MANAGEMENT & BOARD
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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+ Robert Taylor
Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors
Director of Operations, SATGIN
Det. Robert Taylor (Ret.) was a 26-year veteran of the Miami Beach Police Department. As a detective in the criminal investigations unit Robert investigated South American Theft Groups (SATG) for the last ten years of his career. Robert was an integral part of forming the first multi-agency task force to jointly investigate the SATG. This task force identified, located, and arrested numerous members of SATG cells.
Robert along with other active and retired law enforcement investigators created a not for profit corporation, the South American Theft Group Intelligence Network. SATGIN provides a centralized clearinghouse of intelligence and monitoring of SATG activates worldwide.
Robert is a recognized expert on these groups, and has assisted law enforcement agencies around the world with intelligence support and analysis. Robert continues to provide expert insight, education, and training on South American Theft Groups for corporate partnerships and law enforcement, as well as information and analyses vital to the arrest and apprehension of these violent SATG members.
+ Dr. Adam Dobrin
Adam Dobrin, Ph.D., earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and both his Master’s and Doctorate in Criminology from the University of Maryland. He is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and is on the Graduate Faculty in the Justice, Law and Crime Policy Program at George Mason University.
He recently presented his research at the Congressional Briefing on Juvenile Justice, at the US Capitol. Additionally, he co-founded and serves as Chief Operations Officer for The Lloyd Society, a non-profit (501(c)3)) charity that uses evidence based research to guide policymakers to improve the lives of at-risk youths. They provide data driven and outcome oriented policy guidance, outreach and education, and services on matters affecting the public health and safety of at risk youth populations. With them, Dr. Dobrin was part of the Federal Initiative on Juvenile Justice Health that brought together the Office of the Surgeon General and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and is an inaugural member and Principal Investigator with the International Network for Justice Health.
Dr. Dobrin is the Field Administrator for the new Cochrane Justice Health Field. He also recently participated in the annual meeting of the Juvenile Health Committee at the National Conference on Correctional Health Care in Orlando, Florida, where national leaders from the medical, nursing, legal, academic and psychological communities worked to develop Juvenile Standards to guide best practices among health care workers in juveniles facilities.
He teaches courses in Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice, Violence, Research Methods, Policing, and Criminological Theory. In 2006 he was an Academic Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy. Part of his Fellowship involved overseas travel for an intensive immersion in the world of terrorism, and the ways the political, diplomatic, military, intelligence, and criminal justice systems respond to or prevent it. He lives in Port St. Lucie Florida with his wife and two young sons.
+ Dr. Jolie M Silva
Dr. Jolie Silva is a licensed psychologist who holds a Ph.D. in clinical and school psychology. She presently works as a forensic psychologist for New York City Family Court, where she conducts court-ordered psychological evaluations and testifies on cases involving child sexual and physical abuse, child neglect, termination of parental rights, juvenile delinquency and competency to stand trial. In addition, she has a private practice, in which she provides psychotherapy and conducts psychological evaluations on children, adolescents and adults.
Dr. Silva has experience in working with an array of populations in various settings. She is a certified school psychologist who has worked with children from a wide range of socioeconomic classes and ages. She has expertise conducting psychological evaluations including intellectual, behavioral and personality assessments. Dr. Silva has conducted research in anger management, specifically targeting anger reduction in men. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric wards, university counseling centers and a neuropsychological rehabilitation center.
Dr. Silva is a member of various psychological organizations, including the American Psychological Association, New York State Psychological Association and The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. In addition, she was a member of The Internet Safety Technical Task Force, a group created in accordance with the Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Safety announced by the Attorneys General Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking and MySpace in January, 2008.
Dr. Silva’s role with The Criminal Intelligence Network involves consulting and advising on various topics including high-risk children, sexual and physical abuse, online criminal behavior, pedophilia, child molestation, parental management and monitoring, peer influence and education as they pertain to organized crime.
+ Amber Bettar
State of California Lottery, Security/Law Enforcement Division
Amber Bettar began her law enforcement career with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department working in their Crime Scene Investigation Unit. She then moved on to the California Department of Justice as their Interpol liaison, and was also assigned to the Gang and Organized Crime Unit.
Bettar is currently an Investigative Analyst with the California Lottery, Security/Law Enforcement Division. There she provides case analysis on lottery crimes with a concentration on those committed by Mexican, Central, and South American crime syndicates. Bettar is responsible for coordinating multi-agency and cross jurisdictional investigations.
Bettar holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and a Masters in Forensic Science.
+ Charlette Coleman
District Asset Protection Manager,
Saks Fifth Avenue
Ms. Coleman has been with Saks Fifth Avenue for sixteen years. She is currently senior management in the areas of risk management and loss prevention. Prior to Saks Fifth Avenue she spent six and a half years as a Supervisor for the Leon County Probation Division in Tallahassee, FL. Ms. Coleman began her professional career as a Police Officer with Tallahassee, FL Police Department.
Ms. Coleman holds a BS in Criminology, with a certification in Law Enforcement from Florida State University.
+ Lieutenant Grant Lanier
Boynton Beach, FL Police Department
Lieutenant Grant Lanier has served with the Boynton Beach, FL Police Department since 1987. Prior to that he spent two years with the Lake Worth, FL PD. Lt. Lanier began his law enforcement career in 1979 serving six years with the United States Air Force Security Police.
In 1992 Lt. Lanier joined NABI, the National Association of Bunco Investigators. NABI is an organization that identifies and tracks organized criminal gypsies and Traveler groups. NABI provides training, information, and networking for investigators assigned to investigate these groups. In 2009, Lt. Lanier was elected to the board of directors of NABI.
Through NABI and CFORCE, while investigating several follow out auto burglaries, Lt. Lanier became familiar with SATGIN and quickly became a member. He has successfully utilized their resources to disseminate information to investigators under his command.
Lt. Lanier is an expert on criminal gypsy rings, Traveler groups, South American Theft Groups, and ATM skimming rings. He frequently trains and educates investigators on the methods employed by these groups, and how best to investigate and apprehend them.
Special Agent in Charge, J. Branch Walton (Ret.)
J. Branch Walton has more than forty years of experience in federal law enforcement, private security and college level instructing, making him the perfect person to head up the SATGIN/NACIN training program.
Mr. Walton retired from the United States Secret Service after a 21-year career. His supervisory assignments included Special
Agent-in-Charge of a field office and Assistant Agent-in-Charge of the Office of Training. Mr. Walton served in numerous investigative and
protective assignments, among those the security details of presidents Nixon, Carter, and Reagan.
Before beginning his career with the United States Secret Service, Mr Walton was a special agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (now NCIS). Prior to ONI, Mr. Walton was a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. After retirement from the Secret Service, he served briefly with the U S Attorney's Office in Springfield IL as the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee representative.
Mr. Walton then moved into the private sector, and accepted the position of Global Director of Corporate Security for Cummins Engine Co. There he was responsible for world-wide security operations. He is a former President of the National Association for Bank Security-Profit Protection, LLC, a company specializing in security and compliance training for the banking industry. Most recently he held the position of Airport Manager of Operations Training at Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood -International Airport.
Mr. Walton has served as Chief of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's (FLETC) Management Institute, and as a criminal justice instructor at Indiana University at Bloomington, IN. Mr. Walton also holds the title of Associate Dean of Student Services, Henley Putnam University; an on-line university specializing in intelligence, protection management, terrorism and counter-terrorism studies. Mr. Walton visits nearly forty states each year training law enforcement officers and corporate executives on a wide variety of issues ranging from anti-terror operations to retail loss prevention.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
+ Det. Albert Nabut Jr.
Detective Nabut joined the Hialeah Police Department in 1982 initially assigned to uniformed patrol, and a tactical crime suppression unit. After two short years he became the youngest detective in the bureau at the age of twenty one. Assigned as a homicide detective, he received extensive training, and investigated not only death cases, but all other crimes against persons, including sexual battery, robbery, kidnapping, assault, and extortion. Det. Nabut was assigned to Homicide for thirteen years, additionally; he served as a hostage negotiator with the S.W.A.T. team, and was the intelligence liaison to the Chief of Police. Det. Nabut has been assigned to various multi-jurisdictional task forces, working with other police departments, the Dade County State Attorney’s Office, ATF, DEA, FBI, FDLE, the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Secret Service. He served as both an undercover and an investigator on large scale narcotics trafficking and other felony cases.
While assigned to the Special Investigations Section, he investigated organized crime and insurance fraud, pursued international fugitives, and provided dignitary protection for high profile principals. Det. Nabut served as Regional Representative for six south Florida cities at the Miami Dade Emergency Operations Center, and was their liaison to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
As a professional law enforcement agent, Det. Nabut has been recognized and awarded multiple nominations, award citations and commendations from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the legal community, and the citizens he has served for over twenty five years. Det. Nabut attended Miami-Dade Community College and holds a degree in Criminal Justice.
+ Detective III (Ret) Mike Woodings,
Los Angeles Police Department
Detective Mike Woodings retired from the Los Angeles Police Department
in 2006 ending a 32 year career with the department. In 1988, Det
Woodings was selected as the intelligence officer for a jewelry theft
task force in the Los Angeles Jewelry District. He then transferred to
Burglary-Auto Theft Division in 1989 to head the investigative section
of a city-wide organized theft unit focusing on South American Theft
Group crime in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Det
Woodings then supervised the unit until 1999 when he began a seven year
assignment as detective supervisor with the FBI/LAPD Interstate Theft
Task Force. During that period, Det Woodings gained knowledge on SATG
rings through surveillance, arrests and confidential sources that
developed a level of expertise that has benefited law enforcement
agencies throughout the country. Det Woodings was presented the James
B. White Award by the Jewelers' Security Alliance in 2002 for
outstanding and successful enforcement efforts on behalf of the jewelry
Before beginning a career in law enforcement, Det Woodings served in
the US Army as a counterintelligence agent from 1968 through 1973 on
active duty, then as a tactical intelligence officer in the reserve
components until retirement with 30 years military service in 1996.
Since retirement from the LAPD, Det Woodings has continued to keep
abreast of SATG crimes in the capacity of an investigator for N.
Lieberman and Associates, Independent Adjusters and Surveyors.
Additionally, Det Woodings has maintained his association with the
Jewelers' Security Alliance as a regional representative, providing
training to law enforcement as well as industry personnel about the SATG
threat and security countermeasures against SATG activities.
+ Jeremy Brennan
Currently a Senior Loss Prevention Specialist with Albertson's Loss Prevention Team in Seattle, WA.
Jeremy's prior experience includes the South Florida area Gap chain of stores as their Field Organized Retail Crime manager.
Jeremy remains a member of the F.O.R.C.E. retail crime prevention network in Florida and was currently voted onto the
Washington Seattle Organized Retail Crime Association (WSORCA) committee.