Jesse Davidson is a retired Naval Nuclear Limited Duty Officer with 23 years of military experience. Starting as an enlisted sailor, Jesse worked his way up through the ranks to become a commissioned Naval Officer while serving on three Nuclear Fast Attack Submarines, one Aircraft Carrier and a Submarine Tender. While serving in duty posts throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, he has managed and led sailors in small and large working units while engaged in highly sensitive and complex Nuclear Naval Operations. From major incidents like the USS Greeneville collision to the routine maintenance of a nuclear reactor, Jesse has learned valuable leadership lessons that he can share with you and your team. Jesse currently works in the private sector and partnered with Greg Veitch to develop the DUTY FIRST LEADERSHIP Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife of 22 years, Joanna and their two children.
Tobi Kirschmann is a veteran DNA Analyst who worked in California DNA Databank for 10 years before moving to New York in 2017. She worked at NYSP Forensic Investigation Center for a year and a half before starting DNA Investigations, LLC, a company dedicated to bringing genetic genealogy knowledge and services to local law enforcement agencies. As part of the team of law enforcement personnel who worked on the Golden State Killer case, Tobi is passionate about the power of this new DNA tool and is dedicated to education law enforcement about the benefits of genetic genealogy in solving crimes. Tobi holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Humbolt State University and a Master’s degree in Chemistry from UC San Diego.
Dennis Nayor is a recently retired sworn law enforcement professional and multi-agency police chief with over 25 years of experience in municipal policing. He served at the Chief of Police for the City of Ithaca Police Department and prior to that served as the Chief of Police for the City of Oneonta Police Department.
During his career, Dennis served in the capacities of Patrol Officer, D.A.R.E. Office, Patrol Sergeant, Interim Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, and ultimately Chief of Police for nearly five years. For most of his tenure, he also served as a senior Instructor in defensive tactics, firearms, physical fitness, and police general topics. As Chief in Oneonta, he led his Department to earning full New York State accreditation through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and built a well-respected and high-performance agency reflective of the six pillars of professional 21st Century Policing. As Chief in Ithaca, he led his Department through their most tumultuous times including the global pandemic, many months of civil unrest, a series of high-profile incidents including a fatal OIS, and the police reforms in accordance with Executive Order 203.
Upon retirement in May of 2021, Dennis accepted a faculty position with the University of San Diego where he now teaches in their nationally acclaimed Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership (LEPSL) Master’s program, while also serving as the host for the University’s Blue Leadership podcast series, geared towards law enforcement leaders from across the country. In addition to teaching, Dennis is also a consultant for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services where his expertise is utilized to asses police agencies throughout the State on a variety of matters.
Along with his mater’s degree, Dennis holds a graduate certificate form the University of Virginia in Criminal Justice, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo in Political Science, and an associate’s degree from Hudson Community College in Criminal Justice. He is a proud graduate of the 240th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and is also a graduate from the 61st session of the FBI LEEDA Command Institute. To contact or learn more about Dennis, go to dennisnayor.com.
Detective Brian Ross retired from the Buffalo Police Department in 2015. He is also a graduate of Buffalo State College with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Over the course of his 25-year career, he has worked as a patrol officer, a Community Police Officer, and a Detective in the Homicide and Cold Case units, where he investigated several Officer involved critical incidents.
After retirement from the Buffalo Police, he took a position as an Investigator at the NYS Attorney General’s Office. He was assigned to the Public Integrity Bureau, where he investigated political corruption. In addition, he was assigned to the Special Investigations and Prosecution Unit (SIPU), which investigated deaths of unarmed civilians in the custody of the Police, per Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Law 147. Lastly, he was assigned to the Executive Protection details for Attorney’s General Eric Schneiderman, Barbara Underwood, and Letitia James. He left the AG’s office in 2020 and is now currently on staff at the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy.
Finally, he joined Vista Security Group in 2022, and specializes in Critical Incident training, consultation, and policy development.
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