Terry Anderson, Ph.D, Institute for Credible Leadership Development

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.

Chief Gary Benthin, Institute for Credible Leadership Development

Chief (Retired) Gary Benthin served as a law enforcement officer for 32 years; 22 of those years as chief of police on two departments. Before becoming a police chief he received a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University and graduated from the North Carolina Police Executive Development Program at the University of North Carolina. Chief Benthin is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has twice graduated from Criminal Justice Instructor schools. Chief Benthin has strong expertise in law enforcement administration, leadership and training. Under his direction as chief, drug investigators with the Eden Police Department conducted an undercover operation that resulted in the seizure of more than $1.3 million in cash, two tractor-trailers, 21 cars and trucks and eight guns.  This was, at the time, North Carolina’s largest and most successful drug investigation ever.  Among the items seized were a tractor-trailer that was intercepted while heading to Mexico with nearly $900,000 in cash. In addition, warehouses used in the transportation of drugs were identified during the investigation after undercover officers posing as drug dealers were able to infiltrate the operation.  The investigation, which began in March 2007 and ended in July 2008, began in Eden but spread to Virginia, Texas, California, Georgia and Mexico and included several agencies, including the SBI, federal agencies and several county and local agencies.  By law, the Eden Police Department was able to keep $468,000 of the seized assets. 

 Chief Gary Blankenship, Retired)

Chief (Retired) Gary Blankenship has served as a law enforcement officer for more than 32 years. In 1980, he joined the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and served in various capacities until 1984 when he began his civilian law enforcement career with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. In the first 5 years, he worked as a patrol deputy and for ten years as a criminal investigator. During his tenure as a detective, one of his most proud moments was when he was able to solve an extremely complex and high profile rape of a 12 year old girl kidnapped by a stranger at her bus stop. The investigation led to an offender who had just been released from prison for similar crimes. The defendant is currently serving life in prison. Chief Blankenship moved on to the Carrboro Police Department in 1999 and returned to Chatham County as the Chief Deputy in 2002. Chief Blankenship was instrumental in bringing comprehensive weekly leadership training to his agency and they currently have online leadership requirements through the International Academy of Public Safety and monthly requirements with their own programs presented by fellow employees. Chief Blankenship received his BS Degree in Criminal Justice from Mount Olive College and graduated from the North Carolina Justice Academy’s Management Development Program. He has been a law enforcement instructor for 17 years. He is married and has two wonderful children.

Lieutenant Darius Bone, Los Angeles Police Department

Lieutenant Darius Bone of the Los Angeles, California, Police Department has 30 years of professional experience spans a wide range of disciplines. Woven throughout his careers are homeland security, public safety and service, risk management, liability mitigation, human factors analysis and aviation safety. His professional career began as an electrical engineer for a prominent government contracted aerospace corporation, Hughes Aircraft (eight years). His engineering career noted his ability to develop working teams and solve complex problems. After deciding to become more directly involved in public service he began a career with the Los Angeles Police Department (21 years-presently employed). His law enforcement career consists of various challenging and rewarding assignments. His passion for developing others has led him to be an adjunct instructor for the University of Phoenix and Westwood College.

Chief Percy Crutchfield, Pittsboro  Police Department

Chief Percy Crutchfield has been a Law Enforcement Officer since 1988. Chief Crutchfield has a broad scope of law enforcement experience both as a town police officer and county deputy sheriff. He has served as a patrol officer, sergeant, investigator, and was the Lieutenant of Special Investigations for the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office prior to his appointment as Pittsboro Chief of Police. Chief Crutchfield has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice & Criminology, the Criminal Investigators Certificate from the North Carolina Justice Academy, is a certified law enforcement instructor, a specialized law enforcement instructor in Firearms and Hazardous Materials, and has his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificates from North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. Percy also instructs in Basic Law Enforcement Training, In-Service law enforcement training, and has instructed for the International Academy of Public Safety. Chief Crutchfield has attended thousands of hours of law enforcement and emergency services related courses throughout his career. He has also served as a hostage negotiator, tactical team member, and has been trained in telecommunications.  Chief Crutchfield has been a lifelong resident of the Pittsboro area and has a strong commitment to the community. He has been a volunteer fireman with the Pittsboro Fire Department since 1986 and is involved in various community service organizations and/or committees. He is married to his wife of over twenty years Janet, and has a daughter, Morgan and son, Owen who both currently attend Chatham County Schools. Chief Crutchfield believes that the community of Pittsboro is and wonderful place to live and raise a family.

Kevan Dugan, The National Tactical Officers Association

Kevan Dugan served 29 years with the Pennsylvania State Police assigned to Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Undercover Unit, Underwater Search Team and the Special Emergency Response Team. He served 17 years with the Special Emergency Response Team, serving as an operator, team leader, coordinator, and lastly as a Division Director responsible for both East and West SERTs, and the Canine and Hazardous Device and Explosive Units. He is a member of the NTOA, PATOA and CATO and was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the PATOA (Pennsylvania Tactical Officers Association) after his retirement. He is a graduate of the FBINAA, Session 213 and is a certified Force Science Analyst. He currently serves as a Western Region Director for the NTOA.

Sheriff Van Duncan, The Buncombe County sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Van Duncan has been a career law enforcement officer since graduation from Western Carolina University with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1986.  He has served in the role of Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant and Detective as well as serving as the Chief of Company Police for Biltmore Estate House and Gardens.  Sheriff Duncan is a graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program that is delivered by North Carolina State University, and he is a certified North Carolina General Instructor as well as a Certified Problem Based Learning Instructor.  Van also has an extensive instructional background in firearms training and response team tactics.  He served as assistant team leader for the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team for six years.  In 2004, he went to work for the North Carolina Justice Academy as an Instructor/Coordinator in the Management/Supervision section.  It was there he had the opportunity to teach First Line Supervision and create a course in leadership development for the law enforcement supervisor.  Sheriff Duncan believes it was this experience that enabled him to understand the commonalities and challenges in law enforcement agencies across the state as well as understand the similarities between law enforcement leadership and corporate leadership.  In 2006, Van was elected Sheriff in Buncombe County and is in his second term in office.  During the past 8 years, the Sheriff’s Office has established its own Law Enforcement Leadership Academy in partnership with Asheville-Buncombe Technical College.  Community Based Problem Solving teams have been established within the Sheriff’s Office that partner with specific communities to identify problems and work toward collaborative solutions.  The Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Buncombe County Schools, has developed an On Track Leadership program for at-risk youth.  This program identifies 50 kids each summer which go through a two-week leadership development, character building and decision making program.

Lt. Brian Ellis, Sacramento Police Department

Lt. Brian Ellis is an 18-year veteran with the Sacramento Police Department.  Lieutenant Ellis has worked in a number of 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 a watch commander for the East Command of Sacramento.  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 2,000 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 Today, Peace 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.

Paul R. Howe, Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT)

Paul R. Howe has 20 year veteran and former Special Operations Team Leader and instructor with combat experience in multiple venues.  Paul built and leads Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT) www.combatshootingandtactics.com CSAT began as a Tactical Law Enforcement Training organization teaching Advance Hostage Rescue and has evolved into Government Security Training, Civilian tactical training and Leadership Training. Paul began work in law enforcement and then entered military service to establish a solid hands on career in public and national service. Paul has trained top tier organizations and agencies throughout the operational spectrum for over 25 years in all aspects of high risk training.  He has authored numerous tactical articles and delivered numerous seminars on leadership and training, most recently working the State Department’s MSD program.  Paul has authored the book “Leadership and Training for the Fight.”  Paul holds a bachelor from Liberty University and a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University (Communications, Political Science and History) where he received the 1999 “Teaching Excellence Award” for the schools Applied Arts and Science Department while assigned to the ROTC program there.

Captain Tracy Kelly, The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Office

Captain Tracy Kelly is a Captain with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office in Pittsboro, North Carolina.  With over 20 years of law enforcement experience, Captain Kelly has a Masters Degree in Justice Administration, advanced law enforcement certificates from Criminal Justice Standards and Sheriff’s Standards.  She is a specialized driving instructor and has both county and city law enforcement experience.

Larry W. Long, Ph.D, Institute for Credible Leadership Development

Dr. Long served as Professor and Executive Director of the School of Communication at Illinois State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Speech, Education, Mathematics) from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, a Master of Science (Communication, Educational & Psychological Research) from the University of North Texas, and a PhD (Organizational Communication, Management, Research Methods, Computer Science) from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, he received the honor of being named as the 1998-99 “Person of the Year” by the National Society of Accountants for his work in developing their strategic plan and process decision making systems.

Dr. Long has been qualified as an expert witness in product liability litigation, particularly in the areas of warning label efficacy and research methodology. He is a retired artillery and infantry officer who completed 21 years of honorable service with the Army National Guard and is an honorary member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Anthony H. Normore, Ph.D, California State University Dominguez Hills

Anthony H. Normore (Tony), PhD is professor of educational leadership and Department Chair of Graduate Education at California State University Dominguez Hills. He has 30+ years in education. While at CSUDH he has served as Department Chair for Special Education, Department Co-Chair for Teacher Education, and Program Director of Educational Administration. He has also served as Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Director of Doctoral Programs at California Lutheran University. Dr. Normore’s research focuses on leadership development, preparation and socialization of aspiring and practicing leaders in the context of ethics and social justice. He has edited or co-edited over 20 books; authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, monographs, book forewords, book reviews; provided keynote addresses at conferences; and, presented 200+ papers at national and international professional conferences. In 2013, he received the “Bridge People” Award for the Leadership for Social Justice SIG at AERA 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, and the co-creation of a credible leadership development program with Los Angeles Police Department, Dr. Normore is the the 2015 recipient of the “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. He has also published for Phi Delta Kappan, NASSP Bulletin, National Middle School Principal, Florida Educational Leadership, NASSP The Principal, Teachers College Record, National Staff Development. 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.

Sheriff Ray Nash, Police Dynamics

Sheriff (Retired) Ray Nash began his law enforcement career as a police dispatcher while still in high school. He has since served in law enforcement for over 36 years and brings a wide range of experience to the profession. After serving as a reserve officer with the Irmo Police Department in South Carolina, Ray joined the force full time in 1981, working through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 1983 at age 23. He served the next two years on the training staff of the Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. In 1987, Ray became Chief of the Summerville, SC Police Department where he served until 1994. Under his leadership, Summerville was recognized for its outstanding community policing initiative. Ray next served as a consultant to law enforcement agencies nationwide in the areas of community oriented policing and leadership skills. In 1997, he began serving his first of three terms as Sheriff of Dorchester County. During this time, he developed a character-based leadership program called Police Dynamics and founded the Police Dynamics Institute. Agencies throughout the U.S. and overseas have adopted the program and are reporting great success in fighting crime, building community trust, improving officer performance, and reducing ethical failures. In 2009, Ray retired as sheriff and went overseas to support the international police reform effort in Afghanistan for the next three years. He served in a number of capacities including Criminal Justice Advisor for the US Embassy in Kabul and Professional Development Director for the International Police Coordination Board.  Ray holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice, a B.S. in Adult Education (workforce development) from Southern Illinois University, and an MS in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. He continues to provide law enforcement leadership training through the Police Dynamics Institute and the International Academy of Public Safety where he serves as VP of Training  and Development.

Chief David L. Perry, Florida State University

Florida State University’s Chief of Police, David L. Perry, has worked in law enforcement since 1993.  He began his career as a police officer for the Albany Police Department in Albany, Georgia where he quickly rose to the rank of investigator then transferred to the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit. At age 26, he was appointed Chief of Police at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. From 2003 to 2006 Perry served as the Deputy Chief of Police for Clemson University. In 2006, David accepted the position as Chief of Police for Florida State University (FSU).  As FSU’s Chief of Police, his responsibilities include overseeing safety, police and security services on campuses in Panama City Florida, Sarasota Florida and the Florida State University School (K-12) in addition to his main campus responsibilities. The FSU Police Department currently has 67 sworn officers and a number of security and administrative personnel at each location. In 2014 Perry was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Safety and Chief of Police for Florida State University. His additional responsibilities include overseeing access control and CCTV systems, transportation-parking enforcement and emergency management. Chief Perry shares his extensive knowledge of the campus law enforcement profession while teaching as an adjutant professor with FSU’s College of Criminology and as a Certified Instructor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Leadership Academy.   He has provided instruction related to criminal justice to hundreds of students in a traditional instruction setting and online, as well as presenting in-service training courses to campus, city, and county law enforcement agencies.  David is a graduate of Albany State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice (1993).  He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Albany State University (2002) and is currently enrolled in the PhD program for Educational Leadership at Florida State University. He has also completed the basic police recruit training academies in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

 Chief Deputy Michael Roberson, The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office

 Chief Deputy Michael Roberson has served as a law enforcement officer for twenty-two years.  He started his career as a volunteer EMT with East Chatham Rescue Squad in 1984 and received his EMT- Paramedic Certification from Alamance Community College in 1989.  He also volunteered as an EMT Paramedic with South Orange Rescue Squad from 1988 to 1991.  October 1990, he was hired at a Public Safety Officer with the Town of Chapel Hill.  He completed Fire School as a Level III firefighter and BLET as a police officer.  He was selected to be on their tactical team where he was eventually was appointed to Team Leader for the team.  He worked for the police department for 12 years and for 6 years he was an Investigator specializing in juvenile and sexual assault investigations.  In 2002, he began working with Chatham County Sheriff’s Office as the Lieutenant of Training and SRO’s.  He volunteered to lead the jail as the Jail Administrator, graduated detention school, and became a North Carolina School Director to deliver that same Detention Officer’s State Certification Course.  In 2004, he was appointed as the Sheriff’s Tactical Team Commander.  In 2006 he was promoted to Captain of Special Operations Division and has worked on the design and construction of three court complexes and a new jail.  He is currently a specialized physical fitness instructor with Criminal Justice Training and Standards.  He was promoted to Major, Chief of Staff, for the Sheriff’s Office in 2012.    

Lorraine Snyder, The Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development

Lorraine Snyder, Director of Certified Credible Leader (CCL) of the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development is a Law Enforcement Instructor and has been in the field of public service and law enforcement for twenty-nine years. She began her career at the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety serving as a Crime Prevention Specialist and a member of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). Lorraine was recruited and selected by the NC Department of Justice to develop and implement the state’s first Hate Crime Reporting Curriculum. Recognized nationally for her work, she was chosen to be a speaker at Yale University’s Research Forum on Hate/Bias Crimes. During her time at the Department of Justice, NC Justice Academy, she has developed, revised and taught a variety of courses. Being fluent in Spanish, she has instructed numerous effective Spanish-language learning courses ranging from a Basic Spanish for Law Enforcement, to a more advanced El Curso Para Leer y Practicar Español. Two of her favorite topics have been instructed in an online format; Investigator Ethics and Interrogator Personality Dynamics. She has worked with Alzheimers NC, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, the NC Attorneys General’s Office – Medicaid Fraud Investigations Unit in offering two courses regarding investigation and protection of North Carolina’s elder and disabled population; Understanding Dementia and Investigating Crime in Long Term Care: Voiceless Victims. For her work in this area, the Southeastern Area Agencies on Aging awarded her the “Outstanding Community Service Award” in 2007, and went on to co-present a lecture at their annual conference in 2012. Lorraine received honors in 2013 by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Strategic Alliance For Elders (S.A.F.E.) Taskforce and Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. presented her with the “Potter’s Hand: Senior Advocacy Award”. She is honored to have been a requested speaker in state and nationally for the last seven years. The curriculum she co-developed has been requested internationally. She is also a Challenge Course (High and Low Ropes) instructor. Lorraine holds BA in Political Science and Spanish Language, from UNC Greensboro, NC.

Lt. Col. Wellington Scott, Institute for Credible Leadership Development

Lt. Col. Wellington 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 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 President of the Sheriff’s Institute for Ethical Leadership Development (SHIELD) a Division of the International Academy of Public Safety.

Russ Reithmeyer , Institute for Credible Leadership Development

Russ Reithmeyer has served in military and law enforcement special operations units for over 26 years. He has advised, trained, and operated with multiple foreign military units and police departments. As a leader within a unique special operations police unit, he helped develop effective tools and tactics to counter terrorism and enhance security for the National Passenger Rail System. Throughout his career, Russ worked to advance C4ISR technologies in the military and with the Amtrak Police department. While in charge of the Force Modernization staff at the US Army Special Forces Command, he effectively translated operational needs to USASOC from deployed units which resulted in rapid fielding of cutting edge technology. He has extensive experience developing training courses and running exercises for response to security threats to detect, deter, and defend against terrorist acts and criminal incidents. He is an accomplished instructor and has taught at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He has trained hundreds of SWAT team and police members at the local, regional, and federal level on active shooter and train tactics. He earned a BS Business degree from Excelsior College in 1999 and an MBA from Webster University in 2004. He has been trained in military and law enforcement schools and courses gaining considerable expertise in Transportation and Facility Security, Anti-Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism, WMD threats, Active Shooter, Suicide Bombing & IEDs, Operations & Intelligence, and C4ISR. Russ is a member of the California Tactical Officers Association and the National Technical Investigators Association.

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) R’ami Spain

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) R’ami Spain is a native of West Springfield, MA. She graduated from Norwich University – Military College of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She also holds a Masters Degree in Management from Webster University. Her military education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and the US Army Combined Arms Services Staff School. Lieutenant Colonel Spain entered the Army as a Private in April 1981 and was commissioned as a Military Police Officer in August 1984. In her nearly 25 years in the Army she served in a variety of leadership positions. Some of her key assignments include: Military Police Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Company Commander, and Provost Marshal Operations Officer at the Law Enforcement Command at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; the Personnel Officer for the Military Prison also at Fort Leavenworth; Provost Marshal (Military Police Chief), Frankfurt Germany; Assistant Operations Officer, Camp Zama Law Enforcement, Japan; Commander for Law Enforcement for Garrison Support Units, at both Fort Bragg, NC, and Fort Polk, LA. Some of her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (awarded three times), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, United States Army parachutist badge, and the Military Police Bronze Order of the Marechanssee. LTC Spain’s career path focused primarily on law enforcement and corrections. Her specialty training includes Special Reaction Team Training, Instinctive Shooting, and Officer Safety Training. Upon retirement from the military, LTC Spain entered the corporate world where she initially was the Regional Manager for an access control contract for 8 Army installations, across 3 states, operating out of Chesapeake, VA and Aiken, SC. Following the conclusion of that contract, she was the Police Chief for the Law Enforcement Department at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC. She currently is the Director of the Security Operations Division at Savannah River, with responsibilities for the Law Enforcement Department, the Perimeter Protection Department and the Aviation Operations Department.

Colonel Ted Spain, US Army (Ret.)

Colonel (Retired) Ted Spain is a native of Wendell, North Carolina.  He graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.  He also holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Webster University and a Masters Degree in Military Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.  His military education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the US Army War College.  Colonel Spain entered the Army as a Private First Class in June 1978 and was commissioned from the US Army Officer Candidate School in December 1978.  He was inducted into the US Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in March 2006 and inducted into the US Army Military Police Regimental Hall of Fame in September 2009.  Before joining the Army he was a police officer in Greenville, North Carolina.  He is the co-author of a recently released book entitled, “Breaking Iraq: The Ten Mistakes That Broke Iraq”, where he reveals his first hand involvement in the planning for, and the execution of, the ground war and the first year of the occupation of Iraq in 2003-2004, while serving as the Commander of the 18th Military Police Brigade.  Some of his awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (awarded seven times), Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Iraqi Campaign Medal (with one service star), and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals.  He earned the United States Army parachutist badge, the parachutist badge from the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Military Police Silver Order of the Marechanssee.

Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia

Matthew Tobia is a Battalion Chief with the Anne Arundel County, MD Fire Department, a metropolitan combination Fire / Rescue / EMS agency in Suburban Baltimore, MD. With over 20 years of diverse experience, Chief Tobia currently serves as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Planning and is a Public Information Officer for the Department. He is also certified as a Type III IMT Public Information Officer and a member of the Baltimore Regional Type III Incident Management Team.  Tobia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland and is a nationally certified Fire Officer IV and Instructor III. He teaches extensively throughout the United States, lecturing frequently on safety and leadership issues. He has served on curriculum development teams at the Maryland Fire Rescue and at the Pennsylvania Fire Academy. Chief Tobia also writes for several national publications, currently serving as Fire-Rescue Magazine’s back page columnist.

Neal Trautman, Ph.D, ational Institute of Ethics

Dr. Neal Trautman is the Director of the non-profit, Congressional award-winning, National Institute of Ethics. He also instructs anti-corruption seminars to foreign governments for the United States Department of State. His PH.D is from St. John’s University in Administration of Criminal Justice. Following a highly decorated 16 -year law enforcement career, Neal ended his municipal career as the Director of Human Resources for the City of Winter Parks, Florida. He has authored 12 published books, chaired 5 national ethics committees, conducted 4 nationwide anti-corruption research studies, was founding President of the International Association of Ethics Trainers, has instructed over 800 leadership seminars, authored 60 articles and presented 99 conference speeches. Neal was bestowed the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers’ Service to Society Award in 1999. In 1997 Neal walked alone from Florida to Washington DC to start a national movement to enhance integrity in America.

Charles D. Walston

Charles D. Walston currently serves as the Training Director for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, Office of Staff Development and Training.  He spent the first 11 years of his career working at Eastern Correctional Institution in Maury, NC, which housed 540 adult male, close custody inmates.  Being initially hired in 1983 as a Food Service Officer, his career allowed him to advance thru the ranks of Correctional Officer, Lead Correctional Officer, Correctional Sergeant, Correctional Assistant Unit Manager, and Correctional Lieutenant.  In 1987, he obtained his General Instructor Certification from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and he began assisting the Office of Staff Development and Training as an adjunct instructor in Basic and Instructor level training.  In 1994, he obtained a full time position as a Correctional Training Instructor II and he has remained in the training section for the past 21 years, serving as Eastern Region Training Manager, Deputy Director for Training and Training Director.  He also spent 25 years in the US Army Reserves, where he retired in 2010 as a Military Police First Sergeant, where he led a team of MP’s who specialized in post-mobilization training for deploying forces.  His service includes over 5 years of active duty, resulting from various mobilizations and overseas deployments including the Gulf War (1990-1991), Iraqi Freedom (2003-2004), and Iraq and Afghanistan Contingency Operations (2006-2007).  Director Walston is also a life-long learner, attending classes as a working adult, acquiring an Associate Degree in Military Science (1992), a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (1999) and a Master of Arts degree in Business and Organizational Security Management (2007).  In 2014, he was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve as a member of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.

Chief Randy Watt, Ogden Police Department

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.”