Who I Am

Who I Am

A Massachusetts native, I am a Professor of Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. I received my A.B. in History from Cornell University, my J.D. from Boston College Law School, and my M.A. in Applied History at Shippensburg University.

I am a former Private First Class in the United States Army Reserve where she was a medic, a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, where I defended sailors and Marines at courts-martial across the state of Louisiana. At the Navy’s personnel headquarters in Washington, D.C, I provided legal counsel in family and child sexual abuse matters. After being honorably discharged, I was a Trial Attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Torts Branch, defending the federal government across the country in environmental and human radiation experiment lawsuits. I also served as an Assistant United States Attorney and an Assistant Federal Public Defender, both in the District of Massachusetts. My last litigation post was serving as an Assistant State Public Defender in the Capital Litigation Unit in Columbia, Missouri, representing indigent men in death-penalty cases.

I have written two textbooks on Criminal Law and Procedure, my latest with SAGE Publishing. I am also a Certified Professional Coach with a certification recognized by the International Coaching Federation. What separates me from other coaches is the depth and breadth of my professional experiences. You don’t want to be National Football League head Coach of the Rams, Sean McVay who said after losing Superbowl 53 in February 2019, “I was outcoached.” Do your research and hire the Coach who is going to help you achieve your ultimate success.

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