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.

Bryce Kaye, Ph.D.
Psychologist & Director of Cary Counseling Center

Dr. Bryce Kaye is a psychologist and the Director of Cary Counseling Center.  He is also one of the most experienced marriage counselors in the Raleigh Cary area having counseled thousands of couples over his 40 year career. His book The Marriage First Aid Kit was published in 2008 and contains many useful tools and insights for relationship management.  Dr. Kaye obtained his license in 1979 after receiving his masters and doctorate from the University of Illinois with a specialty in personality. From 1977 through 1983 he was the Director of Outpatient Services for Wake County Alcoholism Treatment Center. While there, he authored and directed a federal research grant that developed the outpatient program. In 1984, Dr. Bryce Kaye started Cary Counseling Center which later became incorporated under the name Allied Psychological Services.  He has had years of experience in performing individual psychotherapy, marriage counseling, and substance abuse counseling. He is a certified EMDR therapist for treating trauma and is on the research committee of the EMDR International Association. Dr. Kaye has also developed several forms of individual psychotherapy based on his knowledge of personality and psychophysiology.  These include:

  • An auto-hypnotic treatment for multiple personality disorder
  • Autonomy Shift Training to strengthen personal boundaries and reduce dysfunctional anger
  • Hypnotic Resource Grafting to heal emotional trauma
  • Autonomous Corrections exercises to increase level of consciousness

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. 

Deborah Riley
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Deborah Riley is licensed to practice clinical mental health counseling in the state of North Carolina at the Cary Counseling Center.  She also holds a certification in Counseling Theory. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her Master’s Degree from Capella University. Deborah spent more than 20 years in the non-profit sector, working with the impoverished as well as prison populations. She has nearly 30 years of experience working in adolescent ministry, including five years in a high school environment. Additionally, Deborah has worked as a mental health counselor treating individuals, couples, and families. Her areas of training include anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, and addiction. 

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 Barthuly, FBI NA # 168

Tony Barthuly served the Fond du Lac City Police Department for over 32 years. He worked his way up through the ranks, serving as the Chief of Police prior to his retirement in 2011. Tony was hired as the Director of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Training and Standards Bureau in September of 2011.  He was appointed to the Administrator of Law Enforcement services of the Wisconsin DOJ on April 30 2017 and retired in 2019.  Tony holds a Masters Degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch College and an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration from UW-Oshkosh. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #186 and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Session #53. Tony has served on and lead numerous Law Enforcement Training, Tactical, Leadership and Community Boards and Associations. Tony was very active as in Law Enforcement Training throughout his career. He is former Co-Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Civilian Law Enforcement Military Cooperation Committee.

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. 

Ret. Lt. Col. Wellington R. Scott, Chief Operating Officer, National Command & Staff College

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.