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2014 USCGA Ethics Forum Session Speakers
Please select from the links below to learn more about the USCGA Ethics Forum session speakers for our 2014 event.

Mr. Jordan Ferguson

Jordan joined the Milpitas California Police Department in 1985. During his time with Milpitas he was a Field Training Officer (FTO), Accident Reconstructionist and Auto Theft Investigator. In 1991, Jordan joined the Idaho State Police for several years before becoming the Chief Criminal Investigator for the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office in Coeur D Alene, Idaho. He stayed with the prosecutor’s office until he was hired by the Spokane Police Department in 1999. Jordan has worked in patrol and traffic; he was an FTO and part of the Neighborhood Resource Officer division.

Jordan became a polygraph examiner in 2003 which started his interest in background investigations. In 2009, Jordan became the lead background investigator and was tasked with ensuring the hiring process matched best practices across the country. Jordan has earned the title of Certified Forensic Law Enforcement Polygraph Examiner from the American Association of Police Polygraphists. He is also a certified Post Conviction Sex Offender Treatment (PCSOT ) polygraph examiner and a full member of the American Polygraph Association. Jordan teaches Background Investigations to law enforcement agencies across the country.

Jordan earned his B.S. from Lewis and Clark State College and has completed his coursework for his M.A. in Criminal Justice from Washington State University, Spokane. He has been able to focus on the Neuroscience aspect of police work while studying under Dr. Bryan Vila and assisting the Simulated Hazardous Occupational Tasks (S.H.O.T. ) Lab, part of the Sleep and Performance Research Center. Jordan is focusing on the relationship of fear as causal factor to in custody death as well as looking at heart rate variability (HRV) as a possible contribution to the polygraph. Jordan expects to graduate in 2014.

Jordan has two Special Interest Groups (SIG) available on, the National Association of Law Enforcement Background Investigators (NALEBI ) and Excited Delirium and In Custody Death (EDIC ).

Mr. Chad Grills

Chad Grills is an army infantry veteran, and technology entrepreneur.

He has deployed to Iraq and Egypt, and provided security for President Obama's first inauguration. You may have heard him on the radio or seen him on television as part of the National Guard's 2011-2014 Defining Moments advertising campaign.

He left the military in 2012. Afterward, he jumped into technology, where he built and launched several companies and products. The result: various projects (though profitable) ended when he stumbled on an opportunity in higher education.

Chad founded to address the higher education dilemma and $1.3 trillion of student debt. He founded the company with his wife Stephanie (a data and operations pro), and friend Chris (an experienced full-stack engineer). Life Learning has built and launched several college and career apps, and consulted for various higher education companies.

You can connect with Chad on Twitter and Medium @ChadGrills

CAPT Roger G. Herbert, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Captain Herbert is a 1983 graduate of Davidson College. He holds a Master of Arts (with Distinction) in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School (1992) and a Master of Science (Distinguished Graduate) in National Security Studies from the National War College (2005).

Captain Herbert received his commission through Officer Candidate School in July 1984. He graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Class 131 in February 1985 and reported to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO for his first operational assignment in Naval Special Warfare.

His operational tours include SEAL Platoon Commander assignments at SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO, SEAL Team SIX, and SEAL Team EIGHT. He served as Operations Officer of SEAL Team EIGHT, Executive Officer of SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO, and Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Commander at SEAL Team TWO. Captain Herbert was privileged to serve as Commanding Officer of SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO, Naval Special Warfare Unit THREE (Bahrain), and the Naval Special Warfare Center, Naval Special Warfare’s basic and advanced training command.

Shore Assignments include Executive Assistant to Deputy Commander, United States Naval Forces Europe, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Information Operations, the Joint Staff, and United States Special Operations Command’s liaison to the United States Coast Guard.

Personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal and various personal and unit awards.

Captain Herbert retired in September 2010 to pursue a Ph.D. in International Relations and Political Theory at the University of Virginia’s Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics.

LTC David Jones, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Dave Jones is a 1985 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He recently retired from the Army with over 27 years of peacetime and combat experience as an infantry officer. He served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1991 in combat operations in Iraq and a decade later in Kuwait, and most recently in Afghanistan, returning from a year deployment in June 2009, where he served as the Senior Mentor/Team Chief at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan (NMAA). He has taught and authored Leadership and Ethics courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and earned Instructor of the Year honors in 2003 at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Jones has frequently conducted business leader seminars as a consultant, has presented at leadership and ethics seminars/forums at each of the service academies, at national college conferences and for five years ran the National Conference on Ethics in America (NCEA) at West Point. He has earned both Masters of Science in Leadership Development and Counseling, and a Military Masters of Arts and Sciences in Leadership. He currently serves as the John Alexander Hottell III Chair of Character Development at the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic (SCPME), United States Military Academy.

CAPT Gary D. Larkin, U.S Coast Guard, (Ret.)

Gary D. Lakin is a retired Coast Guard Captain, and a current Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. While at Booz Allen, Gary has worked a variety of analytical projects for the Coast Guard, including mission analyses, threat analyses, and research and development initiatives. During his 27-year Coast Guard career he served in a variety of operational and staff positions, specializing in afloat operations, maritime security, law enforcement, joint operations, and strategy and policy. Prior to retiring in 2012, he served as Chief of the Preparedness Division (LANT-5) at Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he oversaw Area operational planning, allocation, contingency planning, and exercises for nearly 2/3rds of Coast Guard operational forces. Prior to that, he was the Coast Guard liaison to U.S. Fleet Forces and the former U.S. Joint Forces Command, where he coordinated numerous initiatives of defense support to Coast Guard operations. His afloat time included 10 years on major cutters and LEDETs, including Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane (WMEC 903), and LEDET OIC during Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Just Cause. While serving on the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, Gary coordinated numerous post 9/11 national-level transportation security initiatives with Homeland Security and National Security staffs prior to the establishment of the Transportation Security Administration. Gary has Master of Arts degrees in Public Policy from The George Washington University, and National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his wife Allison and their three children.

Fredrick Peterson, Ph.D.

Professor Peterson was brought to Washington State University in 1990 as the first Chief Academic Officer of the Spokane campus. While in that position, he taught graduate courses on leadership as an overload. After more than a decade in that position, he chose to return to the faculty full time.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dr. Peterson co-directed national institutes on leadership conducted in the nation's capital under the auspices of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. These institutes featured prominent scholars of leadership and leaders with international reputations. Funded by the Henry R. Luce Foundation, the institutes significantly helped to establish leadership as a scholarly discipline.

He now teaches core courses on leadership, graduate and undergraduate, at both the Spokane and Pullman campuses. In addition, he teaches courses on Chinese civilization and on Western civilization in the Honors College, at the Pullman campus. He also teaches leadership in W.S.U.’s online Executive M.B.A. program, which is rated number one in the nation. Ethics is an important topic in every class that he teaches.

He is a member of the W.S.U. President's Teaching Academy.

Dean Joan P. Vestrand

Dean Joan Vestrand is the Associate Dean of Cooley Law School’s Ann Arbor campus and teaches Professional Responsibility. Dean Vestrand formerly served as the Assistant Dean of the school’s Auburn Hills campus. Dean Vestrand is the immediate past chair of the law school’s Department of Professional Responsibility. Upon her hire at Cooley in 2002 Dean Vestrand revamped the law school legal ethics curriculum and assisted in the development and implementation of numerous professionalism initiatives and programs there. In 2006, Cooley was awarded the American Bar Association’s E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award for its outstanding professionalism programs.

Dean Vestrand is a former ethics prosecutor having worked at both the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission and the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. Over a period that spanned more than a decade, she investigated and prosecuted hundreds of ethical violations against lawyers and judges throughout the state. After leaving ethics prosecution, Dean Vestrand became a partner and shareholder in the law firm Moore Vestrand and Pozehl, P.C. which concentrated its practice on defending lawyers in disciplinary matters, representing law students in state bar character and fitness proceedings, and the provision of expert testimony in legal malpractice cases.

Dean Vestrand is a former member of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly and past chair of both the State Bar Special Committee on Grievances and the State Bar Law Practice Management section. Dean Vestrand is a member of the State Bar Standing Committee on Character and Fitness serving as both a State Bar prosecutor and judge in bar admission proceedings. She also serves as a hearing panel member for the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board in lawyer disciplinary matters. Dean Vestrand is past chair of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and Law Related Education Committee and she serves as co-chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Law School Initiatives Committee.

Dean Vestrand is a named Fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism and was one of three national finalists for the 2006 Teaching Excellence Award sponsored by the ABA Center for Professionalism and the Commission on Chief Justices. She is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Michigan Bar Foundation and the Oakland County Bar Foundation. In 2007, Dean Vestrand was awarded the Oakland County Bar Association’s Frances R. Avendenka Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Legal Profession and the Community. In 2008, she received the State Bar of Michigan’s prestigious Champion of Justice Award in recognition of her work in the field of legal ethics and her programs to benefit underprivileged youth. In 2013, she was awarded the Eastern Leaders Group 2013 Leadership Award for a youth court program she designed. Recently, Dean Vestrand was named a 2014 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.