National Command & Staff College

International Academy of Public Safety

Wellness & Well-Being Faculty

Dr. Relly Nedler, 
Emotional Intelligence and Coaching

Dr. Nadler is the founder of True North Leadership, Inc. an Executive and Organizational development firm. He was educated as a clinical psychologist, has become a world-class executive coach, leadership and team trainer. He has designed and delivered many multiple day Leadership Bootcamps for high achievers.

All of Dr. Nadler’s executive leadership training programs and leadership development speaking services can be tailored for your organization or industry-specific needs. Please contact us for a personalized quote and information tailored to you and your unique organization.

A licensed psychologist and Master Executive Coach, Dr. Nadler has been working for more than 30 years with top executives and their teams to become “star performers.” He is the author of six best-selling leadership and team performance books, and is a sought-after speaker and consultant on leadership, teambuilding, executive coaching, emotional intelligence and experiential learning.

Dr. Nadler has coached CEOs, presidents and their staffs, and has developed and delivered innovative leadership programs for such organizations as Anheuser-Busch, Anthem, BMW, Comcast Entertainment, US Navy, and Vanguard Health. He has also created and facilitated team trainings for DreamWorks Animation, Comerica Bank, America Honda and General Motors Defense. He is recognized around the world for his expertise in linking emotional intelligence and hands-on tools to develop top performers.

Dr. Nadler received his B.A. from the University of Hartford and his M.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Nadler is on the faculty of The College of Executive Coaching since 2001, a post-graduate institute, that trains professionals in personal and executive coaching, and is certified in the use of Daniel Goleman’s and the Korn Ferry Hay Group’s Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI) and a Master Trainer for the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQi 2.0) by Multi-Health Systems.

Currently, Dr. Nadler’s work involves identifying applications for how teams and individuals can increase emotional intelligence to become “star performers.” He has a popular blog on Psychology Today and is the co-host of Leadership Development News podcast with over 1 million downloads.

In his book, Leading With Emotional Intelligence, Dr. Nadler provides 108 tools and a hands-on curriculum to develop emotional intelligence in leaders and their team.

The Professional Staff includes up to twenty additional leading Psychologists, Executive Coaches and MBAs, who bring unique expertise to Dr. Nadler’s consulting and training projects.

Dr. Jenny Prohaskader
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Injury, Suicide Awareness, Prevention, and Response, Chronic Stress and Resiliency

Dr. Prohaska is a nationally sought-after public speaker for numerous law enforcement and public safety entities, presenting on topics such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Injury, Suicide Awareness, Prevention, and Response, Chronic Stress and Resiliency for First Responders and their Families, and the psychological components of Commander Leadership and Mental Health. She has been a featured speaker for the FBI National Academy (division?), the International Association of Chiefs of Police, MidAmerican Regional Council, and Central States Law Enforcement Executives Seminar. 

Dr. Prohaska’s specialty is in Officer Involved Shootings and other critical incidents that fall outside of the scope of normal daily first-responder activities. She is Force Science Certified and has sub-specialty training in working with individuals with major medical repercussions from their duties, particularly Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury.

Her primary work is in consulting with police departments regarding a variety of personnel needs, as well as functional and operational needs or challenges that have a psychological component. Her other work is centered around assessment including New Hire Evaluations for police and public safety entities, Fitness-for-Duty, and Promotions/Management Readiness Evaluations. She also engages in assessment and treatment planning evaluations for individuals in public safety positions with severe trauma reactions and other psychiatric disorders and collaborates with the employee-patient and agency to find the best fit for appropriate and high-quality care for the employee-patient. 

Prior to Dr. Prohaska’s current endeavors, she has been intimately involved in the development, training, implementation, and maintenance of over two dozen peer support teams across a three-state area. And she has consulted for over nearly 50 peer support teams as well. She has also been involved in critical incident response education and planning for both the public and private sectors. In addition, she primarily served in inpatient hospital units at the University of Kansas Medical Center, including, but not limited to, the Trauma, Intensive Care, Physical Rehabilitation, Neurology, and Burn Units. She was then hired on as clinical faculty where she worked at the University of Kansas Cancer Center addressing the psychological and neuropsychological needs of patients undergoing cancer treatment. In addition, she has worked for multiple public safety entities across Kansas and Missouri, independently practicing in police and public safety psychology. In 2016, she founded Insight Public Safety and Forensic Consulting, LLC.

Dr. Jennifer Prohaska graduated with her Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from the University of Kansas and completed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in neuro-rehabilitation psychology, specializing in traumatic injury, life changing medical illness, and terminal illness.

Dr. Antonio Ocana MD, Co-Founder, Epiphany360
Focus: Officer Wellness, Wellbeing, PTSD and Addiction

Dr. Antonio Ocana MD is the CEO and Founder of Epiphany360 a digital health venture with offices in both Vancouver, BC and Los Angeles, CA.  Right out of medical school, people knew I had a different way of approaching mental health and with time more and more physicians referred their patients to me. Having an MSc in Clinical Nutrition, my colleagues started sending me patients with weight problems.

When I realized that ½ of these patients had some kind of compulsive eating or bulimia, I started running eating disorder groups. When I realized that ½ of the patients had some kind of mental health problem, I got interested in psychopharmacology. When I realized that ½ of these patients had some kind of addiction, I certified in addiction medicine. When I realized that ½ of these patients had ADHD, I opened, with Lawrence Sheppard, the NorthShore ADHD and Addiction Clinic.  I’m part Spanish on my father side. He was a physician. He who was interested in mental health, psychotherapy and prevention. He loved his job, he said, because “It’s about people; and people are beautiful”. He was a good listener, who always seemed to be able find the “essence” of each of his patients.

When I graduated from medical school and we were driving home from the ceremony, he said, “Antonio, you can spend your entire career helping one patient after another, and they will be forever grateful. But I want you to do more.”

“What do you mean ‘more’?” I inquired.

“I want you to do more than just build sandcastles, that will wash away by the next day. I want you to do something that stands the test of time.” I didn’t quite know how I would do that. It just happened.  I’m part Swiss on my mother’s side, so over the years, I created a database to collect patients’ answers to the questions that were relevant to their illness or recovery, “How much of a problem does difficulty concentrating cause?” or “How much of an asset is your spiritual life” or “Did your mother take your feelings into account; how close did you feel to her?” However, in order to compare one patient to another, I needed to quantify, so I scored each from 0-10. With that, all kinds of patterns emerged that I leveraged to change my ADHD and Addiction practice. We published some of them. That’s how Epiphany360 was born. Eventually we created a cloud-based solution that we could scale.  Epiphany360 became my way of fulfilling dad’s challenge: contributing to the healthcare system by creating a technological innovation, a medical device for mental health. Something that would not wash away with the next wave.

Dr. Bryce Kaye, Founder, Cary Counseling
Focus: Wellbeing, PTSD, Stress Management, Self Esteem and Emotional Wounds

Bryce Kaye was licensed in 1979 after receiving his masters and doctorate from the University of Illinois with a specialty in personality. He completed his psychological internship at the Phoenix Veterans Administration Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona in 1976. 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. He also researched the effectiveness of treatment and developed the family program as a part of his research grant. In 1984, Dr. Kaye started Cary Counseling Center which later became incorporated under the name Allied Psychological Services, PA in 1992. He has had years of experience in performing individual psychotherapy, marriage counseling, and substance abuse counseling. He is also a trained and certified EMDR therapist, having received certification by the EMDR International Association.

Dr. Kaye is currently the director of Cary Counseling Center and Oriental Counseling Center. He has researched and developed several types of therapies in addition to providing therapy for individuals and couples.

Stephen A. Petrilli Jr., Assistant Chief of Police, Normal Police Department, IL
Focus: Officer Wellness, Fitness and Nutrition 

Steve Petrilli has been with the Normal Police Department for 22 years and is currently the Assistant Chief of Operations.  He has been a recruiter, FTO, SWAT Operator and   K-9 handler.  Steve has held supervisory roles in Patrol, VICE, SWAT, Pro-Active Gang Crimes Unit and for the Town of Normal Employee Wellness Committee. 

He is a graduate of Illinois State University (B.S.), Northwestern Police Staff and Command and the FBI National Academy Session #264. 

Steve is a former college athlete, a Certified Physical Preparation Specialist (CPPS), a CF-L1 Trainer, and has successfully completed L-1 Power Athlete Methodology Training, CrossfFit Law Enforcement Application Specialty Training and Lee Taft Speed School.  Steve is currently is a S&C coach at The Athlete Factory in Bloomington, Illinois.  Steve is also the owner of First Responder Health and Wellness LLC., 

Dr. Mitch Javidi, National Command & Staff College
Focus: Officer Psychological Resilience, Wellbeing and Performance 

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, honorary Sheriff by the National Sheriffs’ Association in 2016 and honorary Police Commander by the Santa Fe ISD Police Department (2019). He was also the recipient of the “Spirit Award” from the National Tactical Officers’ Association.  This prestigious award is presented by NTOA to an individual whose work saves lives (2019).

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. Two of his coauthored articles have been published by the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin ~ “Human Factors: Police Leaders Improving Safety While Developing Meaningful Public Trust” and “Unbundling Beliefs and Values.”  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”.

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.

Reuven Bar-On, Ph.D.
Focus: Officer Performance and Resiliency 

Dr. Bar-On is acknowledged as one of the leading pioneers, researchers and practitioners in the field of emotional intelligence ( 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.
Focus: Emotional Resiliency 

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.

Ian Hesketh, Ph.D, United Kingdom Police Services
Focus: Officer Wellbeing

Dr. Ian Hesketh is an Organisational Psychologist. He is a 30yr veteran of the UK police service. Dr Hesketh is the Wellbeing Lead for the UK College of Policing and also supports the National Health and Wellbeing forum, established by Prof Sir Cary Cooper with Alliance Business School, University of Manchester in the UK.  He is an Honorary Researcher at Lancaster University Management School and a Visiting Fellow at the Open University Business School. He is also a visiting lecturer at several other Universities. He holds a PhD in Management and Social Psychology and an MBA from Lancaster University. He is a Chartered Manager (CMgr), and holds Qualified Teaching, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status with the Society for Education and Training.  His research interests are centered on Wellbeing and has written two books on the subject. Ian introduced and labelled the concept of Leaveism to explain human behaviours associated with workplace workload and stress. In 2011 his article on Transformational Leadership During Change was voted one of the Top 5 Management Articles by the Chartered Management Institute in the UK. He is the author of numerous academic and trade papers on workplace wellbeing, change and public value. His current work is centered on trauma exposure and roles within policing that involve increased psychological risks; and responses thereto.  He is a Member of the Society for Education and Training, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Dr. Mark L. Whitman, Police Chief (Ret.)
Focus: Officer Burnout

Dr. Mark Whitman completed a near forty year career in law enforcement in 2010 after serving as a Police Chief and or a Police Commissioner in three different venues.  Dr. Whitman made the decision to finish his Ph.D. rather than search for another Chief’s Position. He received his Bachelor Degree from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, and a Masters in Community Service Administration from Alfred University, Alfred, NY, and his Doctorate in Public Safety Leadership/Criminal Justice from Capella University in 2013.  He is a graduate of the FBINA 165th and the FBI LEEDS 43rd.  He has provided Leadership training for the NYS Executive Development Program, Mid-South Training Institute, Mississippi Police Chiefs Association and the New Jersey Police Chiefs Association.  He served as the Chairman of the NYS Municipal Police Training Council (NYS Post Certification equivalent) and was elected by his peers as President of the NYS Police Chiefs Association and the General Chair of the State Association of Police Chiefs within the IACP.

He began his career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, which was interrupted by the U.S. Military Draft and he returned for a short period of time after receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. He then received a civil service appointment in his hometown police department of Hornell, NY.  He served 21 years in the rank(s) of Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Captain and fifteen years as the Police Chief. He served as a Military Police Investigator during his military service at a work release prison, U.S. Army Retraining Brigade, Ft. Riley, KS.

In 1996 he accepted the Police Commissioners position in Troy, NY.  Troy is a diverse community of approximately 54,000 people located in the Capital District of New York (Albany, Troy, and Schenectady, NY). Troy is the home of Uncle Sam, along with Rensselaer Poly-Technical Institute, Russell Sage College, Hudson Valley Community College, Emma Willard Prep-School, is intersected by major roadways traversed by hundreds of thousands of tourist making their way into the Berkshire or Green Mountains of the Northeast for recreation both in summer and winter. During the first three years of my tenure in Troy, it was under the financial control of the New York State Comptroller.  At the same time Troy elected to go back to the strong Mayor/Council form of government removing the City Manager/Council from the charter. Troy, NY was five times the size of Hornell, NY and he was Police Commissioner during some its darkest days.

In 2003 he retired from NYS and accepted the position of Police Commissioner in York, PA, one-time manufacturing mecca that has been reduced to rusting hulls of factories and significant crime and economic concerns similarly situated with Troy, NY.  In both locations the deep reduction in crime and fear of crime relied heavily on attitude modification by police and community.  Crime rates were cut and the community was an active participant. In York, PA., He led the Federal Weed and Seed Program bringing over forty agencies together with the police to create a vision and gain momentum toward that vision.  He is quoted as describing police and community change akin to turning a battleship in a bathtub. 

His success is credited with being an innovative and transitional leader with demonstrated organizational, analytical and communications skills in managing change and specializing in turnarounds and establishing organizational professionalism.  A knowledgeable leader with a proven track record of executive development establishing organizational legacy, building community and agency relationships vital for organizational success and has been selected by peers to lead professional organizations on their behalf; possessing leadership vision with achievement-oriented foresight; a dedicated team player who is able to work independently as well as within an organizational framework.

Upon leaving the police vocation, Dr. Whitman was an Adjunct at Alfred State College, Alfred, NY.  He was the content specialist in the development of the new Criminal Justice Program, A.S. & B.S. Programs.  The original programs were accepted by SUNY and the NYS Education Department the first time through the process.  He is currently an Associate Professor in a Tenure Track. He has published:

  • The Police Chief, November 2005. ”The Culture of Safety: No One Gets Hurt Today.” Pg.20-27.Mark Whitman and Christopher Smith.
  • Investigating the correlation between preemployment screening and predicting unethical behavior in police candidates (Whitman, 2013).
  • Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie: Leadership in Four Easy Steps. OER SUNY Textbooks. (Whitman, 2018).
  • Ethics in Life and Vocation. OER SUNY Textbooks. (Whitman, 2018).
  • Currently, Dr. Whitman is researching “Burnout” as a symptom of the job and not the result from the job.  “Attitude is everything, so pick a good one!”