Our Faculty

Investigations is an evolving field, and the University of New Haven’s faculty are recognized experts. Our online master’s degree in investigations is taught by faculty who are scholars and practitioners. They have practical, real-world experience as well as research to back up what they know. Meet a few of them.

Jibey Asthappan, Ph.D.

Dr. Asthappan provides undergraduate and graduate-level education to students interested in pursuing careers within the Department of Defense and other government agencies. As a former explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician, he brings his real-world counterterrorism experience into the classroom. His expertise in policy analysis and program evaluation has produced scholarly literature on the effectiveness of counterterrorism policy. His unique skills also includes network security and digital forensic investigations, which he teaches from a hands-on perspective.

Bill Norton, Ph.D.

Dr. Norton was a police officer in Louisiana and a practicing attorney. His research interests focus on policy and program evaluation research to identify best practices in the investigations field. He has conducted studies to evaluate the impact of correctional treatment programs, police practices and legal reforms.

David Schroeder, Ph.D.

Dr. Schroeder’s research interests include homicide investigation, the utility of forensic evidence (most notably DNA), aberrant/episodic homicide, defense investigation, and tolerance issues in law enforcement.

Dan Lyons

Special Agent for the FBI for over 20 years. Supervised the Complex Financial Crime Program in the New Haven Division. Spent six years as Associate Division Counsel in New York , responsible for legal instruction to over 1100 agents. Later part of his career was focused primarily on white collar crime, to include hedge funds, insider trading and cyber-based financial crimes, and have conducted organized crime cases.

Richard Colangelo

State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Stamford-Norwalk.
Attorney Colangelo joined the Division of Criminal Justice in March 1993 and was promoted to his current position as Senior Assistant State’s Attorney at Part A at Stamford Superior Court in July 2003.

The State’s Attorney is the chief law enforcement officer in the Judicial District of Stamford-Norwalk, which includes the cities of Stamford and Norwalk and the towns of Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Weston, Westport and Wilton. The State’s Attorney oversees the prosecutors and other Division of Criminal Justice staff assigned to the Superior Courts at Stamford and Norwalk, CT.

Angelo Floiran

Expert Criminal Investigator with Specializations in Cyber & Financial Crimes, Money Laundering,

Specializing in Cell Phone & Computer Forensics, using the same top of the line software programs used by law enforcement and government agencies. GPS and Cell Tower plotting capabilities

Angelo was a former lead Major Crimes Detective in Homicide, Sexual Assault, Organized Crime, Human Trafficking as well as services in Criminal Profiling, Witness Location and Intelligence Gathering.

David X. Sullivan

Currently an Assistant United States Attorney for Connecticut, specializing in Asset Forfeiture.

Det. Mark Solomon

Detective inn Greenwich, CT Police Department: 23-year veteran who has been assigned to the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force (CFCTF).

Solomon is president of the Connecticut Chapter of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) and continues to help promote the sharing of information within law enforcement and between law enforcement and the financial industry. Solomon also is certified as an instructor by the State of Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) and provides instruction in financial crimes investigations to not only to Police Officers and Police Recruits in the State of Connecticut but nationally as well. He regularly conducts seminars and webinars to educate both the public and private industry in the prevention and investigation of financial crimes.

Paul Zikmund

Paul E. Zikmund serves as Director Global Ethics and Compliance for Bunge in White Plains, NY. He is responsible for managing and conducting investigations of compliance matters, fraud and misconduct, implementing fraud detective techniques, administering the company’s fraud and compliance risk assessment process, and managing anti-fraud/compliance programs and controls designed to reduce the risk of fraud and misconduct.

Prior to joining Bunge, Zikmund worked as the Senior Director Forensic Audit at Tyco International in Princeton, NJ, and the Director Litigation Support Services at Amper, Politziner, & Mattia, LLP, in Philadelphia, PA, where he was responsible for developing, implementing and administering fraud risk management services for Tyco and for clients.

He possesses nearly 20 years of experience in this field and has effectively managed global fraud and forensic teams at various Fortune 500 companies.

Zikmund, who is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Fraud Deterrence Specialist, and Certified Forensic Financial Analyst, has designed and implemented programs to detect and investigate instances of fraud. Zikmund also conducts fraud risk assessments and fraud awareness training to help clients detect and deter fraud within their organizations. His public and private sector experience includes the investigation of complex financial frauds, conducting forensic audit engagements, and providing litigation support for a variety of industries.

Lt. Kelly Walsh

Lieutenant Kelly Walsh was hired by the Avon Police Department in March 2003. She was assigned to Patrol and served as the Community Relations Officer from 2006 to 2007. In 2007, she was promoted to Sergeant, working first in Patrol and then as Detective Division Supervisor. Lieutenant Walsh was promoted to her current rank of Lieutenant in March 2010. She oversees the Avon Police Department Operations Division.

Lieutenant Walsh holds an undergraduate degree from University of New Haven in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Investigative Services and Victimology, a certificate in Forensic Computer Investigation, and a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Law Enforcement Management, from the University of New Haven. In 2005, Lieutenant Walsh was assigned to the F.B.I. Computer Crimes Task Force in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2009, she received Certified Forensic Computer Examiner certification from the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists. Lieutenant Walsh applies these highly specialized skills to oversee the Digital Forensic Unit within the Avon Police Department. Lieutenant Walsh is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, 267th Session.

Lieutenant Walsh is a State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Police Officer Standards and Training Council Certified instructor, teaching at annual In-Services, Recruit Academies, and also conducts in-house Department training. Lieutenant Walsh is an instructor for the on-line Master’s Program at the University of New Haven.

Lieutenant Walsh coordinates and supervises an annual, week-long F.B.I. National Academy Associates Connecticut Chapter Youth Leadership Course for teenagers each summer in Connecticut. She is credited for her expansion of the Program, in both curriculum and duration.

Lieutenant Walsh is a Board member of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Council in Connecticut. In support of the Special Olympics, Lieutenant Walsh oversees and participates in Department fundraisers and events year round. In March 2013, Lieutenant Walsh was awarded the “Unsung Hero Award” for her tireless efforts for and dedication to Special Olympics.

Elliot Spector

Elliot Spector serves as a law enforcement expert for Hassett & George. Elliot was a Hartford Police Officer from 1971 through 1980. Elliot’s practice concentrates on the representation of law enforcement officers and municipalities. He also acts as a law enforcement advisor for police departments and individual officers on policy issues, critical incidents and law related questions.

The Spector Criminal Justice Training Network (www.spectortraining.org) is a non-profit organization created in the 1960s under a federal grant as The Connecticut Criminal Law Foundation. Elliot and SCJTN instructors provide quality certified training to over 1,000 police officers each year. Their goal is to improve the quality of law enforcement and security training and directly impact the officers’ ability to save lives, protect property, solve prevalent crimes, and provide a high level of service to the community.

Elliot has presented at many conferences on issues such as officer liability, use of force, search and seizure, technology and the law, racial profiling, emergency operation of vehicles, career survival, bias, civil rights and other law enforcement related issues. He has also participated in task forces and committees for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Institute of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Agency, National Police Foundation, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Ethics Commission.

Elliot drafted the original State Policy on Handling Juveniles and contributed to the State’s first Domestic Violence model policy. He conducted the Law Enforcement Television Network’s “Legal Update” series from 1998 to 2000. Since 1987, Elliot has been responsible for updating the annual Connecticut Law Enforcement Officer’s Field Manual (The Red Book). He has written numerous articles published by national magazines and journals on a wide variety of law enforcement issues. Elliot recently authored a book entitled Beyond Black Lives Matter – Building Trust Through Understanding.

Steven Greenbacker

Steve Greenbacker is the Associate Director of International Business Assurance, Global Security and Resilience at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and delivering life-transforming therapies for patients with devastating and rare disorders. In this position, he is responsible for the oversight of risk management programs which facilitate market access and business operations. Steve has over 10 years of experience implementing collaborative solutions in challenging security environments. In his former military career, he supported the security of diplomatic facilities in the Near East and South Asia during the Arab Spring period. He is active in security and intelligence organizations to catalyze a change from security as a support service to a business enabler.

Declan Hill

Declan Hill is a journalist, academic and consultant. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on match fixing and corruption in international sports. In 2008, Hill, as a Chevening Scholar, obtained his doctorate in Sociology at the University of Oxford.
His book ‘The Fix: Organized Crime and Soccer’ has appeared in twenty-one languages. Hill was the first person to show the new danger to international sport posed by the globalization of the gambling market and match-fixing at the highest levels of professional football (soccer) including the Champions League and FIFA World Cup tournaments. Part of the book details his involvement with an Asian match-fixing gang as they travelled around the world to fix major football matches.

In 2013, his second book ‘The Insider’s Guide to Match-Fixing’ was published and immediately translated into Japanese. It is a popular version of his Oxford doctoral thesis and was dubbed by its English-language publisher as ‘Freakonomics meets Sports Corruption’.

Hill worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) first as an investigative journalist at the flagship program the fifth estate then as an anchor for Newsworld International.

His programs and articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Toronto Star, the BBC, The Guardian and the Sunday Telegraph (London), as well as other media outlets. For his work on match-fixing, Hill has been interviewed by over-700 major news outlets – including CNN, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Sydney Morning Herald, Al Jazeera, The Times, Il Manifesto, Corriere della Sera (Milan): El País(Madrid), Politiken (Copenhagen).

Before publishing The Fix, Hill completed documentaries on the widespread murders of Filipino journalists, the killing of the head of the Canadian mafia, blood feuds in Kosovo, ethnic cleansing in Iraq, pagan religions in Bolivia and honour killings in Turkey.

In his spare time, Hill is a keen amateur boxer and martial arts enthusiast. He leads groups of recreational and competitive fighters to train in Havana, Cuba. On March 31, 2012, Hill won a charity boxing match that was part of the historic Trudeau-Brazeau night – as part of Fight for the Cure in support the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

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