Service & Mission

It is my mission to do everything within my power to reduce violence, particularly that which is directed toward anyone with a diminished capacity for self-protection.

I find it important to note that my vision of service is not only that of service to the institution, but also service to my community, from local to international. The professional goal that has followed me throughout the past two decades has been to do everything within my power to reduce violence, particularly that which is directed toward anyone with a diminished capacity for self-protection. While I have worked to achieve this goal through a variety of contexts and approaches, this is still central to my professional mission now as an academician. My identity has also been an interdisciplinary one throughout my career, and I embrace the many ways this allows me to connect with the development of knowledge and its dissemination in scholarly, community, educational, formal, clinical, and other applied settings. From the origins of my childhood and through my pathway as a Detective, I found my way to here. I am committed to establishing and further developing university community partnerships with the explicit focus on reducing violence and creating opportunities for healthier and happier lives. To achieve these goals, I have established extensive reciprocal partnerships with federal, state, and local criminal justice and child welfare service delivery systems with governmental and nonprofit sectors.