Colonel Thomas J. Gordon, USMC
"Leadership – Marine Maxims”
Colonel Gordon graduated from The Citadel in 1991 and was commissioned a 2ndLt Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He retired in June 2021 after 30-years of active service.
Command assignments include Echo Co, 2nd Recruit Training BN, MCRD-PI; Bravo & Alpha Company, 2nd Tank Bn; I&I 8th Tank Bn; Commanding Officer, 1st Tank Bn; Commanding Officer, Black Sea Rotational Force, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGFT); Commanding Officer, II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) HQ Group.
Staff assignments include Assistant Operations Officer, 2nd Tank Bn; Ground Watch Officer, I (MEF) G-3 for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Plans Branch Chief USCENTCOM J-3; Current Operations Officer, III MEF G-3; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (G-3), 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB); Lead Planner & Liaison Officer, MEF (Forward) for the drawdown in Afghanistan; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (G-3), Marine Forces Central Command.Colonel Gordon is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Armor Officers Advance Course and the Joint Forces Staff College. He holds an MA for Webster University and completed his senior level education as the Commandant’s Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Col Gordon last assignment was as the Director of the Marine Corps’ Command & Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. Examples of other positions include Military Secretary (Chief of Staff) to the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corp and serving as a Resident Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City.
Staff assignments include Assistant Operations Officer, 2nd Tank Bn; Ground Watch Officer, I (MEF) G-3 for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Plans Branch Chief USCENTCOM J-3; Current Operations Officer, III MEF G-3; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (G-3), 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB); Lead Planner & Liaison Officer, MEF (Forward) for the drawdown in Afghanistan; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (G-3), Marine Forces Central Command.
Colonel Gordon is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Armor Officers Advance Course and the Joint Forces Staff College. He holds an MA for Webster University and completed his senior level education as the Commandant’s Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).Col Gordon last assignment was as the Director of the Marine Corps’ Command & Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. Examples of other positions include Military Secretary (Chief of Staff) to the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corp and serving as a Resident Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City.
M. Quentin Williams
Dedication to Community
"Dedication to Community”
M. Quentin Williams is the founder and CEO of Dedication to Community (D2C), the national nonprofit he established in 2012. Quentin’s career in law, professional sports and leadership consulting culminates in D2C, which delivers skills-building workshops and ongoing forums to improve understanding and build relationships in communities through healing, reconciliation and unity. D2C experts work with government agencies and the private sector on diversity, belonging and equity, and advise on critical issues in public safety and law enforcement.
An advocate, attorney and author-educator, Quentin is sought as a speaker and thought leader who draws on personal history as a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, and in senior positions with the National Football League (NFL), Jacksonville Jaguars and National Basketball Association (NBA). In addition to leading D2C and law enforcement training for agencies across the U.S., Williams has been a guest instructor at the FBI National Academy and a member of the Law Enforcement Education and Training Council at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Quentin earned his JD from St. John’s University School of Law, where he is an executive committee member of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights. He holds a bachelor’s in economics from Boston College, which he attended on football scholarship.
Known by friends and associates as “Q,” Quentin is of Caribbean and Jewish descent and grew up in New York City and Yonkers, New York. He is the proud father of a son and daughter, and credits his first-born as the inspiration for writing the survival guide, How NOT to get KILLED by the POLICE.
COLONEL Patrick Houlahan
Strategic Leadership Consultants LLC
"Serving in the 21st Century"
Patrick Houlahan is the Founder and CEO of Strategic Leadership Consultants LLC. Founded in 2019, Strategic Leadership Consultants’ mission is to Build Inspired, Compassionate, Mission-Driven Leaders. Since 2019, Patrick has conducted Keynotes, led Workshops, and Consulted with numerous organizations such as State Farm, Technology Marketing Toolkit, Association of Inside Sale Professionals, and Mission Produce. Patrick has had a distinguished career in both the military and business world.Patrick graduated from The Citadel in 1992 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed in San Diego, CA. serving as a fighter pilot flying the F/A-18 Hornet and deployed twice to the Western Pacific. Patrick graduated from the United States Navy Post Graduate Fighter Weapons School, “Top Gun,” and served as an instructor pilot. In 2003, Patrick was selected as the Instructor Pilot of the Year.
"Leadership Lessons from the Best (and Worst) of Them"
A pioneer of technology with the vision of making the bullet obsolete, Rick founded the original company, TASER, in 1993. As the TASER device became ubiquitous in law enforcement, Rick pushed the company beyond weapons technology and towards a broader purpose of matching technology to public safety needs in order to make the world a safer place. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a garage in Tucson to a NASDAQ-listed global market leader in conducted electrical weapons, body worn cameras and software. Rick was winner of the Ernst and Young 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year. Rick graduated from Harvard with a B.S. in Neuroscience (Cum Laude) and later earned a Master in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
In Kristen’s 30-year career in law enforcement, she blazed trails: she became the first woman Lieutenant in 2008, first woman Commander in 2010, and eventually the first woman Chief in her department’s history in January of 2016. Kristen was also the Chief on watch during a mass shooting in her hometown Aurora, IL.
Since retiring from the department, Kristen has now stepped into her new career as a professional speaker and consultant for organizations and police departments focused on the areas of leadership, women empowerment, positive psychology, and mass shooting prevention.
Kristen is also the author of Reimagining Blue: Thoughts on Life, Leadership, and a New Way Forward in Policing, a passionate and personal memoir of a misunderstood profession through the vantage point of a female police chief.
Maureen is the Chief of Staff for the Policing Project at NYU Law, where she oversees national efforts to improve accountability and transparency in policing. She joined the Policing Project from the National Police Foundation, where she led the non-profit’s research, training, and technical assistance efforts as Director of National Programs.
Prior to joining the National Police Foundation, Maureen spent a decade with the federal government in various roles with the US Department of Justice and the US Department of State. She served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the National Institute of Justice – the USDOJ’s research, development, and evaluation agency – where she led agency efforts to advance evidence-based policing, improve the representation of women in policing, and implement systems-level criminal justice reform initiatives. Additional federal experience includes serving as counsel on terrorism prevention to the Deputy Attorney General, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and coordinator for federal AIDS relief efforts through the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda.
Maureen is a member of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Education and Training Council, an executive board member for the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, and is a recent public leadership executive fellow with the Brookings Institution. Maureen is an attorney and earned her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
Paul taylor, phd
university of colorado, school of public affairs
Paul’s research focuses on police decision-making, human error and resilience in the context of potential use-of-force encounters with an eye toward improving outcomes. He has over 10 years of practical law enforcement experience, including time as an in-service instructor, field-training officer, patrol sergeant and department training manager. Paul is actively engaged in police research and training across the country and regularly presents to both academic and practitioner audiences. His early research received awards from the American Society of Criminology and the Division of Policing at the American Society of Criminology. Paul works closely with a number of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in a wide range of consulting and training roles. He is a Colorado native and received his BA in criminal justice from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs before going on to complete his MA and PhD in criminal justice at the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Education, Licensure & Certifications
Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice
University at Albany, State University of New York
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
University at Albany, State University of New York
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs
Mr. Chadwick recently retired as the head of the Tactical Training Unit at Quantico. As such, he served as the Principal Tactical Instructor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and led the FBI’s National Active Shooter Response training program. He has provided Active Shooter and Workplace Violence awareness, preparation and response training for law enforcement agencies, municipalities, religious organizations and school systems around the world. Mr. Chadwick represented the United States as the keynote speaker at the 2017 International Active Shooter Preparedness Conference in Prague and authored the FBI's "Active Shooter Awareness and Preparation for Houses of Worship" presentation after responding to the attack at Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC.
Mr. Chadwick served on the Protective Details of seven United States Attorneys General and four FBI Directors, most recently serving as Agent-In-Charge for Attorney General William P. Barr. As the Lead-Advance Agent for AG Barr’s travel team, Mr. Chadwick specialized in designing protective strategies based upon open-source as well as classified intelligence reporting on criminal activity and terroristic threats.
Prior to joining the FBI, Rob was assigned to the Special Operations Division of the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department. In 1999, Mr. Chadwick was assigned as a School Resource Officer and designed the first Active Shooter response plan for West Springfield High School following the Columbine High School attack.
Mr. Chadwick is the recipient of numerous awards, including the FBI’s Medal of Excellence for Training, the South Carolina FBINAA President’s Award, and the Richland County (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Award from Sheriff Leon Lott in recognition of fostering unprecedented inter-agency cooperation.
Special Agent Thomas F. O’Connor
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Special Agent (SA) Thomas O’Connor entered on duty with the FBI in 1997. SA O’Connor was assigned to work in the Washington Field Office on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. During this time SA O’Connor worked both International and Domestic Terrorism cases. Prior to entering on duty with the FBI, SA O’Connor was a Police Officer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. SA O’Connor worked for 15 years as a Municipal Officer leaving for the FBI at the rank of Detective Sergeant. As a Police Officer, SA O’Connor specialized in narcotics and violent gang investigations.
SA O’Connor was the program coordinator for investigations involving criminal activity / violence conducted by rightwing extremists in the Washington Field office area of responsibility. These investigations include neo-Nazi and other hate based groups and lone actors. SA O’Connor was Case Agent for both the Pentagon lone offender shooting and the Family Research Council lone offender shooting.
SA O’Connor was a Team Leader on the Washington Field Office, Evidence Response Team (WFO ERT). In this capacity, SA O’Connor has led forensic teams to multiple terrorist attacks around the globe. These deployments include the 1998 Nairobi Embassy bombing, 2 deployments to Kosovo in 1999 for war crimes investigations, 2000 USS Cole attack in Aden Yemen, SA O’Connor was a coordinator for evidence collection at the 9-11 attack on the US Pentagon, 2002 N17 bombing in Athens Greece, 2006 attack on the US Consulate in Karachi Pakistan, 6 deployments to Iraq and 3 deployments to Afghanistan. SA O’Connor worked at the crime scenes of both the 2018 Tree of life Synagogue shooting and the 2019 Virginia Beach government building shootings. SA O’Connor specialized in Post Blast Investigation and shooting reconstruction evidence recovery.
Renée J. Mitchell served in the Sacramento Police Department for twenty-two years and previously a Senior Research Scientist with RTI International. She is now a Principal Research Scientist of Evidence Based Policing at Axon. She holds a BS in Psychology, a MA in Counseling Psychology, a MBA, a JD, and a PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. She was a 2009/2010 Fulbright Police Research Fellow. You can view her TEDx talks, “Research Not Riots” and “Policing Needs to Change: Trust me I’m a Cop”, where she advocates for evidence-based policing. She is the co-founder and executive committee member of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing. She has taught and lectured internationally on evidence-based policing. Her research areas included policing, evidence-based crime prevention, place-based criminology, 911 calls for service, and implicit bias training. She has published her work in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and the Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing. Her books include Evidence Based Policing: An introduction,Implementing Evidence-Based Research: A How to Guide for Police Organizations, and Twenty-one Mental Models That Can Change Policing: A Framework for Using Data and Research for Overcoming Cognitive Bias. Implementing Evidence-Based Research book recently won the American Society of Criminology, Division of Policing, Outstanding Book Award for 2022.
dr. benjamin stone
sigma tactical wellness
Upon graduation from the University of Arkansas, Dr. Benjamin Stone attended Exeter College of Oxford University through the United States Air Force Institute of Technology. At Oxford, Dr. Stone developed a keen interest in cardiovascular physiology. He completed his PhD and related coursework for his medical doctorate and also coordinated research at the British Olympic Medical Institute, Oxford Nutraceuticals Group, and Cambridge University. Dr. Stone served as Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Central Arkansas, Sr. Tutor at Oxford University, and designed curriculums for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In 2017, Dr. Stone co-developed Sigma Tactical Wellness, an organization intent on determining the causes-of and reducing the prevalence of coronary disease in law enforcement officers throughout the United States. To date, his program has screened more than 7000 police officers and the derived data and methods are being used across the nation to save countless lives. As a well-regarded lecturer, Dr. Stone has presented data at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, Texas Chiefs Association, The FBI National Academy, and many other state, local, and federal law-enforcement agencies.
Don Bostic is a Retired Supervisory Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Don has over thirty four years of law enforcement experience having served in local and federal law enforcement agencies and is passionate about officer wellness and reducing the rate of officer suicide. As an adjunct instructor for the University of Virginia, Don created and taught courses on officer wellness and vitality at the FBI National Academy. Don has also lectured nationally and internationally in areas such as Crime Scene Management, Civil Rights, Hate Crimes, Law Enforcement Ethics, Courtroom Testimony and Law Enforcement Leadership. He holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the American Military University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Averett College.
JONATHAN I. Sheinberg, MD, FACC
Dr. Sheinberg is a board-certified invasive cardiologist. He practices general cardiology and lipidology the intricate field of cholesterol management and how different cholesterol disorders contribute to coronary disease . Dr. Sheinberg has additional training and expertise in aggressive coronary disease detection and prevention before blockages become apparent and symptomatic. p p By using novel technology, he has pioneered a program to detect and treat coronary disease in its very early stages, thereby preventing any early detectable plaque from worsening. His treatment plans include medication when indicated, coupled with significant lifestyle modification, including the development of a nutritional and exercise program, as well as the addition of nutritional supplementation as indicated by advanced blood testing. p p Besides medicine, Dr. Sheinberg s passion is law enforcement. He is a sworn police officer and a Lieutenant on the Cedar Park Police Department, as well as a Special Deputy United States Marshal. He sits on the Department of Justice s Officer Safety and Wellness Working Group, part of the Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing and travels throughout the US, as well as internationally, speaking on the creation of wellness and safety initiatives for public safety agencies. p p Dr. Sheinberg also serves as the Medical Director for the Central Texas Regional Swat Team and is the CEO of the Public Safety Cardiac Foundation, a non-profit created to help reduce the 1 killer of men and women in uniform, heart disease. p p Dr. Sheinberg has been recognized as a Top Doc 2022 by Austin Monthly Magazine. Winners are nominated by their peers as among the best in their region nation in their medical specialty.
Dr. Jeff Ho
Dr. Jeffrey Ho is a board-certified emergency medicine and EMS medicine physician and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and the Academy of Emergency Medical Services. He practices clinically at Hennepin Healthcare, an urban Level 1 trauma center in Minneapolis where he serves as the Vice-Chair for Emergency Department Operations. In 2003, he was awarded a Bush Foundation Medical Fellowship in Law Enforcement which allowed him to complete his peace officer standards training. He is a licensed peace officer in the state of Minnesota and currently serves with the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office as their medical director. Dr. Ho has served as a medical director/operator of an urban SWAT team, and has over nine years of reserve military experience. He holds the academic rank of Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota and is the medical director for Axon Enterprise, Inc. where he leads a cadre of researchers in studying human behavior and effects of non-lethal weaponry and use of force physiology.
Dr. Don Dawes
Dr. Dawes is a board certified emergency medicine physician and level 2 reserve police officer and SWAT physician with the Santa Barbara Police Department. Dr. Dawes graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1989. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, and working as an engineer for AT&T, Dr. Dawes started graduate work in computer science, first at Stevens Institute of Technology and then U.C. San Diego. However, he decided his passion was for medicine. In 1995, he started medical school at Duke University. He graduated in 1999 with a prestigious membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in 2002. He worked as an emergency medicine physician in the Santa Barbara area for the next 15 years. In 2004, Dr. Dawes completed the Ventura County Police and Sheriff’s Reserve Academy and upon graduation joined the Santa Barbara Police Department as a level 2 reserve police officer. He shortly thereafter joined the SWAT team as the tactical physician, a position he maintains today. Dr. Dawes won the Chief of Police Meritorious Service award in 2019 related to a SWAT call out. In 2005, Dr. Dawes started consulting for what was then TASER International. Over the subsequent 17 years, in partnership with Dr. Jeffrey Ho, he has become one of the preeminent conducted electrical weapons (CEW) researchers with dozens of peer reviewed published studies on the physiologic effects of CEWs, book chapters and a textbook. He has presented across the United States and internationally on the subject. He continues to consult with now Axon Enterprises and, with Dr. Ho, continues to conduct cutting edge-research in the area of CEWs
Dr. Mark Kroll
Kroll is a Biomedical scientist with a primary specialty in bioelectricity or the interaction of electricity and the body. His early career was focused on researching and developing electrical devices to diagnose and treat disease. This work — on the effect of electricity led to Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW) research in 2003. Kroll’s work as a biomedical scientist involves researching, lecturing, and publishing and includes lectures in 38 countries as well as at many of the major universities and medical centers of the United States. He currently holds the most patents (380 issued in USA) on electrical medical devices of anyone in the world. Over 2 million people have had devices with some of these patented features in their chest, monitoring every heartbeat. In 2010 he was awarded the Career Achievement Award by the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) which is the most prestigious award given internationally in Biomedical Engineering. Believed to be the only individual to receive the high “Fellow” honor from both Cardiology (American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society) and Biomedical (e.g. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and EMBS) societies. Author of over 200 abstracts, papers, and book chapters and also the co-editor of 4 books including the only 2 scientific treatises on CEWs and over 100 papers, book chapters, and indexed letters on the CEW and arrest-related death.
Mr. Greg Meyer
Greg Meyer retired in 2006 as a captain at the Los Angeles Police Academy. He chaired both the LAPD’s Use of Force Best Practices Work Group and the Tactics Training Review Committee. In 1979-1980, he was LAPD’s primary nonlethal weapons researcher, and his work led to the adoption of early TASERs. Since 1989, he has been engaged as an expert witness in hundreds of lethal and nonlethal police use-of-force and other police procedures cases involving shootings, TASERs, arrest-related deaths and other matters. He was an expert witness in high-profile cases including Rodney King, Oscar Grant (the Oakland BART murder case), and an expert consultant for one of the rookie officers in the George Floyd cases. He helped redesign California POST’s 40-hour investigation course for officer-involved shootings and arrest-related deaths. He authored the “tactical lessons learned” for each chapter of retired Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley’s series of books about the murders of dozens of peace officers in Los Angeles County. Greg was certified as a Force Science Analyst in 2009.
Amy Nguyen, Esq.
As Axon’s Assistant General Counsel & Sr. Director of TASER Safety, Amy Nguyen oversees Axon’s TASER energy weapon risk management as it relates to research and development, safety testing, training, government affairs, international electrical standards, and product liability litigation. She also works with law enforcement agencies to help develop robust TASER energy weapon policies and training programs, and provides various litigation support. Prior to joining Axon, Amy represented governmental entities, law enforcement officers and corrections personnel in complex civil litigation across the Country.
Mr. Bryan Chiles
Bryan Chiles is Sr. Investigations Engineer and has been working at Axon since the summer of 2005. He began his career at (then) TASER International in the Research & Development department, then moved over to develop and manage the Validation Test department for about 10 years. In that time, he developed methods for testing TASER weapons, including the Axon certified output test procedures for TASER weapons. He later shifted his focus on investigations and forensics; and started serving as an expert witness in cases regarding TASER weapon and Axon BWC use. Bryan is currently in Axon’s legal department and is the team’s expert in the technical aspects of energy weapons, with specialties in weapon testing, log analysis, and pulse graph interpretation. Bryan has testified as an expert witness in several US state, US federal, and foreign courts.
Jerry Glas, Esq.
John Jerry Glas is the Chair of the Civil Litigation Department at Deutsch Kerrigan and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has tried 114 civil or criminal trials, including 76 jury trials and 38 judge trials. Jerry has been admitted pro hac vice in 11 different states and had success on both sides of the aisle. In 2021, as lead trial counsel for the plaintiff (Lindale Pipeline, LLC), Jerry obtained a $26 million verdict in Houston. In 2012, as lead trial counsel for the defendant (TASER International, Inc.), Jerry obtained a zero verdict in St. Louis, which was listed by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of that year’s “Largest Defense Verdicts.”
Pam Petersen, Esq.
Pam is Axon's Vice President of Litigation and National Appellate Counsel. In her 36-year legal career, Pam's broad and diverse experience has included public, private and in-house practice encompassing criminal, civil and appellate law. Pam served as a law clerk to the former Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, is a fellow in the invitation-only American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and briefs and arguments all of Axon appeals nationwide. She is a former partner in the Phoenix law firm of Lewis & Roca and former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for Arizona, during which time she successfully prosecuted one the largest cases in the state's history involving former Chairman Peter McDonald's attempted overthrow of the Navajo government. Pam first represented TASER International as outside counsel in 2005 when the company's first product liability case went to trial, helping to secure a defense verdict and successfully defending that result on appeal. Moving in-house at Axon in 2012, Pam has been instrumental in the company's successful litigation strategy, defending its products, technology and intellectual property, and recently taking its constitutional challenges regarding the FTC's structure and processes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court (No. 21-86).
Isaiah Fields, Esq.
Isaiah is responsible for overseeing Axon's legal operations, government affairs, risk management and compliance. Fields joined Axon in 2011 as litigation counsel and subsequently held positions including VP of Legal and Government Affairs and SVP & General Counsel before being promoted to EVP & General Counsel in January 2021, where he was responsible for overseeing Axon’s legal, medical and compliance departments. In his tenure at Axon, Fields has negotiated record-breaking contracts for the company, and led strategies to significantly curtail product litigation and protect Axon's innovative intellectual property rights. Additionally, he was named 2021 General Counsel of the Year for medium-sized public companies by Arizona’s Corporate Council Awards. Previously, Fields served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, representing the state in complex civil litigation. Isaiah holds a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University.