11 Domains: Mental – Emotional – Resilience – Relationships – Financials – Family – Physical – Leadership – Occupational – Social – Spiritual

Content, Application Technology Integration by the National Command & Staff College

Our team includes both nationally and internationally recognized Subject Mather Experts to curate and integrate content in MAGNUSWorx App.  Below is a listing of a few of our top SMEs.

Dr. Nancy Bohl-Penrod

Focus: Peer Support and Critical Incident Stress Management (CSISM)

Nancy Bohl-Penrod, Ph.D. holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in counseling/Education. She is the Founder and the past Director of The Counseling Team International (TCTI). She is a member of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and a certified Master Trainer for the QPR Institute focusing on Suicide Prevention and Intervention for first responders. She is also a certified trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), ICEMA for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), California Peace Officer and Standard in Training (POST) and Standards and Training for Corrections (STC).

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Dr. Nancy Bohl-Penrod is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Departments for Riverside Community College and for the San Bernardino Valley Community College. Nancy also teaches for California State University Long Beach (CSULB) as a adjunct faculty member in their Criminal Justice Department. She has been a guest speaker for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academies and she was honored to present at the United Nations to their Security Police. She is one of the past Presidents of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Psychological Services Section and Vice President of the National Sheriffs Association Psychological Services Section. (NSA). Nancy is one of the founders of the Public Safety Peer Support Association (PSPSA).

Dr. Bohl-Penrod is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is a technique she uses to help trauma survivors She attended the FBI’s basic and advanced Hostage Negotiators courses to become a trained Hostage negotiator (CNT). She is known for her 5 day peer support and Critical Incident Stress Management training that has been taught to over 12,000 first responders throughout the United States and Canada, Peer supporters from all over the nation attend the course, so they may help their fellow co-workers. She believes in the “Helping Triad” and how important it is to provide peer support and Chaplains in addition to Clinicians to those that are impacted by their work. Nancy’s personal experience (her husband 38 years law enforcement), over the years, has allowed her to develop a personal approach to helping first responder families by providing “Significant Other Survival” (SOS) training and the importance of Wellness, Well-being and Behavioral Health. Her passion for First Responder families comes from attending the Police Memorial in Washington DC for the past 34 years to help those survivors who lost a loved one in the line of duty.

Nancy has responded to more than 1,000 critical incidents in her career. Many of her responses have been to shootings. She started a retreat for those officers involved in shootings, which has been on going for the past 31 years. She has research on 3,500 police officers that were in involved in on duty shootings. . Some of the major incidents she has responded to, are the ATF incident in Waco, Texas, the TWA Flight 800 disaster in Long Island, New York, the LA Riots, the Typhoon disaster in Guam, hurricane Andrew, the Alaska Air Disaster in Los Angeles, the Oklahoma City Bombing and the ATF Unabomber case. She led a team of Mental Health Professionals in assisting those severely impacted by the Terrorist Attacks in New York. While in New York she was sent by the FBI to the Pentagon to provide her services. She responded to the California Wildfires of 2003, and assisted the U.S. Forest Service in the loss of Engine 57 firefighters in the Esperanza Fire of 2006.Dr. Bohl-Penrod services were used for the Big Bear Manhunt (Dorner Case), the Los Angeles International Airport TSA shooting, Seal Beach Beauty Salon shooting, the Columbine school shooting, She also helped first responders with the San Bernardino Terrorist Attack at the Inland Regional Center, the Las Vegas 91 Harvest Shooting, the California Tubbs and Thomas wildfires, the Santa Barbara County mudslides, the Yountville Pathway Veteran Home shooting, the Borderline Bar shooting in Thousand oaks, California, and the Conception Boat Fire in Santa Barbara

Over the past thirty-five years Nancy has developed over fifty public safety wellness divisions for departments of all sizes through her public safety “Behavioral Health and Wellness Services” program. Dr. Bohl-Penrod has written numerous articles and book chapters focusing on mental health issues for police and fire personnel. She recently worked with a team of mental health professionals who created an APP to guide public safety peer supporters and supervisors in their endeavor to help each other. One of her greatest achievements was receiving from the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) the “Exceptional Service in the Public Interest” certificate of appreciation.

Deborah Silveria Ph.D.

Focus: Clinical Psychology and EMDR

Deborah Silveria Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and LMFT. She works at the Amen Clinics, in Costa Mesa, California. She specializes in complex trauma. She has been practicing EMDR since 1996 and has traveled to areas providing EMDR after disasters (Haiti, San Bernardino terrorist attacks). Dr. Silveria is a Trainer for EMDR Trauma Recovery Network and a facilitator for the EMDR Institute. She is also an Approved Instructor in Critical Incident Stress Management for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She is the EMDR consultant and program coordinator for a week long retreat for first responders with PTSD.

Dr. Jenny Prohaska

Focus: Officer Wellness, Wellbeing, PTSD and Addiction

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 Associates-Kansas/Western Missouri Chapter, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, MidAmerican Regional Council, and Central States Law Enforcement Executives Seminar.

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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. Paul J. Zak

Focus:  Neuroeconomics, Economic Sciences, Psychology & Management 

Paul J. Zak discovered neurologic mechanisms that enable cooperation and trust, and these mechanisms have been used by the World Bank to stimulate prosperity in developing countries and by businesses to enhance economic performance. Zak is a professor of economic sciences, psychology, and management in Claremont Graduate University’s Division of Politics & Economics.

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Zak was one of the first scientists to integrate neuroscience and economics into a new discipline: neuroeconomics. His research has identified the brain processes that support such virtuous behaviors as trustworthiness, generosity, and sacrifice, as well as those whose absence leads to evil, vice, and conflict. He uses these results to increase flourishing by individuals, organizations, and societies.

After receiving his BA in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, Zak completed his doctorate in economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Zak has taught at Caltech, Arizona State University, UC Riverside, and USC Law. At CGU, Zak directs the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies in addition to his teaching roles.

Zak’s book, Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High Performance Companies (January 2017), applies neuroscience to organizational culture to demonstrate that high trust improves the triple bottom line and it explores ways in which managers can create and sustain a culture of trust. His book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity was published in 2012 by Dutton, a member of the Penguin Group. The book received much attention for its approach to understanding such human qualities as empathy, happiness, and the kindness of strangers.

Zak delivered a TED Talk titled “Trust, Morality—and Oxytocin?” in 2011 that has been viewed nearly two million times. His research has made a substantial impact in explaining the variation in human social behaviors and has been cited by other scholars over 18,000 times placing in the top 0.3% of all scholars. He also co-founded the first neuroscience-as-a-service (NaaS) company, Immersion Neuroscience.

  • Zak, P. J., & Knack, S. (2001). Trust and Growth.  The Economic Journal. 111: 295-321.
  • Zak, P. J., Kurzban, R. & Matzner, W. T. (2004). The neurobiology of trust. Annals of the New York. Academy of Sciences, 1032: 224-227.
  • Zak, P. J. (2004). Neuroeconomics. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (Biology), 359(1451), 1737-1748.
  • Zak, P. J., Kurzban, R. & Matzner, W. T. (2005). Oxytocin is associated with human trustworthiness. Hormones and Behavior, (48): 522-527.
  • Kosfeld, M., Heinrichs, M., Zak, P. J., Fischbacher, U. & Fehr, E. (2005). Oxytocin increases trust in humans. Nature, 435(2): 673-676.
  • Zak, P. J., Stanton, A. A. & Ahmadi, S. (2007). Oxytocin increases generosity in humans. Public Library of Science ONE 2(11): e1128.
  • Zak, P. J. (2008). The neurobiology of trust. Scientific American, June: 88-95.
  • Zak, P.J. (2015). Why your brain loves good storytelling. Harvard Business Review. October.
  • Zak, P.J. (2017). The neuroscience of trust. Harvard Business Review, January.
  • Zak, P.J. (2019). How our brains decide when to trust. Harvard Business Review, July 18.
  • Zak, P.J. (2020). Neurological Correlates Allow Us to Predict Human Behavior. The Scientist. Oct. 1.
  • Johannsen, R., & Zak, P. J. (2021). The Neuroscience of Organizational Trust and Business Performance: Findings from US Working Adults and an Intervention at an Online Retailer. Frontiers in Psychology: Organizational Psychology, 11, 3858.

Anthony Normore, Ph.D

Focus: Leadership

Anthony H. Normore, Ph.D is professor of educational leadership, and department chair of Graduate Education at California State University Dominguez Hills in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Normore’s research focusses on urban leadership development in the context of ethics and social justice. He is the author of 20+ books including, Leading against the grain: Lessons from visionaries for creating just and equitable schools (2018, Teachers College Press); Foundations of educational leadership: The key to developing excellent and equitable schools (2017, Routledge);The dark side of leadership: Identifying and overcoming unethical practice in organizations (2016 Emerald); Handbook of research on communication, leadership, and conflict resolution (2016, IGI Global publishers). He has published 150+ book chapters, reviews, and peer-reviewed articles in numerous professional leadership journals, and 300+ professional conference presentations.

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Dr. Normore is the AERA 2013 recipient of the Bridge People Award for Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group at the American Educational Research Association for his partnership work in law enforcement, corrections, and education including his leadership work with incarcerated men at Men’s Central Jail at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Organization. He is also the chair of the criminal justice commission, and co-creator of the Credible Leadership Development program with the International Academy of Public Safety. The program was piloted with Los Angeles Police Department. Dr. Normore is the 2015 recipient of the Don Willower Excellence in Research Award at Penn State University for his work on leadership, social justice, and ethics in education. His research appears in numerous academic journals including: Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Educational Administration, Values and Ethics in Educational Administration, Journal of Authentic Leadership in Education, International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Policy, Educational Administration Quarterly, Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, International Journal of Educational Management, Canadian Journal of Education Administration and Policy, International Journal of Urban Educational Leadership, Educational Policy, and Journal of Research on Leadership Education. Dr. Normore’s police articles are published in law enforcement venues including, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Police Chief, California Peace Officers Association, Peace Officers Research Association of California, California Law Enforcement Journal, Law Enforcement Today, and Policing: International Journal of Theory and Practice.

Dr. Mitch Javidi

Focus: Psychological Resilience, Leadership, 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.

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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.

Dr. Bryce Kaye

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.

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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.

Dr. Relly Nedler

Focus: 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.

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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.

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. Ken Keis

Focus: Purpose, Leadership and Spirituality

Have you ever found yourself at a place in life where you just didn’t fit? Born and raised expected to take over his family’s dairy farm, Ken is no stranger to radical change and growth. It wasn’t until he owned a farm himself that he woke up one day at the crack of dawn (as usual) and asked himself, “if I did this for the next 20 years, would I be satisfied?” The answer was a resounding and immediate “NO!”

Ken decided to take action. It was terrifying. But after an extremely awkward and intimidating conversation with his family–where he had to explain why he was breaking three generations of Eastern European family tradition–he began to pursue his passion in speaking and sales. Ken learned not to let fear hold him in a position where he would ultimately be miserable. It was the first step.

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Ten years as a sales trainer later, Ken found himself traveling worldwide as a speaker. At first it seemed like he was living the dream: highly sought after, hopping from country to country, bringing in a six-figure salary working for big names like Chrysler. Except that he never saw his wife or kids. And soon, the stress of never taking time off began to take its toll.

Once again, Ken found himself in an unsustainable situation. He learned the hard way that what he values most is his family and health… and thankfully was able to make a change before it was too late. He became the leader of Consulting Resource Group, an organization that has helped more than 1 million people in 50,000 organizations worldwide improve employee satisfaction and productivity.

Today, Ken’s passion remains leading others to experience the same clarity and joy he did by creating a life of purpose, and empowering leaders to empower others. With more than 4 million written words, 10,000 hours of consulting and speaking experience, and co-authoring of 10 professional development tools, Ken has had a profound impact on the world’s leadership landscape for the last 32 years.

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).

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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.

Michael 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.

Captain Dan Willis, FBI # 241

Focus: Officer Wellness, Wellbeing and PTSD

Capt. Willis served nearly 30 years with the La Mesa (CA)Police Department as a crimes of violence, child molest, homicide detective and SWAT Commander, as well as his agency’s Wellness Unit Coordinator. He is a graduate in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University, as well as the FBI National Academy Associates (NA 241) where he studied Emotional Survival.

Dan is the author of the award-winning emotional survival guidebook “Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responders Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart.” He now travels the country providing emotional survival and wellness training to first responders in order to enhance resiliency and coping ability, prevent or mitigate PTSD, suicide prevention, while providing proactive strategies to heal, protect, and enhance survivability. With suicide being the #1 cause of death annually for officers with another 1-5 suffering from PTSD – emotional survival and wellness training is essential to enable officers to sustain and enhance health, wellness, and professional service.

Cathy Greenberg, Ph.D

Focus: Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

It takes someone with special insights into the workings of the human mind and the human spirit to help top U.S. military become even better at their jobs. Dr. Cathy Greenberg has those insights. For the past few years, this renowned entrepreneur, educator, bestselling author and leadership expert has applied her remarkable methods about creating fearless leaders to the elite within the U.S. Army, the Navy and Special Forces.

Dr. Cathy Greenberg even helps those who’ve already achieved great things in life to recognize the power and potential they don’t know that they have. For Dr. Greenberg – who has a PhD in behavioral sciences and is an internationally recognized authority on human behavior – the keys to becoming a fearless leader include optimizing one’s emotional intelligence, stretching one’s comfort zone and developing a guiding moral courage. She has created a system to help potential leaders develop these qualities.

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Dr. Greenberg is one of the few coaches and thought leaders to have realized the powerful insight that mindfulness – being present in the world – and balancing all aspects of one’s life and work create truly fearless leaders. She has worked creating and fostering leadership for much of her career.

Most recently, Dr. Greenberg created the above-mentioned custom-tailored leadership and self-actualization programs for the Special Operations community including SWAT, and Navy Special Warfare (which includes SEALs and Special Warfare Combat Crews as featured in Act of Valor). She also just completed a series of training videos for flag officers at the Pentagon.

In addition, Dr. Greenberg is an educator and entrepreneur, often combining the two fields in her work on behalf of fostering leadership, workplace efficiency and happiness, and in showing how emotional intelligence ensures better performance, greater job satisfaction, higher profits and overall corporate stability. She was named one of the Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs by Executive Excellence, a journal on leadership from the renowned pioneer in leadership studies, Warren Bennis.

Master Sergeant Andrew J. Post

United States Air Force
Focus: Airmen Resiliency and Wellbeing

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

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

Dr. Richard Conroy

Criminal Justice, FBI NA#150, Dallas Baptist University
Focus: Officers’ Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Richard Conroy’s combined law enforcement and academic experience extends over four decades. Specific to law enforcement, he has served as a Director of Police at the university level, an Assistant Chief of Police at the municipal level, and a Special Agent in Charge at the state level. Prior to executive level leadership positions, he worked through the law enforcement career ranks, including communications, uniformed patrol, canine, undercover operations, and criminal investigations.

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Rich is a results oriented problem-solver with experience and career long work in the specialized area of public safety crisis intervention. He has participated in numerous critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) as a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). Rich is a graduate of the 150th session of the FBI National Academy as well as a life-member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He is a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and has held membership in the FBI National Academy Associates in four different states.

Dr. Conroy holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University, as well as a master of science degree in criminal justice administration from Rollins College and a bachelor‘s degree from the University of Richmond. His dissertation research interest is in the area of emotional intelligence and performance measurement in law enforcement and included using the Multifactor Measure of Performance™ instrument to predict leadership styles in sheriffs’ and chief deputies throughout the United States. This was the initial use of the MMP3™ assessment tool in a doctoral level study and included a partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association.

Dr. Conroy has served as a law enforcement agency accreditation manager and has published in the Law Enforcement Today, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, The Sheriff and Deputy Magazine, and The Florida Police Chief magazine on public safety topics including emotional intelligence and crisis intervention. He has taught as a police academy faculty member and is a faculty member in the Caruth Police Institute (TX) leadership development series. Rich has also designed recruit level, role-play training as well as online training in crisis intervention across the curriculum for other certified trainers. He is a certified practitioner/consultant in emotional intelligence using the EQ-i 2.0 and the EQ360 assessments.

Dr. Conroy has held faculty or administrative positions at Weber State University, Columbia College (MO), Armstrong State University, and Dallas Baptist University. His academic responsibilities have included grant writing, online distance learning course development, campus director and leadership mentoring of adjunct faculty across disciplines—including criminal justice. He is currently an assistant professor of criminal justice and leadership, teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in crisis intervention, criminal law, criminal procedure, organization and administration, law enforcement ethics, and criminology. Dr. Conroy and his wife have been married for over 40 years and have two children and three grandchildren.

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.

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Mark 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.

Mark 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 pre-employment 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!”

Anthony H. Normore, Ph.D

California State University Dominguez Hills

Anthony H. Normore, Ph.D is professor of educational leadership, and department chair of Graduate Education at California State University Dominguez Hills in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Normore’s research focusses on urban leadership development in the context of ethics and social justice.

Anthony is the author of 20+ books including, Leading against the grain: Lessons from visionaries for creating just and equitable schools (2018, Teachers College Press); Foundations of educational leadership: The key to developing excellent and equitable schools (2017, Routledge);The dark side of leadership: Identifying and overcoming unethical practice in organizations (2016 Emerald); Handbook of research on communication, leadership, and conflict resolution (2016, IGI Global publishers). He has published 150+ book chapters, reviews, and peer-reviewed articles in numerous professional leadership journals, and 300+ professional conference presentations.

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Dr. Normore is the AERA 2013 recipient of the Bridge People Award for Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group at the American Educational Research Association for his partnership work in law enforcement, corrections, and education including his leadership work with incarcerated men at Men’s Central Jail at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Organization.

He is also the chair of the criminal justice commission, and co-creator of the Credible Leadership Development program with the International Academy of Public Safety. The program was piloted with Los Angeles Police Department. Dr. Normore is the 2015 recipient of the Don Willower Excellence in Research Award at Penn State University for his work on leadership, social justice, and ethics in education.

His research appears in numerous academic journals including:

  • Journal of School Leadership
  • Journal of Educational Administration, Values and Ethics in Educational Administration
  • Journal of Authentic Leadership in Education
  • International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Policy
  • Educational Administration Quarterly
  • Leadership and Organizational Development Journal
  • International Journal of Educational Management
  • Canadian Journal of Education Administration and Policy
  • International Journal of Urban Educational Leadership
  • Educational Policy, and Journal of Research on Leadership Education.
Dr. Normore’s police articles are published in law enforcement venues including:
  • FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
  • Police Chief
  • California Peace Officers Association
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California
  • California Law Enforcement Journal
  • Law Enforcement Today
  • Policing: International Journal of Theory and Practice.

Chief Sam Spiegel

Senior FacultyThe National Command & Staff College

Chief Spiegel retired as Chief of Police and Director of Emergency Services for the City of Folsom, California in November of 2010. He served in that capacity for over nine and a half years. During his tenure as Chief, he also served as the interim City Manager / Assistant City Manager for the better part of 2006.

A thirty-nine year veteran in law enforcement, Sam is recognized as a successful leader and problem solver with strong organizational and leadership development skills. He has proven experience working with community groups, education and training organizations, labor unions, city departments, developers, City Councils and both state and federal legislators.

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Throughout his thirty-nine year tenure in law enforcement, he worked a myriad of assignments, and is a recognized subject matter expert on Pursuit Policy and Emergency / Critical Incident Management. He possesses his California Teaching Credential and has served as the Chair of the Folsom Lake College Administration of Justice Advisory Committee for over five years.

Sam has instructed and assisted in the development of many training programs that included Employee and Leadership Development, Continuous Improvement Teams, Interest Based Negotiating, Pursuit Policy Guidelines, Internal Affairs Investigations, High Risk Stops, Role of the Executive Assistant to the Chief and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. He has worked extensively on Economic Development, Business Retention and Planning issues in fast paced developing communities. Until his retirement, Chief Spiegel was the Chairman of the Law and Legislative Committee for the California Police Chiefs Association.

Sam still advocates for law enforcement as a subject matter expert on communications/9-1-1 legislative issues. He is a Past-President of the California Peace Officers Association and former member of the California Homeland Security Public Safety Advisory Council. He still serves as a Governor appointee to the State 9-1-1 Advisory Committee and currently the Chair of the California Law Enforcement Telecommunication Advisory Committee, (C.L.E.T.S.). He previously served six years as a member of the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training Advisory Committee as the Chairman of the Sacramento Operational Area for emergency preparedness and response, and a member of the Administrative Authority that reviewed and awarded grant funding for the region.

Rosanne Richeal

Founder of the Richeal Group

Rosanne Richeal, Founder of the Richeal Group, is an executive coach and host of ResurgentU-Today’s the Day! podcast, an author of the books Ascending the Ranks: Growing into a Reverent Leader and ResurgentU-Today’s the Day! Your Mindful Journal. She is currently writing two more books on leadership and strategies for promoting. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty with the National Command & Staff College and the Institute for Creditable Leadership Development, a certified speaker, trainer, and leadership coach with the John Maxwell Team, as well as a certified advanced relationship coach in Strategic Intervention.

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She specializes in leadership development, career advancement and personal growth. She has served over three decades in public safety. She has worked assignments in Patrol, Corrections, Airport Security, Problem Oriented Policing (POP), Street Crimes, Emergency Management, K9, Traffic and Employee Relations.

She has risen through the ranks to reach the proverbial glass ceiling as both a Sheriff’s Chief Deputy and as the first female Chief of Police for a city in the Sacramento region. She’s also had the distinct honor of becoming the first female motorcycle sergeant for the sheriff’s department. Prior to her law enforcement career, she served six years in the Emergency Medical Services as an EMT.

She is a graduate of the LAPD West Point Leadership Program and was responsible for overseeing the development of the Sheriff’s Leadership Program where she still actively participates as an instructor. She has developed and trained leadership concepts to the public and private sector as well as spoken at the City Clerks Association of California Conference (CCAC), the International Homicide Investigators Association Conference (IHIA), and the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Conference (WLLE).

Passionate, driven, and inspiring, Rosanne encourages her audiences to look into their mirror of personal truth to reveal and chart a path towards profound personal and professional change. Rosanne has developed many strategic frameworks she uses in her coaching and leadership business to propel her clients into new ways of thinking and being.

Stephen A. Petrilli Jr.

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.,

Retired Chief Randy Watt

Focus: Leadership

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.

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Chief Watt is a nationally recognized expert in the field of law enforcement special operations and counter-terrorism. He is involved with projects supporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). He is an expert witness on Law Enforcement use of force and counter-terrorism. He is a lead instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association (N.T.O.A.) in a variety of S.W.A.T. Leadership and Terrorism courses, and is a regular presenter at the N.T.O.A. Conference, as well as at various state S.W.A.T. Association conferences and training events. He is the past author of the “On Leadership” column for the N.T.O.A’s Tactical Edge magazine. Prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, then-Lieutenant Watt, was co-chair of the Tactical Response Sub-Committee and spent three years studying terrorism, writing the tactical response plan for protection of the Olympic Games, and conducting security assessments for Olympic venues.

Chief Watt has taught hostage rescue tactics and techniques to foreign military and police units and is a consultant to myriad local, state and federal tactical units. He is an instructor at Gunsite Academy in Paulden, AZ. Randy is also a Colonel in the Utah Army National Guard, currently assigned to the Joint Forces HQ. From June, 2011, to December, 2013, he was the Commander of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), commanding 2200 Special Forces soldiers located across 9 states. With 32-years of active duty and reserve Special Forces experience, he is a graduate of numerous Special Operations courses and schools, and is a Master Parachutist and Military Free-Fall Parachutist. Leadership schools include the Infantry Officer’s Basic/Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Service and Support School, Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, and the resident U.S. Army War College.

Colonel Watt’s combat service includes year-long tours of Afghanistan, 2001-2002, Iraq, 2006-2007, and Iraq again in 2010 through 2011. All assignments were at leadership levels of counter-terrorism units. As a result of his service, he received the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor in combat, three Bronze Star Medals for meritorious service in combat, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the G.W.O.T. Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with three stars, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. He was featured in the March, 2003, ABC television special Profiles From the Front Lines, and the August, 2003, issue of Men’s Health magazine. He is the author of “One Warrior’s Creed.”

Chief Mark A. Garcia

Mark A. Garcia served in law enforcement for 31 years. Chief Garcia served as the Chief of Police for the City of Redlands for 6 ½ years, retiring in 2018. Prior to becoming the Redlands Chief of Police, he served San Bernardino Police Department for 24 years ascending to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police. Chief Garcia’s experience includes being Narcotics Bureau Commander, Tactical Commander, District Commander, Investigations Commander, Personnel and Training Commander, overseeing Internal Affairs and serving as the department’s Public Information Officer. Chief Garcia has received numerous awards including the Medal of Valor, Officer of the Year and Citizen of the Year.

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Some of the highlights of Chief Garcia’s career include being the point car in President Reagan’s motorcade, being responsible for external security for President George W. Bush’s visit to San Bernardino, leading Redlands through the December 02 terrorist incident and developing future leaders. Chief Garcia’s passion for character-based leadership development led to starting Blue Virtue Leadership and he has taught hundreds of officers how to develop their leadership capacity, how to build character, how to enhance organizational culture, how to build a Virtue Based Policing structure, how to create organizational ethics programs, Service Oriented Leadership and Strategic and Tactical Decision Making. He has made numerous presentations on leadership, ethics and culture, including the Law Enforcement Leadership Symposium, California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute at the Drucker School of Management, California College and University Chiefs of Police Conference, Faith and Justice Summit, University of Redlands and Cal State San Bernardino.

Chief Garcia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and a Master’s of Science in Management. He considers himself to be a lifelong learner having completed many certificate programs including the prestigious Leadership Decision Making Program, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education; Josephson’s Institute of Ethics Train the Trainer Program, Master Instructor Development Program and is a certified leadership development trainer for the John Maxwell Team. He serves on the California Police Chief’s Association Training Committee, and serves on the Police Public Safety, Image and Ethics Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Christopher Hoina, FBI NA # 222

Christopher Hoina, Sr. (ret. Cary PD) is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy, he received his Master’s degree from NC State University and his Bachelor’s at Shaw University. He is the co-founder of the Institute for Credible Leadership Development and serves on the executive board for the International Academy of Public Safety. Chris is also the co-founder of the North Carolina Public Safety Leadership Academy at Wake Tech. Chris has served as Faculty and Director of Criminal Justice studies at Campbell University in Research Triangle Park. He has 25 years of law enforcement experience; from patrol officer to team commander.

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During his tenure as a police officer he served as supervisor within the following commands: Training, Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Juvenile Investigations, School Resource Officers, Crisis Negotiation, Community Services, Crime Prevention, D.A.R.E., and Crisis Intervention.

Chris has an extensive teaching record in both classroom and on-line. He has taught at the Justice Academy, Community College, and University level. He has taught a variety of topics to include Hazardous Materials, Bias Based Profiling, Hate Crimes, Crisis Intervention, Juvenile Minority Sensitivity, Juvenile Investigations, Crisis Negotiations, Crime Scene Investigations, Crime Prevention, School Resource Officer and Implicit Bias. For the past several years his focus has been on leadership development and self-improvement for criminal justice professionals.

Chris is the co-author of the book the Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals, and the essay titled Virtues of Magnanimous Officers.

David G. Dominguez

Vice President, Police Education, and Development

David G. Dominguez is a retired Chief of Police with over thirty-three years law enforcement with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, Riverside and Palm Springs CA police departments. Chief Dominguez has the unique career experience working in a major metropolitan Sheriff’s department and two major municipal police departments as a dedicated leader with a long history of progressive leadership and command experience.

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Chief Dominguez has held virtually every assignment within law enforcement with recognized expertise in internal affairs, criminal intelligence, risk management, law enforcement leadership and community policing. Chief Dominguez has significant program management experience operating as Chairman of a regional gang and narcotic task force, regional HIDTA task force and managing numerous law enforcement grant funded programs. Chief Dominguez is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP) from the John F. Kennedy Government Center at Harvard University and the Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI) in California. Chief Dominguez holds a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a Master’s degree in public administration from California State University Fullerton and a teaching credential for California colleges and universities.

Chief Dominguez is past President of the California Peace Officers’ Association, (CPOA) and the Riverside County Law Enforcement Administrators Association. Chief Dominguez is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) and the Program Management Institute. Chief Dominguez is an active law enforcement “Executive Fellow” with the Police Foundation.

Throughout his career, Chief Dominguez worked very closely with the various branches of the United States Armed Forces; fundraising and supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, supporting the transition of military personnel from armed services to careers in law enforcement “Troops to COPS” program and supporting various Veteran’s programs. Chief Dominguez received the “Freedom Honor” public safety award in 2009 from the NAACP for community leadership in Riverside and the law enforcement “Public Safety Leadership Award” from the National Latino Peace Officers Association in 2010.

Chief Dominguez retired in 2011 and contracts with the Federal DOJ, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) – as a senior law enforcement advisor. This has given him an opportunity to travel internationally and work with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions that protect human rights, combat corruption, and reduce the threat of transnational crime and terrorism while providing international development assistance that supports both national security and foreign policy objectives.

Linda Shaffer-Vanaria

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


Linda Shaffer-Vanaria served as career U.S. Naval officer and was a test pilot, squadron commander, and Director of the Navy’s Pacific leader training unit responsible for training 11,000 leaders each year. She commanded an operational logistics squadron of over 500 people operating from Southern California, Asia Pacific and embarked on all deployed Pacific Fleet Air Carriers. Her organization was awarded its first operational excellence award in its 21 year history.

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Linda’s first leadership assignment in the Navy was as the Squadron Legal Officer for which she received 6 weeks of Legal School on the Uniform Code of Military Justice, an experience she credits for enabling her to lead confidently with accountability and discipline throughout her career. Following her military tenure Linda was invited to be amongst an elite leadership development team of 40 change agents enabling business transformation initiatives throughout a major oil company.

For the past 15 years, she has been a Global Consultant and EDGE Performance Thought Leader in her own practice working with large corporations and entrepreneurial organizations, as well as multiple federal government agencies. She has coached one-on-one more than 1000 leaders across all levels of leadership and diverse roles which provides her a breadth of experiences and examples to help levels at every level connect the dots between strategy and action.

In her leadership development coaching with Defense Logistics Agency, she has coached many police officers, firefighters and safety professionals. Linda is a #1 International Best Selling Author. She has authored PERCEPTION POWER: 10 Skills to Get Your Team to Buy In, Take Action and Gain Momentum. She also authored Piloting Your Edge, a book on leading at the EDGE. Linda has a BSE in Systems Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and was recognized as the 9th Distinguished Graduate in 20 years by the Moore School of Electrical Engineering. She also holds a MS in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee Space Institute and is a Naval War College Graduate.

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.

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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 Afghanistan’s international police reform effort 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.

Larry W. Long, Ph.D

Provost, National Command & Staff College

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.

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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.

Lt. Col. Wellington Scott

Institute for Credible Leadership Development

Lt. Col. Scott is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Administrative Officer’s Management Program and an honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. He was a member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for 28 years and retired as the Deputy Commander in 2013. He directed the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s First Line Supervisors School where he developed a 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.

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Lt. Col. Scott received Specialized Instructor Certifications in Defensive Tactics, Fitness Specialist and Biomechanics, Verbal Judo, and Performance Management Instructor Training from Developmental Dimensions International. He is a contract instructor for the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center and the Central Piedmont Community College – Public Safety Leadership Institute. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Field Training Officers, and an honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Lieutenant Colonel Scott now serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the International Academy of Public Safety, the National Command & Staff College, and is a co-author of the book, Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals.

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