Wall of Fame
My Harrison, a native of Tampa, Florida, earned a BA from USF and was a Special Agent in Charge for the FBI's Memphis Field Offices. Prior to her appointment with the FBI, Ms. Harrison was employed by the University of South Florida Police Department. After that, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa, Florida, where she served as a Deputy Sheriff, Patrol Corporal, Undercover Narcotics Detective, Prescription Fraud Detective and Internal Affairs Investigator. She retired from the Sheriff's Office in February 1985.
In April 2004, Ms. Harrison was promoted to the position of the Section Chief in the Administrative Services Division at FBI Headquarters. The promotion made her the third African-American female to enter the FBI's Senior Executive Service. In February 2005, Ms. Harrison was designated as the Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Field Office.
Law enforcement is a vital part of My's family legacy. Her great-great grandfather provided plantation security on a Florida Plantation; her cousin, Alfonso Lofton, is the first African-American State Trooper in Florida; her mother was a Probation Officer; and her sister is a sergeant within the Florida Department of Transportation Police. My has two daughters; Natika, who served as a Deputy Sheriff in Hillsborough County and Ronnee, who was Criminal Justice major at Bethune-Cookman College.
Christopher S. Morin is a Shareholder and trial attorney with the law firm of Murray, Morin & Herman, P.A. Following an enlistment term in the United States Navy, Mr. Morin received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude (1994), and a Master of Arts Degree, summa cum laude (1995), from the University of South Florida. After obtaining his Bachelor's degree in Criminology, Mr. Morin served as a Graduate Assistant and teaching Adjunct in the Department of Criminology before attending Stetson University College of Law where he was a Senior Associate for the Stetson Law Review. Mr. Morin received his Juris Doctorate degree, magna cum laude, in 1999.
Mr. Morin is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in all State courts and before the United States District Courts for the Middle, Southern, and Northern Districts of Florida. He has also researched and authored several articles that were published in the Stetson Law Review and the Journal of Air Law & Commerce, including: Flying the Not-So-Friendly Skies: Charas v. TWA's Definition of "Service" Under the ADA's Preemption Clause Exposes Airlines to Tort Liability.
Shelley Tomlinson is currently serving as the Circuit 13 Deputy Circuit Administrator with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) Community Corrections. She graduated from the University of South Florida in December 1979 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. In May 2012, she earned a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of South Florida.
Ms. Tomlinson began her career with FDOC in June 1983 as a Correctional Probation Officer in Hillsborough County/Circuit 13. She was promoted through the ranks of FDOC before being appointed to her current position where she has served since May 2012. During her career, she has been instrumental in the development of various partnerships between social service agencies and local law enforcement agencies. She served on task forces concerning the development of sex offender probation, and other special needs offenders. She was involved in the implementation of Drug Offender Probation inpatient drug treatment programs within Community Corrections. Ms. Tomlinson has been recognized for her work with The American Correctional Association Commission Accreditation in Florida.
Ms. Tomlinson enjoys volunteering with Special Olympics of Florida and the Florida Council of Crime and Delinquency.
Outstanding Criminology Ambassadors
Kristina Childs is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Central Florida. In 2002, she graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology at USF. Dr. Childs' research interests include juvenile justice system policy, prevention and intervention strategies for juvenile offenders, and the causes, structure, and consequences of co-occurring risky behavior in adolescence. Recent publications have appeared in Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice & Behavior, and Criminal Justice Studies. Dr. Childs is currently the principal investigator of a project, funded by the National Institute of Justice, to improve school climate and safety in Brevard County, FL. For the past seven years, she has also been extensively involved in the Louisiana Models for Change Initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. At UCF, she teaches research methods and data analysis and is looking forward to playing an active role in the doctoral program beginning in the Fall of 2015.
Danielle Chen-Loy Chin
Danielle Chen-Loy Chin is an undergraduate Honors student at the University of South Florida majoring in Criminology, with a minor concentration in Psychology. Since 2014, she has worked as a student assistant to the Senior Vice Provost in the University of South Florida's Provost Office. During her time at USF, she has maintained placement on the Dean's List in the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, joined the USF Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and interned with Tampa's very own City Council.
Danielle's collegiate experience has sparked her interest in the research topic of racial injustices in law enforcement. Her Honors Thesis on this topic is due to be completed in April of 2016.
Danielle is expected to graduate in the spring of 2016. After graduation, she looks forward to furthering her education by obtaining her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of South Florida.
Elizabeth Eve Guerra is currently an intern with the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. In the Spring of 2015 she graduated with her BA in Criminology along with a minor in Leadership from the University of South Florida. During her time at the University of South Florida, she played a role in the re-establishment of the Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. She became president and worked to make the chapter's presence felt in the community through volunteer service and financial support to community partners who worked to combat issues ranging from human trafficking, to addiction, to sexual violence. Elizabeth aspires to work in the Trafficking in Persons Office in the Department of State, and is currently undergoing the process of interning with the Office of Foreign Missions in San Francisco for the Fall of 2015.
Hector Huertas-Rivera obtained his B.A. in Criminology and Sociology from the University of South Florida in 2015. Currently, he works as a Resource Specialist at Careersource Tampa Bay, providing assistance and state resources to people in need of employment. During his time at USF, he was one of 9 members who helped to reestablish the Sigma chapter of the Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma. As part of Alpha Phi Sigma, he acted as Publicity Chair and later as Vice-President, helping to establish a strong chapter presence on campus through fundraisers and the recruitment of new members. He hopes to continue on his education at USF and obtain an M.A. in Criminology.
Norair Khachatryan is a first-year Ph.D. Student in Criminology at the University of South Florida (USF). In 2006, he completed a BA in Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, and in May 2015, he graduated from USF with an MA in Criminology.
Norair's main research interests are juvenile homicide and sexual homicide. His Master's thesis was a 30-year follow-up study of juvenile homicide offenders. He has an article published in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology on recidivism of juvenile sexual homicide offenders, and two articles under review in other peer-reviewed journals. He also has an encyclopedia entry published in the Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment.
Norair has served as a Teaching Assistant for the following courses: Serial Killers, Juvenile Murderers, and Theories of Criminal Behavior. He very much looks forward to gaining more research and teaching experience as a Doctoral Student at USF.
Monica Landers is currently employed as a Social and Behavioral Researcher with the Department of Child and Family Studies at the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences. She earned her Master of Social Work degree as well as her M.A. in Criminology at the University of South Florida. She endeavors to utilize her educational background and experiences in order to positively affect the lives of adolescents involved in, or who are at risk of involvement in, the juvenile justice system.
Monica research interests include the intersection of mental health and juvenile justice and multi-system response for dually-involved and dually-adjudicated youth. She has collaborated on various projects, publications, and presentations centered on systems of care, commercial sexual exploitation of children, out-of-home care, child welfare, cross-over youth, and adolescent parenthood. Additionally, she has worked with the Florida Mental Health Institute staff to implement a Summer Research Institute geared toward introducing high school students to mental health research behavioral healthcare related fields.
Jon Maskaly is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to completing his Ph.D. in Criminology at USF, he completed a B.A. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada.
Jon's research interests' center on the police and the communities they serve. Specifically, he is working on several projects looking at neighborhood conditions that are conducive for higher levels of crime, in the United States and abroad. Additionally, he is working on a few projects examining the effects of the community on the police and simultaneously the effects of the police on the communities they serve. Jon is ultimately convinced a true explanation of police-community relations must account for the reciprocal effects between the two entities, and hopes to continue his research in this area.
Jon, with the help of some colleagues at UIC, is largely responsible for teaching graduate level stats and advanced quantitative methods classes at UIC. Additionally, he is currently working towards a graduate certificate in advanced quantitative measurement.
Captain Pridemore has served the residents of Temple Terrace as a member of the Temple Terrace Police Department for just over twenty years and is also retired from the United States Air Force after twenty years of faithful service.
Captain Pridemore received his Bachelor's degree in Criminology as well as his Master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of South Florida.
During the course of his career, he has held positions in both the Patrol Division and the Investigative Services Division. His primary assignments have included Patrol Officer, Detective, Intelligence Detective, Patrol Corporal, Detective Corporal, Lieutenant, and presently Captain assigned as the Commander of the Patrol Division.
Captain Pridemore is an avid cyclist and "Rides For Those Who Died" each year as a member of the Police Unity Tour. He has also been a coach for a youth flag football league for the past ten years.
He is married and has two sons, 19 and 14, and a daughter, 7.