Wall of Fame
Edward (Ted) Kori is the Director of the Pre-Release Orientation Program, Inc. which oversees the LIFERS' Program at the Sumter Correctional Institution and conducts one of the various programs at Abe Brown Ministries. He also serves on a "Sex Trafficking" awareness committee and sponsors interns at the Sumter Correctional Facility. After serving for 20 years with the Tampa Police Department's Reserve Unit and retiring as a Lieutenant, he returned to college and received both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Criminology at the University of South Florida. Ted, with his wife Carolyn, researched and developed the "Social Reintegration Program" which has been incorporated into the restructured LIFERS' Program. In 2011 the program was accepted by the Florida Parole Commission and certified by the Department of Corrections. Additionally, Ted has been a volunteer chaplain at Zephyrhills Correctional and is currently in that position at Sumter Correctional. He has served with the Hillsborough Ex-Offender Re-entry Network, received the "Volunteer of the Year" award at two correctional facilities and is currently nominated for "Volunteer of the Year" at the State level for 2014. He served on the USF President's Counsel and is a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma.
Jennifer Phillips Mabe
Jennifer Phillips Mabe received a bachelor's degree with a double major in Criminology and Sociology in 1996, and a Master of Public Administration in 2003, both from the University of South Florida. She was an active member of the American Criminal Justice Association, an officer of Alpha Phi Sigma and the Criminology Alumni Society, and remained very involved with the Criminology department for many years, assisting Lisa Landis as Event Co-Coordinator of the Criminology Career Expos. From 1997-2007, Mrs. Mabe was a Certified Welfare Fraud Investigator for both the State Auditor General and Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Public Assistance Fraud programs. During her service with FDLE, she became a FTO for junior investigators and a member of the Incident Management Group and Child Abduction Response Team.M
Since 2007, Mrs. Mabe has been an investigator, in Florida and in North Carolina for TriCenturion, Inc., a Medicare Program Safeguard Contractor established to perform program integrity functions to protect the Medicare Trust Fund from fraud, waste, and abuse. She is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Fraud Examiner. Along with her husband David, she is a member of Kiwanis of Kernersville, and her proudest accomplishment is her three-year-old son, Dawson.
Robert Vincent is the Chief of Police for the City of Gulfport, where he has served for over twenty years working nearly all positions within the agency. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Florida Police Chiefs Association, and he is a past president of the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association. He also serves as an agency assessor for the Commission on Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation and on the Pinellas Advisory Board for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
A certified instructor in high-liability subjects, Chief Vincent taught for several years in the law enforcement programs of St. Petersburg College. He now sits on their police academy advisory board.
Twice a graduate of the University of South Florida, Chief Vincent holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor's Degree in English. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, where he earned a graduate certificate from the University of Virginia. In addition, Chief Vincent is an alumnus of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute.
Chief Vincent volunteers as a member of the Gulfport Lions Club and is on the Executive Board of the West Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America.
JD Withrow, Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety, has worked with the University of South Florida Police Department for the past 27 years. He began his career with the department as a Patrol Officer in 1986 and ascended through the ranks to his current position as Chief. He also served as the Director of Police Services on the USF Sarasota/Manatee campus for four years. He has a Master of Arts Degree in Adult Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University, The Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Senior Leadership Program class #8 and Chief's Executive Seminar class #27. JD is a CJSTC certified instructor and has considerable experience with law enforcement recruit, advanced and professional, and in-service training and education.
Chief Withrow is married and has two adult children. He enjoys sports.
Outstanding Criminology Ambassadors
Stephanie Bayly, a Detention Screener at the Juvenile Assessment Center in Tampa, Florida, received her BA in Criminology from University of South Florida in May 2014. Ms. Bayly is also an alumna of Sigma Delta Tau and Rho Lambda Honors Sorority Inc. She earned her position at the Juvenile Assessment Center after an internship in the summer of 2013. Her goal for the future is to work with children in the juvenile justice field to counsel juveniles who have had hardships in their lifes. She plans on expanding her education with either another BA or a Master's degree.
Monica Canales is currently a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner. While working towards her undergraduate degree at USF, she was employed as a Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Ms. Canales obtained her Victim Services Practitioner Designation and conducted forensic sexual assault examinations with a nurse examiner, as well as provided counseling services to survivors. In 2010, she graduated cum laude from USF with her bachelor's degree in Criminology and a minor in Sociology. She was a member of Alpha Phi Sigma and Pi Gamma Mu Honor Societies. Ms. Canales went on to obtain her master's degree in Forensic Psychology at the Chicago School of Psychology in 2013. Her master's thesis focused on development of grief counseling and support services for family members suffering a traumatic loss.
Ms. Canales actively conducts death investigations on individuals who die in Hillsborough County by means of accidents, suicides, homicides, and natural disease. She has experience identifying remains, post-mortem changes, and scene investigation. She attended numerous trainings, conferences, and obtained her certification through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Ms. Canales is also a member of the Florida Association of Medical Examiners. Within the next couple years, she hopes to utilize her experience and become a Special Agent with the FBI.
Christopher Donner is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University, and teaches a variety of courses including Law Enforcement, Statistics, Criminal Courts, and Criminological Theory. In his first year, Dr. Donner was awarded the department's annual scholarship award for research productivity. Professor Donner holds a doctorate in criminology from the University of South Florida, and bachelors and masters degrees in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. His main research interest is focused in American law enforcement, and his dissertation examined police misconduct among a multi-agency sample of police supervisors. Under the direction of Dr. Lorie Fridell, he worked on the National Police Research Platform, a series of longitudinal studies of police personnel. Throughout this project, Dr. Donner worked closely with policing scholars and practitioners to produce translational research. Before pursuing his doctorate, he worked in the criminal justice field for two years as a Pre-Trial Officer for the Hamilton County (OH) Municipal Court. Dr. Donner is a member of the American Society of Criminology, and his work has been published in multiple peer-review journal outlets, such as the Journal of Criminal Justice, the American Journal of Criminal Justice, and Police Quarterly.
Autumn Frei earned a BA/MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JJAY) where she received a certificate of recognition and appreciation for outstanding contributions to research for her work on an externship with JJAY and the FBI's behavioral science unit. While completing her doctorate education at USF, she taught senior seminars and special topics courses within her forensic specialty areas and was nominated twice for teaching excellence awards. She received her doctorate from USF in 2014. Her dissertation explored demographic and psychosocial factors among medication assisted drug court treatment clients to identify factors predicting successful drug court graduation. During her years at USF she gained valuable experience working as a graduate research associate at the Florida Mental Health Institute where she continues to work as a research coordinator. She collaborates on evaluation studies of evidence-based practices for a number of federally funded grant projects including jail diversion programs for individuals with co-occurring disorders and for veterans with trauma related disorders, treatment for homeless projects, and drug and dependency court services. She has over 20 professional presentations describing the results of these evaluations. Ms. Frei has been published in a variety of journals including Homicide Studies and Criminal Justice and Behavior.
Ian D. Hayes is an officer in the US Navy. He earned his B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University in 2005. After completing several deployments around the world with the Navy, Ian went on to earn his M.A. in Criminology at the University of South Florida in 2014. During his time at USF, he served as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science in the NROTC program, and was involved with community service organizations that targeted at-risk youth.
Mr. Hayes' research interest is the nature of racial bias in law enforcement. Mr. Hayes continues to serve in the Navy and plans to further the study of racial bias in the under-researched areas of military law enforcement and anti-terrorism efforts.
Melissa Lugo is currently a second year doctoral candidate in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Lugo graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Anthropology and Criminology, and received her M.A. in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include: criminological theory, antisocial behavior and crime, and the effects of imprisonment.
Ms. Lugo is currently involved in research projects at the University of Cincinnati Correction's Institute (UCCI) examining Ohio's Community Corrections Act Programs as well as the impact of quality educational programs on reducing recidivism. She intends on advancing her work at UCCI and conduct trainings on proper rehabilitation program implementation at various correctional facilities. She is currently trained in Thinking for a Change, Core Correctional Practices, and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions. Ms. Lugo is also on the executive committee for the Graduate Research and Discussion Sessions (GRADS).
Rob Parkinson is the Manager of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Grant Coordination Unit of the Hillsborough County Strategic Planning Department. He received his Master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Rob joined the County in 2010, and is tasked with collaborating with federal, state, and local justice stakeholders to achieve the County's overall public safety goals. He is also responsible for administering all County justice related grants, trust funds, and projects.
During his tenure with the County, Rob has served as the Acting Criminal Justice Liaison, where he was successful in representing the County at the state and local level. Prior to joining Hillsborough, he served in the State Substance Abuse and Mental Health Office where he was responsible for coordinating behavioral health and forensic systems. He has been recognized by Florida Tax Watch, Florida Council of 100, State of Florida, Hillsborough County, and Department of Justice for his work in the areas of institutional diversion and reentry.
Brian G. Sellers is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology Department at Eastern Michigan University. He received his B.A. in History and Political Science in 2005 and his M.S. in Criminal Justice in 2008 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Recently, he earned his Ph.D. in Criminology from USF.
Dr. Sellers' research interests include juvenile justice & policy, juvenile homicide offenders, juvenile risk assessment, restorative justice, school violence, psychology & law, and ethical dilemmas in the CJ system. He is the co-author of Ethics of Total Confinement: A Critique of Madness, Citizenship, and Social Justice. His work has also been published in The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Criminal Justice & Behavior (Forthcoming), and Behavioral Sciences & the Law (Forthcoming).
Dr. Sellers is currently on the steering committee of a grassroots initiative in Washtenaw County, MI that is developing a program to provide restorative justice services to the local community. He is continuing to work with a research team in the further development of the START-AV, which is a risk assessment instrument for justice-involved youth.