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Dave Brant, Former NCIS Director, Managing Director, Public Sector Practice, BDO
With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Brant is a recognized leader in the global law enforcement community. Prior to joining BDO, Mr. Grant served as a director for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Strategy & Operations Practice. He was the director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) from 1997-2005. He was responsible for expanding the NCIS Multiple Threat Alert Center.
At the Bureau of ATF, Department of Justice, Mr. Brant was the lead for a project supporting ATF in refining its overall strategic direction.
Transportation Security Administration, Director of Homeland Security. Mr. Brant led an unprecedented effort to ensure that decision-makers had access to the best information.
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice. Mr. Brant supported the development of a national law enforcement sharing capability that integrated as many as 18,000 independent state and local law enforcement agencies.
United States Coast Guard. Led an effort to help prepare for future threats.
David L. Brant was named Chief Operating Officer of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Museum.
Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award 1989
Distinguished Civilian Service Award 2001
Presidential Rank Award 2002
Outstanding Advocate for Women in Law enforcement Award 2004
Hispanic American Police Command Officers Assn. Aguila award for Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice 2004
Robert E. Casey, Jr. Chief Security Officer, Eli Lilly and Company
Mr. Casey has served as the chief security officer at Eli Lilly and Company since May of 2012. In that capacity, he leads and manages programs for personnel, facility security, and asset and product protection.
Prior to his career at Lilly, Mr. Casey was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 25 years. He held every rank in field office assignments in Phoenix, Chicago, and Miami, ending his career as the special agent in charge in Dallas. He also served two tours at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he held the rank of deputy assistant director in the Directorate of Intelligence. Mr. Casey’s assignments and experience include a broad span of criminal investigative and national security work, as well as intelligence operations and programs . He had senior executive responsibilities for FBI intelligence policy development, external relations with other U.S. intelligence agencies, management of human and technical intelligence programs, and national-level liaison with major police organizations concerning intelligence sharing. He was instrumental in designing a post-9/11 intelligence model for FBI field offices. Mr. Casey is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, which is conferred upon only five percent of federal senior executives annually.
Prior to his FBI career, Mr. Casey was a five-year veteran of the Houston, Texas Police Department, where he was assigned to patrol and intelligence operations. He was named The Police Officer of the Year in 1983.
Daniel S. McDevitt, retired Police Chief.
Daniel S. McDevitt completed a thirty-six year law enforcement Career, which began with his appointment as a special agent with the Naval Criminal investigative Service (NCIS). He then served for 24 years with the Illinois State Police, retiring as a captain, and then subsequently served for ten years as chief of police in two Chicago suburbs.
McDevitt has a master’s degree in criminology and has taught at colleges, Universities, and police academies in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East for both civilian and military law enforcement Personnel. He is also a graduate of the FBI Executive Development Program. He has authored three books: “Police Chief –Attaining and Succeeding in this Critical Position”, “Major Case Management: A Guide for the Law Enforcement Manager”, and “Managing the Investigative unit”. He has also written several law enforcement and management articles, and he has served as a consultant for both governmental agencies and private corporations.
He is co-founder and co-owner of REM Management Services, Inc. which offers a variety of consultation services and training programs. He formulated and established the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force and served as a consultant for the Public Safety Institute of Calumet College. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy and then went on to serve in the reserves as a commissioned intelligence officer. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserves as a lieutenant commander.
Greg Ewing—Vigo County Sheriff, Indiana
Greg Ewing is the Sheriff of Vigo County. He joined the department in 1991 as a jailer, and he has also served as a merit deputy and a security/liaison officer for the Vigo County School Corporation. He was instrumental in computerizing the records at the sheriff’s department. He oversaw implementation of in-car computers, electronic crash reporting, electronic citations and warnings, and the automated fingerprint identification system. He also supervised the merger of the county and city police dispatching centers into one 911 central dispatch located at the sheriff’s office.
He is also active in the community has served as the President of the Breakfast Optimist Club. He has also been a board member and 7-year volunteer firefighter at the Honey Creek Township Fire Department, County Fair Board, Purdue Extension Board, Hamilton Center Board, Children’s Museum Board, United Way of the Wabash Valley Board, local coordinating council, 911 Advisory Board, Emergency Management Advisory Board, and the Agencies of Emergency Response Board. As well as holding a bachelor’s degree in criminology from ISU, he is also a member of the ISU Alumni Association and the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Alumni Association.
Joseph Newport, Director of Public Safety,
Chief of Police, Indiana State University.
In 1976, Director Joe Newport was hired by the Terre Haute Police Department, 4 months after graduating from Indiana State University. He spent 23 years with the Terre Haute Police Department and retired from there in 1999. He served the last 10 years at the department as Chief of Detectives and later as Chief of Police. Director Newport continued his law enforcement career at Indiana State University, serving first as Assistant Director and now as the Director of Public Safety for the Indiana State University Police Department.
John Plasse—Police Chief, Terre Haute, Indiana
Chief Plasse received his B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University. He has been a member of the Terre Haute Police Department for 31 years. He was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and lieutenant in 2001; he was appointed to chief of police in 2008. He was honored as The Exchange Club of Terre Haute Officer of the Year in 2001 and First Financial Bank Officer of the Year in 2003. He has received numerous additional awards and medals. He is past president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 85.
Chief Plasse is also a sergeant major with the 38th Infantry Division in the Indiana Army National Guard in which he has served for 33 years. He was deployed to Afghanistan twice and was recently deployed to Guantanamo Bay Cuba from December 2015 to September 2016. He is a member of the All-Guard International Combat Shooting Team. Several awards he has acquired include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and National Defense Medal. These are just a few of the many medals he has been awarded. He also has the Distinguished Rifleman Badge and Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge.
He is a member of several organizations: United Way, Boys and Girls Club, VFW Post 972, American Legion Post 104, AMVETS and Fraternal Order of Police (past president).
Heather Ryan, Former Special Agent, N.C.I.S
For 14 years, Heather Ryan was a special agent with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). As an NCIS agent, she investigated felonies ranging from rape and child abuse to homicide and espionage. As a supervisory special agent, she managed a full team of investigators, with a ten state area of responsibility.
After turning in her badge and gun, Heather became a professional speaker. Through speaking engagements and workshops at companies, organizations, and universities, she empowers her audiences to harness the power of their intuition to stay safe and become successful leaders.
Heather earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University in both psychology and criminal justice. She also has a Master of Science degree in criminology from Indiana State University. Her book, Special Agent Mom, will be released in the spring of 2017.
Warden—Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
Richard Brown graduated from Indiana State University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He began his career as a correctional officer at Putnamville Correctional Facility in 1991. After graduating from ISU in June of 1992, Richard transferred to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. He was promoted to correctional counselor in 1993. He received the “Counselor of the Year” award in 1995 from the Indiana Correctional Association and was awarded “Employee of the Year” at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Richard was promoted to correctional casework manager in 1996. He spent three years in this position before being promoted to unit team manager in 1999. Richard was responsible for supervising 4 maximum security units as unit manager. He was then promoted to assistant superintendent in 2002. Richard gained experience as the assistant superintendent over the next 4 years, sometimes working as the assistant superintendent of operations in programs and administration. He received the “Supervisor of the Year” award in 2006. He transferred to Rockville Correctional Facility in the fall of 2006 and was responsible for supervising operations at that facility.
Richard transferred back to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in the summer of 2010 as the assistant superintendent of operations. He was appointed to superintendent at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in 2011. Richard continues in that current position with the new title of warden. Richard has been appointed to many focus groups and committees during his 26-year career with the Indiana Department of Correction. Richard has also served as a PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) auditor for the Department of Justice. Richard is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Indiana Criminal Justice Association. Richard credits his success to the education he received while attending Indiana State University.
Damein Cunningham, Illinois State Police.
A proud Sycamore, Damein came to ISU on a football scholarship after leading the Walterboro (South Carolina) High School Bulldogs to a state championship as quarterback in 1997.
Damein was the quarterback for the ISU Sycamores from 2001-2003. After graduation he worked as a social worker in Terre Haute, IN.
In 2007, Damein joined the Illinois State Police and is now a road patrol trooper near the Chicago area. He is married to Christy Cunningham, also a Sycamore alumni. The couple first met in a class in Holmstedt Hall.
When asked about why he chose law enforcement as a career, Cunningham says he was first drawn to law enforcement for the same reasons he was drawn to his love of the gridiron — the physicality, the split-second decision-making, and the adrenaline rush.
Mateja Vuk—Assistant Professor
Alumnus Earns Ph.D. and Becomes Assistant Professor of Criminology
Mateja Vuk, alumnus of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s Master of Science program, graduated with her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2017. Our own Dr. Frank Wilson served as an external committee member for her dissertation entitled Inmate Time Utilization and Well-Being. In August of 2017, Dr. Vuk became an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia's Department of Criminology. Prior to her Ph.D., Dr. Vuk earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social pedagogy (behavioral disorders) from the University of Zagreb in 2008 and a Master of Arts degree in 2010. In 2013, she obtained her Master of Science degree in criminology and criminal justice from Indiana State University. Recently she has published in noted journals such as Deviant Behavior and the American Journal of Criminal Justice.https://www.westga.edu/administration/profile.php?emp_id=91928
Tamara McCollough—Lieutenant ISU Police Dept.
Lieutenant McCollough is currently the clery compliance Ooficer for the Indiana State University Police Department. This is a position she has held since November of 2015. Lieutenant McCollough is also an accreditation assessor for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). In addition, she has held the positions of police corporal, accreditation manager, and police officer at Indiana State University. In all, she has eleven years of campus law enforcement experience.
Lt. McCollough is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Class. In 2016, she graduated with her master’s degree in the field of criminology and criminal justice from ISU. She is a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Justice Honor Society, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She continues to actively promote educational programs on safety issues and assists various campus departments with presentations to increase awareness and prevent crime.
Deputy Coroner, Marion County, IN
Candace graduated from Indiana State University in the spring of 2016. She was a criminology and criminal justice major with a minor in multidisciplinary studies which included the following concentrations: chemistry, biology and anthropology. Candace was employed with the Lake County Coroner’s Office in Crown Point, Indiana. This employment began during her internship search with Indiana State in the fall semester of 2015. She was offered a position after her internship hours were completed.
Once her academic career ended, Candace accepted a full time employment position with the Marion County Coroner’s Office in Indianapolis. One week after graduation, she moved to Indianapolis to begin her career as a medicolegal death investigator. She is still employed with the Lake County Coroner’s Office as a part-time deputy coroner.
Cumulatively, she has been in forensic death investigations for approximately two years. The internship program with Indiana State University opened up the doors to begin her career as a deputy coroner.