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Dr. Melissa Alexander was appointed Chief Probation Officer in the Middle District of North Carolina in 2010. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Alexander worked for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and for U.S. Probation in the Eastern District of Missouri. She began working in probation in 1997 as a licensed psychologist, overseeing mental health and substance abuse services for a Texas probation department which supervised over 30,000 offenders. She has authored or co-authored numerous articles and book chapters on community supervision, evidence-based practice, and treatment of mentally ill offenders. In 2015 she was awarded the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership.
Kim Bramlett has been a U.S. Probation Officer since 2006, and was promoted to Senior U.S. Probation Officer in August 2010. In May 2016, she was promoted to Supervising U.S. Probation Officer in the Supervision Unit. Prior to joining U.S. Probation, she worked with the Missouri Children's Division for eight years.
Mrs. Bramlett received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Southeast Missouri State University, and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2006. She completed the Offender Workforce Development Specialist Training in 2007.
Jo C. Cooper is currently the Assistant Deputy Chief US Probation Officer in the Eastern District of Missouri. Cooper has been employed with U.S. Probation since November 2000. She started her federal career in Topeka, Kansas and transferred to St. Louis in 2003. Mrs. Cooper participates in the office’s employment program, diversity committee, family program, and surveillance team. She is a 2011 graduate of the Federal Judiciary Leadership Development Program.
Mrs. Cooper earned a bachelor of science in Criminal Justice from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, and a Master of Arts in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Lincoln University.
Prior to working with federal probation, Mrs. Cooper was a casemanager in Boonville Correctional Center, a police officer in Columbia, Missouri and a State of Missouri Probation and Parole Officer.
Stacy Davison, Director of Specialized Training, Law Enforcement at the Anti-Defamation League brings two decades of training program management and facilitation to her role. Stacy manages ADL’s national anti-bias and community trust-building training initiatives for local and federal law enforcement. She creates resources to address the complex issues facing law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve and provides related programmatic support for ADL’s 27 regional offices. Previously, Stacy managed anti-bias training programs for ADL’s National Education department and New England regional office, overseeing Train-the-Trainer programs and new staff onboarding programs. Stacy received a Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
Michael Fitzpatrick is the Chief United Services Probation Officer in the Southern District of New York, a position he has held since January of 2009. Prior to this, Mike worked for pretrial services agencies in both the Southern District of New York and the District of New Jersey.
Mike has served on numerous committees and advisory groups during his career, including the. Technology and Facilities Advisory Council, the Space and Security Advisory Council, and the Work Measurement Steering Group. Mike served as the chair of the Administrative Office’s Chief's Advisory Group from January of 2012 – December of 2013. Mike is a 2003 graduate of the Federal Judicial Center’s Leadership Development Program, and was also a member of the inaugural class of the Federal Judicial Center’s Judicial Executive Leadership Program.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Trenton State College and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Rutgers University.
Quincy Fountain is currently a supervisor for the U.S. Probation Office, Eastern District of Missouri. In addition to the traditional core duties of a supervising U.S. Probation Officer, he serves as the Program Manager of the Offender Workforce Development Specialist Training Partnership with the National Institute of Corrections. Additionally, he is the district’s Second Chance Act Manager, which entails developing training program for our clients, and approving emergency funding request.
Mr. Fountain tenure with the probation system started in December 2003, with the Missouri Department of Corrections as a Probation Officer. While there, he was very instrumental in developing a job readiness program for district seven central's catchment area. In addition, he also served as an employment liaison for the eastern district of state probation. Throughout the years, he has had the opportunity to serve with a host of local working groups. In May 2006, he was afforded the opportunity to work as a U.S. Probation Officer for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Mr. Fountain received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In April 2006, Mr. Fountain completed the Offender Workforce Development Specialist Training provided by the National Institute of Corrections and completed Instructor certification in November 2006. In January 2007, he obtained his Global Career Development Facilitator Credential.
Mac Fulfer is a popular speaker who gives presentations on face reading for national and international conferences. He has spoken to more than 2500 companies and organizations that include American Airlines, the FBI, the Kansas State Judicial Conference, Business Week Magazine, the International Meeting Planners, the National Association of Legal Administrators and the U.S. Postal Service.
Mac Fulfer practiced law in Fort Worth for over 22 years after earning his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas. Initially, he became interested in the practice of face reading for the purpose of jury selection. He quickly discovered that face reading changed his perspective, allowing him to see people more compassionately through the experiences reflected on their faces.
Since then, he has researched and developed these skills and presented ideas in workshops across the country. His workshops are in great demand from lawyers, educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies and other venues that have and interest in understanding people. As a presenter, Mr. Fulfer relies on his background, personal experience, wisdom and expertise in face reading to give participants information that will enhance their communication skills.
David and Karen Gamow are two of the leading stress and meditation trainers in the U.S. today. Their clients include the U.S. Department of Justice, Treasury, Navy, Army, Department of Education, Department of Interior, NOAA, and many other federal agencies. They have trained for a number of Probation and Pretrial districts, including Middle and Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern Florida, and Northern Alabama. For years, their training has been an integral part of leadership training intensives for GE, NASA, and the Social Security Administration. Authors of Freedom from Stress, their work has been featured in Gannet News, Investor's Business Daily, and Money Magazine.
Kenston J. Griffin is one of the nation’s most sought-out keynote speakers, a best-selling author and a top performing trainer and coach. Mr. Griffin is internationally known throughout corporate, education, federal/judicial and non-profit organizations for his award-winning addresses that are not only life-changing, but transformational. Mr. Griffin is a native of Statesville, NC, and currently resides in Charlotte, NC. His educational background includes Social Work and Psychology. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Livingstone College and his Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Griffin is the Founder and CEO of Dream Builders Communication, Inc., which provides training and development in the areas of: Professional/ Organization Development, Academic Enhancement/Retention, Leadership Development, Board Development and Peak Performance Coaching. Mr. Griffin and Dream Builders Communication, Inc.’s aim is to educate across the globe by raising one’s awareness and belief system in every field of human endeavor.
Lloyd Hale is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and founder of RIDE4 S.P.M.I. (Serious and Persistent Mental Illness), a 210 mile bike ride across South Carolina to raise awareness about mental health. Lloyd was diagnosed with schizophrenia after being incarcerated for a crime he committed while in a state of psychosis. While detained, Lloyd was provided access to services that led to his diagnosis and creation of a treatment plan, ultimately allowing him to live well and thrive.
Since receiving his diagnosis and learning to lead a life of meaning and purpose, Lloyd has made it his mission to help others living with mental health conditions through his roles as a Certified Peer Support Specialist (13yrs.) Supervisor at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, and as a Recovery Presenter and Certified Peer Support Trainer for SC SHARE (South Carolina Self Help Association Regarding Emotions). Additionally, through RIDE4 S.P.M.I., Lloyd has spoken to thousands about his journey and road to recovery, providing the hope.
Lloyd recently collaborated with the Bevocalspeakup.com initiative and several other mental health advocacy agencies for the Beyond Silence documentary.
Koda I. Hendrix is the Senior U.S. Probation Officer for Surveillance in the Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis Division. She oversees the district's surveillance program and the Eastern District of Missouri Surveillance Training Academy (EMOSTA) which has trained approximately 31 districts in surveillance techniques and implementation. She began surveillance coordination for the district in 2008. Since then, Koda has received training in surveillance from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (Glynco), the Midwest Counter Drug Training Center, the FBI, and the International Association of Undercover Officers. She has a Master's Degree in Legal Studies and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She additionally graduated from the Federal Judicial Center's Leadership Development Program in 2011 wherein she completed a TDY with the FBI's covert surveillance squad in San Diego, CA. In 2016, Koda created the Special Operation Tools for Officers (SOTO) Conference wherein approximately 190 members of special operation teams from 43 districts came together to attend surveillance, search, and evidence training. Additionally, Koda is one of nine Safety Instructors in her District, she oversees the RRC job readiness program for the district's Employment Team, and she serves on multiple office committees. Koda was the recipient of the 2016 Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association’s (FPPOA) Central Region Line Officer of the Year Award and the 2016 Richard F. Doyle National Officer of the Year Award.
Rick Holloway is a senior trainer at the Systems Deployment and Support Office (SDSO) in San Antonio, TX. He has over 24 years experience as a United States Probation Officer, working in the District of South Dakota in supervision, pretrial, and presentence investigations. He also was a guideline specialist and a supervisor for pretrial, presentence and supervision officers. He was the 8th Circuit representative and Vice Chairman on the U.S. Sentencing Commission's Probation Officer Advisory Group and also served on the Commissions Indian County Advisory Group. Rick has been assisting SDSO since 2007 as a field officer in the deployment and training of PACTS applications and PSX, serving as a member of the PACTS assist team and PSX-Expert. Rick is currently working with the Probation and Pretrial training team at SDSO, developing training programs on PACTS, PSX, the new offense level calculator, and other projects.
Rick holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from South Dakota State University, as well as a master's degree in Criminal Justice Management from La Salle University.
Peter Madsen, Education and Sentencing Practice Specialist in the Office of Education and Sentencing Practice, has been on the staff of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Washington, D. C. since April 2015.
Mr. Madsen conducts training programs for probation officers completing initial officer training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, South Carolina. He also provides assistance on the U.S. Sentencing Commissions’ HelpLine.
Prior to coming to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Mr. Madsen was a Senior U.S. Probation Officer and the Sentencing Guidelines Specialist (two years) in the District of Minnesota in Minneapolis (eight years). He also worked in the Northern District of Texas - Lubbock (two and a half years) and the Southern District of Ohio – Dayton (one year), primarily writing presentence reports, but also supervising federal offenders and completing bond reports.
Mr. Madsen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Sociology as well as a graduate of Nova Southeastern University with a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Ann Marks has two master degrees – one in theology and the other in counseling psychology and is a qualified therapist. After teaching and counseling for over 20 years, Ann became the first woman Executive Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas in Chicago. After 14 years with Challenger, she left to become an Executive Director for the Young Presidents’ Organization whose world headquarters is located in Texas. Ann has traveled all over the world both for business and pleasure.
Ann became interested in face reading over 19 years ago when she attended a presentation by Mac Fulfer, author of Amazing Face Reading. Ann immediately saw the value of reading her own face and then realized it changed the way she looked at everyone else. She began to use this tool to do better hiring and improve her ability to connect and communicate with others. Ann has continually studied with Mac Fulfer and has co-presented with him on numerous occasions. She is now his business partner and is completely devoted to giving workshops, presentations and classes on face reading to groups throughout the United States.
Douglas B. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D. ., is a Senior Scientific Consultant for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), Senior Science & Policy Advisor for Alcohol Monitoring Systems, and a Faculty Trainer for the Global Institute of Forensic Research. Previously, he was the Chief of Science, Law & Policy for NADCP, the Director of Law & Ethics Research at the Treatment Research Institute, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. A lawyer and clinical psychologist, Dr. Marlowe focuses on the impact of coercion in substance use disorder treatment, the effects of drug courts and other rehabilitation programs for persons with substance use disorders involved in the justice system, and behavioral treatments for persons with substance use disorders and criminal involvement. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and has received proficiency certification in the treatment of psychoactive substance use disorders from the APA College of Professional Psychology. Dr. Marlowe has published over 175 journal articles, monographs, books, and book chapters on topics of correctional rehabilitation, forensic psychology, and treatment of substance use disorders. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Drug Court Review and is on the editorial board of Criminal Justice & Behavior.
Joe McGrew has the privilege of working with men who are in a season of life where they want to live differently - but they don’t know how. He gets to work with men inside the county jail and in the community. He also teaches a night class to men who are experiencing setbacks with their federal supervision or are being released from longer terms of imprisonment and need re-entry services to make the adjustment back to community living. He has been working with a re-entry program, Turning Leaf, for two and a half years, and is a certified Train the Trainer for Thinking For A Change. He is married with 4 kids and loves to run and fish - but not at the same time.
Katrina Mitchell joined the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children more than nine years ago, where she started as an Analyst with the Attempted Abductions Team in the Special Analysis Unit. She was tasked with compiling data and analyzing trends and patterns of attempted abductions nationwide in an effort to assist law enforcement.
Ms. Mitchell is currently the Supervisor of the Sex Offender Tracking Team ® (SOTT) in the Special Analysis Unit. SOTT is dedicated to supporting all law enforcement agencies and state sex offender registries in identifying and locating noncompliant registered sex offenders. In addition, this team compares NCMEC’s attempted abduction data, online predator data, and child abduction data for possible linkages with noncompliant sex offenders being sought by law enforcement. Ms. Mitchell has conducted thousands of public record database searches and NCIC queries in her pursuit of noncompliant sex offenders. In addition, analytical assistance provided has directly assisted law enforcement in locating many dangerous fugitive sex offenders.
Ms. Mitchell earned a Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University in Arlington, VA. She is also a graduate of Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a minor in Psychology.
Detective Cesar Morales has been with the Broward Sheriff’s Office for the past 19 years. He began his career in 1997, as a corrections officer with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He later became cross certified transferring to uniform patrol. While working on patrol he excelled in his day to day duties and was transferred to the Selective Enforcement Team, Street level narcotics, as a detective. During his time in this position, he began to develop his detective skills and was sought out to assist with multiple undercover operations.
Since then, Cesar has worked as an undercover detective for the past 11 years with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Gang Investigations Unit. As a state certified gang investigator, he has worked with local, state and federal agencies on multiple long term investigations. These investigations have resulted in the seizures of illegal narcotics, guns, and the convictions of many violent felons and documented gang members.
In 2011, Detective Morales, was selected by the Federal Bureau of Investigations to be part of the MS-13 National Gang Task Force, where he was part of the Central American Law Enforcement Exchange. He subsequently received gang training in Quantico, Los Angeles, Miami and San Salvador.
In 2015, Detective Morales was awarded, the Detective of the Year award along with Gang Unit of the Year Award by the Florida Gang Investigators Association. In 2016, he was also awarded the Superior Public Service Award by the Broward County Crime Commission.
As the U.S. Aftercare Manager for A21, CaraLee Murphy oversees all assistance provided to survivors of human trafficking within the United States. She has worked with A21 since 2011 and is currently stationed in the Charlotte, NC office. CaraLee has done extensive training with law enforcement including NCIS, CID, state and federal probation officers and pretrial officers on victim-centric approaches to identifying and investigating potential human trafficking cases and how best to interact with potential victims. She also teamed up with FBI in South Carolina to train Department of Juvenile Justice staff and more than 200 family court judges on effective ways to identify and assist potential minor victims of trafficking.
A21 is a global anti-human trafficking non-profit with 12 offices in 10 countries. It was founded in 2008 by Christine Caine. A21 takes a multifaceted approach to abolishing injustice in the 21st century by reaching the vulnerable, rescuing the victim, and restoring the survivor.
Sergeant Cyntheoria Renee’ Peterson, or simply Renee’ as she prefers to be called, has served in the criminal justice profession for the past 19 years. She began her career in 1998 with the Florida Department of Corrections as a corrections officer, later earning a promotion to the rank of sergeant. She then joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office as a detention deputy and served in that capacity until earning her cross‐certification and transferring to uniform patrol with the City of Oakland Park.
Her hard work paid off and Renee’ earned a position as a detective, transferring to the Pompano Beach District, BSO’s largest and busiest command.
After positively impacting the crime rate and quality of life in the neighborhoods where she worked through countless felony arrests and successful prosecutions, as well as cracking and breaking-up a number of prolific burglary and identity theft rings, she earned a position as a detective with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Gang Investigations Unit.
As a state certified gang investigator, she worked with local, state, and federal agencies on a variety of long‐term investigations that culminated in the seizure of illegal narcotics, guns, as well as the incarceration and conviction of many violent felons and documented gang members. She worked a number of long-term investigations to successful conclusions including a murder-for-hire case. Her work with federal partners includes undercover assignments both here and abroad and she worked on several Title 3 wire cases. In 2015, the Florida Gang Investigators Association recognized Detective Peterson and the Broward Sheriff’s Office Gang Investigations Unit with the prestigious Gang Unit of the Year Award.
Anthony J. Pinizzotto, PhD has been involved in law enforcement for more than 30 years. Dr. Pinizzotto is retired from the FBI. Prior to his work with the FBI, he worked with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. While at the FBI, he was the Senior Scientist and clinical forensic psychologist assigned to the Training Division, Behavioral Science Unit (BSU). He taught courses in clinical forensic psychology, stress management, and the psychology of violent behavior. He assisted in developing and teaching, "The Use of Deadly Force in Law Enforcement," a program to assist Assistant United State Attorneys review the use of deadly force incidents by members of the law enforcement community. In 2004, while in the BSU, he co-sponsored a conference on "The Nature & Influence of Intuition in Law Enforcement. He is currently a consultant to the Force Science Research Center where he coordinates studies concerning officer communications under high stress and officer-involved shooting investigations. Dr. Pinizzotto has lectured throughout the world on topics of law enforcement safety, criminal investigative psychology, personality assessment, the psychology of interview and interrogation, hate-related crimes, use of deadly force in law enforcement, suicide by cop, sensory distortion involved in critical incidents, forensic hypnosis and deviant social groups.
He is currently a consultant to the FORCE SCIENCE RESEARCH CENTER where he offers presentations regarding officers’ perceptions under high stress situations and officer involved shooting investigations. In 2010, he co-sponsored a Task Force committee on Suicide-by-Cop with the Law Enforcement Defense Fund and the Critical Incident Analysis Group of the University of Virginia.
Currently, Dr. Pinizzotto is the founder and CEO of Clinical Forensic Psychology (CFP) Associates, LLC. CFP Associates consults on investigative, educational, and psychological matters within the law enforcement community.
Veronica Puccio is a U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer in the Western District of Wisconsin. She began her federal career in 2006. She has a background that includes pretrial investigation as well as pretrial and post-conviction supervision; however, she has worked primarily as a presentence investigation officer. Veronica was the Project Owner for the Probation and Pretrial Services Mobile Technology Working Group from 2011-2013. She initiated and implemented the upgrade to PSX for completion of presentence reports within her district and acted as the district’s PSX Peer Trainer. She chaired the district’s IT Committee and Race and Gender Committee. In 2015, Veronica was appointed to a Temporary Duty Assignment as a District IT Product Liaison for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. In this assignment, Veronica works with the teams who upgrade and maintain PACTS and PSX. Her current assignment has allowed her to help develop and design the new offense level calculator, assuring district and officer needs are being met.
Veronica holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a master's degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a certified Project Management Professional.
Mitzi Robinson is founder and President of Bulli Ray Enterprises, which was established in 1993, after Mitzi competed and won both the National and World Championship in the international canine sport of Schutzhund (tracking, obedience and protection).
Bulli Ray Enterprise, LLC is a business that specializes in providing customized global Occupational Dog Bite Safety and Consulting Services throughout the United States and Canada. Bulli Ray has been delivering high quality, responsive services to clients since 1993. The specialized training offered by Bulli Ray takes participants through all aspects of dog bite safety training from the initial encounter with the dog or packs of dogs to defensive action in the event that man’s best friend decides to attack.
Michael Schmidt is a probation administrator at the Federal Probation and Pretrial Academy. He works in policy guidance primarily in the safety and firearms branch. Prior to joining the FPPA, Mr. Schmidt worked as a probation officer for the Eastern District of Missouri where he supervised sex offenders, was a STARR coach, PCRA 2.0 trainer, member of the surveillance team, and an officer safety instructor. Mr. Schmidt holds bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he currently teaches in the criminal justice department. He also received a law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Ron Schweer is the Director of Management Training and Organizational Development for the Community Corrections Institute, LLC. He retired as Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the District of Kansas in July 2015. He served in the federal system from 1990 to 2015. Ron was also a Chief Court Services Officer for the Seventh Judicial District in Kansas and commenced his Court Services career in the Third Judicial District in 1981. He served as faculty for several Federal Judicial Center programs and was the Co-Chair of the Safety and Information Reporting System (SIRS) Working Group at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts - Office of Probation and Pretrial Services - from 2004 to 2009. Ron was a contributing author in the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) monographs titled Staff Safety: New Approaches to Staff Safety, Second Edition (2003) and Guns, Safety and Proactive Supervision: Involving Probation and Parole in Project Safe Neighborhoods (2008). Ron is currently the Vice President of the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE) and a member of the NIC Corrections Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN). He is also Chair of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) Health and Safety Committee.
John Sedoski is a Cybercrime Specialist with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). He earned a B.S. in 2009 from West Virginia University, majoring in Computer and Electrical Engineering. During this time, he worked in the West Virginia State Police Digital Forensic Lab where he was able to provide aid by using his education and applying it to the field of computer forensics. John has provided thousands of hours of training to numerous state, local, and federal law enforcement personnel in topics ranging from basic identifying and seizing of electronic evidence to the analysis of artifacts found in a variety of file systems and operating systems. When John is not out providing training, he is either providing technical assistance or developing curriculum.
Cassandra Snyder is an Education Attorney in Probation and Pretrial Services Education at the Federal Judicial Center. Before joining the FJC, Cassandra was Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at DC Law Students in Court. Cassandra received an LLM in trial advocacy as an E. Barrett Prettyman Teaching Fellow at Georgetown Law Center where she tried felony and misdemeanor cases in D.C. Superior Court and supervised third year law students in Georgetown's Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic. She has been a member of D.C. Superior Court's Criminal Justice Act panel and worked as an Assistant Defender with the Philadelphia Defender Association. She has served as an adjunct professor in criminal defense clinics for George Washington Law School, the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, and the University Of District Columbia David A Clarke School Of Law. She received her J.D. from NYU Law School where she was a Root Tilden Kern Public Service Scholar and her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jill Stetzer is a Human Resources Training Specialist for the U.S. District Court, U.S. Probation Office, and U.S. Pretrial Services in the Western District of Texas. She has over 12 years experience in training, including 7 years with the Federal Judiciary. In addition to her training responsibilities, Jill has knowledge and experience with providing employees individual retirement estimates and supporting questions about benefits.
Captain Osvaldo “Ozzy” Tianga began his law enforcement career at the Broward Sheriff’s Office in November of 1997; first as a detention deputy within the jail, and shortly thereafter becoming a patrol deputy within the Department of Law Enforcement. In 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. He currently serves as the Court Services Commander responsible for the day-to-day security and operations of all circuit and county courts in Broward.
Additionally, Capt. Tianga serves as the agency’s synthetic drug expert – regularly conducting training, participating in community outreach events, and providing interviews to local, national, and international media outlets regarding synthetic drug trends. Capt. Tianga was also a member of a DEA taskforce that traveled to China to meet with high ranking members Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China and the US Ambassador of China to discuss the synthetic drug crisis affecting south Florida. He also served as a board member at the U.S. Comptroller General’s forum for Preventing Illicit Drug Use; and as a Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. Sentencing Commission, to establish appropriate penalties for distribution of “synthetic” controlled substances.
Mark Sherman is assistant division director for probation and pretrial services education at the Federal Judicial Center. He leads a group that develops and delivers criminal justice continuing education, training, and consulting for federal probation and pretrial services departments, district and magistrate judges, federal defenders, and other stakeholders. From 1999 to 2011 Mark served as senior education attorney at the FJC and was responsible for developing and delivering continuing education, training, and consulting on a variety of issues for judges, attorneys, and probation and pretrial services officers.
An educator for his entire career, Mark has also practiced law and provided legal consulting services. His areas of practice and consulting included international human rights, international criminal defense, and affordable housing. He is an adjunct instructor at the American’s School of Professional and Extended Studies, where he teaches undergraduate research and internship courses in justice.
Mark received a B.A. from George Washington University in 1986, a J.D. from the University of Miami in 1989, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University in 1993. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
Ms. Elizabeth Tow serves as the Program Manager at The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF) where she works in collaboration with the CEO/Program Director to oversee the SHIFT program which entails needs assessment, program design and delivery, developing presentations and resource material, trainer and consultant supervision, and managing day to day operations of the SHIFT program. She began working in the Criminal Justice profession in 2005 as a Public Safety Dispatcher, in California and Montana, and then worked as a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist at SEARCH from 2010 - 2015. Ms. Tow has a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology and a B.A. in Criminal Justice Management.
Tom Turner is a Senior Human Resources Specialist for the U.S. District Court, U.S. Probation Office and U.S. Pretrial Services Office in the Western District of Texas. He has been in Human Resources within the Federal Judiciary for over 19 years, including 7 years with the District of Colorado. As part of his role in Human Resources, Tom has spent a great deal of time providing individual counseling to employees on their benefits and retirement.
Sgt. Weller has nineteen years with the Broward Sheriff’s Office as a sworn officer. For the past eight years he has been the supervisor/sergeant for the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Human Trafficking Task Force.