Jan/Feb 2018 Chapter Chat
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FBINAA Alaska Chapter representing- Alaska State Troopers- Capt. Barry Wilson (not pictured), Session #244, Capt. Andrew Merrill, Session #257 (representing in the green NA PT shorts), Lt. Derek DeGraaf, Session #266 and Lt. Paul Fussey Session #269 (both in Black NA PT shorts), accompanied by State Fire Marshal Lloyd Nakano. “Freezin for a Reason” Alaska Special Olympics Polar Plunge fundraiser (this law enforcement partnership with Special Olympics raises more than $200,000 every year for Special Olympic athletes. 


 On December 5, 2017, during the bi-annual membership meeting, Special Agent in Charge of the Anchorage Field Office of the FBI swore in the newly elected board members. Chad Goeden, Session #266 (left) ran for his seat again as the Vice President of the Southeast Region, Andrew Merrill Session #257 (middle) ran for Secretary/Treasurer after Bob Beasley, Session #194 decided not to run, and Barry Wilson, Session #244 (right) ran for his seat again as the Vice President of the Southcentral Region. Shirley A. Coté, President and Sean McGee, Vice President of the Northern Region have one year left in their terms. Terry Vrabec remains the Past President. 

Bob Beasley, Session #194 was presented with a plaque of appreciation by President Shirley Coté, Session #164 for the past year as the Secretary/Treasurer. 



 On December 7, 2017 Training Specialist Lacy Wolff and Lt. Melvin Allick from the Texas Department of Public Safety presented Executive S.H.I.E.L.D. – Strength and Honor in Everyday Leadership Decisions. We had altogether eight excellent presenters at the annual Executive Development Conference held at the Dimond Center Hotel December 6-8, 2017. We had 90 supervisors, commanders, and chiefs registered for the conference. Two came from outside the state – Greg Olson, Session #174 from Oregon and Bob Pence, SAC Retired and Active member from Colorado. 

 Every year we hold our themed Christmas Party on the Thursday evening during the conference. This year the theme was “Back to the 80’s” and our costume winner was Ronda Wallace (left), Session #250. Ronda always participates in our parties and with all the gusto we expect from our members. Runners up were Morgan Warner and Zach Carbaugh. Morgan is Shirley’s daughter who helped in decorating and buying gifts for the party. She has been attending with Shirley for many years because it’s the best Christmas party in town! 


It has been an honor to serve as president for the California Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates.  With a chapter membership close to 1,200 active members our chapter remains the largest chapter in the FBINAA, “The Strongest Law Enforcement Association in the World.”
This year we surpassed last year’s membership renewal totals to lead all of the other chapters in renewals.  One of the true indicators of our dedicated members is that close to half of our active members are retirees.
Along with the 16 divisional events held this year, some of the many events held this year that our chapter has presented to members have included, the FBI California Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) held in Oxnard this year, was a great success with several outstanding presenters on contemporary leadership topics.  Our FBI partners along with our California Chapter Los Angeles Division, 3rd Vice President Eric Sonstegard (NA 246), hosted this year’s training seminar.
San Diego Division 1st Vice President, Mike Barletta (NA 222) and his host committee put on an exceptional chapter training conference in San Diego with engaging training and networking.  Some of the great social events included an exclusive night time dinner cruise on San Diego Bay for the Chapter President’s Reception.  Our banquet keynote speaker was, U.S. Navy Captain Mark Cedrun (retired), one of the key members of the U.S. Navy task force that rescued Captain Richard Phillips, captain of the M/V Maersk Alabama container ship, held hostage by Somali pirates in April 2009.
Mike will assume the Chapter President position in January 2018. During the conference incoming 4th Vice President, Eric Thunberg (NA 255) was elected to the board representing the San Diego Division.  Other additions and changes to the board, we welcomed back Max Santiago (NA 214) to the board who was elected Chapter Secretary. We said good bye to two long time board members, Jim Smith (NA 214) who has served as the Chapter Training Manager and Digital Media Manager.  Last but not least, current Chapter Historian, Wayne Ikeuchi (NA 182) has stepped down from the Executive Board after 20 years of service to the chapter and to the NAA. Wayne has served in almost every board position over the years including President and Secretary-Treasurer, along with serving as YLP counselor and on several national level committees.  On behalf of the chapter I thank Wayne for his years of service and mentorship to the executive board and to the chapter.
I close with wishing everyone, a Happy Holiday Season and a safe New Year.  I look forward to serving the members next year as Immediate Past President of the finest chapter of the FBINAA.
-Ken Tanaka (NA 228) 

California Chapter President Ken Tanaka, NA 228


James Smith NA 214

James Smith will be leaving the California Chapter Executive Board after six years of dedicated service as the Training/Digital Media Manager for the California Chapter.  Jim began his law enforcement career with the Monterey Park Police Department as a Police Explorer and Reserve Police Officer before hiring on as a full time officer in 1992.

Jim worked in all aspects of the Police Department rising to the rank of Chief of the Monterey Park Police Department and has served as the head of the agency for the past 8 years.  A Monterey Park fun fact; the city of Monterey Park was named by Money Magazine in its October 2017 edition as the #3 city in America to live (cities with population between 10k and 100K).  Jim credits this achievement to teamwork and dedication to duty from his officers and staff.  

Jim is a graduate of FBINAA 214 session.  In addition to his service to the National Academy he is involved in many law enforcement and community activities.  He is the Immediate Past President for the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association, the Los Angeles Region Representative on the CA Police Chiefs Association Board of Directors, the LA County Chiefs Representative to the LA County Mental Health Advisory Board, Immediate Past President/Board of Directors for the Asian Youth Center (non-profit) and Co-Chair of M.I.L.E.S. (Mental Health and Law Enforcement Systems) Committee. 

Jim strongly supports the National Academy and has attended numerous National and State training conferences.  He served on the 2011 planning committee for Long Beach and has been  involved in all the state conferences. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  Jim is married to his beautiful wife Lisa and they have six children ages 2 - 21. 

The Executive Board will miss his hard work, wisdom, sound advice but most of all his quick wit that made all laugh.  The California Chapter would like to thank and acknowledge his dedication and service to the FBINAA.  

Future Events
Our new 4th Vice-President Elect Eric Thunberg, San Diego Division, is hosting their Holiday Luncheon on December 19, 2017 at 1130 hours.  It will be held at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, 2150 Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.  The guest speaker will be Eric Wood, Chula Vista PD Technology Manager.  The cost is $25.00 for NA Members and $30.00 for guests.  RSVP via e-mail to ACDASARO@FBI.GOV by December 15, 2017.  Please contact 4th VP Eric Thunberg at 619-813-8477 if you have any questions.  We hope to see you there.

3rd Vice-President Eric Sonstegard scored a “home run” by hosting the Los Angeles Division Holiday Luncheon at Dodger Stadium.  This event will include a private Dodger Stadium tour with many behind the scene non-public areas.  The nearly sold out event will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 1130 hours to 1400 hours.  Dodger Stadium – Ketel One Baseline Club, 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  The cost is $50.00 for active NA Members and $60.00 for guests.  Please make checks payable to FBINAA, Los Angeles Division and send to Assistant Chief Eric S. Sonstegard, Attention: FBINAA, Oxnard Police Department, 251 S. C Street, Oxnard, CA 93030.  Please contact VP Sonstegard at fbinaalosangeles@gmail.com to confirm space availability. 

The annual holiday luncheon for the Sacramento Division is scheduled for December 8, 2017.  Our very own California State Assemblyman Jim Cooper, NA 211 will be hosting the event at the State Capitol, Eureka Room.  Please register on-line at https://FBINAA2018.regfox.com/fbinaa-christmas-luncheon.  It will begin at 11:00 AM with a tour of the Capitol following the luncheon.  Please contact 2nd Vice President Daman Christensen at fbinaa@citrusheights.net if you have any questions.
Save the dates, the 2018 California Chapter re-trainer that will be held at the scenic mountain resort at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. The dates are September 10 through the 13, 2018.  More information will follow in future articles and announcements.  Please contact our conference chair Vice President Daman Christensen at fbinaa@citrusheights.net for additional information.

The holiday luncheon for the San Francisco Division will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 1130 AM at the Berkeley Country Club.  This club is located at 7901 Cutting Blvd., El Cerrito, California.  The cost is $35.00 per person.  For more information please contact 4th Vice President Craig Chew at the below e-mail address.
The California Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) is scheduled to begin on April 16, 2018 at the Silverado Resort & Country Club. 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa CA 94558.  Registration is scheduled to open soon.  Please contact Vice President Craig Chew at craig.chew@acgov.org for further information.

President Tanaka, thank you very much for the kind words in your final letter as President of the California Chapter. I would like to thank the current California Chapter Executive Board and all the past Boards members for your fellowship, the many meetings in moving our chapter forward, support and most of all the life-long friendships I have made.  I am confident that our chapter is in good hands and will move forward.  

Acting Director McCabe, Luanne Ikeuchi, FBI Sacramento Division, Wayne Ikeuchi, NA 182, Kyle Ikeuchi, FBINAA/YLP 10

I would like for you to meet my family and publicly acknowledge them for their support of the National Academy Associates for the past 20 years.  My very patient wife Luanne and our son Kyle have supported me with many of the behind the scenes activities such as the arduous processing of membership from the old days to filing forms, editing letters, documents and answering phone calls.  Attached is a recent photograph where Luanne is receiving her 30 year service award with the FBI from Acting Director, Andrew McCabe.  Next to Luanne is Wayne Ikeuchi, NA 182 and Deputy Sheriff Kyle Ikeuchi, YLP session 10.  We are a law enforcement family.
It has been an honor and privilege to serve in the greatest law enforcement association in the world.  In closing all I can say is thank you very much for the opportunity to serve for so many years on the California Executive Board.  I will always continue to support our great association.


Roger Moore, NA 240
On September 22, 2017, Captain Roger Moore was appointed as Chief of Police of the Redding Police Department.  Roger is a graduate of the 240th Session.  Congratulations Chief Moore.

Carlos Rojas, NA 233
On May 25, 2017, Chief Carlos Rojas from the Santa Ana Police Department was sworn in as the new Chief of Police for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department.  Carlos is a graduate of the 233rd Session.  Congratulations Chief Rojas.

Kenneth Semko, NA 267
On September 29, 2017 Captain Kenneth Semko was appointed as Interim Chief of Police for the Santa Monica Police Department.  Kenneth is a graduate of the 267th Session.  Congratulations Chief Semko.

Congratulations to the following National Academy Graduates on their recent retirements.  The California Chapter would like to thank each of you for your service to law enforcement.  We wish that you have a long and enjoyable retirement.  Again, Congratulations!
Chief Michael Abel, NA 219, Corona Police Department – 30 years of service
Lieutenant Gary Aulis, NA 246, Fontana Police Department – 28 years of service
Chief James Hunt, NA 242, Monrovia Police Department – 27 years of service
Chief Jeff Kepley, NA 233, Palos Verdes Estates Police Department – 28 years of service
Captain Derek Webster, NA 257, Covina Police Department – 29 years of service

The following changes/promotions have been made at the Palm Bay Police Department in July 2017:

Deputy Chief Jim Rogers (220th Session) was appointed as Chief of Police
Commander Nelson Moya (263rd Session) was appointed as Deputy Chief
Commander Diana Blackledge (244th Session) was assigned as the Operation Commander 
Lieutenant Steve Bland (251st Session) was assigned to the Special Operations and Public Information Officer

The Iowa Chapter had its annual fall luncheon in Ames.  The event was sponsored by KELTEK.  Kate Peasley, our 2017 YLP attendee, gave a presentation on her experience in Quantico.  We also held our fall business meeting.  Iowa City Police Department Lieutenant Denise Brotherton (Session 255) was elected as our new 2nd Vice-President beginning January 1, 2018.  

Barry Thomas (Session 223) has joined our chapter board as the Vendor Relations Manager, now that he has completed his service with the FBI NAA Board.  We are happy to have Barry supporting our chapter in this new role.  

Des Moines Police Lieutenant Chris Scott (Session 261) will start work on December 4, 2017, as the Police Chief in West Des Moines.  Congratulations to Chris on his new position!  

Chief Deputy John Godar (Session 255) retired from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.  He immediately went to work for the Iowa Department of Public Safety as a program manager in the statewide gun permit program.  We are happy to still have John in our blue family and wish him well in his new role.


Colonel John A. Bolduc, Session 199, named the new Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol effective October 16, 2017.  Colonel Bolduc was a member of the Northwest Chapter from 1999-2010, then a member of the Southern California Chapter 2010-2017, and now is a new member of the Nebraska Chapter. Congratulations Colonel Bolduc, and welcome to Nebraska!

Lieutenant Scott Wagner, Session 257, recently retired from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Omaha Nebraska, following a 26 year law enforcement career. Prior to his retirement, Scott served as the Commander of the Vice/Narcotics/Organized Crime. Following retirement he has been named the Director of Training for the newly formed Sarpy Douglas Law Enforcement Academy (SDLEA). Congratulations and good luck!

Members of FBINAA Nebraska were treated to a fantastic 2017 Fall Re-Trainer and luncheon in September! This year’s event was graciously hosted by the Lincoln and University of Nebraska Police Departments. The luncheon took place at the University of Nebraska Football Complex in the West Stadium. The Keynote speaker was none other than Dr. Tom Osborne, followed by a tour of the football stadium, the Operations Center and a group photo on the football field. Thank you to all those involved in the planning and preparation! It was a great event, very well done!


The Wisconsin Chapter was well represented at the 2017 Annual Training Conference in Washington D.C. with 27 delegates in attendance.  Quite a few delegate family members also enjoyed the conference activities, sightseeing, and educational opportunities in and around the D.C. area.  In addition to the conference and Quantico “Homecoming” event, a significant number of Wisconsin delegates and family members also enjoyed an escorted tour of the U.S. Capital building, along with a visit to Speaker Paul Ryan’s office.


The Wisconsin Chapter hosted its annual golf outing on August 18th at the Whispering Springs Golf Course in Fond du Lac, WI.  A great time was had by all 116 golfers in attendance.  John Eimon, of Great Midwestern Bank scored a “hole-in-one” along with bragging rights on the 13th hole.

The Chapter held its annual Fall Shoot and Steak Fry on September 28th at Waukesha PD’s outdoor range.  In addition to the firearms training, WI DOJ Assistant Attorney General Dave Perlman provided a legal update for those in attendance.  Great training, great steaks, and a great networking opportunity!

Recent Wisconsin FBINA Graduates 2017

268th Session

Deputy Chief Benjamin K. Bliven
Wausau Police Department

Lieutenant Jeffrey M. Gonzalez
Germantown Police Department

Special Agent Gerald Mullen

Lieutenant Eugene C. Neyhart
Menomonee Falls Police Department

Lieutenant Shannon M. Seymer-Tabaska
Milwaukee Police Department

269th Session
Detective Lieutenant Christopher Zunker
Sauk County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Chief Robert Fletcher
West Allis Police Department

Lieutenant Geoffrey Willems
Hudson Police Department

270th Session
Lieutenant Eric Miller 
Bayside Police Department

Lieutenant Jeremy Rasch
Waupun Police Department

Captain Anthony Sheckles
Grant County Sheriff’s Office


Lt. Pat Hogan, 216th Session, retired from the La Crosse, WI Police Department on 7/6/2017. 
Pat began his career as a 3rd shift patrol officer in 1988.  He was later assigned as one of the department’s first Community Policing Officers, working to solve problems in partnership with members of the community.  Following his promotion to Sergeant, Pat went back to 3rd shift for three more years.  He then moved to Administration where he supervised the Records Bureau for over 8 years, first as  Sergeant and later as Lieutenant.  Most recently Lt. Hogan served as a member of the Professional Standards/Community Services Bureau.  In addition to his assigned duties, Pat also served on the Honor Guard, was a member of several community boards and organizations.  Congratulations and best wishes in retirement!
Allen S. Lobermeier, 231st Session.  Following a law enforcement career that has spanned 31½  years, Allen is retiring as the Police Chief of the Ladysmith Police Department, effective December 22, 2017.  
 Thomas J. Czaja (retired), 168th Session.  Following three years of service as Wisconsin’s  Southeast/Southwest Regional Interoperability Coordinator, Tom has been appointed as the Director of the Bureau of Emergency Communications within Wisconsin Emergency Management.

David Dohnal, 241st Session, was promoted to Captain with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office on October 2, 2017.  Dave began his career with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office in 1993.
Terry Martorano, 185th Session, was promoted to the rank of Captain with the Wisconsin State Fair Police Department, effective 10/19/2017.

On behalf of the Wisconsin Chapter, our sincere sympathy to the family, loved ones, friends, and associates of:

John “Jack” DuPlayee, 93rd Session, Tomahawk Police Department, EOW – May 19, 2017
Raymond E. Zastrow, 100th Session, Oneida County Sheriff Department, EOW – September 5, 2017
Joseph P. Jasmer, 131st Session, Two Rivers Police Department, EOW – October 15, 2017