Lou Ann Hamblin
Lou Ann proudly served the law enforcement profession for 22 years before retiring. Lou Ann has had many roles during her law enforcement career to include uniform patrol, bike patrol, undercover narcotics and prostitution operations, and a temporary assignment with a DEA Task Force. She holds a Master's degree in Human Performance Technology and Instructional Design from University of Michigan.
Lou Ann specializes in training female officers, and is a certified firearms and defensive tactics instructor in a variety of disciplines. She is a Team One Network adjunct instructor and Master Pistol Instructor. She instructs locally and nationally in the areas of instructor development, training for specialty units and officer survival to include presentations at: The American Society for Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET), The International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), The International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA), and The International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), conferences. Lou Ann also serves on the Board of Directors for IALEFI and was named ILEETA's "Iron Cop" for 2009 conference.
Lou Ann authored the "Firearms Training" chapter in IPMBA's Complete Guide to Public Safety Cycling 2nd edition has authored many articles in Law and Order, Police Marksman, IALEFI'S "Firearms Instructor" and the IPMBA Newsletter. She currently serves on advisory boards for PoliceOne.com, Redman, AIS and is a consultant and presenter with Calibre Press Women's Street Survival Seminars, of which she co-wrote.
Lou Ann is a part-time faculty member with the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy specializing in physical skills and proctors the MCOLES physical agility pre-test.
Kathleen D. Vonk
Kathleen Vonk has been a certified police officer since 1988. She retired from the Ann Arbor Police Department in Michigan, and is currently with the Nevada Highway Patrol. She earned a BS in Exercise Science (Suma Cum Laude) from Michigan State University and a BA in Criminal Justice (Magna Cum Laude) from Saginaw Valley State University.
She designed and implemented the Public Safety Wellness Instructor Course for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, for which she is a subject matter expert, consultant and instructor-trainer. She is the Fitness Chairperson for the National Tactical Officer's Association, and the column editor for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Tactical Strength and Conditioning program. She is a part-time faculty member of the Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Michigan and has been the primary fitness instructor for the WCC Police Academy since 2001. She is an adjunct instructor for Team One Network teaching officer survival skills courses, and has taught survival and pistol courses for Heckler & Koch International Training Division (H&K). She is a certified firearms instructor, H&K Pistol Instructor, RedMan Simulation Training Instructor, Simunition Supervisor, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Health Promotion Director and Certified Physical Fitness Specialist by the Cooper Institute, and is a field training officer for her agency. She is a former NCAA athlete in the sports of volleyball and softball.
Since 1993 she has been a certified Police Cyclist and Police Cyclist Instructor-Trainer by the International Police Mountain Bike Association, and a certified League Cyclist Instructor by the League of American Bicyclists. She served on the IPMBA Governing Boards and Education Committee for eight years to include the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and At-Large. In 2004 she consulted with and wrote the "Model Policy" and "Concepts and Issues" publication for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), which is still being disseminated by the IACP today. She has taught at IPMBA's international conference since 1995 to include the Night Ops Firearms and Tactics Course, Survival Tactics and Advanced Riding Skills, Advanced Police Cyclist Course, and the Basic Police Cyclist Course. She helped develop and implement the former three courses as well as IPMBA's EMS and Security Cyclist Courses. Kathy is a graduate of the United Bicycle Institute, Portland Oregon.
Kathy has published numerous articles in many national and international publications regarding police cycling, officer survival, firearms and tactics, fitness, and police performance under stress. She has presented these subjects at many state, national, and international conferences since 1995, including IALEFI, ASLET, IPMBA, OTOA, MCOLES, NSCA, and NTOA. Her work on heart rate and police performance under stress is highlighted in Ken Murray's book Training at the Speed of Life, Michael Asken's Mindsighting: Mental Toughness for Police Officers in High Stress Situations, and his follow up book Warrior Mindset. Kathy authored two chapters in IPMBA's Complete Guide to Public Safety Cycling 2nd ed, titled "Basic Nutrition" and "Basic Fitness." She was featured in several police fitness training videos for PoliceOne.com.
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sergeant Heather Williams
Sergeant Heather Williams has been with the Chattanooga Police Department since 2002. She has worked in the patrol division, special investigations, and Crime Scene Unit. Sergeant Williams is a member of the department's SWAT team. She has received extensive tactical training and is an instructor for Team One Network. Heather has written for the NTOA newsletter and is a member of the NTOA testing and evaluation program for female tactical gear. She has also presented at an IALEFI annual training conference in the area of training issues related to the female officers. Sergeant Williams has trained school resource officers in the area of tactics specific to their environment as well as having taught Active Shooter Instructor courses for Team One Network.
Heather Williams is a highly competitive endurance athlete. She is a graduate from The University of the South (Sewanee) with a degree in biology and chemistry. As a student athlete Heather earned All American honors in cross country, track and field and is a two-time National Champion in the 1500 meter run. Heather obtained her master's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga .
Beverly has been employed with the City of Burnsville, Minnesota since 1993 and is currently assigned to the Multi-Housing Unit. She has many years in the patrol division, Crime Prevention and assists the Street Crimes Unit. She has taught in-service defensive tactics and firearms and has served as an FTO for her agency. Beverly is a Medal of Valor recipient honored by her agency for her heroic efforts in an officer involved shooting incident.
Beverly is a certified instructor in handgun, shotgun, and AR-15, and an armorer for a variety of weapon systems including: Glock, Remington 870, and DPMS AR-15. She has served as a firearms instructor at the local police academy and has instructed privately for The Association of Training Officers of Minnesota (ATOM) and International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Inc. (IALEFI) in the area of female specific firearms training. Beverly is also an adjunct instructor for Team One Network.
Beverly is a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Inc. (IALEFI), and has attended their annual conferences. She is also an active member of the Minnesota Association of Women Police (MAWP), and the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA). Beverly was a co-developer and presenter of an "in-the-schools" anti-shoplifting program (S.M.A.R.T. Students Made Aware of Retail Theft) which has received local and national recognition.
Dawn has been a certified law enforcement officer in the State of Florida since 2000. She is currently employed with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Tampa, FL. Dawn was promoted to Corporal 2009. Dawn's police experience includes duties as a Field Training Officer and is also assigned to the department's training division which includes training newly hired cadets as well as the highly acclaimed SOT (Sheriff's Orientation Training) which is a highly structured two week live in program designed to introduce the sheriff's office mission and values, firearms and physical skills training to new cadets.
Dawn has taught in-service defensive tactics and firearms extensively for the last four years. She is among a cadre of instructors who facilitated active shooter training for the entire Sheriff's office consisting of 1,200 deputies. She also is a low light and laser sight instructor with her agency.
Dawn is an adjunct instructor for the local community police academy in the areas of general subjects, defensive tactics, driving, and firearms. She holds a master's degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University. Dawn can be reached at email@example.com.
Captain Penny Phelps spent the first 20 years of her law enforcement career wearing wool socks and fighting the wind chill factors and criminal elements of Bay City, Michigan. She started her career as a patrol officer and finished as the deputy chief of police. During her tenure with the police department, she taught D.A.R.E., led the SWAT team, rode a police bike, developed the Field Training Officer program, served as a narcotics officer, dove in murky waters for dead bodies, developed a Citizens' Police Academy and served on the board of directors for 14 non-profit organizations.
Nine years ago, Captain Phelps traded her patrol car keys for a set of keys to the Monroe County Detention Center. Working in both law enforcement and corrections, she can officially say she has "cuffed and stuffed" new arrestees and "hooked and booked" inmates.
Captain Phelps holds a Master's degree in organizational management and leadership from Capella University, a bachelor's degree in criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University and an associate's degree in criminal justice from Delta Community College. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in organizational management and leadership from Capella University.
She proudly wears the uniform of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and currently oversees the agency's training division. She works as a part-time instructor for MACNLOW Associates and provides in-service training for police officers, corrections officers, communications officers, paramedics, and firefighters. She also teaches in both the corrections and law enforcement academies here at FKCC.
When she is not working, Penny enjoys the warmth of the Florida sunshine. She spends time exploring the waters of the Florida Keys and also rides the bike paths along the ocean.
Veronica (Vern) Giese
Veronica (Vern) has been in law enforcement since 2008 and currently works as a police officer- paramedic for the City of Woodbury Police Department, which is located east of the State Capitol of St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a certified firearms instructor and an armorer in a variety of weapons systems including Glock and the Remington-870 shotgun. Vern is also certified in high angle rappelling, confined space rescue, and also holds SCUBA certification
Vern has participated on a concept team assembled to research and design concealment holsters and clothing for women for a major law enforcement equipment manufacturer.
Prior to becoming a law enforcement officer, she worked as an EMT-Paramedic for a full-time advanced life support ambulance for a west metro ambulance service. Vern has been a nationally registered EMT since 1999. She holds State firefighter I& II and HAZMAT technician certifications was the first female, paid on-call, firefighter for the Shakopee Fire Department.
Vern's dedication is displayed both in her profession and her personal life. During her time off she enjoys spending time with family, biking, and the outdoors.
Sgt. Botts been employed with the City of Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) since 1990. Grand Rapids is the second largest city in the state of Michigan with the third largest police force next to the City of Detroit and the Michigan State Police.
Holly has been directly involved with the in-service training since 1996 in all areas involving use of force including firearms, defensive tactics/subject control, and asp. She is also involved with training officers in GRPD's pre-FTO recruit orientation program. Holly has designed and implemented a variety of firearms programs for specialty units, including bike patrol officers, focusing on dynamic scenario based training and tactical decision making.
Holly has been assigned as the sergeant of the vice unit since 2005 and previously served in the vice unit as an officer. She is currently responsible for coordinating undercover narcotics operations, prostitution stings, search warrants and any other special operations for which her unit is requested to assist with. Having been involved with hundreds of search warrants and vice related operations Holly has also been involved with preparing vice related training programs involving the deployment of plainclothes weapons, concealment methods, verbal skills, surveillance and situational awareness.
In her career, Holly has served on GRPD's Special Response Team (tactical team) which focuses on street level drug enforcement, weapons violations, high risk entries, and critical incidents. She has been an FTO, bike officer, background investigator and patrol supervisor. In her career Holly has received over 40 citations for exemplary work including GRPD's police department's "Commendation Award" for capturing an armed robber while off duty.
Cynthia has been a law enforcement officer since 2000 and is currently the Training Sergeant for the Palm Bay Police Department in Florida. In her career Cynthia has served in the following capacities: Field Training Officer, Narcotics Agent, Patrol Supervisor and SWAT team member. Cynthia began her SWAT career in 2003 at the Key West Police Department in Florida.
Cynthia is a highly decorated officer and has been the recipient of many recognitions and commendation awards for her performance. In 2004, Cynthia became a high liability instructor. She is currently an adjunct instructor with Brevard Community College Institute of Criminal Justice. Cynthia is a certified DT Instructor; Firearms Instructor; Taser Instructor; CPR/First Aid Instructor; Simunition Safety Instructor; and Distraction Device Instructor. Cynthia oversees the Training Unit for the Palm Bay Police Department and is responsible for all departmental training for sworn and non-sworn personnel, which consists of approximately 166 sworn and 80 non-sworn co-workers.
Cynthia attended St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida on an athletic scholarship for soccer. She played goalkeeper for the University. At the end of 3 years she obtained a BA in Criminal Justice from St. Thomas University. She currently attends American Military University where she is working to complete her Master's Degree in Homeland Security.
As a teenager, Cynthia trained in Tae Kwon Do and currently trains in Brazilian Jujitsu under Instructor Edgard Dutra and is a member of Brazilian Top Team. Cynthia has competed in the North American Grappling Association, as well as the Florida Law Games. She has earned first place honors in both gi and no-gi submission grappling. (When she is not competing she enjoys working with her favorite student, her son Isaac) Cynthia is also an amateur body builder, and has competed in 3 National Physique Committee competitions. She has won first place in her categories. Additionally, she holds a certification in Sports Nutrition and Physical Fitness. She is the health and fitness advocate for her agency, where she has implemented several volunteer health programs.
Commander Kris Mienert has worked for the Woodbury Police Department (MN) since 1989. During her tenure, Kris has overseen all divisions within the organization, including Patrol, Investigations, Support Services, and Professional Standards. Kris has also been a Field Training Officer/Coordinator, Bike Patrol Instructor/Coordinator, Fitness Instructor/Coordinator, Patrol Sergeant, and Captain.
Kris has always been an advocate to improve officer safety, whatever her role has been. She was responsible for the implementation of numerous safety items utilized by officers including Tasers, Less Lethal, and Patrol Rifles. She continues to look for every opportunity to enhance the safety of all officers.
Early on in her career, Kris was selected to the multi-agency SWAT team as a Communication’s Operator, which then led to other SWAT assignments to include Sniper, Sniper Team Lead, Tactical Operator, Tactical Team Lead, and Assistant Team Commander. Her final assignment was the overall Team Commander of the multi-agency SWAT team, which consisted of 40 tactical operators and 10 negotiators.
In 1994, Kris was one of six police officers who volunteered to attend paramedic school for the newly-formed “public safety” concept for police officers to become paramedics to provide Advanced Life Support to their community. Kris served as a police paramedic for several years, and continues to maintain her paramedic certification. In 2005, the “public safety” concept took yet another turn for police officers to become firefighters. Kris again volunteered to attend firefighter school to better understand the newly defined role of police officer/firefighter to ensure the needs of the officers and agency would be met during the development and implementation process.
Kris holds a Master of Arts Degree in Public Safety Administration and Education from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Winona State University, MN. She is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course. Kris currently serves as a board member for the Association of Training Officers of Minnesota (ATOM), and is member of several professional organizations.
In her free time, Kris enjoys spending time with her family, her dogs, exercising, and anything to do with the outdoors.
Special Agent Thompson was a firefighter/EMT, a police officer, and a state trooper in Ohio before becoming a Federal Agent in 1991. During her 27 year law enforcement career, Patty has worked criminal patrol, traffic, and training as an officer/trooper; and fugitives, violent crimes, gangs, drugs, crimes against children, white collar, public corruption and counterterrorism as a Special Agent in the Miami and Los Angeles field divisions. She was assigned to task forces at both the Miami-Dade and LAPD, working C.R.A.S.H. and Robbery/ Homicide in South Central LA. Patty is a Director’s Award recipient, and has received a number of awards from the United States Attorney’s Office in both Florida and California. She was featured in an episode of America’s Most Wanted for apprehending a homicide suspect during a lengthy foot pursuit. She was also a finalist for the Director’s Award for Exceptional Heroism as a result of that arrest.
In addition to case work Patty has served as Crisis Management Coordinator, a full-time firearms instructor, and Principal Firearms Instructor in 2 major field divisions. She was the first and only female operator on the Miami SWAT Team, and the first female in her agency to become certified and operational as a sniper. She has worked and trained with her agency's Hostage Rescue Team and deployed on SWAT missions both domestically and internationally to including responding to the 1997 North Hollywood Bank Robbery as sniper coordinator for the LA SWAT team. Patty is certified by her agency as an instructor in the areas of firearms, defensive tactics, arrest tactics, SWAT, police sniper, chemical weapons, intermediate impact weapons, ballistic shield and physical fitness. She also teaches the Instructor Development Course, and is an adjunct faculty member for the Leadership Development Program for her agency.
Patty has provided training to federal, state, and local law enforcement officers nationwide and coordinated and delivered the highly acclaimed field training program for the annual South Florida Women In Law Enforcement Conference (WILEC). She is a member of IALEFI, and a graduate of the Force Science Institute. She is a member of the advisory committee for the Florida Keys Community College Criminal Justice Institute and adjunct faculty for their basic law enforcement academy program. Patty holds a BA in Political Science from Wright State University, and a master's in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University.
Toni Weinbeck has been a police officer with the City of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, since 2004. As a sergeant she is currently assigned to the patrol division. Toni has held the position of patrol officer, school resource officer, and community liaison officer working with at-risk youth in the community.
Toni has a third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do Toni has also trained in Kali (a Pilipino weapons system) for 3 years, Kenpo (a Chinese striking art), Muay Thai (a Thai kickboxing system) and currently trains in Krav Maga. She is also a defensive tactics instructor with certifications in LOCKUP, LVNR, OC, and PPCT. She has also co-owned and operated two martial arts studios. One of the two schools she co-owned included a school for people with disabilities. Toni has also volunteered teaching people with disabilities ranging from autism to cerebral palsy for ten years. Toni holds a bachelor’s degree in Police Science from St. Mary’s University, and a master’s degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Mary’s University. In her personal time she loves to run, bike, and spend time with her Boxer Sully.