Wednesday, March 4, 2009

CJ/Forensic Faculty Bio's

John McLaughlin J.D.
Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice (Faculty)

Phone: 617-928-4055; Ricker 30

Primary Department: Criminal Justice

Boston College, B.A.,
Harvard University, M.A., M.P.A.,
Suffolk University School of Law, J.D., 
Professor John McLaughlin holds two graduate degrees from Harvard University, a law degree from Suffolk University Law School and an undergraduate degree from Boston College. At Harvard, he studied government and international affairs & security while earning two master’s degrees. He was chosen class marshal of his graduating class at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In June 2005, Professor McLaughlin received a Certificate in Negotiations from Harvard Law School.
At the age of nineteen (19), he was appointed to the 61’st academy class of the Massachusetts State Police. At that time, he was the youngest person ever appointed to the Massachusetts State Police Academy. Since then, he has been working within the criminal justice system and has dedicated most of his career to law enforcement.
Professor McLaughlin also served as Deputy Director of the State Bureau of Special Investigations. Prior to that appointment, he served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Deputy Inspector General in charge of the criminal division. He served for 5 years in the Inspector General’s Office fighting fraud, waste and abuse in state government. He was responsible for investigating some of the most important public corruption cases in Massachusetts. He also served the community for 5 years as Chief Investigator within the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. He championed women’s rights by establishing and implementing a program apprehending fathers who failed to make court-ordered child support payments. The innovative program served to protect women and lower the welfare burden for the taxpayer.
Professor McLaughlin has hosted vibrant political talk radio programs since 1989 both nationally and in the highly competitive Boston market. He hosted the nationally acclaimed radio program, “The John McLaughlin Show”. Professor McLaughlin hosted his national talk show for 7 years which was broadcast live to 100 affiliates throughout the United States. He has worked at a number of Boston radio stations including hosting programs at WMBR, WRCA and WMEX. From 2001-2004, he worked as a guest talk show host for WRKO radio in Boston.
For the past 9 years he has taught speech communications and criminal law at three local colleges. In 2004, he accepted the position of Chief of Police for a college in Boston. In 2006, he was appointed Chief of Investigative Services for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. In that law enforcement position, he oversaw the Internal Affairs Unit, the Central Intelligence Unit, the Special Investigations Unit and the Fugitive Apprehension Unit. As a sworn Massachusetts Special State Police Officer he was responsible for conducting any/all investigations for an agency of 5,500 employees. Professor McLaughlin was a member of two FBI Task Forces in Boston. The Bulger Task Force and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Professor McLaughlin held National Security Clearances from the FBI.
Professor John McLaughlin served Harvard University for the past 4 years as President & Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Kennedy School New England Alumni Association, Inc. a non-profit corporation. Professor McLaughlin also served on the Board of Director’s for the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Alumni Association.

Criminal Justice Faculty
Judith M. Sgarzi Ph.D. Professor, Criminal Justice (Faculty) Interim Program Director Education Boston College, Ph.D.,Suffolk University, M.S.C.E.,Bridgewater State College, B.S.,Dr. Sgarzi is currently acting as interim director of the Criminal Justice Program.She started the program with a core of students 17 years ago and wrote curriculums for the first Batchelor of Science Degree at the College in Criminal Justice.She is a member of the following:American Society of Criminal JusticeNortheastern Association of Criminal Justice SciencesAmerican Psychology AssociationStrategic Planning Committee, Boston Community Policing ProjectAmerican College of Forensic ExaminersFormer board of Massachusetts State Police Behavioral Science UnitFormer president Suffolk University Alumni Arts & Sciences BoardPublications:"Victimology: A Study of Victims and Their Roles" (edited with Jack McDevitt). Pearson, Prentice Hall, 2002."Attitudes of New Police Recruits Concerning Domestic Violence: A Pre- and Post-Test Design" (doctoral dissertation on file at the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Clearing House in Tyler, Texas) ( Also in the National Crime Victims Clearing House in Washington, D.C.)Professor Sgarzi is currently working in collaboration with Dr. Steven Egger on a textbook about ethics, co-authoring a book titled ("Tearing down the Thin Blue Line") for Pearson, Prentice Hall. Dr. Sgarzi has also published original poetry in various publications.

Applied Forensic Science Faculty
James Jabbour M.S.James Jabbour will be starting this Fall Semester as the new Program Director in the Applied Forensic Science Program. James has been teaching in the program as an adjunct instructor and he is a very welcome addition to the faculty.James Jabbour is a retired a Police Inspector after 30 years in law enforcement. He has a Master's degree in Forensic Science and Advanced Investigations. James has held many different positions and has been involved in numerous specialized investigations and assisted with Cold Case Investigations, Homicides, Police Shootings and Trial Preparation, along with reconstruction for Statewide Prosecution. James is a member of state and national professional organizations and former member of state and federal task forces and has been teaching forensics, investigations and Criminal Justice courses for the past eleven years. James presents specialized seminars and forensics training camps as well. James was recently appointed an Education Commissioner with the American College of Forensic Examiners and guest lectures at area schools. We are so lucky to have him at the College!JMS

 Program Director  Criminal Justice
Donna L. Ross  has over several years of experience teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level. She is a former Administrative Law Judge for the State of Maryland where she presided over cases that had Maryland administrative agencies as a party to the action. Donna Ross has been in the general practice of law since 1982, and is admitted to both the federal and state bars in the states of Maryland and Florida and Massachusetts. She is the founder of Mediation Associates of Maryland, a dispute resolution company that practices alternative dispute resolution techniques to resolve conflict between parties. She received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore and B.A. from University of Maryland. Donna Ross now lives in Massachusetts.
Criminal Justice (Adjunct Faculty)
Rob Stering M.S 
Rob Stering has been teaching at Mount Ida College for 10 years.Rob Stering is a retired police officer from the City of Waltham Police Department. Rob has a Master's degree from Westfield State College in Criminal Justice and has also received certification as Certified Criminal Intelligence Analysts from California State University and the California Department of Justice.Recently, Rob has received certification as a Master Instructor from Alpha Group Inc. for his teaching of both Crime Analysis and Intelligence Analysis.Currently, Rob works as a consultant for several police departments in the areas of Police Accreditation and Policy Development. He currently teaches at Westfield State College, Framingham State College and Mount Ida College. He has been teaching as an adjunct since 1999 at these schools and at Police Academies since 1981.Rob also holds the position of State Coordinator for Patrol Procedures for the Municipal Police Training Committee. This is a position that created, modifies, updates and audits all Patrol Procedure training in Massachusetts for every police officer under the direction of the Executive Office of Public Safety.Rob has written 4 books, which comprise of 2 textbooks, ("Police Officer's Handbook: an Introductory Guide", "Police Officer's Handbook: an Analytical and Administrative Guide"), an Instructor's Guide, and a fiction thriller about a serial killer entitled "IMAGEN"JMS

 Adjunct professor in Criminal Justice
Gail Gabriel Welcome Professor Gail Gabriel JDProfessor Gail Gabriel has been a practicing attorney in Massachusetts for the past 30 years. She is recently retired from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, where she was an Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Attorney General's consumer information and mediation programs statewide. She is the former Chief Counsel of the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation's Division of Professional Licensure, where she supervised all Legal Counsel, Enforcement Actions and Adjudicatory Hearings, as well as serving as an Administrative Hearings Counsel. Prior to her legal management work, Attorney Gabriel was an active litigator in a variety of capacities including as Legal Counsel to the City of Cambridge, as a partner in the law firm of Keith, Reed, Wheatley & Frenette, and as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk, Middlesex and Plymouth Counties. In addition to her prosecutorial work, Attorney Gabriel supervised the Juvenile Court Session of the Cambridge District Court on behalf of the Middlesex Attorney General. While in private practice, Attorney Gabriel developed additional specialties in the area of juvenile law representing young offenders, victims of child abuse and neglect, stubborn child and truancy petitions, and special education appeals. Attorney Gabriel is a frequent panelist, guest lecturer and a contributor to Massachusetts continuing legal education. In addition to her courses at Mount Ida, Attorney Gabriel teaches Consumer Awareness at the Tufts University Experimental College. She is a trained Mediator and serves on the panel of Commonwealth Mediation and Conciliation, Inc. Attorney Gabriel also serves on several boards of nonprofit organizations and works with the Massachusetts Women's Bar Association Family Law Project representing victims of domestic violence.
Adjunct Professor Heather 
Heather T. DeVincent-Cook, JD graduated from Mount Ida College in 1997. She was one first to graduate from the Criminal Justice Programs at Mount Ida as an honors student, she graduated Magna cum Laude. Heather was the first from the program to go on to Law School. She received her Doctorate of Law J.D. from New England School of Law in May 2000. Heather is also a member of the Massachusetts State Bar of licensed attorney.
Heather also a trained mediator and has worked as a court mediator.
Heather, is currently employed at Massachusetts Bay Community College, located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she is the new director of the Paralegal Program and is an Assistant Professor and Advisor and to the Paralegal Program.
Heather also is a Freelance Writer and Editor for EDM Publishers, Inc., Duxbury, Massachusetts where she edits and writes summaries of recent court decisions for non-legal professional subscribers.
Since 2002 Heather has taught as an adjunct professor at Mount Ida College, in the Criminal Justice Program and also has taught in other areas of the college. Some of the courses Heather has taught are the following: Computer Law, First Year Seminar, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Legal Research and Writing, Criminal Law, Women and the Law, Business Law, Introduction to the Law, Juvenile Justice, Leadership Studies, and Community Policing.
Heather also teaches courses as an adjunct at Bay State College, Newbury College, and Dean College.
Adjunct Professor 
Carmen Z. Gomez has been an adjunct professor at Mount Ida College in the Criminal Justice Department since 2001. She is a full-time Probation Officer in the Massachusetts Trial Court in Cambridge and has worked there for the past eleven years. Carmen received her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Mount Ida College. She then received a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts. Presently Carmen is pursuing a Ph.D. at Northeastern University in Law, Policy, and Society. In 2003 Carmen received the Distinguished Alumna award in Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Education from Mount Ida College. She is also a certified mediator, a member of the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Community Services. While at Mount Ida as an undergraduate Carmen was a co-founder and member of the Foundation for Non-Violent Action. Carmen is originally from Puerto Rico, she is bilingual and bicultural. Carmen is a former member of the Latino Affairs Commission and is also a member of the New England Leadership Council, the AHORA Program Leadership Group, and the M.I.L.A Hace, Mentoring Program.