2018 Guest Of Honor
Jeffery Deaver

The Writers’ Police Academy is pleased to present our 2018 Guest of Honor, International Best Seller, Jeffery Deaver.

A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, The Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages.

He has served two terms as the president of the Mystery Writers of America.


Special Guest Speaker
Carrie Stuart Parks

It’s an honor to welcome renowned forensic artist Carrie Stuart Parks as our 2018 Special Guest Speaker/Expert. Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning, internationally known forensic artist. She travels across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals including the FBI, Secret Service, and RCMP, and is the most widely known instructor of forensic art in the world.



Guest Presenters/Experts

ATF Special Agent Rick McMahan

Rick McMahan has been in federal law enforcement for over 24 years. From 1992 until 1998, Rick was a Special Agent with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He worked person and property crimes on various Air Force bases, as well as supporting AFOSI’s counter-intelligence and white collar crime programs.  In 1998, Rick joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

As an ATF Senior Special Agent (SSA) Rick has worked a variety of cases within ATF’s mission—-investigating interstate firearms traffickers, case agent handling an undercover operation into outlaw motorcycle gangs, as well as conducting a murder for hire sting, just to name a few. Rick is a certified firearms instructor, and has served as an on-the-job trainer for new agents.

In his free time, Rick enjoys writing and has had his work published, including twice having stories selected for Mystery Writers of America (MWA) anthologies (DEATH DO US PART edited by Harlan Coben and VENGEANCE edited by Lee Child).


Dr. Denene Lofland

Denene Lofland received a Ph.D. in Pathology, with an emphasis in microbiology, from the Medical College of Virginia. As a former biotech company director, Denene managed successful clinical projects that resulted in FDA approval for two new antimicrobial drugs for the treatment of pneumonia and cystic fibrosis. She also supervised several projects, including government-sponsored research which required her to maintain a secret security clearance. Denene is a renowned scientist known for her expertise in DNA, bioterrorism, and new drug discovery, such as supervision of research for pre-clinical anti-infective drug candidates and drug development through Phase III clinical trials, including FDA and/or EMEA regulatory filings of four compounds. She has published several articles in a variety of scientific journals and contributed to the thirteenth edition of Bailey and Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology. Denene currently serves as a professor at Touro University California/College of Osteopathic Medicine.

*Dr. Lofland is sponsored by Patti Phillips.


Dr. Katherine Ramsland

Dr. Katherine Ramsland, director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program at DeSales University, also teaches the forensic psychology track. She holds graduate degrees in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, criminal justice, and philosophy.

Dr. Ramsland has published over 1,000 articles and 59 books, including Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer, The Mind of a Murderer, The Forensic Science of CSI, Inside the Minds of Serial KillersThe Devil’s Dozen: How Cutting-edge Forensics Took Down 12 Notorious Serial Killers, and The Murder Game. Her book, Psychopath, was a #1 bestseller on the Wall Street Journal’s list.

With former FBI profiler Gregg McCrary, she co-authored a book on his cases, The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators among Us, with Dr. Henry C. Lee, The Real Life of a Forensic Scientist, and with Professor James E. Starrs, A Voice for the Dead.

She presents workshops on investigative psychology, jury dynamics, serial murder, and suicidology to law enforcement, psychologists, coroners, judges, and attorneys, and has consulted for several television series. She is currently working on The Psychology of Death investigations for CRC Press.


Howard Lewis

Howard Lewis has practiced martial arts for 20 years and taught for 10. His highest rank is a 5th degree black sash in Esoma Kung Fu. Howard says there are things in books that drive martial artists nuts, and he has taken it upon himself to see that writers receive the best information available.

Howard is a key player in the WPA organization. Without him the bells wouldn’t ring and the whistles would remain, well, whistleless…and there would be no name tags, classes would certainly be in dissarray, and the t-shirts would not arrive on time, if at all. 


Det. Lee Lofland

Lee Lofland is the author of the Writers Digest bestselling book Police Procedure and Investigation, a Macavity Award nominee for best non-fiction mystery. Lee, a former police detective and recipient of the esteemed Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Award for Valor, is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedure and crime-scene investigation. As an expert, Lee has appeared on national television, BBC television, and on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and he has served as a consultant for numerous authors and for TV and film.

Lee’s articles have appeared in newspapers, newsletters, blogs, and in magazines such as Writers Digest and The Writer. He has served as judge for the ITW Thriller Awards and for the MWA Edgar Awards. Lee’s latest release is an audio version of Murder on Minor Avenue, a true crime tale in the anthology Masters Of True Crime: Chilling Stories Of Murder And The Macabre.

Lee is the founder and host of the Writers’ Police Academy.


Det. Marco Conelli

Former NYPD Detective Marco Conelli sets a new standard for learning in the subject of Criminal Investigation. Tactics, techniques, and procedures are brought to life in a thoughtful, provocative forum that provides an expert guide for authors. Tap into his well-traveled career from infiltrating Organized Crime gangs as an undercover officer, to his personal manhunts for the most dangerous people in New York City.

As a writer, Marco Conelli is the creator of The Matthew Livingston mystery series. He has successfully drawn from his vast police experience in creating the suspense and crime-solving fiction that has ignited the Young Adult mystery genre.

Marco is a professional speaker who has been credited for consulting many best-selling authors on police procedure and crime drama. 2016 marks his 7th consecutive appearance at The Writer’s Police Academy.


Michael A. Black

Michael A. Black began his police career as a US Army Military Policeman. He subsequently entered civilian law enforcement and was a police officer in a south suburb of Chicago. He worked in various capacities in police work including patrol supervisor, SWAT team leader, plain clothes tactical sergeant, and investigations. He was awarded the Cook County Medal of Merit in 2010, and retired from police work in 2011. Black is the author of 25 books and over 100 short stories and articles. He has a BA in English from Northern Illinois University and a MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago.

He has written two novels with television star Richard Belzer of Law & Order SVU. Black also writes novels in the Don Pendleton Executioner series. One of these, Sleeping Dragons, was a finalist for Best Novel in the International Media Tie-In Writer’s Association in 2013. His novel Payback was once again nominated in this category in 2014. His latest Executioner novels, Dragon KeyDesert Falcons, and Uncut Terror, are due out in 2015. Black’s latest novel under his own name, Chimes at Midnight, is a thriller set in Washington D. C.


Special Agent Mike Roche, U.S. Secret Service

Mike Roche has spent almost four decades in law enforcement chasing bad guys. From patrolling the gritty inner city streets of some of the most dangerous cities in America to investigating some of the most devious boardroom criminals, Mike has enjoyed a varied career in local and federal law enforcement. He provides a unique perspective to assist writers on developing characters that are more complex and interesting.


Paul Bishop

A thirty-five year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Paul Bishop’s career included a three year tour with his department’s Anti-Terrorist Division and over twenty-five years’ experience in the investigation of sex crimes. His Special Assault Units regularly produced the highest number of detective initiated arrests and highest crime clearance rates in the city. Twice honored as LAPD’s Detective of the Year, Paul has also received the Quality and Productivity Commission Award from the City of Los Angeles.

As a nationally recognized interrogator, Paul starred as the lead interrogator and driving force behind the ABC TV reality show Take the Money and Run from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Based on his expertise in deception detection, he currently teaches interrogation seminars for law enforcement and arson investigators nationwide.

Paul has had fifteen published novels, including five in his LAPD. Detective Fey Croaker series. He has also written numerous scripts for episodic television and feature films. He is the co-creator and editor of the popular Fight Card series of hardboiled boxing novels and the Pulse Fiction anthologies. His latest novel, Lie Catchers, is the first in a new series featuring top LAPD interrogators Ray Pagan and Calamity Jane Randall.



NWTC Instructors

Colleen Belongea

Colleen Belongea’s full-time law enforcement experience spans over 22 years serving at the Town of Menasha Police Department and the Green Bay Police Department. Her experience includes active field work as a patrol officer, field training officer, community police officer, mounted patrol officer, SWAT officer, field training supervisor, patrol lieutenant, shift commander, School Resource Supervisor, Detective Supervisor and Training Supervisor.

Throughout her career she has been recognized with the honors: Class President for Executive Development Institute, March 2003 to March 2004; Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor Award, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, May 1996; Respect for Law Award, Thursday Breakfast Optimist Club, 1996; Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, 1988.

Currently, Colleen serves as an instructor for a variety of academic classes and as a tactical trainer within the Criminal Justice Division. As a professional, her goal is to combine 20+ years of law enforcement experience with the love for teaching in a progressive/reputable educational setting and to function as a vital part of a collaborative educational team in preparing outstanding criminal justice professionals. She looks forward to work with all of you.


Ed Janke

Ed Janke is the former Chief Deputy of the Brown County Sheriff’s Department. His law enforcement career began with the Sheriff’s Department in 1983. Ed has served as Captain in the Support Services Division, also as Lieutenant in the Patrol Division assigned as a Shift Commander. Ed holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He holds State of Wisconsin Unified Tactical Instructor ratings in Firearms, Defense and Arrest Tactics and Emergency Vehicle Operations. He is a Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training and Standards Instructor Trainer for Vehicle Contacts Instruction. He also instructs SWAT Tactics, Distraction Devices and Chemical Agents. He instructs Incident Command.

Ed is trained as an Assessor and as a Mediator. He has extensive training in Leadership Principles, Terrorism and Dignitary Protection, and was recognized by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officer’s Training Association in 1998 as Wisconsin ‘s Law Enforcement Training Officer of the Year. He has served on several Wisconsin Department of Justice committees that develop or review training guidelines that include the guidelines for Act 88, Vehicle Contacts and Ethics.

Ed is a volunteer firefighter with the Howard Fire Department, serving as a Captain in the Operations Division. He is certified as Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor, Firefighter II, Operator Engineer and Aerial Operator. Ed is also a board member of the Brown County Community Mediation Center where he serves as a voluntary mediator.


Hollie Bauer

Hollie Bauer is the EMS Simulation Instructor for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC.) She provides real life training scenarios and hands on education; via a high fidelity mannequin, to all disciplines of the EMS program at NWTC. Hollie is currently an entry level firefighter and a licensed paramedic for the State of Wisconsin, as well licensed as a paramedic at the national level too. In addition to her paramedic license, Hollie holds her critical care (CC) and tactical EMS (TEMS) endorsements through the State of Wisconsin. She is certified as an AHA instructor for CPR, ACLS, and PALS, and holds her Instructor 2 certification through the State of Wisconsin. Hollie is currently completing her nursing degree, and will be a Registered Nurse (RN) in May of 2016 too.

Hollie has been active in EMS/Fire for the past 10 years. Prior to teaching at the college, Hollie has worked as a Firefighter for Hillsboro Fire Department and a Paramedic for Reedsburg Ambulance Service, Baraboo Ambulance Service, Divine Savior EMS, and Dells-Delton EMS. In addition to the pre-hospital experience, Hollie also has in-hospital experience as a Paramedic in OB, Medical-Surgical, and the ER. When not teaching at NWTC, Hollie currently still works part- time as a critical care paramedic for Gold Cross Ambulance in the Fox Valley area.


Ian Nishimoto

Ian Nishimoto began his law enforcement career at the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff and part-time for the Seymour Police Department and U.S. Marshal Service. He is currently employed part-time for the Black Creek Police Department.

Ian completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and completed his Masters Degree at the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Training and Development. He is a certified master instructor in Defensive and Arrest Tactics, Firearms/Tactical Rifle, Scenario testing and Tactical Response. Certified instructor in Professional Communications, ATK Force-On-Force Scenarios, S.P.E.A.R., Tactical Functional Training and Criminal Justice for the Wisconsin Department of Justice Training & Standards and the Wisconsin Technical College System. He also maintains certifications in Heckler and Koch Tactical Team training, Simunition Supervisory, Field Training Officer, and Emergency Management Awareness. He is currently serving as a full-time instructor for the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Criminal Justice Department.


John Flannery

John Flannery was employed with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office as a Directed Enforcement Officer (II) and retired from the department to join the staff of the NWTC Public Safety Division full time to instruct in the police academy and the law enforcement degree program.

During his tenure, Flannery supervised a unit of officers that focused on street level crime. Additional duties included being a Field Training Officer, part of the the Unified Tactical Training Unit and as a member of the Mobile Field Force.

Flannery currently holds instructor certifications through Wisconsin Department of Justice – Training and Standards in numerous legal, tactical and procedural topics related to policing. Since 2005, he has served on state advisory committees for both police training of recruits and the development of best practices on active shootings for law enforcement with the WI Department of Justice.

He is a paid consultant to Training and Standards, creating the monthly “Street Smart” scenarios serving Wisconsin’s 4000+ police officers and found on For five years, Flannery served as an Emergency Management Coordinator at a local university and a member of a tactical team responding to threats on campus.

Since 2010, John has trained numerous international police officers. Most recently this training occurred in the Caribbean on tactical response and patrol procedures for front line officers. He has been recognized for his efforts in both the profession and community, notably having been designated the “Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” in 2001 by the WI Attorney General’s office for his intervention in a child sexual assault.

Other honors include: Optimist “Respect the Law” Award (1998 and 2001), Sheriff’s Commendation (1997), League of Municipalities “Good Government Award” (2009), British Transport Police Commendation (2015), and NWTC Excellence in Teaching (2015). In 2012, Flannery was appointed by Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, to the Preliminary Review Committee; an advisory board within the Office of Lawyer Regulation that investigates complaints and recommends discipline against attorneys here in Wisconsin.

For approximately twelve years, Flannery has advised and consulted the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay on matters related to sexual abuse by clergy. He has been appointed a special advisor to the Bishop and is on the Independent Review Board (IRB) to investigate claims of sexual abuse.


Kevin Rathburn

Kevin Rathburn became a full-time faculty member at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2000 after having served as an adjunct instructor for nine years. Prior to that, Mr. Rathburn served for ten years as an Assistant District Attorney for Brown County in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  In 2004, Mr. Rathburn also became the Municipal Judge for the Village of Suamico.  Mr. Rathburn holds BAs in political science and economics from St. Norbert College (1987) and a JD from Marquette University Law School (1990).

While in Law school, Mr. Rathburn served as a law clerk to several Milwaukee Circuit Court Judges handling civil and criminal matters and the appeal of cases from the local boards and municipal court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also completed an internship in public sector labor law with the law firm of Mulcahy and Wherry and an internship with Blue Cross & Blue Shield Insurance Company of Milwaukee.

Mr. Rathburn is a State Certified Instructor for the Wisconsin Technical College System. He is also certified by the Department of Justice, Training and Standards Board in the areas of Child Maltreatment, Constitutional Law, Corrections Law, Courts and Jurisdiction, Criminal Law, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminology, Domestic Violence, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Interviews and Interrogation, Juvenile Law, Report Writing, Sexual Assault and Sensitive Crimes. Mr. Rathburn recently helped create a Juvenile Law Manual and update to the Criminal Law Manual for the Department of Justice, Training and Standards Bureau.

Mr. Rathburn is a current member of the Department of Justice Legal Context Advisory Committee and has served on the Committee since 2005.  He has also served as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on School Violence from 1994-95 and the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission from 1996-2002. He is a past member of the Brown County Youth Aids Committee, Brown County Council on Child Sexual Abuse, Brown County Subcommittee on Underage Drinking, Brown County Consortium on Dysfunctional Families and St. Vincent Hospital’s Child Health Team.

Since 1991 Mr. Rathburn has made presentations on a wide variety of legal topics at numerous conferences including the Wisconsin Jail Association, Wisconsin Juvenile Officers and Juvenile Intake Workers, the State of Wisconsin DARE Officers Association, the Wisconsin Criminal Justice Instructors, the Wisconsin Arson Investigators and the Wisconsin Criminal Investigator’s Association. Mr. Rathburn frequently provides legal updates for law enforcement and correction agencies. He has also provided in-service training for Unified Tactical instructors, administrators, jail officers, dispatchers and casino security staff. Mr. Rathburn is also a frequent speaker for the State Supreme Court in its training of Municipal Judges and Court Clerks in Wisconsin.

In 1994, Mr. Rathburn received the Optimist Law Award for his contribution to the legal field. He also received an Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004, 2005, and 2006 from Who’s Who Among Teachers in American Universities & Colleges. He was also selected for Who’s Who in Collegiate Faculty for 2007 and 2008.

Mr. Rathburn says his family is the most important part of his life. He spends as much time as possible with his wife, Beth, and their three sons, Sam, Jack, and Ben. He enjoys working and spending time with them in and around their home especially landscaping and gardening. He spends many of his late evening hours writing legal updates and manuals for law enforcement officers as well as reading about the law. He also likes reading espionage or mystery novels and watching movies. He is an avid Packers fan and enjoys most sports. He especially enjoys walks with Beth and their dogs, Sophie and Hope.


Matt Ninham

Matt Ninham has been a Patrol Officer for 15 years and is assigned as a Community Resource Officer. Matt is currently a full time Instructor for Criminal Justice at NWTC. Matt is a member of the Oneida Tribe and has lived on The Oneida Reservation almost his whole life.

Matt has experienced how Native American Gangs use tribal culture and symbolism to recruit gang members, represent their gangs, sell, and transport illegal drugs. He has an insider’s knowledge of how Native American Gangs affect the Tribal Communities they are established in and is able to give insight on how he combats gangs through relationships with community members and community events.

His related law enforcement training and programs consist of the following: Native American Drug & Gang Initiative (Drug & Gang Unit), Green Bay Gang Task force Member, Fox Valley Gang Task Force Member, Department of Corrections Security Threats Group member, Native Gangs Specialist & Instructor, Oneida Gang Task Force, Team Leader for NADGI (Drug & Gang Unit), Street & Prison Gang training, DEA Basic Drug Investigation School, Indoor & Outdoor Marijuana Grows, Special Deputization for the FBI, Thermal Imaging Operator, Division of Criminal Investigations Drug School, Community Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, State of Wisconsin Technical College System Board Certification, Adjunct Instructor for “Native Gangs” at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Instructor for The National Gang Intelligence Center for “Gangs in Indian Country” and assistance in writing its updated curriculum for 2012.

Matt has received several awards during his career in law enforcement, only to name a few:

  • Oneida VFW 7784 Warriors Certificate of Appreciation for “Outstanding performance and lasting contribution to Law Enforcement & Youth Programs” -2014
  • Outagamie County Best Badge Award for “Community outreach and outstanding work as an officer 2003”
  • Oneida Police Department “Officer of the Year” -2003
  • Fox Valley Technical College Police Recruit Academy “Most Valuable Patrol Officer” -2001
  • Oneida Police certificate of achievement “Sensitive incident involving a weapon” -2005
  • Outagamie County Best Badge Award for “Teamwork investigation involving the overdose of four children” -2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation from 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion For “Outstanding support provided to the soldiers of the police advisor team/CAT 12 during “Operation Iraqi Freedom” – 2003 to 2004
  • Honored by the Ho-Chunk nation and presented with a Pendleton blanket at the 2012 National Missing and exploited Children’s conference for “Excellence in community education & awareness on Native American gangs.”
  • Honored by youth from the Navajo Indian Nation and presented with two cultural gifts at the 2014 SIENA Youth Leadership Conference for “Being a mentor and inspiration to youth in understanding a career in Law enforcement.”
  • Letter of commendation from The Oneida Police Department for a critical incident involving a Barricaded Suspect armed with multiple firearms.

Matt Ninham Certificate of Appreciation from United States Homeland Security Department for “Gangs in Indian Country” Trainer.


Mike Knetzger

Mike Knetzger is a 23-year law enforcement veteran and currently a Field Training Officer and Training Unit member with the City of Green Bay. Prior to policing in Green Bay he spent four years as a patrol officer and detective in the Town of Brookfield (WI) police department.

Knetzger is a certified Wisconsin Technical College Instructor and certified by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Training & Standards Board to teach Victims, Defensive & Arrest Tactics, Firearms, Vehicle Contacts, Professional Communications Skills. He is also a certified S.P.E.A.R. instructor. He holds an associate degree in police science (criminal justice) from Waukesha County Technical College, a bachelor’s degree in justice and public policy from Concordia University, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. He also teaches criminal justice courses in the associate degree program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Knetzger has also written several articles on computer crime and has authored five books including “Careers in Public Safety: Cop or Correctional Officer,”  “Criminal Law,” and “Ashley’s Story.”


Nathan Riehl

Nathan Riehl holds a national and state license as a Paramedic, and is a full-time faculty member of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Education and a Master’s Degree in Applied Leadership in Teaching and Learning. In addition to teaching, Nathan stays active in the community as a volunteer EMT-Intermediate Technician with Black Creek Rescue.

Nathan sits on many committees looking at the combined response of law enforcement, fire, and EMS agencies to emergency scenes to include active shooter response. Nathan is a combat medic in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.  He has held many positions in the military over the last 17 years and is currently a combat medic instructor.  Nathan was deployed to Iraq in 2009 and worked as an emergency department shift supervisor.



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