Experienced Faculty Create Expert Students
Regis University’s faculty is comprised of current and/or former practitioners and researchers in their respective fields. Practitioner insights and wisdom benefit students in ways that exceed textbook instructors. Regis professors are also adept at keeping curriculums up-to-date, and ensuring that coursework remains topical and relevant in constantly changing fields. To learn more about our faculty, see instructor bios below.
Exceptional faculty is an important reason why Regis University has garnered national recognition as an award-winning university. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Regis University as one of the top master’s universities in the West for 20 consecutive years. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) also honored our university with a national award for excellence in innovation and service to adult learners.
- John Anderson, Affiliate Faculty
- Dana Brede, Affiliate Faculty
- Richard Crimms, Affiliate Faculty
- Marc Glasser, Affiliate Faculty
- Bill Hudson, Affiliate Professor
- Matt Johnson, Affiliate Faculty
- Barbara Lamanna, Affiliate Faculty
- Don E. Lindley, Ph.D., Associate Professor
- Leroy Maes, Affiliate Faculty
- Roberta Mancuso, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
- Mary Muscari, Ph.D., Affiliate Faculty
- Gwendolyn L. Pascoe, Affiliate Faculty
- Dave Pettinari, Affiliate Faculty
- Donnie Perry, Affiliate Faculty
- Kurt Pillard, Affiliate Faculty
- James D. Ponzi, Assistant Professor
- Laurie Sperry, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Affiliate Faculty
- Nelson Torres, Affiliate Faculty
- Steve Wilson, JD, Adjunct Faculty
- Dr. Vincent C. Wincelowicz, Criminology Department Chair, College of Contemporary Liberal Studies
John Anderson, Affiliate Faculty
John Wesley Anderson is the former two-term elected Sheriff for El Paso County, Colorado (1995-2003). Prior to being elected to Public Office, he was employed as a Police Officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department for twenty-two years retiring at the rank of Sergeant (1972-1995). Following his retirement as Sheriff, John was employed as a Homeland Defense (HLD) and Homeland Security (HLS) Subject Matter Expert (SME) by Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defense contractors. After retiring from Lockheed Martin in 2013, John launched his own small business, JW Anderson & Associates, Ltd., which is primarily focused on providing Corporate Security services, Homeland Security/Defense consulting and conducting confidential third-party legal investigations. As a Regis Graduate, John enjoys the intellectual challenge of teaching for Regis University.
Dana Brede, Affiliate Faculty
Dana Brede is an affiliate professor in the criminology department at Regis University. Her area of research and expertise is in the field of international and domestic terrorism. She enjoys reading, hiking, intramural sports and board games. She lives in northern Colorado with her husband and two children.
Richard Cimms, Affiliate Faculty
Professor Richard Cimms has taught at Regis University since 2008 teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. His expertise comes from 36 years of law enforcement experience with the Aurora Police Department. He recently retired after attaining the rank of commander. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the College of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University. His primary work in law enforcement has been in investigations eventually managing all major investigation with the department. He has experience in undercover operations, intelligence, and all manner of homicides; vehicular, child and adult. His academic work is into his course work on a PhD. His free time finds him enjoying his new life in western Colorado with all its outdoor activities also riding motorcycles, reading, and classic rock & roll music!
Marc Glasser, Affiliate Faculty
Marc Glasser, MS, CPP, CORE, FABCHS, CHS-IV, CDEP served as a U.S. Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Transportation. He is the Managing Director of Resilience Management LLC. He recently worked in his 100th country. He has experience in Federal law enforcement, homeland security, executive protection, business continuity and crisis and emergency management. He has conducted Federal criminal, civil and U.S. Presidential appointee suitability investigations. He has served in a Fusion Center and as a FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and FBI Organized Crime Task Force member. He served on three U.S. Secretary of State’s Protective Details. He has presented at national and international conferences. He participates on multiple professional associations, academic and editorial boards. His publications include industry practitioner and academic peer-reviewed journal articles. He holds an undergraduate degree in Law Enforcement and Police Science and Masters degree in Crisis and Emergency Management.
Bill Hudson, Affiliate Professor
Professor Hudson is a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam and a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Southern Police Institute. He was part of the famous (or infamous) South Patrol Experiment in Kansas City MO in the late 60’s. Professor Hudson retired after 25 years with the KCPD and then spent a further 19 years as Chief of Police in two different jurisdictions. He is also life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Professor Hudson has been teaching for almost 19 years and has been involved in online instruction for nearly 9 years.
Matt Johnson, Affiliate Faculty
Professor Johnson joined the Criminology team at Regis as an affiliate faculty member in 2008 after completing his Master of Business Administration (with honors) at Regis. Mr. Johnson believes in building an interactive learning environment, which focuses on engagement and relationships. He has worked in law enforcement at the local and federal levels since 2001. His background includes patrol, tactical, community problem solving, investigations, training, and leadership assignments. Professor Johnson is a distinguished academic graduate of the Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and has received the Medal of Valor twice in the service of his community. He also works as an adult training design consultant and manager for Anfeald LLC, an environmental, health, safety, and security company in Northern Colorado.
Barbara Lamanna, Affiliate Faculty
Professor Lamanna is an affiliate faculty member at Regis University and teaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines as an instructor on Youth Violence & Delinquency, Family Violence, Poverty, Race, Gender and Social Conflict, and Behavioral and Stress Management. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Regis University and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration at University of Colorado at Denver. She has been employed by the Westminster Police Department Victim Services Unit since 1994 and has supervised the program since 2001. She conducts training in subject matters that include domestic violence, family violence, and trauma.
Don E. Lindley, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Dr. Lindley is an Associate Professor for the Criminology Department. His experience includes 35 years as a police officer, 20 years as a Naval Officer, 40 years as a college-level instructor. Professor Lindley is a Vietnam veteran. He holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MPA in Criminology from the University of Colorado at Denver. His Ph.D. is in Criminology from North central University. Read more>>
Leroy Maes, Affiliate Faculty
Professor Maes’s experience as an educator spans thirteen years at the university-level, seven of those years as affiliate faculty at Regis University. His primary work experience was in public safety, both private and public for a period of 35 years. Professor Maes is married to the former Dean of the College of Arts and Media at University of Colorado at Denver and Associate Dean of Faculty and Core Curriculum at Regis College. He is proud to say that he is one of the few faculty members completing the 2-year Ignatian Scholar Program at Regis.
Roberta Mancuso, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
Dr. Mancuso is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Criminology at Regis University, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. She holds her Doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan (1999), a Masters in Experimental Psychology from Southern Methodist University (1994), and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology with an emphasis in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine (1991). She has also completed postdoctoral research programs in Health Psychology and Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA. Professor Mancuso’s areas of expertise are social psychology, health psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, psychophysiology of emotion, and stress and pregnancy. She has also developed several Regis courses, including Understanding Trauma and PTSD, Positive Psychology, Adolescent Conflict, and Health Psychology.
Mary Muscari, Ph.D., Affiliate Faculty
Dr. Mary Muscari is an Affiliate Faculty in the Criminology Department. She is a criminologist and forensic psychiatric nurse who was appointed to the PA Sex Offender Assessment Board in 2005 by then Governor Rendell, and continues to serve, evaluating adult and juvenile sex offenders. She previously worked with both victims and offenders, particularly juveniles. She has over 150 publications that consist of numerous peer-reviewed articles and 17 professional and consumer books, including What Nurses Know: PTSD; Not My Kid: 21 Steps to Raising a Nonviolent Child; Quick Reference to Adult and Older Adult Forensics (2010 AJN Book of the Year Award winner), and Quick Reference to Child and Adolescent; her 18th book is currently under contract. Dr. Muscari received her PhD and psychiatric postmasters from Adelphi University, her masters in criminology from Regis University, her masters in pediatrics from Columbia University, and her postmasters in forensics from Duquesne University.
Gwendolyn L. Pascoe, Affiliate Faculty
Professor Pascoe is an affiliate faculty member with Regis University, teaching degree courses in Criminology. She has a Master of Science in Criminology and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, both from Regis University. She is the Director for the Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force, which operates under the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). Professor Pascoe is charged with providing leadership and oversight of the Task Force to accomplish its mission to combat all forms of trafficking, including sex and labor trafficking. Prior to this assignment, she served as a commissioned police officer with the LVMPD from 1984 to 2004, where she rose through the ranks from patrol officer to deputy chief. Her assignments included patrol, detective, internal affairs, professional standards, and training, among others. Based on her leadership while commanding the Internal Affairs Bureau, Professor Pascoe received the Police Officer of the Year Award sponsored by the Southern Nevada Optimists. She also served as a Nevada Peace Officers Standards and Training Commissioner, appointed by Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn. In 2004, then Deputy Chief Pascoe retired from the LVMPD when she accepted the position of Chief of Police for the Town of Highland Beach, Florida. Professor Pascoe also honorably served in the United States Army from 1977 to 1980.
Dave Pettinari, Affiliate Faculty
Dave Pettinari, a retired 20-year veteran of the Pueblo County, Colo., Sheriff's Office, now owns a computer forensics, Internet investigations, and private investigations consulting business. Pettinari formerly was a commander of a high-tech crimes unit at the Pueblo County (Colorado) Sheriff’s Office, including participation in the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He and fellow officers arrested 36 online predators who go after children in chat rooms and in instant messaging.
He has taught numerous national and state-level seminars on use of the Internet for Law Enforcement Intelligence, Investigations, identity theft, and computer crime. In all, he has published 100+ articles in national publications over the years, about one-fourth of them on computer crime and Internet crime topics. He taught around the country with a course of his own invention since 1995 on computer crime, Internet crime and identity theft investigation. He is a former instructor for Internet Crimes Inc., and for Paraben Corp. on forensically processing and finding information on cell phones and PDAs.
Pettinari holds a master's degree in journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee where he was a J.L. O'Sullivan fellow. He also holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Regis University.
Donnie Perry, Affiliate Faculty
Professor Perry is an affiliate professor at Regis University and graduated from the FBI Law Enforcement Command College, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute, and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. His academic accomplishments include a graduate degree in management from Regis University and a second graduate degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is also the Administrator for the Compliance Enforcement Division (CED) for the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). As the Administrator, he manages a workforce of 90 employees with an annual budget over $16 million. As a former Police Chief, he facilitated the department’s transition from a traditional style of policing, focusing primarily on tickets and arrests, to a problem identification and solution-oriented system. The transformation maximized usage of department resources, while dramatically improving police services.
Kurt Pillard, Affiliate Faculty
Professor Pillard has 36 years of law enforcement experience with the Colorado Springs Police Department. He retired in 2012 as the Interim Deputy Chief in charge of Patrol Operations. He is formerly the command staff officer of the Investigations Division, which deals with all violent crimes against persons (including homicide, sexual assault and child death investigations). In 2010, Professor Pillard received international recognition as a recipient of the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem Oriented Policing as part of the homeless outreach efforts of the Colorado Springs Police Department. In 2003, then Commander Pillard received national recognition as the “Outstanding Drug Task Force Commander” by the Executive Office of the President (George W. Bush - Office of National Drug Control Policy). He has served as a board member of Homeward Pikes Peak; a group that monitors a strategic plan and resource allocation for homeless services, the Community Corrections Board; which authorizes placement and treatment for corrections clients attempting to integrate back into the community and a board member of TESSA; a group that provides immediate safety for victims escaping abuse. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (with Emphasis in Operations Management) from Regis University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Professor Pillard is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the Center for Creative Leadership and a member of the American Criminal Justice Association (Chi Beta Epsilon Chapter).
James D. Ponzi, Assistant Professor
Professor Ponzi's work experience includes 35 years with the Denver Police Department where his areas of expertise include police psychology, family violence, and violence prevention. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and English from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Special Studies in Applied Communication from the University of Denver. Professor Ponzi is working on his dissertation at Northcentral University for his Doctorate in Homeland Security. Professor Ponzi is Lead Faculty, and has been at Regis University for approximately 9 years, He facilitates classes in Homeland Security, Cyber criminology, Family Violence, Criminal Profiling, and Interorganizational Communication. He recently co-wrote the current cyber criminology course for the Master of Science in Criminology, and is the Director of the cyber criminology program at Regis.
Laurie Sperry, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Professor
Dr. Laurie Sperry is an Associate Professor at Regis University. In addition to a PhD, and a degree in Forensic Psychology and Criminology, she is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral Level. She has participated in global outreach and provided services in Australia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Africa, Saipan, Singapore and has developed a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Bangalore, India.
In 2006 she was added to the Fulbright Scholarship’s Senior Specialist Roster. She moved to Australia in 2010 and worked at Griffith University in the Department of Arts, Education and Law. Her research focuses on people with ASD who come in contact with the criminal justice system to ensure their humane treatment within the system. She has published numerous articles and was an expert panelist at the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law conference where she spoke on Risk Assessment, Management and ASD.
Nelson Torres, Affiliate Faculty
Professor Torres currently serve as the Associate Director, Business Operations, at the Smithsonian Institution. Previously, he served as a strategic advisor at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D. C. and U.S. Coast Guard; and as a senior analyst for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Council for Excellence in Government.
Professor Torres earned a B.S. in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College, a Masters in Public Administration from Webster University, a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from Old Dominion University, a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security from Public Management from Northcentral University and he is currently working on his PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security from Northcentral University (NCU). His areas of specialty include Homeland security with an emphasis in maritime security and strategic management.
Steve Wilson, JD, Adjunct Faculty
Professor Wilson is an adjunct faculty member at Regis University and facilitates criminology courses. He graduated from Metropolitan State University in 1984 with a degree in criminology, and from the University of Denver with a law degree in 1988; he is licensed to practice law in Colorado. Professor Wilson went on to graduate from Regis University in 2000 with a Master of Science in Management degree, and is currently working on an applied psychology degree at Regis. Much of his free time is spent in self-study of behavioral science courses.
Dr. Vincent C. Wincelowicz, Criminology Department Chair, College of Contemporary Liberal Studies
He was the former Chair of the College of Business, Johnson & Wales University, Chair for Public Security Management at the Community College of Denver, Chair for the Criminal Justice studies at Remington College and an independent consultant for Security Management, Loss Prevention, Critical Incident Responses, and Homeland Security. He received his Bachelor’s Degree (1971) in History from Richmond College, City University of New York; his Master’s degree (1976) in Criminal Justice from John Jay college of Criminal Justice, City University of New York; and his Doctorate in Public Administration (2003) from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Wincelowicz has over 35 years of law enforcement and security management experience. He was a former New York State Probation Officer; New York State Parole Officer; and, Chief of Undercover and Sensitive Operations for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has been a consultant to corporations and public agencies throughout the United States.
He is currently on the Executive Board for Denver Metro CrimeStoppers, a member of ASIS International, and the President of the Foundation for the Prevention of School Violence.
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