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Meet Our Instructors

Training Individuals From All Over the Nation

The best.

That’s what we expect from our instructors, and that’s what they deliver each day.

Our team is comprised of the best of the best in the field of Crime Scene Investigation. Each of our instructors is an expert–many recognized nationally–in his respective field. They’ll help take your CSI skills to the next level and train you in critical thinking and the most advanced techniques in forensic science. Each of them has extensive education and experience in the private and public sector, and each maintains a current Florida license or certificate in their respective fields.

Course exercises are based on real-life cases that the instructors have dealt with over the course of their careers. Instructor expertise includes forensic examination of blood, forensic entomology, ballistics and wound analysis, fingerprint detection, blood pattern analysis, alternative light source training and how to present evidence in court.

David J. Thomas, Dean

Michael C. Thompson
Program Director, Law Enforcement and Investigations Training

Amy M. Kinsey, Instructor

Daniel A. Gerard, Instructor

Dan Gerard, CSI Instructor

It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of beloved friend and mentor Dan Gerard. As senior instructor and Retired Alachua County Detective Sergeant, Dan carried more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and forensics. He earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice at St. Leo University, specializing in crime scene training.

Prior to retirement, he served as a U.S. Army military police investigator, and was awarded two commendation medals for his service. For 11 years, he occupied a supervisory role as Forensic Unit Supervisor, and was Region 3 Forensic Response Team Leader from 2006-2013. Dan is survived by Maggie, his wife of 26 years, and his daughter Sarah.

Dan is sorely missed by the CSI Academy family every day. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family and friends.


Education:

  • BA Criminal Justice at Saint Leo College

Experience:

  • Military Police Investigator in the Army
  • Police Officer at the Gainesville Police Department
  • Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant, Crime Scene Supervisor

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Law Enforcement Certification
  • International Association for Identification
  • Law Enforcement Instructors Certification

Derek Schmidt, Instructor

Derek Schmidt, CSI Instructor

Education:

  • Criminology at Florida State University
  • BA Criminology at Saint Leo University

Experience:

  • Corrections Officer at the Lancaster Correctional Institution
  • Evidence/Crime Scene Manager/LPE at the Levy County Sheriffs Office
  • Senior Certified Latent Print Examiner

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • International Association for Identification Certified Latent Print Examiner

Kathleen L. New, Instructor

Education:

  • MA English at the University of Florida

Experience:

  • Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant, Detective (Homicide, Sex Crimes, Child Abuse, and Computer Pornography including “Innocent Images” and “Traveler Cases”), Internal Affairs, Inspector at the Alachua County Sheriffs Office
  • Police Officer at the Gainesville Police Department
  • Adjunct Professor at Santa Fe College
  • Graduate Research Assistant and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Florida, Secondary School AP and Duel Enrollment Instructor
  • Independent Contractual Case Work for Private Attorneys

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Law Enforcement Certification
  • Innocent Images Certification

Marc Trahan, Instructor

Education:

  • BA History at the University of Florida
  • Criminal Justice at Santa Fe College
  • State of Florida Police Certification at Santa Fe College Police Academy

Experience:

  • Police Officer/Crime Scene Investigator for the City of Gainesville
  • Adjunct Instructor for Police Academy at Santa Fe College

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Instructor Certification
  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Police Officer Certification
  • Senior Crime Scene Analyst Certification with the International Association for Identification

Jon D. Wierzbowski, Instructor

Education:

  • MA in Criminal Justice Administration, University of South Florida
  • BS in Biology, Jacksonville University

Experience:

  • Chief Forensic Investigator, Pasco Sheriff’s Office
  • Forensic Scientist III, Latent Prints, BAE Systems, Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facilities
  • Director of Forensic Sciences, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
  • Law Enforcement Lieutenant, State of Florida, University of South Florida
  • Crime Laboratory Analyst, State of Florida, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Crime Scene Investigator, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Sheriff, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, Registrations, Offices:

  • Life Member, Florida Division of the International Association for Identification
  • Former CJSTC Instructor
  • Former Florida Police Officer (inactive, retired)
  • Florida Licensed Investigator
  • Director Region 3, Florida Division of the International Association for Identification

Pricilla Doyle, Instructor

Education

  • M.S. in Criminal Forensics, Florida Gulf Coast University

Experience

  • Forensic Investigator, District 21 Medical Examiner’s Office Fort Myers, FL
  • Adjunct Instructor, Florida Southwestern State College Fort Myers, FL
  • Instructor, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant’s Academy
  • Instructor, Sanibel Police Department Supervisor’s Academy

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

  • Board Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator (Fellow),
  • American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, BC1659
  • Certified Radiographer, Florida Department of Health JX0025921
  • Associate Member, American Academy of Forensic Science
  • Certified CANVAS Instructor
  • Beta Test Member, Physicians for Human Rights International Forensics Program
  • Advisory Board Member, Keiser University Fort Myers, FL
  • Foundation for Lee County Public Schools STEM Program

(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math); guest instructor for Criminal Justice High School Academies at South Fort Myers High School, East Lee County High School)

Kimberly A. Long, Instructor

Education:

  • B.S. in Criminal Justice at Liberty University

Experience:

  • Police Officer for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
  • Major Crimes Crime Scene Detective for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
  • Training Coordinator for Crime Scene Unit at Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
  • Member of Region 3’s Forensic Response Team

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Member of the International Association for Identification
  • Member of the Association of Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Member of the Florida Division of International Association for Identification
  • Law Enforcement Certification
  • Corrections Certification
  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Instructor Certification

Mike Knezevich, Instructor

Education:

  • Associates of Arts- Santa Fe Community College
  • Bachelors of Science in Criminology- Florida State University
  • ​Law Enforcement Certification- Santa Fe Community College Institute of Public Safety

Experience:

  • Retired Police Corporal- Gainesville (FL) Police Department
  • Medical Malpractice Investigator- Florida Department of Health
  • Reserve Police Officer- City of Alachua Police Department
  • Claims Investigator- Veracity Research Company
  • ​Investigator- Alpha Protection and Investigations

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Certified Law Enforcement Officer
  • Licensed Private Investigator in the following States:
  • Florida
  • ​Georgia

Bret Starr, Instructor

Education:

  • Associates of Arts degree-Santa Fe College
  • Numerous training classes in the field of Crime Scene Investigation, Death Investigation and Photography.
  • ​State of Florida Police Certification at Santa Fe College Police Academy

Experience:

  • 22 years as Crime Scene Investigator with the Gainesville Police Dept.
  • 4 years as a Traffic Homicide Investigator with the Gainesville Police Dept.
  • ​Retired after one year as a Police Officer with the University of Florida Police Dept. and 30 years as a Police Officer with the Gainesville Police Dept.

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Police Officer Certification
  • ​Life Member of the Florida Division of the International Association for Identification.

Marc Woodmansee, Instructor

Education:

  • BA in Criminology at the University of Florida
  • Numerous training classes in the field of Crime Scene Investigation, Death
  • ​Investigation and Photography

Experience:

  • Corporal, United States Army, Signal Corp
  • Police Officer at the University of Florida Police Department
  • ​28 years as a Police Officer with the Gainesville Police Department with 7 years as a Property and Persons Crimes Detective and 12 years as a Major Case Crime Scene Investigator

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Police Officer Certification
  • Member of the Florida Division of the International Association for Identification
  • ​Field Training Officer for new Police Officers

Detective Sergeant Jimmy Watson

Education:

  • Law Enforcement Certification, Florida Gateway College
  • Certified Law Enforcement Instructor
  • ​Certified Law Enforcement Driving Instructor

Experience:

  • Detective Sergeant Jimmy Watson is employed by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in Lake City Florida and has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since October 2007; prior to that he worked as a Police Officer with the Lake City Police Department.
  • ​Sergeant Watson is the supervisor of the CCSO Crime Scene Unit and has worked in that capacity since 2013. Sergeant Watson is also the agency’s assigned Internet Crimes against Children Investigator and is a member of the North Florida ICAC Task Force. Other job duties include Agency Instructor, Crisis Negotiator, Cold Case Investigations, Sex Crimes Investigations, and Clandestine Drug Lab response, clean-up, and processing.

Jan Johnson, Instructor

Experience:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C.
  • Escambia County Sheriff’s Office
  • ​Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Pensacola

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst
  • Member of the Crime Scene Certification Board
  • ​Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the International Association of Identification