A native of New Orleans, Melanie Talia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of New Orleans and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola School of Law. Currently, she serves as President and CEO of the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation. In addition to executing the strategic goals of the Foundation, Ms. Talia oversees a targeted focus on the New Orleans Police Department as the Foundation plays a critical role in providing advanced technology, support, recruiting, and training to the NOPD. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Talia was an Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish for 17 years where she prosecuted violent offenders, white collar crimes, public corruption and capital cases. Outside the office, Ms. Talia can be found training in the gym, spending time with her dogs, indulging her oenophilia, and enjoying all things New Orleans.
Lieutenant Robert L. Bailey is a twelve-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). He enlisted in the PSP in 2007 and upon graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop J, Avondale in Chester County, Pennsylvania. During his career, he has worked in various capacities within the Department such as the Patrol Unit, Criminal Investigation Unit, and Systems Process & Review Division within the Bureau of Integrity of Professional Standards. Most recently, he served as a Legislative Liaison for the Department within the Policy & Legislative Affairs Office.
In 2018, Lieutenant Bailey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as the Recruitment Services Section Commander, where he currently serves. He is also responsible for implementing and developing the Commissioner’s Equality and Inclusion Committee. He has a passion for community engagement and bridging the gap between law enforcement and vulnerable populations that have negative perceptions of the police.
Lieutenant Bailey is a 1999 graduate of Saint John Neuman High School; and has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Millersville University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree from West Chester University. He is also a 2018 graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command.
Mike Boward has 25 years of law enforcement experience, including over 20 years at his current agency in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is assigned as a Training Officer in the Fort Collins Police Personnel and Training Unit, and coordinates recruiting, police officer hiring, background investigations and is an Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) examiner. Boward served as a Criminal Investigations Detective for over six years prior to his current assignment, and is a Field Training Officer. Boward has taught numerous courses locally and around the nation, including Recruiting and Hiring Strategies, Robbery Investigations, Auto Theft, and Criminal Interdiction. He is a Lead Skills instructor in police driving and a firearms instructor. Boward earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Andrews University.
Rhonda Glover Reese
FBI (Retired), Certified Coach for Law Enforcement
Rhonda Glover Reese FBI (Retired), Certified Coach for Law Enforcement
The Rhonda M. Glover Group
Rhonda M. Glover was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Washington, DC. She graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She subsequently received a Master of Science degree in Management from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Glover is currently enrolled at the Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona pursuing a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Development. She also holds a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management from the Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
She began her career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in August 1984 assigned to FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in the Technical Services Division. In 1985, she was promoted to the Laboratory Division as a Photographer. In January 1987, Ms. Glover was promoted to the New York Office as an Investigative Specialist assigned to the Special Surveillance Group working Foreign Counterintelligence matters. In September 1988, she was appointed to the position of Special Agent. Upon completion of training, she was assigned to the Newark Field Division investigating drug violations. While in the Newark Division, Ms. Glover was a member of its inaugural Evidence Response Team and worked major investigations such as TWA 800 and UNABOM. In July 1998, Ms. Glover transferred to the Washington Field Office and continued to investigate drug matters. In March 2000, Ms. Glover was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent assigned to FBIHQ, Criminal Investigative Division, Drug Section, Colombian/Caribbean Unit. She was subsequently assigned to the Inspection Management Unit, Inspection Division. In June 2005, she was promoted to the Newark Division to oversee traditional Organized Crime matters. In October 2006, she initiated an Intelligence Program squad of Special Agents focused on the development of human intelligence.
In September 2009, Ms. Glover was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the New Haven Field Office overseeing the National Security Branch, which was comprised of the Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, Cyber and Intelligence programs. From October 2011-March 2015, she served as the Criminal/Administrative Branch ASAC with program management responsibilities for Violent Crime, White Collar Crime, Violent Gangs, Public Corruption, Violent Crimes Against Children, Financial Management and Support Services. She also served as the New Haven Division’s Leadership Coordinator and Compliance Officer. In March 2015, Ms. Glover was assigned to the Human Resources Division, FBIHQ in Washington, DC where she served as the Acting Unit Chief with oversight of the Onboarding New Employees Program, a program to assist new employees in the navigation of their first year of employment with the FBI. Ms. Glover served as the Program Manager for the Professional Development Program in the FBI’s Human Resources Division where she was responsible for the delivery of professional development content. She also served as the Team Leader of the FBI’s Cross-Cultural Mentoring and Sponsorship Program which was developed to transform the landscape of the leadership within the FBI by encouraging inclusive and mentoring relationships and increase more diverse career development networks.
Ms. Glover is a Life member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) where, since 2002, she has served as the NOBLE National Youth Committee Chairperson. As the youth committee chairperson, Ms. Glover singlehandedly developed its acclaimed annual youth leadership conference which has impacted more than 2700 youth. She is also a charter member of the Connecticut Chapter of NOBLE which was initiated in 2010. She is a member of Women in Federal Law Enforcement and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), where she served on the Human and Civil Rights Committee. In 2008, through the Human and Civil Rights Committee, she developed the IACP’s onsite community service and Explorers Project which is executed yearly during its annual conferences. As a result of her work with IACP, she was appointed to the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Safety Cadets. Ms. Glover attended Session 72 of the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar where she is a member of its association. Other membership organizations include being a Diamond Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a Life member of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People, and the National Council of Negro Women.
In September 2012, she was selected to participate in the prestigious Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders through the Skinner Leadership Institute, a program designed to empower leaders in Washington, DC. In May 2016, she was selected to represent the FBI at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government participating in “Women and Power: Leadership in the New World,” an intense, interactive experience designed to transform women as they advance to top positions of influence in public leadership. She is a member of the International Coach Federation and holds certifications from the World Coach Institute as a Career Coach, and a certification from the Youth Coaching Institute as a Youth Mentor Coach with a focus on ages 14-30. Ms. Glover is also certified to administer the EQi-2.0 and EQ 360 (Emotional Intelligence) assessments which supports individuals in becoming more self-aware to manage behaviors brought to relationships and the workplace.
In September 2007, Ms. Glover was presented with the FBI Director’s Award for Equal Employment Opportunity in recognition of her leadership, training, recruitment, and significant contributions to enhance employment opportunities for women and minorities within the FBI. The FBI Director’s Award is one of the highest forms of recognition received by an FBI employee. Ms. Glover is the recipient of the 2009 Women of Achievement Award presented by the Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She was also recognized by the Western Region, New Jersey of American Society for Industrial Security with the Leadership Award for her service to the community. In July 2013, she was the recipient of NOBLE’s Lloyd Sealy Award for outstanding accomplishments in the field of criminal justice. In May 2017, Ms. Glover received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanitarian Services from the Lincoln College of New England and was its first female commencement day in the 50-year history of the school. She is also the recipient of the Johns Hopkins University 2018 Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Government Service and was recently nominated and selected to serve on the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council. Ms. Glover is a co-author in the best-selling book, “Dear Fear Volume 2:18 Powerful Lessons on Living Your Best Life on the Other Side of Fear.”
Ms. Glover retired from the FBI in September 2018 after 34 years of service. She is now the Chief Executive Officer of the Rhonda M. Glover Group LLC, a training, development and career coaching firm in Washington, DC where she impacts and shifts people throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Marvin "Ben" Haiman
Executive Director, Professional Development Bureau
Marvin "Ben" Haiman Executive Director, Professional Development Bureau
Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
Mr. Marvin Haiman serves as the Executive Director for the Professional Development Bureau. In this capacity, Mr. Haiman oversees the Metropolitan Police Department's Recruiting Division, Metropolitan Police Academy Division, Human Resource Management Division, Disciplinary Review Division, Testing and Assessment Division, and the Office of Volunteer Coordination.
Prior to being named Executive Director, Mr. Haiman served as the Director for the Office of Volunteer Coordination, Patrol Services, leading a team of 250 volunteers, including 90 part-time ‘reserve’ police officers. His team is responsible for a wide variety of engagement initiatives both within the Department and the broader community. Mr. Haiman previously served as the Chief of Staff for Technical Service Division, overseeing IT operations, following his time as Chief of Staff for the Strategic Services Bureau. In that capacity, he supported and led the administration of police recruitment, training, policy, and volunteer service matters for the Department.
Prior to returning to the Metropolitan Police Department, Mr. Haiman served as Director for the Homeland Security Advisory Council for the United States Department of Homeland Security, establishing several key task forces for the Secretary. Prior to his Federal service, Mr. Haiman served as the Deputy Director of the Recruiting Division and Volunteer Services Coordinator for the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington DC among various other positions. As Deputy Director of Recruiting, Mr. Haiman was responsible for restructuring the sworn hiring process, decreasing the amount of time it took to process candidates while increasing the quality of those officers hired.
Haiman graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s Degree in Management through the Police Executive Leadership Program and has his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Iowa and received designation as a Certified Public Management Program through George Washington University, as well as certification in Strategic Project Management. Mr. Haiman also graduated from the Metropolitan Police Academy and served as a reserve police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department. Mr. Haiman presently attends the Naval Postgraduate School’s Executive Leadership Program in Monterey California. Mr. Haiman resides with his family in Washington, DC, in the Michigan Park neighborhood.
Sergeant Jonathan Lowe has been with the San Diego Police Department for over 21 years. He has been an academy instructor for 13 years, a member of SWAT for 7 years, and has been the Chief's Liaison Officer to the Disabled Community for 14 years. Sergeant Lowe currently serves as the Recruiting Sergeant, where he has been for the past 3 years.
A member of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), S/Sgt. John Mbakulo’s policing career spans 24 years. During that time he has worked in various units and assignments including: Patrol, Domestic Violence Investigations, Court Security, Adult Missing Persons, Mental Health Unit, Diversity and Race Relations, Youth Investigations and Diversion, and currently the Outreach Recruitment & Resourcing Section. Within the Recruitment Section he has developed and led initiatives that have positively impacted the recruitment efforts of OPS.
In addition to policing, since 2013, S/Sgt Mbakulo has worked with Algonquin College in Ottawa. His work has involved; instructing courses in the Police Foundations Program, evaluating courses of students transferring from other colleges and universities, providing Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) analysis, and curriculum review. Further, S/Sgt. Mbakulo has extensively lectured, provided seminars and workshops to policing, public and academic institutions.
In the community, S/Sgt. Mbakulo has a 20 plus year history of engagement with a wide variety of organizations and groups, volunteering primarily in the areas of race relations and community services. Currently, he is starting his fourth year on the Board of Directors of Family Services Ottawa, having previously served six years on the Board of Directors of the Crossroads Children’s Centre.
S/Sgt. Mbakulo holds a Doctor of Education – Professional Studies from Western University, a Master of Education – Organizational Studies from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Arts – Law from Carleton University
Detective Carrie McNally is a 29-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department and currently serves as a member of the Recruiting Team. Her previous assignments have included force investigations review, policy and compliance, background investigations, missing persons, advanced training, undercover operations and academy instructor at WSCJTC. She also worked as an adjutant to the Chief’s Office as an aide for two deputy chiefs and the interim police chief.
Detective McNally is passionate about creating new and innovative programs to build community relationships. In 2014, she helped lead the first of its kind Refugee Women’s Institute to build relationships between refugee communities and the Seattle Police Department. She has also led Women in Law Enforcement Career Fairs for the last three years and leads women’s personal safety classes throughout Seattle.
Detective McNally is also a member of the Line of Duty Death Response Team with the Behind the Badge Foundation to help assist families and agencies after a law enforcement line of duty death. She also leads a public safety and military appreciation annual event called Stand With Those Who Serve.
Sgt. Merrell Merricks is a 23 year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department. He currently serves as the Community Engagement Supervisor in the Professional Standards and Accountability Bureau within the New Orleans Police Department.
Sgt. Merricks focuses on social and community issues. He is tasked with spearheading the NOPD’s “One Community, One City” initiative. The mission is to develop a relationship within the community, to solve problems through collaboration with residents and organizations geared toward the betterment of New Orleans.
Sgt. Merricks has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Southern University at New Orleans.
Sabrina E. Richardson B.S.
New Orleans Police Department, Public Integrity Bureau
Naimah Saadiq is the Police Personnel Recruiter for Arizona State University Police Department (ASUPD). She received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Criminology from Iowa State University and her Masters of Public Safety Leadership Administration from Arizona State University. Before joining ASUPD, Saadiq was a Senior EEO Consultant / Civil Rights Investigator for the Office of Equity and Inclusion at Arizona State University. Prior to relocating to Arizona, Saadiq served as a police officer for the Ames Police Department. During her career as an officer she was also a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) as well as a crisis/hostage negotiator for the Emergency Response Team while concurrently assigned as the Community Resource Officer (CRO). As CRO she performed various recruitment and community outreach duties and was recognized by the City of Ames with the 4 under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow award.
Catherine Sanz started her law enforcement career in 1977 as a Northeastern University Criminal Justice co-op student with the Federal Protective Service. In 1979, she became an instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Center in Glynco, GA teaching self-defense and arrest techniques. In 1984, she became a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration stationed in Atlanta, GA. In 1987 she transferred to the U.S. Customs Service, Miami, FL. During her tenure in Miami, she supervised undercover child pornography and money laundering operations, general smuggling, commercial fraud, and money laundering investigations. In 1998, she transferred to Customs headquarters to manage the asset forfeiture program, which led to a detail as the Assistant Director for the Department of Treasury’s Executive Office of Asset Forfeiture. In 2003, she was tasked to develop, implement, and run the asset forfeiture program for the newly formed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency under the Department Homeland Security.
In 2006, Ms. Sanz was promoted to the ICE Office of Investigations Assistant Director for Mission Support. As the Assistant Director, she managed a budget of $1.4 billion and was responsible for all budget formulation and execution. She had oversight responsibilities for the work force, training, logistics, budget, and logistics, as well as coordinating all GAO inquiries. Ms. Sanz retired after 31 years of distinguished federal service in 2008. After retirement, Ms. Sanz moved to the private sector holding Program Manager Positions with Potomac River Group and URS and AECOM Corporations.
In 1998, Ms. Sanz began her affiliation with WIFLE as the U.S. Customs agency representative. Ms. Sanz served as WIFLE Secretary, Vice President, and President in 2007. Since 2008, she has served as a member of the Past Presidents Committee and more recently as a Board Member of the WIFLE Foundation, Inc. In January 2012, Ms. Sanz became the Vice President for the WIFLE Foundation and Deputy Executive Director for WIFLE, Inc. Ms. Sanz holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston, and a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University, Arlington, VA.