Wall of Fame
Joni Bernbaum is currently the Assistant Director of the USF Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention. She has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of victim services, helping clients overcome the trauma of their victimization by advocating for safety, healing, justice and restitution. Bernbaum holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology, both from USF. She is a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor from the National Board of Forensic Counselors, a Certified Instructor for Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Systems and a Designated Victim Services Practitioner by the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Florida. Bernbaum serves as the Vice-Chair of the Hillsborough County Domestic Violence Taskforce, and is a member of the local fatality review team and sexual violence taskforce. She is also an instructor at USF, teaching classes in Victimology, Social Justice Leadership, and Values and Choices and has served as the keynote speaker at the 2012 International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators Conference. Bernbaum has coordinated nationally recognized and award winning events at USF, including Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and Take Back the Night. She received a lifetime honorary membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society, and in 2009 was nominated by students and awarded the "Inspire by Example" USF Outstanding Faculty/Staff Leadership Award.
Mark Giroux has served as the Director in the Office of Program Assistance and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of State since 2011. As the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs - Bureau Evaluation Coordinator, he is responsible for all evaluation aspects of INL programs in over 80 countries and more than $2 billion in annual foreign assistance funds. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCF, an M.A. in Criminology from USF, a Master's Certificate in Project Management from GWU and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.
Upon receiving his masters from USF in 1996, he immediately began his Federal Service career with the Department of Justice, where he served as a Drug Treatment Specialist and Case Manager. On September 16, 2001 he accepted a position at INS as an Operations Analyst. In the wake of the September 11 attacks he was responsible for operations integration among all border control, detention and removal and investigative services. In 2003, he was selected as a founding member of the HQ Integration Staff at DHS for the Secretary. From 2005-2008, he served as the Assistant Director to the Office of Anti-Terrorism, and then as the Training Director for the SBI net program in CBP - Customs & Border Protection.
Mr. Giroux has completed more than 40 evaluations that have improved security sector operations and shaped the integrated structure necessary for terrorism prevention, protection, preparedness, response and law enforcement operations. His current position at the State Department has allowed him to have an international impact on numerous programs in the areas of justice sector, rule of law, corrections, law enforcement, anti-corruption, counter narcotics and organized crime.
Joe Kuhns is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to his academic appointment, Joe served for eight years as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Kuhns received his A.A. in 1984 from Frederick Community College, his B.A. in 1986 and M.A. in 1990 in Criminal Justice from USF, and his Ph.D. in 2000 in Criminology from the University at Albany. Kuhns teaches courses in policing and community policing, drugs and crime, and research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels and he trains police officers in community policing and problem solving in North Carolina and elsewhere.
Dr. Kuhns current research interests focus on the linkages between drugs, alcohol, homicide offending, and victimization, the harms associated with prostitution, community policing, situational crime prevention, and offender decision-making. From 2005-2009, Kuhn worked with a number of scholars and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Services to address violent crime and improve law enforcement services in the developing country. He recently co-edited a book about police use of force, firearms and non-lethal weapons in various countries around the world, which was later recognized in 2010 with a Choice Award.
Lisa Landis received a bachelor's degree in 1995 and a master's degree in 1997, both in Criminology from USF. She joined the Criminology Department more than 18 years ago, beginning her tenure as a graduate assistant. She now serves as the Undergraduate Director, Internship Coordinator and Academic Services Administrator. In addition to her duties with the department, she was also appointed as Interim Director of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences for four years, where she was instrumental in completing a full overhaul of the curriculum.
Ms. Landis is unconditionally committed to student success and the betterment of the processes around the university. As Internship Coordinator, she has secured internship and co-ops for more than 100 federal, state and local criminal justice entities around the state. For more than a decade she has coordinated an annual Criminology Career Expo to showcase these internships and assist students with job placement upon graduation.
Ms. Landis is the faculty advisor to Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice honor society, which was awarded the Distinguished Honor Society Award at USF, under her leadership. She has received many university accolades, she is a two-time recipient of USF's Apple Polishing Award, and the only four-time recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor of the Year Award. In her spare time she serves as an adjunct professor, Chairperson of the Spirit Committee in her community, homeroom parent and PTA Vice President of Communications for her son's school.
Steven Millwee & Christine Robinson Millwee
Steven and Christine Millwee are partners in SecurTest, Inc., a background screening company. SecurTest, Inc. specializes in workplace violence prevention and intervention, crisis management, employee training to defuse the potential for workplace violence or employment liability and EEOC issues for hiring-managers. SecurTest, Inc. performs background checks for the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and corporate America.
Mr. Millwee graduated from USF in 1978 with a B.A. in Criminology. He began his career as a supervisor in the confidential informant section of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as a detective in the unsolved homicides unit of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Tampa. After graduating, he founded SecurTest Inc. and he currently serves as president and CEO.
Mr. Millwee has testified as an expert witness in the fields of workplace violence, negligent hiring, employee retention, employee screening and police procedures. He is the inventor of iReviewNow®, a patented alternative dispute resolution system that offers a method of verifying and authenticating the accuracy of public or private background reports.
He is past president of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) the association for security professionals.
Mr. Millwee is the chief instructor for workplace violence prevention for the Department of Homeland Security. He is the author of The Threat from Within: Workplace Violence, and countless articles on negligent hiring, retention, security and workplace violence.
Mrs. Millwee also graduated from USF with a B.A. degree in Criminology. She began her career as a claims adjustor and then joined SecurTest, Inc. as a private investigator. Mrs. Millwee is currently the CFO and a full partner of SecurTest, Inc. Steven credits Christine with being the financial genius behind making SecurTest Inc. the de facto standard in background screening.
SecurTest, Inc. was recently named one of "USF Fast 56", which identifies, recognizes and celebrates the 56 fastest growing USF Bull-owned or Bull-led businesses in the world.
David Romine began his law enforcement career in Dade County, Fla. in 1971 retiring as Major/Assistant Chief of Police with the South Miami Police Department after serving 28 years. Romine then served four and a half years as the Police Chief with the Winter Haven Police Department in Polk County. He then accepted the chief's position with the St. Petersburg Beach Police Department in Pinellas County, retiring in 2013 after serving 10 years. Romine is currently an Adjunct Professor in the College of Public Safety at St. Petersburg College, teaching Research Methods for Criminal Justice, Constitutional Law and Rules of Evidence and Introduction to Criminal Justice. He has been a certified Florida Law Enforcement Instructor for over 30 years. Romine is a facilitator for Franklin Covey's Seven Habits for Law Enforcement Professionals.
Chief Romine earned a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and an M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from USF. He graduated from the 158th Session of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program. Romine is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a 24 year member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, where he has served on numerous committees and chaired the State Training Committee several years. He was previously the Polk County Police Chiefs Association and Chairman of the Pinellas Police Standards Council. He was also a previous president, and current member, of the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association.
Outstanding Criminology Ambassadors
Kimberly L. Barrett is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology Department at Eastern Michigan University. In 2006, she graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a B.S. in Social Work, and went on to earn her M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Most recently, she completed her Ph.D. in Criminology at USF.
Dr. Barrett's research interests include green criminology, environmental justice, and political economy as well as schools, delinquency and youth public health issues. Her work has been published in the Journal of School Violence, the Journal of Crime and Justice and the British Journal of Criminology (forthcoming). For her dissertation research examining relationships between lead, crime and juvenile delinquency, Barrett was a recipient of the 2013 Oxford Bibliographies in Criminology Graduate Student Article Award.
Dr. Barrett looks forward to teaching a green criminology course at Eastern Michigan University this spring, as well as working with her new colleagues in developing the department's juvenile justice curriculum.
Sarah Ehlke received her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Criminology from the University of South Florida. While at USF she worked in several research labs all focusing on substance use and addiction. Her research interests include alcohol use among college students, gender role norms and sexual aggression. Her published work is featured in Substance Use and Misuse and Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. She has presented at various conferences such as The Annual Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) and The Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). Ehlke received the Criminology Graduate Student Organization Grant in 2012 to help fund her thesis. She also has recently received the Making a Difference in North Carolina award for her research on alcohol expectancies, feminine gender roles and risk of sexual victimization. Ehlke is currently a second year graduate student in the Psychology Master's program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and her ultimate goal is to receive her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.
Lane Kirkland Gillespie
Lane Kirkland Gillespie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Boise State University. Gillespie earned her Ph.D. in Criminology from USF in 2013. Her research focuses on violence and victimization, including the relationship between gender and crime, intimate partner violence, corporate victimization and the role of the victim in criminal justice processes. Her recent publications can be found in Feminist Criminology, Violence Against Women and Homicide Studies.
Assistant Chief Luke Williams has served the St. Petersburgh Police Department for more than 27 years. Currently in charge of the Uniform Services Bureau, he oversees 55 percent of the department's budget and 73 percent of its personnel.
Mr. Williams holds a Master's in Criminal Justice Administration from USF, a B.A. from USF and an A.A. from St. Petersburg College. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute's Chief Executive Seminar, Leadership St. Pete, the Eckerd College Leadership Development Program, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Mr. Williams is active in the community, currently serving on the boards of the Pinellas County Urban League, Community Health Centers of Pinellas County and the Bayfront Medical Center Board of Trustees. He participates in the 5000 Role Models of Excellence and mentors for the Poynter Institute's Write Field program.
Mr. Williams has received the NAACP Community Service award, USF Distinguished Alumni/Community Leadership Award and Outstanding Alumnus Award for Leadership St. Pete in 2005.
Stacie Molina Woods
Stacie Molina Woods is a Tampa native and locally rooted in the university area. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology from USF in 1997. She was a Territo Scholarship Winner, a member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon and an officer of Alpha Phi Sigma. Woods has continuously engaged in various community service projects since her collegiate involvement at USF, and is currently a member of the Krewe of Agustina, which actively participates in numerous volunteer events serving the local area.
Ms. Woods is an adjunct professor at USF and teaches Juvenile Justice, as well as Juvenile Victimology. A proud, single mother of a seven year old, Woods had her only daughter while attaining a master's degree from St. Leo University. Her post graduate work focused on Criminal Justice with a concentration in Critical Incident Stress Management. She has been a full time law enforcement officer with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office since November of 1999 and has worked as an investigator in the Juvenile Services Section since May of 2009. As a Master Detective, she investigates Crimes Against Children and is a member of FDLE's Child Abduction Response Team and the HCSO Honor Guard.