Criminal Justice Faculty

Program Director - E. Jay Kolick

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E. Jay Kolick was welcomed into the Rosemont College family in 2013 as an adjunct professor and became the Director of the Criminal Justice Program in October 2014. He has worked in the Public Safety field since 1995, and the Criminal Justice System since 1999. His professional experience ranges from that of a sworn law enforcement officer, a licensed private detective, a park ranger supervisor, emergency management director, and a mental health/ addictions counselor.

He has served on various boards and commissions, both as an elected member of the community and as a political appointee. As a result of his active service to the community he was awarded the “Phoenixville Borough Mayor’s Award” in 2013. His areas of expertise include state & local government, Wildlife Forensics, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Change Theory, Broken Windows Theory, Emergency Responder PTSD, Emergency Responder Mental Health, Forensic Addictions & Traumatology, and Psychology of Disaster.  Read more


Chris Harding earned his M.S. at Pennsylvania State University, his M.B.A. from Rosemont College, and his B.S. from Delaware Valley College. Mr. Harding works for the Department of the Navy where he uses Lean Six Sigma and quantitative modeling to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of environmental programs. Mr. Harding travels extensively and has worked in nine countries and 22 states. Since he began teaching in 1997, Mr. Harding has taught audiences throughout the United States as well as in Puerto Rico, Italy, and Bahrain.

Stephen J. Jones has over 19 years as a Law Enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, being sworn as a police officer since 1995, and is a graduate of the Philadelphia Police Academy.  Jones began in the Bristol Township Police Department (Bucks County, PA), where he served as a police officer, Field Training Officer, DARE Instructor, Civilian Police Academy Instructor, and undercover narcotics officer. He was hired by Willistown Township Police Department  (Chester County) as a Police Officer in 2003, providing safety and security for the suburban township west of Philadelphia through proactive and reactive policing methods.  In 2011, Jones was promoted to detective, and is responsible for all criminal investigation.  Jones is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army, and earned his Masters Degree in Public Safety from Saint Joseph’s University, a Bachelors of Science in Economics from Excelsior College, and an Associates of Arts from Wentworth Military College.

Afredo J. Lopez earned his B.S. & M.S. in organizational and strategic leadership from Mountain State University. He is a veteran law enforcement officer serving for over twenty-three years and gaining a significant amount of knowledge in all areas of the criminal justice system including narcotics and violent crimes. Lopez served in a high crime area was able to make a positive difference in the lives of the residents of the City of Philadelphia serving as one of the original bike patrol officers assigned to the “Weed & Seed Project”, and also serving in Community Policing roles. He was promoted to sergeant within five years of joining the police department and has constantly supervised 10-15 officers daily for nine years before being offered and accepting a position to the Philadelphia Police Academy as section head for all patrol classes taught at the academy. Read more

D.F. Pace obtained a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Rosemont College in 1998 and a J.D. from Temple University Law School in Philadelphia. D.F. Pace is a Lieutenant with the Philadelphia Police Department. During his career with the department, he has served in patrol, as a police academy instructor, public information officer, judge advocate, and as an advisor to the department on legal issues. Pace is also a licensed attorney and member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars. He currently serves as an adjunct professor teaching Investigative Research Methods in the Criminal Justice Department.

Lisa A. Shahade is a decorated 24-year veteran of the Amtrak Police Department and holds the position of Deputy Chief. Shahade previously has held the ranks of Police Officer, Special Agent, Captain, Inspector and Deputy Chief.  In her current position, she directs, through subordinate managers and supervisors, the 430 member Patrol Division. Shahade holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Studies from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) of the Naval Postgraduate School. Shahade is also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy program (#225) and completed the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).

Berchard V. Suber served in the Pennsylvania State Police for 25 years. He retired in April 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant. Mr. Suber earned a BA in Art from Penn State University, an MS from Saint Joseph's University (PA) and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command. He has previously taught at Alvernia University, the Pennsylvania State University, and at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. He currently teaches at Valley Forge Military College and Montgomery County Community College.

Mr. Suber teaches criminal justice and leadership courses. He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, the Montgomery County Black Law Enforcement Officers Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 37, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association. He has been married to his wife Stephanie for 31 years.

Jeffrey J. Taroski was a member of the 119th cadet class at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, which graduated in 2005. Upon his graduation, he was assigned to the Troop K, Media Barracks, which provides full-time police services to 5 townships, 2 boroughs, and 40 miles of Interstate Highway throughout Delaware County. After 5 years, he transferred to the Troop K Headquarters in Philadelphia. While assigned to the Philadelphia Headquarters, Jeffrey participated in many details with the Philadelphia Police Department including, the Phillies World Series Parade, the Made in America Festivals, South Street Aggressive Patrols, and Operation Triggerlock. His current assignment as Southeast Recruitment Coordinator allows him to tailor recruitment methods in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area to have applicants successfully complete the Pennsylvania State Police application process. Read more

Guest Lecturer

Thomas J. Nestel, III PhD (ABD) currently serves as the Chief of SEPTA Transit Police. Prior to his appointment as Chief, he dedicated 22 years to the Philadelphia Police Department where he attained the rank of Staff Inspector and gained experience in a variety of policing functions, and Chief of Upper Moreland Police Department. Nestel has conducted extensive research on the use of public domain surveillance systems (CCTV) and assisted in the authoring of the operating policy to guide Philadelphia’s program. He has also conducted several studies to determine the effectiveness of red light camera systems on intersection safety. Nestel has earned Masters Degrees from Saint Joseph’s University, the United States Naval Postgraduate School, and the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is renowned for his embrace of social media in the engagement of the public for community-police relationships, strengthening the Community Oriented Police program.