2017 Spring Training Conference Speakers

The speakers below participated in our March 2017 Program:

Alisha Shoates JamesAlisha Shoates James – Ladies in Law Enforcement
Female law enforcement professionals play a vital role in police departments, sheriff departments, constable offices, correctional institutions, and probation/parole departments across North America.  Females not only serve on the front lines, but they are now advancing to executive positions to include police chiefs and elected sheriffs in major cities in the United States.  Although female law enforcement officers are making major advancements, there are still challenges unique to females that exist.

This training course was designed from the female law enforcement professional’s perspective. Attendees will discuss challenges unique to females in law enforcement specifically:  gender differences, training, equipment, work life balance, mental & physical strength, communication, and career advancement.  Information will be presented to help female law enforcement professionals thrive in a male-dominated work environment.  The course will facilitate open dialogue and attendees will develop strategies to deal with issues and challenges specific to women in law enforcement.

The Ladies in Law Enforcement training course was developed by Alisha Shoates James.  She has over a decade of experience in law enforcement at the local, state, and federal level.  Ms. James served in various capacities including: patrol, precinct under-cover operations, background and recruiting, training academy instructor, firearms instructor, and non-lethal training ammunition instructor. Currently, Ms. James serves as a regional director for a fully-accredited state law enforcement agency in Tennessee. In her current role, she continues to stay connected to training by serving as an adept subject matter point of contact for any firearms or defensive tactics related issues for her division.

Sgt. Anthony Rhoad – Life Preservation

Sgt. Anthony Rhoad began his law enforcement career in 1996 serving in the Army’s 4249th MP Company. He served as a squad leader, tactical team leader and unit defensive tactics instructor. Rhoad received an Arcom award for organizing, training, and leading the unit’s Quick Response Force.

Sgt. Rhoad began his civilian law enforcement career in 2000 graduating from the academy with the Woodard Award for top academic achievements. He currently works for the Story County Sheriff’s Office as the Investigations Sergeant specializing in interviewing and interrogations. He is also a state certified use of force instructor, firearms instructor, restraint instructor, and computer forensic examiner. Sgt. Rhoad received Sheriff’s Commendation Awards in 2009 and 2016 for his actions during life threatening situations.

He has given lectures and conducted hundreds of classes on the topics of: interviewing, personal safety, dynamics of violence, workplace violence, school violence, firearms use and safety and cooperate security. Sgt. Rhoad is a Martial Arts Hall of Fame member, owner of “The Life Protection Academy” and has been teaching life protection classes for nearly two decades with programs designed for both youth and adults.

Deputy Jason GrubbsDeputy Jason Grubbs – Iowa Law Enforcement Memorial

Deputy Jason Grubbs is a senior patrol deputy for the Story County Sheriff’s Office.  During 11 years of patrol service he has positively impacted his fellow deputies as a Police Training Officer, Child Abuse Mandatory Reporter Trainer, Standard Field Sobriety Test Instructor and is a debriefer on the Crisis Intervention Team. Jason is a founding member and a part of the Iowa State Sheriff’s & Deputies Association Honor Guard and Funeral Committee; he has participated in numerous Honor Guard functions around the state. Jason is also a proud member of the Iowa Police Officer Memorial Committee.

Prior to beginning his service in law enforcement, Jason served as a Captain on active duty in the United States Air Force, his assignments include Officer In Charge of the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Executive Officer and Dedicated Crew Chief with the 11th Bomb Squadron.  Deputy Grubbs proudly served his country during Operation Enduring & Iraqi Freedom, Operation Noble Anvil and Operation Desert Fox.  Jason was lauded as the distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Munitions Course and received the General Chappie James Award of Merit during his commissioned officer training.

Jason has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Aviation Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement from Kirkwood Community College.  He has a FAA mechanic’s certification with Airframe and Power plant ratings; an Iowa real estate sales person license and is a certified auctioneer.

Scott L. NelsonScott L. Nelson – Yoga for First Responders

Based out of the Twin Cities, Scott L. Nelson is a full-time Stress Management Consultant, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher holding a designation as an E200-RYT through the Yoga Alliance and Ambassador with Yoga for First Responders.

After completing YFFR’s Level 1 and 2 trainings in June of 2016, Scott immediately began working with command staff at Woodbury Public Safety to implement YFFR classes in the department to more actively promote first responder wellness. Scott is also currently working to bring YFFR Protocol to several additional police, fire and public safety departments across the twin cities.

In addition to working closely with Yoga for First Responders, Scott regularly teaches trauma-informed yoga & mindfulness classes at Minnesota’s Forts Snelling Army Reserves Center and is student to some of the world’s foremost teachers of yoga through ParaYoga and the Himalayan Institute of Pennsylvania.

Sgt Paul ParizekSgt. Paul Parizek – Losing an Officer

Sgt Parizek is the Public Information Officer with Des Moines Police Department. DMPD has suffered tremendous loss during 2016. Paul is currently developing a presentation and has agreed to come speak at our Spring Conference.

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Sgt. Elizabeth QuinnSgt. Elizabeth Quinn – INTERPOL
Elizabeth Quinn is an 11-year veteran of the Story County Sheriff’s Office. She started her career as a Detention Officer at the Story County Jail and then became a Deputy Sheriff in the Patrol Division. In October of 2016, Elizabeth was promoted to Sergeant in the Sheriff’s Office in the Patrol Division. She has been a Police Training Officer and the coordinator for several years. She currently oversees the Police Training Officer Program at her Office. Liz is a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) member and is very involved in the Drug Recognition Expert Program (DRE) as an instructor. In 2009, she was awarded a Sheriff’s Commendation for locating wanted robbery suspects off-duty.

In 2016, Elizabeth completed a 6-month detail at INTERPOL Washington in Washington D.C. During this time, she was assigned to both the Human Trafficking Child Protection Division (HTCP) and the State and Local Liaison Program. She was recognized by INTERPOL for her Outstanding Contributions and Excellence in Service. Following the completion of her detail, she became a Human Trafficking Instructor through the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. She has also continued to work with INTERPOL as a Liaison.

Elizabeth is a graduate of Iowa State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Minor in Criminal Justice. She is also a graduate from Capella University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Human Services and a Specialization in Criminal Justice.

Elizabeth has been married to her husband, Adam, for 7 years. Adam is a Boone County Deputy and they live in Madrid, Iowa. They have 3 big dogs, Emma, Jaxson and Scout.