Topics for the conference include:
- Lessons learned review of a missing student case
- Presentation by subject matter experts discussing best practices in campus Emergency Management, Dispatch and Homeland Security
- Round table discussion with members furthering discussion around current challenges and opportunities in campus dispatch.
0730-0840 Registration / Breakfast (compliments of CMUPD)
0840-0900 Colors, pledge and opening remarks by Chief Klaus and VP Nick Long
0900-1030 MSU case overview presented by Inspector Chris Rozman and Dana Whyte
1030-1130 Emergency Management – Is Your Institution Prepared? Livingston County Emergency Manager Therese Cremonte
1130-1200 Vendor Presentations
1300-1315 MACP Public Safety Committee Update
Lt. Doug Wing from Eastern Michigan University
1315-1415 Homeland Security - How can we help - Valentina Seeley and Matthew Stentz
1415-1445 Board Meeting - Open Member-at-Large Position
1445-1530 Roundtable - Dispatch and Hiring Challenges
1530-1600 Raffle Giveaway!
MACLEA Spring Conference 2022 Speaker
and Panel Member Bios
Chris Rozman currently serves as an Inspector for Michigan State University Police and Public Safety and has been with the department for 21 years. He currently serves as the Public Information Officer and reports to the Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police. In that role he coordinates all external and internal communication efforts and additionally works on special projects.
During his career Chris has served in a variety of roles including patrol, FTO, K9 handler, detective and detective sergeant, and patrol sergeant and lieutenant. Most recently as the Investigative Division Captain he oversaw approximately 25 sworn and civilian employees with responsibility that included the detective bureau, special victim’s unit, behavioral threat assessment, crime and intelligence analysis, digital forensics and cybercrime, evidence, records, FOIA, and Cleary compliance.
Chris graduated from Michigan State University with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and from Cleary University with his Master of Science degree in Culture, Change, and Leadership.
Dana Whyte currently serves as the Communications Manager and Spokesperson for Michigan State University Police and Public Safety. Dana graduated Magna Cum Laude from Central Michigan University with her Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts and Journalism. Before she graduated, she was hired as a reporter at WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan to share stories across Mid-Michigan.
After spending nearly two years in the capital city, Dana moved across I-96 to be a Daybreak Reporter for WOOD-TV8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She spent two years at the station covering historic events such as the coronavirus pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the 2020 Presidential Election.
Dana has received multiple awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for her work as a reporter and was also featured by The Today Show, Teen Vogue, and Yahoo! for embracing her natural hair on television. In her spare time, Dana enjoys reading, traveling, and serving as a fitness instructor at The Barre Code.
BIO for Therese Cremonte:
Therese Cremonte is the current Emergency Management Coordinator for Livingston County and has been in this position six years. During that time, she has managed a variety of emergency and pre-planned events to include plane crashes, Covid 19 response, flooding, power outages, a large-scale fatal accident with a reunification center, civil protests, presidential visit, gas pipeline explosion, and a concert event in a farm field with 20,000 attendees.
Therese retired from the Michigan State Police in 2016 with over 26 years of service. She was the Assistant Post Commander at the Lansing Post at the time of her retirement. During her tenure with the MSP, Therese spent five years of her service in the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division as both a sergeant and a lieutenant. During her career she had also been assigned to the Brighton Post, Owosso Post, and the MSP Training Academy.
Therese holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University, and graduated from the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice School of Staff and Command. She has her Professional Emergency Management (PEM) designation, and is a credentialed instructor for FEMA’s Incident Command System Curriculum.
In 2017 Therese received the Livingston County Optimist Club Law Day Award. In 2019 Therese was recognized as the Professional Emergency Manager of the Year. Therese served as the Region One Homeland Security Planning Board Chairperson from 2016 to 2021 and served as the President of Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) from January 2020 through December 2021.
Therese has been married to her husband Tom for over 30 years. They have four grown children, three perfect grandchildren, and two spoiled cats.
Matthew L. Stentz is the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), Homeland Security Investigations, in Detroit, Michigan
In this position, Mr. Stentz oversees the Border Enfrocement Security Task Force (BEST) Detroit. Comprised of U.S. and Canadian Federal, State, County, Local, and Canadian law enforcement officers, the BEST Detroit consists of the three investigative groups; Guns and Gangs, Narcotics Trafficking, and Financial Crimes. Mr. Stentz also oversees the BEST Port Huron which is a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force conducting criminal investigations into individuals and organizations in St. Clair County which are engaged in narcotics trafficking, gang activities, weapons trafficking, and financial crimes.
Preceding his appointment as an ASAC in Detroit, Mr. Stentz served as the HSI Country Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In this position, Mr. Stentz had operational and programmatic oversight over four offices and all HSI activities in Canada. Prior to serving as the Attaché for HSI Canada, Mr. Stentz served at HSI headquarters as the Unit Chief for the Contraband Smuggling Unit. Preceding his move to Washington, DC, Mr. Stentz served as an Acting ASAC and as a Group Supervisor in Seattle, Washington.
Mr. Stentz started his career with the U.S. Customs Service, Office of Investigations in San Ysidro, California in 1996. During his career, Mr. Stentz has investigated and supervised investigations involving narcotics trafficking, money laundering, bank fraud, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, human trafficking, cybercrimes, customs fraud, transnational gangs, counter-proliferation, intellectual property rights, and terrorist financing.
Mr. Stentz is an honors graduate of the Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and has done graduate work at the University of San Diego and Michigan State University.
Bio - Valentina Seeley
Valentina Seeley is currently the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE) North Region Director responsible for managing stakeholder engagement, education, communication, community relations, and victims of crime support throughout the Northern region on behalf of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO), Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), and the Victims Engagement and Services Line -OPE Headquarters. Mrs. Seeley has over 25 years of combined legal, program management, and community relations experience. She began her legal career in 1999 in the Metro-Detroit area as an Immigration Attorney expanding her focus to general practice including civil litigation, family law, and legal research and writing. She joined the federal government in 2009 with the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2011 Mrs. Seeley transferred to the U.S. Department of State as an Adjudication Program Manager directing and managing the agency’s local adjudication passport program. In 2016 she joined ICE, Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE) as a Community Relations Officer responsible for engagement activities in Michigan and Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan - Dearborn with a double major in Political Science and Hispanic Studies & Spanish and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Detroit Mercy College of Law.
Dispatch Round Table BIO’s
Kathleen “Kat” Reynolds
Kathleen “Kat” Reynolds is the current Coordinator for the 911 Dispatch Academy, located in Auburn Hills, MI on the campus of Oakland Community College. Kat has been with the 911 Dispatch Academy for over 10 years. Kat started as an instructor and fell in love with the program.
Before becoming the Coordinator at the 911 Dispatch Academy, Kat worked at, and retired from, Bloomfield Township Police and Fire Department for 15 years. Kat was a Dispatcher, CTO and LEIN TAC. Kat loved working in Dispatch. Before settling in at Bloomfield, she worked for 5 years at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office as a Dispatcher and CTO.
Kat still puts her headset on in the summer, she has worked as a dispatcher for 2 years at the Burning Man event in Gerlach, Nevada.
Lieutenant Cameron Wassman
Cameron Wassman has been with the Central Michigan University Police Department since 2000, and has worked as patrol officer, Sergeant, and his current role as a Lieutenant--since 2010. His primary responsibilities include overseeing a PSAP of seven dispatchers, and a member of the university's Emergency Management Team.
Cameron was responsible for transitioning the dispatch operation to PSAP status in 2012, as well as managing multiple 911 and Records Management systems projects over the years. Lt. Wassman has a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Lake Superior State University, and a Masters of Public Administration degree from CMU. He will also be finishing the Michigan Professional Emergency Manager's program later this summer.
Chief Larry Klaus
Larry Klaus has been with the Central Michigan University Police Department since 2011 and was appointed Chief in July 2019. Chief Klaus retired from the City of Lansing Police Department in 2011 and has served in law enforcement for 37 years as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant prior to his appointment as Police Chief. Chief Klaus has a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and is a graduate of the MSU School of Staff and Command. He currently serves on the Delta College Training Advisory Board, the Gratiot - Isabella Intermediate School District - CJ Advisory Board and the MILO Range Technologies & Cognitive Advisory Board.
Chief Mark Gordon
Mark Gordon began his law enforcement career with Oakland University Police Department in 1988. Since that time, he has worked as a patrol officer for 10 years, Patrol Sergeant for 7 years, Administrative Lieutenant for 3 years, Captain for 6 years, and has served as the Police Chief for the past 8 years. Mark also served the community of Oxford Twp. Police Department for 3 years giving him over 34 years of experience in the law enforcement profession.
During his career, Mark has served in a number of roles within the police department including:
- Department firearms coordinator,
- Field training supervisor
- Established and supervised the first OUPD bike patrol unit
- Directed and managed all community education and outreach programs,
- Served as the Jeanne Clery compliance officer for the university as mandated by the United States Department of Education.
- Coordinates the University’s Crisis Management Team
In addition to the above responsibilities, Mark teaches criminal justice courses as an adjunct professor for Oakland University.
Mark holds a bachelor degree in Business Management, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command.
Director William Corner
William Corner is the Director of Campus Safety at Calvin University, a position he has served in since July 2005. In his time at Calvin, Bill has authored and overseen the development and implementation of the University’s Emergency Response Plans (2006), and the Campus Safety Department’s Use of Force Policy in 2008. As part of that Use of Force Policy, his staff are authorized to carry University owned firearms in the course of their duties. Other projects included a full upgrade of the University’s access control system that incorporated the ability to lock down the entire campus with the single push of a button at dispatch, the development of a campus wide video monitoring system, the addition of a university access control specialist, and the addition of an Environmental Health and Safety officer as part of an effort to infuse an enterprise public safety model for the University.
Prior to arriving at Calvin, Bill was a police officer with the Grand Rapids Police Department. During his time at the GRPD, Bill served as a patrol officer, a tactical officer in the Neighborhood Patrol Unit, and a detective in the Detective Unit (Including Major Case Team). He was promoted to sergeant in 1999 and served as a patrol supervisor on second shift for four years. His last assignment was from 2003 to 2005 as an Internal Affairs Unit investigator.
Bill graduated from Calvin College with a BA in History (1989). He is also a graduate of the Grand Valley State University Police Academy in 1990 and has received his master’s degree in Public and Non-Profit Administration from GVSU in 2012.
Bill is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, where he serves on the Domestic Preparedness Committee. He is a member Michigan Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, where he served as President in 2010. He is also a member of the Kent County Police Chiefs Association, and the Grand Rapids Area Campus Safety Consortium.
Courtyard Mt. Pleasant at Central Michigan University
2400 East Campus Drive Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858