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Dr. Stevan Hobfoll has authored and edited 14 books, including TRAUMATIC STRESS, THE ECOLOGY OF STRESS, STRESS CULTURE AND COMMUNITY, and THE IMPERFECT GUARDIAN (an historical novel set in Eastern Europe at the time of WWI). In addition, he has authored over 300 journal articles, book chapters and technical reports. He has been a frequent workshop leader on stress, war, and terrorism, stress and health, and organizational stress. He has received over $18 million in research grants on stress.
As an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces he became an expert on stress and war. He has headed NATO workshops and co-chaired the National Commission on Stress and War during Operation Desert Storm, guiding policy about the treatment of U.S. military personnel and their families. He was a member of Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee: National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Following the tragedy of September 11, 2001 and the increase in terrorism in London, Madrid and Israel, he has been involved in efforts to respond to terrorism and antiterrorism efforts. In the wake of the November 2009 terrorist attack on Fort Hood, Professor Hobfoll was engaged by the U.S. Army as a principal consultant for recovery and resiliency for Fort Hood and the surrounding community. His Conservation of Resources theory has been adopted as a basis for the U.S. Marine Corp’s stress manual and by the senior-most planning elements of the U.S. military forces for their understanding of stress and resilience in U.S. Forces. Finally, his 5 Principles of Mass Casualty Intervention has become the world standard, adopted by the World Health Organization, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and countries and NGOs around the world.
Professor Hobfoll has been honored with multiple lifetime achievement awards for work on traumatic stress, and work on stress and health. His work has made a difference in millions of people’s lives around the world, believing that academia must be a beacon of light for the world, not an ivory tower. He was honored by the State of Ohio for implementation of efforts to protect poor women of color from violence and disease in Ohio. His work was selected as a model program by both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control for translation of research to effective intervention in inner-city women’s lives, especially addressing violence and physical health. (h-index 85; 50081 citations, 5-11-20).
John L. Folino, Jr. has been a veteran of the Chicago Police Department since 1999. After being promoted to Detective in 2005, John spent 7 years investigating homicides and officer-involved shootings. After his promotion to Sergeant in 2012, John served with the 25th Police District. Assigned to the Intelligence Counter-Terrorism Section in 2014, John led a team of officers and detectives who investigated high-profile cases involving organized crime enterprises. In 2018, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the 16th Police District. He currently serves in the Narcotics Division.
John has also been a television and featured film consultant for over 10 years, advising hundreds of actors in police procedure, policy and tactics. He serves as the Director of Productions for Blue Star Security and oversees security for sets, locations, casts and crews.
John has a MBA in Financial Fraud Examination and Management and is certified in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.
Joe Cook currently works as a Principal Attorney at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Joe previously served as a Cook County State’s Attorney in the Gang Crimes Unit, the Narcotics Prosecution Bureau and the Criminal Appeals Division. Joe also serves as a Major in the United States Air Force JAG Corps, where he is currently assigned to the WI Air National Guard and drills out of the 128th ARW. Joe was elected the Democratic Committeeperson of the 41st Ward of Chicago in March of 2020. Joe was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago, where he and his wife Jenny are now raising their four young daughters.
Scott Buhrmaster has been involved in the law enforcement training community for 30 years. His tenure began in 1989 when he initially signed on as the Director of Research and Business Development at Calibre Press, one of the leading law enforcement training and information providers in the industry. For 10 years he was involved in virtually every area of the business, from the planning, creation and marketing of the organization’s award-winning textbooks, training videos and online publications to developing and securing content for Calibre’s popular national training programs.
In 1999, Buhrmaster launched The Buhrmaster Group, an organization focused on helping law enforcement training companies and independent trainers develop, market and expand their training efforts. Among his clients was PoliceOne.com, the world’s largest online portal for law enforcement. After a brief consultative relationship, Buhrmaster was asked to join the organization full time as the Vice President of both the Training and Editorial Divisions. During that period, Scott was named to the National Advisory Board of the Force Science Institute, which at the time was a newly developing organization that was also among his list of clients. Following a seven-year tenure at PoliceOne, Scott signed on with Force Science full-time, initially as their Vice President of Operations and then progressing to Chief Operating Officer. After more than 10 years at the Institute, Scott accepted the position of CEO at Calibre Press where he currently serves.
Scott has written extensively for the law enforcement market, both in print and online, and helped launch two of the largest and most popular online publications in the industry: Street Survival Newsline® and Force Science News® . Scott was the Publisher of Police Marksman magazine and served as a Contributing Editor and consultant for Law Officer magazine. He was also a long-time contributor to PoliceOne.com and served as a marketing and editorial consultant for Looseleaf Law Publications in New York.
Patrick Walsh is currently an Asset Protection Manager and has extensive experience leading major investigations and recovery efforts for high-end retailers throughout the U.S. A Chicago native, Patrick was raised in a law enforcement family and studied Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration at Northern Michigan University and Oakton Community College. He is currently a board member of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Regional Organized Crime Task Force, a public and private sector organization created to combat organized retail crime. In this capacity, Patrick has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors in retail product fencing and money laundering investigations. He is also a member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association and the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.
Jennifer Fowler is a twenty one year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, currently serving as the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant of the Special Investigations Unit at the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. Born and raised on Chicago’s far Northside in Roger’s Park, Jennifer is one of six children. She attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and then followed in her father’s footsteps by joining the CPD in 1999. Additionally, three of Jennifer’s brothers also serve on the CPD and one brother is a member of the Chicago Fire Department. She is currently enrolled in DePaul University’s Master of Jurisprudence program with a concentration in Criminal Law.
Jennifer has served the citizens of Chicago in almost every neighborhood from North to South as a Patrol Officer, Tactical and Gang Investigations Officer, Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Each of these positions has taught Jennifer different levels of policing and has broadened her knowledge in the different bureaus that make up the Chicago Police Department. She has formed countless meaningful relationships with the people of Chicago.
Anybody who knows Jennifer knows that her greatest love is her family. Jennifer currently resides in the Edgebrook neighborhood with her wife and two children. She is an active member of the community and her church. You can often spot Jennifer at her children’s numerous sporting events, calling the fouls and cheering them on to victory.
Janice Dillon comes from a third generation Chicago Police family and proudly served the City of Chicago for over twenty-eight years. She holds an Associates Degree of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Criminal Justice. Janice started her own security company,
HLSA, Inc. in 2013 and employs retired law enforcement officers and off-duty officers. She works closely with Blue Star Security, Ltd. to provide support and resources to officers and their families. Janice is a dedicated, career public servant.