Consultant II, LEIC865.946.3234 | 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, #101, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Dan joined LEIC in 2014 and comes from Minnesota where he worked as a community service officer, sworn police officer and crime scene evidence officer from 2003-2014. While working full-time as a police officer Dan also worked as a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office and covered over 5 counties in and around the Twin Cities, Minnesota metropolitan area. Dan has extensive training in the field of forensic science, patrol operations/tactics, and crisis intervention. Dan is a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI), The International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA), MN Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), and holds a Peace Officers license from the MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). While an Officer, Dan recieved awards for Distinguished Service (2013) and the Life Saving Award (2014).
Dan is the Past-President of the Minnesota Division of the International Association for Identification and currently serves on the International Association for Identification crime scene subcomittee. Dan was elected to the Tennessee IAI Board of Directors in late 2017 where he currently serves and continues to remain actively involved in the field of forensic science. Dan has a Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State University and a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Dan authored a children's book aimed at introducing kids to forensic science and police officers without the need to display violence. The book is titled, Officer Dan Looks for Clues-An introduction to forensic science for kids.
Dan's role with the LEIC is to oversee the planning, development, resourcing, instruction and execution of the UT's National Forensic Academy (NFA), the NFA Collegiate course, and other crime scene investigative programs offered by the LEIC. Dan is also responsible for the development and managment of the NFA alumni organization including website, updates and bi-annual NFA retraining opportunities for Alumni; managing the budget for the associated programs and reporting of federal grants and contracts; support development of new and revised law enforcement curriculum, evaluation and assessment of courses, conferences and symposiums; and frequent contact with law enforcement, medical examiners, forensic subject matter experts, federal, state and local officials.
In August of 2016, Dan recieved the 'Collaboration of the Year' award from the Institute for Public Service. Dan shares this honor with his colleagues: Melanie Wolfenbarger, Dr. Bill Bass, Dr. Murray Marks, Dr. Arpad Vass, Dr. Kevin Hoyt, and Martin Schubert. This award was presented for their work to establish the Outdoor Forensic Training Center (OFTC) which has human remains on the surface and buried for law enforcement training to learn how to excavate a clandestine grave, collect entomological evidence, and study human decomposition.
Public Works Consultant, MTAS731.425.4785 | 605 Airways Blvd. Suite 109, Jackson, TN 38301
Jackson IPS Office Manager
Secretary, Tennessee Stormwater Association
Former Education Co-Chair,Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association
Former Branch President, West Tennessee Branch, Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association
B.S., Civil Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, 1983
John Chlarson has over 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of engineering applications, having worked for government, industry, and private consulting. He established and ran a materials testing laboratory approved by the Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy. He has also been the engineer in responsible charge for engineering offices for firms in both Tennessee and Kentucky. Mr. Chlarson was also a City Engineer, responsible, among other things, for a comprehensive Storm Water Management Program. He has had extensive experience in the design, review, and implementation of storm water control structures and measures.
John Chlarson was the lead in MTAS’s role as the prime contractor for the Tennessee Department of Environments and Conservation’s EPA Construction Stormwater Initiative Grant to develop selection criteria and training programs for stormwater Qualified Local Programs. John assisted Robert Haley, (former) Assistant Manager of the Permit Section of the Division of Water Pollution Control, in developing Tennessee’s first Phase II Permit and NOI, and the Annual Report. John also worked with Sidney J. Hemsley, J.D., in co-authoring a statewide Model Stormwater Ordinance and a statewide Model Stormwater Utility Ordinance for municipalities in the State of Tennessee. John has also assisted in the presentation of several previous Phase II classes across the State of Tennessee. He is actively involved in monitoring developments in the NPDES Phase II permit regulations, and is the lead contact on Phase II for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service.
Municipal Management Consultant, MTAS731.425.4782 | 605 Airways Blvd. Suite 109, Jackson, TN 38301
I grew up in the Washington DC. area. After high school I enlisted in the Air Force and served 21 years, living overseas in the Philippines and Germany. After the Air Force I went to work for the City of McKenzie, Tennessee as their City recorder and Finance Director. Before joining the IPS staff in 2010, I served the City of Clifton, Tennessee as their City Manager.
Safety Consultant, CIS865.974.6621 | 105 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996
I have been in the Fire service for 37 years. I became the first Haz Mat Inspector in the City of San Jose, Califonia. I am an OSHA outreach instructor and a Past International Association of Firefighters outreach instructor. I had a Occupational Safety Company in California, from 1990 to 2008. Relocated to east Tennessee, to be close to grandkids.
Health and Safety Team Leader, CIS865.974.2009 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
OSHA Safety Consultant, CIS615.319.7462 | 193 Polk Ave., Suite C, Nashville, TN 37210
Specialist, LEIC865.947.3201 | 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Greg Coker Joined UT’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) Team in April 2016 as a Training Coordinator for the numerous courses facilitated and conducted by the LEIC. Greg came to LEIC after a 26 year career with the Knoxville Police Department where he retired as a Lieutenant. During his police career, he served in the Criminal Investigations Division, the Patrol Division, and the Support Services Division. His leadership positions included assignments with supervisory responsibility over Patrol squads, Records, Crime Analysis, Technical Services, and the Organized Crime/Narcotics Unit. He served on special teams including the Special Operations Squad, the Search and Rescue Team, and the Mobile Field Force. Greg served on the Governor’s Counter Terrorism task force and taught in the area of Homeland Security. Greg also served as the department’s Primary Defensive Tactics Instructor and was a firearms instructor assisting with those curricula at the Knoxville Police Department’s Training Academy. Prior to beginning work with the police department in 1990, Greg served three years on active duty in the United States Army in the Military Police Corps. Continuing on to 26 years of combined service in the Army Reserve and National Guard, Greg also worked as a Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Specialist, a Civil Affairs Specialist, and a Cavalry Scout.
Greg is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University.
Fire Management Consultant, MTAS615.532.7108 | 226 Capitol Blvd., Suite 606, Nashville, TN 37219
Steven Cross is a Fire Management Consultant with the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). He joined MTAS on July 9, 2017. His duties include providing technical assistance and consulting services for municipal governemnt leaders in all areas of fire department and emergency services management as well as serving as a resource for state-wide professional associations.
Steven joined the fire service as a municipal firefighter in 1986. He served for over 27 years with the Columbia Fire Department, the last 17 years as Columbia’s Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Chief. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee, Steven served in the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office's Fire Fighting Personnel Standards and Education Commission.
- Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration from Waldorf University in Forrest City, Iowa
- Fire Officer Level IV IFSAC / ProBoard from Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
- Chief Fire Officer designation (CFO), Commission on Fire Accreditation International
- Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association
- Tennessee All Hazards Incident Management Team, Assistant State Plan Coordinator
- Public Entity Risk Management, Insurance Institute of America
Solutions Consultant, CIS731.425.4779 | 605 Airways Blvd., Suite 109, Jackson, TN 38301
Keith Groves, Resource Program Manager, joined The University of Tennessee, Institute for Public Service – Center for Industrial Services in March of 2005. The Center focuses on strengthening manufacturing in Tennessee to secure jobs for the citizens of our state.
Prior to joining the Center for Industrial Services, Keith worked in retail sales for 11 years and in manufacturing for 16 years. During the 16 years in manufacturing, he became involved in Lean Manufacturing and has worked extensively in Lean Manufacturing since 1995. In 2006, Keith worked in the development of a new program for the center called Business Transformation. This is a holistic approach to moving businesses into the future with the tools to increase their ability to compete in a global market and improve profitability.
In 2011 Lean for Government was a program implemented in State Government to focus on improving processes and to train state employees on Lean Methodologies, Keith has been the core deliverer for this process.
Specialist II, LEIC865.946.3201 | 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Chris is LEIC's Training Specialist and oversees various courses, including the U.S. Department of State’s international weapons of mass destruction segments as well as the TN Office of Criminal Justice Program's STOP domestic violence initiative. Chris also serves as an instructor for several of LEIC’s classes, including security and vulnerability, domestic violence, leadership, emergency management, active shooter response for businesses & corporations, and others as needed. Prior to joining LEIC, he was a sworn Officer for the Kingsport Police Department. He has also worked as a supervisor in the alternative energy field, building various wind energy sites in many regions across the country and internationally.
Chris is certified through the American Crime Prevention Institute as a Crime Prevention Specialist and a Security Assessment Specialist. He is also a Certified Practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator instrument (MBTI).
Chris is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education in leadership and professional practice. He has an MBA with a specialization in Human Resource Management from King University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University, and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Northeast State Community College. He is an active member in the Smoky Mountain Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International) and the TN Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP). He also serves on the TN Department of Education's Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Industry Advisory Council.
Program Enrichment Manager, LEIC865.946.3201 | 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Jeff Lindsey joined UT’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) Team in January 2016 as the Program Manager. In the Program Manager’s role he is responsible for ensuring all of the LEIC’s offerings, to include the National Forensic Academy, leadership, and specialty courses, are highly effective and relevant to the needs of law enforcement practitioners. Lindsey came to the LEIC after a 26 year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During his FBI career, he served in a variety of investigative, tactical, training, senior leadership, and program/project management assignments in the field, as well as within headquarters entities. He had been an active FBI-certified instructor in several areas throughout his career since 1990. Of note, Lindsey served as a Supervisor, Instructor, and Program Manager in the FBI Academy’s Physical Training and Firearms Training Units and the Leadership Development Institute. Prior to entering on duty with the FBI in 1989, Lindsey served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and as an Airborne-Ranger qualified Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army.
In addition to being a graduate of several FBI leadership and executive development courses, Lindsey is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff residence course and the U.S. Army War College Defense Strategy Course. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Carson – Newman College, a Master of Military Studies Degree from the Marine Corps University, and a Doctor of Philosophy of Education with a specialization in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. His dissertation research focused on the leadership development needs of rising law enforcement leaders.
Online Training Specialist, LEIC865.946.3219 | 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike Suite 101, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Emily Miller is a Curriculum Specialist with the LEIC. She joined the LEIC in June 2008. Miller hails from Chicago, Illinois and after completing her bachelor’s degree she relocated to south Florida, where she worked for the national leadership organization LeadAmerica as a Program Coordinator and Leadership Specialist. Miller co-developed LeadAmerica’s college-accredited personal development curriculum and facilitated experiential learning workshops to over 4,000 high school and college-aged students throughout the United States. During her graduate studies she was a Coordinator to the Women & Politics Institute's International Women as Leaders program at American University funded by a grant from the Library of Congress.
Miller has authored a number of successful grants for LEIC and conducts needs assessments as well as validations on all of LEIC's programs.
Miller graduated magna cum laude in both her B.A. and M.A. degrees. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University in Secondary Education and English, and a master’s degree in International Training and Education from American University in Washington, DC. Her and her husband have three children - a set of boy/girl twins (Franklin and Elizabeth), and another daughter Caroline.
Human Resource Consultant/Office Manager, MTAS615.532.4956 | 226 Capitol Blvd Suite 606, Nashville, TN 37219
I joined the staff of The University of Tennessee - Municipal Technical Advisory Service in 1986 as a Municipal Human Resources Consultant. As an HR consultant, I provide technical HR assistance, training and support to city officials across the state on a wide range of HR issues. I have written numerous HR articles and technical publications, publish an annual salary and fringe benefit survey of Tennessee municipalities and developed sample policies and forms for city governments.
I earned a B.A. in Sociology and General Science from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA and a M.S. in Guidance and Personnel Services from The University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University), Memphis, TN.
I am a Past President of the International Public Management Association for Human Resource (IPMA-HR) and IPMA-HR-Southern Region (SRIPMA-HR). I am the Executive Director of the TN Chapter of IPMA-HR.
I am certified by the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) as a “Senior Certified Professional” (IPMA-SCP). I am also certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a "Certified Professional" and by the Human Resource Certification Institute as a “Professional in Human Resources” (PHR).
Fire Management Consultant, MTAS901.579.9247 | 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Box 14, Memphis, TN 38120-2130
Dennis Wolf is the fire management consultant for MTAS. He joined MTAS on August 1, 2011. Dennis joined the fire service as a volunteer firefighter in 1974. Before coming to MTAS, he served for over 34 years with the Germantown Fire Department, the last 15 years as Germantown’s fire chief and emergency management director.
- Master of Science in Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ
- Bachelor of Professional Studies in Fire Administration from the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
- Executive Fire Officer Program, National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, MD
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
- Chief Fire Officer designation (CFO), Commission on Fire Accreditation International
- Chief EMS Officer (CEMSO) designation, Commission on Fire Accreditation International
- Member (MIFireE), Institution of Fire Engineers
- International Association of Fire Chiefs – Member
- Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association – Member and past president
- Mid-South Fire Chiefs Association - Member and past president
Coordinator II, LEIC865.946.3235 | 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Melanie Wolfenbarger joined the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center in July 2014, to coordinate training for the National Forensic Academy. Prior to LEIC, Melanie held several positions with the university including: Accreditation Specialist for the University of Tennessee, Graduate School of Medicine and Assistant Director of Benefits & Retirement for the University of Tennessee System Human Resources.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Art in Anthropology, a Master of Science in Human Resource Management, and is working towards a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.