Joe Chavalia's Biography
Joe retired from the Lima, OH Department after 34 years of service. During that time, he worked primarily in patrol functions and SWAT. He spent 22 years of his service with the SWAT Unit and commanded it for 10 of those years. He holds numerous instructors’ certifications in both firearms and defensive tactics disciplines. Joe began training ALICE and RAIDER in 2009 with Response Options (the founding company of ALICE). When the ALICE Training Institute was formed, he was one of the first full-time trainers hired. He continues to be an integral part of the Navigate360 Certified ALICE Instructor course today. Joe currently lives in Wyoming near the Yellowstone National Park where he enjoys several outdoor activities.
Chad Cunningham's Biography
Vice President of Education and Pro-Services
Before joining Navigate360 full time in 2017, Chad worked in Law Enforcement for a total of 23 years. Before his departure from the University of Akron Police Department, he reached the rank of Lieutenant. In his 20 years with the University, he led community policing, the CHOP (Community Housing Oriented Policing) Unit, was the department’s lead trainer and was a member of SWAT. He is also a certified Instructor in Ohio for Firearms, Defensive Tactics, and Active Shooter Response. In addition, he was a member of the committee that composed the Solo Officer Response to Active Threat (SORAT). He teaches female self-defense and Ohio Concealed Carry Certified courses. He has been teaching the Certified ALICE Instructor course for Navigate360 on a part-time basis since 2008 and has trained more than 70,000 people. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Education, and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Technology.
Joe Hendry's Biography
Director of Risk Assessments, International Assessor
Lieutenant Joseph A. Hendry Jr., PSP, CLEE (Ret.)
Retiring after a distinguished 27-year career with the Kent State Police Department, Lt. Hendry has been named by the Ohio Department of Homeland Security and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as an expert in civilian and law enforcement response to active threats.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from Kent State University, is a graduate of the “Police Executive Leadership College” and the “Certified Law Enforcement Executive” program. He is a trained Crisis Intervention Team officer in dealing with mental health issues. He served six years in the United States Marine Corps. He was an Intelligence Liaison Officer with Ohio Homeland Security.
As a National Trainer for Navigate360, he is considered one of the top trainers in Violent Critical Incident response in the United States and has trained approximately 3,000 local instructors for law enforcement, businesses, health care, houses of worship, universities and K-12. He holds board certification as a Physical Security Professional (PSP) from ASIS International to conduct security assessments worldwide.
He has been interviewed by Campus Safety Magazine, Emergency Management Magazine, MD News, and National Public Radio as an Active Threat Response Expert. He has been published several times in his career, most recently in Campus Safety Magazine, Best’s Review, Police One, In Command, and Doors and Hardware.
George Hunter's Biography
George retired July 2015 from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio after 27 plus years of service. During his time at the Sheriff’s Office, he served in many capacities including the Corrections Division, Patrol Division, Field Training Officer, Training Division, Enforcement Supervision, Court Services Division, and he served as a Command Staff member at the Sheriff’s Office from 2005 – 2015. George has served on the Ohio Judicial Conference Court Security Review Committee and the Ohio Supreme Court Security Review Committee. George is a graduate from the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command, The Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation’s Police Executive Leadership College and the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy 247th Session.
Gary Kamp's Biography
National Trainer (ALICE/RAIDER)
Gary has spent over 29 years in uniform as a south Florida law enforcement officer and military member. He served in the Special Operations division for 22 of those years and worked his way though from an entry member to the Division Commander. His background includes Patrol, Canine, Detective, SWAT, and Training assignments. Gary holds a BAS in Public Safety Administration and Criminal Justice. Gary also has multiple instructor certifications in weapons and less lethal systems.
Sean Kennedy's Biography
Sean Kennedy is a retired police officer from the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. Sean has spent most of his career in the Patrol Division with 5 years as a K9 handler and the past few years as a high school SRO. Sean is a state-certified Use of Force Instructor with 13 years of SWAT experience. For 6 of those years, Sean was an assistant team leader on the Sniper Unit and was also responsible for running the firearms program for the team. During Sean’s career, he has received 3 Exceptional Service Awards and several marksmanship awards. Sean also has an educational background in Criminal Justice Studies and Homeland Security.
Brandon Rhone's Biography
Assistant Director of Training & National Trainer
Brandon Rhone has been in law enforcement for 17 years. He spent ten years in patrol then was promoted to the rank of Captain before his retirement. As the Captain of operations, Brandon was responsible for the day to day operations of the agency and was Commander of the SRO unit. Brandon is a certified School Resource Officer through the National Association of School Resource Officers. The SRO Unit was responsible for the school district safety plans and all drills and presentations to the students and staff of the district. Brandon is also a certified instructor in many law enforcement subjects including but not limited to: Defensive Tactics Instructor, Defensive Driving Instructor, Handcuffing Instructor, OC Instructor, First Line Supervisor Instructor, Interview and Interrogation, Monadnock Expandable Baton Basic Course Instructor, Law Enforcement Intelligence, Leadership and Mastering Performance Management, School Safety Current Problems, Trends and Solutions, Art Of The Undercover. Brandon joined the Navigate360 team in May 2015 as a National Trainer. In December of 2017, Brandon was promoted to Assistant Director of Training.
Shawn Slezak's Biography
Shawn is a retired Deputy Sheriff from the Story County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa. He retired as a Sergeant in the uniformed patrol division. During his career he worked in the jail, detective, undercover narcotics, & civil divisions. Shawn spent eighteen years as a member of the Story County Emergency Response Team, serving the last seven years as the team leader. He is a State Certified Handgun, Shotgun, & Rifle Instructor and ran the Story County Sheriff’s Office firearms program and managed the firearms range. Shawn is a Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy graduate with the 248th Session. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors in the mountains.
Adjunct National Trainers
Mark Bourque's Biography
Mark combines a Marketing undergraduate degree with a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. He has served as a policeman for 27 years with the Tyngsborough, MA Police Department, 21 of which has been in a supervisory role. His current assignment has him attached to the NEMLEC SWAT team as an operator. His experience includes active shooter, crisis negotiations, honor guard, RAIDER certified, as well as an ALICE National Trainer. He has been an ALICE Trainer for 5 years and has taught in 14 states across the nation. He has also been able to properly implement the ALICE techniques into 7 schools & 3 churches locally.
“There is no greater sense of accomplishment than teaching people how to survive a deadly encounter!”
Francis Brooke's Biography
Francis is a retired officer from the Spring Valley Police Department after 32 years of service. He spent 28 of those years as a SWAT Team Leader, Bicycle Officer, and the Department Firearms Instructor. As a certified FBI Instructor, he has been a Police Academy Instructor training police recruits for 26 years in Defensive Tactics, Physical Fitness, and Firearms. He received his initial ALICE Instructor Training from Greg Crane, the founder of ALICE, in 2009 and implemented the ALICE Program throughout his local East Ramapo School District.
Francis has a long history and passion for working in the public school system. He spent 15 years serving as a School Resource Officer (SRO) and D.A.R.E. Officer in a district of 7,000 students and is also a former 2 term Elementary School PTA President. He has earned a bachelor’s degree from Mercy College in Psychology, and his master’s degree in Human Resources Training and Development from Seton Hall University. After completing a term as the Rockland County Basic School Coordinator for the Rockland County Police Academy, he serves as the Assistant Coordinator for the Rockland County Stop DWI Program.
Francis has been married to his wife Karen since 1987 and currently resides in Pearl River, NY. When he is not spending time with his wife and two grown children, he can be found gardening, acting, traveling, and staying physically active.
Tony Castillo's Biography
Antonio (Tony) is a Sergeant with the Oregon, OH Police Division where he oversees Crime Prevention, Community Policing, Juvenile Diversion, Grants, Training, and supervises the DARE and School Resource Officers. As the divisions Firearms Rangemaster, he oversees the firearms training program and holds Firearms Instructor Certification in Revolver, Semi-Auto Pistol, Shotgun, Patrol Rifle and Sub-Machine Gun. Tony has been a member of the division’s Special Response Team since 1993 and was named the Team’s Commander in 2009. Prior assignments include Patrol Supervisor, Detective and 7 years as the division’s first School Resource Officer. Assigned to the local high school in 1998, he has been involved in school safety and its evolution post-Columbine. Having attended several school safety training seminars, Tony achieved National Practitioner (2003) status awarded by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). With experience in both school-based policing and in SWAT tactics, Tony has become a recognized trainer in both disciplines. Tony has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Lourdes University and has been awarded the Oregon Police Division’s Achievement and Lifesaving Awards. Tony became a Certified ALICE and RAIDER instructor and has taught both instructor level courses for ALICE Training and Response Options, including at the 2013 Ohio Tactical Officers Association Conference where he also serves at OTOA’s Region 1 Representative. Tony has two adult sons and five grandchildren.
Shawn Collins's Biography
Shawn Collins has over 25 years of experience as a law enforcement officer in Central Florida. He started his career as a deputy sheriff in 1995 and later joined a municipal agency. He is presently a Lieutenant assigned to the School Resource/Community Services Division. During his career, he has held a variety of positions which include: Hostage Negotiations Team Leader, S.W.A.T., Street Crimes, Uniformed Patrol, Human Resources & Training, Law Enforcement Academy Coordinator, Accreditation Manager and School Resource Officer Supervisor. He has been an Adjunct Instructor for traditional/online classes at the Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety and Polk State College for the last 18 years. He holds several instructor certifications to include: Firearms, Reality Based Training, Defensive Tactics, Police Driving, Rapid Deployment to Critical Incidents, Master TASER Instructor, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing, Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents, Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents. In addition to his numerous instructor certifications, he holds two master’s degrees; one in Criminal Justice from Troy University and a second in Organizational Leadership from the University of South Dakota. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice (Homeland Security) from Liberty University.
David Hill's Biography
David is a former member of the California Highway Patrol and retired in 2014 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander after 30 years with the department. During his career, he was a member of the Department’s Officer Involved Shooting Investigation & Critical Incident Response Teams. He is also trained and certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Responder Instructor, Drug Recognition Evaluator, Field Training Officer, Physical Methods of Arrest Instructor, and member of the Dignitary Protective Services Detail. During his years of service, he had several assignments including the San Jose, Monterey and Hollister-Gilroy CHP Areas as an Officer; El Centro, San Jose and Hollister-Gilroy Areas as a Sergeant; The CHP Coastal Division Office in San Luis Obispo as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Management Team; Executive Lieutenant at the Monterey Area, and finishing his career as the Commander of the Gilroy Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility.
He currently works with the San Jose Police Department as a Background Investigator, and for Navigate360 as a National Adjunct Trainer instructing the Certified ALICE Instructor course. Personally, he serves in multiple capacities at South Valley Community Church in Gilroy, CA and has been involved with the Gilroy Garlic Festival since 1988. He is also involved in a volunteer capacity with various youth and high school sports for many years. He has been married to his wife, Tracey, since 1988 and they have five children.
Derek Jones's Biography
Derek became a police officer in July of 2000. He is currently working full time for the Georgetown, MA Police Department. During his time of service, he has been a School Resource Officer, Detective and Sergeant. Derek has been an instructor and in charge of all the department’s training such as Active Shooter Response, Defensive Tactics, Field Training, Firearms and TASER. Derek has been a National Adjunct Trainer instructing the Certified ALICE Instructor course with Navigate360 since 2010. He became a police officer because he is passionate about helping people in his community. Working for Navigate360 has allowed him to help people in endless communities across the country and he has enjoyed every minute! Never allow yourself to become and a victim and stay safe!
Kenny Lott's Biography
Kenny Lott has worked in the field of law enforcement for 10 years. He began his career in San Jose California where he served as the department’s active shooter program coordinator from 2007 through 2013. During his time as a police officer in San Jose, Kenny worked various details including patrolman, firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, Critical Response Unit team member and team leader, department liaison to the Bay Area Joint Terrorist Task Force, as well as several other details. As the SJSU Police Department’s active shooter program coordinator he assisted both the University of California Davis and Texas A&M University with the construction of their programs. In 2013, Kenny and his wife relocated to the state of Washington where he began working as a police officer for the city of Redmond. Kenny currently serves on the Redmond Police Department SWAT team, is a department firearms instructor, and he is involved with the Community Outreach Unit as an active shooter response trainer. Kenny also continues his work as a National Adjunct Trainer instructing the Certified ALICE Instructor course to sworn and civilian personnel around the country on how to respond, implement and train others to deal with an active shooter incident. Kenny has an honorable discharge after 8 years of service with the United States Army, he holds a B.A. degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, is a Nidan (2nd-degree black belt) in the discipline of judo and was blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Kendall, in January 2014.
John Lubawski's Biography
Officer John Lubawski is a veteran of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. He has had several roles within the Bureau and has recently returned to a patrol assignment. In addition to his responsibilities within the Bureau, John served as a liaison between the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Dangerous Animal Response Team. He has worked closely with team members to develop a comprehensive training curriculum. He is always prioritizing overall safety & effectiveness while simultaneously generating public confidence in the police.
As a Rangemaster, his responsibilities include training & educating the Bureau members. He has served as a Firearms Instructor developing and implementing the Bureau’s Patrol Rifle Program, a Reality-Based Training program, and other specialized curriculums. During his 12-year tenure, John served as a Field Training Officer, CPR & TASER Instructor & Patrol Officer in Pittsburgh’s South Side & West End neighborhoods
John is a lifelong resident of the City of Pittsburgh and graduated from Schenley High School. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and pledged to uphold the Marine Corps values of Honor, Courage & Commitment. John served 4 years in the Marine Corps where he earned two Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Awards, & was awarded multiple Expert Marksmanship badges for both the Berretta M9 Service Pistol and M16 A2 Service Rifle. After the 4 years of service, he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. Because of his commitment to his community he has supported many volunteer organizations including Big Brothers & Big Sisters, the Special Olympics of both Hawaii & Pennsylvania and Dynamo Soccer. Currently, he has become active with the Cub Scouts of America along with his son.
John has returned to the University of Pittsburgh and completed his undergraduate degree in Administration of Justice, and as well as his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). John has achieved International Board Certification in Physical Security from ASIS International, allowing him to properly assess organizations’ security and safety threats.
Andrea Nester's Biography
Andrea Nester is a National Adjunct Trainer instructing the Certified ALICE Instructor course with Navigate360. She is also a Certified School Risk Manager for the Natrona County School District in Casper, WY. She grew up in Glenrock, WY and attended college at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. She was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army and joined the Military Police Corps following graduation from the US Military Academy. She attended the Military Police Officer Basic Course in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Her assignments included: Military Police Platoon Leader in Baumholder, Germany; Military Police Detachment Commander in Baumholder, Germany; Provost Marshall of 1BCT 4ID in Fort Hood, TX. In Baghdad Iraq, she was an MP Operations Officer and MP Member, and Logistics Officer classifications.
She met her husband in Fort Riley, KS and they were married in 2011. She has four children and enjoys woodworking, coaching, playing and umpiring fast & slow pitch softball as well as breeding English bulldogs.
She is privileged to be allowed to share her knowledge and experience with everyone in hopes that it will benefit you in your future endeavors.
Justin Pan's Biography
Justin is currently a full-time police officer and school resource officer for Oswego Police Department in Oswego, IL. He has been an Officer for 13 years and an SRO for 5 of those years. Justin has been instructing a duel credit criminal justice class at the high school for 5 years. Besides his SRO assignment, he is also a Defensive Tactics Instructor, a Rapid Deployment Instructor, OC instructor, Juvenile Officer and Honor Guard Member. Prior to transferring to Oswego, Justin was a member of the NIPAS EST WMD team for three years. He has his BA in Law Enforcement Justice Administration and Marketing from Western Illinois University. In 2013 Justin was given the Lifesaving award. He was also recognized by the 98 th Illinois General Assembly, House Resolution HR0997 for his actions.
Justin has been an Alice instructor since 2013.
Chris Pattie's Biography
Chris has been a police officer with the city of Mentor (OH) since 1997 and currently works in patrol. He has been a sniper on the SWAT team since 2002 and is currently the sniper team leader. Chris is a firearms instructor certified in revolver, semi-auto, shotgun, patrol rifle, sub-machine gun, and scoped rifle. He also holds other instructor certifications to include less lethal, diversional devices, ALICE, and RAIDER.
Chris became a certified RAIDER instructor in 2014 and has been teaching the instructor level classes for the ALICE Training since 2015. Prior to his work in law enforcement, Chris was an active member of the United States Navy where he served for six years. Four of those years were served as a Master At Arms. He was a Watch Commander and the team leader for the Security Alert Team. Chris had several overseas deployments to include Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm during the first Gulf war, and the Persian Gulf war. He received several Letters of Commendation, Letters of Appreciation, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Eric Spicer's Biography
Eric attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania for Criminology and the Allegheny County Police Academy. He is certified through the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. Eric has been a Police Officer for the past 16 years. In the last 14 years, he has been employed by the North Strabane Township Police Department located in Canonsburg, PA. Currently, he is assigned as the School Resource Officer at the Canon-McMillan School District. During his career, he has worked in patrol and investigations. Eric has worked undercover in narcotics as a Detective for the Washington County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force. Currently, he is assigned as an agent on the D.U.I. Task Force.
In July 2015, Eric was awarded the Exceptional Service Award by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). In December 2016, Eric was awarded the “Paul Harris Recognition” award by the Canonsburg, Houston, Southpointe Rotary Club.
Eric has taken over 600 hours of specialized training focusing on school safety. Eric is a member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and investigates internet crimes against children. Eric works alongside the Washington Drug and Alcohol Commission in prevention.
John Sylvester's Biography
John was an FBI Special Agent and FBI Special Agent Supervisor, retiring in 2005 after 22 years of service. He specialized in Reactive Crimes and Rapid Response, Counter-Terrorism Investigations, and Operations, WMD (Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical) Tactical Operations (HMRT Team Leader), Executive Protection Team, and Special Event Security and Operations (Air Shows, SuperBowls (2), Conventions, and Marathons). He is a Master Police Instructor and USMC Instructor. He has held many high-level security clearances including Top Secret, Q (Nuclear Weapons), and Satellite. He is a Graduate of the South West Command College for Law Enforcement and Command Operations.
As an FBI Agent, he created the first San Diego Anti-Terrorism Team (in the FBI and the Nation), a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, multi-operational team able to respond to any man-made or natural critical incident in the San Diego Operational Area. The team had cross-training and operational training of team members in each other’s capabilities, equipment and protocols.
He is currently Director of Tactical Operations and Training at Executive Response Solutions. He provides security planning, training, and exercises for all levels of government, first responders, agencies, tribal nations, and corporations; subcontracting to other companies to provide similar services.
After becoming aware of ALICE Training and concepts, he became an ALICE Certified Instructor and now is proud to be a member of the National Trainer Team.
Spencer Walton's Biography
Spencer Walton has been a certified peace officer for the City of Atlantic, IA since 2008. During this time he has obtained state certification in handgun, shotgun and rifle instruction. He has furthered his specialized training with criminal intelligence and interdiction, narcotics interdiction, civilian and law enforcement response to active shooter situations and various other courses. His duration in law enforcement has been spent in uniformed patrol and acting as a departmental trainer for both full time officers and police reserves. In addition to law enforcement training, Spencer offers various training courses to civilians for over-all safety and preparation. Prior to and during his service he has studied at Iowa State University and Peru State College; majoring in engineering and criminal justice administration. Spencer is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time with his family.
Melissa Wiesner's Biography
Melissa is currently a full-time police officer and school resource officer for the city of Two Rivers Police Department in Two Rivers, WI. Melissa has been an Officer for 13 years and an SRO for 7 of those years. Besides her SRO assignment, her duties also include SWAT team member, crime scene investigator, field training officer, CISM & LEDR team member, Peer Support trainer and coordinator, crisis negotiator, multiple instructor certifications including Criminal Justice and DARE instructor, sensitive crimes investigator, CVSA analyst among other things. Melissa has her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and BA in psychology. Melissa also holds her MA in counseling and has a private practice in which she specializes in law enforcement and emergency responders. She was also awarded (2) Life Saving awards and Officer of the Year.