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 the University of Michigan.
For the last twenty years Lou Ann has specialized in training female officers having trained over 3,200 in pistol alone and is a certified firearms and defensive tactics instructor in a variety of disciplines. She instructs locally and nationally in the areas of instructor development, training for specialty units to include survival training for SROs and Police Cycling Train the Trainer level classes. National conference presentations includ: 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), Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement (RMWLE), Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) and the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) conferences. Lou Ann also served as a part-time faculty member with the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy specializing in physical skills and proctors the MCOLES physical agility pre-test for seven years.
Lou Ann conceptualized the nationally recognized Building Warrior Women training event for women in public safety that has been publicized as the finest survival skills training in the United States. She is a Team One Network adjunct instructor and Master Pistol Instructor through H and K and is a certified armorer for a number of weapon systems. 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, PoliceOne.com, IALEFI'S "Firearms Instructor" and the IPMBA Newsletter. She currently serves as an advisory board member for PoliceOne.com, and is a former consultant and presenter with Calibre Press Women's Street Survival Seminars, of which she co-wrote.
Lou Ann also serves on the Board of Directors for IALEFI and was named ILEETA's "Iron Cop" for 2009 conference. She is an avid cyclist and runner completing several marathons and half marathons. Contact Lou Ann: email@example.com
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.
Patricia J. Thompson
FBI Special Agent (Ret.) Patricia Thompson is a former firefighter/EMT, and has been a law enforcement officer for 30 years. Prior to her employment with the FBI, Patty was a State Trooper and an instructor at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. She holds a BA in Political Science from Wright State University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University.
As an FBI Special Agent for the past 23 years, Patty has been assigned to the Miami and Los Angeles Field Division’s working fugitives/violent crimes, gangs and public corruption. She is an FBI instructor, certified to teach firearms, firearms instructors, police sniper, defensive tactics, arrest tactics, chemical weapons, ballistic shield and physical fitness. As Adjunct Faculty at the FBI Academy, she also taught Instructor Development and Leadership Development. Patty was the first female member of the Miami Division SWAT Team and the first female in the history of the FBI to be trained and certified as a SWAT sniper. She has worked and trained with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team and deployed on SWAT missions both domestically and internationally. As sniper coordinator for the LA SWAT Team, she responded to the North Hollywood Bank Robbery. In addition to case work, she has completed full time instructor assignments at the FBI Academy and in the LA and Miami Firearms Training Units, and was the Principal Firearms Instructor for the Miami Division for 4 years.
Patty is a recipient of the Director’s Award for Outstanding Contributions in Law Enforcement from the Attorney General for her investigative work, as well as several awards from the United States Attorney’s Office for successful criminal prosecutions in both Florida and California. In 2004, Patty was featured on America’s Most Wanted as the result of a foot pursuit for a homicide suspect and convicted felon. Patty was nominated and became a finalist for the Director’s Award for Exceptional Heroism as a result of that apprehension and arrest.
Throughout her career, Patty has provided training to FBI Agents as well as state and local law enforcement officers throughout the U.S. and Europe She conducted the field training portion of the South Florida Women In Law Enforcement Conference hosted by FBI Miami. Patty is a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, and a graduate of the Force Science Institute. She is currently Adjunct Faculty for the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center and the developer of Building Warrior Women: Leadership Tactics.
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.
Trooper Chansey Ford
I have been a Trooper with the South Dakota Highway Patrol since 2009. I am currently a firearms instructor, EVOC (emergency vehicle operator course) instructor and Field Training Officer (FTO). I am currently assigned to the Motorcycle Unit.
I instruct in-service in the use of handgun, patrol rifle and shotgun. I also teach at the State Police Academy in Pierre, SD and have instructed the Youth Trooper Academy as a member of the cadre and lead firearms instructor.
I joined the United States Army in 2006. During my military career I was deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan working perimeter security to the correctional facility and in the BDOC (Base Defense Operation Center). There I overlooked the security to Camp Sabalu-Harrison and was the dispatcher for our QRF response teams. I am currently with the 235th Military Police Company out of Rapid City, SD.
I have instructed many soldiers with the M16, M4 rifles and M9 Berretta. I am qualified with many weapon systems such as M16A2, M4A1 rifles, M9 Berretta, M67 Fragmentation grenade, M500 shotgun, M2 .50 Cal Machine gun, M249 (SAW) light machine gun. I also instruct the use of a variety of vehicles with the EVOC team, ranging from the Ford crown Vic, Ford SUV utility, Ford Taurus and Dodge Charger. I have also instructed the GF & P units with a Ford F150, F250, F350, Dodge 1500 and Chevy Silverado.
I am level 1 certified in Military Combative Course and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Currently I train in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Instructor Mike Huitema with Team Mica of South Dakota Gym in Rapid City, SD. I hold an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement Technology.
During my off time I enjoy taking motorcycle rides through the Black Hills with my church group, hiking the outdoors and spending time with friends and God.
Liam Duggan has been a Police Officer since 1997, serving first with the City of Burnsville and since 2011 with the City of St Paul in Minnesota. Working in assignments such as patrol, vice/narcotics, training and special operations, he is an accomplished instructor that is recognized as such by National Level Law Enforcement trainers. Liam's teaching and speaking credits range from local students entering Law Enforcement to national and international Special Operations and instructor audiences. He is a past president of SOTA (Special Operations Training Association) and now serves as the Director of Training and Development. He has numerous instructor certifications and an extensive training history that includes multiple combatives disciplines, pistol/sub-gun/M4 and long range rifle and spec ops related tactics. In addition to his special operations background Liam has also presented nationally for organizations such as IALEFI and ILEETA in areas from firearms tactics to leadership development. He serves as an expert witness consultant in Force Response Incidents and is a certified Force Science Analyst.
As a son, brother, Officer and father to a beautiful daughter, Liam is incredibly inspirational and has shared his philosophy with law enforcement trainers from all over the world. His craftsmanship of blending life's challenges with career challenges is centered in performance in every aspect of a person's life. Rooted in a faith and belief in things bigger than himself, Liam's name is becoming synonymous with passion and enthusiasm with training and trainers and lives within the philosophy of leaving the law enforcement culture better than he found it through 360 degree leadership.
Chelley is a retired Dayton, Ohio Police Officer after 25 years of service. Her assignments included Patrol, Crime Prevention Specialist, Public Information Officer, Academy Instructor and Training Coordinator. She has taught Cultural Diversity for over 20 years, is a Certified Physical Fitness Instructor and Subject Matter Expert in Instructor Skills Development thru the State of Ohio. Chelley was the first female recruit in Dayton Police history to be awarded the Top Firearms Award (“Top Gun”) and was named the Dayton Police Officer of the Year in 2011.
Chelley received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Miami University and Master of Education Degree from Wright State University. She has presented both locally and nationally in Universities, Police Academies, Hospitals, Churches and at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).
In addition, Chelley is a drummer in the band Frozen Feet of Dayton, Ohio, a choir director for the TRU Choir in Cincinnati and a singer/songwriter/keynote speaker in the Positive Music industry. She has also completed several marathons and has competed in both the Ohio and International Police and Fire Olympics.