GRANITE STATE POLICE CAREER COUNSELING TRAINING STAFF

Tim Jones - CEO, Partner, GSPCC, LLC

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Tim JonesTim is originally from Florida and has resided in New Hampshire for over 25 years. He has been married to his wife, Karen, for 30 years. Tim also has two wonderful, Meghan and Lucas.

Prior to moving to New Hampshire, Tim spent six years in the US Navy. He served as a Deep Sea Diver and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI and San Diego, CA. After leaving the Navy to pursue law enforcement, Tim moved to New Hampshire and started his education. He attended the New Hampshire Technical Institute and ultimately obtained his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Tim later obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix. Tim also holds a Master’s in Business Administration.

Tim became a New Hampshire certified police officer in 1996 (110th Academy) as a member of the Litchfield Police Department. He worked there as a Patrol Officer for two years before moving to the Londonderry Police Department. Tim spent the remainder of his career with the Londonderry Police Department.

In total, Tim has 20 years of law enforcement experience. He retired on May 31, 2016. Over Tim’s career, he served as Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, SWAT Operator and Sniper, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant and ultimately as a Lieutenant. Tim has an extensive amount of experience with testing new candidates for police officer positions, as well as with conducting background investigations. As a supervisor, Tim has become well versed with the minutia of testing, interviewing, evaluating and investigating prospective police candidates. In addition, he has assisted many other New Hampshire police agencies with their hiring and promotional processes.

Tim served as a supervisor for 11 years. He attended several law enforcement leadership courses, to include the Massachusetts Leadership Institute and the FBI LEEDA Command Leadership Course. Tim authored the curricula for the first-line supervisor leadership development class, the report writing class and co-authored the advanced leadership course. Tim has an extensive history with teaching, both with his prior agency and with his company. Tim also serves as a full-time professor at New England College. He teaches many criminal justice related courses and is the lead advisor for the college’s law enforcement cadet corps.

Joshua Stokel - Partner, GSPCC, LLC

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Joshua StokelDeputy Chief Joshua Stokel has been a police officer for over twenty years.  He began his career with the Rochester, NH Police Department and joined the North Hampton, NH Police Department in 1999.

During his career, Joshua has served as a Detective, DARE Instructor, a Forensic Interviewer of Abused Children, Hostage Negotiator, Drug Recognition Expert, Lethality Assessment Instructor, Rape Aggression Defense Instructor, and Field Training Officer.  From 2002 – 2004, Joshua was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Meth Lab Enforcement Team.  He is currently the Deputy Chief of North Hampton PD.

In addition to his duties with the North Hampton Police Department, Joshua is an Adjunct Professor at Southern New Hampshire University.  He currently teaches master’s level courses.

Joshua received his Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Plymouth State College. Joshua also holds a Master’s degree in Justice Studies with a focus on public administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Phillip White, MS, MA, INCI - Chief Operating Officer, COO

Phillip WhiteOfficer Phillip White began his career with the San Jose Police Department in 1997 after having worked as a Corrections Officer with the Santa Clara County (CA) Sheriff’s Office from 1995-1997. With the San Jose Police Department, Phillip White has served in Patrol, Youth Protection Team, FTO (two tours), Community Services Division as Program Manager and Instructor, Internal Affairs, TEAM Kids Program co-creator and facilitator, and Body Worn Camera Unit Lead Instructor and Equipment Specialist.

Phillip White is currently the San Jose Police Department’s Field Training Program’s Administrative Officer. His unit coordinates scheduling for over 80 FTOs and between 40 and 65 police recruit trainees while providing professional FTO informational support for agencies across the state and nation. He is a California P.O.S.T. certified Academy Instructor, Scenario Evaluator and Instructor of the California P.O.S.T. approved Field Training Officer’s Course.

Officer White has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and has presented at the National Association of Field Training Officers (NAFTO) national conference and teaches throughout the county, state, and country. An avid sports coach, White holds an M.S. in Exercise Science and an M.A. in Athletic Administration.

White is a USMC veteran having served as an M.P. (MOS 5811) with the 3rd MAW, MCAS El Toro, CA.

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John M. Yerardi - Instructor

John Yerardi has 35 years of law enforcement experience. He began his police career with the Dover Police Department in New Hampshire in 1984 as a Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer and became certified as a police instructor in 1986. In 1987 he transferred to the Portsmouth, NH Police Department.

John worked in a variety of positions in Patrol, Investigations and Administration. He served as an investigator in the Sex Crimes Unit, Accident Investigation Team, Youth Services Division, General Investigations Division, Internal Affairs, and Personnel & Training Division. He commanded a number of specialized units during his career and established the department’s Honor Guard.

John spent many years in the Bureau of Investigative Services as a Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He worked a multitude of major cases and death investigations during his career. He received more than a dozen commendations for his work.

John completed his full-time career as the Commander of the Personnel and Training Division where he established new training programs for officers. He was responsible for the hiring of all personnel and vetted thousands of applicants while coordinating the background investigation process.

After retiring, John has remained active in law enforcement maintaining a per diem position with the Portsmouth Police Department until 2019. He also held positions as a deputy sheriff with the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office for seven years and Training Coordinator for the Rochester Police Department for three years. In addition, John worked in executive protection and risk management for a company CEO as well as a presidential candidate during the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign.

John has conducted classes, lectures, presentations and seminars on criminal investigations, death investigations, crime scene response and processing, as well as background investigations and a variety of other topics for officers and organizations.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He is also a graduate of the 204th session of the FBI National Academy.

Contact Information:
John M. Yerardi
yerardij@yahoo.com
Cell: 603-834-4982

Kevin J. DiNapoli - Instructor

Kevin J. DiNapoli graduated from Malden Catholic High School in 1991 before moving onto Saint Anselm College. While at Saint Anselm, Kevin was Vice President of the Pre-Law Society. Kevin was also selected to intern for the United Stated Department of State/Office of the Inspector General in Washington, DC. Kevin graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

In 1995, Kevin attended the part-time police academy prior to starting his career as a Stoneham, Massachusetts Auxiliary Police Officer. In 1996, Kevin was then hired by the Raymond, New Hampshire Police Department as a full-time police officer. While at the full-time New Hampshire Police Academy, Kevin graduated with a 96% GPA and received the “First Place Physical Fitness Award.”

IN 1998, Kevin moved onto a full-time position with the Hudson, New Hampshire Police Department. While in Hudson, Kevin worked as a detective, field training officer and crime scene technician. He received several awards to include: “Officer of the Year,” “Life-Saving with Valor” and “Looking Beyond the Traffic Ticket.” While moving up the ranks, Kevin too worked as a negotiator on the Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit for (11) years. Kevin also worked as the department’s CALEA accreditation manager beginning in 2005 and was directly involved with the program for his entire career.

In 2009, Kevin was also certified as a forensic polygraph examiner, having since conducted almost five hundred examinations. Prior to his retirement in Hudson, Kevin worked as a sergeant for (5) years, lieutenant for (6.5) years and a captain for his final (2) years.

In August of 2017, Kevin was hired as the Executive Officer/Deputy Chief for the Wenham, Massachusetts Police Department. As the second in command, Kevin worked as the court prosecutor, accreditation manager, internal affairs investigator and detective administrator. In May of 2021, Kevin took over as the Chief of Police in Wenham. He continues to work as an assessor for Massachusetts Accreditation and on the Massachusetts Accreditation Standards Review Committee.

Throughout his career, Kevin has taught and continues to teach numerous classes on leadership, polygraph examinations, interviews and interrogations, crime scene processing and law enforcement accreditation. Kevin also continues to work for several companies to assist in promotional processes, background investigations, risk assessments and internal affairs investigations.

Christopher J. Gandia (Captain – Retired)

Chris-GandiaCaptain Christopher J. Gandia, retired from the Londonderry, New Hampshire, Police Department (LPD), formerly assigned as the division commander for the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. His career encompassed 25+ years of law enforcement experience and 29 years of financial experience. Interwoven career paths of finance and law enforcement created unique opportunities and experiences for him. He currently works as a Senior Research Associate for Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) and teaches under the VALOR and SAFLEO programs to promote officer safety and wellness to agencies across the country.

After earning his degree in 1993, Captain Gandia turned to law enforcement in 1996, when he began his career with the LPD as a patrol officer. He also served as a sergeant, lieutenant and, recently retired in 2022 as captain. His career has included various tasks such as fiscal management, budgetary planning, internal auditing, organizational development, strategic planning, departmental training programs, and personnel leadership initiatives. In addition, from 1999 to 2014, he served on the Southern New Hampshire Regional SWAT Team.

Captain Gandia’s prior experience includes Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLC, as an external auditor, and Zoom Telephonics, Inc. as a financial analyst. He also performed as a lead instructor for the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition.

Captain Gandia earned a bachelor of science degree in accountancy from Providence College, a certificate in financial planning from Merrimack College, and his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation in 2003.

Dr. Ruben Quesada, Swampscott PD Chief of Police
Dr. Ruben Quesada was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1995, Ruben was hired full-time with the Mesa, Arizona Police Department where he ascended to the rank of Police Commander.

Ruben retired from Mesa PD, after 25 years to become the Deputy Chief of Police at Northern Essex Community College PD.

In March 2022, Ruben was sworn in as the Swampscott, MA Chief of Police. Ruben completed his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

He teaches Criminal Justice at the university level. Ruben is a staunch advocate and lifelong learner of police leadership and community policing. He and his family live on the North Shore in Massachusetts.

Mike Donahue, Manchester, NH Police Department

Mike Donahue was promoted to sergeant with the Manchester, NH Police Department in 2019.

From 2010-2019, he worked in various capacities as an undercover officer and detective. He worked plain clothes in the Street Crimes Unit and as an undercover detective dealing with Drug Trafficking Organized Crime and murder for hire. Sgt. Donahue was selected to work with the DEA Task Force, specializing in Congressional Law, DRE, Undercover and Surveillance.

He started his law enforcement career in 2003 with the Amherst Police Department and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Plymouth State College.

Dr. Amy Michael, University of New Hampshire
Dr. Amy Michael is a biological anthropologist and the Director of Forensic Anthropology Identification and Recovery (FAIR) Lab at the University of New Hampshire.

Her interests include collaborative and novel approaches to resolving cold cases, forensic search and recovery methods, and interpretation of skeletal and dental microstructure in forensic cases. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2016 and has worked on archaeological projects in the U.S., Albania, and Belize.

To date, Dr. Michael has been involved in 100+ forensic cases ranging from human/non-human bone identification to full exhumations and complex field recoveries.

She has worked at UNH since 2018 and has partnered with New Hampshire State Police, DNA Doe Project, historical societies, and more to analyze unidentified human remains.

Frank E. Jones, BA, MA

Frank JonesFrank E. Jones, BA, MA, retired from a full-time career in law enforcement in New Hampshire in 2005, at the rank of Lieutenant after more than twenty years of service. He is a graduate of the 59th N.H. Police Academy and the Command Training Institute at Babson College. Frank has served as a Detective, Shift Supervisor, Division Commander, a staff and training officer for N.H. Police Standards & Training, and a Chief of Police in New Hampshire. Frank is also a military veteran, having served honorably in both the U. S. Air Force, and the U. S. Army. He has thousands of hours in specialized training. That training includes grant research and writing, which he has used with the preparation and management of more than 2.5 million dollars with both State and Federal grants. Currently still serving as a law enforcement officer in his 43rd year (both FT and PT) at the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department in Laconia, N.H., Frank continues to use his expertise with investigative work and grant writing.

Since 2005, Frank has been employed as a FT Assistant Professor of the Practice for the Criminal Justice Department at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. There, he has earned several awards including Advisor of the Year, Faculty Member of the Year, the OneShip Award, and others. He teaches a wide variety of courses at all levels, from freshmen to seniors. He teaches the concepts of research methodology and thesis preparation each year and serves on the Academic Standards Committee as the Co-Chairperson. Frank is also the Advisor to the college’s chapter for Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Honor Society for Criminal Justice.

Recognized as a well-experienced and expert grant writer and administrator, Frank will be teaching grant writing for GSPCC. He is married to a law enforcement officer, and enjoys hiking, fishing, and travelling nationally and abroad when he can.

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