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The Texas Association of Licensed Investigators

presents the 2019 Annual Conference:

TALI:  Meeting the Challenge, Making a Difference

 


Betsy James Cooper

Forensic Art as an Aid to the Investigator

General Session Friday, July 19th

 

Betsy James Cooper is an artist that provides forensic pathology in San Antonio, TX. She attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She developed a unique curriculum for her forensic studies coordinated through the Health Science Center and involving several other Universities. Her studies ranged from Forensic Pathology and Anthropology to Criminal Investigation.  In 1987, the Bexar County Forensic Science Center contracted Betsy James Cooper’s services to assist in the identification of their John Doe cases. To release this information to the public, Cooper published a monthly column titled “Unidentified Person”.  Over the years Cooper has performed a variety of art services to aid in the apprehension of criminal offenders.  Some of these services include composite drawings, 2-D facial reconstructions, 3-D reconstructions, age progressions of wanted fugitives and image enhancement.  Cooper’s artwork has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX.  She has worked with “Unsolved Mysteries” and her cases have been featured on “America’s Most Wanted” and the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”Today Cooper’s services are utilized as an aid to the Investigator in the following manner:  In locating Missing Persons, In Identifying Skeletal Remains, To Recognize and Identify Suspects, Conviction of Criminal Offenders, Post Mortem Image Enhancement for Identification Purposes and Creating Age Progressions to Locate Fugitives and Missing Persons.


 

Duane Collins, MSI

General Session

General Session Saturday, July 20th

 

Duane Collins, MSI - Co-founder of LINUS Investigations & Consulting.  Duane has over 30 years of law enforcement experience which began with the United States Air Force and the San Antonio Police Department.  For over 20 of those years he has served as a criminal investigator with the US government in positions ranging from special agent, supervisory special agent, regional division chief, special agent in charge, to divisional deputy director.  He has extensive experience in counterintelligence and insider threat investigations, many of which he conducted as part of the US intelligence community.  Throughout his career, he has conducted and overseen the full spectrum of felony-level investigations to include internal affairs, integrity, administrative investigations, and crime scene processing.   Duane holds a Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance with national security-scope polygraph.


 

Joanna Collins, MFS (Colonel, USAFR)

General Session

General Session Saturday, July 20th

 

 

Joanna Collins, MFS (Colonel, USAFR) - Founder of LINUS Investigations & Consulting.  Joanna has over 22 years of experience as a criminal investigator with the US government and has served in positions ranging from special agent, regional forensic consultant, forensics program manager, supervisory special agent, special agent in charge, to regional deputy director, and regional director.  She has served as a forensics expert for over 15 years in her law enforcement career and has trained US and foreign government agencies in crime scene processing and forensic investigative skills.   During part of her time as forensic program manager, she was the final review authority for all death cases, sexual assault cases, and child sexual assault cases.  Additionally, she is a seasoned expert in child forensic interviewing and has trained government investigators in that skillset.  She has worked as an expert consultant in forensics in the private sector for over eight years.  She is recognized as an expert witness and has testified in that capacity at the state and federal level.  Joanna holds a Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance with national security-scope polygraph.


 

Colm Keane

Types of Licenses to Carry Firearms

Pre-Conference Seminar Wednesday, July 17th

 

 

Colm Keane has successfully represented people from all walks of life accused of everything from traffic violations to high-level felonies.  He is a former prosecutor and current criminal defense attorney with a breadth of jury trial experience involving both misdemeanors and felonies.  Colm has worked on many cases resulting in not guilt verdicts, dismissals, or significant reductions for his clients, including Driving While Intoxicated, drug crimes, thefts, and assaults.   Additionally, Colm has worked as a member of defense teams representing clients accused of murder.  Colm has also helped many clients clear their records of past mistakes by obtaining expunctions and orders of non-disclosure throughout Texas.  During his career, Colm has worked on criminal defense, family law, and various civil cases.
Colm was born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas, and attended Strake Jesuit College Preparatory before earning his B.S. in Print Journalism from Texas State University.  After a brief stint as a journalist, he enrolled at South Texas College of Law.  During his time at South Texas College of Law, Colm took part in several mock trial tournaments and was a finalist in the 2010 Summer Trial Academy.  Colm was admitted to the Texas bar in 2013, and began working as a prosecutor with the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office.  He then entered private practice as a criminal defense and family trial lawyer with Krieger & Tillinger.  Colm has received multiple Lead Counsel Ratings and is a member of the Texas Criminal Lawyers Association, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Houston Young Lawyers Association, and Galveston County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  Colm’s combination of prosecutorial and defense experience makes him effective at evaluating all criminal charges from every angle, resulting in great results for his clients.


 

Nicholas Dearman

Mobile Device Forensics

General Session Friday, July 19th

 

 

Nicholas Dearman is a certified digital forensic investigator and a licensed private investigator. Since 2016, he has investigated over 1000 cases ranging from infidelity to missing persons, felony level embezzlement, and solicitation of minors. His computer forensic investigations work includes five criminal cases ending in arrest, including felony charges. Mr. Dearman brings a tenacity to his investigations and innovative approaches to solving particularly difficult forensic image acquisitions and investigations. His most recent case involves successfully tackling data recovery for a client victimized by ransomware. Nicholas is a published author and talented speaker at industry events. He has also assisted in teaching CLE/CPE to the Houston Financial Crimes Division as well as LEOs and Secret Service at the Federal Reserve Building in Houston. Nicholas has provided expert testimony in two cases. Mr. Dearman has also conducted multiple data acquisitions during mediation for court appointed cases and attorney hire cases. He has also taught CLE courses to the Houston Financial Division (Bitcoin), Secret Service and Houston Attorney General’s office (The Darknet), and Smyser Kaplan & Veselka.


 

Mark Gillespie, TCI

How to Prepare Successful Investigation and Operation Briefings

General Session Friday, July 19th

 

 

Mark Gillespie is President of Gillespie Security and Investigations located in Austin, Texas. With 34 years of investigative and forensic science experience and a master’s degree in forensic science from George Washington University, Mark combines extensive first-hand field experience with cutting-edge forensic technical expertise. Mark spent a career as a special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) where he commanded a number of OSI investigative units in the U.S. and overseas. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Mark became the Director of Forensic Science for the Austin (Texas) Police Department where he was responsible for directing and managing the department’s Forensic Science Division (Crime Laboratory). Mark has the distinction of introducing forensic science to St. Edwards University (SEU) (Austin, Texas) in 2002 which led to the creation of their forensic science undergraduate degree program. Mark served on the SEU faculty where he was an Instructor of Forensic Science, crime scene investigation and criminal investigation. In 2016 Mark created the Texas Institute of Investigation (TII) offering PI training and continuing education. Mark is a past president of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators, TALI (2012-2014) and TALI Board member (2007-2012). Mark currently serves at TALI’s School Director. Mark is the Region 4 Director for the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS). Mark is licensed in Texas, Alabama and Louisiana and is a member TALI, FALI, CALI, FAPI, LPIA, NCISS, NAIS, INTELLENET, WAD, ASSIST.


 

 

M. Randall Hicks

Legislative Update

General Session Saturday, July 20th

 

 


 

Brian Ingram

General Session

General Session Friday, July 19th

 

 

Brian K. Ingram worked in Texas law enforcement for a little over 12 years in progressive ranks to include Chief of Police.  Brian has owned and operated Consulting Investigation Services for 21 years and specializes in Digital Forensics, Cyber Investigations, Major Case Criminal Defense and Catastrophic Event Investigations. (Mass Casualty Non-State Actor Events) Brian was the first to codify a standard methodology for Email Tracing and OSINT investigations, back in 1998 and still teaches those techniques today.  Brian has been a featured speaker at training conferences all over the United States, Canada and Europe teaching digital forensic investigations, cyber investigations and electronic evidence exploitation.  Brian has been a court accepted expert in various state and federal courts throughout the United States and England.


 

Keith Oakley

Legislative Update

General Session Saturday, July 20th

 

 


 

Tim O'Rourke

Principles of Protection Services

General Session Saturday, July 20th

 

 

Tim O’Rourke is president of The Grafton Group, based in Tampa, Florida. Tim has more than 30 years’ experience in conducting and directing the protective and investigations needs of businesses. His practice areas include major fraud investigations, internet crimes, financial crimes, asset searches, product counterfeiting, due diligence and workplace violance. Prior to founding The Grafton Group, Tim served both domestic and multi-national corporations with their protective and investigative needs for twenty-years. During this period Tim was also appointed by the Florida Commissioner to serve as an advisor to the regulatory body which oversees private investigators from 2005-13. Prior to that Tim was selected to assist the DOL with a post 9-11 training curriculum. Tim has also served as president of the third largest PI Organization in the US, Florida Association of Licensed Investigators (FALI). Under Tim’s leadership FALI has doubled its size and is on track to become the nations second largest Private investigators association in the United States. Tim has hand picked from his network, the most experienced practitioners and courtroom tested specialists/experts in the forensic and private investigative field nationally to serve you.


 

Dennis Parker

Pre-Conference:  Defeating Deception in Interviews

Pre-Conference Thursday, July 18th

 

 

Dennis Parker brings a unique perspective to the understanding of investigative interviewing because of his diverse experience in law enforcement and insurance fraud investigation.  Dennis has more than 18 years of law enforcement experience from the municipal to the federal level.  He also graduated from several law enforcement training academies and other training courses designed specifically for police or investigative interviewing.  Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville Texas in 1985.
Dennis also has more than 10 years experience investigating and managing insurance fraud programs.  The validity of a suspicious claim is usually determined after in-person interviews or a more structured Examination-Under-Oath (EUO).  During those years Dennis conducted more than 1200 EUOs and interviews of claimants suspected of insurance fraud. The majority of those interviews were in the presence of the suspect’s attorney.
Dennis’ work experience includes 5 years as a police officer in and around Houston Texas and 13 years in the United States Air Force as an NCO and Commissioned Officer.  As an Air Force OSI special agent, Dennis led a group of federal investigators tasked with investigating felony criminal, major fraud and counter-intelligence cases.  His investigations included child abuse and child homicide investigations, one of which is highlighted in his 8 hour course.
Dennis has provided classes to law enforcement, Children’s and Adult’s Protective Services, Probation departments and insurance investigators for more than 8 years. He has also been a conference speaker at the annual Texas Adult Protective Services conference in San Antonio Texas for there years.


 

Peggy Saldana, CCLA, LPCS, FCLA, ACLA, SCLA

Automobile Insurance Investigations

General Session Saturday, July 20th

 

 

Peggy has been working in the Auto claims insurance industry for 35+ years.  She holds the position as a Senior Instructor at one of the top insurers of Property and Casualty.  She teaches others how to investigate auto accidents by applying innovative ways to build trust and use interviewing techniques to uncover truth.  She is a member of Human Capital Institute and Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and holds a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.   Peggy has earned the following designations: Casualty Claim Law Associate (CCLA), Legal Principles Claims Specialist (LPCS), Fraud Claim Law Associate (FCLA), Auto Claims Law Associate (ACLA) and the Senior Claims Law Associate (SCLA). She was the second in the nation to complete the Distance Learning Certification in Auto Claims Skills sponsored by Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) in Oct of 2011. She has completed Training Certification Programs from The Bob Pike Group. Peggy has been speaking publicly for at least 30 years before audiences from a few to hundreds on various topic to include neuroplasticity to liability investigations to peers and Executive Level Attorneys. 


 

Joseph Travers, CPI, CCDI

How to Prepare Successful Investigation and Operation Briefings

General Session Friday, July 19th

 

 

JOSEPH ANTHONY TRAVERS, CPI, CCDI holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and has been advanced to candidate for a Master’s of Science Degree with High Honors (4.0 GPA) from the California State University at Long Beach Graduate School of Criminal Justice Administration. Mr. Travers was also an Honor’s student (4.0 GPA) at Calvary Chapel Bible College.  Joseph Travers is the author of “Introduction to Private Investigation, Essential Knowledge and Procedures for the Private Investigator”, Charles Thomas Publishing 1995, 2nd Edition 2005, 3rd Edition 2015, “The ORIGINAL Private Investigator’s Handbook & Almanac, CIA Investigation Academy Publishing 2010, 2nd Edition 2014, 3rd Edition 2016, and has just finished “Investigation of Missing & Exploited Children: The Gateway to Child Sex Trafficking” 2017.  An Honorably Discharged Veteran from the United States Navy, Mr. Travers has a total of six years of experience in Law Enforcement, specifically in Criminal Investigations and Police Training and Supervision. He possesses professional certificates from the California State Peace Officer Standards and Training; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced Officer Training, Hostage Negotiations, and Field Training Officer Certificates. In addition, Mr. Travers has experience in Loss Prevention and Private and Personnel Security, having served as the former Manager of Security, Southern California, for McDonnell Douglas Corporation.  Mr. Travers is a California State Licensed Investigator (www.PeoplesDetective.com), since 1984, and his investigative work has been chronicled in People magazine, various cable networks, and on television stations such as CBS, NBC, ABC, KTTV, KCOP, KHJ, KTLA, San Diego 10, HBO VICE, and the TV movie and series Renegade. His work has also been recognized in the front-page headlines of newspapers around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Sacramento Bee, The Riverside Press Enterprise, The Los Angeles Daily News, The Inland Empire Daily Bulletin, The Orange County Register, OC Weekly, and the San Diego Union Tribune, Risen Magazine, The Atlantic Magazine and Dove TV.  For ten years, Mr. Travers has taught Investigation, and has served as Director of Education for U.S. Colleges Incorporated and Private Investigative Research Company Schools of Professional Investigation and Security. He has testified as an expert witness and conducted investigations regarding Police Practices and Investigative Technique in California State and United States Federal Courts.  Mr. Travers is currently a Police Commissioner for the City of Oceanside, California since 2008. He is the Chairman and former second Vice President and former Director of the San Diego District for the Professional Investigators of California (PICA), and former President for the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), the Largest Private Investigation Association in the World, Receiving the President’s Award in 2014 and the Investigator of the Year Award in 2015. He is also a Pastor for National Christian Information Center, Incorporated.,www.NcicInc.com, and ministers on a Harley Davidson Motorcycle as founder of “Born Again-The Way” Christian Motorcycle Ministry www.BiblesForMarines.com and serves as a Licensed Investigator and Educator with his son, Joshua, with the CIA School of Investigation. www.CIAInvestigationAcademy.com As Executive Director for www.SavedInAmerica.org Pastor Travers has assisted in the rescue of 39 young girls vulnerable to Child Sex Traffickers SINCE 2014


 

David Travis

Ethics in the Investigative Profession

General Session Saturday, July 20th

 

 

David M. Travis is the Owner and President of Justice Investigations and Consulting, LLC.  He retired from the United States Marshals Service as Assistant Chief Deputy after serving 26 years.  During his tenure with the United States Marshals, he investigated and/or managed hundreds of criminal, civil, and internal cases.  He also provided personal protection for numerous members of the federal judiciary, to include Supreme Court Justices, as well as foreign diplomats, politicians, dignitaries, and other high profile figures.

Since retiring, David has worked in private corrections and security, and currently serves the federal courts in Dallas as a Court Security Officer providing protection for federal judges.  In addition to being a licensed private investigator, David also holds a commission with the State of Texas as a security and personal protection officer, and licensed to do security consulting, security contracting and guard services, and certified by the Texas Judicial Branch to service legal process.


 

 

Jim Willis

Aiding the Investigator:  Tips & Tools for Preparing the Defense through Criminal Investigations

General Session Friday, July 19th

 

 

 Mr. Willis earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University and has over 20 years of investigative experience.  He is the owner of Willis and Associates Professional Investigative Services.  Mr. Willis handles and works hundreds of Federal and State criminal and civil cases each year.  The criminal cases vary from the most serious capital murder cases to less serious misdemeanor cases.  Mr. Willis investigates cases for defense attorneys as well as serving as a special prosecutor investigator for Harris County and other surrounding counties.  These cases require Mr. Willis to work closely with the District Attorney’s Office.  As a legal investigator for the Houston Police Officer’s Association, Mr. Willis works with union attorneys in cases involving officer involved shootings and other officer related cases.
Law Enforcement:  experience includes investigations of murders, gang crimes, assaults, weapons, drugs, crimes against children. Mr. Willis also served as a Crime Scene Technician, and Traffic Investigator. Mr. Willis has an active police commission with the Ft. Bend County Constable Pct. 4.  Mr. Willis continues in-service training with the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement. (TCOLE)