In the CJS program, faculty enjoy staying in touch with alumni. It is quite interesting to learn about the diverse paths our graduates have taken. These connections also prove useful to current students, allowing them a large view of what awaits them upon graduation.
Class of 2011
Police officer Brian Dorsey visited three CJS classes recently to share his experiences in the field. Officer Dorsey is currently working for the Columbus Division of Police on the south side inner city of Columbus. He began working for the Columbus Division of Police in June 2011. He graduated the CPD academy and has been working on the streets as a patrol officer ever since.
Class of 2010
Sarah Albright is now working as an Investigator for the Franklin County Public Defenders Office. The position entails interviewing witnesses, serving subpoenas, getting public records and helping attorney's with their cases.
Alex Beattie has just completed the Police Academy in St. Petersburg, FL and is currently in the process of seeking employment there.
Zack Bowen graduated in August 2012 from Youngstown State University with a Masters in Criminal Justice Studies. He will start work as a US Pretrial Services Officer Assistant in Las Vegas, Nevada in September.
Jared Cree is a Field Artillery Officer for the U.S. Army, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment. Jared recently returned from a six-month deployment in northern Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. He is currently stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii until approximately October 2013.
Beth Henterly (CJS/SPN) is a Victim Advocate for the Montgomery County Prosecuter's Office. She was hired into this position after interning with the office through the CJS internship program overseen by Tim Apolito.
Karen Kopulos is a Foreclosure Assistance Call Center Supervisor in Portland OR. Karen enjoys her work and especially likes living in Oregon.Top
Class of 2009
CJS alumnus Brian Bailey visited with students and faculty recently to discuss his experiences in the field of law enforcrment. Brian is a police officer in Louisville, KY.
On December 18, 2009 Casey Carmichael became an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper in the agency's 149th class. Trooper Carmichael completed six months of rigorous training in Columbus. The graduation ceremonies were attended by the Governor and Attorney General for the State of Ohio, and dozens of well-wishing peace officers and troopers from throughout the state. Family members and friends made up a significant proportion of the almost one thousand people in attendance.
Monica DiGiandomenico (CJS/SOC) completed her graduate studies while working as a police officer at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington D.C. She is currently a Master Patrol Officer, providing law enforcement, security and protective services for the University community. She enforces all U.S. and D.C. laws and University rules and regulations, and performs and assists with investigations. Monica has been assigned to dignitary protective details, including Presidents Obama and Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and First Lady Laura Bush.
Monica also works regularly with Sexual Assault Crisis Team Advocates and victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She is a certified Sexual Harassment Rape Prevention Self Defense Instructor and a member of the Adopt an Officer Community Outreach Program, teaching and speaking to organizations and groups about crime prevention. While working full time for the Department, Monica completed her graduate studies. In December 2011, she graduated from GWU with a Masters in Forensic Science with a concentration in Crime Scene Investigation.
Kate Hammelrath is a Project Coordinator for Medpace Reference Laboratories in Cincinnati OH. She is also obtaining post-graduate certification in Clinical Research at the University of Cincinnati. While her studies have taken her into other areas, she is grateful for the learning and experience gained through the CJS program and states that criminal justice remains a major interest, both academically and professionally.
Patrick Kelly received training in Georgia at FLETC as well as the Secret Service Training Center in Beltsville, MD for his work with the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division.
Matt Langford has been appointed to the Indianapolis Police Department's academy following his application, testing, background check, physical exam, and polygraph testing. The entire process took fourteen months from application to appointment. Matt was one of more than a thousand applicants for admission to the Indianapolis Police Academy.
Sara Mitterholzer is pursuing a Masters in Clinical Counseling with Specialization in Forensic Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago IL, with one more year to completion. She also works as a graduate assistant for the Old Irving Park Community Clinic in Chicago.
Kristen Moore (SOC/CJS) is in a doctoral program in sociology at the University of Cincinnati.Top
Class of 2008
David Blake graduated from the LAPD police academy last year and joined the North Hollywood Division. He handles reports and backs other officers on more dangerous calls. He has been involved with a variety of calls, including burglary, robbery, Grand Theft Auto, death investigation, and most notably a quadruple homicide. The hours are long and late, but he enjoys the nature of the calls on night shift (his shift is 4 pm to 4 am, 13 days per month). On his days off, David is usually at court, playing soccer for the LAPD soccer team, or sleeping!
Whitney Dawson (CJS/SOC) is a Job and Family Services Specialist for the Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services. She is in her last year of graduate studies at Wright State University, where she is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration. Her goal is a career in government, such as a city manager or as a director of a governmental agency.
Matthew Dewitt is an Intelligence Specialist for the US Coast Guard and is stationed in Jacksonville FL.
Kevin Eble works as a Fraud Analyst for Abercrombie and Fitch in the Columbus OH area.
Brandon Henderson graduated in March 2011 from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). He is currently posted in Lowell IN, District 13.
Patrick McGinty graduated from the Cleveland Heights Police Academy. In January 15, 2009 he was selected by the Commander to be the Vice President of the class. He also was top runner of his class for the 1 ½ mile timed race. He scored 4th highest in the class with a 90% on the state certification exam and he is now OPOTA certified.Top
Class of 2007
Nathan Bidlack is employed as a Confinement Officer with the Allen County Sheriff's Department in Fort Wayne IN.
Jamie Elkins works for the Ohio Air National Guard/US Air Force as an Operations Intelligence Analyst in Springfield OH. Jamie is married with children.
Jonathan Jones is an intelligence specialist for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson AFB. He is also working part-time as a Geospatial Intelligence Analyst for the Ohio Air National Guard in Springfield OH. He is married and has children.
Ryan McCue is an Investigative Analyst for the Homicide Investigation Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. This unit has a long and distinguished history of taking down some of New York Cities most violent drug gangs. Ryan took the LSAT in December 2008 with the ultimate goal of working for a Federal Agency as an Special Agent.
Ryan comments that "I've been using a lot of what I learned at Dayton in my everyday work. One thing that has stuck out to me more than anything else was my time in Corrections class. Going to prisons and jails as well as spending time with prisoners went a long was in preparing me for spending time interviewing suspects and prisoners now. I've even been able to pass on some of the things I know to not just my peers but also new Assistant District Attorneys who have come into the DA's office with almost no direct experience in law enforcement. Having an extra head in the game, who at least has an idea of what is going inside the walls has helped."
Hollie Rawl (PHO/CJS) works for the US Department of Defense, Defense Secret Services as a Visual Information Specialist. The job is currently based in Linthicum, MD, but will relocate to Quantico in two or three years.
Brianna Remster (CJS/SOC) was married to fellow UD alum Greg Kolber (BIO '07) on July 11, 2009 in Cleveland. Brianna completed her Master of Arts in Crime, Law and Justice at Pennsylania State University in 2009 and is currently a research assistant there while working on her Ph.D. in Sociology, Crime, Law and Justice.Top
Class of 2006
Nick Pavliga is an Intelligence Analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington DC Field Office. He recently completed his one-year probationary period as an Embedded Intelligence Analyst supporting a squad which focuses on counterproliferation. He thoroughly enjoys his work as well as the hustle and bustle of our nation's capitol.
Class of 2005
Chris Chenoweth is a patrol officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department, Gold Hill Division. He is also a member of the Gang Net Unit and a defensive tactics instructor. He has recently been assigned to a special detail tasked with targeting violent crime and liquor code violations in the downtown area of Colorado Springs and is studying to become a Police Training Officer in order to train new recruits on the street.
Class of 2004
Ann Beye is a police officer for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Upon graduation from UD, Ann enrolled in the St. Louis Police Academy in March 2006 graduating from the program in November of that year. Following a three-month training period, Ann is now behind the wheel of a squad car.
In addition to well-balanced academics at UD, Ann feels that she owes a lot of her success in her "dream job" to the many hands-on experiences she had, including ride-alongs in police cruisers and visits to corrections institutions.
Russell Di Lisi is in the Secret Service and recently interviewed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He shares a story from his days at UD: "Please tell me you still do the 'Make the Link' exercise for all freshmen during their initial orientation. This was probably the greatest lesson I have ever learned in high school or college. I still have my link, a bit rusty and cracked, but still on my key chain ... same key chain since August 2000. I want to tell you that I pulled that rusty link out from my pocket for a recent interview and talked about 'making the link' in life. I told my interviewers how you told all of us to make the link between where we were in life to where we are going in life. High school was easy, transitioning to college would be a challenge and all results, good or bad, pass or fail, would fall solely on us. I told them all of this and I told them how I continued to make the link after college as well. In the real world, as in college, it can be easy to lose sight of your goals and it can be easy to lose control of yourself. I have managed to keep both and just wanted to say thanks."
Class of 2003
Elizabeth Hansen graduated from the University of Cincinnati and is now a police officer for the Huber Heights OH Police Department. In addition to her police career, Liz has taught part-time for the Criminal Justice Studies Program.
Class of 1994
Deborah Vegh (CJS/PSY, SOC minor) is on the faculty at Muskingum College. She has taught criminology, corrections, research methods, victimology, gender and crime, juvenile justice and intro courses. Deborah earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy from Northeastern University in Boston.Top