naval Security Force and has served two tours as a member of Naval Special Warfare (NSW) from 2007 – 2011, where he is currently the Senior Enlisted Advisor at SEAL Team 17 volunteer training unit in Coronado CA. Chief Peters has served in Iraq and Afghanistan in direct support of SEAL platoons and NSW Task Units in force protection,  intelligence and counterintelligence roles.

As a Sergeant for the Los Angeles Police Department, Robert is well recognized for his leadership. He has taught firearms and tactics for recruit and in-service officers as both a full-time and adjunct instructor since 1999. Most recently Sergeant Peters spent two years presenting classes on leadership, command and control, Use of Force and Public Trust to in-service officers and line supervisors as the LAPD adjusted its policies in those areas. Currently, Sergeant Peters is the Officer in Charge of a Special Problems Unit for the LAPD Transit Services Division.

Robert is currently completing his Bachelor’s Degree in United States at Grand Canyon University and has plans to continue his education with a Master’s degree in military history.

Linda Shaffer-Vanaria
President and Founder of Enterprise Coaching of Carlsbad
Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College
U.S. Naval officer, Test pilot, Squadron commander, and Director of the Navy’s Pacific leader training (Ret.)

Linda Shaffer-Vanaria served as career U.S. Naval officer and was a test pilot, squadron commander, and Director of the Navy’s Pacific leader training unit responsible for training 11,000 leaders each year.  She commanded an operational logistics squadron of over 500 people operating from Southern California, Asia Pacific and embarked on all deployed Pacific Fleet Air Carriers.  Her organization was awarded its first operational excellence award in its 21 year history.   Linda’s first leadership assignment in the Navy was as the Squadron Legal Officer for which she received 6 weeks of Legal School on the Uniform Code of Military Justice, an experience she credits for enabling her to lead confidently with accountability and discipline throughout her career.  Following her military tenure Linda was invited to be amongst an elite leadership development team of 40 change agents enabling business transformation initiatives throughout a major oil company.   For the past 15 years, she has been a Global Consultant and EDGE Performance Thought Leader in her own practice working with large corporations and entrepreneurial organizations, as well as multiple federal government agencies.  She has coached one-on-one more than 1000 leaders across all levels of leadership and diverse roles which provides her a breadth of experiences and examples to help levels at every level connect the dots between strategy and action.  In her leadership development coaching with Defense Logistics Agency, she has coached many police officers, firefighters and safety professionals.  Linda is a #1 International Best Selling Author.  She has authored PERCEPTION POWER: 10 Skills to Get Your Team to Buy In, Take Action and Gain Momentum.  She also authored Piloting Your Edge, a book on leading at the EDGE.  Linda has a BSE in Systems Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and was recognized as the 9th Distinguished Graduate in 20 years by the Moore School of Electrical Engineering.  She also holds a MS in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee Space Institute and is a Naval War College Graduate.

Reuven Bar-On, Ph.D.
Founder & President, Bar-On Test Developers
Major, Israeli Defense Forces (Ret.)
Honorary Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Dr. Bar-On is acknowledged as one of the leading pioneers, researchers and practitioners in the field of emotional intelligence (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuven_Bar-On). During his doctoral studies in 1985, he coined the acronym “E.Q.” and introduced the idea of an “Emotional Quotient” to measure emotional intelligence.

He has examined the impact of his model of emotional intelligence on a wide range of behavior and performance including physical and psychological health, cognitive functioning, innovative thinking, academic and occupational performance, resilience, job satisfaction, as well as organizational effectiveness and productivity. For many years moreover, he has focused his professional interest on studying, measuring and enhancing various aspects of performance, teamwork and leadership in the corporate world as well as in the military.

In 1998, the U.S. General Accountability Office submitted a Congressional Report to the Senate Committee on Armed Services recommending the application of the “Bar-On EQ-iä” throughout the U.S. Armed Forces. Additionally, a team of psychometricians at the University of Oxford recommended to the British Department of Education using another one of his assessment instruments in schools throughout the United Kingdom.

In addition to his efforts to determine the most robust emotional and social contributors to human performance, Dr. Bar-On has continued to explore a greater array of key factors and has developed 12 psychometric instruments to assess these factors since 1978. An example of his interest in evaluating and enhancing a wider area of performance is the development of a multifactor conceptual and psychometric model of performance based on the following five composite factors that comprise a total of 22 individual factors: (1) physical fitness and stamina; (2) cognitive functioning; (3) intrapersonal strength; (4) inter-personal compatibility; and (5) motivation and drive. He developed the “MMPä” (“Multifactor Measure of Performanceä”) to measure this expanded model of human performance.

The following is a selected list of well-known organizations that have applied Dr. Bar-On’s products and/or services: FBI; Royal Canadian Mounted Police; U.S. Armed Forces; Israeli Defense Forces; Irish Defense Forces; Canadian Forces; World Bank; Harvard Medical School; Walter Reed Medical Center; British Foreign Office; Center for Creative Leadership; and NASA. His company, Bar-On Test Developers, is currently partnering with an American software firm for the purpose of developing a VR simulator to assess and strengthen emergency management. This project was recently granted funding from the National Institute of Health.

Dr. Bar-On has authored and co-authored over 50 publications and has presented research findings at numerous professional conferences worldwide. His publications have been cited over 9,000 times in scientific publications to date.

He has held adjunct professorships in the Medical School at Tel Aviv University, in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Texas Medical Branch as well as in the School of Education at the University of Pretoria. In 1998, Dr. Bar-On became affiliated with the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at the University of Chicago. In the same year, he was accepted as the first non-founding member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. In 2005, he was also asked to be a consultant at the National School Climate Center in New York. Dr. Bar-On has joined the editorial boards of four different journals; and more recently, he was appointed to the position of Associate Editor in the Organizational Psychology Section of Frontiers in Psychology.

Michael Apter Ph.D.
Founder, Apter International
Founder, Reversal Theory
Honorary Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Michael Apter was born in 1939, and spent his early life in Bristol (UK), attending Clifton College before going on to Bristol University where he obtained a B.Sc in 1960, and a Ph.D in 1965.  He also spent a graduate year in Princeton and a graduate year in King’s College London while working on his doctorate.  He was on the faculty of Cardiff University from 1967 to 1988, being awarded a Readership in Psychology in 1984.  During the seventies, collaborating with the psychiatrist Kenneth Smith, he established the foundations of a new theory of personality, motivation and emotion that became known as “Reversal Theory.”   This has generated much research and been the subject of numerous books, papers, international conferences and dissertations. There is also an International Reversal Theory Society, and a Reversal Theory Journal (The Journal of Motivation, Emotion and Personality: Reversal Theory Studies).  In 1988 he emigrated to the United States where, in parallel with consultancy work, he has held visiting faculty positions at Purdue, Chicago, Northwestern, Yale and Georgetown.  He has also had visiting positions in Toulouse (France), Marseilles (France), Barcelona (Spain), Bergen (Norway), Louvain (Belgium) and elsewhere.  In 1998, with colleagues, he set up a management consultancy company based in the UK – Apter International – using reversal theory for such purposes as self-development, team-building, leadership, and social advocacy. Subsequently offices were set up in the U.S.A. and a sister company – Apter France – was established in Paris. He has written or edited 19 books, together with numerous research papers, conference presentations and book chapters. He has given invited talks in many countries. His books have been translated into ten languages.  Michael Apter is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (since 1978) and a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (since 1985).      He lives in Louisiana with his wife Mitzi Desselles who has an endowed chair in Psychology at Louisiana Tech University. They have three daughters and three grandsons.

Chief Mike Alexander (Ret.)
Founder, LION Organizational Development Institute
Honorary Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Mike Alexander attended St. Edwards University in Austin Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie Texas. Mike has spent 30 plus years in law enforcement which began as a Correctional Officer and Deputy Sheriff at the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Mike continued his career at the Austin Police Department as a Patrol Officer and a D.A.R.E. Instructor, teaching adolescents the importance of staying drug free. Mike spent 25 years with the Austin Police Department. Mike worked in patrol, as a patrol officer, corporal and sergeant. Mike also worked as a District Representative where is was responsible for developing strategies to effectively address, crime, the fear of crime, disorder and quality of life issues. Mike retired from the Austin Police department as a Sergeant. Mike’s last assignment with APD gave him the opportunity to lead the Continuing Education Division and the Leadership Command College. Mike also worked with the Louisiana Community Policing Institute where he evaluated the performance of police departments and sheriff offices in the area of community policing; he made recommendations for implementation. Mike designed leadership and ethics curriculums that are currently being taught throughout the United States. After his retirement from APD Mike was employed as a Major with the Office of Inspector General Internal Affairs Section, where he was in charge of a statewide Internal Affairs investigation division. This division is responsible for investigating State Employees accused of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly and people who are mentally and physically incapacitated and who reside at state supported living centers, state hospitals, group homes. Mike’s team also investigated various other criminal and administrative violations committed by state employees or any outside entity that had an affiliation with state government as it related to Health and Human Services.

Mike retired from the business as a City Manager after serving first as the Police Chief and Interim City Manager in Palestine Texas. Mike later served as the Interim Chief of Police for the City of Corinth Texas. Mike is the founder LION (Loyalty Integrity Optimism Nobility) Organizational Development Institute. LION is a leadership development institute with a focus on Healthy Work Environments, Officer Wellness, Ethics, Emotional Intelligence and Leadership. Mike is also the Co-founder of Commandpresence.com with a focus on stress management, mental health and the effects of trauma within emergency services. He is also the co-owner of LION Strategy Group with a focus on organizational audits, organizational development, security—onsite assessment; crime prevention through environmental design; violence in the workplace, active attack, personal safety training, expert witnesses, leadership placement and risk mitigation.

Mike is a National Certified Instructor on Ethics and Integrity through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).  Mike traveled the Nation, training officers and Community members on Ethics and Integrity issues. Mike spent time in Belo Horizonte Brazil as well as the Virgin Islands, teaching and lecturing on Leadership, community policing, ethics, etc. Mike is also a licensed Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) instructor as well as a national instructor with the Multijurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force Training Center (MCTFT) located in St. Pete Florida. He is also a Master peace officer. He is a graduate of The University of Texas Leadership Academy, which is a collaborative effort between the Austin Police Department, the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs. Mike attended and graduated from the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership train the trainer program on Developing Police Leaders. Mike is an instructor with the Texas Police Chiefs Association on Developing Police Leaders in Texas. Mike is also a leadership consultant for Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool working with cities across Texas. Mike is a trainer and Executive Coach using the Enneagram Narrative Tradition.


Chief Joe Cardella
Chief Deputy, St. Charles Parish sheriff’s Office, Ret.

Honorary Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Chief Joe Cardella is a 42 year law enforcement professional who recently retired as the Chief Criminal Deputy of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office for the last 18 years.  St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has a compliment of over 400 personnel and is situated in the metro New Orleans, Louisiana area.  Joe began his career in 1973 and worked through the ranks in the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and New Orleans Police Department from cadet to detective Lieutenant before attending the FBI National Academy in 1985.  In 1987, Joe joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he conducted investigations as a special agent assigned to the Foreign Counter-Intelligence Unit and Organized Crime Squad.  Joe transferred into the Inspector General’s Offices of the U.S. Department of Energy and completed 10 years of Federal law enforcement service as the Resident Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  During his Federal Law Enforcement career, Joe successfully investigated sensitive cases involving La Cosa Nostra (LCM) crime families, major drug diversion cases and threats to national energy strategies.  In 1996, Sheriff Greg Champagne appointed Joe as second in command of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office where he manages its day to day operations. Joe has reorganized St. Charles Parish’s 911 Communications Operations whereby Sheriff’s Deputies operate the center and dispatch Fire, EMS and Police as a Consolidated Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) over a radio system owned and managed by the SCSO.  Joe has also created a development team to research active shooter events and related phenomena resulting in a dynamic holistic program called Integrated Multilayered Planning for Active Shooter Events (IMPASE).  A recent IMPASE exercise involved over 800 Federal, State and local first responders, school administrators, students and faculty.  Joe is a graduate of Loyola University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, U.S. Department of Personnel Management and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS). He has completed advanced instruction at Louisiana State University and the University of Virginia while lecturing at Law Enforcement venues nationally.

Galia Cohen, Ph.D
University of Texas, Dallas
Commissioner, National Command & Staff College

Dr. Galia Cohen is the Associate Director of the Justice Administration and Leadership (JAL) Master’s Program, housed in the Department of Criminology, at The University of Texas at Dallas. She specializes in human resource management and organizational behavior and has more than 10 years of experience in teaching and consulting in the public sector. She teaches: ‘human resource management for public sector’, ‘leadership in public and nonprofit management’, and ‘negotiation and conflict resolution’ at the graduate level for executives and professionals in law enforcement agencies across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Dr. Cohen received her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A. in Organizational Sociology from Bar-­Ilan University, Israel. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Dallas. She has published academic articles and book chapters and her research interests include Strategic Human Resource Management, Organizational Theory and Behavior, conflict management and public safety administration.

Dr. Cohen is a District V representative for The American Society for Public Administration’s (ASPA) national council and an advisory board member for the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA).

Mitch Javidi, Ph.D, Chancellor, National Command & Staff College

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 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 OVEA,” a general theory of Officers’ Wellness, Resiliency and Leadership.  He is a published scholar with over 890+ conference presentations worldwide to include presentations for Fortune 500 companies as well as top Public Safety organizations including FBI NAA, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), HIDTA, National Tactical officers Association (NTOA), California Police Chiefs Associations, National Sheriffs Association (NSA), Women Leadership in law Enforcement (WLLE), California Chief of Police Association (CATO), and may other national and state associations. As well, he has provided educational programs for NYPD, LAPD, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, Ogden Police Department, NC State Patrol, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Walnut Creek Police Department and 200+ other agencies nationwide.   

His most recent co-authored article was published in the Police Chief Magazine.  His select 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 published by the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin with another pending. 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,
Professor, California State University Dominguez Hills
President & Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

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.

Rosalyn D Harrington, Ph.D

Rosalyn Harrington is from Charlotte NC, where she spent 11 years with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Within that timeframe, her assignments included Patrol, Community Coordinator, Public Information Officer, ADW detective and lastly, Homicide detective.   Further, she taught criminal justice and forensic classes as an adjunct instructor at Johnson C Smith University and ITT Technical Institute.  Two years ago, Rosalyn transitioned from full-time law enforcement to part-time in order to become an Associate Professor of Criminology at Pfeiffer University.   Additionally, her education includes a pending PhD in Public Safety Leadership focusing on Emergency Management with a concentration in Forensics; a Master’s degree in Forensic Science with a focus in Investigations; a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Kinesiology with a concentration in Biology.  

Terry Anderson, Ph.D
Chief Leadership Officer and Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

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.

David G. Dominguez
Vice President, Police Education and Development & Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College 

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. 

Chief Harry Dolan
Founder, Dolan Consulting Group
Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Harry P. Dolan is a 32-year police veteran who served as a Chief of Police since 1987. As one of the nation’s most experienced police chiefs, he brings 25 years of public safety executive experience to Dolan Consulting Group. He retired in October 2012 as Chief of Police of the Raleigh (N.C.) Police Department, an agency comprised of nearly 900 employees in America’s 42nd largest city.

Chief Dolan began his law enforcement career in 1980 as a deputy sheriff in Asheville, North Carolina and served there until early 1982, when he joined the Raleigh Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer. In 1987, he was appointed Chief of Police for the N.C. Department of Human Resources Police Department, located in Black Mountain. He served as Chief of Police in Lumberton, N.C. from 1992 until 1998, when he became Chief of Police of the Grand Rapids, Michigan Police Department. He served in that capacity for nearly ten years before becoming Chief of the Raleigh Police Department in September 2007. As Chief, he raised the bar at every organization and left each in a better position to both achieve and sustain success.

Harry Dolan has lectured throughout the United States and has trained thousands of public safety professionals in the fields of Leadership & Management, Communications Skills, and Community Policing. Past participants have consistently described Chief Dolan’s presentations as career changing, characterized by his sense of humor and unique ability to maintain participants’ interest throughout his training sessions. Chief Dolan’s demonstrated ability to connect with his clientele and deliver insightful instruction all with uncompromising principles will be of tremendous value in the private sector.

Chief Dolan’s unbridled passion to achieve service-excellence is a driving force behind Dolan Consulting Group. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University and holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Cathy Greenberg, Ph.D
Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

It takes someone with special insights into the workings of the human mind and the human spirit to help top U.S. military become even better at their jobs. Dr. Cathy Greenberg has those insights. For the past few years, this renowned entrepreneur, educator, bestselling author and leadership expert has applied her remarkable methods about creating fearless leaders to the elite within the U.S. Army, the Navy and Special Forces. Dr. Cathy Greenberg even helps those who’ve already achieved great things in life to recognize the power and potential they don’t know that they have.

For Dr. Greenberg – who has a PhD in behavioral sciences and is an internationally recognized authority on human behavior – the keys to becoming a fearless leader include optimizing one’s emotional intelligence, stretching one’s comfort zone and developing a guiding moral courage. She has created a system to help potential leaders develop these qualities. Dr. Greenberg is one of the few coaches and thought leaders to have realized the powerful insight that mindfulness – being present in the world – and balancing all aspects of one’s life and work create truly fearless leaders.

She has worked creating and fostering leadership for much of her career. Most recently, Dr. Greenberg created the above-mentioned custom-tailored leadership and self-actualization programs for the Special Operations community including SWAT, and Navy Special Warfare (which includes SEALs and Special Warfare Combat Crews as featured in Act of Valor). She also just completed a series of training videos for flag officers at the Pentagon.   In addition, Dr. Greenberg is an educator and entrepreneur, often combining the two fields in her work on behalf of fostering leadership, workplace efficiency and happiness, and in showing how emotional intelligence ensures better performance, greater job satisfaction, higher profits and overall corporate stability. She was named one of the Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs by Executive Excellence, a journal on leadership from the renowned pioneer in leadership studies, Warren Bennis.

Charles “Sid” Heal
President, The California Association of Tactical Officers
Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Charles “Sid” Heal is a retired Commander from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department with nearly 33 years of service in law enforcement, nearly half of which has been spent in units charged with handling law enforcement special and emergency operations.  At various times during his career he has served as an operations officer, watch commander, unit commander, incident commander, consultant and trainer in a myriad of law enforcement tactical operations, and is a court recognized expert in law enforcement special operations and emergency management.  As a collateral assignment, Sid was in charge of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s internationally recognized technology exploration program.  This program seeks to identify, develop, exploit and integrate new technologies for law enforcement.  The focus of effort for this program is on intervening with nonlethal options. Sid has earned three college degrees and is a graduate of the California Peace Officer’s Standards and Training, Center for Leadership Development, Command College, and the FBI National Academy.  He is the author of Sound Doctrine:  A Tactical Primer, and An Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming, as well as more than 120 articles on law enforcement issues and has appeared on numerous television newscasts and documentaries and been quoted in many periodicals and newspapers.  Additionally, he has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences in Canada, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Israel, Brazil and Argentina, as well as throughout the United States.  In addition to his career in law enforcement, Sid recently retired from the Marine Corps Reserve after 35 years, with service in more than 20 countries and four combat tours.  As a result of both these careers, he has been personally present for the operations involving the 1992 coup d’état in Thailand, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, as well as the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in 2001 and a host of other disasters, natural and manmade.  He is the author of Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer and Field Command, as well as more than 165 articles on law enforcement issues.

Carrie Hill
Director of National Jail Operations, National Sheriffs Association
Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Carrie Hill is an attorney and national criminal justice consultant.  She has dedicated her twenty-nine year career to providing professional development seminars in correctional law, along with criminal justice consulting, to educate and empower those working in the correctional industry.

Ms. Hill’s passion for and expertise of corrections law is known nationally.  She makes the law come alive and applicable regardless of rank – from report writing techniques and legal-based policy development to risk assessment and offensive approaches in the event of prisoner litigation.  

Ms. Hill’s contributions to corrections go beyond professional development to consulting for and defense of correctional facilities, management and staff.  She is also the former General Counsel to the Utah Department of Corrections, Editor of Corrections Managers’ Report and most recently, the Senior Administrative Manager to Sheriff Richard Stanek in Hennepin County, MN.  Carrie has recently accepted a new role with the NSA as the Director of the National Center for Jail Operations (NCJO).

Lt. Brian Ellis, Sacramento Police Department

Lt. Brian Ellis is a 19-year veteran with the Sacramento Police Department. He has worked in several specialized assignments including with the Problem Oriented Policing Unit, Parole Intervention and Career Criminal Apprehension Teams, the Special Investigations Division where he was a narcotics detective, and within the Robbery/Burglary divisions.  He is currently the SWAT Commander, assigned to the Special Operations Bureau.  Brian earned his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from California State, Sacramento and has a MS in Organizational Leadership from National University.  He has participated in over 2,500 hours of specialized training; graduating from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Los Angeles Police Department’s 21stCentury Leadership Program, and the Sacramento City Manager Academy.  Lieutenant Ellis has been recognized many times for performance including the Sacramento Police Department’s unit citation on two occasions; the Natomas X-factor, for outstanding community achievement; the Ben Ali crime suppression award; recognition from the California State Legislators & City of Sacramento City Attorney for his team’s work with Assembly Bill 1384, a six-city pilot program for drug and gun housing evictions; and in 2001 he and his team received an awards certificate from the National Top Cops Award, nominating them for heroism during a gun battle with a wanted murderer.  Brian is a life-long student of leadership, and passionate about helping others reach their true potential by inspiring authentic action.  He has written articles for several publications, including Law Enforcement TodayPeace Officers Research Association of California, PoliceOne, The Oxford University Press, The Journal of California Law Enforcement; and been published in two academic textbooks with IGI Global Publishing where he has contributed to chapters.  Please follow him on Twitter at @BrianEllis10.

Christopher Hoina, FBI NA # 222
Director of Command and Staff Education; Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Christopher Hoina, Sr. is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy, holding a Master’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Shaw University. He currently serves as a law enforcement subject matter expert for the International Academy of Public Safety (IAPS) advising on law enforcement education as it pertains to the Institute for Credible Leadership Development. Prior to IAPS Christopher held the position as Director of Criminal Justice studies at Campbell University in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. With 25 years of law enforcement experience he served in a variety of roles to include: Commander of Training, Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Juvenile Investigations, School Resource Officers, Crisis Negotiation, Community Services, Crime Prevention, D.A.R.E., and Crisis Intervention Teams.

He has extensive teaching experience as a certified law enforcement instructor in both classroom and on-line, at the Academy, Community College and University levels; specializing in content related to Hazardous Materials, Bias Based Profiling, Hate Crimes, Crisis Intervention (CIT), Juvenile Minority Sensitivity, Juvenile Investigations, Crisis Negotiations (CNT), Crime Scene Investigations, Crime Prevention and School Resource Officer training.

Master Sergeant Andrew J. Post
United States Air Force
Honorary Commissioner & Faculty, The National Command & Staff College

Master Sergeant Andrew J. Post is the Commandant, Rogers Airman Leadership School, 802d Force Support Squadron, 502d Air Base Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland Texas.  Master Sergeant Post leads a seven member instructor cadre in the delivery of the 192 hour ALS curriculum in the largest ALS in the CONUS, graduating 672 students annually.  Additionally, he ensures compliance with Air Force policies and programs by evaluating the facilitation of 30 EPME course subjects, and preparing the 26K square foot facility through judicous mamangement of a $70K annual budget. 

Master Sergeant Post entered the Air Force in January 2003.  He has an extensive experience in Air Force communications systems.  His background includes theater deployable network infrastructure and telephones; Air Operations Center Falconer weapon system support; and the acquisition, depot maintenance, and lifecycle management of offensive and defensive cyber weapon systems.  In 2009, he was one of 15 communications technicians selected to deploy with Army Special Operations Forces to Afghanistan in support of intelligence collection missions for OEF.  Before assuming his current position, Master Sergeant Post was the Superintendent of the Responsive Cyber Acquisitions Branch in the Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division and was responsible for the operations and management of 250 military and civilian personnel providing the only lifecycle acquisitions programs for cyber weapons in the Air Force.  His assignments include bases in Arizona, Texas, and Germany.  Master Sergeant Post assumed his current position in February 2017. 

Alexander Javidi, Director, Homeland Training & Standards
Commissioner Staff, The National Command & Staff College

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.  

James Klopovic, DPP
Vice President, Liability and Risk Prevention
Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

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.  

Sheriff Bob Mosier
Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, VA
Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Bob Mosier is a native Virginian with a distinguished career as a law enforcement professional. Bob’s career spans over 30 years in local, county, and federal law enforcement both domestically and internationally. Bob started as a police dispatcher at age 19, and at 21 graduated with Top Overall Achievement as a Patrol Officer. Bob served at the local level and, based on his recognized skills and abilities, quickly moved up the ranks.

Bob began as a Deputy Sheriff in Fauquier County eventually serving as Commander of Special Operations, Patrol Division, and Criminal Investigations Division. Bob developed and implemented community policing programs, managed security for large public events, and distinguished himself by earning numerous Letters of Commendation, two Unit Citation Awards, a Distinguished Service Award, a Community Service Award, and a Valor Award.

The personal integrity, professionalism, leadership, and managerial skills Bob developed in local law enforcement made him highly sought after for international criminal justice assignments. In 1996, he was selected by the U.S. Department of State to serve in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the International Police Task Force as a Station Commander where he represented the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office. Following this assignment, Bob served with the International Justice Mission, a human rights organization, as Director of Investigations working in Asia, Middle and Near East, Africa, and Latin America. Bob later served as a senior representative for a large and complex U.S. Department of Defense law enforcement program in which he provided daily oversight of all administrative, logistical, operational, and training requirements for 300 law enforcement professionals. Following this service, Bob became a GS-15 Deputy Senior Executive Police Advisor for the Iraq Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs with the U.S. Department of State with oversight of 150 Senior Police Advisors. Most recently, Bob supported the U.S. Department of Defense as the Senior Associate for Law Enforcement Operations with Obsidian Solutions Group before being elected Sheriff for Fauquier County Virginia in 2015 where he continues to serve today.

Sheriff Tim Troyer
Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Tim is a distinguished and respected 32-year veteran of Indiana’s Law Enforcement profession. Sheriff Troyer has held ranks and positions in the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office including: Sheriff, Chief Deputy, Lieutenant of Operations, Detective Sergeant, Special Operations Commander, and Jail Administrator. These duties and responsibilities have included management and leadership positions of the patrol deputies, detectives, SWAT Team, narcotics investigations and confinement division in Steuben County.

Sheriff Troyer is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy 198th session, the National Sheriff’s Institute 103rd session, the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy 100th session, and the Ft. Wayne Police Academy. He was the 2019 President of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association and the recipient of the Magnus Leadership award from the National Command and Staff College.

During Sheriff Troyer’s administrative tour, he was successful in developing proactive, responsive and well-rounded professional law enforcement that better served the agency and public. Sheriff Troyer was highly effective in creating trusting relationships between communities and law enforcement. During Sheriff Troyer’s operational career, he created the Special Response Tactical Team (SWAT) and supervised the department’s firearms training. Sheriff Troyer has also spent over 15 years in drug and narcotics law enforcement as an undercover operative and supervisor working with multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force units.

Sheriff Troyer was active in the Indiana Sheriff’s Association leadership and legislative committees where he chaired many responsibilities. He was also appointed to the National Sheriff’s Association Drug Enforcement and school safety committees. In 2018 Sheriff Troyer Co-Authored the National Sheriffs Association School Safety Resolution that was unanimously adopted by our nations Sheriffs.

Sheriff Troyer presented at the first Marjory Stoneman Douglas school safety commission in Parkland Florida in March 2018 on the advancements in school safety in Indiana. Sheriff Troyer also gave testimony at the Senator Marco Rubio legislative summit and presentation at the F.B.I. headquarters in Washington DC. Sheriff Troyer testified before the U.S. Presidents School Safety Commission in Las Vegas Nevada at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In addition to a broad range of law enforcement leadership and management initiatives that he drove and directed, Sheriff Troyer is a tireless advocate for school safety priorities and a dedicated leader in solving “life protection” challenges for all people.

Sheriff Troyer is also the recipient of the SAGAMORE OF THE WABASH AWARD from the Honorable Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of Indiana. Presented to Sheriff Troyer at the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference in French Lick, Indiana, by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, the Sagamore of the Wabash is a personal tribute given to those Indiana individuals who have rendered distinguished services to the State of Indiana and the Governor. The Sagamore of the Wabash Award is the highest distinction of an individual in the State of Indiana by the Governor of Indiana.

 After his two terms and 8 years in office, Sheriff Troyer retired, as required by Indiana law, from his position as Sheriff of Steuben County, Indiana on January 1, 2019. He currently counsels in Leadership Development, Law enforcement related matters and public and private safety -security strategies.