Dr. Anthony H. Normore (Tony), Chairman holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He is currently Professor of Educational Leadership, Chair of Special Needs Services at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in Los Angeles. Tony was a visiting professor of ethics and leadership at Seoul National University, a visiting professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Studies at University of Guelph/Humber (Toronto), and a graduate professor of law, ethics, and leadership for the Summer Leadership Academy at Teachers College-Columbia University. His 30+ years of professional experiences as an educator has taken him throughout North America, South Central Asia, Eastern Asia, UK, Continental Europe, and South Pacific. Tony’s research and practice focusses on leadership growth and development in the context of ethics and social justice. He is the author of 100+ scholarly publications; 150+ conference workshops,/presentations/ keynotes; and author of 15+ books including What the Social Sciences Tell us about Leadership for Social Justice and Ethics (2014, Information Age Publishing), and Collective Efficacy: An Interdisciplinary Approach to International Leadership Development (2013, Emerald Group Publishing). Some of his recent publications can be found in Police Chief Magazine, Peace Officers Research Association of California, and Law Enforcement Today. He is chief leadership and ethics officer, and the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission on Credible Leadership Development (CJCCLD). He was honored at the 2013 American Educational Research Association and Leadership for Social Justice Special interest Group as the recipient of the “Bridge People” Award – an award given annually in recognition of people for leadership and community partnership.

Dr. Bev Busson, née Beverly MacDonald was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia  August 23, 1951.  Bev was among the first group of 32 women who were trained as police officers for the RCMP in 1974.  During her career she served in a number of front-line operational positions including general duty, fraud, drug enforcement and crimes investigation. During the time she was working she studied for her BA at Simon Fraser University in and earned a law degree from the University in British Columbia. She moved up through the ranks from inspector in 1992, to Superintendent in 1996, (the highest ranking woman in the RCMP at that time) to Assistant Commissioner and Commanding Officer of Saskatchewan.  She left the force in 1999 to head up the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia. By 2000, she was back with the RCMP as Commanding Officer of British Columbia and then Deputy Commissioner for the Pacific Region. On December 16, 2006 she became the first woman appointed as Canadian Commissioner of the Force. In 2004 she was vested Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces and in June 2006 she received the Order of British Columbia. She also holds the 30 year long service award from the RCMP and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. She served as Commissioner of the RCMP, retiring in July 2007 when she received the gratitude of the Government of Canada for leading the Force at a time when her dedication and support were a required asset.

Commander Charles “Sid” Heal is a retired Commander from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department with nearly 33 years of service in law enforcement, nearly half of which has been spent in units charged with handling law enforcement special and emergency operations.  At various times during his career he has served as an operations officer, watch commander, unit commander, incident commander, consultant and trainer in a myriad of law enforcement tactical operations, and is a court recognized expert in law enforcement special operations and emergency management.  As a collateral assignment, Sid was in charge of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s internationally recognized technology exploration program.  This program seeks to identify, develop, exploit and integrate new technologies for law enforcement.  The focus of effort for this program is on intervening with nonlethal options. Sid has earned three college degrees and is a graduate of the California Peace Officer’s Standards and Training, Center for Leadership Development, Command College, and the FBI National Academy.  He is the author of Sound Doctrine:  A Tactical Primer, and An Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming, as well as more than 120 articles on law enforcement issues and has appeared on numerous television newscasts and documentaries and been quoted in many periodicals and newspapers.  Additionally, he has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences in Canada, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Israel, Brazil and Argentina, as well as throughout the United States.  In addition to his career in law enforcement, Sid recently retired from the Marine Corps Reserve after 35 years, with service in more than 20 countries and four combat tours.  As a result of both these careers, he has been personally present for the operations involving the 1992 coup d’état in Thailand, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, as well as the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in 2001 and a host of other disasters, natural and manmade.  He is the author of Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer and Field Command, as well as more than 165 articles on law enforcement issues.

Sheriff Greg Hamilton, Past President of FBI LEEDA was sworn in on January 1, 2005, and is serving his second term as the Travis County Sheriff, which includes several neighboring communities to the City of Austin.  Greg Hamilton was born and raised in Central Texas and received a degree in Criminal Justice from Southwest Texas State University (SWTSU).   After working as a Corrections Officer II from 1983 to 1984 with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice he relocated to Austin, Texas to begin a career as a Senior Corrections Officer and Deputy Sheriff for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) from 1985 to 1994.  In 1994, he was appointed Chief of Enforcement at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).  He made his first run for public office in 2004 and was elected as the Sheriff of Travis County.   On a daily basis, through Sheriff Hamilton’s leadership and guidance TCSO reaches out to the entire community to become a part of preventing crime and keeping the community safe.  TCSO continues to expand its standards for community policing and to maintain a professional corrections team which insures an efficient and secure jail.  Hamilton promotes programs that assist inmates move toward success in the world of work and personal stability, which can be a challenge from the moment an individual is incarcerated.  Moreover, by joining with the National Crime Prevention Council in a one of a kind effort called “Building Bridges Brick By Brick,” he has connected community, business, media, government and faith-based leaders together to work on issues important to the community, thus bringing positive change to Travis County.

Dr. Timothy Turner retired as an FBI SSA after serving 22 years.   His last assignment was as a Program Manager for the Leadership Development Institute of the FBI Academy. After retiring from the FBI Dr. Turner worked with Homeland Security at the Law Enforcement Leadership Institute located at the FLETC.  Dr. Turner has served as Adjunct Professor for the University of Virginia and currently works as an Assistant Professor for Anderson and Columbia Southern University’s. Additionally he is the CEO for Inspirational Leadership, a leadership and personal development company working with public sector agencies and private enterprises developing multidisciplinary projects and training.  This work includes the U.S. State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Training Programs conducting criminal justice training programs throughout the world.  Dr. Turner earned degrees from Baylor University; Mississippi State University, Columbia Southern University and the University of Virginia. His doctorate in ‘Leadership’ focused on the use of emotional intelligence for succession planning.  Dr. Turner was the case agent for Major Case 98, a primary terrorism case and was the administrative case agent for the first use of the federal hate crime statute.  Additionally, he was operationally involved with: John Gotti, Robert Hanssen, Talladega Prison Riot, Los Angeles Riot, Waco Standoff and at the Pentagon for 9/11.


Brian Ellis is an 18-year veteran with the Sacramento Police Department.  Lieutenant Ellis has worked in a number of specialized assignments including with the Problem Oriented Policing Unit, Parole Intervention and Career Criminal Apprehension Teams, the Special Investigations Division where he was a narcotics detective, and within the Robbery/Burglary divisions.  He is currently a watch commander for the East Command of Sacramento.  Brian earned his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from California State, Sacramento and has a MS in Organizational Leadership from National University.  He has participated in over 2,000 hours of specialized training; graduating from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Los Angeles Police Department’s 21st Century Leadership Program, and the Sacramento City Manager Academy.  Lieutenant Ellis has been recognized many times for performance including the Sacramento Police Department’s unit citation on two occasions; the Natomas X-factor, for outstanding community achievement; the Ben Ali crime suppression award; recognition from the California State Legislators & City of Sacramento City Attorney for his team’s work with Assembly Bill 1384, a six-city pilot program for drug and gun housing evictions; and in 2001 he and his team received an awards certificate from the National Top Cops Award, nominating them for heroism during a gun battle with a wanted murderer.  Brian is a life-long student of leadership, and passionate about helping others reach their true potential by inspiring authentic action.  He has written articles for several publications, including Law Enforcement Today, Peace Officers Research Association of California, PoliceOne, The Oxford University Press, The Journal of California Law Enforcement; and been published in two academic textbooks with IGI Global Publishing where he has contributed to chapters.  Please follow him on Twitter at @BrianEllis10.

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

Steven R. Watt (Randy) is the President of SRW, Inc., (, a training and consulting business he started in 2008.  SRW, Inc. provides Leadership, Business Development, Safety/Security, and Special Operations training and services to select client organizations.  Clients of SRW, Inc. include the Swanson Tactical Training Center, Presidio Group, Akirix L.L.C., Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors, OSS Suppressors, Accushape Armor, L.L.C., Morgan and Weber School Districts, numerous U.S. military and law enforcement organizations, and other local and national organizations.  Randy holds a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Army War College, a M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Police Science degree from Weber State College, and is a graduate of Session 191 of the F.B.I. National Academy.  Randy retired from the Ogden Police Department, Ogden, Utah, in October of 2011.  At the time of retirement he was serving as Assistant Chief of Police, with thirty-two years of service in a multitude of assignments and at all levels of supervision and leadership.  Chief Watt is a recipient of various medals and commendations, including the department’s Medal of Valor (twice awarded).  A long-time member of the Ogden/Metro S.W.A.T. Team, Chief Watt has extensive experience in tactical operations, ranging from high-risk warrant service to hostage rescues.  Chief Watt is a nationally recognized expert in the field of law enforcement special operations and counter-terrorism.  He is involved with projects supporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).  He is an expert witness on Law Enforcement use of force and counter-terrorism.  He is a lead instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association (N.T.O.A.) in a variety of S.W.A.T. Leadership and Terrorism courses, and is a regular presenter at the N.T.O.A. Conference, as well as at various state S.W.A.T. Association conferences and training events.  He is the past author of the “On Leadership” column for the N.T.O.A’s Tactical Edge magazine.  Prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, then-Lieutenant Watt, was co-chair of the Tactical Response Sub-Committee and spent three years studying terrorism, writing the tactical response plan for protection of the Olympic Games, and conducting security assessments for Olympic venues.  Chief Watt has taught hostage rescue tactics and techniques to foreign military and police units and is a consultant to myriad local, state and federal tactical units.  He is an instructor at Gunsite Academy in Paulden, AZ.  Randy is also a Colonel in the Utah Army National Guard, currently assigned to the Joint Forces HQ.  From June, 2011, to December, 2013, he was the Commander of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), commanding 2200 Special Forces soldiers located across 9 states.  With 32-years of active duty and reserve Special Forces experience, he is a graduate of numerous Special Operations courses and schools, and is a Master Parachutist and Military Free-Fall Parachutist.  Leadership schools include the Infantry Officer’s Basic/Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Service and Support School, Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, and the resident U.S. Army War College.    Colonel Watt’s combat service includes year-long tours of Afghanistan, 2001-2002, Iraq, 2006-2007, and Iraq again in 2010 through 2011.  All assignments were at leadership levels of counter-terrorism units.  As a result of his service, he received the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor in combat, three Bronze Star Medals for meritorious service in combat, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the G.W.O.T. Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with three stars, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.  He was featured in the March, 2003, ABC television special Profiles From the Front Lines, and the August, 2003, issue of Men’s Health magazine.  He is the author of “One Warrior’s Creed.”

William J (Bill) Hayes MBA is an experienced Senior Executive, Corporate Trainer and investigation provider and has broadened his field of knowledge to include workplace drug and alcohol abuse, preventIon and saliva based drug detection systems. He was a member of the team that researched and introduced saliva based drug testing into Australia.  He is very experienced in Board operations and has held a number of Board positions including Board Chairman. He was also served in the British and the Australian Defence Force where he served as a Commissioned Officer.  He has also served as a police officer in Australia spending the majority of his service as a detective. He has been trained to the level of Advanced Hostage Negotiator.  He has wide experience and expertise in anti-terrorist operations and Close Personal Protection (CPP). He has a long time interest in Martial Arts and in the SE Asia region. Governance, Risk, Audit and Training, in particular leadership, ethics and moral training, to Law Enforcement and Regulatory bodies are major business interests for him. He is also a certified trainer in the unique Personal Style Indicator (PSI) and is a qualified Lead Auditor in Health, Safety, Environment and Quality. He is a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a foundation member, former State President and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Investigators.

Christopher Hoina is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy, holding a Master’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Shaw University. He currently serves as a law enforcement subject matter expert for the International Academy of Public Safety (IAPS) advising on law enforcement education as it pertains to the Institute for Credible Leadership Development. Prior to IAPS Christopher held the position as Director of Criminal Justice studies at Campbell University in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. With 25 years of law enforcement experience he served in a variety of roles to include: Commander of Training, Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Juvenile Investigations, School Resource Officers, Crisis Negotiation, Community Services, Crime Prevention, D.A.R.E., and Crisis Intervention Teams. He has extensive teaching experience as a certified law enforcement instructor in both classroom and on-line at the Academy, Community College and University levels; specializing in content related to Hazardous Materials, Bias Based Profiling, Hate Crimes, Crisis Intervention (CIT), Juvenile Minority Sensitivity, Juvenile Investigations, Crisis Negotiations (CNT), Crime Scene Investigations, Crime Prevention and School Resource Officer training.

Michelle Boyd is the Chief Deputy for the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office in South Dakota.graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Studies.  She also holds a Masters Degree of Science in Administrative Studies from the University of South Dakota.  She has lectured as an adjunct professor at the University Center in Sioux Falls, SD in the areas of criminal justice and advanced topics in Policing.  She also served as the Acting Director of the Metro Communications 911 Agency during the deployment of the Center’s Director.  Michelle is currently the Chief Deputy of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s office.  Prior to being appointed to her current position, she has 21 years of operational experience in the areas of Deputy Sheriff, Investigator, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Jail Warden.  She has been a member of the Crisis Negotiations Unit and is currently a member of the 2nd Circuit Drug Court Team.  She has recently been appointed as the Chairperson to the Minnehaha County Criminal Justice Review Committee which is tasked with identifying options and making recommendations regarding future expansion and growth of the Minnehaha County Jail and Corrections Center.  This committee is also working closely with the Governor’s office to develop a pre-trial release program in Minnehaha County.  The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office currently employs 252 full-time and part-time employees.  The Jail division houses approximately 625 inmates between the downtown jail and the Community Corrections Center.   Michelle is a member of a group presently working with jail administrators, and the South Dakota Sheriff’s Association to provide a more consistent and higher standard of training for correctional staff employed at the county jails throughout the state of South Dakota.

Chief Joe Cardella is a 42 year law enforcement professional who has been the Chief Criminal Deputy of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office for the last 18 years.  St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has a compliment of over 400 personnel and is situated in the metro New Orleans, Louisiana area.  Joe began his career in 1973 and worked through the ranks in the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and New Orleans Police Department from cadet to detective Lieutenant before attending the FBI National Academy in 1985.  In 1987, Joe joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he conducted investigations as a special agent assigned to the Foreign Counter-Intelligence Unit and Organized Crime Squad.  Joe transferred into the Inspector General’s Offices of the U.S. Department of Energy and completed 10 years of Federal law enforcement service as the Resident Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  During his Federal Law Enforcement career, Joe successfully investigated sensitive cases involving La Cosa Nostra (LCM) crime families, major drug diversion cases and threats to national energy strategies.  In 1996, Sheriff Greg Champagne appointed Joe as second in command of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office where he manages its day to day operations. Joe has reorganized St. Charles Parish’s 911 Communications Operations whereby Sheriff’s Deputies operate the center and dispatch Fire, EMS and Police as a Consolidated Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) over a radio system owned and managed by the SCSO.  Joe has also created a development team to research active shooter events and related phenomena resulting in a dynamic holistic program called Integrated Multilayered Planning for Active Shooter Events (IMPASE).  A recent IMPASE exercise involved over 800 Federal, State and local first responders, school administrators, students and faculty.  Joe is a graduate of Loyola University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, U.S. Department of Personnel Management and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS). He has completed advanced instruction at Louisiana State University and the University of Virginia while lecturing at Law Enforcement venues nationally.

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 34 years and brings a wide range of experience to the profession. After serving as a reserve officer with the Irmo Police Department in South Carolina, Ray joined the force full time in 1981, working through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 1983 at age 23. He served the next two years on the training staff of the Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. In 1987, Ray became Chief of the Summerville, SC Police Department where he served until 1994. During this time, Summerville was recognized for its outstanding community policing initiative. After leaving Summerville, Ray served as a consultant to law enforcement agencies nationwide primarily in the areas of community oriented policing and leadership skills. Ray began serving as Sheriff of Dorchester County in 1997. Ray 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 and improving officer performance. Leaders from around the world looked to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and the principles of Police Dynamics for answers to the difficult problems faced by law enforcement. He is a Professional Mentor to the Ministry of the Interior in Afghanistan, and now as a Police Program Adviser for the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the US Embassy in Kabul. His most current assignment is serving as the Rule of Law Coordinator for the International Police Coordination Board Secretariat. He holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Adult Education (workforce development) from Southern Illinois University and a MS in Criminal Justice Administration.

Timothy D. Valenti is the Legal Advisor for Sheriff Newell Normand in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.  He has served in that position for the last seven years.  He also served as a Deputy Sheriff in Jefferson Parish for 17 years working undercover in Narcotics, in the Patrol Division, and as District Detective.  He graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and earned a Juris Doctor from Loyola’s Law School.  He is also a graduate of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Enforcement Officers’ Academy.