Dr. Mitch Javidi, Envisioneer
Mitch is an envisioneer with over 30 years of practical and hands-on experience in diverse industries including Academia, Military, Law Enforcement, Government, and Technology. As a globally recognized leader, he is the founder of the International Academy of Public Safety, the Institute for Credible Leadership development, the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development, the Command College for Law Enforcement and the MAGNUS Officers movement.
He has trained at the Joint Special Operations Command “JSOC” and the US Army Special Operations Command “USASOC.” He was awarded the honorary member of the United States Army Special Operations Command in 1999 and honorary Sheriff by the National Sheriffs’ Association in 2016. He served as a tenured Associate Professor at NC State University for 16 years before taking an early retirement but continues to serve as an Adjunct professor without pay (by choice) at both NC State and Illinois State Universities. He is a member of the “Academy of Outstanding Teachers and Scholars” at NC State University and the Distinguished 2004 Alumni of the University of Oklahoma.
Mitch has published 4 books with over 100 articles and presented over 890 conferences worldwide. His most recent books are entitled “Deliberate Leadership: Achieving Success Through Personal Styles,” “Handbook of Research on Effective Communication, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution”, and “Moral Compass for the Law Enforcement Professionals” have sold over 10,000 copies. His new coauthored article entitled “Human Factors: Police Leaders Improving Safety While Developing Meaningful Public Trust” coauthored with Dr. Anthony Normore and Lt. Darius Bone was recently published by the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. Mitch was the recipient of prestigious “Person of the Year” award by the National Society of Accountants ~ Senator William Victor “Bill” Roth, Jr. “Roth IRA” received the award in the following year.
Lt. Col. Wellington Scott, Chief Operating Officer
During his career Lieutenant Colonel Scott served in every section of the Highway Patrol. As a certified law enforcement instructor with specialties in Physical Training and Defensive Tactics. Lieutenant Colonel Scott served as the Assistant Commandant for Basic Training where he developed training curriculum for basic training for Highway Patrol Trooper Cadets. Lieutenant Colonel Scott served as the State Coordinator of Field Training where he was instrumental in revising the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s Field Training Officer’s Program and provided training for hundreds of Field Training Officers.
Wellington is the co-author of the best selling book “Moral Compass for the Law Enforcement professionals.”
Sherry Bass, Chief Administration Officer
Sherry is a seasoned business professional and entrepreneur with 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry which included extensive human resource, project management, marketing, event planning and logistics/materials management experience. She served as the Site Representative for the Portfolio Brands Team and earned the President’s Award for New Product Launches while at Bristol-Myers Squibb prior to transitioning to the International Academy of Public Safety as CAO. Her extraordinary organizational and leadership skills as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills have made a significant contribution to the continued growth and success of IAPS.
Her proven competencies include collaboration with colleagues to develop business strategies, sales initiatives, strategic planning and resource allocation. She has a proven track record for organizing and coordinating inter- and intracompany operations as well as an outstanding ability to make decisions and solve problems.
Sherry recently co-authored a white paper with IAPS colleagues entitled “The Virtuous Magnanimous Officers: I’m MAGNUS”. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Appalachian State University.
Dr. Terry Anderson, Chief Leadership Officer
Terry has studied and taught leadership at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has conducted executive coaching and mentoring, organization development, strategic planning, team development, and/or executive leadership development projects for corporate and justice and public safety agencies for over 30 years. In public safety, he has been trusted by executives at Folsom Police, New Westminster Police Service, Vancouver Police, San Diego Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the LA County Sheriff’s Department and LAPD. He is certified by California POST to facilitate the Executive Team Building Workshop.
In the business sector he has done similar work with small businesses, and executives in Fortune 500 firms such as General Telephone and Electric (GTE) and The TORO Company. He is result-oriented and seeks always to move best practices into practice. He is the coauthor of “Every Officer is a Leader: Coaching Leadership, Learning and Performance in Justice, Public Safety, and Security Organizations,” 2013.
Ron Ford, Chief Technology and Marketing Officer
Ron is a seasoned business leader, entrepreneur, consultant, and author who enjoys seeing good ideas and vision transformed into effective action and results. He brings to the International Academy of Public Safety an extensive and broad range of business and organizational experiences with not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. His experience includes extensive work as an organizational consultant working with small and medium sized businesses and nonprofit organizations leading team-based strategic planning and leadership development programs.
In addition to over 20 years of experience strategic planning consulting and executive coaching, Ron has spent 10+ years building and managing technical services businesses. His proven competencies include working with software development project management, outsource technical team management, web development, and digital marketing technologies and initiatives.
Ron has also co-authored and published several manuals and books in leadership, business development and strategic planning. Those works include: Strategic Planning Technology for Small Businesses (Co-authored with Bill Bean, HRD Press, 1995), Strategic Teamwork: Team Leaders Guide and Team Members Tool Kit, (1996, self published; for nonprofit organizations), Living On Purpose (LOP is a comprehensive personal life-planning system co-authored with Bill Bean and Rich Edler, self-published by Strategia, Cardiff, CA. 1996), Turbocharging Your Business, (Co-authored with Bill Bean, self-published by Strategia, Cardiff, CA. 1996), Transforming Leadership (Co-authored with Terry Anderson, Times Mirror Press/St. Lucie Press Division, 1998).
Superintendent Ward Clapham, Chief Coaching Officer
For 30 years, Ward Clapham worked and served in one of the most stressful and demanding public arenas—law enforcement. When he took command of the third largest Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment in Canada, located in Richmond, B.C., the organization ran like most bureaucracies—heavy command-and-control management and strict adherence to the status quo. As with previous leadership assignments, Ward didn’t believe in staying in the box. He and his teams took calculated chances, made mistakes, and forged new paths where others feared to tread. Though difficult at times, Ward’s unshakable vision created new paradigms of leadership within the traditional environment of policing, not to mention that crime and community problems were significantly decreased. Public and private organizations face similar challenges: how to successfully break with ineffective paradigms, practices and principles that tether people and organizations to the status quo. Ward’s inspiring stories define and describe the paradigm shift needed to move away from the command-and-control style of managing people toward a more proactive, unleashing of talent. He challenges leaders to think again about the effectiveness of their current methods and established rules of engagement.
One of his successful Richmond initiatives is the topic of his first book, Breaking With the Law: The Story of Positive Tickets. It has also been featured in numerous newspaper articles, a FranklinCovey feature film, and in Reader’s Digest magazine. His second book, Lead BIG: Discovering the Upside of Unconventional Leadership defines and describes the paradigm shift needed to move away from the command and control style of managing people toward a more proactive, unleashing of talent. His own inspiring stories and results coupled with scientific research, anecdotes, quotes, and historical accounts lead to powerful break-with insights in each chapter applicable for leaders in all areas of the public and private sectors.
Lead Big will inspire leaders to think again about the effectiveness of their current methods and established rules of engagement. Explore how Ward and his team adjusted to keep the organization proactive, flexible, and innovative within a constantly changing landscape. Learn how he rooted advanced leadership principles into previously rigid police cultures, and how those principles are now being adapted throughout the world. Discover how he was able to successfully “break with the law” within a command-and-control structure. Lead BIG: Discovering the Upside of Unconventional Leadership is an inspiring journey of discovery with one of Canada’s top cops as he relates tales of confronting and combating the status quo to generate positive change.
Ward has also been featured in several books including Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 3rd Alternative, Michael Abrashoff’s book, Get Your Ship Together, Stephen M.R. Covey’s book, Smart Trust, and Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s 5th edition of The Leadership Challenge.
Dr. Anthony Normore, Chief Academic Officer
ony holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and an M.A. from Université Laval (Quebec). He is currently Professor of Educational Leadership, Chair of Special Needs Services, and Co-Chair of Teacher Education Division at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in Greater Metropolitan Los Angeles.
Other leadership roles include Program Director of Doctoral Studies, and Department Chair of Educational Leadership at California Lutheran University, Program Coordinator of Educational Administration at CSUDH, a visiting professor Department of Leadership Studies at Seoul National University, and recently a visiting professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Guelph/Humber (Toronto).
He continues to serve as a graduate professor of Ethics, Law and Educational 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.
His research and practice focusses on leadership growth and development in the context of ethics and social justice. Within this context, he has facilitated sessions on curriculum design, program evaluation, restorative justice, sociology of police leadership, teaching, motivation, diversity, inclusivity, and principles of andragogy.
He is the author of more than 100 scholarly publications; and delivered more than 150 conference workshops,/presentations/ keynotes; and editor/co-editor of numerous books including:
- What the Social Sciences Tell us about Leadership for Social Justice and Ethics (2014, Information Age Publishing),
- Collective Efficacy: An Interdisciplinary Approach to International Leadership Development (2013, Emerald Group Publishing), and
- Global Perspectives on Educational Leadership Reform: The Development and Preparation of Leaders of Learning and Learners of Leadership(2010, Emerald Group Publishing Limited).
His research appears in numerous international refereed journals including Journal ofAuthentic Leadership, Educational Policy, Educational Administration, Leadership and Organizational Development . He has also published in IACP’sPolice Chief, and Law Enforcement Today.
Bill Cooper, Provost
Bill Cooper is a retired Chief of Police, who also brings senior management experience from the private sector. Bill is recognized as a management expert in leadership and high performance organizations, and the depth and breadth of his background has been described as being in the top 5% of the most diverse and comprehensive qualifications relevant to management. Bill is the creator of the highly successful Cooper Management Model and the Cooper Management Institute; he brings training, coaching, and mentoring in leadership development, organizational development, budget development, and the hugely successful Lean Six Sigma methodology. Using his model, Bill successfully changed public and private sector organizations, resulting in large-scale political, financial, and cultural benefits.
Bill has been featured on radio and his model has been the subject of several graduate theses. He created the Cooper Management Model and has been featured on radio and television, and the Cooper Model has been the subject of several graduate school theses.
Bill holds an MBA and a second Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Washington State Law Enforcement Executive Command College. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. And recently launched his online Green Belt certification program. He is an Assistant Professor of Public Safety Administration, a degree he wrote to deliver an education based on proven business skills. He is also the creator of an MBA in Public Safety Administration. He is the author of several books and published articles. Bill was recently added to the Command College as its Provost. Bill provides training seminars, lectures, coaching and mentoring, and keynote speaking.
Dr. Larry Long, Dean
Dr. Long served as Professor and Executive Director of the School of Communication at Illinois State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Speech, Education, Mathematics) from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, a Master of Science (Communication, Educational & Psychological Research) from the University of North Texas, and a PhD (Organizational Communication, Management, Research Methods, Computer Science) from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, he received the honor of being named as the 1998-99 “Person of the Year” by the National Society of Accountants for his work in developing their strategic plan and process decision making systems.
Dr. Long has been qualified as an expert witness in product liability litigation, particularly in the areas of warning label efficacy and research methodology. He is a retired artillery and infantry officer who completed 21 years of honorable service with the Army National Guard and is an honorary member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Christopher Hoina, Director, Law Enforcement Training and Education
Christopher Hoina, Sr. 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.
Lorraine Snyder, Law Enforcement Compliance
Lorraine Snyder is a Law Enforcement Instructor and has been in the field of public service and law enforcement for twenty-nine years. She began her career at the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety serving as a Crime Prevention Specialist and a member of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). Lorraine was recruited and selected by the NC Department of Justice to develop and implement the state’s first Hate Crime Reporting Curriculum. Recognized nationally for her work, she was chosen to be a speaker at Yale University’s Research Forum on Hate/Bias Crimes. During her time at the Department of Justice, NC Justice Academy, she has developed, revised and taught a variety of courses. Being fluent in Spanish, she has instructed numerous effective Spanish-language learning courses ranging from a Basic Spanish for Law Enforcement, to a more advanced El Curso Para Leer y Practicar Español. Two of her favorite topics have been instructed in an online format; Investigator Ethics and Interrogator Personality Dynamics. She has worked with Alzheimers NC, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, the NC Attorneys General’s Office – Medicaid Fraud Investigations Unit in offering two courses regarding investigation and protection of North Carolina’s elder and disabled population; Understanding Dementia and Investigating Crime in Long Term Care: Voiceless Victims. For her work in this area, the Southeastern Area Agencies on Aging awarded her the “Outstanding Community Service Award” in 2007, and went on to co-present a lecture at their annual conference in 2012. Lorraine received honors in 2013 by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Strategic Alliance For Elders (S.A.F.E.) Taskforce and Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. presented her with the “Potter’s Hand: Senior Advocacy Award”. She is honored to have been a requested speaker in state and nationally for the last seven years. The curriculum she co-developed has been requested internationally. She is also a Challenge Course (High and Low Ropes) instructor. Lorraine holds BA in Political Science and Spanish Language, from UNC Greensboro, NC.
Sheriff Ray Nash, Director, Police Dynamics
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.