Lou Ann Hamblin

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 3,900 in pistol alone, and is a certified firearms and defensive tactics instructor in a variety of disciplines. Lou Ann conceptualized the nationally recognized Building Warrior Women® training event for women in public safety that has been publicized as the finest leadership and survival skills training for female officers in the United States. She instructs nationally and internationally in the areas of instructional leadership, training for specialty units to include survival training for school resource officers, female specific, police cycling operator and train-the-trainer level classes.

Her national conference presentations include: 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), the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) conferences, and the International Association of Women Police (IAWP).

Lou Ann is a Team One Network adjunct instructor and Master Pistol Instructor through Heckler and Koch and is a certified armorer for a number of weapon systems. She authored the "Firearms Training" chapter in IPMBA's Complete Guide to Public Safety Cycling 2nd Ed. and has authored many articles in Law and Order, Police Marksman magazine, 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 served as a part-time faculty member with the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy specializing in physical skills and proctored the MCOLES physical agility pre-test for seven years. She also served as the Law Enforcement In-service Training Coordinator for Schoolcraft College. There she supervised the in-service training program, its instructors, and the curriculum as well as grant writing and execution.

Lou Ann also serves on the Board of Directors for IALEFI, is a certified Master Firearms Instructor and has taught at many of their train the trainer "Master Firearms Instructor" classes and conferences. She was named ILEETA's "Iron Cop" in 2009 and in 2015 Lou Ann received Alumnus of the Year for the University of Michigan School of Education for her contributions to public safety training. Lou Ann is an avid cyclist and runner completing several marathons and half marathons. Contact Lou Ann: louann@loukatactical.com

Kathleen D. Vonk

Kathleen D. Vonk

Kathleen Vonk has been a certified police officer since 1988. She retired from the Ann Arbor PoliceDepartment (MI) in 2013, and is currently a state trooper with the Nevada Highway Patrol. She earned a BS in Exercise Science from Michigan State University (Suma Cum Laude) and a BA in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University (Magna Cum Laude).

She designed and implemented the Public Safety Wellness Instructor Course for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES), for which she is a subject matter expert, consultant and instructor-trainer. She is the Fitness Chairperson for the National Tactical Officer's Association. She was a part-time faculty member of the Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Michigan and was the primary fitness instructor for the WCC Police Academy from 2001 - 2013. She is an adjunct instructor for Team One Network teaching officer survival skills courses, and has taught officer survival and pistol courses for Heckler & Koch International Training Division (H&K). She is a certified firearms instructor, NRA Law Enforcement Rifle Instructor, H&K Pistol Instructor, RedMan Simulation Training Instructor, Simunition Instructor, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), USA Weightlifting Association Level 1 Sport Performance Coach, Health Promotion Director and Certified Physical Fitness Specialist by the Cooper Institute, and was a field training officer for AAPD from 1992 to 2013. She is a former collegiate 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 (IPMBA), and a certified League Cyclist Instructor (LCI) by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). She served on the IPMBA Governing Board 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 today. She has taught at IPMBA's international conference from 1995 - 2009 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 authored 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 NTOA, NSCA, IALEFI, IPMBA, OTOA, MCOLES, and TacDogs. 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 kathyvonk130@gmail.com

Lieutenant Heather Williams

Heather Williams

Lieutenant Heather Williams has been with the Chattanooga Police Department since 2002. She has worked in the patrol division, special investigations, and Crime Scene Unit. Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant 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 Price:

Beverly Price

Beverly Price retired from the Burnsville Police Department after serving for 27 years. During her service with Burnsville Police, she worked in different divisions of the department. Her passion has been working on patrol for many years, but she also worked Crime Prevention, Bike Patrol, Background Investigator, Multi-Housing, School Source Officer, and assisted with 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 a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Inc. (IALEFI) and International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and has attended their annual conferences. She was 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.

Sergeant Dawn Reisinger

Dorcia Meador

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 dmr5596@yahoo.com.

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.

Cynthia Williams

Cynthia Williams

Cynthia has been a law enforcement officer since 2000 and is currently an officer for the Key West Police Department in Florida. Cynthia retired in the Fall of 2014 as a Sergeant for the Palm Bay Florida Police Department. She is a highly decorated officer and has been the recipient of many recognitions and commendation awards for her performance. During her career Cynthia has served in the following capacities: High Liability instructor, Field Training Officer, Training Unit Sergeant, Field Training & Evaluation Program Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, Narcotics Agent, and SWAT team member. Cynthia began her SWAT career in 2003 at the Key West Police Department, where she once again serves on the Key West SWAT team.

Cynthia is also an adjunct instructor with Brevard Community College Institute of Criminal Justice. She is a certified DT Instructor; Firearms Instructor; Patrol Rifle Instructor; Taser Instructor; Tactical Medicine for First Responders Instructor; Simunition Safety Instructor; and Distraction Device Instructor. Additionally, Cynthia is a published author for the National Tactical Officer Association's (NTOA )The Tactical Edge magazine and currently serves as the organization's Defensive Tactics Chair. She has also taught specialty ground defense courses for organizations such as LouKa Tactical-Building Warrior Women and the Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement. As a teenager, Cynthia trained extensively in Tae Kwon Do. She currently trains in Brazilian Jujitsu and is a member of Brazilian Top Team having competed in the North American Grappling Association, as well as the Florida Law Games. There she earned first place honors in both gi and no-gi submission grappling.

Cynthia holds a certification in Sports Nutrition and Physical Fitness. As a health and fitness advocate, she has implemented several volunteer health programs for law enforcement officers in Florida and others states. Cynthia is also an amateur body builder, and has competed in three National Physique Committee competitions where she won first place in her categories.

Cynthia attended St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida on an athletic scholarship for soccer. As a student athlete she obtained a BA in Criminal Justice in three short years. She is currently pursuing her master's degree from American Military University in Homeland Security.

Patricia J. Thompson

Patty 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.

Lieutenant Toni Weinbeck

Toni Weinbeck

Lieutenant Toni Weinbeck has been a police officer with the City of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, since 2004. As a Lieutenant 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.

Sgt. Liam Duggan

Liam Duggan

Liam Duggan has been a Police Officer since 1997, serving the City of Burnsville as well as nearly a decade in the urban city of St Paul. Since 2019 he has been in a Command role with the City of Prior Lake, Minnesota. Working in assignments such as patrol, vice/narcotics, training and special operations, he is an accomplished leader and 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, critical decision-making, pistol/M4 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 is on the National Board of Advisors for NLEFIA as well as serving as a national cadre instructor. He consults as an expert witness in Force Response Incidents, Human Dynamics 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 Seibert

Chelley Seibert

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.

Christine Braswell

Christine Brasswell

Honorary LouKa Tactical instructor Christine Braswell of the Delray Beach Police Department, FL. Christine was a track and field college athlete who attended the University of Florida. As a 12 year veteran Christine served on the department’s SWAT team as a sniper, FTO and honor guard member. Christine was a training officer for her agency and an adjunct instructor at Broward College and Palm Beach State College for 8 years teaching in the areas of D.T. firearms and vehicle operations. Christine also took pride as a mentor and drill instructor for the Delray Beach Police Explorer program. She was a member of ILEETA and IALEFI and attended their annual conferences. Christine also attended numerous LouKa classes over the years and as a natural teacher assisted other attendees without hesitation. Christine's life mattered as she will be remembered as a role model and mentor to many. Christine Braswell's E.O.W: April 8th, 2017.

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