M.S. in Law Enforcement Leadership Faculty

The faculty for the Masters in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership are experienced instructor practitioners, who hold advanced degrees and possess extensive experience in law enforcement.  The diversity of experience the instructors’ possess is striking as they hold positions such as Chief of the San Diego Bureau of Investigation, Deputy District Attorney, and Public Defender.

Erik Fritsvold, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology & Academic Coordinator

Erik Fritsvold is the Academic Coordinator for the Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership and an Associate Professor of Sociology: Crime, Justice, Law & Society Concentration (CJLS), Erik has been a full-time faculty member at USD in various capacities since 2005.  Broadly construed, Erik’s areas of expertise include Criminology, Law & Society, the politics of law and crime management, social theory and research methods. Substantive and research foci include: the war on drugs, underground drug markets, nontraditional street gangs, white-collar crime, social movements, eco-terrorism, the death penalty, social justice and the contentious process of attempting to balance social control and individual freedoms.  Lastly, in 2013 Erik was recognized by Princeton Review as one of America’s “Best 300 Professors” in a book by the same name.

Elisabeth Albanese, J.D.

Lieutenant, Beverly Hills Police Department

Lieutenant Elisabeth Albanese has 17 years of law enforcement experience with the Beverly Hills Police Department. She is currently assigned as the Executive Officer for the Department, managing Community and Media Relations, the Professional Standards Unit and Personnel and Training Bureau. Her previous assignments included overseeing investigations involving crimes against persons, juvenile victims and juvenile offenders, where she directly supervised eight detectives and was responsible for liaising with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office on criminal cases and logistical matters. Lt. Albanese earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and her J.D. from Southwestern Law School. In addition to her experience in law enforcement, Lt. Albanese has worked on a pro-bono basis for the Los Angeles Domestic Violence Project, providing no-cost legal consultation and completion of restraining orders for victims of domestic violence.

Michael Begovich, J.D.

San Diego County Deputy Public Defender

Michael Begovich is currently a San Diego County deputy public defender and has conducted 172 trials to verdict, including 11 murder cases. He has also participated in several trials regarding the 4th Amendment use of digital communications, which will likely influence the legality of body worn cameras and digital communications in law enforcement.  Mr. Begovich earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of California – Hastings and has taught both criminal justice and law at several universities across San Diego.

Samantha Begovich, JD, Esq.

Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County

Samantha Begovich is a career prosecutor who has conducted over 70 trials along with appeals court advocacy, in several jurisdictions, on topics ranging from sexually violent predators and aggravated child sexual assault to methamphetamine manufacturing to domestic violence and to first-degree murder.

In her current assignment as one of two senior prosecutors in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Lifer Unit, she handles state-wide litigation before the Board of Parole Hearings arguing against parole for lifers mostly convicted of murder but also for other life-top offenses such as kidnap for rape, torture, and mayhem.  Ms. Begovich presents a unique perspective to the Board of Parole Hearings – the perspective of victims and the People of California.

Ms. Begovich speaks to community groups, law enforcement organizations, and a variety of legal and educational institutions about the criminal justice system. She has also lectured on jury selection, closing arguments, sexual assault, domestic violence, professionalism in the courtroom, narcotics trafficking, Fourth Amendment law, and testifying as a witness.  She has taught Courtroom Procedure, in a mock trial setting, to San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy recruits since 1995.

Ms. Begovich is a past Chair of the Stanford Law Society of San Diego and Board Member of The San Diego Foundation, the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement, and the Access Youth Academy.  Ms. Begovich received her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and her law degree from Stanford Law School.

Jay Bishop

Major (Retired), United States Marine Corps

Jay Bishop completed initial officer training at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia and Artillery Officer Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He deployed three times, twice to combat in Iraq. He served as a Battalion Executive Officer, Battery Commander, Fire Support Coordination Officer and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC). While not with the operating forces Jay served as Aide-de-Camp to three General Officers. He earned a Master’s of Science in Leadership and Human Resource Development from the Naval Postgraduate School, and served as an adjunct professor teaching leadership at the United States Naval Academy.

Jay’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 4 Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V”, the Combat Action Ribbon and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

Jay now works with Marine Corps Community Services at Camp Pendleton, California. He served two years as the operations officer coordinating the work of ten divisions with more than 2,000 employees. Currently, he is the Director of the Food, Leisure, Hospitality and Services Division, overseeing a broad range of business models and activities ranging from contracted fast food franchises and lodging facilities (government hotels) to horse stables and a marina.

Tyler Blondi

Field Training Officer, Beverly Hills Police Department

Tyler Blondi has been with the Beverly Hills Police Department for 10 years and is currently assigned to the Field Training Officer Cadre. Along with his duties as an FTO, Officer Blondi is also a recruiter, background investigator and polygraph examiner. His former collateral assignments have included: Defensive Tactics Instructor, SWAT Team, Bike Team, and UCLA pre-academy instructor. Officer Blondi received his undergraduate degree from UC Davis, where he also played soccer. He earned his Master’s in Education from the University of La Verne. Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, Officer Blondi was a high school teacher and football coach.

Ernest Conklin, MBA

Instructor, Author & Retired CPA

Mr. Conklin teaches business courses part-time at a number of colleges and universities, and also owns and operates The Institute for Continuing Professional Education, consulting with educational institutions and health services organization throughout the world on program development, management and operations.

Mr. Conklin’s administrative educational experience has been mainly in the Middle East where he served as Deputy Comptroller at the American University of Beirut, Chief Financial Officer at the American University of Sharjah; Project Manager at Prince Mohammad University, and most recently as Executive Director of Finance and Administration and the American University of Kuwait. He has also been the Vice President and CFO of Boeing Middle East; Corporate Controller at American Medical International, and Corporate Controller at Modern Arab Contractors. When teaching, he weaves these “real world” experiences throughout his sessions, making them more practical, informative and interesting for students.

Prior to living in the Middle East, Mr. Conklin owned and operated a CPA firm in San Diego, California and was responsible for the educational section of the San Diego Society of CPAs. He received his BA from Kent State and was a Certified Public Accountant in both California and Ohio. He has recently published a book on entrepreneurship that is sold on Amazon.

Joseph Dulla

Lieutenant, Training Bureau-Recruit Training Unit, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Joseph Dulla is a 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant, assigned to the Training Bureau-Recruit Training Unit where he is responsible for the management and training of more than 800 deputy and Custody Assistant recruits each year. Lt. Dulla has worked in custody, patrol, special projects, detective, training, and regional investigative task force assignments.

On the private sector side, Lt. Dulla owns and operates a training company and has instructed in a variety of law enforcement programs, including the California POST Management School, Field Officer Training Course, Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and Civilian Supervisory Program. He has presented to the United States Department of Justice, White Collar Crime Subcommittee; California Legislature, Public Safety Committee; and California Commission on POST Instructor and California State University Faculty Symposiums.

He holds both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in sociology from California State University, Fullerton, a certificate in Executive Leadership and Strategic Planning from Cornell University’s Graduate School of Management, and a graduate certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching from Fielding Graduate University.

Ygnacio "Nash" Flores, Ed.D.

Dean of Public Safety and Interim Dean of Business, Rio Hondo College

Dr. Flores is the Dean of Public Safety and Interim Dean of Business at Rio Hondo College, overseeing the academic programs in the Administration of Justice, Fire Technology and Business departments as well as the college’s professional Public Safety Academies; including police, fire, wildland fire and homeland security. Dr. Flores is a retired Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy and prior Senior Chief Master-At-Arms. A Gulf War veteran, he served in leadership assignments specializing in law enforcement, physical security, antiterrorism, force protection, Fire protection, homeland security and emergency management. Dr. Nash earned a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California, a Presidents & Key Executives MBA from Pepperdine University, and a Master’s in International Relations from the University of San Diego. He also completed the Navy War College’s Command and Staff program.

Adolfo Gonzales, Ph.D.

Chief Probation Officer, San Diego County Probation Department

Adolfo Gonzales is San Diego County’s Chief Probation Officer. Chief Gonzales’s law enforcement career began in 1978 and he has served as the Assistant Chief of Police for the San Diego Police Department, the Chief of Police for the City of National City, and most recently the Chief Investigator for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. Chief Gonzales is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA, the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University. He earned his Doctorate degree in Leadership Science from the University of San Diego in 1996, has taught as an adjunct faculty member at several universities throughout San Diego and has lectured to international and national law enforcement officials.

Frank Grgurina

Retired Chief of Public Safety, City of Sunnyvale

Frank Grgurina retired in December 2016 after 30 years of service in the public safety profession. Frank began his career as an investigator with the California Department of Justice, but worked the majority of his time (23 years) with the Fremont Police Department where he was an officer, detective, FTO, SWAT commander, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. In 2011, he left Fremont to serve as the Chief of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, the nations largest fully integrated public safety department combining police, fire and EMS services in one organization. During his time as chief, Frank served as the chair of the statewide technology committee for the California Police Chiefs Association.

Frank possesses a Master of Arts in Leadership from St. Mary’s College of California and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.  Additionally, he is a graduate of the California POST Command College and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.

Darrin T. Grondel

Director, Washington Traffic Safety Commission
Captain, Washington State Patrol

Capt. Grondel serves as the Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and as a Captain for the Washington State Patrol.  He is responsible for initiating and implementing proven traffic safety strategies by partnering with Federal, State, Tribal, and local government agencies, and private/public partners to make Washington’s roadways the safest in the nation.

Capt. Grondel began his career as a trooper with the Washington State Patrol in 1992, and over the past 25 years promoted through the ranks to Captain with varying job assignments and progressive management responsibilities with field operations, criminal investigations, internal affairs, and the commercial vehicle division.

In 2009, Capt. Grondel was nominated to the Governors Distinguished Managers Association, and in 2012 he was appointed by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire as Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. (He was later reappointed to the same position by Governor Jay Inslee.)

Capt. Grondel holds an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University, a Master’s in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University.  He is also graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.

Joshua Hodge

Social Media Coordinator/Media Relations Information Officer, San Diego Police Department

Officer Joshua Hodge has been with the San Diego Police Department for 6 years and is currently assigned to the Media Relations Unit. Officer Hodge is responsible for the daily communication of information to the public via his Department’s various social media outlets. Joshua is in charge of developing his Department’s social media strategies across several social media platforms to gain maximum reach and exposure. Additionally, Officer Hodge responds to media inquiries regarding matters related to his Department or public safety issues.

Prior to working in the Media Relations Unit, Officer Hodge worked patrol and was selected to help develop policies & procedures regarding the use of social media as a way for his Department to better interact and communicate with the citizens of San Diego.

Joshua earned his Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) from San Diego State University. Recently, Joshua earned his Master’s degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego. Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, Officer Hodge was a supervisor for 7 years at a top Fortune 500 electronics retailer. He was responsible for training and developing employees to obtain the highest level of customer satisfaction while maximizing store revenues.

Benjamin Kelso

Senior Investigator Lieutenant, San Diego Police Department Internal Affairs Unit

Benjamin Kelso is a lieutenant with the San Diego Police Department Internal Affairs Unit, an executive committee member of the San Diego NAACP, and President of the San Diego Black Police Officers Association. Lt. Kelso earned graduate degrees from Fort Hays State University in Liberal Studies with Organizational Leadership concentration and Professional Studies Criminal Justice concentration. He also completed undergraduate studies in social and behavioral science, administration of justice, contemporary police technology, and law enforcement supervision. Lt. Kelso’s local law enforcement experience includes assignments in specialized proactive investigations, specialized patrol assignments and administration. He enjoys working with local youth, coaching high school football, and practicing martial arts.

David Kurylowicz

Lieutenant, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

David Kurylowicz is a Lieutenant with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He began his career at 19 years old as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, later becoming a Correctional Deputy and a Deputy Sheriff.

Lt. Kurylowicz earned his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and an MBA with a Criminal Justice Concentration, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisor Leadership Institute, Phi Theta Kappa’s International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Instructor Course, and completed the prestigious POST Command College.

Lt. Kurylowicz has served in a variety of assignments throughout his career as a Hostage/Crisis Negotiator, Background Investigator, Academy Instructor, and trained MedicoLegal Death Investigator. In 2003, he was awarded his department’s highest award, the Medal of Valor, for saving his partner’s life during a critical incident. He is currently the Patrol Operations Commander for the contract City of Moreno Valley.

In addition to his full-time Peace Officer Career, Lt. Kurylowicz enjoys teaching, and regularly debriefs his Critical Incident. He is celebrating his 15th year of marriage and being a father to two adopted boys. He enjoys sushi and is an avid Star Wars fan.

Mike Loarie

Services Bureau Captain, Escondido Police Department

Mike Loarie has been involved in law enforcement since 1983.  He began his journey as a San Diego Sheriff’s Department Explorer and left the program when he turned 21. From there, he worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department until 1989 when he became a police officer for the Escondido Police Department.

Mike loved being a peace officer. Before his retirement in 2017 he was fortunate to work every assignment at the Escondido Police Department, including SWAT, Canine, Field Training, Public Information Officer, Hostage Negotiations, and Labor Negotiations for Management.  His last assignment was the Services Bureau Captain, and he was the second highest ranking officer at EPD.

Mike enjoys teaching and has been involved in many different professional development programs throughout the entire City of Escondido’s different departments.  Mike understands the value of education and throughout his career he constantly looked for best practices in both the public and private sectors to help his organization learn and consistently meet or exceed the expectations of the community and internal customer.

Mike has a BS in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and an MS in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego.

Greg Morgan

Sergeant, Los Angeles Police Department

Greg Morgan has served with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) since 2005, and is currently the supervisor of a Gang Enforcement unit.  As an officer, Greg was assigned to patrol in Central and South Los Angeles, completed a tour at Emergency Operations, and spent three years assigned to the LAPD’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division.  In this assignment, Greg served on an FBI Homicide Joint Task Force, resulting in the closure of 32 homicide cases in South L.A.  For his contribution to the Task Force, he was awarded the Los Angeles Police Commission’s highest merit-based award, the Police Commission Unit Citation.

Greg earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago, a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security & Leadership from George Washington University, and a Professional Certificate in Strategic Decision-Making & Risk Management from Stanford University.  He has taught at the university level since 2013, focusing on undergraduate and graduate coursework in criminology, terrorism, and leadership.

Christopher McQuillin, J.D.

Christopher McQuillin has worked as both a deputy prosecuting attorney and a private practice attorney, focusing on criminal defense and trial work. He later became employed with the Lake County, Indiana Sheriff’s Department, where he held positions as the Supervisor of the Drug Unit and the Prosecutor Initiative, Director of the Lake County Sheriff’s Work Release Program and as Assistant Jail Administrator for the Lake County Jail. Mr. McQuillin was a certified instructor with the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, presenting seminars within the Sheriff’s Department on the topics of management skills, sexual harassment, stress, and courtroom testimony for law enforcement officers. He received numerous commendations from the Sheriff recognizing his work performance in administration, training, and compliance, and continues to actively research areas of compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, as well as the economics of the privatization movement of various law enforcement functions.

Gary Morrison

Retired Chief of Police, City of Carlsbad

Gary Morrison is the recently retired police chief for the City of Carlsbad. He served in that capacity for the five years. Prior to being appointed to chief of police, he served with the Long Beach Police Department for 23 years rising through the ranks from police officer to police commander.

Gary has a Master’s Degree from Chapman University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Long Beach. Additionally, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and West Point Leadership at the Los Angeles Police Academy.

Since retirement Gary has advised on several non-profit boards including the North County Food Bank and the Carlsbad Education Foundation.

David Nisleit

Assistant Chief, San Diego Police Department

David Nisleit has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience. In his current position as Assistant Chief with the San Diego Police Department, he oversees the Department’s Patrol Operations. Chief Nisleit’s prior assignments include Commanding Officer of Robbery, Gangs and Homicide and previous investigative assignments in Gangs, Sex Crimes, Internal Affairs and Narcotics. Additionally, Chief Nisleit worked Special Operations and Swat. Chief Nisleit has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management and a Master’s Degree in Management.

Mark Nissen, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Leadership, USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Mark Nissen holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Systems Management, both from University of Southern California. A seasoned instructor, he has taught more than 25 different courses at top universities including Berkeley, Stanford and the Naval Postgraduate School, including classroom, online and executive education offerings. Dr. Nissen is also an experienced researcher. Skilled in qualitative, quantitative and computational research methods, he has written four books and more than 175 scholarly publications. His research interests include leadership, organization and management; organization design and change; knowledge and organization dynamics; knowledge management and superiority; information science; project management; and virtual worlds.

Pat Norris

Detective Sergeant, San Diego Police Department

Pat Norris is currently a Detective Sergeant with San Diego Police Department. He has more than 23 years of law enforcement experience, and currently supervises a team of detectives conducting investigations of property crimes and crimes against persons. Sergeant Norris has served as a patrol sergeant, an administrative sergeant in charge of department contracts, an investigative sergeant with the Internal Affairs Unit, and his current position as an Area Station Detective Sergeant. Prior to his promotion, he served as a Field Training Officer, Field Evidence Technician, and Community Relations Officer.

Sergeant Norris received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego, where he also played golf. Following graduation, he was commissioned into the Army as an Infantry Officer, and later into Military Intelligence. He graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools, and served as a platoon leader, scout platoon leader, company commander, and senior staff and intelligence officer at various levels of command. He later received his Master’s in Public Administration from National University.

In his spare time, Sergeant Norris teaches at the Regional Police Academy and serves as an assistant golf coach for a local high school golf team.

Matthew O'Deane, Ph.D.

Commander, San Diego County District Attorney's Office

Matthew O’Deane has been with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation since 2002, currently serving as Commander of the Gang Prosecution Unit, Narcotics Unit and Cold Case Homicide Unit. Over the past 13 years has worked with various units, including nearly 8 years with the Gang Prosecution Unit. Prior to joining the DA’s office, Matthew worked with the National City Police Department as a Patrol Sergeant, Narcotics Detective at the Operation Alliance Task Force, and Patrol Officer.

Matthew holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, a Master’s in Public Administration, and a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. He is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Peace Officers Standards of Training and has taught in the Witness Protection Course and Extraditions course since 2005. Matthew has written three books on the topic of gangs, including Gang Injunctions and Abatement: Using Civil Remedies to Curb Gang Related Crime (December 2011 – CRC Press), Gangs: Theory, Practice and Research (January 2010 – LawTech Custom Publishing), and The Gang Investigators Handbook, A Law Enforcement Guide to Identifying and Combating Violent Street Gangs (June 2007 – Paladin Press). Matthew has also written chapters in additional books, and contributed dozens of articles in magazines such as FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Police Magazine, and Law Officer Magazine. Matthew has presented on the topic of gangs at academic and law enforcement conferences across the nation, and is an adjunct professor at several local institutions in the area of criminal justice.

Wendy Patrick, J.D., Ph.D.

Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County

Wendy L. Patrick is a career trial attorney, recognized by her peers as one of the 2015 Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and named the 2014 Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar Public Law Section. Dr. Patrick has completed more than 160 trials ranging from hate crimes to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.

In her current assignment in the Special Operations Division she handles cases involving sensitive issues including threat assessment.  She is President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) San Diego Chapter, and an ATAP Certified Threat Manager.  In her previous assignment in the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division, Dr. Patrick prosecuted sexually violent predators, human traffickers, stalkers, rapists, and child molesters.  She has served as Co-Chair of the statewide California District Attorneys Association Sexual Violent Predators Committee and Human Trafficking Committee.

Dr. Patrick speaks to community groups, law enforcement organizations, and a wide variety of legal and educational institutions both nationally and internationally about threat assessment, cutting edge investigation and use of social media, the methodology of sexual predators and stalkers, and how to increase public awareness and protect the community.  Her Ph.D. thesis focused on the psychology of attraction as used by criminals and manipulators in society, and how to spot the red flags.

Carmelin Rivera

Sergeant, San Diego Police Department

Carmelin Rivera has over 20 years of experience at the San Diego Police Department, where he currently holds the position of sergeant in the Wellness Unit. He has worked a wide array of assignments in patrol, the Gang Suppression Team, the Graffiti Strike Force, and the Domestic Violence, Sex Crimes, Child Abuse, and Leadership Development Units. He has developed and/or facilitated courses and workshops on community policing, effective interactions, emotional intelligence, toxic leadership, ethics, professionalism, non-biased based policing, racial profiling, cultural diversity, tactical communications, intelligence-led policing, and emotional survival.

Sgt. Rivera is currently collaborating with the Police Executive Research Foundation and the Department of Justice in a study of SDPD’s Wellness Unit to develop best practices in establishing Wellness Units across the nation. He is also partnering with local clergy to develop the San Diego Community Clergy Response Team, a community policing initiative that will pair clergy with patrol officers in patrol cars to build community trust, de-escalate critical incidents, and provide resources to community members.

Sgt. Rivera is a PhD student in University of San Diego’s Leadership Studies program. His research interests include toxic law enforcement leadership and the role negative mental models play in establishing toxic law enforcement cultures.

Manuel Rodriguez

Chief of Police, National City Police Department

Manuel Rodriguez, National City’s police chief, has nearly three decades of experience in law enforcement. He oversees the Police Department’s $21.5 million budget and a staff of one hundred and forty, including eighty-two sworn police officers. Chief Rodriguez joined the National City Police Department as a Captain in 2005 and was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police in 2007. Prior to that, he spent nearly 20 years with the San Diego Police Department where he served as a Service Area Lieutenant, a Special Assistant to the Chief of Police and a Sergeant in the Criminal Intelligence Unit. Chief Rodriguez holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from National University and Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. He is also a graduate of LEAD San Diego, the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) at Boston University.

Robert M. Sagerian

Deputy Public Defender, San Diego County

Robert M. Sagerian is a Deputy Public Defender for the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office. He regularly represents clients for a range of offenses from theft and DUI to domestic violence, drug offenses, and assault. A skilled trial attorney, he routinely takes cases to trial when it is in the best interest of the client.

Mr. Sagerian graduated Magna Cum Laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. While in law school, he served as an editor on the Thomas Jefferson Law Review and earned a Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for his article “A Penalty Flag for Preemption.” Before joining the public defender’s office, Mr. Sagerian worked at Gomez Trial Attorneys, learning the nuts and bolts of personal injury practice from John Gomez, one of the nation’s most recognized trial lawyers.

Ryan Sheehy

Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps

Lt. Col. Sheehy completed initial officer training at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia and Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida.  He was winged a Naval Aviator in 1998, and subsequently deployed twice with WestPac Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU). In between deployments Lt. Col. Sheehy was selected to be a student at the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course held at Marine Aviation Weapons and Training School-One (MAWTS-1) in Yuma, AZ.  Following his successful completion of the school and his follow-on deployment, Lt. Col. Sheehy was selected to return to MAWTS-1 as an instructor. Following his MAWTS-1 tour, he was selected to attend the Brazilian Command and Staff School as a Marine Exchange Student. While in Brazil he earned his Master’s of Naval Science from the Brazilian Naval Warfare School, and an MBA from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Following his return to San Diego, he deployed twice more to the Middle East before being selected as MV-22 squadron commanding officer. Lt. Col. Sheehy’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with numeral 6, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 2 Gold Stars and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2 Gold Stars.

Nuno Tavares

Lieutenant, Placer County District Attorney

Lt. Tavares has been in law enforcement since 1995. In his current role as lieutenant with the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, he oversees various units, including cold case homicide, special investigations, fraud and the DUI fatal and major injury unit. His responsibilities include preparing and overseeing a public safety budget of $1.5 million.

Prior to joining the ranks of management, Lt. Tavares was assigned to numerous positions, including over ten years on narcotics task forces. He also investigated auto theft, crimes against persons, public assistance fraud and cold case homicide. In 2007, Nuno was one of the lead investigators in Placer County’s only “no body homicide,” securing a conviction and sentencing the defendant to 53 years. This case received national and international coverage and was covered by several crimes shows, such as 48 Hours, Forensic Files, True TV and most recently on Discover ID. He has also been the recipient of various local and statewide law enforcement awards.

Since 2007, Nuno has been a certified law enforcement instructor for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).  As a POST instructor, he teaches for the Institute of Criminal Investigation’s core detective school, homicide investigation course, and sex assault investigation course. In addition to teaching, Nuno has been invited numerous times to participate in curriculum development and training videos for California law enforcement as a subject matter expert. Nuno has been the recipient of the statewide award on excellence in training for POST.

Lt. Tavares has served on the Placer County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA) board of directors and is an executive board member of the California District Attorney’s Investigators Association (CDAIA) annual training conference.

Lt. Tavares holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Arts in Leadership, both  from St. Mary’s College of California.

Jose Tellez

Assistant Chief of Police, National City Police Department

Jose Tellez is Assistant Chief with the National City Police Department. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from National University, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University. Throughout his career he has received specialized training in West Point Leadership, POST Command College, and numerous leadership, management and supervisory courses.

Taurino Valdovinos

Lieutenant, Oceanside Police Department

Lieutenant Taurino Valdovinos has worked with the Oceanside Police Department since 2003. He holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College of California. Lt. Valdovinos served as a Watch Commander in the Field Operations Division and is now assigned as the Lieutenant in charge of Community Policing and Support Operations. He currently manages the School Safety Team, Neighborhood Policing Team, Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, the front desk Community Services Officers, Academy Recruits and Graduates & Media Relations.

Duane Voss

Lieutenant , San Diego Police Department

Duane Voss is a 30 year law enforcement veteran, and has been in police management since 1999. He started his career as a patrol officer in a small town in Massachusetts. He then worked as a Transit Police Officer in the Boston and has spent the last 26 years with the City of San Diego. Lt. Voss has enjoyed a diverse and successful law enforcement career and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant with the San Diego Police Department.

Duane obtained his B.S in Organizational Leadership from Biola University in La Mirada, CA, and completed his M.S. in Law Enforcement and Police Leadership from the University of San Diego.

Training and development have always been a focus of Lt. Voss’s career. He has worked in Field Training for over 20 years, and is a California POST certified instructor in Law Enforcement Response to Terrorism. His most recent assignment was as the Commanding Officer of the San Diego Police Department’s Canine Unit, where he developed training and created new programs, based on information learned in the MS-LEPSL program.

Lt. Voss and his wife of 27 years have 3 children. His son is a Midshipman in the ROTC battalion at University of San Diego, his oldest daughter is a professional ballerina trainee, and his youngest is Captain of her high school cheer squad. Of all his accomplishments, he considers these his greatest.