Academy Staff and Instructors

Thomas M. Kelly, MA – Academy Director / Instructor

Mr. Kelly holds a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychophysiology from Argosy University, School of Professional Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from San Diego State University. After 20 years of service, Mr. Kelly retired as a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.  At the time of his retirement he was the lead polygraph examiner for the Los Angeles field division. He also previously served a combined 12 years as a law enforcement officer with the US Border Patrol and the California Highway Patrol.


Gary F. Davis, BS – Instructor

Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University. He possesses 15 years experience as a law enforcement officer and served with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, KS. Mr. Davis earned the rank of Detective Lieutenant and supervised criminal Investigations. He also served as a polygraph examiner (special agent) with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (Organized Crime Unit and Investigative Division). Combined with his government assignments and private practice business, Mr. Davis possesses over 35 years experience as a polygraph examiner.


Ricardo C. Fuentes, BS, CFI – Instructor

Mr. Fuentes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College and an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force.  Mr. Fuentes retired after nearly 20 years with the California Highway Patrol. He was last assigned as a criminal investigator in the greater Los Angeles County area. He previously instructed over 3000 law enforcement and military personnel, both nationally and internationally, in the techniques of interviewing and interrogation. Mr. Fuentes is also a Certified Forensic Interviewer as designated by the International Association of Interviewers. 

  

Deborah M. Gmeiner, JD – Instructor

Ms. Gmeiner holds a Juris Doctorate degree in Law from the Western State University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from West Chester State College. She previously served as an administrative law judge for the State of California and a Senior Assistant for the Office of County Counsel in Orange County.


Nick Manfredi, BS – Instructor

Mr. Manfredi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Azuza Pacific University and Associate of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Rio Hondo College. Mr. Manfredi retired from California law enforcement after more than 26 years of service. As a lieutenant, he commanded a detective bureau and also served as a watch commander with the Monrovia Police Dept.


John E. Odum, BS – Instructor 

Mr. Odum holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the California State University, Los Angeles. He has more than twenty years experience in municipal law enforcement and corporate security. He is certified as a Forensic Law Enforcement Examiner by the American Association of Polygraph Examiners and recognized as a Post‐Conviction Sex Offender Examiner by the American Polygraph Association. He has completed over 1,000 forensic interviews and polygraph exams for the California State Hospital Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Civil Commitment Program.


Patricia M. Odum, RN, MSN, FNP‐BC – Instructor

Ms. Odum holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Western University of Health Science. She is a licensed Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Michael W. Ward, DC – Instructor

Dr. Ward is licensed in Chiropractic and Sports Medicine and serves as Associate Faculty at Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is a former federal agent in charge of criminal, fraud and counterintelligence investigations for US Air Force Office of Special Investigations.