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Jay W. Malcan, Ph.D.VCPI BOARD PRESIDENT
Board Member since 1997

Dr. Malcan’s career has included serving as Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work & Criminal Justice at Virginia State University. Previously to that he served for ten years in a joint appointment with the Richmond Police Department and Virginia Union University. At RPD he was the Director of Community Policing Training at the Richmond Police Academy. The academy is on the VUU campus where he served concurrently as the Chair of the Department of Criminology/ Criminal Justice, and later as the Dean of Arts & Sciences.

It was while in this position he co-wrote the original COPS Office grant application that provided VCPI’s initial funding. Prior to that he served as the Criminal Justice Program Administrator in the Crime Prevention Center at the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services for eleven years; came to Richmond to be on the faculty in the Department of Justice Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University for eight years; and started his career as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Burlington County, New Jersey.

He has served two terms on the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board, two terms on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Juvenile Justice, was on the board of directors of the Virginia Crime Prevention Association, and is a past president of the Virginia Association of Criminal Justice Educators.

Dr. Malcan has made presentations on crime and violence prevention for the FBI’s National Academy, the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, National Crime Prevention Council, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York Academy of Medicine, American Institute of Architects, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National League of Cities.

He received his BA in Sociology from the University of Montana, his MA in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and his Ph.D. in Criminology from the Florida State University.

Thierry G. DupuisChief of Police
Chesterfield County Police Department
Board Member since 2010

Colonel Thierry Dupuis serves as the Chesterfield County Police Department’s chief of police. Chesterfield County Police Department has a total workforce of 650 full and part-time employees, which serve a community of approximately 326,000 residents across 443 square miles.

Colonel Dupuis began his law enforcement career 39 years ago with the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office and then served with the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department. He has served with the Chesterfield County Police Department for the last 37 years, and has been assigned to all major divisions of the department. He is the 7th Chief in the department’s history and the first to have held all ranks within the department.

He is a graduate of Fork Union Military Academy, and also serves on the academy’s Board of Trustees. He holds an associate degree in applied science from John Tyler Community College, a bachelor of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a master of business administration from Averett College. He is also a graduate of North Carolina State University’s - Administrative Officers Management Program, the Professional Executive Leadership School (University of Richmond), University of Virginia's LEAD program, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s - Drug Unit Commanders Academy, and the FBI’s National Executive Institute.

He has served as an adjunct professor in the School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. He serves as the President of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and Foundation, and on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation. He also serves on several community service boards, SAFE - substances abuse prevention coalition, the John Tyler ASAP policy board, and the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Community Criminal Justice Board.

Fran EckerDirector
Department of Criminal Justice Services
Board Member since 2014

Fran Ecker is the Director of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). She was appointed to this position by Governor Terry McAuliffe in April 2014. In addition to being the state criminal justice planning agency in Virginia,under the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, DCJS administers approximately 750 state and federally funded grants each year totaling more than 60 million dollars annually, and houses the state Statistical Analysis Center and the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety.

DCJS also has numerous regulatory responsbilities and regulates over 50,000 individuals and businesses in private security and related businesses. The Department also serves as the POST for the state and has oversight for law enforcement training and standards.

Douglas A. Goodman, Jr.Chief of Police
Ashland Police Department
Board Member since 2009

Doug Goodman is the Chief of the Ashland Police Department, Virginia. Doug joined this agency after spending 14 years with the Hanover County Sheriff's Office where he served in Patrol Operations, School Resource, Investigations and Professional Standards. Doug left the Hanover County Sheriff's Office at the rank of Lieutenant and was responsible for Accreditation, Budget Management, Program Development and supervised most of the support services functions. Doug has a B.S. degree in Sociology from VA Tech and earned a Master's in Public Administration in 2007 from the Virginia Commonwealth University.

He has attended several leadership and professional management schools to include the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond and the Public Safety Institute at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionlly, Doug is a certified Law Enforcment Planner and a CALEA Team Leader Assessor. After joining the Ashland Police Department in August of 2007, Doug led that agency through its first CALEA on-site assessment at the end of September 2007.

The Ashland Police Department was accredited by CALEA in March of 2008 and remains the smallest police agency in the Commonwealth of Virginia to hold this status. In addition to its accredited status, during his tenure, the agency has been recognized with various awards for traffic safety and community policing.

John W. JonesExecutive Director
Virginia Sheriffs’ Association
Board Member since 1997
Served as VCPI President 1997- 2014

John Jones has served as Executive Director of the Virginia Sheriffs' Association since 1977, providing leadership on a number on major initiatives including successful representation of the sheriffs in the Virginia General Assembly. Notably, John's priority is protecting sheriffs’ budgets, enhancing pay and benefits for the Association's membership, promoting sheriff-friendly legislation and working to address concerns of legislation that may negatively impact sheriffs.

The Virginia Sheriffs Association enjoys membership of 100% of all Virginia sheriffs and more than 8,000 deputy sheriffs. John is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, resides on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia and in Richmond, and enjoys many outdoor activities.

He also serves as the Executive Director of the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute, a board member of the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation and as president of his community association in Richmond Va.

Mark A. MarshallSheriff
Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Board Member since 2016

Mark A. Marshall has been in state and local law enforcement for over 31 years. He started his career with the Virginia Marine Police and eventually went to Smithfield Police Department where he served in a variety of capacities. He was appointed Police Chief in 1992 and led the department over the next 19 years in innovative programs to include accreditation. At the time it was one of the smallest departments to achieve that distinction. In November, 2011 he was elected as Sheriff of Isle of Wight County and assumed office January 1, 2012.

In 2015 he was re-elected to a second term as Sheriff and under his leadership, the office has successfully implemented a number of contemporary programs to include accreditation.

He is currently the Chairman for the LINx (Law Enforcement Data Exchange) statewide information-sharing project. This initiative includes the sharing of data between local, state and federal agencies and in 2005 won the International Association of Chiefs’ of Police (IACP) award for Excellence in Technology.

He has occupied a number of leadership positions within the law enforcement community to include past President of the Hampton Roads Chiefs Association, the Virginia Police Chiefs Association, and served as the 96th President in 2011 of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The IACP is the oldest police leadership association in the country and represents over 23,000 law enforcement executives throughout the US and around the world.

He sits on a variety of committees and commissions with an emphasis on technology, governance, and policy impact. He is a senior policy advisor to the FBI and Department of Justice.

His education includes a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Saint Leo University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (196th session) and the Police Executive Leadership program through the University of Richmond and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation. He is adjunct instructor at a number of colleges and universities throughout Virginia to include CNU. He has authored numerous published articles and regularly conducts seminars and presentations at national and international venues. He married his high-school sweet-heart, Deborah and has retained that position for 39 years. He has two successful children, Joshua 30 and Rachel 28. He is now a “newly minted” grandfather.

Anthony W. "Tony" RoperSheriff
Clarke County
Board Member since 2016

Sheriff Anthony W. “Tony” Roper was born in Clarke County in 1960, and is a lifelong resident. He was elected Sheriff in 2003. He has served in law enforcement since 1978; working as a dispatcher, a correctional officer, a field deputy, and as an investigator with the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Roper was a founding member of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, and a regional FBI Drugs and Violent Crime Task Force. He is a graduate of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy, and graduated with executive level law enforcement training from the FBI National Academy in Quantico and the National Sheriff’s Institute in Longmont, Colorado. His commitment to education continues today as he pursues his masters degree.

Sheriff Roper is a past President of the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute as well as serving on several committees guiding the Virginia Sheriffs Association and the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. He is also a DCJS instructor.

Sheriff Roper and his wife, Karen, have three children and eight grandchildren.

Dana Schrad, J.D.Executive Director
Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
Board Member since 1997

Dana has been the Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police since January, 1996, where she oversees the development of training programs for police executives and advocates on policing and criminal justice issues on behalf of the association. She also is the Executive Director for the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation. Dana recently was appointed to the Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice.

Dana is a graduate of the University of Nebraska journalism school and the University of Richmond T. C. Williams School of Law. She has taken doctoral courses at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has taught Constitutional Law and Current Criminal Justice Issues for the Bluefield College criminal justice undergraduate program.

Dana was Staff Attorney for the Virginia State Crime Commission from 1989 until 1996, where she was in charge of a variety of criminal justice and law enforcement studies and ran a Drug Trafficking Study task force for two years. She directed a study of drug courts and worked as part of a team to help localities develop drug court programs. Dana has been a school-community team trainer, and has worked with a variety of youth risk prevention programs.

Prior to entering law school, she worked at a CBS television affiliate for ten years, where she was a police beat reporter, Executive Producer and Assignment editor.

F. W. Howard, Jr.Sheriff
New Kent County Sheriff’s Office
Board Member since 1997

Sheriff Farrar W. (Wakie) Howard, Jr. is currently the longest serving sheriff among Virginia’s active serving sheriffs.

Sheriff Howard is married to Rose H. Howard and has two children and four grandchildren. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and taught public school for two years before becoming a deputy sheriff in 1976. He was elected Sheriff of New Kent County in 1979. Sheriff Howard is a member of the Virginia Sheriff’s Association. He served as President and as Chairman of the Legislative Committee.

He is a founding member and past Chairman of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission and serves on the National Sheriff’s Association Traffic Safety Committee. He is Co-Chairman of the Virginia Highway Safety Commission. He has served as Chairman of the S.I.R.S. Radio Board and is a current member.

He has been appointed to the Community Services Board for the 9th Judicial District and is a current member. Other honors include being appointed by Governor Mark Warner to the Virginia Forensic Science Board. He is active in the New Kent Rotary, and the local Blue Knights chapter which he is a founding member and New Kent Christian Center.

Sheriff Howard is a former member of Providence Forge Rescue Squad and New Kent Fire Department.

Ryant L. WashingtonSpecial Policy Advisor
Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Board Member since 2007

Ryant L. Washington has served in law enforcement since 1990. He is the former Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff of Fluvanna County. Ryant also served as a Virginia State Trooper. His educational and training background consists of: a diploma in Business Administration from National Business College; student of the Criminal Justice Program at Piedmont Virginia Community College; and a Graduate of Executive Management Training at the National Sheriff’s Institute; courses on leadership at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service; and classes in the management of law enforcement agencies at the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.

Ryant is Past President of the Virginia Sheriff's Association, past member on the Board of Directors for the National Sheriff's Association and a former Commissioner of the National Commission on Forensic Science. He has served in a variety of leadership positions on local and statewide boards, committees and commissions.

In May of 2014, Ryant was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve as a Special Policy Advisor for Law Enforcement to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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