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).
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.
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.
Anthony Normore, Ph.D
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Master Sergeant Andrew J. Post
United States Air ForceFocus: 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.
Dr. Richard Conroy
Criminal Justice, FBI NA#150, Dallas Baptist UniversityFocus: 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.
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.
Stephen A. Petrilli Jr.
Chief of Police, Normal Police Department, ILFocus: 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.,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sheriff Ray Nash
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.
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.
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.
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.