Taught by professionals in these fields, Rosemont’s accelerated program brings up-to-the-minute trends, issues, and real-world applications into the classroom. Our hands-on curriculum and in-depth study develops the skills students need to analyze, research, and make informed decisions applicable to the criminal justice field. Learn about the faculty by clicking the names below and see how their experience can vastly improve your education within the program.
E. Jay Kolick was welcomed into the Rosemont College family in 2013 as an adjunct professor and became the director of the criminal justice program in October 2014. He has worked in the Public Safety field since 1995, and the Criminal Justice System since 1999. His professional experience ranges from that of a sworn law enforcement officer, a licensed private detective, a park ranger supervisor, emergency management director, and a mental health/ addictions counselor. He has served on various boards and commissions, both as an elected member of the community and as a political appointee. As a result of his active service to the community he was awarded the “Phoenixville Borough Mayor’s Award” in 2013. His areas of expertise include state & local government, Wildlife Forensics, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Change Theory, Broken Windows Theory, Emergency Responder PTSD, Emergency Responder Mental Health, Forensic Addictions & Traumatology, and Psychology of Disaster.
In addition to his BS and MS in Criminal Justice Administration, Mr. Kolick has also earned his MBA and professional certifications in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Traumatic Stress, Forensic Traumatology, Forensic Addictions, Energetic Materials, Forensic Psychology, and Project Management. He holds the following designations and certifications: Fellow, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress in collaboration with the National Center for Crisis Management; Fellow, National Center for Crisis Management in collaboration with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; board certified expert in traumatic stress; board certified expert in forensic traumatology; certified fire and explosion Investigator; certified in Homeland Security (CHS-IV); certified Homeland protection professional; and certified emergency medical services instructor.
Kolick was appointed to the Rosemont College SGPS Curriculum Committee, The Women’s Leadership Conference committee, and is the Faculty Advisor to Rho Chi, a chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, Lambda Alpha Epsilon. He strives to ensure the Rosemont criminal justice program is a multidisciplinary curriculum that produces professional practitioners dedicated to being “Agents of Change” in the criminal justice system.
Jay Bowen is a Sergeant with the Philadelphia Police Department currently assigned to the Office of Forensic Science Digital Media Unit and the Counter Terrorism Operations Unit (Major Incident Response Team) as an EMS Tactical DECON Supervisor. Previous assignments include serving as the Project Coordinator and Special Investigations Supervisor at the Real Time Crime Center, and as a member of the Social Media Investigative Support Team. Jay is a certified Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer Training & Education Commission Instructor and as a New Mexico Tech (DHS/FEMA) Energetic Materials Instructor specializing in Counter Terrorism/Suicide Explosive Bomber Detection and Incident Response in Terrorist Bombings (IRTB). He earned a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Holy Family University, Diploma from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and his Associate Degree of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from the Community College of Philadelphia.
Debra Corcoran is a Sergeant in the Philadelphia Police Department assigned to the Philadelphia Police Academy with a vast knowledge of law and the criminal justice system. In her distinguished career she served as a supervisor in high crime areas throughout the City of Philadelphia, as well as the Communications Division. Corcoran believes the most important component of law enforcement is community policing as it can make a difference in both the lives of the residents as well as the women and men she serves alongside of. The pride of her career is being assigned to the Training Bureau where she can share her education, training, and experience with the future generations of the Philadelphia Police Department. Corcoran has earned her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, Master of Science in Strategic Leadership, is a Certified Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer Education & Training Commission Instructor, and has completed POSIT Training.
James J. Coughlin is a Sergeant in the Philadelphia Police Department assigned to the Philadelphia Police Academy Law and Criminal Procedure Unit. He presently conducts Criminal and Civil Law analysis and training for police officers and liaises with the District Attorney’s Office for developing police-district attorney training. Prior assignments include an Instructorship with the Advanced Training Unit, Squad Supervisor (Patrol Bureau), Detective-Police Academy Instructor, and Divisional Investigator. He also teaches for the Temple University Police Academy and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Constable Basic Training Program. Professor Coughlin earned his Associate degree in Criminal Justice from Bucks County Community College, his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Chaminade University of Honolulu, and his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from West Chester University. He serves on the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission and is actively engaged in curriculum development with Act 120, Act 235, Civil Law, Crisis Intervention, Interviews and Interrogation, Supervisory Crisis Response, Gang Awareness, and Stalking Response.
Stephen J. Jones has over 19 years as a law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, being sworn as a police officer since 1995, and is a graduate of the Philadelphia Police Academy. Jones began in the Bristol Township Police Department (Bucks County, PA), where he served as a police officer, field training officer, DARE instructor, Civilian Police Academy instructor, and undercover narcotics officer. He was hired by Willistown Township Police Department (Chester County) as a police officer in 2003, providing safety and security for the suburban township west of Philadelphia through proactive and reactive policing methods. In 2011, Jones was promoted to the rank of Detective, and is responsible for all criminal investigation. Jones is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army, and earned his master's degree in public safety from Saint Joseph’s University, a bachelor's of science in economics from Excelsior College, and an associates of arts from Wentworth Military College.
Alfredo J. Lopez earned his BS and MS in Organizational and Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University. He is a veteran law enforcement officer serving for over twenty-three years and gaining a significant amount of knowledge in all areas of the criminal justice system including narcotics and violent crimes. Lopez served in a high crime area was able to make a positive difference in the lives of the residents of the City of Philadelphia serving as one of the original bike patrol officers assigned to the “Weed & Seed Project,” and also serving in community policing roles. He was promoted to sergeant within five years of joining the police department and has constantly supervised 10-15 officers daily for nine years before being offered and accepting a position to the Philadelphia Police Academy as section head for all patrol classes taught at the academy.
As a developer and administrator of new curriculum for recruits and in service personnel, Lopez has directly and indirectly taught over 6,000 officers in the Philadelphia Police Department, including the development of an instructional manual for other academy instructors. As a patrol and defensive tactics expert Lopez has also become a lead representative and expert witness for the PPD in testifying at the local and federal level for litigation concerning “Use of Force” and “Officer Tactics” issues. Due to his training expertise, Lopez has also been appointed to the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) committee for the review of the mandated police recruit curriculum for the State of Pennsylvania.
Joseph McDowell presently serves as an Inspector for the Philadelphia Police Department, and is a retired US Coast Guard Lieutenant previously assigned to the Intelligence Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. As an intelligence officer, McDowell has served in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. In 2006, he was part of the NYC team receiving the 2006 DHS Intelligence Leadership Award. Later that year, McDowell was re-assigned to Philadelphia and tasked with starting the reserve intelligence program in Sector Delaware Bay. In 2009, he was one of two selected to attend the National Defense Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University) for a graduate program. In 2011, McDowell's pioneering skills were called upon again to start the reserve program in the Commandant's Intelligence & Investigative Plot where he was the first reservist to complete the Intelligence Watch Officer syllabus.
McDowell previously served as a Captain, commanding the 3rd Police District, in a multi-cultural community where he developed and implemented crime reducing strategies and tactics lowering violent and property crimes and increasing police engagement with the community. After 22 months in the 3rd District, he was selected to research, develop and build the Philadelphia Police Department's Real-Time Crime Center (RTCC), which operates as an Intelligence-led Policing & Crime Analysis Operations Center for the officers, investigators, and commanders in the field. Additionally, as the C.O. of the RTCC, he led the team that improved Philadelphia's Video Surveillance Anti-Crime Cameras and implemented the Automated License Plate Recognition operations.
In November 2012, McDowell was promoted to his current rank of Inspector and re-assigned to the Command Inspections Bureau. In February 2015, Inspector McDowell was assigned to the Standards and Accountability Bureau to conduct audits and inspections to ensure an accurate and objective review of the departmental procedures, facilities, property, equipment, personnel, and administrative and operational activities. These reviews are conducted to ensure compliance with departmental policies and procedures with the goal of improving effectiveness and improving standards of service. In November 2015, Inspector assumed command of the Standards and Accountability Bureau and leading the following units: Audits and Inspections Unit, Quality Assurance Unit, Overtime Management Unit, and the Court Liaison Unit.
On a professional level, he holds degrees from Penn State, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the National Intelligence University. McDowell's research led to a thesis proving how Real Time Crime Centers can support the Intelligence Community in preventing home-grown and domestic terrorism. He is a former Naval Rescue Swimmer, a decorated veteran of Operation Desert Shield, has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement, an accomplished saxophonist with the Ferko Band, a life-long Pennsylvanian, and a dedicated husband and father of three.
Dr. Eduardo V. Martinez (Captain, USN- Retired), began his government career with the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission in St. Louis, Missouri as an Equal Opportunity Specialist. He later transferred
to the US Department of State, US Agency for International Development assigned to
the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau in Washington, DC. While there, he participated
in different events as a Crisis Manager including the Hurricane Allen Task Force and
the Cuban-Haitian Refugee Program where he handled operations at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
Following this, he later joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific theater
in both peacetime and crisis campaigns retiring as a Captain after 30 years of honorable
service with numerous awards and is a graduate of the US Army War College, Joint Forces
Staff College and the Canadian Forces College.
During his tour with Navy, he served in the Pacific and Atlantic fleets involved in amphibious operations and mine hunting. He performed two deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism and excelled in joint operations. Prior to becoming a Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer, he was instrumental in the creation of an office, which monitored disasters and liaised with agencies to recover personnel. He was involved with Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma and Gustav, also serving in 2010 as the Fleet Forces Command’s Liaison Officer during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
From 2010-2013, he served as the Executive Director of the Department of Homeland Security Center National Transportation Security Center of Excellence at Tougaloo College. Under his leadership, the Center completed both short and long- term projects. He is currently on staff with Angelo State University and is teaching as an adjunct at other universities in the field of homeland security. He has also attended the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Colonel James S. Roach also known as “Ranger Roach” retired as a Colonel after 25 years of active duty in the United States Army which included two tours in Vietnam as an Army Ranger. He served as the Battalion Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Delta Company Commander, and Charlie Company Commander. Following his time in the 506th, Colonel Roach served as the director of the JFK Center at Fort Bragg and eventually rose to command the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from 1993-1995. Colonel Roach is a highly decorated veteran, including being awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (2x), Bronze Star with Combat V Device (2nd), Bronze Star (3x), the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Post active duty, Colonel Roach has served in numerous civilian positions supporting U.S. embassies and missions in the U.S. and the Middle East, and Bogotá as a U.S. military attaché and Defense Intelligence Agency liaison for the Pentagon. His experience includes working to train foreign military and civilians in security tactics and organizational management while applying pragmatic problem solving approaches combined with the influence of a positive leadership style when little resources were available in order to achieve high results to preserve peace and human rights across the globe.
Academically, Colonel Roach earned his Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California, his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Saint Martin’s College, and diplomas from the U.S. Army War College, the Marine Command Staff College, and the Defense Language Institute (Spanish).
Lisa A. Shahade is a decorated 24-year veteran of the Amtrak Police Department and holds the position of Deputy Chief. Shahade previously has held the ranks of police officer, special agent, captain, inspector and deputy chief. In her current position, she directs, through subordinate managers and supervisors, the 430 member patrol division. Shahade holds a Bachelors of Arts in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Homeland Security studies from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) of the Naval Postgraduate School. Shahade is also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy program (#225) and completed the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).
Jeffery D. Sidorski has served the public in law enforcement for over twenty-seven years in the City of Philadelphia. He possesses a vast amount of experience and knowledge of the criminal justice system, law enforcement tactics, criminology, and leadership. Presently at the rank of Corporal, he is assigned to the Training Bureau (Police Academy) in 1998, he has been teaching recruit and veteran in-service police officers, and serves as the section head of all Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC) and all motor vehicle law related classes. Additionally, Sidorski has authored and co-authored several different lesson plans for the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission. He is a certified instructor in the following area: Pennsylvania Municipal Emergency Operations Course, ASP Expandable Tactical Baton Instructor, American Heart Association CPR Instructor, American Red Cross First Aid Instructor, Law Enforcement Bicycle Association (LEBA) Certified Police Mountain Bike Instructor, Pennsylvania Municipal Basic Academy Instructor, and as a PA Municipal Police Officer Driver Proficiency Instructor. Sidorski has earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Organizational and Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University.
Jeffrey J. Taroski is a Corporal in the Pennsylvania State Police currently assigned to the Casino Unit. He was member of the 119th cadet class at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, which graduated in 2005. Upon his graduation, he was assigned to the Troop K, Media Barracks, which provides full-time police services to five townships, two boroughs, and forty miles of interstate highway throughout Delaware County. While assigned to the patrol unit in Media, and working rotating shifts, Jeffrey was able to earn his master’s degree with a 4.0 grade point average. Jeffrey is certified as an instructor for the PA Municipal Police Academy, a terrorism awareness and prevention instructor, an online safety practitioner, and a PA Department of Education certified driver’s education instructor. Jeffrey earned his master’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University in 2010 and his bachelor’s degree from Temple University in 2005. While at Temple University, Jeffrey was awarded the Outstanding Criminal Justice student award from the Criminal Justice Department and the Criminal Justice Society was awarded “student organization of the year” under his leadership. After five years, he transferred to the Troop K Headquarters in Philadelphia. While assigned to the Philadelphia headquarters, Jeffrey participated in many details with the Philadelphia Police Department including, the Phillies World Series Parade, the Made in America Festivals, South Street Aggressive Patrols, and Operation Triggerlock. Prior to being assigned to the Casino Unit, he served as the Southeast Recruitment coordinator.
Jeffrey is an adjunct faculty member at Delaware County Community College and enjoys guiding students through the employment process. He believes that motivation and a student’s investment in their education are the keys to gaining a successful career in the criminal justice system. Jeffrey is proud to bring real world experience to the classroom at Rosemont College.
Thomas J. Nestel, III PhD (ABD) currently serves as the Chief of SEPTA Transit Police. Prior to his appointment as chief, he dedicated 22 years to the Philadelphia Police Department where he attained the rank of staff inspector and gained experience in a variety of policing functions, and chief of Upper Moreland Police Department. Nestel has conducted extensive research on the use of public domain surveillance systems (CCTV) and assisted in the authoring of the operating policy to guide Philadelphia’s program. He has also conducted several studies to determine the effectiveness of red light camera systems on intersection safety. Nestel has earned master's degrees from Saint Joseph’s University, the United States Naval Postgraduate School, and the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is renowned for his embrace of social media in the engagement of the public for community-police relationships, strengthening the Community Oriented Police program.