Sergeant Rob Peters began his law enforcement career in 2004, with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Prior to being assigned as a homicide detective, Detective Peters was assigned as a detective in the Sheriff’s Crimes Against Persons Bureau, where he investigated felony assaults and domestic violence cases. Additionally, Sergeant Peters was assigned to Patrol Services and Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit, and the Sheriff’s Court Security Division.
Sergeant Peters is currently assigned to the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. As a homicide detective, Sergeant Peters is tasked with investigating homicides, suspicious deaths, officer involved shootings, kidnappings and high profile cases.
Sergeant Peters has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from California State University of Sacramento. Additionally, he has obtained his intermediate and advanced Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificates. He has attended numerous law enforcement investigative courses, which include: Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI) for Homicide, Officer involved Shootings, Narcotics and Arson/Explosives. Additionally, he has also attended bloodshed interpretation and interview and interrogation courses.
Sergeant Peters is a member of the California Homicide Investigators Association and the International Homicide Investigators Association. Additionally, he is a member of the Disabled American Veterans and Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
Detective First Lieutenant Dave Eddy recently retired from the Michigan State Police (MSP), where he last served as Fusion Center Director and Commander of MSP’s Intelligence Section. Prior to his assignment with the fusion center, Eddy served at the Niles Post, Training Academy, Intelligence Unit, Violent Crimes Unit, Major Case Unit, Investigative Analysis Unit, and the Governor's Security Detail. He spent well over half of his 29-year Michigan State Police career specializing in the analysis and investigation of homicides and sexually motivated crimes. Prior to enlisting with MSP, Eddy served in the United States Air Force and as a police officer in the state of Texas.
Lieutenant Eddy has served on the FBI Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) National Advisory Board, the State Bar of Michigan Eyewitness Identification Task Force, and as an executive board member for both the National Guard Association of Michigan and the MSP Command Officers Association. In 2018, he founded beyondstrength.org – a life, leadership, and fitness blog. He has over 34 years of law enforcement experience, over 32 years of total military service, is the former Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Michigan Air National Guard, and he is an Iraq Campaign veteran.
Eddy has an associate in applied science degree from Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University, and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership from Central Michigan University. He has served on the IHIA board of directors since 2020.
PAST PRESIDENT / EDUCATION AND TRAINING COORDINATOR
Lieutenant Paul Belli retired from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office in 2021, where he was employed since 1998. His last assignment was commanding the Homicide Unit. In his tenure with the department, Lieutenant Belli has served assignments as a patrol officer, a field training officer, motor officer, firearms instructor, force options instructor, and EVOC instructor. Upon selection to detectives in 2008 Lieutenant Belli was assigned to the Sexual Assault and Elder Abuse Bureau before being selected to join the Homicide Bureau. Lieutenant Belli spent 7 years as a homicide detective and 3 years as the homicide bureau supervisor, prior to being promoted to Lieutenant. He spent a short time commanding a detention bureau prior to being transferred back to the Homicide Unit as a commander.
Lieutenant Belli holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminal Justice from CSU Sacramento, In addition to Robert Presely Institute of Criminal Investigations certificates in Homicide and Narcotics investigations. Lieutenant Belli is a California POST ICI instructor for the Officer Involved Shooting investigations course, a past committee member for the POST ICI Detective training symposium, and the President for the International Homicide Investigators Association.
Lieutenant Steve Lewis recently retired after a 28-year stint with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, in Tampa, Florida. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Criminology from Saint Leo University. He graduated with honors from the 140th Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville. He has worked in many different areas with the Sheriff's Office, including Patrol, School Resource, Street Crimes, Administration, and various Detective Bureaus, including the Homicide unit for several years. He has been a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association since 2004. He has held the position of Chief Financial Officer since 2013. In 2021, he was appointed as the Association Manager for the IHIA. He manages the daily operations of the IHIA, and works closely with the President, the Board of Directors, the Training Coordinator, and the Event Planning Team for planning, organizing, and providing assistance at training events. In addition, he works collectively with the Board and Law Enforcement partners in seeking solutions for the non-profit in meeting both short and long-term goals.
Lieutenant Mark Blair has been employed with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, in Tampa, Florida since 2010. Lieutenant Blair has held positions as a Patrol Deputy, Field Training Deputy, General Offense Detective, Patrol Corporal, Traffic Corporal, Operations Corporal for the Department of Patrol Services, Sergeant in the Training Division and currently serves as the Lieutenant for the Homeland Security Division.
Lieutenant Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and a minor in Government and World Affairs from the University Of Tampa. He has been actively involved in his church for many years. Through his involvement, Lieutenant Blair learned how operate and manage audio and video equipment. In 2016, he began volunteering at the IHIA Annual Training Symposium operating the audio and video equipment and was nominated to the Board of Directors in February 2020.
Lieutenant Blair enjoys spending his free time with his wife and children. In his spare time, he enjoys running and regularly participates in sports leagues.
Nathan Graham began his career with the FBI in April 2006 as a Crime Analyst with the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP), Quantico, Virginia. Crime Analyst Graham is currently assigned as the ViCAP Web Program Manager, which includes oversight of ViCAP’s Joint Applications Development (JAD) Team, the team responsible for all technical and user interface matters pertaining to the ViCAP Web system. Prior to his current assignment, Crime Analyst Graham served as the crime analyst for the states of Nevada, Oregon, and Washington; as well as Army CID, Air Force OSI, and all requests from foreign law enforcement agencies. Crime Analyst Graham has also served as the lead analyst for the FBI’s Highway Serial Killings (HSK) Initiative. Prior to the FBI, Crime Analyst Graham spent almost four years as a police officer and crime analyst with the Raleigh Police Department, Raleigh, North Carolina. Crime Analyst Graham currently serves as the Secretary for the International Homicide Investigators Association.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS LIAISON
Assistant Section Chief Jeffery McClain
Federal Bureau Of Investigations
Investigative and Operations Support Section / Critical Incident Response Group
Jeff McClain serves as the Assistant Section Chief for the Critical Incident Response Group’s (CIRG) Investigations and Operations Support Section (IOSS) providing support to all five Behavioral Analysis Units, the Securities and Facilities Unit, and the Technical and Support Services Unit. Prior to this assignment, Mr. McClain served as the Unit Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit-4, Crimes Against Adult Victims and Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP). Mr. McClain entered on duty with the FBI in 2002 and was first assigned to the Richmond Division’s Fredericksburg Resident Agency where he worked a variety of violations with emphasis on violent crime, gang, and drug matters.
In 2010, Mr. McClain was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and transferred to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations Unit, where he program managed WMD operations and investigations for the northeastern United States and the WMD ALAT program. In 2011, Mr. McClain returned to the Richmond Division as the Supervisory Special Agent and Program Coordinator overseeing the Violent Gangs, Violent Incident Crime, TOC-West, and TOC-East programs. Mr. McClain also served as the SWAT, OCDETF, and Undercover Coordinator.
In 2015, Mr. McClain was promoted to Unit Chief and transferred to the CIRG, BAU-4 providing operational and analytical support to federal, state, local, and international law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation of unusual or repetitive violent crimes involving adult victims until his promotion to Assistant Section Chief in 2018.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS LIAISON
Unit Chief Jody Kramer
Federal Bureau Of Investigations
Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU-4)
Jody Kramer was raised in a law enforcement family and community. The son of a Pennsylvania State Police Detective and a corrections officer, Jody studied criminology and psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he began his career in this field as a deputy sheriff in Tennessee. In 1996, Jody became an FBI Agent where he has been tasked with investigating matters of violent crimes, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence. Within the FBI, Jody has been assigned to field offices in Washington, D.C., San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Boston, MA. He also served FBI Headquarters tours in both the Counterintelligence Division and the International Operations Division, and was the FBI’s Assistant Legal Attaché in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Jody has spent most of his FBI career working in the field of behavioral analysis. As a field coordinator, a certified profiler, and now as a unit chief, Jody gravitated toward the discipline and services provided by the Behavioral Analysis Units. Jody is currently the Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit 4 (BAU-4) which focuses on violent crimes committed against adults. Through direct involvement with research, investigations, instruction, and liaison with other law enforcement agencies, Jody seeks to provide this expertise to benefit law enforcement partners and the victims of violent crimes.
Website & Membership Coordinator
For over two decades, Corporal Mike Blair has dedicated his career to serving Hillsborough County as a Deputy Sheriff. His journey began in the county jail, progressing swiftly to distinguished roles in law enforcement. Throughout his tenure, he has served in capacities including Patrol Deputy, Field Training Deputy, Vice Squad Deputy, and as a detective specializing in various offenses. A heartfelt chapter of his career was dedicated to solving cases as a Homicide Detective. Today, with those experiences in tow, he guides others as a supervisor in the Homicide Section.
Beyond the badge, Mike's true nature shines through in his commitment to his colleagues. As a part of the Peer Support Team and as the head of the Lynn Sowers Memorial Foundation, he quietly offers a helping hand, ensuring that members of the Sheriff's Office find support when they most need it. An advocate for continued learning, Corporal Blair is recognized as a certified instructor with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Additionally, he imparts his knowledge at Hillsborough Community College's law enforcement academy. His academic credentials include degrees from St. Pete College and Liberty University, specializing in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, and Religion.
Since 2012, Corporal Blair has been an active contributor to the IHIA, earning a board position in 2014.
Sergeant Neal Clanton has been employed by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office since 2007. He began his career working in Corrections for the Sheriff’s Office, having been assigned to both County jails and spent time as a Gang Intelligence Officer at the Sacramento Main Jail. He rotated out to Patrol Services where he was a Field Training Officer (FTO) and assigned to the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) team before moving on to Investigations. Prior to his current assignment, Sergeant Clanton worked as a People Crimes Detective, investigating domestic violence and felony assault cases.
Sergeant Clanton is currently assigned to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, where he assists in investigations involving homicides, kidnappings, officer-involved shootings, and suspicious deaths.
Sergeant Clanton received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from American Public University.
Sergeant Clanton spends his free time with his wife and three young children, coaching his two young daughters’ softball and soccer teams.
Colonel Frank Losat began his career in law enforcement in 1990, serving as a state trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol before joining the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in 1994. He has been assigned to positions with street crimes, narcotics, criminal investigations and as a field training supervisor. Colonel Losat also served in the homicide section for nearly 11 years.
Colonel Losat has been in supervisory roles in the homicide section, patrol district street crimes and investigations, and in the Special Investigations Division where he oversaw narcotic investigations and the crime analysis unit.
Colonel Losat has a bachelor of arts degree in criminology from Saint Leo University, and attended the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Senior Leadership Program and the Executive Institute for Police Management. He also serves on the executive board of Tampa's Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office (DACCO). A California native and resident of Hillsborough County since 1983, he is married with two grown sons.
Detective Sergeant Perreault is a eighteen (18) year veteran of the New Hampshire State Police. He currently oversees the Sexual Offender Unit for the State of New Hampshire. He formerly worked as a Patrol Officer from (1990- 1992) In Rollinsford New Hampshire. During his time with the New Hampshire State Police he has served in several capacities to include: criminal investigations, assigned as Cadre to the New Hampshire Police Academy for the 162nd session, Field Training Officer, DARE Officer and Mentor, Northern New England DARE Training Team as facilitator in charge of training for New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine, Major Crime Unit assigned to active homicide cases. He found his passion spending 2 ½ years assigned within the Major Crime Unit to the Attorney Generals Cold Case Unit as a lead in several Cold Case Homicide investigations.
While assigned to Major Crimes, he was assigned to oversee multiple interns for guidance. He has also been assigned to assist other agencies coming to New Hampshire to interview suspects in homicides from other jurisdictions. He is routinely assigned Presidential details and has had to opportunity to serve President Trump, Vice President Joseph Biden and Michele Obama during campaign visits to New Hampshire.
Detective Sergeant Perreault is a native of New Hampshire having grown up on the seacoast and graduating from Dover High School in 1986. He has a wife and daughter and currently resides in the seacoast area. He enjoys spending time off with his family and enjoys performing magic shows, scuba diving, running, kayaking and anything outside. He is a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon-Do and previously co-owned a marital arts school in New Hampshire.
Lieutenant Ed Striedinger retired from the Seattle Police Department in 2017, after serving for 38 ½ years. He then spent two years as a Captain for a tribal police
department in Eastern Washington. In 2020, he moved back to the Seattle area where he now serves as a Senior Investigator for the Attorney General of Washington’s Homicide
Investigation Tracking System (HITS). Violent crime investigation has been the main focus of Ed’s career. As a detective, he worked assignments in Vice, the Green River
Murders Task Force, Special Assault, and Homicide. After his promotion to Sergeant, he supervised detectives in Robbery, Domestic Violence, Homicide, the Internet
Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, Major Crimes Task Force and the Puget Sound Violent Crimes Task Force. His last assignment before retiring was as the
Commander of the Domestic Violence Unit.
Throughout his career, Lieutenant Striedinger has been deeply involved in police training, developing curriculum on many aspects of criminal investigation. He created a
40-hour program for detectives, which became a pre-requisite for all officers in Seattle PD seeking to achieve that designation. In the early 1990’s,
Striedinger was elected to two terms as the President of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild. In that capacity, he worked to enhance and preserve the conditions and
benefits of police officers and sergeants through negotiation and arbitration. This role also provided the unique opportunity, coupled with his work in Homicide, to see
and appreciate deadly force investigation through all sides of the situation.
Ed is a dual service veteran, having served in the US Army and later, the USCG Reserve, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer in 2010. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in
Criminal Justice. Lieutenant Striedinger first became a member of IHIA in 2000 when he attended the “Challenge 2000” symposium at Quantico.
As the newest Western Regional Director, he has committed to providing the highest quality training available to the IHIA membership
Captain Everett C. Babcock began his law enforcement career in 1988, working for the Sayre Police Department in western Oklahoma, remaining there until 1992 when Captain Babcock went to work the District Attorney’s Office in Oklahoma’s Second Judicial District, assigned to the District 2 Drug Task Force, conducting narcotic investigations. Captain Babcock worked for the District 2 Drug Task Force until he began working for the Kansas City Missouri Police Department in January of 1995.
At the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, Captain Babcock has held assignments in the Patrol Division, the Domestic Violence Unit, the Property Crimes Unit, the Mounted Patrol Section and the Homicide Unit.
Captain Babcock was a Detective with KCPD’s Homicide Unit for a total of ten years. He was also assigned to the Homicide Unit for five years as a Sergeant and since May of 2021 has been assigned as the Captain of the Homicide Unit. Of his 34 years in law enforcement, Captain Babcock has served in investigations for a total of 22 years, with 16 of those 22 years spent in Homicide.
Captain Babcock spent several years as part of the Greater Kansas City Metro Squad, which consists of detectives from several agencies who respond to assist smaller agencies in the Kansas City area when a homicide occurs in their jurisdiction.
Captain Babcock holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri. Captain Babcock instructed at the University of Central Missouri’s Central Police Academy on the topics of homicide and interrogations for seven years. Currently Babcock works part-time as an instructor for the Dolan Consulting Group instructing on the topics of homicides, training new detectives, interviews and interrogations, and reforming your agency’s lineup procedures. In addition to teaching frequent classes for his own agency, Captain Babcock also teaches annually at the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Detective School, and he is responsible for organizing and instructing the Kansas City Missouri Police Department’s Detective Academy.
Captain Babcock’s homicide investigations have been profiled on America’s Most Wanted, The First 48, American Gangster, The Unexpected Killer and Fatal Attraction.
Captain Babcock is a board member for the Kansas City Chapter of the Parents of Murdered Children, a support organization for the family members of victims of homicide. This year Captain Babcock will be conducting workshops to educate victim’s families on the activities of detectives as they relate to homicide investigations at the Parents of Murdered Children’s National Conference in St. Louis Missouri this year.
David Gaylor has recently been invited to join the Board as its International Director in March 2021 having previously been a member of the IHIA Advisory Board since the symposium in Washington (2011). He has been a active member of the IHIA since 2001.
He began his law enforcement career in 1975 when he joined Sussex Police in the UK where he served for 30 years predominantly as a Detective Officer reaching the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent.
David has worked on numerous homicide enquiries as a detective and as a supervisor and was also one of the Force Senior Investigating Officers leading the Homicide Investigation teams. He was responsible in Sussex for setting up the Major Crime Branch tasked with investigating serious and series crimes including homicide and also introduced the Major Crime Review system. In 2001 he completed a project reporting to the Home Office on the Investigation of Cold Cases. David has a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from Sussex and Portsmouth Universities.
On his retirement as a warranted officer he remained working for Sussex Police undertaking projects on a range of criminal justice initiatives including improving the systems and protocols when dealing with victims and witnesses and set up the county’s first dedicated Sexual Assault Referral Centre. He also continued to undertake reviews of both current and cold case homicide investigations until he retired finally having completed 36 years service. He currently remains a volunteer with Sussex Police.
David has attended every IHIA symposium since 2003 and was delighted to be asked to join the Board in the capacity of International Director. He has assisted many colleagues around the world in respect of ongoing investigations and will continue to do so on behalf of the IHIA. David’s family have always had a strong history with law enforcement with his grandfather and father previously having served as police officers. His eldest daughter is currently a Financial Investigator for Sussex Police.
A key objective of the association is to take its homicide investigative training to other parts of the world outside of its base in the USA. The core elements of the investigation of homicide offenses are universal and delivering high quality training is fundamental to that process. He looks forward to working with other Board members and law enforcement colleagues around the world to develop this initiative.
Mr. Paul Marino of Largo, Florida is a member of both the Florida and Maryland Bars. Mr. Marino has a long history of providing legal advice to several of the nation's leading criminal justice oriented associations. Mr. Marino left his native Baltimore where he served as a member of the Mayor's staff, handling public safety and emergency management issues for the City of Baltimore to accept an appointment as Chief Legal Counsel to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Florida. During his work with the Sheriff's Office, in addition to his primary responsibility to manage claims and reduce potential liability against the Sheriff and his deputies, he was initially responsible for handling public information and media matters for the Sheriff, and worked on several major law enforcement “sting” projects.
He retired after 17 years of government service to further his career in private practice and as a civil liability defense attorney for police departments throughout the state of Florida. Today, Mr. Marino's law practice is centered on his work as a corporate counsel for several law enforcement associations. He provides legal counsel and instructs various courses related to airborne law enforcement operations and practices.
Chairman - Corporate Council
Jessica Koong is the Senior Market Development Manager at QIAGEN’s Human ID and Forensics business. With degrees in biology and psychology, she has enjoyed a
12-year career as a marketing professional in various biotech companies. In her current role at QIAGEN (the steward of GEDmatch and GEDmatch PRO), she is committed
to building rigorous training programs for law enforcement and aims to democratize access to forensic application of next-generation DNA sequencing. Jessica is a
community builder - as a solution provider to the law enforcement community, she believes in the additive power when different technologies join forces. Jessica is grateful to
become the newly elected Chairman of the Corporate Council to the IHIA Board of Directors, and she looks forward to connecting with more solution providers in the investigative
intelligence realm. Her goal is to find opportunities to amplify the presence and voice of innovative solution providers and collectively, add value to IHIA members and law
enforcement community at large.