Hank Phillippi Ryan
Guest of Honor
Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 psychological thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agathas, five Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. Book critics call her “a master of suspense,”…
Special Guest Speaker
Thursday Evening Special Presentation
Dr. Katherine Ramsland
Special Guest Speaker
Saturday Special Session
Bruce Robert Coffin
Retired Detective Sergeant and Award-Winning Mystery Author
Bruce Robert Coffin is the award-winning author of the Detective Byron mystery series. A former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruce spent four years investigating counter-terrorism cases for the FBI, earning…
Mike De Sisti
Special Guest Speaker
Mike De Sisti has been a photojournalist with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 2008. He covers everything from breaking news, professional sporting events including the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers to features, and business assignments. His work has allowed him to travel to China for a story on paper production, Prague for Harley Davidson’s (a…
Michael A. Black
Award-Winning Author/Chicago Area Police Officer (ret.)
Michael A. Black is the award-winning author of 48 books, most of which are in the mystery and thriller genres. He has also written in sci-fi, western, horror, and sports genres. A retired police officer from the Chicago area, he has done everything from patrol to investigating homicides to conducting numerous SWAT operations. Black was…
Certified Crime Scene Analyst and Property and Evidence Specialist - Public Safety Academy Certified Instructor
Holly Maas has worked in the field of forensic science since 2013, beginning her career at Grand Chute Police Department in Wisconsin. In that time, she was employed as their fulltime Evidence Technician and was responsible for processing crime scenes, training patrol officers and investigators from around the county, and maintaining evidence at the station….
Public Safety Academy and Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program Instructor
Ryan Peterson has 14 years full-time law enforcement experience. He previously worked for the Sun Prairie Police Department and Fox Valley Metro Police Department. During that time, he was a SWAT team member, Officer in Charge for second shift, field training officer, evidence technician, firearms instructor and tactical emergency casualty care instructor. In 2017, Ryan…
Master Instructor - Defensive and Arrest Tactics, Firearms/Tactical Rifle, Scenario Assessment, Tactical Response.
Ian Nishimoto’s mother and father were born and raised in Hawaii. His father served in the US Army for 30 years, giving Ian the opportunity to live in many areas of the United States and hence his place of birth was Staten Island, New York. Ian completed his master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin—Stout…
Coroner, RN, Flight Nurse, Author
Jon served more than 10 years as a coroner for Outagamie County. He earned his EMT certification at the age of 17, a month before he graduated from high school. At the age of 18, he was hired by Gold Cross Ambulance. Soon, he began paramedic training and went on to work 14 years at…
Public Safety Academy Certified Instructor - EVOC, Defensive Tactics, Tactical Response
Alex Roberts is a six-year veteran law enforcement officer in the Green Bay area, with 2.5 of those years spent as a night shift patrol officer for the Green Bay Police Department. He currently works as a Public Safety Officer—Police Officer, Firefighter, and Paramedic on 24hr shifts—for the Ashwaubenon Department of Public Safety, just south of…
Co-Founder - Operational K9 Medical Team
Lyn Schuh is a co-founder of The Operational K9 Medical Team of Wisconsin. Along with the assistance of Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, and various members from the Human Medical Community, she and Dr. Lisa Converse have been educating K9 law enforcement handlers across the State of Wisconsin on prehospital medical care for their K9 partners for over a decade.
Public Safety Academy Certified Instructor - Multiple Unified Tactics
Neil Dorner is a 21-year law enforcement veteran with experience working at the Algoma Police Department, Sturgeon Bay Police, and the Mishicot Police Department. He served as an entry team member on the Door and Kewaunee County SWAT teams for 13 years. He has a strong evidence background with over 15 years’ experience as an…
Drug Recognition Expert - Instructor
Nick Place is the owner of Route 961 Training and Consultants, a company that provides training courses focusing on drug trends, Novel THC, opiates, and identifying drug impairment, to name a few. Route 961 courses are available to both law enforcement and the public.
Master Instructor - Instructor Development, Vehicle Contacts, Officer Wellness, EVOC, Firearms, Defensive and Arrest Tactics, Scenario, Tactical Response, Constitutional Law
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.
Angel Van Noie
Wisconsin Department of Justice Instructor - Officer Wellness, Constitutional Law, Defensive and Arrest Tactics, Physical Fitness, Hazardous Materials, OWI/SFST, Tactical Response, EVOC, Scenario, Vehicle Contacts, Firearms, Professional Communications
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.
Professional Standards Division Lieutenant, Wisconsin Department of Justice Certified Instructor - EVOC, Firearms, OWI/SFST
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.
Detective - Wisconsin Department of Justice Master Instructor Vehicle Contact, Certified Instructor - EVOC, Tactical Emergency and Casualty Care, Officer Wellness, OWI/SFST, Professional Communications, Scenarios.
Nicole is presently assigned as a detective with the Oconto Police Department. She is also a Wisconsin Department of Justice certified instructor.
Certified Use of Force Analyst/Expert Witness, Wisconsin Department of Justice Training Certified Instructor - Victims, Defensive & Arrest Tactics, Firearms, Vehicle Contacts, Professional Communications Skills, S.P.E.A.R.
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 who recently retired as a patrol sergeant with the City of Green Bay.
Wisconsin DOJ Certified Instructor - Emergency Vehicle Operation and Control, Vehicle Contacts, Firearms, Defense and Arrest Tactics, Scenario Instructor, Tactical Response, ALERRT
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.
Master Instructor Trainer - Defensive and Arrest Tactics, Firearms, Tactical Response, Scenario Instructor
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.
Investigations Lieutenant - Large-Scale Drug Investigations and Homicide Investigations
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.
Public Safety Training Complex Specialist - Wisconsin Department of Justice Certified Instructor in Defensive and Arrest Tactics, Vehicle Contacts, Scenario, EVOC, Tactical Response, Physical Fitness, Firearms
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.