2017 Annual Conference Speaker Information and Bios

Please see brief presentation details and speaker bios below.

Speakers subject to change.

Dr. Stephen D. Hart - The Role of Mental Disorder in Threat Assessment: Case Studies

Threat assessment and management involves consideration of various forms of mental disorder. This is true regardless of the nature of violence that is a concern (violence toward public figures, intimate partner violence, terrorism, sexual violence, etc.), the setting in which the threat assessment professional is working (national security, corporate, higher education, health care, etc.), and the primary legal issues at hand (criminal law, occupational health and safety law, employment law, etc.). But how should threat assessment professionals evaluate, understand, and explain the link between mental disorder and violence risk? In this presentation, Dr. Hart will identify some key principles and illustrate them using three brief case studies—one from law enforcement, one from the corporate sector, and one from higher education—in which the relevance of mental disorder was potentially of critical importance.

Detective Warren Miller & Sergeant Matthew Fyles - Aurora Theatre Shooting Case Study (Colorado, USA)

Warren Miller is a detective with the Major Crime Homicide Unit with the Aurora Police Department, Aurora Colorado.

Warren attended Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado and graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986.  He started his police career in Wichita Kansas as a patrolman with the Wichita Police Department.  After 5 years Warren returned to his home state of Colorado and joined the Aurora Police Department in 1994.  While with the Aurora Police Department Warren was selected to join the Narcotics unit.  From there he was assigned to a joint task force with the DEA.  Warren’s 5 years in Narcotics afforded him the ability to conduct major investigations while being undercover.  After promoting to the rank of Detective in 2003, Warren was assigned to the Persons/Robbery Section.   His 8 years of experience in investigations allowed him the opportunity to join the Major Crime Homicide Unit in 2006 where he is currently assigned.

On July 20, 2012 Warren served as a key investigator in the Century 16 Mass Murder Investigation.  He was initially assigned to coordinate, prioritize and facilitate interviewing the hundreds of potential eye witnesses just hours after the shooting.  Warren was then placed in charge of collecting and processing all of the evidence from inside the theaters; a task that lasted multiple weeks.

Matthew Fyles is a Sergeant and supervisor of the Major Crime Homicide Unit with the Aurora Police Department in Aurora Colorado, policing the 54th largest city in the United States.  Matthew is a graduate of the Colorado State University, where he received a BS in Zoology.

After graduation, Matthew managed a neuroscience research laboratory at the University of Southern California, participating in research into neuroplasticity.  Matthew eventually left the world of science to pursue his dream of law enforcement with his native city of Aurora.  An intrinsic ability to solve cases lead to a promotion to Detective and assignment to Property Crimes.  In short order he was selected for the Gang Intervention Unit where his natural networking abilities laid the footwork for crime gun focused investigations with the Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms.  Matthew’s expertise in gangs lead to his appointment to the Homicide Unit in 2007.  He ultimately promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2011 with a 100% case clearance rate.  Matthew would take over as a supervisor for the Homicide Unit where his knowledge, skills and abilities would culminate with his role as the lead investigatory supervisor of the Century 16 Mass Murders in 2012.  

Since then he’s assisted with successfully seeing the case through charging, prosecution and conviction, while continuing in his role as supervisor of the Homicide Unit.  Matthew has presented as plenary speaker on topics including Major Case Management, Team Development & Sustainment, and Critical Incident Investigation.  Matthew credits all of his successes to his beautiful daughter who gives him purpose and to the members of the Major Crime Homicide Unit who he holds in the highest regard.

RCMP Superintendent Martine Fontaine - Role of RCMP with Management of Threats to National Security

Superintendent Martine Fontaine is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with 34 years of dedicated service.

After completing her Bachelor of law, LLB (Criminal and Civil) at Sherbrooke University, she began her basic police training in 1983.   She was assigned to general uniform policing duties in Wynyard Saskatchewan where she accomplished various operational and plainclothes functions including undercover operations.   In 1988, Supt. Fontaine was posted to the Drug Enforcement Section in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.   She subsequently transferred to the Undercover Operations Section in Montreal, Quebec and then to the Drug Enforcement Section in Montreal as an investigator. She was later assigned to the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Section where she worked on major international organized crime and money laundering investigations. In 2007, she was commissioned to the rank of Inspector and assigned to the position of Operations Officer for the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Section in Montreal and later became the Officer in Charge of the unit in 2009.

In 2011, Inspector Fontaine was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and assumed the role of Assistant Criminal Operations Officer for the RCMP C Division (Province of Quebec) National Security Program. In this role, she was the officer in charge overseeing all criminal investigations, enforcement operations including outreach program and intervention for National Security and counter-terrorism matters in the Province.   She moved to the Organized Crime Program in 2016 but maintains the responsibility of the prevention on national security for the Province of Quebec. In this function, she is also a member of the Division Executive responsible for the administration and management of a large RCMP Federal Division with over 1200 employees.

In 2017, she was rewarded with the Officer Order of Merit from the Governor General of Canada in recognition of her outstanding contribution to our country.

Throughout her service Supt. Fontaine has worked with various international law enforcement agencies in conducting major complex sensitive investigations and in the exchange of best practices.

Dr. Paul Gill – Lone-actor Terror and Extremism

Based upon a unique dataset of 111 lone actors that catalogues the life span of the individual’s development, the talk contains important insights into what an analysis of their behaviours might imply for practical interventions aimed at disrupting or even preventing attacks. It adopts insights and methodologies from criminology and forensic psychology to provide a holistic analysis of the behavioural underpinnings of lone-actor terrorism. By focusing upon the behavioural aspects of each offender, this work marks a pointed departure from previous research in the field. It seeks to answer the following key questions:

  • Is there a lone-actor terrorist profile and how do they differ?
  • What behaviours did the lone-actor terrorist engage in prior to his/her attack and is there a common behavioural trajectory into lone-actor terrorism?
  • How ‘lone’ do lone-actor terrorists tend to be?
  • What role, if any, does the internet play?
  • What role, if any, does mental illness play?

Brief Biography

Dr. Paul Gill is a senior lecturer in Security and Crime Science. Previous to joining UCL, Dr. Gill was a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University. He has over 40 publications on the topic of terrorist behaviour. He has conducted research funded by the Office for Naval Research, the Department of Homeland Security, DSTL, the European Union, the National Institute of Justice, CREST and MINERVA. These projects focused upon various aspects of terrorist behavior including the IED development, creativity, terrorist network structures, and lone-actor terrorism. His doctoral research focused on the underlying individual and organizational motivations behind suicide bombing. This piece of research won the Jean Blondel Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis in Political Science in Europe for 2010. He has published in leading psychology, criminology and political science journals.

Dr. Kevin S. Douglas - Major Mental Disorder and Violence Risk

The link between major mental disorder (MMD) and violence remains controversial. It is vital for threat assessment professionals who may be evaluating and managing cases amongst people with MMD to understand the specific role that mental disorder might (or might not) play with respect to their risk of violence.  This talk will address the link, arguing that although there may be a direct, causal link between mental disorder and violence for some people, there may also be indirect links (i.e., by interfering with treatment or increasing stress). For others, MMD might be unrelated to their violence. It is important to discern when MMD is directly related to a person’s violence, indirectly related, or simply unrelated.

The talk will delineate specific active aspects of MMD for threat assessment professionals to focus upon that increase the risk for violence in individuals, including, amongst other things, comorbidity with substance use; heightened negative affect associated with the MMD; specific types of symptoms (i.e., those causing fear in the person experiencing them); features of symptoms (i.e., searching for evidence that one’s delusions are true; morbid content of delusions); and tense interpersonal interactions. Moreover, MMD is a dynamic phenomenon – waxing and waning over time – and therefore it is crucial to understand the extent to which a person currently is experiencing active symptoms, and the factors that make symptoms worsen (for example, family conflict; stress; medication non-compliance).  

I will discuss how MMD influences a person’s decision making around violence (i.e., how it might increase the perceive benefits of violence, decrease the perceived costs of violence, or otherwise destabilize decision making). Finally, I will discuss contemporary approaches to violence threat assessment and management in terms of their ability to facilitate understanding of the role that MMD plays in violent behavior, its assessment, and its management. 

Dr. Michel St. Yves & Sgt. Yohan Morneau - Anonymous Threats

Michel St-Yves is a forensic psychologist working with the Behavioural Analysis Unit of the Sûreté du Québec (Quebec Provincial Police). This unit is specialised in offering support in criminal investigations, both by profiling suspects and preparing police interrogations. He also teaches the psychology of investigative interviews at the École nationale de police du Québec (Quebec Police Academy) and is a lecturer at the Department of Criminology of the Université de Montréal. He is the author of several scientific articles and books, including «Investigative Interviewing : The Essentials» (2014), «The Psychology of Crisis Intervention: for Law Enforcement Officers» (2012) and «The Psychology of Investigations : The Seach for the Truth» (2007), publiés chez les Éditions Yvon Blais (Montréal).

Michel St-Yves est psychologue judiciaire au Module des sciences du comportement à la Sûreté du Québec. Il participe aux enquêtes criminelles, aussi bien pour établir le profil psychologique d’un suspect que pour préparer les interrogatoires. Il enseigne également la psychologie de l’interrogatoire à l’École nationale de police du Québec et est chargé de cours à l’École de Criminologie de l’Université de Montréal. Il est l’auteur de plusieurs articles scientifiques et livres, dont Les entrevues d’enquête : l’essentiel» (2014); «Psychologie de l’intervention policière en situation de crise» (2011) et «Psychologie de l’enquête criminelle : la recherche de la vérité» (2007), publiés chez les Éditions Yvon Blais (Montréal).

Le sergent Yohan Morneau est profileur criminel et géographique au module des sciences du comportement de la Sûreté du Québec. Il a auparavant été enquêteur au service des enquêtes sur les crimes contre la personne ainsi qu’au service de la lutte contre le terrorisme. Policier depuis 22 ans le Sgt Morneau a été récipiendaire d’un prix policier du Québec en 2016 pour sa contribution à titre de profileur criminel au service de la communauté policière québecoise.

Mr. Mike Elliot & Ms Wendy Bailey - Workplace Violence Prevention

Mike Elliott has over 18 years experience in the security profession from both the public and private sector.  He spent 10 years with the Chesterfield County Police Department in Richmond, VA and was a Master Detective, assigned to both the Special Victims Unit (SVU) and Violent Crime Unit where he investigated hundreds of crimes including child abuse, sex offenses, robberies, violent assaults, and homicides.   

He also served as a Hostage Negotiator on the Police Emergency Response Team (PERT) and was a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team responsible for working with first responders who had been involved in shootings or traumatic cases.  As a law enforcement instructor Mike has taught on numerous topics to include child abuse, sex offenses, domestic violence, polygraph, investigative techniques, and interview / interrogation. 

Mike began his career with Dominion as a Senior Investigator and is currently a Manager – Corporate Security, Safety & Health.  In this role he is responsible and oversees Internal and General Investigations, the Corporate Security Fusion Center (CSFC), Technical Security, System Operations Center (SOC) Security, Executive Protection and Event Security.  In addition, Mike developed and is responsible for Dominion’s Workplace Violence Program to include oversight of the threat management team, policies, training, and threat assessment / response.  He is an alumnus of Gavin de Becker’s Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy and is certified by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) as a Certified Threat Manager (CTM). He has been invited to present on the topic of workplace violence for such groups as ATAP, the FBI Infraguard, Virginia Board Association, and American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS). 

Mike is a certified / licensed Polygraph Examiner and a member of the American Polygraph Association (APA), American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) and International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Milligan College in Johnson City, TN.

Wendy Bailey has over 22 years security experience in both the public and private sectors.  She worked for 10 years with Prince George Police Department in Virginia where she was a Detective assigned to crimes against persons, juvenile crimes, and narcotics.  Wendy worked for 9 years with the Hanover Sheriff’s Office in Virginia as a Master Forensic Investigator, latent print examiner, and bloodstain pattern analyst.

Wendy has been with Dominion for three years, starting as a Senior Investigator and is currently Supervisor – Investigations.  In this role Wendy is responsible to oversee all internal and external investigations to include incidents of concerning behavior and threat assessments. She is an alumnus of Gavin de Becker’s Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy and is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP).

Wendy is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association of Identification (IAI).  She currently serves on the Ethics Committee of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy Alumni Association, where she is also a past board President.  Wendy is a member of the IAI and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA).  She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

POWERful Security – Workplace Violence Prevention

Dominion Energy is the 4th largest electric and gas utility company in the country, serving approximately 5 million customers in 17 states and employing nearly 22,000 employees and contractors.  Learn how the company is positioned in the industry and how the Corporate Security and Safety Department works to protect employees, customers and the public in dynamic and critical workplaces.  Gain an understanding of the fundamental elements of the Company’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program to include physical security, background investigations, policies, training / awareness and Threat Management Team responsibilities.  With evolving risks such as disgruntled employees and customers, insider threats and even acts of terrorism; listen as members of Dominion’s Threat Management Team discuss application of threat assessment and management through several actual case studies that have impacted the Company.

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