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Colonel Thomas J. Gordon, USMC

Commandant of Cadets

The Citadel


"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.

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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

Founder & CEO

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

Founder & CEO

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.


Founder & CEO



"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.


Consultant, Former Police Chief (Ret.)
Aurora IL Police Department

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 McGough

Chief of Strategic Initiatives

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

Assistant Professor

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


Founder & CEO
The Holdfast Security Group, Former Head of Tactical Training Unit at Quantico

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

Joint Terrorism Task Force / Evidence Response TeaM (Ret.)

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.

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In 2005 SA O’Connor was assigned to investigate hostage takings in Iraq Theater of Operations. During this deployment SA O’Connor was involved in the rescue of US Citizen Roy Hallums who had been held by extremists for 311 days.

SA O’Connor has provided instruction on both Domestic and International Terrorism issues across the United States and overseas.  In 2004, SA O’Connor was awarded the Department of Justice “Instructor of the Year” award and was named as an FBI “Master Police Instructor” in 2010.  SA O’Connor was certified as  an Adjunct Faculty member for the FBI Academy.

SA O’Connor is a 2011 graduate of the George C.  Marshall, European Center for Security Studies, Program on Terrorism and Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany where he continues to instruct as an adjunct professor.

SA O’Connor served as a member of the FBI Agents Associations (FBIAA) National Executive Board for three years, as the Vice President for seven years and President for 3 years, retiring from the FBI on September 11, 2019.  This date was chosen to honor the FBI Agents who had passed due to the 9-11 attack and the illnesses related to that terrorist attack.

SA O’Connor is currently the Principle Consultant at FedSquared Consulting, providing instruction and consultation on a variety of Counterterrorism topics to both Government and private sector clients.


Principal Research Scientist of Evidence Based Policing

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.

Donald Bostic

Strategic Consultant for Officer Wellness / Former Supervisory Special Agent (Ret.)
federal bureau investigation

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.

Don began his law enforcement career in 1987 with the Danville, Virginia Police Department as a patrolman. As an officer, he served as a Peer Counselor, Field Training Officer and Academy Instructor. In 1993 he was promoted to Detective and was assigned to the Special Investigative Division where he worked undercover, vice-narcotics, internal investigations and other high profile investigations. He was assigned to various task forces to include the FBI, DEA and the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Board. In 1996 Don was selected to supervise the Special Investigative Division where he also assumed oversight of the Emergency Response Team and the Police Honor Guard Unit.

In 1998 Don was sworn in as a FBI Special Agent and assigned to the New Orleans Division, Lafayette Resident Agency. He was assigned to investigate violent crime, white collar crime, corruption and civil rights matters.  Don was a member of the Evidence Response Team and travelled internationally to lecture and provide training regarding Crime Scene Management. Following Hurricane Katrina he was assigned to assist the New Orleans Police Department Homicide Unit in addressing the large number of related homicides. He was awarded the United States Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention for his efforts in post-Hurricane Katrina relief fraud investigations. Don also served as a coordinator for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and was instrumental in establishing task forces to address several high profile serial killer investigations.

Don was promoted to Supervisory Senior Resident Agent of the Lafayette and Lake Charles Resident Agencies in 2013. He was responsible for the supervision and leadership of agents and professional support personnel across Southwest Louisiana. In 2017 he received the FBI Medal of Excellence Award for his leadership of these high performing resident agencies.Don has instructed at the Baghdad Police College, the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) – Budapest, Hungary, the FBI National Academy, various FBI Regional Command Colleges and the National Executive Institute.

Don currently resides in West Virginia with his wife Sarah and has been married for 36 years. He enjoys time with his two adult children and five grandchildren when he is not playing on his hobby farm.