The International Academy of Public Safety’s mission is to educate and develop MAGNUS Leaders through modern learning experiences that build and promote community safety and mutual trust, maximize performance, and reduce liability and risks. As the leading center of professional development excellence, we have been solving the biggest learning, education, and performance improvement challenges in public safety for over 10 years.  Our customers include hundreds of public safety agencies of all sizes nationwide. We provide programs with a customizable curriculum that blends online and classroom real-world learning experiences. If you want to engage your first responders with learning and developmental practices that are designed to increase results; we’d love to hear from you.

Mitch Javidi, Ph.D, Founder, CEO & President

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 National Command & Staff College, the International Academy of Public Safety, the Institute for Credible Leadership development, the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development and the MAGNUS Officers Leadership. 

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 2015.  He also served as a tenured Associate Professor at NC State University for 18 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 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. 

Mitch is the co-founder of the NTOA Command College in collaborations with the National Tactical Officers Associations.  He also built the CATO’s Operator Certifications portal in collaborations with the California Association of Tactical Operators. He is currently partnering with the California Peace Officers Association to build and launch the CPOA Online with over 200 hours of CA POST approved courses, scheduled to launch Q2, 2018

Mitch is a published scholar with over 890 conference presentations 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. Mitch has published extensively in various journals.  His 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.

Anthony H. Normore, Ph.D, California State University Dominguez Hills ~ President, The National Command & Staff College

Anthony H. Normore, Ph.D is professor of educational leadership, and department chair of Graduate Education at California State University Dominguez Hills in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Normore’s research focusses on urban leadership development in the context of ethics and social justice. He is the author of 20+ books including, Leading against the grain: Lessons from visionaries for creating just and equitable schools (2018, Teachers College Press); Foundations of educational leadership: The key to developing excellent and equitable schools (2017, Routledge);The dark side of leadership: Identifying and overcoming unethical practice in organizations (2016 Emerald);  Handbook of research on communication, leadership, and conflict resolution (2016, IGI Global publishers). He has published 150+ book chapters, reviews, and peer-reviewed articles in numerous professional leadership journals, and 300+ professional conference presentations. Dr. Normore is the AERA 2013 recipient of the Bridge People Award for Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group at the American Educational Research Association for his partnership work in law enforcement, corrections, and education including his leadership work with incarcerated men at Men’s Central Jail at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Organization. He is also the chair of the criminal justice commission, and co-creator of the Credible Leadership Development program  with the International Academy of Public Safety. The program was piloted with Los Angeles Police Department. Dr. Normore is the 2015 recipient of the Don Willower Excellence in Research Award at Penn State University for his work on leadership, social justice, and ethics in education.

His research appears in numerous academic journals including: Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Educational Administration, Values and Ethics in Educational Administration, Journal of Authentic Leadership in Education, International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Policy, Educational Administration Quarterly, Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, International Journal of Educational Management, Canadian Journal of Education Administration and Policy, International Journal of Urban Educational Leadership, Educational Policy, and Journal of Research on Leadership Education. Dr. Normore’s police articles are published in law enforcement venues including, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Police Chief, California Peace Officers Association, Peace Officers Research Association of California, California Law Enforcement Journal, Law Enforcement Today, and Policing: International Journal of Theory and Practice.

Sherry Bass, Chief of Staff

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.

Ret. Lt. Col. Wellington R. Scott, Chief Operating Officer 

Lt. Col. Scott is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Administrative Officer’s Management Program, and an honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
He was a member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for 28 years and retired as the Deputy Commander in 2013. He directed the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s First Line Supervisors School where he developed curriculum and provided instruction for newly promoted First Line Supervisors. Lieutenant Colonel Scott served as a Troop Commander, Unit Commander in Charge of Promotion and Performance Management, Director of Support Services, Director of Professional Standards, Director of Field Operations, and Deputy Commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

He received Specialized Instructor Certifications in Defensive Tactics, Fitness Specialist and Biomechanics, Verbal Judo, and Performance Management Instructor Training from Developmental Dimensions International. He is a contract instructor for the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center and the Central Piedmont Community College – Public Safety Leadership Institute.

He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Field Training Officers, and is an Honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Lieutenant Colonel Scott now serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the International Academy of Public Safety and is a co-author of the book, Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals.

Dr. James Klopovic, Vice President, Liability and Risk Prevention

Dr. Klopovic holds a Doctorate of Public Policy from Charles Sturt University, Sydney Australia, with concentration on service project capacity building at the organizational and community levels focusing on community policing, delinquency prevention, reducing recidivism and reducing prison populations. 

He has served as a senior staffer on The North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission for 24 years and he is retired from the United States Air Force where he served in multiple locales including South East Asia and the Middle East in numerous capacities including as a logistics line officer, training detachment commander, Department of Defense Advisor (from 1977-78) to the Imperial Iranian Air Force, Area Recruiter for the ROTC and  Air Force Academy and Associate Professor, Arizona State University. 

James has 45 years of experience in the public sector providing leadership at federal, state and local levels with subject matter expertise in strategic planning, municipal governance, financial development, federal granting, community and organizational development, implementation and evaluation.  James developed numerous programs one of which was detailing the processes and procedures for School Resource Officers which led to a $10M bill from the NC General Assembly and nearly a decade of sustained granting from the NC Governor’s Crime Commission to fund SROs statewide.  SROs grew from 200 in 1995 to over 800 officers in 2012 – and growing – resulting in safer learning environments statewide.  James has served as the principal investigator/project director on a series of research projects to analyze and propose model local projects which led to granting initiatives for dozens of municipal and state initiatives.  His technical support to numerous local government entities created and enhanced services ideas such as delinquency prevention, reentry and decriminalizing the mentally ill. 

He has broad experience in logistics, training and education as well as project and program design, implementation, management and building program and organizational permanency.  He has authored or collaborated on numerous publications on community policing, community development and effective/efficient delivery of public services.  His books include: Effective Program Practices for At-Risk Youth:  A Continuum of Community Based Programs, Civic Research Institute, Inc., 2003.  http://www.civicresearchinstitute.com/epy.html . From the Bottom-Up – Reforming the Criminal Justice System with Capacity Building, Reentry and a Movement (working title), Expected release, summer 2018.  

Ron Ford, Chief Technology 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).

Terry Anderson, Ph.D, 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.

Cathy Greenberg, Ph.D, Chief Executive Counselor

It takes someone with special insights into the workings of the human mind and the human spirit to help top U.S. military become even better at their jobs. Dr. Cathy Greenberg has those insights. For the past few years, this renowned entrepreneur, educator, bestselling author and leadership expert has applied her remarkable methods about creating fearless leaders to the elite within the U.S. Army, the Navy and Special Forces. Dr. Cathy Greenberg even helps those who’ve already achieved great things in life to recognize the power and potential they don’t know that they have.

For Dr. Greenberg – who has a PhD in behavioral sciences and is an internationally recognized authority on human behavior – the keys to becoming a fearless leader include optimizing one’s emotional intelligence, stretching one’s comfort zone and developing a guiding moral courage. She has created a system to help potential leaders develop these qualities. Dr. Greenberg is one of the few coaches and thought leaders to have realized the powerful insight that mindfulness – being present in the world – and balancing all aspects of one’s life and work create truly fearless leaders.

She has worked creating and fostering leadership for much of her career. Most recently, Dr. Greenberg created the above-mentioned custom-tailored leadership and self-actualization programs for the Special Operations community including SWAT, and Navy Special Warfare (which includes SEALs and Special Warfare Combat Crews as featured in Act of Valor). She also just completed a series of training videos for flag officers at the Pentagon.   In addition, Dr. Greenberg is an educator and entrepreneur, often combining the two fields in her work on behalf of fostering leadership, workplace efficiency and happiness, and in showing how emotional intelligence ensures better performance, greater job satisfaction, higher profits and overall corporate stability. She was named one of the Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs by Executive Excellence, a journal on leadership from the renowned pioneer in leadership studies, Warren Bennis.

 Colonel Craig S. Kozeniesky USMC, Retired, Chief Executive Counselor

Craig is a native of Albuquerque, NM and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1988-2016, retiring as a Colonel and as Deputy Commander of MARSOC. Throughout his career, he served in the USMC infantry, reconnaissance and joint special operations assignments. He served as a foreign exchange officer with the British Royal Marine Commandos at 45 Commando Group in Arbroath, Scotland, as well as the Norwegian Army in Oslo, Norway. He served with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company and also at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California. He was assigned to the USMC Initial Force Contribution to U.S. Special Operations Command, Marine Corps SOCOM Detachment ONE, leading ‘Task Unit Raider’ during Operation Iraqi Freedom II.  He commanded 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, deploying with 31st MEU (SOC) and to Ar Ramadi, Iraq for OIF during the ‘Anbar Awakening’.  As Commanding Officer of Camp Fuji, Japan, he led ‘Task Force Fuji’ in disaster relief operations at the Sendai Airport as part of Operation Tomodachi from March-April 2011. He served with a joint special operations task force based in Ft. Bragg, NC, deploying to Afghanistan.  He is a recipient of the British Royal Marines Commando Medal.  He presently lives in Incline Village, NV on the north shore of Lake Tahoe and works at a consulting company.


Charles “Sid” Heal, Chief Executive Counselor

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 Ray Nash, Vice President, MAGNUS Leadership and Practice

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 36 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. Under his leadership, Summerville was recognized for its outstanding community policing initiative. Ray next served as a consultant to law enforcement agencies nationwide in the areas of community oriented policing and leadership skills. In 1997, he began serving his first of three terms as Sheriff of Dorchester County. During this time, he 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, building community trust, improving officer performance, and reducing ethical failures. In 2009, Ray retired as sheriff and went overseas to support the international police reform effort in Afghanistan for the next three years. He served in a number of capacities including Criminal Justice Advisor for the US Embassy in Kabul and Professional Development Director for the International Police Coordination Board.  Ray holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice, a B.S. in Adult Education (workforce development) from Southern Illinois University, and an MS in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. He continues to provide law enforcement leadership training through the Police Dynamics Institute and the International Academy of Public Safety where he serves as VP of Training  and Development.

James D. Franklin, Vice President, Public Safety Education & Development

Jim Franklin has just retired from the Minnesota Sheriffs Association after serving 14 years as the associations Executive Director.  His career spans 50 years of public safety service specializing in law enforcement, fire and emergency service operations.  His law enforcement career started in 1967 and has serviced with the City of Maple Plain and then Orono, Minnesota police departments.  In 1979 Jim asked to create a new entity called the West Hennepin Public Safety Department and manage contract services for five local fire departments.  He also served as the Director of Public Safety for the City of Mankato where he directed the Police, Fire, Joint Services and Emergency management functions for the City. 

Franklin was appointed as the MN State Director of Emergency Services during the administration of Governor Arnie Carlson.  During that time Franklin established the MN Community Right to Know Act; Emergency Response Commission; MN Incident Management System, MN Duty Officer System; development of the current Hazardous Materials Response Team program and recodification of the current Chapter 12 Emergency Management statutes in the State of MN.  Jim has accomplished both state and federal recognition as a certified peace officer, fire fighter and emergency manager. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI Executive Development Program, US Fire Academy and National Emergency Management Institute, National Inter-Agency Counter Drug Institute, American Institute of Banking.  He also has served as the Executive Directors, President and Legislative Committee of the National Sheriffs Association.

He has also served 13 years as an elected school board member for the Orono School District.  Jim is a Wisconsin native, playing football at Lambeau Field in Green Bay back in the days of Vince Lombardi.  In his spare time, he enjoys raises horses, framing and fishing.

Larry W. Long, Ph.D, Vice President, Research & Development

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, FBI NA # 222 ~ Director, Criminal Justice Studies

Christopher Hoina, Sr. (ret. Cary PD) is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy, he received his Master’s degree from NC State University and his Bachelor’s at Shaw University.


He is the co-founder of the Institute for Credible Leadership Development and serves on the executive board for the International Academy of Public Safety.  Chris is also the co-founder of the North Carolina Public Safety Leadership Academy at Wake Tech.  Chris has served as Faculty and Director of Criminal Justice studies at Campbell University in Research Triangle Park. 


He has 25 years of law enforcement experience; from patrol officer to team commander.  During his tenure as a police officer he served as supervisor within the following commands: Training, Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Juvenile Investigations, School Resource Officers, Crisis Negotiation, Community Services, Crime Prevention, D.A.R.E., and Crisis Intervention.

Chris has an extensive teaching record in both classroom and on-line.  He has taught at the Justice Academy, Community College, and University level.  He has taught a variety of topics to include Hazardous Materials, Bias Based Profiling, Hate Crimes, Crisis Intervention, Juvenile Minority Sensitivity, Juvenile Investigations, Crisis Negotiations, Crime Scene Investigations, Crime Prevention, School Resource Officer and Implicit Bias.  For the past several years his focus has been on leadership development and self-improvement for criminal justice professionals. 

Chris is the co-author of the book the Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals, and the essay titled Virtues of Magnanimous Officers. 

Alexander Javidi, Director, Homeland Training & Standards

Alexander joined the National Command & Staff College (NC&SC) as an intern 6 years ago and worked his way up to his current position working closely with the board commissioners to set standards, and develop and implement training to ensure that minimum standards are maintained.   He is responsible for identifying appropriate training providers (including interviews, briefing, appointment letters) and initiating training.  He worked closely with the National tactical Officers Association to complete curriculum and help launch the NTOA Command College.   He was also  instrumental in build up and the launch of the California Tactical Officers Association’s on-line academy.  Alexander lead the team to complete a comprehensive college credit at the Columbia Southern University. He is a 4-Star certified Credible Leader awarded by the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership development (CJC-CLD).  Alexander is a co-author of the “MAGNUS – Describing the Magnanimous Officer”  article published in 2016 by the International Academy of Public Safety.  He holds a BA degree in Homeland Security from the American Military University, 2017.