National Command & Staff College

Commissioners

Lt. Col. Dan Schilling
Retired, United States Air Force
New York Times Best Selling Author
Founder, Power of Awareness Institute
Commissioner, National Command & Staff College

Dan spent more than 30 years in the military, primarily as a Combat Controller and Special Tactics Officer, though he proudly started his career as an infantry grunt. His numerous combat and clandestine deployments have taken him around the world and include Operation Gothic Serpent, popularly known as Black Hawk Down from the movie and book bearing the same name, where he is credited with saving the lives of a Ranger and SEAL Team Six SEAL while under fire. He later founded and then served as the first commander of two special operations squadrons, one of which’s name and purpose remains classified. His final military assignment was the Joint Special Operations Command weapons of mass destruction U.S. interagency and intelligence community director. His military certifications include HALO and staticline master parachutist, Special Forces combat diver, and demolitions instructor.

A purveyor of adrenaline-fueled endeavors, he holds the Guinness World Record for most BASE jumps in 24 hours (201), a feat he conducted to benefit children who’ve lost a parent in special operations through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. He is also a professional-rated demonstration skydiver, speedwing pilot and volunteer ski instructor with Wasatch Adaptive Sports, helping those with disabilities to experience the thrill of downhill skiing.

Dan is now a full-time writer of both fiction and nonfiction. In addition to books, his writing has appeared in The Air Commando Journal, Cigar Aficionado and Parachutist magazines. He and his wife Julie, a former NSA cyber warfare operative, live in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. He can usually be found skiing or flying his speedwing near Alta ski resort.

Read Black Rifle Coffee’s ‘Coffee or Die Magazine’ feature on Dan, his beliefs, and what drives him to pursue his passions. https://coffeeordie.com/dan-schilling/

Jay Tabb Senior Vice President – Global Security Division Crisis Response Company, LLC Commissioner, National Command & Staff College Jay Tabb is a recently retired career Senior Executive and Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as well as a former U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) infantry officer with over three decades of national security and law enforcement experience leading strategic programs, managing organizational risk, and overseeing global security solutions. Currently the Senior Vice President of CRC’s Global Security Division (GSD), Mr. Tabb provides domestic and international security solutions for government and commercial clients. Mr. Tabb has extensive real-world experience managing risk and defending the U.S. and its allies from myriad threats, including both physical and cyber national security vectors. He continues this service through his leadership of the GSD. Prior to his current role with CRC, Mr. Tabb served nearly twenty three years in the FBI, culminating as the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s National Security Branch where he led a global workforce over 8,000 personnel with an annual operating budget of $330M. Since joining the FBI in 1997, Mr. Tabb held a variety of positions, including service as an operator on the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit, the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), and leadership of several special purpose counterterrorism units. Other key assignments included leadership of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Washington DC, Commander of the HRT, Deputy Assistant Director in charge of counterterrorism operations for the FBI, and Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for the FBI in Washington State. As the SAC, Mr. Tabb managed the investigation and apprehension of members of an international hacking group, as well as a sensitive counterintelligence operation involving the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle. As an operator with HRT, Mr. Tabb received the FBI Medal of Valor, as well as two FBI Stars for heroism and critical injuries received while operating in sensitive counterterrorism missions abroad. Other awards include the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for his leadership during a prominent global counterterrorism investigation, and the Exceptional Service Medal from the Director of National Intelligence for leadership in a sensitive counterterrorism matter. Mr. Tabb’s military service included over seven years an infantry officer in the U.S Marine Corps, including several command and staff billets and command during combat operations in the Middle East.

Kenneth D. Gisborne, MA, CPP
Commissioner, National Command & Staff College

Kenneth Gisborne is a Trusted Advisor and Senior Consultant to other security businesses and to private industry, institution and government clients. This trust relationship with government includes current and past security clearances to work on sensitive project security issues. These services have been provided in sea and air port environments, as well as extensive facility and policing environments throughout Canada.  Ken has prominently worked in the background as a servant leader assisting institutions and organizations with security and policing program organizational issues. As an example, these services have been offered to communities and police departments conducting police service reviews towards the goals of better working relationships. In this line of interest, he has co-authored original and all subsequent versions of “Every Officer Is A Leader”. Ken has been a technical writer of numerous sensitive security and public safety reports and reviews. He holds a Masters Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University. A strong proponent of mind-mapping spatial presentation and analysis, Ken has been tasked by numerous organizations in synthesizing complex issues into understandable program analyses, and conducting workshops within those organizations. This has taken form in projects such as assisting in the development of the provincial government security program for the 2010 Winter Olympics, conducting an enterprise-wide security risk assessment against terrorist threats for the regional transit system, and developing information security and port security assessments and plans for a regional Port Authority.  In recent years, Ken provided his services through 3Si Risk Strategies Inc. from 2004 to 2015; 10 of those years as President. In April 2015, Ken stepped down as President of 3Si to focus his work energy on key clients and projects, both for 3Si and for KDG Security Management Consulting Inc., a private corporation he has had since 1998. Ken has been providing overall security program and technical security consulting to private industry for 27 years. Before that, Ken was a technical investigator, security consultant and Unit Commander within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a veteran Staff Sergeant of the Technical Security Directorate. In total, he has been providing security and policing expertise for over 47 years.

Colonel Craig S. Kozeniesky
Deputy Commander, MORSOC USMC (RET.)
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.

 

Michael Bineham, CIG, CIGI
US Army Colonel (Ret.)
Senior HR Consultant, Licensed Private Investigator, Certified IG Investigator, Certified DoD IG Investigator, TS/SCI Clearance
Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

Colonel (Retired) Michael L. Bineham was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Policeman in May 1986.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in December 1989.   He received his commission through ROTC as a 2LT in the Field Artillery. His first assignment was as a Fire Support Officer for the 5th Squadron, 17th Cavalry at Camp Garry Owen, Korea. He was then assigned to the 18th Field Artillery Brigade (Airborne) Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as a Firing Platoon Leader and later Adjutant for the 3rd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment.  He deployed as the HHC, Executive Officer for the JTF in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1993.  Upon returning to Fort Bragg, he was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division where he served as the Division’s Replacement Detachment Commander and then S4 for the 82d Personnel Services Battalion (Airborne).  He was then assigned to Allied Forces Land Southeast in Izmir, Turkey where he served as the Headquarters Command Adjutant and deployed to Sarajevo, Bosnia where he served as a Weapons Storage Site Officer in the CJ3 Coordination Cell. Next, he was assigned to the Adjutant General School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina where he served as a Captain’s Career Course Small Group Instructor and Chief of Officer Training.  He returned to Fort Bragg where he served as the Adjutant and Human Resource Troop Commander for 1st Special Operations Detachment-Delta (Airborne).  He was then selected to be the Chief of Personnel Operations for the Joint Special Operations Command (Airborne).  He returned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina and commanded the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception). Upon completion of battalion command, he returned to Fort Bragg and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and served as the Chief of the command’s Recruiting, Accessions and Reception Division. In 2013, he was selected to attend the Army War College and was further selected as a National Security Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  After the fellowship he became the JSOC J1, Director of Human Resources, a position he held for three years. He culminated his 34 years in the Army by serving as the JSOC Command Inspector General.  He retired on 1 June 2020, and is now licensed as a Private Investigator in Texas and in North Carolina.  Currently he is the owner of Bineham & Associates International, LLC which provides Human Resource Consulting and Investigative Services.

COL (Ret) Bineham is a graduate of the Field Artillery Basic Course, the Adjutant General Advanced Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.  He earned a Masters of Arts in Human Resource Development from Webster University as well as a Masters of Science in History from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, GWOT Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Medal, the Overseas Ribbon (with Numeral “2”), the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, German Jump Wings (Gold), the Presidential Unit Citation the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Valorous Unit Award.

He is married to the former Lori Denise Capps from Fayetteville, North Carolina and they have two children, son, Tyler (20) LCpl in the USMC and daughter Ashley (17).

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 has over 20 years’ experience as an executive coach, consultant, and business change agent.  She has extensive experience coaching leaders and learning/application groups including large-scale coaching initiatives for enterprise leadership development and cultural transformation; She also has extensive personal leadership experience and thought leadership in the realms of connecting the dots between strategy and action and leveraging systems thinking to gain the big picture essential for strategically manifesting pathways forward with complexity and dynamic environments.  Linda has extensive experience championing leaders to evolve best practices to optimize their performance for competing priorities, complexities, ambiguities and uncertainties.  She facilitates leaders to step out of the box and move into uncharted territory. She has coached over 1,500 leaders spanning front line supervisors, managers, directors, C-Level leaders, and government Senior Executive Service (SES) personnel, including, facilitating diverse learning and application teams. This range of experience coaching enables Linda to champion the leaders she coaches to understand how their leadership is perceived and impacting across the organization enabling them to more readily make decisive shifts in their approaches.  Linda has also coached leaders across the full spectrum of enterprise roles including Strategy, Quality Assurance, IT, Police, Firefighters, Safety Professionals, Contracting, Human Relations, Customer Support, Program & Project Management, Logistics & Warehousing, Energy, Finance, Engineering, and diverse Operational Roles.

Linda Shaffer-Vanaria is a former U.S. Navy Test Pilot, Squadron Commanding Officer and was Director of the U.S. Navy’s Leader Training Unit.  As Commanding Officer, her squadron was awarded an operational excellence award for first time in its 21 year history.  She was also personally acknowledged by the Chief of Naval Operations as one of five Pacific Fleet finalists for the Vice Admiral Stockdale Leadership Award.  Following her tenure in the military, Linda was a strategic hire working for Royal Dutch Shell as part of a global team of 40 Change Agents, performing strategic leadership development and business improvement initiatives in support of the organizational global strategy.  She has since been an Executive Coach in her own practice, Enterprise Coaching of Carlsbad, for 18 years. 

Coaching Approach:   Linda starts with exploring the real challenges each group and each leader is facing including their views of their own work, leadership style, and desired future.  Her approach is to champion looking through the lenses that encompass the big picture; including, the lenses of the individual leader, the strategic needs of the organization, cultural dynamic and the practices of the respective industry at large.  This sets the foundation for discussions of breakthrough development.  Linda views the coaching process as a multi-dimensional opportunity for the leader and also their organization, to realize just-in-time development and cultural enhancement as well as to build strong awareness of how their day to day thinking and practices can emerge and align.  Ultimately, she facilitates her clients in strategic learning to champion their capacity to take ownership and drive how they become a magnet for the awareness, tools, mindsets, and success elements to decisively bring solutions to their greatest challenges and illuminate opportunities to achieve their most aspirational goals and desires.

Coaching Style:  Linda’s coaching style is one of setting a tone of emotional safety with deep listening with genuine interest in what the leader and team is expressing. Her style is to help to separate out the pieces so the leaders and group can readily see the elements of their story and put them in context by looking at their lenses and other possible lenses and perspectives; continually expanding their view of the big picture. Linda believes from her 20 years’ experience as a facilitator-coach that as leader’s grow their awareness, their capacity for architecting new approaches vastly increases, thereby enabling leaders and teams to become increasingly more deliberate, focused and confident. Linda also readily shares stories, ideas and examples of her own and other thinking & range of application as fuel for expanding perspectives and options.  Her overall style is very championing, continually helping leaders to witness their own growth and have respect for the powerful results their many micro-steps are achieving and can continue to achieve despite the all else that is on their plate

Linda is a Thought Leader on EDGE Performance.   Linda defines EDGE as beyond “out of the box.” She believes that when you are at the EDGE, you are at a place of expanding boundaries into unknown and uncharted territory.  This territory takes a very different set of skills than a territory of known and definable parameters. Linda passion for EDGE Performance was ignited following her narrow survival of aircraft accident which she has come to call 2.5 Seconds to Live; a Leader’s Guide story.

Linda’s perspective about leading at the EDGE is two-fold.  First, you must realize that operating at peak performance equates to accomplishing nominal tasks with precision application of our knowledge and skills.  Second, you must understand that EDGE Performance is familiarity and confidence in channeling peak performance to achieve engagement in a box of ever-changing dimensions and possibilities.  In our work and life, we will not, nor should we be at the EDGE in every moment.  That is not the goal. The goal is to understand where we are in the Operating Envelope and to hold a relationship with the Envelope of Possibility so we can more readily define a box of our choosing and more knowingly take ownership of when and how we engage EDGE  Linda  has created numerous models and concepts on EDGE Performance and readily shares them with those she coaches to enable them to retool their approaches to achieve their EDGE. 

Reuven Bar-On, Ph.D.
Founder & President, Bar-On Test Developers
Major, Israeli Defense Forces (Ret.)
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.

Rosalyn D Harrington, Ph.D
Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College

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.  

Michael Apter Ph.D.
Founder, Apter International
Founder, Reversal Theory
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 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.”

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).

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.

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).

Chief Joe Cardella
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.