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Homeland Security Faculty

Taught by leading professionals in the field, Rosemont’s MA in Homeland Security program brings up-to-the-minute trends, issues, and real-world applications into the classroom.

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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's worked in the Public Safety field since 1995, and the Criminal Justice System since 1999.

Awarded the Phoenixville Borough Mayor's Award in 2013, he serves as a Faculty Advisor to Rho Chi, a chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, Lambda Alpha Epsilon. He strives to ensure the Rosemont criminal justice program is a multidisciplinary curriculum that produces professional practitioners dedicated to being “Agents of Change” in the criminal justice system.

Education:

  • MS, Criminal Justice Administration
    Columbia Southern Administration
  • MBA, Concentration in Project Management
  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • Fellow, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress in collaboration with the National Center for Crisis Management
  • Fellow, National Center for Crisis Management in collaboration with the American
  • Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • Board Certified expert in Traumatic Stress, Forensic Traumatology, Certified fire and Explosion Investigator, Certified in Homeland Security (CHS-IV), Emergency Medical Services Instructor

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Jay Bowen is a Sergeant with the Philadelphia Police Department currently assigned to the Office of Forensic Science Digital Media Unit and the Counter Terrorism Operations Unit (Major Incident Response Team) as an EMS Tactical DECON Supervisor. Previous assignments include serving as the Project Coordinator and Special Investigations Supervisor at the Real Time Crime Center, and as a member of the Social Media Investigative Support Team.

Jay is a certified Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer Training & Education Commission Instructor and as a New Mexico Tech (DHS/FEMA) Energetic Materials Instructor specializing in Counter Terrorism/Suicide Explosive Bomber Detection and Incident Response in Terrorist Bombings (IRTB).

Education:

  • MA, Security Studies 
    Naval Postgraduate School
  • BS, Criminal Justice Administration
    Holy Family University
  • Diploma
    Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command
  • Associates Degree, Applied Science in Criminal Justice
    Community College of Philadelphia

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Debra Corcoran is a Sergeant in the Philadelphia Police Department assigned to the Philadelphia Police Academy with a vast knowledge of the law and the criminal justice system. She served as a supervisor in high crime areas throughout the City of Philadelphia, as well as the Communications Division. Corcoran believes the most important component of law enforcement is community policing as it can make a difference in both the lives of the residents as well as the women and men she serves alongside of.

The pride of her distinguished career is being assigned to the Training Bureau where she can share her education, training, and experience with the future generations of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Education:

  • Master of Science in Strategic Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer Education & Training Commission Instructor
  • Completed POSIT Training

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James J. Coughlin is a Sergeant in the Philadelphia Police Department assigned to the Philadelphia Police Academy Law and Criminal Procedure Unit. He presently conducts Criminal and Civil Law analysis and training for police officers and liaises with the District Attorney’s Office for developing police-district attorney training. Prior assignments include an Instructorship with the Advanced Training Unit, Squad Supervisor (Patrol Bureau), Detective-Police Academy Instructor, and Divisional Investigator.

He also teaches for the Temple University Police Academy and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Constable Basic Training Program. He serves on the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission and is actively engaged in curriculum development with Act 120, Act 235, Civil Law, Crisis Intervention, Interviews and Interrogation, Supervisory Crisis Response, Gang Awareness, and Stalking Response.

Education:

  • MS, Criminal Justice
    West Chester University
  • BS, Criminal Justice
    Chaminade University of Honolulu

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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.

Hired by Willistown Township Police Department (Chester County) as a police officer in 2003, Mr. Jones provided safety and security for the suburban township west of Philadelphia through proactive and reactive policing methods. In 2011, Jones was promoted to the rank of Detective, and is responsible for all criminal investigation. Jones is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army.

Education:

  • MS, Public Safety
    Saint Joseph’s University
  • BS, Economics
    Excelsior College
  • Associates of Arts
    Wentworth Military College

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A veteran law enforcement officer with over twenty-three years experience, Joseph McDowell is a Police Inspector, a Retired Coast Guard Intelligence Officer, an Emergency Management SME, and an Adjunct Professor at Rosemont College. Promoted to sergeant within five years of joining the police department, he constantly supervised 10-15 officers daily for nine years before accepting a position at the Philadelphia Police Academy as section head for all patrol classes. 

As a developer and administrator of new curriculum for recruits and in service personnel, Lopez has directly and indirectly taught over 6,000 officers in the Philadelphia Police Department, including the development of an instructional manual for other academy instructors. 

Due to his training expertise, Lopez has also been appointed to the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) committee for the review of the mandated police recruit curriculum for the State of Pennsylvania.

Education:

  • MS, Organizational and Strategic Leadership
    Mountain State University
  • BS, Organizational and Strategic Leadership
    Mountain State University

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Colonel James S. Roach, retired as a Colonel after 25 years of active duty in the United States Army. His service included two tours in Vietnam as an Army Ranger, he also served as the Battalion Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Delta Company Commander, and Charlie Company Commander. Following his time in the 506th, Colonel Roach served as the Director of the JFK Center at Fort Bragg and eventually rose to command the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from 1993-1995.

Colonel Roach is a highly decorated veteran, including being awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (2x), Bronze Star with Combat V Device (2nd), Bronze Star (3x), the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.

Post active duty, Colonel Roach has served in numerous civilian positions supporting U.S. Embassies and missions in both the U.S. and the Middle East, In addition, he's served in Bogotá as a U.S. Military attaché and Defense Intelligence Agency liaison to the Pentagon.

Education:

  • MS, Education
    University of Southern California
  • BA, Sociology 
    Saint Martin’s College
  • Diplomas from: U.S. Army War College, Marine Command Staff College, Defense Language Institute (Spanish)

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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.

Education:

  • MA, Homeland Security Studies
    Center for Homeland Defense and Security - Naval Postgraduate School
  • BA, Criminology
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Graduate of the FBI’s National Academy program (#225) and completed the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP)

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Jeffery D. Sidorski has served the public in law enforcement for over twenty-seven years in the City of Philadelphia. He possesses a vast amount of experience and knowledge of the criminal justice system, law enforcement tactics, criminology, and leadership. Presently at the rank of Corporal, he is assigned to the Training Bureau (Police Academy) in 1998, he has been teaching recruit and veteran in-service police officers, and serves as the section head of all Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC) and all motor vehicle law related classes.

Additionally, Sidorski has authored and co-authored several different lesson plans for the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission. He is a certified instructor in the following area: Pennsylvania Municipal Emergency Operations Course, ASP Expandable Tactical Baton Instructor, American Heart Association CPR Instructor, American Red Cross First Aid Instructor, Law Enforcement Bicycle Association (LEBA) Certified Police Mountain Bike Instructor, Pennsylvania Municipal Basic Academy Instructor, and as a PA Municipal Police Officer Driver Proficiency Instructor.

Education:

  • MS, Organizational and Strategic Leadership
    Mountain State University
  • BS, Organizational and Strategic Leadership
    Mountain State University

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Thomas Wines is an award-winning law enforcement professional with over ten year’s experience working in probation, parole and corrections. Thomas is currently a Pennsylvania State Parole Agent assigned to the Philadelphia District Mental Health Unit.

As a Parole Agent he has focused on the Victim's role in the parole process and works with special needs offenders within the criminal justice system. In 2015 he received the inaugural "Excellence in Victim Services Award" from the Pennsylvania Office of Victim Advocate.

Education:

  • MS, Forensic Sociology and Criminology
    Rosemont College
  • BS, Administration of Justice
    Penn State
  • AA, General Studies
    Delaware County Community College

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Captain Zimmerman is a second-generation Philadelphia Police Officer having followed in his father Bill’s footsteps. He began his law enforcement career with the Philadelphia Police Department when he graduated from the Police Academy. He has served in patrol, as well as the Training and Educations Services Bureau’s, Recruit Training Unit providing basic recruit instruction at the Police Academy.

While assigned to the recruit training unit he oversaw the reality-based training section, police academy technical support (PATS) section, and physical training and defensive tactics section. Promoted to Captain in 2017, he was assigned to the Real-Time Crime Center (RTCC).

While employed by the Philadelphia Police Department, Captain Zimmerman attended Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the Pennsylvania State University’s Police Supervisory In-Service Training (POSIT).

Education:

  • MS, Public Safety Management
    St. Joseph’s University
  • BA, Secondary Education
    Temple University

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 operational policy to guide the Philadelphia’s program.

He has also conducted several studies to determine the effectiveness of red light camera systems on intersection safety. Nestel has earned master's 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.