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.
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.
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.
Steven R. Watt (Randy) is the President of SRW, Inc., (www.srwsplops.com), 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.
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.
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.