JOHN “JACK” RYAN
LLRMI Co-Director, Attorney, Captain (Ret) Providence, RI Police Department
Jack Ryan is an Attorney in Rhode Island, a graduate Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude at Suffolk University Law School and has 20 years of law enforcement experience as a police officer with the Providence Police Department, Providence, RI.
Jack’s law degree and experience as a police officer gives him the unique perspective of public safety legal and liability issues. Jack is a former adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University and lectures frequently throughout the United States. He has authored several legal publications, including the LLRMI best-selling “Legal Guide for Law Enforcement Officers and Supervisors” – an annually updated quick-reference guide to U.S. Supreme Court case law impacting law enforcement policies and procedures. Jack has authored “Law Enforcement Best Practices – 5th Edition”, “Jail and Best Practices” and “Emerging Legal Trends for SWAT, Tactical and Emergency Response Operations”. Jack has written policies and procedures that have been adopted by over 1,000 law enforcement and corrections agencies across the United States.
Deputy Chief of Police (Retired), Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles, California
Lou Reiter currently is a police consultant. He offers (3) separate professional services to the law enforcement community. He provides training to police groups in the high-liability area of use of force, emergency vehicle operations, high-risk operations, investigations of citizen complaints, Internal Affairs procedures, investigation of critical incidents, and liability management. He will normally conduct 15-20 of these programs ranging from 2 hours to 5 days in length. The primary seminars are a 2-1/2 day program on Internal Affairs and Police Discipline and a 5-day program on investigation of police use of force incidents. Each year nearly 1,000 police practitioners will attend these training programs.
Lou has been a consultant on 8 U.S. Department of Justice, civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, investigations of agencies involving patterns and practices of Constitutional violations. He was selected as a Federal Court monitor for the Consent Decree of Colln v. Ventura County Sheriff”s Department, CA.
Lou provides litigation consultation to attorney firms involved in police civil actions. since 1983, Lou has been retained in over 1,100 such cases in nearly every state, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Lou was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1961 to 1981. During that tenure, he had 22 different assignments and rose through the ranks to retire as Deputy Chief of Police. About 70 percent of his time was spent in uniformed operations while the bulk of the remainder was in Internal Affairs, use of force review, training and personnel administration.
Lou has been published throughout his professional career. He was one of the principle researchers and authors of the 1973 Police Task Force Report, of the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Standards and Goals, where he authored the chapters on Internal Discipline, Training and Management-Employee Relations. Lou authored and published the Law Enforcement Administrative Investigations: A Manual Guide.
Major (Retired) Providence, RI Police Department
Stephen Campbell began his law enforcement career with the Providence, Rhode Island Police Department (with 500 sworn officers) in 1982 and retired at the rank of Major, Chief of Detectives in 2008. During his 26 years, he worked in numerous bureaus within the department including the Detective bureau, and developed and commanded the Domestic Violence Unit. He has investigated over 100 homicides and numerous suicides, accidental and natural deaths.
As the Chief of Detectives he had oversight of all Major Crimes, Narcotics Bureau & Organized Crime, Crime Scene Investigation & Evidence Collection, and Youth Services.
He has been an instructor since 2008 and has conducted law enforcement training seminars in 34 states. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) at Boston University. He attended the Williams Homicide School, New York State Police. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI and a Master of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University, Newport, RI.
Tom Martin began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a uniformed New York State Trooper, and began his forensic career in 1990 as a crime scene field technician. For the majority of his career, Tom was assigned to the NYSP Forensic Identification Unit in Poughkeepsie, and supervised that unit for 14 years before retiring from that position in October 2010. Tom regularly provides forensic testimony in various state and federal courts.
Tom has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. He is a nationally recognized speaker who has instructed at numerous forensic training seminars across the United States, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Conferences, The National Institute of Justice Annual Conferences and Technology Fairs, and the Smithsonian Institute. He is a faculty member of the National College of District Attorneys.
Colonel, Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department, Attorney
Shaun is a Senior Associate of Jack Ryan and Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute. Sgt. Santos has been a law enforcement officer for 20 years, with over 15 years experience as a Narcotics Detective. He has extensive experience working with the Drug Enforcement Administration conducting electronic surveillance investigations into the Drug Trafficking Organizations. Shaun is currently assigned to the DEA’s Financial Investigations Team (FIT), anti-money laundering group, responsible for conducting electronic laundering investigations. He has experience with foreign and domestic money pick-ups, international bank wire transfers, familiarity with Black Market Peso Exchange, and Attorney General Exempt Operations (AGEO), allowing for the laundering of drug proceeds in furtherance of narcotics investigations.
Shaun received his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA; Master’s Degree from Anna Maria College; and Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.
CISSP, EnCE, CFCE, CEECS, CHFI, A+, Network+, Security+
Glenn Bard is a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper First Class and U.S. Veteran of Operations Desert Storm. In 1999 Glenn began Computer Crime Investigations for the PA State Police and has since investigated crimes across the United States ranging from Child Pornography to Criminal Homicide. Glenn has also conducted forensic examinations for City, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies including the FBI, US Postal Inspectors, and I.C.E., as well as, foreign governments.
Glenn has been certified as an expert in both State Court and by the United States Federal Court in the areas of Digital Forensics, Cellular Technology and Computer Technology.
Tim began his law enforcement career with the Baltimore Police Department in 1981. In September of 1990, he was reassigned to the Education and Training Division as the agency’s primary law instructor. April of 1993, he assumed command of the Department’s Special Investigation Section within the Internal Investigation Division. His duties focused on the investigation of Criminal wrongdoing within the department’s ranks.
Chief Longo (retired) served as Chief of Police for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia until 2016. Tim is a graduate of Towson University in Baltimore where he served as an Adjunct Professor. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore, School of Law. Tim serves as an Expert Witness and regularly lectures across the United States for the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute.
Deputy Director (Retired), Fayette County Detention Center Adult Facility, Lexington, KY
Jeff retired December 2018 as the Deputy Director of the Fayette County Detention Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Over his 20-year career, he has worked all levels of custody inside a 1,300-bed correctional facility located in the horse racing capitol of the world. Jeff was an instructor for 5 years inside the academy, where he trained over 700 recruits, molding them into successful leaders in the Corrections field. He has trained and commanded the CERT team, as well as taught Drill and Ceremony to the Division Honor guard. While promoting through the ranks, he commanded the Professional Standards Unit where he specialized in Internal Affairs investigations and Gang Intel for 7 years. Jeff completed over 200 administrative investigations, as well as, conducted over 100 PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) investigations. He is well versed in PREA and is a PREA Investigator Instructor. Jeff has completed the top Leadership Academies at the National Institute of Corrections in Aurora, Colorado. He brings experience from proudly serving 4 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, followed by obtaining his BS degree in Corrections and Juvenile Services/Political Science from Eastern Kentucky University, through his career as a Corrections Leader. Jeff was a Certified Deputy Coroner within the Commonwealth of Kentucky for 8 years. He presents jail training throughout the country and serves as an Expert Witness around the United States, focusing on jail litigation.
(Retired), Kentucky Department of Corrections, Louisville, KY
Ms. Tracey Reed has over a quarter century of total corrections experience. A graduate of Brescia University, is a veteran in the field of corrections, having served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for over a decade as a Senior Probation and Parole Officer in addition to being selected as the first female jail consultant.
Since retiring from the KY Department of Corrections in 2013, Ms. Reed has served as an Independent Jail Consultant for the Kentucky Association of Counties. She routinely develops and provides training for elected jailers and their staff in critical areas of operations, to help KACO’s clients improve safety and security for those incarcerated in county jails, while also helping reduce liability for individual jail staff members and the county agencies that employ them.
In addition, Ms. Reed serves as a member of the Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute’s advisory board, conducting audits for jails, providing training for correctional officers across the United States, and serving as an expert witness for litigants in the area of intake screening, suicides, mental health, classifications, detoxification, and policy and procedures. Her expertise includes interpreting state and federal regulatory standards governing jail operations, construction, renovation, as well as conducting investigations into critical incidents. She resides in Louisville, Kentucky.
ROBERT G. LOWERY, JR.
Major (Retired), Florissant, Police Department, Florissant, Missouri
Robert Lowery was the 5th police official to be appointed as Commander of the elite 35-year Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, a multi-jurisdictional violent crime task force concerned with the high-profile murder investigations in Missouri and Illinois. Serving 2.5 million citizens across 12 counties. Formed partnerships with Federal Law Enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United State Marshal Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Secret Service and Internal Revenue to maximize resources available for in-progress homicide cases. Robert created the Technical Operations Group, a specially-trained team designed to provide electronic support in tracking and locating suspects. Robert created the Family Liaison Program which provided specially-trained investigators to work with families of victims of homicide cases, investigated violent crimes with 500 Law Enforcement Investigators from over 100 local, county, state, federal agencies and managed high-level murder cases in collaboration with numerous officers and agencies.
Robert is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association, Quantico, Virginia, United State Department of Justice, Federal Agency Task Force on Missing and Exploited Children, Washington DC, International Coroners and Medical Examiners Association and Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Academy Association.
DANNY L. PRICE
Major, Indiana State Police Department
Danny Price is a Veteran of Law Enforcement and Leadership Instruction. He began his Policing Career with the Indiana State Police in 1986 as a Trooper in Southern Indiana and has worked his way through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Major. His 32+ years of Law Enforcement includes 24 in Leadership Positions giving him a unique view of Management, Leadership and Supervision from the perspective of a First-Line Supervisor to that of Top Management.
Danny holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern Indiana and a Master’s Degree from Indiana University. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course from the University of Louisville and the 194th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Captain (Retired), Los Angeles Police Department
Jerry Rodriguez is a retired Captain from the Los Angeles Police Department; he was also a Deputy Police Commissioner in Baltimore Police Department and most recently the Chief of Investigations for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. He was instrumental in the creation of the LAPD Force Investigation Division in response to the 2001 DOJ Consent Decree. Jerry is currently working as an investigator with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s.
DR. P. MICHAEL MURPHY, F-ABMDI
Dr. P. Michael Murphy serves as President and CEO of M Power USA, an international management consulting firm providing management and leadership guidance to public and private agencies. Dr. Murphy brings 40 plus years of law enforcement and public service experience to the position serving in a multitude of roles giving him a unique perspective beginning with boots on the ground of Chief of Police.
Dr. Murphy most recently served as Director of Special Services for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia where he was responsible for the Long Term Missing and Unidentified, Forensic Services, Image Enhancement/Age Progression Units. Dr. Murphy is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a doctoral degree in Business Administration with California Pacific University. He is also Fellow with the American Board of Medicolegal Investigators.
Dr. Murphy recently received the 2018 International Homicide Investigators Association Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as, the Award for Excellence for his contributions to IHIA education and training programs. Dr. Murphy has served as President of the International Association of Coroner & Medical Examiners (IACME), President of the Nevada Chapter of the FBI National Academy (FBINA), President of the Nevada Sheriff’s and Chief’s Association, Chairman of the State of Nevada Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Commission (POST), as well as, Advisory Board Member of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP). He continues to serve on numerous committees at the federal, state and local levels, including, but not limited to the recently created “The Wounded Blue Project”.
Dan Sosnowski has been a senior interview and interrogation instructor for over 35 years. He has been awarded a Senior Research Fellow in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. In January 2008, he was selected as Subject Matter Expert to teach the Counter-Intelligence Command in Iraq on behalf of the U.S. Government. In June 2008, he was once again selected as Subject Matter Expert to teach the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior on behalf of the U.S. Government. In 1997, he was selected as a Subject Matter Expert to work with John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory which developed the “Mike Simmen” FBI Interactive Computer Interview Program.
Dan was a former police officer and investigator in the Chicago area and was on the staff at John E. Reid & Associates.
Dan is President of SOS Services, Inc., a private consulting company located in Woodstock, Georgia. Dan is currently performing a wide range of interviews and specializes in sex offender testing. Dan has been a leader in the area of developing tactics and techniques to interview individuals involved in sexual deviant behavior. He has been teaching this specialized course to police agencies, therapist and probation officers.
Dan has conducted over 20,000 interviews regarding all areas of criminal behavior. These cases cover a wide range of emotional and cognitive behaviors involving the individuals being interviewed and sometimes confronted with very negative information. In order to successfully interview people, Dan has had to employ verbal de-escalation tactics to diffuse anger and turn those negative emotions into something positive. He will teach the methods and techniques he currently utilizes in everyday situations. He conducts numerous training seminars across the United States and Europe regarding Interviewing & Interrogation course. He is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).
Dan’s diverse background in both the private and law enforcement agencies, along with presently conducting criminal interviews and interrogations, gives him a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from. As a speaker, Dan is very informative and motivating. His sense of humor makes it a pleasure to listen to him. He easily adapts to circumstances and surroundings, which is one of the foremost assets of any successful interviewer.
STAN WALTERS, CSP
“The Lie Guy®”
Subject Matter Expert: Interview and Interrogation Methods, Techniques & Training
Stan B. Walters has spent more than 40 years studying and researching the science of interview and interrogation. He is the author of Principles of Kinesic Interview and Interrogation, 2d, ed. and The Truth About Lying: How to Spot a Lie and Protect Yourself From Deception which has been published in 7 foreign languages. He has authored numerous interview and interrogation training guides, audio programs and videos including 145+ videos on his YouTube Channel. Stan maintains a personal library of 1,300+ video-taped interviews of inmates he personally directed and produced in 37 prisons in 17 states and one foreign country.
Stan worked with Dr. Martha Davis clinical psychologist and Brenda L. Connors of the US Naval War College on ground breaking credibility research project conducted at John Jay College. The research was in association with the NYPD, and the Queens, Manhattan & Bronx District Attorneys’ Offices. He is the co-author of 3 published peer reviewed scientific papers on the results of that project. He has also served as an interviewing and interrogation subject matter expert for Johns Hopkins University.
Stan has more than 50,000 hours on the platform as an instructor. Among others, he has provided training for the National Security Agency, Adjunct Instructor for Defense Intelligence Agency – National Center for Credibility Assessment, US Army 1st, 4th and 25th Infantry, US Army Special Forces, 82nd Airborne, 101st Airborne, 1 Cavalry & 1 Armored Divisions, Guest instructor at US Army Military Police School, USA Army C.I.D., US Army Intelligence & Counter-Intelligence, US Army Battlefield Surveillance Brigades, USAF O.S.I., USAF S.E.R.E., USAF Security Forces, US Navy EOD, Texas Rangers, US Postal Inspectors, US Marshals Service, US Secret Service – Polygraph, FBI – Polygraph, US Treasury – Inspector General, DFW Airport SWAT, Texas Rangers SWAT, Texas D.P.S. SWAT, Kentucky, Nebraska, & Pennsylvania State Police, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, NASA Inspector General, New York State Police, US Marshals Service, Singapore Police Force & Military, US Courts, US Indian Police Academy, I.C.E., C.B.P., US C.I.S., UAE Police & State Security, Calgary Police Service, Canadian Fish & Wildlife, Canadian Securities Commissions, International Association of Arson Investigators, and numerous other criminal justice agencies and academies throughout North America. He has also conducted training in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore and South Korea.
Stan has regularly appeared on Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen. He has also appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, Fox & Friends, NBC, France Channel One and Australia Today. He has been profiled twice on National Geographic and was host and technical advisor on the National Geographic special “The Science of Interrogation.”
(Retired), Weber County Sheriff’s Office, Ogden, Utah
Mark Lowther served in the US Marine Corps and has 30 years in public safety. Eight years in corrections as a line officer and supervisor and 22 years in law enforcement operations as an officer and supervisor.
Mark has served as a SWAT hostage negotiator for a major portion of his career. Mark served two Metro SWAT teams as a negotiator from tech to hostage negotiation team leader.
Mark has extensive background and training in suicide intervention, verbal de-escalation, and mental illness. Mark has trained law enforcement locally and nationally on interaction with suicidal individuals and the mentally ill. Mark was named as the Utah Tactical Officers Association 2012 Crisis Negotiator of the year.
Mark has been to Ukraine four times to train civilians, police, military, and intelligence personnel in the areas of Hostage Negoti-ations and Crisis Intervention.
Lt. Lowther has worked in corrections, patrol, detectives, vice/gangs, motors, warrants, and court security. Lt. Lowther served as part of the Public Safety Law Enforcement Unit in the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics.
Steven Kellams retired in 2019 as the Administrative Captain for the Bloomington Police Department in Bloomington Indiana. Captain Kellams attended Indiana University from 1987 to 1991. In 1989, he graduated from the Indiana University Police Academy. In 1991, he was hired by the Bloomington Police Department and was assigned to night shift. After spending 10 years as a night shift patrol officer, Captain Kellams was promoted to Sergeant, and then Lieutenant. His final position with the department was as the Administrative Captain, responsible for a number of duties including internal affairs, public information, and CALEA Accreditation. During his time at the department, he served as a breath-test operator, bike patrol officer, field training officer, and senior field training officer. Captain Kellams has also served as a Patrol Supervisor, Detective Supervisor, Civil Disturbance Unit Commander, Motor Unit Supervisor, Field Training Manager, Field Training Coordinator, Special Investigation Unit Supervisor, and Public Information Officer.
In 2000, Captain Kellams was instrumental in redesigning the field training program for the Bloomington Police Department and has taught that program to hundreds of departments throughout the United States. He has also instructed on field training issues at the national level when he presented two courses at the 2002 National Association of Field Training Officers Conference. He also presented courses for NAFTO in 2008, 2010, and 2011. In 2000, he was elected state director for the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Field Training Officers. He also served on the NAFTO National Executive Board and served as President of the board in 2009.
Captain Kellams was awarded the Monroe County Officer of the Year Award in 2005 for his work with the Bloomington Police Department Field Training Program.
In 2020 Captain Kellams started Blue Canary, a podcast for police officers. Tired of having other people tell our stories, Captain Kellams started Blue Canary to provide a voice for police officers everywhere to share their stories, thoughts, and ideas regarding all topics in law enforcement.
Detective Matthew Greely is a veteran Police Officer with the Providence, RI Police Department with over 15 years of dedicated law enforcement experience.
Matt currently serves as the lead firearms instructor and armorer for the Providence, RI Police Department. He is a member of the S.W.A.T team and serves as the team’s medic. Matt has trained thousands of officers in firearms and less lethal munitions. He is also a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Detective Greely earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Anna Maria College.
Peter B. Wood graduated from Binghamton University in New York with an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Law. He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1995, and has served as an Indiana State Trooper for over twenty-five years. He continued his formal education at the Valparaiso University School of Law, attaining the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence.
He currently serves as the North Zone Legal Advisor for the Indiana State Police. During his tenure there, in addition to being a constitutional law instructor and legal counsel, he has served as a road patrol trooper, canine interdiction officer, riverboat gambling enforcement agent, and a field supervisor. He currently instructs recruit level criminal law, department-wide yearly legal updates, and varied subjects revolving around search and seizure constitutional issues. He has been a guest instructor at the Indiana Prosecutors Council, the United States Attorney General’s Conference, the HIDTA National Domestic Highway Interdiction Initiative, and several local Indiana law enforcement agencies. He also provides legal instruction and advice to several Sheriffs in northern Indiana as a Legal Deputy.
Bill Backus retired in July 2022 as a Master Sergeant with the Illinois State Police after 27 years of service to the agency. Over the course of his career, Bill specialized in mobile field force operations and undercover narcotics investigations. For 11 years, Bill served as the director of a multi-agency undercover drug task force operating in the Chicagoland area. The task force operated in three counties and had officers assigned from 24 different police departments. Since 2013, Bill also served as the statewide mobile field force commander for the Illinois State Police. Bill supervised 250 Troopers assigned to 4 regional crowd control teams during protest activity throughout the State. Bill was responsible for writing ISP policies concerning mobile field force operations and tactics. Bill was the lead instructor for both the ISP’s basic narcotics training and the mobile field force program.
Detective Joseph M. Rauch is a decorated twenty-five year veteran of the Atlantic City Police Department in Atlantic City, New Jersey, assigned to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit in Atlantic County, New Jersey since 2006.
Joe began his career in 1984 working in Atlantic City’s casino gaming industry as an Investigator with Harrah’s Entertainment Incorporated and Trump Entertainment Resorts Incorporated conducting civil and cooperative criminal investigations, serving as a law enforcement liaison and providing protective services for executives, dignitaries, celebrities and high profile clientele. In 1994, he left the casino gaming industry and joined the Atlantic City Police Department.
Detective Rauch has an extensive education, training and experience in multiple facets of law enforcement, having served a variety of assignments throughout his career including; Uniform Patrol Division, Community Policing Section, Accident Investigation Unit, Gun Reduction Unit, Narcotics Unit, Prostitution Unit, Casino Hotel Investigations Unit, Police Community Partnership Grant Team, Juvenile Investigations Section, Criminal Investigations Section, Shooting Response Team and the Special Projects Unit. He is a certified Fire/Arson investigator routinely assisting the Atlantic City Police & Fire Departments Arson Investigation Unit and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Investigation Unit in conducting arson and fire related death investigations. As a member of the Atlantic City Police Department Emergency Response Team, he also serves as a Negotiator with the Crisis Negotiation Team and is a certified public safety diver trained in rescue and underwater search & recovery.
In August 2011, Detective Rauch accepted the position of Eastern Regional Director with the International Homicide Investigators Association. He continues to serve his position organizing and instructing training events throughout the east coast, advancing curriculum, developing new training products and promoting membership.
Since 2016 Detective Rauch has served on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Advisory Board for the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP).
Rick is President of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officers Association. Retired Lieutenant from Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Cookeville, Tennessee. Rick has spent time lecturing and teaching officers, court clerks, Court Officers, and elected officials. He has lectured and taught at numerous national and state conferences. Throughout his 27-year law enforcement career, Rick has supervised Corrections, Patrol, Training, and SWAT, as well as, providing specialized training to other agencies. Rick has been called on as an expert witness in several court cases. Rick received his Bachelor of Science from Lee University and his Master’s in criminal justice management from Columbus University. Rick holds numerous training, instructor, and specialized certifications. He has been the coordinator for the Academy, Instructor Development, Ethics, and Leadership. Rick is currently the National Training Director for the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute, Coordinator with LLRMI and the FBINAA Leadership Certification.
Stephen Smith enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1981, and rose through the ranks to Captain of Marines. He earned his B.A. at San Diego State University where he also led the NROTC unit as the Midshipman Battalion Commander and was the first graduate of the SDSU NROTC Unit in 1985. He earned a meritorious promotion to the rank of Corporal and provided first line supervision at 4th Tanks in San Diego and later as an artillery officer in Okinawa. He established a Security Force at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA where he received the Navy Achievement Medal before accepting an appointment as a Special Agent of the FBI in 1990. From 2005 to 2009 he taught Leadership topics to first line and senior police executives attending the FBI’s National Academy (FBINA) course at Quantico, while also presenting at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) at Budapest, Hungary. He has also presented on Leadership to FBINA re-trainers at Toronto, Canada, St. Kitts in the Caribbean, and at venues all over CONUS. In his spare time, he earned a post-master’s degree as an Education Specialist with a specialization in
Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. In 2009 he accepted an office of preference move to the Spartanburg, SC resident agency of the FBI where he led an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) until his retirement from the FBI in March of 2016 with 26 years of service.
Stephen remains committed to lifelong learner concepts with a primary research focus in the areas of leadership, ethics, personality, and emotional intelligence.
Ken Hilte is a law enforcement professional with over 35 years’ experience.
He is a retired Commander from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) in Colorado Springs where he led the largest division within the 800-person Office. He’s held assignments throughout the EPSO to include Patrol, Detentions, and Administration, but he considers the highlight of his career the time he spent as the Major Crimes Lieutenant. During those six years, his team achieved a 100% homicide clearance rate, while identifying a cold case serial killer and securing a “no-body” murder conviction.
Ken is a FBI Leadership Fellow and served as a visiting instructor to the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, where he taught leadership to the National Academy, various Command Colleges throughout the United States and the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary. He’s a graduate of DEA’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.
Ken is a retired criminal justice college professor as well and concluded his career in higher education as the police chief for Pikes Peak Community College where he oversaw four campuses and 20,000 students.
He has returned to the EPSO as an Inspector assigned to their Professional Standards / Internal Affairs Unit where he investigates allegations of wrong doing and poor performance in addition to conducting unit audits / inspections and critical incident reviews.
Ken earned his masters degree from Troy University and his bachelors from Colorado State University – Pueblo and has been published in IACP’s “Police Chief,” NSA’s “Sheriff,” and ACA’s “American Jails” magazines, as well as some textbooks.
He is an Air Force veteran. He and his wife Tammy live in Colorado Springs.
Ryan Gausman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Economics from Seattle Pacific University, after which he enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Puget Sound. At the time, the late 1970’s and early 80’s, he was employed for 15 years by Nordstrom Inc., a west coast specialty clothing retailer, fulfilling various leadership roles including general store manager at two Southern California Mall locations, one of which employed 350 people, and eventually regional operations manager for Southern California. During his time there the company was featured in Tom Peters’ book, “In Search Of Excellence”. In these positions, he often worked directly with the Nordstrom family, who instilled in him a lifelong passion for excellence, excellent leadership, team building, and an insatiable lifelong curiosity to understand how people respond to excellent leadership.
Since his time at Nordstrom, he has held leadership positions in the outdoor industry, volunteer and faith-based organizations, has owned 4 businesses of his own, and spent 22 years with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office in Washington State, retiring as a Sergeant. Ryan currently serves as Chief Deputy Coroner for Kittitas County Washington.
He published his book, “Leadership, Excellence, and a Royal Coachman” in 2020, which is a compilation of his observations from more than 45 years of leadership experience.
Ryan has been a part of organizations that were the best at providing excellence and he’s been a part of some who were the worst. He has discovered that, regardless of the industry or occupation, the principles of leadership and teamwork which bring an organization to a level of excellence are always the same. The benefits of true excellent leadership, in every case, justify the effort required to achieve it.
Mike Irwin retired as a Captain with the Illinois State Police. Mike was Chief of Police for the West Frankfort Police Department in Illinois from 2016-2019. Mike is a Use of Force expert witness in Federal and State court. He is a nationally recognized expert in MCATI, crowd control, undercover narcotics training and physical skills.