WYDM Facilitators

 

  KAREN ASHLEY began her law enforcement career with the Flagstaff Police Department in 1984. Upon graduating from the police academy, she was an undercover narcotics officer and secured some of the largest drug seizures and arrests in northern Arizona in the 1980s. She then returned to the Valley where she worked for the Phoenix and Peoria Police Departments. Chief Ashley spent nineteen years with the Peoria Police Department, rising through the ranks to the position of Deputy Police Chief in 2000. During her career she has worked as a line level or management employee in every facet of the department including patrol, criminal investigations, DARE, professional standards, CALEA, recruitment, training, 911 communications, property and evidence, and records. She retired from the Peoria Police Department in 2007 and took a position with the Arizona Department of Homeland Security where she worked for nearly two years, leaving that organization as a Deputy Director. Chief Ashley joined the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and in 2011 was appointed the Chief of the Investigations Division. In this capacity she oversees a staff of sixty-five sworn and civilian employees that provide prosecutorial support and law enforcement services for the fourth largest prosecutor’s office in the country. The MCAO Investigations Division is the only CALEA accredited prosecuting office in the country and was selected as a flagship agency in 2010. Chief Ashley is a graduate of the 189th session of the FBI National Academy, holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is a Certified Public Manager (CPM). Chief Ashley was an adjunct faculty member at Glendale Community College from 1996-2014, and has been a CALEA assessor since 2002.
     
  DOUGLAS L. BARTOSH has a long and distinguished career in public service and law enforcement. Prior to becoming the City Manager of Cottonwood in 2008, Mr. Bartosh served in various positions with regional and state law enforcement agencies. From providing security at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 to protection for Pope John Paul II during his Arizona visit in 1987, Mr. Bartosh has a true appreciation for the skills required for successful public safety. Having been the Chief of Police in Scottsdale, at Arizona State University, and in Cottonwood, Mr. Bartosh has the experience to meet the challenges law enforcement faces in today’s diverse society. Combining his Master’s Degree in Organizational Management with specialized leadership training from the FBI National Academy, the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Southern California Delinquency Control Institute, Mr. Bartosh has been at the forefront of new and innovative programs that promote public safety. Mr. Bartosh is currently Co-Chair of MATFORCE, Yavapai County’s successful Substance Abuse Coalition, a past Chair of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, and prior security consultant to the Commissioner’s Office of Major League Baseball. Mr. Bartosh’s awards are too numerous to list, but recently he was the recipient of the distinguished Gage Zimmerman Public Service Award for Civic Engagement.
     
  JEFFREY COPFER is a Lieutenant with the Pima County Sheriff’s Office, currently serving as the Staff Services Commander. He was born and raised in West Berlin Germany. Growing up in the epicenter of the Cold War afforded him the unique opportunity to have a front row seat to German history including chiseling pieces from the Berlin Wall, traveling through Checkpoint Charlie, and visiting the “Haus Der Wannsee Konferenz” and Sachsenhausen concentration camps.  Lt. Copfer’s family still resides in Berlin. After two enlistments in the United States Air Force and working as a Level II Reserve Deputy for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department in California, Lt. Copfer finally moved to Tucson, Arizona in July of 1994. He has been with the Pima County Sheriff’s Office for over 20 years and has served the citizens of Pima County in a variety of assignments within the Sheriff’s Office, including: Traffic Section Commander, Traffic Investigations Unit Sergeant, and Directed Patrol Unit Sergeant. Lt Copfer is a graduate of the Arizona Leadership Program and teaches Interpersonal Communication Skills and Legitimacy in Law Enforcement at the Pima County Sheriff’s Office Basic Academy and in-service training.
     
  AMELIA CRAIG CRAMER is the Chief Deputy Pima County Attorney, a position in which she assists the County Attorney in managing an office approximately 80 prosecutors, 23 civil attorneys, and 25 detectives. Ms. Cramer graduated from Stanford Law School in 1986.  She began her legal career at Baker & Hostetler in Washington, D.C. representing newspapers and broadcast stations in First Amendment litigation.  She then joined Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in San Francisco where she handled commercial litigation as well as a variety of types of pro bono cases, served on the California Commission on Crime Victims & Corrections, and taught legal research, writing, and oral argument at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.  She left private practice and became Managing Attorney for the Western Regional Office of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in Los Angeles, and later became Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders in Boston.  Ms. Cramer returned to her home state of Arizona in 1997 to be closer to family and joined the Tucson office of Brown & Bain (now Perkins Coie) where she litigated cases in state and federal courts for several years before joining the Pima County Attorney’s Office. Ms. Cramer is past President of the State Bar of Arizona and of the Morris K. Udall Inn of Court.  She has received numerous awards for her legal work, including the American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Community Service Award, the Jewish Inclusion Project’s Rainbow Keshet Award, and the Arizona Women Lawyers Association’s Sarah Herring Sorin and Alice Truman Leadership Awards.  She volunteers on the Board of Directors of Congregation Or Chadash, a Reform Jewish Synagogue.  She is married to Amy S. Cramer, Ph.D., an economist, and they have a daughter who is in high school.
     
  MARIE DRYER is a Program Administrator with the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST). In this position she manages the state’s Basic Peace Officer Training Academies, the AZPOST Digital Media Services Unit, Records and Special Projects. Prior to this position Ms. Dryer was an AZPOST Compliance Specialist. Ms. Dryer began her career in 1981 and served in a sworn position with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for twenty-seven years. She worked several assignments in the Highway Patrol Division including a federal DUI squad. In 1986 she transferred to Criminal Investigations where she worked Narcotics and the Major Violators units. She was promoted to sergeant in 1990 where she served in the Special Services Division, Highway Patrol Bureau and the Advanced Training Section. In 1995, while in the Advanced Training Section, Ms. Dryer was recognized as the Employee of the Year. Ms. Dryer is currently on the Board of the Concerns of Police Survivors, AZ Chapter, and the Arizona Women’s Initiative Network (AZWIN). She is a member of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), and the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP). Ms. Dryer has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Northern Arizona University.
     
  JON ELIASON is a Division Chief in the Special Victims Division at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. In this capacity he supervises all felony sex crimes, domestic violence, child abuse, and auto theft cases. He is a career prosecutor and has conducted numerous jury trials. Mr. Eliason believes that the most important thing a prosecutor can do is seek to be ethical in all aspects of prosecution and to work to improve the quality of life for the community. Mr. Eliason was previously the Mesa City Prosecutor. During that assignment Mr. Eliason implemented many new successful protocols for the prosecution of domestic violence and DUI cases. Mr. Eliason serves on the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, City of Phoenix Human Trafficking Task Force, the Arizona Forensic Academy, and the East Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. Mr. Eliason has received numerous awards and accommodations for his work. He has been recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, and numerous cities throughout Arizona for his work and dedication as a prosecutor. Mr. Eliason is a frequent lecturer at schools, police departments, and legal conferences, and teaches for the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council, the National District Attorneys Association, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Mr. Eliason received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctor from Temple Law School.
     
  RAUL FIVEASH is a Sergeant in the Patrol Division of the Yuma Police Department where he has worked for the last six years as a Field Training Officer, Recruit Training Officer, and Corporal. Sergeant Fiveash applied and was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Department in 2006. He attended police academy at the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center in Tucson where he was selected president of his class.  After completion of the academy, Sergeant Fiveash served with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office for two years. Sergeant Fiveash is a 23 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having enlisted in July of 1982 in Farmington, New Mexico. He was trained and assigned as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Heavy Equipment Chief, Drill Instructor, Maintenance Management Officer, and Engineer Equipment Officer.  During his Marine Corps career, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan; Camp Pendleton, California; San Diego, California; Oahu, Hawaii; Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; South Bend, Indiana; and Yuma, Arizona. Sergeant Fiveash served in Iraqi Freedom and one additional combat tour in Iraq. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2006 as a Chief Warrant Officer-3 in Yuma, Arizona.
     
  DOUGLAS HANNA is a Lieutenant with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and commands the Property Crimes Section within the Criminal Investigations Division.  He also oversees the Department’s newly formed Mental Health Support Team (MHST), and is Co-Commander for the Department’s Peer Support Team. Lieutenant Hanna began his career with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department in 1996 as a Corrections Officer. Prior to moving to Arizona, Lieutenant Hanna served as a Lieutenant in the Fire Department in New York. Lieutenant Hanna also served as the President of the Southern Arizona DUI Taskforce, sat of the State’s Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Steering committee through the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), and participated in the Law Enforcement Phlebotomy Advisory Council. Prior to being promoted to Lieutenant, he spent approximately 12 years in Special Operations as a Deputy and Sergeant in the Traffic, DUI, and Motorcycle Units.  While in Special Operations, he was also participated in Officer Involved Shooting investigations, dignitary protection/escorts, developed the Department’s 4x4 training program. Lieutenant Hanna has been awarded his Department’s Public Safety Achievement Medal on two different occasions for life saving actions, while on duty and one while off duty.  Lieutenant Hanna has received numerous Unit Citations, and both the “Andy Nichols’ Achievement Award” and Community Champion Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Lieutenant Hanna maintains a strong community services relations outside of work.  He is the President of the Site Council for Cottonwood Elementary School in the Vail School District (A+ School).  Lieutenant Hanna is active within his Church and is involved with the Knights of Columbus; which he is currently the Council’s Grand Knight.  Lieutenant Hanna is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
     
  JASON KALISH is the Bureau Chief of the Training Bureau at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office where he is responsible for training the nearly 900 attorneys, paralegals and staff in the office. Jason has spent his entire career as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and was awarded the Criminal Trial Division Attorney of the Year in 1999. Mr. Kalish graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993 with honors, earning a degree in criminology.  He then attended the University of Arizona College of Law with the specific intent of becoming a prosecutor. During law school Mr. Kalish served as an Honors Intern with the FBI and worked in various capacities at the Pima County Attorney’s Office. He was sworn in as a lawyer on October 18, 1997 and as a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney two days later. Mr. Kalish has prosecuted gang members and repeat offenders in the Gang/ROP bureau. He has served as a supervisor in other bureaus, including Charging/Grand Jury, Preliminary Hearings and Juvenile Crimes. Following the supervisory stints, he returned to trial work and spent nearly ten years prosecuting homicides, first in the Family Violence Bureau and then the Homicide Bureau (later renamed the Capital Litigation Bureau). Mr. Kalish was named APAAC Prosecutor of the Year in 2014 for his role as lead counsel in the retrial of the Buddhist Temple murders which occurred in 1991. Jason has always enjoyed teaching and was named the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Trainer of the Year in 2003. He is married and enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and goldendoodle. 
     
  TODD LARSON is a Lieutenant with the Scottsdale Police Department where he has worked for over twenty-two years. He has spent the majority of his career investigating felony crimes with the Scottsdale Police Department and was assigned for four years to the Federal DEA Phoenix Task Force. In addition, Lieutenant Larson spent over ten years assigned to the Scottsdale Police Department SWAT Team as operator, sniper, and team leader. Lieutenant Larson has extensive experience with federal and state investigations focusing on felony criminal cases, officer involved shootings, asset forfeiture, money laundering, and historical conspiracies. He has authored numerous court orders, seizure warrants, reports, and has served as an instructor for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Scottsdale Police Department, and the Arizona Narcotics Officers Association (ANOA) Annual Conferences. Currently, Lieutenant Larson supervises the Scottsdale Police Persons Crimes Section and the Family Advocacy Center. This role involves the supervision of the Violent Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit, Gang Investigations Unit, and the Domestic Violence Unit. Lieutenant Larson is also in the dissertation phase of a Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership and serves as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Phoenix and Northern Arizona University.