Amber Lietz is a Youth Justice Coalition Coordinator for the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Initiatives, whose mission is to advance solutions to the county’s criminal justice challenges. Amber is currently leading youth violence prevention initiatives in the cities of Magna and Midvale. Amber has a vast amount of experience in both the criminal justice and prevention science systems. In her free time, Amber is dedicated to her basset hounds, animal rescue, and loves hiking.
Shawn L. Hill has worked in the Criminal Justice field for 28 years. He started his career in California working for Fresno County Juvenile Probation, working inside Juvenile Hall in Maximum Security. He later worked for the California Youth Authority (when it was called that) in Modesto, California. He later moved to Portland, Oregon and then on to Idaho Falls, Idaho where he began working for Bingham County in April of 1999, with his office in Blackfoot, Idaho. He has worked will all cases in the juvenile realm and once carried a caseload of Misdemeanor Drug Court Participants. He has worked as a Juvenile Detention Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, Juvenile Diversion Officer, Juvenile Drug Court Officer, Juvenile Sex Offender Officer, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Adult Misdemeanor Probation Officer, Adult Misdemeanor Chief Probation Officer, and Probation Director at present. He started a Youth Court in Bingham County in 2007 and in 2019 attended the American Probation and Parole Association Conference in San Francisco where he was exposed to the “Re-Entry Simulation”. Director Hill along with his staff and the County Commissioners, brought the “Re-Entry Simulation” back to Idaho to share with fellow criminal justice professionals. They call their version the” Probation Simulation”. In addition to his Bingham County responsibilities, he served on the Board of Juvenile Corrections for ten years. He has been a member of the Idaho Council for Juvenile Interstate Compact since March 2008 and has been the Chair of this Council since March 2009. He is currently the President Elect for the Idaho Association of Counties Misdemeanor Probation Administrator’s Association.
Veronica GarzaLicensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
Veronica Garza is the wife of Houston Police officer, Jonathan Garza, and the mother of two rambunctious boys, ages 7 and 4. She graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and completed her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2019. In December 2022, she celebrated the completion of her provisional licensure and earned her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) licensure in the great state of Texas.
Veronica has been in the mental health field for over 10 years. She has worked in various settings including private practice, community mental health, school districts, domestic violence shelters, and the county. In Harris County Veronica served as a Youth Service Specialist (connecting the most vulnerable students and their families to resources), a supervisor for Youth Service Specialists, and briefly at Harris County’s Children Assessment Center (CAC) as a therapist for children and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse. Currently, Veronica works as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, the 3rd largest district in Texas with over 118,000 students and more than 90 campuses. Veronica is committed to raising awareness about the dangers of substance use by engaging students in these discussions and providing presentations to district staff and parents.
Chuck HayesDrug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program Project Manager
Chuck Hayes is the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program Project Manager for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and provides technical support for the DEC Program and alcohol impaired driving enforcement programs. He is the former Division Director of the Oregon State Police Patrol Services Division and was in charge of patrol operations until his retirement in 2003. In addition to his Division Director duties, he also served as the Oregon DEC Program State Coordinator from January 1995 to July 31, 2003.
Chuck attended both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) training, and the Advanced SFST Instructor training courses. In 1989, he was designated as the Oregon State Police Training Coordinator for DWI Detection/Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. He completed the Los Angeles Police Department Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training in 1983, and the NHTSA/IACP DRE training in 1989. In 1994, he completed the NHTSA/IACP DRE Instructor Development Course. He also served as the Western Region Representative for the DEC Program Technical Advisory Panel and served as the IACP Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Section Chairman from October 1998 to October 1999.
Chuck is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command and a graduate of the Oregon Executive Development Institute.
Lieutenant Robert Hayes is currently assigned to the Patrol Division of the Albany Police Department. The Albany Police Department hired Robert in 1999. Robert’s passion is traffic enforcement, and in particular the detection of impaired drivers. Prior to working for the Albany Police Department, Robert served for four years with the Florence Police Department (Florence, Oregon) and four years as a Reserve Deputy for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (Salem, Oregon).
Robert attended the fifth Drug Recognition Expert School that was held in the State of Oregon in 1998. He is currently a Drug Recognition Expert, Drug Recognition Expert Instructor, Intoxilyzer 8000 Instructor, DITEP Instructor, and a SFST Instructor. He is also a part-time Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) instructor as well as a Crash Re-Constructionist for his agency. In addition, Robert has been a Drug Recognition Expert Region II and III Allied Coordinator since July of 2009.
In 1999 Robert received his Associates of Arts from Lane Community College. He is also the President for the Linn County DUII Victim Impact Panel and Chair for the DUII Multi-Disciplinary Task Force. During his career Robert has been recognized with the following awards:
- 2001 Drug Recognition Expert of the Year for a Municipality in the State of Oregon.
- 2005 Impaired Driving Trainer of the Year in the State of Oregon.
- 2005 City of Albany Police Officer of the Year.
- 2006 Security Alarm Corporation (SAC) Public Service Award.
- 2008 Award of Appreciation by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.
- 2013 Ken Snook DRE Award of Excellence.
- 2015 City of Albany Police Officer of the Year.
Melissa Moore has worked in Public Health for nearly 20 years, leading substance abuse prevention and coalition efforts in multiple diverse communities throughout Wisconsin. Emphasizing the need to go beyond education to impact the external factors that contribute to substance abuse, Ms. Moore has helped lead assessment, planning, implementation and grant writing efforts to transform the culture and reduce this burden on the community. In her current position at the Marathon County Health Department, she continues to contribute to the growing reputation of the Marathon County Alcohol & Other Drug Partnership as a statewide leader in community coalition engagement.
Mark StodolaProbation Fellow
As NHTSA’s Probation Fellow, Mark Stodola brings over 30 years of experience working in the field of court management and adult probation in Arizona. Mark worked at the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department for 18 years serving in a number of capacities including field supervisor and division director overseeing drug and alcohol treatment programs, problem solving courts and services for the mentally ill. Mark later became the Court Administrator of the Tempe Municipal Court where he served for eight years managing the day to day activities of the court including budget, case processing, program development (including the establishment of Arizona’s first municipal mental health court) and managing personnel. Most recently Mark served as Program Services Manager in the Adult Probation Services Division of the Arizona Supreme Court where he had oversight of treatment programs for Arizona’s Adult Probation Departments. Mark has presented training on topics surrounding high risk drunk drivers at national, regional and state conferences throughout the country.
Mark received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. Mark became a Graduate Fellow through the National Council of State Courts Institute of Court Management.
In his spare time Mark serves on a number of boards and is actively involved in community activities with his wife Susan.
Jermaine GallowayDirector / Owner
Officer Jermaine Galloway is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter, a four time national award winner, and an international award winner. Galloway is a national expert in alcohol and drug trends and is a resource for those involved with prevention, education and enforcement. Officer Galloway began his Idaho law enforcement career in 1997 and has more than 20 years’ experience in alcohol and drug education, enforcement and prevention. Officer Galloway currently dedicates thousands of hours to community scans, research and substance abuse identification in large and rural communities across the country.
Officer Galloway currently provides nationwide training to coalition members, law enforcement, educators, youth, counselors, probation, treatment, health professionals, judges, university officials, and community members. Over the last three years, Officer Galloway has trained more than 120,000 people nationally and internationally. Once in a specific community, Officer Galloway frequently conducts a community scan – working his way through several of the local alcohol & drug promotion retail locations. He also interviews hundreds of individuals at various festivals, events and retail locations. Galloway trains on several different alcohol and drug topics, including: drug trends, alcohol and energy drinks, underage drinking, e-cigarettes & vaping, synthetic drugs, marijuana concentrates / dabbing, marijuana extraction labs, EDM events, inhalants, party patrols, fake ID’s, party drugs, over-the-counter drugs, cough medicines, herbal drugs, designer drugs, physical signs and symptoms, the influence of drug legalization, marijuana edibles, stash compartments, drug concealment methods, alcohol and drug clothing, logos, and identifiers.
Officer Galloway created his own alcohol and substance abuse prevention and identification program called the “You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know” program. Officer Galloway provides (and purchased) over 150 visual aids for attendees to view, hold and become familiar with throughout each presentation.
Along with creating and starting two non-profit organizations, Officer Galloway was a past Vice President of an alcohol and drug free prevention coalition in Idaho and sits on the Idaho statewide impaired driving prevention and enforcement task force. Officer Galloway is a past board member of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA).
Officer Galloway has had articles published (in-print and online) in American Police Beat Magazine, Campus Safety Magazine and many local newspapers during on-site presentations. In addition to other media stories, webinars and interviews, in 2011, Officer Galloway was highlighted in a national video, produced by Human Relations Media, about the harms of “Spice - the Synthetic Marijuana.”
In 2007, Officer Galloway created the Northwest Alcohol & Substance Abuse Conference. This bi-annual, nationally recognized substance abuse prevention conference has quickly grown, drawing attendees from over 35 different states and multiple countries.
National and International Awards & Certifications:
In 2009, Officer Galloway received the national underage drinking law enforcement officer of the year award from the OJJDP (Officer of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) for his efforts and strategies in underage drinking education and enforcement.
In 2010, Officer Galloway received the national “Mickey Sadoff” underage drinking prevention award from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) for his efforts in education and enforcement.
In 2015, Officer Galloway received the national and international award from AAMVA (American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators) for his efforts in Fake ID identification, education and enforcement.
In 2015, “The 10-10 Zone” program (and Boise City Ordinance) that Officer Galloway helped to create, won a national award from the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA).
In 2015, Officer Galloway’s program, "You Can't Stop What You Don't Know", was highlighted in the recently released book "Clearing the Haze" Helping Families Face Teen Addiction, by Dr. Christian Thurstone and Christine Tatum.
In 2017, Officer Galloway received the Enrique S. Camarena Award from the National Elks Drug Awareness Program. This is a great honor as this award was created in honor of Enrique Camarena - a DEA agent who lost his life while enforcing drug laws. (The national Red Ribbon drug awareness week in October was created in honor of Agent Camarena.)
Officer Galloway is also an Idaho POST certified instructor and holds a BA from the University of San Francisco.
As an officer at the Boise Police Department, Officer Galloway traveled and worked as a team liaison / security for the Boise State University Football team. This position took him to multiple bowl games, including standing on the sidelines for the historic 2007 Fiesta bowl win against Oklahoma.
As a national figure in alcohol related education and programs, Officer Galloway helped to create Boise city ordinances, including: a fake ID ordinance, an underage drinking social host ordinance, and a fake ID collection program. Officer Galloway coordinated over 250 enforcement patrols and hundreds of local trainings. Officer Galloway’s enforcement programs and patrols resulted in several thousand alcohol and drug related citations, including underage drinking and providing alcohol to a minor. Due to the successful coordination and execution of Officer Galloway’s education and enforcement patrols, there was a multi-year decrease of underage alcohol related violations throughout the city of Boise.
Michele GayCo-Founder and Educator
Mother, educator, and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools, Michele Gay chose to take action after losing her daughter Josephine Grace on December 14, 2012 in the Sandy Hook School tragedy. Since that time, Michele has channeled her love of Josephine through her work as an advocate for improving safety and security in schools and communities across our country.
With a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Towson State University, Michele earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College. Prior to the Sandy Hook tragedy, she taught at the elementary level in the Maryland and Virginia public schools.
Now a nationally and internationally recognized public speaker and school safety advocate, Michele reaches diverse audiences with her powerful message of hope as she continues her mission to keep every child safe and sound. Michele works diligently to unite stakeholders of all disciplines and perspectives to take a comprehensive, sustainable and proactive approach to prepare, prevent, respond and recover from tragedy.
As an educator, mother, and survivor of tragedy herself, Michele is uniquely positioned to help others. She has dedicated her life to honoring Josephine’s memory by ensuring that every school, every child, and every community is truly safe and sound.
Mark Baxter is a sworn police officer in his 22nd year of service whose responsibilities include investigating counterfeit documents, alcohol-related violations, and alcohol-licensing enforcement. He instructs police officers and civilians nationwide– including various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies– and is considered a Subject Matter Expert by the Maryland Courts. He created the “Fake ID-Real Problem” initiative which has led to the seizure of several thousand fake IDs to date. Drawing on his years of expertise, he established SureScan in order to attain maximum nationwide impact combatting this problem. SureScan helps guide businesses, agencies, and organizations detect counterfeit ID documents by providing proven ID authentication solutions, thereby decreasing identity fraud and reducing youth access to alcohol and other regulated products.