Speakers and Instructors

The brains and talent behind the Writers' Police Academy

2022 WPA Guest of Honor

Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington Postand #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite police series set in Seattle, which has sold more than 8 million books worldwide. He is also the author of The Charles Jenkins espionage series, the David Sloane legal thriller series, and  several stand-alone novels including The 7th Canon, Damage Control, and the literary novels, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell - Suspense Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year, for which Dugoni’s narration won an AudioFile Earphones Award and the critically acclaimed, The World Played Chess; as well as the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Several of his novels have been optioned for movies and television series. Dugoni is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and a three-time winner of the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel set in the Pacific Northwest. He has also been a finalist for many other awards including the International Thriller Award, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, the Silver Falchion Award for mystery, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award.

Robert Dugoni’s books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Marco Conelli

Marco Conelli

Writer, Retired NYPD Detective

A twenty year veteran detective of the NYPD, Marco Conelli’s diverse career is highlighted by his work as an undercover where he was plugged into many investigations for the Organized Crime Control Bureau.

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Nicole Crocker

Nicole Crocker

Detective

Nicole is presently assigned as a detective with the Oconto Police Department. She is also a Wisconsin Department of Justice certified instructor.

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Jason Feucht

Jason Feucht

Patrol Lieutenant

Jason currently serves as a patrol lieutenant for the Fox Crossing Police Department. In his time at the police department Jason has also worked as a patrol officer, drug investigator, and detective.

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Nicole Fumelle

Nicole Fumelle

Adjunct Instructor

Nicole has 15 years of experience in corrections, having worked at the Brown County Sheriff’s Office attaining the level of Corporal. Nicole also was responsible for training jail staff, and she’s worked as an adjunct instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

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jerry johnson

Jerry Johnson

Adjunct Instructor

Jerry is an adjunct instructor at NWTC and is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Justice to instruct Firearms, EVOC,  Vehicle Contacts, Officer Wellness, DAAT, Scenarios, and Tactical Response. 

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Dave Jones

Dave Jones

Wisconsin Department of Justice Certified Instructor

Dave recently retired as the Chief of Police for the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay Police Department, an NCAA Division 1 State University. He oversaw all Police Operations and Emergency Management for its four campuses (Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan).

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Brian Jordan

Patrol Sergeant

Brian is a 25-year law enforcement veteran and currently a Patrol Sergeant, Field Training Officer and Training Unit member with the Green Bay Police Department.

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Oconto County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit

Dual Purpose Tracking and Narcotics Detection Police Service Dogs

All K-9s within the unit are dual purpose tracking and narcotics detection police service dogs, and each is trained in handler protection, obedience, criminal apprehension, and tracking including evidentiary scent work.

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Ron King

Police Officer

Ron is a police officer for the Oneida Police Department and is presently assigned as a detective. Ron is a Wisconsin Department of Justice certified instructor in Vehicle Contacts, and Firearms.

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Kurt Kitzman

Kurt Kitzman

Patrol Lieutenant

Kurt is presently assigned as a patrol lieutenant with the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office. He is a Wisconsin Department of Justice certified instructor in Defensive and Arrest Tactics (DAAT), EVOC, and Firearms. 

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Mike Knetzger

Mike Knetzger

Patrol Sergeant

Mike Knetzger, a certified use of force analyst for the Force Science Research Center and recipient of the J. Edgar Hoover Memorial Award, is a 28-year law enforcement veteran and currently a patrol sergeant with the City of Green Bay.

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Jonathon Ladwig

Jonathon Ladwig

Fire Training Coordinator and Instructor

Jonathon is presently the Fire Training Coordinator and Instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.  Jonathon is also the fire chief for Little River Fire Department.

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Joe LeFevre Ph.D

Police Academy Instructor

Joe LeFevre is a full-time police academy instructor in WI. His instructional focus is on investigations, forensic skills, and officer fitness/wellness. Prior to teaching Joe was a police officer, and had spent a few years involved with a volunteer fire department.

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rick mcmahan

Rick McMahan

Detective, Kentucky Attorney General’s Office

Rick McMahan spent over a quarter of a century as a Special Agent for the ATF. During his career, Rick investigated a wide range of crimes from violent militant extremists to outlaw motorcycle gangs to murder for hire plots. Currently, he serves as a Detective for the Kentucky Attorney General’s office.

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Jon Nejedlo

Jon Nejedlo

Police Officer

Jon Nejedlo is a Police Officer for the City of Green Bay Police Department who’s served 19 years as a Patrol Officer. He is currently assigned to the Operations Department as the Range Master.

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Matt Ninham

Matt Ninham

Criminal Justice Instructor

Matt is an Oneida Tribal Member and grew up on the Oneida Indian Reservation. He was an Oneida Police Officer for 16 years and retired in 2016. Matt is currently a fulltime Criminal Justice Instructor at NWTC, and a part time officer with the Hortonville Police Department.

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andrew opperman

Andrew Opperman

Professional Standards Division Lieutenant

Andrew is currently a Professional Standards Division Lieutenant for the Green Bay Police Department. He has served as a supervisor in the investigation division and in patrol. Prior to becoming a supervisor, he spent 7+ plus years as a patrol officer.

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Eric Paulowski

Eric Paulowski

Public Safety Officer

Eric is a public safety officer for Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department, an agency whose officers perform three roles during a 24-hour shift—EMT, law enforcement officer, and firefighter.

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Dr. Katherine Ramsland

Dr. Katherine Ramsland

Special Guest Speaker

Saturday Special Session

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Kevin Rathburn

Kevin Rathburn

Municipal Judge

Municipal Judge Kevin Rathburn became a full-time faculty member at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2000 after serving as an adjunct instructor for nine years. Prior to that, he served for ten years as an Assistant District Attorney for Brown County in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Steven Spingola – “The Spingola Files: An Evening with Steven Spingola”

Steven Spingola

Special Guest Speaker

Thursday Evening Special Presentation

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Jeff Steeber

Jeff Steeber

Instructor

Jeff Steeber is a full-time criminal justice instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). Prior to employment at NWTC, Jeff spent 15 years as an officer for the Fox Valley Metro Police Department.

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Jeremy Stover

Jeremy Stover

Public Safety Officer

Jeremy is a public safety officer for Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department where officers assume three roles during each 24-hour shift—EMT, law enforcement officer, and firefighter. Jeremy is certified in all three.

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Justin Uitenbroek

Justin Uitenbroek

Fire Science Instructor

Justin Uitenbroek is a full-time Fire Science Instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Justin also works as a paramedic in Clintonville, Wi., and a firefighter for Fox Crossing, Wi.

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Angel Van Noie

Angel Van Noie

Instructor

Angel is 20-year veteran police officer of the Hobart-Lawrence Police Department. During that time, Angel worked patrol and served as a School Resource Officer in the West De Pere School District.

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erik walters

Erik Walters

Public Safety Training Complex Specialist

Erik is the Public Safety Training Complex Specialist at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.  In that role, Erik oversees all the public safety training facilities and equipment at 4 different locations. 

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