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Anthony M. Lebron, BS, Class of 2003, currently serves as a Captain within the New York City Department of Correction's Emergency Preparedness Unit and is currently formulating a disaster preparedness and response plan for the agency. Lebron is also serving simultaneously as the Chairman for Technical Development for the National Latino Officers Association as well as the President of the Latino Officers Association NYC Correction Chapter. As an executive member of these entities he has engaged in the defense for fair and equal treatment in the workplace as well as the civil rights of members of the Latino and African American community. Lebron has also served as 1st Vice President to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #18 and 2nd Vice President for the National Image New York Chapter.

Victoria Brown-Douglas, BS `84 of Queens, N.Y., earned a J.D. degree from Hofstra University Law School. She has served as Assistant District Attorney for New York County, Assistant Attorney General for New York State, rendered service to the law office of Victoria Brown, and was adjunct assistant professor for department of law and police science at John Jay College. Ms. Brown-Douglas is currently Assistant Director of Professional skills and Assistant Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law in New York.

Tania Peterson-Chandler, BS, Class of 1996, MPA Class of 2001, Tania is currently in her first year at Rutgers School of Law - Newark and is serving as the first-year evening students representative for the Student Bar Association. She is the Project Director for Brooklyn Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC); a criminal justice agency that provides alternative to incarceration services for defendants with substance abuse and/or mental health issues who are also involved in the criminal justice system. She supervises a staff of over 30 and has a current case load of over 900 defendants participating in the program.

Teresa "Teri" Coaxum, BA, Class of 1993, currently serves as State Deputy Director in Senator Charles E. Schumer's Office. She recently served as Administrative Manager for the Kings County District Attorney's Office Community Relations Board addressing the needs of residents of the county. Coaxum is a life time member of the NAACP and serves on many committees such as the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, Blacks in Government and Partnership for Youth and Community Empowerment (PYCE). She has received Community Service Awards from both 77th and 83rd Precinct Community Councils, youth empowerment awards from PYCE and Brooklyn Blizzards Youth Organization along with Proclamations from both Senator Carl Andrews and Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Richard J. Condon (MA '78) was recently appointed Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City school system. Mayor Bloomberg and Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn announced Condon's appointment in a special ceremony at City Hall.

Of Condon's appointment, Mayor Bloomberg remarked, "As we assume responsibility for the City's schools, we seek to ensure that the environment in which our children learn is free of corruption and criminal or unethical conduct. Richard possesses the broad investigative experience, personal integrity and independence necessary for this post, and I am confident that he will vigorously promote the integrity of our City's school system."

The Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation was created in June 1990, and was given a mandate to investigate criminal activity, unethical conduct, conflicts of interest, and other wrongdoing occurring within the school system. Over the years, it has conducted criminal investigations and has made recommendations concerning issues that have had an impact on the integrity of the City's schools.

Richard Condon has had a long and illustrious career in public service. His many accomplishments have included serving as Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and New York City Police Commissioner. He is currently the police Commissioner. He is currently the Police Commissioner's Representative on the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Eskil S. "Skip" Danielson, MA Class of 1975, is serving his first term as Mayor of Byram Township, NJ dedicating his life to the betterment of his community. Concurrent with his studies at John Jay College in the 1970's he became the first Chief of Police for the Byram Township which he founded in 1971. After 22 years of service he retired in 1993 to become air medical coordinator for the NorthSTAR Air Medical Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. Since 1998 he has also served as the Director of Emergency Management and 9-1-1 for Sussex County, NJ. His duties include planning for and responding to all major emergencies in his jurisdiction as well as deployment of resources to major disasters in the tri-state and New York metropolitan area.

Yadhira Gonzalez (BS/MA '99) graduated New York Law School in June 2002, and was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, September 2002.

Martin Alan Greenberg, MA `70 & Ph.D. `01 of Niskayuna, N.Y., is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Graduate Program at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. In the fall of 2005, The University of Pittsburgh Press will publish a revision of his doctoral dissertation entitled: Citizens Defending America: From Colonial Times to the Age of Terrorism.

William B. Hazel, III, was promoted to the position of Social Work Supervisor with The State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families in The Bridgeport Area Office. On May 27, 2004 William received a Master of Social Work Degree from Southern Connecticut State University

Joseph C. Hoffman, BS `70 & MPA `76, of East Williston, N.Y., completed his second novel, The Last Mayor, released March 2005. Hoffman's first novel, Acts and Omissions, released May 2002 received positive reviews. He was also president of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation, and later Chief Operating Officer of St. Vincent's Medical Center.

Peter Horne, Ph.D. '87, has been the coordinator of the Criminal Justice program at Mercer County, NJ, Community College for 23 years. He is the current President of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators which is a statewide organization representing 38 criminal justice programs of higher education throughout New Jersey.

Joanne Jaffe, MA '84, was sworn in on August 1, 2003 as the Chief of the Police Department's Housing Bureau, making her the highest-ranking female officer in department history. Jaffe, began her career on patrol in 1979 in Brooklyn's 75th precinct and has since worked in eight precincts, along with the narcotics division and street crime unit. Until being sworn in to her new position she was the commanding officer of the Office of Management Analysis and Planning.

John S. Lawler, BS '98, has recently become associated with the Lancaster Law Firm of Kegel Kelin Almy & Grim, LLP. Lawler is a member of the firm's litigation group, education law group and labor and employment group. Besides graduating from John Jay College of Criminal Justice he received his degree in Law from Villanova University. His practice includes business litigation, education law issues and labor and employment matters.

Robert P. Liscouski, BS '78, Is currently the Assistant Secretary for infrastructure protection, Department of Homeland Security. Liscouski received his Bachelor's of Science from John Jay College in 1978 and his Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was a Narcotics and homicide investigator for Bergen County, NJ, prosecutor's office, 1975-1980; held a position in the State Department's office of security, 1980-1991; Orion Scientific, 1991-1997; Politech Research, 1997-1998; Coca-Cola Co's Security operation, 1998-2003.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has appointed Desmothenes "Monte" Long (MA '86), a 21-year NYPD veteran, his new School Safety Chief.

Long has worked in Brooklyn and Bronx Precincts, internal affairs and the Office of Management and Planning. Before this appointment, Long was an executive officer in NYPD community affairs.

Criminal justice doctoral student and retired commander of the NYPD Hostage Negotiation Team, Hugh McGowan (MA '94), was recently profiled in "Men Who Save Lives" (Men's Journal, May 2002).

At the time of his retirement, McGowan commanded a force of more than one hundred new negotiators, whom he personally trained. The team's motto, "Talk to Me", emblazoned on the officers' situation jackets, has been so successful in implementation, that the HNT has been able to resolve 98 percent of its encounters without firing a shot.

Richard F. McCahey, MS Class of 2000, is a 25-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department. He entered the Bureau of Fire Investigation in 1986 as a Fire Marshall and is currently Chief of Operations at the BFI. Chief McCahey arranged for the inclusion of the BFI into the NYS Office of Public Security-Counter Terrorism Network for gathering and sharing intelligence. Since 9/11 he formulated and implemented the BFI's Strategic Operations Plan, for security safety and target hardening for all critical department infrastructures. He also manages the BFI's presence and participation in the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and the ATF's Joint Arson Task Force. To fulfill these obligations, Chief McCahey holds a Special Appointment from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Vanessa A. Nemara celebrated her 30th year in public service September 2004. Vanessa is a Supervisory Contract Specialist and Section Chief with the Dept. of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard in Norfolk, VA. Vanessa is a 1976 Graduate with a BA in Police Science and a 1980 Graduate with an MA in Criminal Justice. Vanessa was chosen to attend the US Navy's Naval War College in Newport, RI where she graduated June 2003 and obtained an MS in National Security and Strategic Studies. Vanessa manages the ship repair program for the US Coast Guard fleet in the Atlantic Area enabling the US Coast Guard fleet to be operational ready to protect the US shores and river system. She is also developing programs to sustain the new fleet of vessels being delivered starting 2006 replacing the 37th oldest navy vessels in the world.

Oscar Odom III, BS `83 of Brooklyn, N.Y., was recently hired as the new Director of Public Safety for the Metrotech Business Improvement District in Brooklyn. Mr. Odom III is also a 20-year veteran of the New York Police Department. There, he served as First Deputy Sheriff Commissioner for the New York City Sheriff Department in Queens.

Avery Eli Okin, Esq., BA/MA `79, received a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School. In May 2005, he was honored at the 15 th Anniversary reception of the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project with the 2005 Leadership Award. Avery is the Executive Director for the Brooklyn Bar Association and resides in Queens New York.

Charles Rall, BS Class of 1976, was a member of the NYPD for 20 years until his retirement in 1999 at the rank of Detective. While a member of the NYPD, he was also a member of the United States Army Reserve as an enlisted member and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He served in the Persian Gulf War from 1990-1991. He has recently retired at the rank of Major with in the United States Military Police Corps. Rall retired to Arizona and is presently serving as a sworn Deputy Sheriff with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix.<

Kajornsak Rangsityothin, Class of 2004, served as an Intern, Town of Newburgh Justice Court, for Judge Jude T. Martini until recently. Beginning in October 2004 and ending June 2005, Kajornsak will working as Court Clerk,Town of Newburgh Justice Court, for Judge Richard Clarino.

Christopher Santangelo, MS Class of 2003, is a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Office of Inspector General and serves as Counter Terrorism Coordinator for the Northeast Region. He began his career in law enforcement with the U.S. Park Police and then served as a Special Agent with the then U.S. Treasury Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Santangelo is Vice President for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, NYC Chapter and the U.S. Park Police Pistol Club.

Anthony Schembri, MA Class of 1977, was appointed Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice on May 12, 2004, by Governor Jeb Bush. He took over leadership of the agency on June 1, 2004.

Schembri has served as a member of the Florida Corrections Commission since November 2002. Prior to his appointment to the Corrections Commission, he served as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Corrections. While there, Schembri oversaw a staff of more than 14,000 and a prison population of 20,000 in 19 facilities, managed an operating budget of more than $775 million and a payroll of more than $700 million. He also served as Police Commissioner for the City of Rye, New York.

Schembri's creative, yet no-nonsense, approach to law enforcement was the inspiration for the TV show "The Commish." Schembri received both his undergraduate degree in criminal justice and his master's degree in public administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He received his Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Dr. James D. Seward (MA '84) is currently Chief Forensic Psychologist for the State of Delaware. After graduating form John Jay College, he received a Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in 1989, and then received postdoctoral training in neuropsychology and forensic psychology. Dr. Seward is Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is based at Delaware Psychiatric Center in New Castle. When he is not fighting crime, Dr. Seward likes to grow tomatoes.

Joyce Stephen, BS '81, deputy chief of the New York Police Department (NYPD), retired in October of 2005. The 25-year veteran was also the first African-American woman to hold the prestigious post. Stephen joined the NYPD in 1981 at the 46th Precinct in the Bronx and rose through the ranks serving as commanding officer of the 28th Precinct in Manhattan and the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Training. As a deputy chief she was commanding officer and part of her responsibilities included running the Office of Community Affairs.

Leonard H. Tocker, BS '83, MA '92, has been serving since December 2002 in his new position as Director of Fraud Investigation in the New York City Comptroller's Office for the Bureau of Law and Adjustment. Mr. Tocker handles all referrals of fraudulent civil claims against New York City at the Comptroller's Office, directs all fraud initiatives set forth by the agency, including a consumer-based fraud hotline, as well as assist in the development of Press Releases and Public Service Announcements on fraud, and internal training on case development to combat claim fraud.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and schools Chancellor Joel l. Klein recently announced the appointment of Benjamin B. Tucker (B.S. '77) as Chief Executive of the newly created Office of School Safety and Planning. In announcing Tucker's appointment Mayor Bloomberg noted, "Ben is a respected and accomplished criminal justice expert, as well as an attorney and professor, and I am confident that he will effectively draw upon his extensive knowledge and experience to promote our City's schools."

The Office of School Safety will work collaboratively with the New York City Police Department and the Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinator to implement a comprehensive, new school safety plan and provide support to all schools on the effective, coordinated use of disciplinary tools, truancy prevention programs, and school safety resources.

Tucker began his career as an officer in the New York City Police Department, spending several years as a police liaison for safety issues in city schools. Since that time, he has had broad experience in criminal justice at both the national and local level, including serving as Deputy Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) at the U.S. Department of Justice and as Chief of Operations at the Manhattan Borough President's Office.

Philip Valenti, BA, Class of 75, currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Navy's Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Sigonella Italy. Located near the east coast of Sicily, the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Sigonella provides logistic support to U.S.Navy bases and units operating in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to this assignment, Phil was the Director of Supply Corps Personnel in Millington,Tennessee. He is a 26 year Navy veteran and holds the rank of Captain in the Navy Supply Corps, and also has an MBA from the University of Florida (1991).

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