Faculty & Staff

The strength and appeal of Fairleigh Dickinson’s School of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies lies not only in the nature of its interdisciplinary curriculum, but in the ability of its faculty to skillfully integrate theoretical concepts with the legal, procedural and operational realities that represent the criminal justice system.

Fairleigh Dickinson University's School of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies comprise a dynamic cadre of faculty whose education, expertise and professional experience represents both tenured academicians and esteemed criminal justice professionals and practitioners. Complimenting the faculty is a wide and diverse range of guest speakers who representative nearly every facet of the criminal justice system on the local, state, federal and international level.

In addition to providing dynamic instruction, our faculty takes great pride and pleasure in providing its students with individual and personalized counseling, mentoring and guidance in their academic studies and in the area of career planning and development.  Please feel free to contact any of them for further information

Professor Peter Brill

Professor Peter N. Brill joined the FDU Criminal Justice Program faculty as an Adjunct Professor in January, 2000.  His area of specialization is institutional and community corrections.  Professor Brill spent nearly forty years with the Bergen County Probation Department, and was the Chief Probation Officer in Bergen County until his retirement in 2002.  Professor Brill is a past President of both the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association and the Chief Probation Officers’ Association of New Jersey, and also served on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Correctional Association. Professor Brill is a graduate of Rutgers University and has taught courses including Corrections, Parole and Probation, The Criminal Justice Professional Lecture Series and Field Experiences in the Criminal Justice System.  Professor Brill can be reached at pnbrill@fdu.edu.  

Professor Robert Bukowski,

Robert Bukowski was a Special Agent in the FBI, serving in New York City, Florida and New Jersey. He has over 30 years in law enforcement, the last 25 being served with the FBI. During his career he has worked International and Domestic Terrorism, Foreign Counter Intelligence and Violent Crime matters. Prior to service with the FBI, Bob served with US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), as well as with State and local law enforcement. During his career he has been involved in many high profile investigations in terrorism, kidnappings, homicides and multi state violent gang cases, as well as organized crime. Bob also served as Team Leader in the 9/11 Investigation and was interviewed by the 911 Commission Committee. Bob has also been a member of the Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) in both New York City and New Jersey. Bob has also provided training both nationally and internationally, to both law enforcement and the private sector on infrastructure protection. Since he retired from the FBI, he is now employed by the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) in New Jersey, where he coordinates investigations throughout Northern New Jersey, between local police departments and federal agencies, which are subsequently prosecuted federally. Professor Bukowski can be reached at rbukowsk@fdu.edu

Professor Jeffrey Burke

Jeff Burke has professional experience in both federal and local law enforcement. Professor Burke is currently a federal criminal investigator and was previously with the Houston Police Department for approximately 4 years where he worked patrol and as a member of the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force and the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Burke is an experienced computer forensic examiner and holds a number of widely regarded computer forensic certifications and associations. He has been extensively trained and computer and cell phone forensics and holds a BA in Criminal Justice and an MAS in Computer Security & Computer Forensics.  Professor Burke can be reached at jburke@fdu.edu

Professor Joseph Cook

Professor Cook has been with Fairleigh Dickinson University since 2000 and helped the CJ program launch into cyber space with their first on-line classes. Since 1986, Professor Cook has been a police officer with the Fair Lawn Police Department, spending time in patrol, community policing, and Strategic Planning.  Currently assigned as a Captain in the capacity of  Operations Division Commander with the Fair Lawn Police Department.  Professor Cook earned a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a minor in Public Administration from William Paterson University.  He then went on to receive a Masters degree in Education from Seton Hall University.  Additionally, Professor Cook is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, West Point's Command and Leadership School, and the New Jersey Certified Public Manager program.  Professor Cook is also board certified in private security earning his CPP (Certified Protection Professional) in 2005.  Prof. Cook can be reached at jcook@fdu.edu.

Professor Mark Fierro

Mark Fierro, Esq. has been practicing law in New Jersey for over 22 years.  In addition to his private practice, Mr. Fierro, a former public defender, is presently the lead prosecutor for the Bergen County Central Municipal Court. He also serves as prosecutor for several Bergen County municipalities. Since 1997 Mr. Fierro has been an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Jurisprudence, and has coordinated the School Of Criminal Justice’s Legal Preparation Program for students anticipating application to law school.  Professor Fierro is a graduate of Tufts University and Seton Hall University School of Law Professor Fierro can be reached at mfierro@fdu.edu.

Professor Roger Forsthoff

Roger Forsthoff, recently retired as Lieutenant and Director of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Forensic Laboratory, located in Jersey City.   In his capacity as Director, Prof. Forsthoff oversaw a laboratory staff of five scientists and evidence handlers.  From 1988 to 1995 as a homicide investigator, Lieutenant Forsthoff was responsible for all facets of homicide investigation.  During his career, Lt. Forsthoff was involved in over 400 homicide, suicide, suspicious death and aggravated sexual assault investigations.  

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from the University Of Maine.  He is a graduate of the New Jersey State Police Crime Scene Investigation School and the Advanced Crime Scene- Blood Pattern Analysis School at the FBI Academy.  As a Certified Police Instructor, Prof. Forsthoff teaches both newly appointed and veteran law enforcement officers on a variety of crime scene related topics.   He is an instructor at the New Jersey State Police Crime Scene Investigation School.  In June of 2004, Lt. Forsthoff was appointed to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Forensic Commission on Crime Scene Investigation.  Professor Forstoff currently teaches courses Criminal Investigation and Crime and Forensics.   Professor Forthoff can be reached at rogerf@fdu.edu.

Professor John Fox

Dr. Fox  studied at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom, and was awarded the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and PhD in Sociology with a research proposal concerning police guidance and doctrine on homicide and child abuse investigation in the UK and USA. In September 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Buckinghamshire University,UK , in recognition of his work nationally in connection with child abuse and pedophile investigation. Dr. Fox was a police officer in the UK until 2006, including 8 years as a Detective Superintendent leading a department of approximately 150 detectives investigating homicide, child abuse, pedophile crime, hi-tech crime and economic crime. He has managed teams of officers carrying out many lengthy investigations into homicide, organized abuse within children's homes and other serious child abuse. He has a long association with FDU having taught courses on Comparative Criminal Justice Systems and Criminal Profiling at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus as well as lecturing at the Wroxton Campus in the United Kingdom.  In addition to his work at FDU, Dr. Fox is currently a Senior Lecturer in Police Studies at the University of Portsmouth in England.

Dr. Fox  is regularly employed by the UK National College of Policing to train senior homicide detectives and he has also been employed as a visiting professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Dr. Fox is primarily located in the UK but also has an apartment in Brooklyn, New York and spends a considerable amount of time in the United States.  He can be reached at johnfox@fdu.edu.

Professor Evelyn Garcia

Prior to her appointment at FDU, Professor Garcia served the New York City Police Department for twenty years, initially as a patrol officer and subsequently as a Supervisor at the Police Academy. During her tenure at the Academy she spearheaded the accreditation process for recruit level training, which currently awards credit for college level work, and was the administrative supervisor at the Departments’ Leadership Training Institute. She has traveled to the United States International Law Enforcement Training Center, Botswana, South Africa where she taught principles of ethics to local law enforcement personnel, worked with John Jay College and The United States Department of Justice delivering training in Ethical Awareness to members of the law enforcement community nationwide. Her current research interests include programs and practices that enhance student development. Evelyn received her BA in Government and Public Administration, City University of New York- John Jay College, New York, NY; Masters in Public Administration, City University of New York- John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY; and is completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Management at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. Prof. Garcia can be reached at garciaev@fdu.edu.

Professor Matthew Gorman, Esq.

Matthew M. Gorman graduated from Rutgers School of Law – Newark.Matthew is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey, and completed a Judicial Clerkship for the Honorable Bonnie J. Mizdol, Presiding Judge of the Family Part, Bergen Vicinage, New Jersey.While in law school Matthew worked extensively with the Honorable John A. Conte, J.S.C.(ret.), and the Honorable Bonnie J. Mizdol, P.J.F.P., as a Judicial Extern.Matthew received the Rutgers Pro Bono Service Award in recognition of his dedication to Family Law and his volunteer work in the Bergen County Family Division. Matthew has attended the Barry I. Crowland Chapter of the Family Inn of Court.Matthew has been a panel speaker at the New Jersey Family Part Law Clerk Orientation Seminar, held annually at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.The seminar is attended by all incoming New Jersey Judicial Clerkship recipients in the Family Part.Matthew is certified by the New Jersey Child Support Institute (NJCSI), a division of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Social Work, and also by the Administrative Office of the Courts as a mediator.Matthew is a Member of the Bergen County Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). Recently, Matthew has been a contributor on Family Law topics for the Wall Street Journal, and is the Managing Member of The Law Offices of Matthew M. Gorman, LLC, located in Englewood, New Jersey.Professor Gorman can be reached at gorman@fdu.edu.

Professor Robert Irwin

Professor Robert Irwin, CFE, CAMS, MBA, is a graduate of Monmouth College, West Long Branch, NJ with a  bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting.  He received his MBA from Rider College, Lawrenceville, NJ. He is currently a Vice President, Group Manager of the Financial Intelligence Unit, US for TD Bank.  After a distinguished 23 year career, Professor Irwin retired from the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as the Resident Agent in Charge of the Camden and Atlantic City Offices.  Before joining ATF, he was a Special Agent with the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations Division.   He has extensive experience investigating tax evasion, money laundering, firearms and narcotics trafficking, tobacco diversion, and arson and explosions.  Professor Irwin can be reached at rjirwin@fdu.edu .

Tarika Daftary-Kapur, Ph.D.

Dr. Kapur is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. Prior to coming to Fairleigh Dickinson University, she was a Senior Research Associate work on juvenile justice issues at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City. Prior to that Dr. Kapur taught as an adjunct instructor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has also worked as a litigation consultant conducting mock jury research. Dr. Kapur has a Ph.D. in Experimental Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the recipient of the American Psychology Law Society Dissertation Award in 2009.  Her expertise is in the area of jury decision making, research on pre-trial public, and death penalty decision making. Dr. Kapur can be reached at tdkapur@fdu.edu

James F. Kenny, Ph.D.

Dr. Kenny received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.  He is a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award and an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Dr. Kenny teaches courses in Criminology, Victimology, Juvenile Delinquency, White Collar Crime and serves as the school’s Criminal Justice Internship coordinator.  Prior experience at the U.S. Treasury Dept. includes Chief of Advisory, Chief of Review, District Quality Officer, Group Manager of Field Investigations and Treasury Officer.  He has facilitated professional seminars in School/ Workplace Violence, Bullying, Anger Management, Threat Assessment, Stalking and Partner Abuse.  Dr. Kenny was selected to the U.S. Justice Dept./National Victim Center Work Group on Workplace Violence, NJ Superior Court Juvenile Conference Committee and United Educators Panel on Threat Assessment Teams.  Prof. Kenny can be reached at kenny@fdu.edu.

Professor Anthony Mantellino

Anthony Mantellino recently retired as a Lieutenant with the New York City Police Department. He had been a member of the department for 20 years and was assigned to the borough of Manhattan South. His years of service have included 14 years in the departments Detective Bureau, Narcotics Division and Intelligence Division.  While assigned to these units, Professor Mantellino has investigated and supervised high profile investigations involving homicides and crimes connected to organized crime and terrorism.  In 2005, Professor Mantellino began teaching at St. John’s University as an adjunct professor for the School of Criminal Justice in Staten Island New York.  Professor Mantellino holds an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a graduate degree in Management from St. John’s University and is currently pursuing a M.B.A from Penn State University. Additionally, Professor Mantellino is a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services and holds a Series 7 and Series 66 license.  Professor Mantellino can be reached at amante@fdu.edu 

Professor Andrew Mattson

 Andrew L. Mattson has served as Deputy Head of Corporate Security for BNP Paribas Bank since July 2008.   He is responsible for oversight of physical security operations at all offices located within the North America.  BNP Paribas is a European leader in banking and financial services, with a significant and growing presence in the United States.  Professor Mattson retired from the New York City Police Department at the rank of Detective 2nd Grade in January 2008 after 20 years of service.   His last assignment prior to retirement was with the NYPD Counterterrorism Division where he served from 2002 -2008.   Detective. Mattson was assigned to the Threat Reduction and Infrastructure Protection Section and responsible for helping increase the overall security posture of critical infrastructure within the City of New York.  During his tenure with the NYPD, Detective Mattson’s performed assignments in the Organized Crime Control Division, Community Affairs and Patrol Services Bureau.  In addition, Mr. Mattson holds the rank of Captain in the New Jersey Air National Guard and is currently assigned to Joint Forces Headquarters.  Mr. Mattson holds a Masters Degree in Protection Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has been designated as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from ASIS International.  Professor Mattson can be reached at amattson@fdu.edu.

Professor Jon Morgan

Professor Morgan joined the FDU Criminal Justice Program faculty as an Adjunct Professor in January, 2014.  He has professional experience in both state and local law enforcement as well as over ten years in the private sector. Professor Morgan specializes in Information Systems and Systems Interoperability. He currently works as a Detective for the Passaic County Prosecutors Office.  He previously worked with the State of New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness as a Principal Planner in the Planning and Project Management Bureau. Professor Morgan holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Raritan Valley Community College, an undergraduate degree in Information Systems with a minor in Applied Mathematics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Information Systems. Professor Morgan can be reached at jmorgan@fdu.edu.

Professor Harry Mount

Professor Harry Mount is a retired agent who spent twenty years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.   After his retirement from the FBI,  Professor Mount worked in corporate security for several years. In 2001, he assumed the position of lead teacher for the City of Paterson’s Public Safety Academy, high school program. Professor Mont has a graduate degree from Glassboro State College.  Professor Mount teaches a course entitled Organized Crime.  He can be reached at mounth@fdu.edu.

Professor Kirk Nixon

Professor Nixon worked for 38 years in a number of increasingly responsible positions for the Superior Court of New Jersey and in the field of criminal justice.  He began his career as a probation officer where he served in a variety of probation assignments including the supervision of both criminal and juvenile delinquency caseloads.  He also worked in the Criminal Division of Superior Court in the bail program and wrote pre-sentence investigations. He began his management career in the state’s largest court district, the Essex Vicinage, when appointed as an Assistant Family Division Manager.  While in Essex he also served as an Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Operations Division Manager and as the Assistant Trial Court Administrator for the vicinage.   In 2005 Mr. Nixon was appointed Trial Court Administrator for the New Jersey Superior Court, Passaic Vicinage.  In this position he supervised over 500 employees who processed 72,000 cases annually in the nine divisions of court.  His responsibilities also included oversight of the 16 municipal courts within Passaic County.  After retirement from the court system Mr. Nixon worked at Centenary College as an adjunct professor of sociology and criminal justice.  He holds a M.A. degree in sociology from Montclair State University and a B.A. in economics from Upsala College.   Professor Nixon can be reached at nixonk@fdu.edu

Professor  Jeffrey Quixley   

Charles “Jeff” Quixley's educational background includes a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (“JD”), a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, (“BA”), and a Master of Science with a specialization in Criminal Justice (“MS”). He is also a former two-term City Councilman for the Borough of Bradley Beach, NJ, where his responsibilities included Co-Chair of the Bradley Beach Police Department and Public Safety. His experience also includes teaching criminal justice, legal studies and political science at several institutions of higher learning for several years. Prior to his teaching endeavors, his corporate legal experience included managing a staff of claims representatives handling Public Officials and Employment Practices Liability, Police Professional Liability, and Criminal Justice System Operations Liability for a major insurance carrier. Litigation involved civil rights violations, employment practices, and other professional liability-related claims. Further, during the 1990’ s as Director and Managing Attorney for another major insurance company, his responsibilities included asset protection and security measures to protect the Company from tangible or intangible losses with respect to intellectual property and safeguarding corporate history data. Currently, he is a member of ASIS International and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). However, he has also been working with the Division of Children and Family Services in Duval County, Florida, as they are reforming various measures in an effort to assure the safety and well being of children.  Professor Quixley can be reached at quixjk@fdu.edu.

Professor Patrick Reynolds 

Patrick Reynolds is currently the Assistant Director of the School of Criminal Justice.  Professor Reynolds retired after thirty years of service with the Maywood, New Jersey Police Department.  His tenure in the police department included service in all ranks, including 15 years in the department’s Detective Bureau.  For the last seven years of his police career, Professor Reynolds served as Chief of Police. In 1999, Professor Reynolds started teaching at FDU as an adjunct professor for the School of Criminal Justice.  He also has served as an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.  Professor Reynolds is a graduate of William Paterson University and possesses a graduate degree in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Additionally, Professor Reynolds is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico Virginia, the West Point Leadership and Command School, and is a Certified Public Manager.   Professor Reynolds can be reached at pjreynol@fdu.edu.

Professor Joseph Roman

Professor Roman retired as a captain from the Hackensack, New Jersey Police Department after  twenty-seven years of service.  During his career, Professor Roman was patrol officer, a juvenile detective, a narcotics detective, and a D.A.R.E. officer, but most of his career was spent working with children in the youth division, both as a detective and as the Youth Division commander.  Professor Roman has an undergraduate degree from Montclair State University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MAS) from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Professor Roman can be reached at jroman@fdu.edu.

Professor Philip A. Tornetta

Philip A. Tornetta  holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Touro College School of Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree from William Paterson University.  He is currently employed as a Judge of Workers’ Compensation by the State of New Jersey.  He has  previously served as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Bergen County New Jersey  Prosecutor’s  Office and as  Municipal Prosecutor for  several municipalities.  He is a former police officer with the Hackensack, New Jersey Police Department, where he attained the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to both the uniformed Patrol division and the Detective bureau. Professor Tornetta   may be reached at  tornetta@fdu.edu. 

Professor Joel Trella 

Joel G. Trella began his law enforcement career with the Bergen County Police Department.  Joel served in the Bergen County Police Department for 29 years from 1969 to his retirement in 1998.  His many assignments included uniformed, investigative, training and administrative duties.    He retired in 1998 after serving his last 7 years as Chief of Police.

After retiring he was appointed Director of the Bergen County Office of Highway Traffic Safety where he directed educational programs for law enforcement and the public focusing on preventing traffic fatalities through education, enforcement and engineering.

In November 2001, Joel was elected Bergen County Sheriff and served in that role from 2002 through December 2004.  His duties and responsibilities included leading a 500 member Sheriff’s Department, operating a 1,145 bed county jail, providing security for the Bergen County Courthouse and operating a county wide crime scene unit.

From 2006-2009  Joel was employed by the United States Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office, District of  New Jersey as a Law Enforcement Coordination Specialist where he co-coordinated interagency law enforcement activities and served as the District Office Security Manager.  Sheriff Trella holds a Masters in Administrative Science and a Bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a AAS, Police Science from Bergen Community College.  He is Certified Public Manager and a graduate of FBI National Academy and National Sheriff’s Institute.

Professor Allen Ust

Professor Allen F. Ust, CPM, MAS, is a graduate of Trenton State College, Ewing Township, New Jersey with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice with minor studies in Psychology and Sociology.  He received his Master’s degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2009.  Professor Ust began his  28 year career as a police officer for the City of Hackensack Police Department where he served in a variety of assignments in the Patrol Division, Detective Division and the Juvenile Bureau.  While serving in the aforementioned assignments, Professor Ust moved up the supervisory ranks to Captain where he retired as the Commander of the Juvenile Bureau, on December 31, 2004.  Prior to coming to Fairleigh Dickinson University, Professor Ust was the former Undersheriff of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office from 2005 to 2010.  He was assigned as the Administrator of the Corrections Division for the Sheriff’s Office with oversight of the Bergen County Jail.  During his career, Professor Ust has developed and implemented several juvenile programs in an effort to re-direct at risk juveniles and offer adolescents of our communities’ alternative career choices as first responders.  He developed the Hackensack Police Youth Academy, was the Co-Director of the Bergen County Youth Academy and further served as the Director of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Training and Re-Direction Team. Professor Ust can be reached at aust@fdu.edu

Robert F. Vodde, Ph.D.   

Robert F. Vodde serves as Director of the School of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He holds a Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Leicester (England), a Masters in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Masters in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Bachelor of Science from William Paterson University.  Before entering academia, Dr. Vodde enjoyed a 25 year career in law enforcement where he gained invaluable experience in patrol, investigations, supervision, management and administration. During his last 10 years of public service, he served as Chief of Police.  A Certified Police Instructor, Certified Public Manager, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Prof. Vodde has worked with national and international policing agencies in the research of learning theories and the applicability and efficacy of an andragogical instructional methodology within the construct basic police training.  His recent book (http://www.cambriapress.com/abi/9781604976083abi.pdf) described as “ground-breaking” explores The Effectiveness of Andragogical Instructional Methodologies in Basic Police Training. Dr. Vodde can be reached at rvodde@fdu.edu.

Dr. Jason Williams, Ph.D.

 Jason Williams is a graduate of New Jersey City University (NJCU), Jersey City, N.J. with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.  He subsequently earned his Doctorate in Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University (TSU), Houston, T.X.  Aside from doing research for the academic audience, he is also involved in many public research and information forums, such as The Hampton Institution where he serves as chair/editor of the criminal justice department.  Prior to joining Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dr. Williams has taught a variety of Criminal Justice courses at NJCU, TSU, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His areas of expertise are race, ethnicity and crime, criminological/criminal justice theory, critical criminology, social control, criminal justice policy, and the sociology of knowledge.  Dr. Williams may be reached at Jasonw@fdu.edu .