Craig E. Geis
Leading Human Factors Analyst, Craig E. Geis, (Lt. Colonel, US Army ret.) MBA, MA, is Co-Founder of California Training Institute. Craig has extensive background in error and risk management and is a Certified Force Science Analyst. LTC. Geis was a career army pilot, developed the military’s Crew Resource Management (CRM) training program to address human error, and is a former psychology instructor for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has served as adjunct faculty at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, University of Maryland, and the University of San Francisco, and as an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, providing instruction in numerous courses on Safety Management and Human Factors. Craig holds an M.A. in Psychology from Austin Peay State University, a B.A. in Management from C.W. Post College in New York, and an MBA in Management from Georgia Southern College. At the time of his military retirement, Lt. Col. Geis was the US Army’s Lead Safety Specialist in Aviation Human Factors.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the California Training Institute, Kathleen McCarthy has been administrating and directing the marketing plans for multiple law enforcement and aviation training programs throughout the United States and Europe for the past 16 years. She has an extensive background in business administration, conference facilitation, and event coordination, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University.
Certified Force Science Analyst, Blair Alexander, (Colonel US Army Ret.), M.B.A, is currently an Inspector with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Blair retired as a Lieutenant from Oakland PD (CA), where he served for over 20 years, holding positions as SWAT Tactical Commander & Entry Operator, Patrol Watch Commander & Supervisor, Violence Suppression Unit Commander, Internal Affairs Officer-Involved Shooting Investigator, Field Training Officer, and Departmental Range Master. Blair also retired as a Colonel (Infantry) from the US Army with 30 years of combined active & reserve service, including a deployment to Iraq as a member of the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY (BS – 81), Santa Clara University in CA (MBA – 92), and the US Army War College in PA (Masters of Strategic Studies – 05).
Certified Force Science Analyst Dave Blake, M.Sc., C.C.I., is a retired police officer and consultant/expert witness on Police Practices, UOF, and Human Factors Science. He is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, a Police Academy Instructor, and a Force Options Simulator Instructor at a large regional training center. Dave has instructor certifications in Force Options Simulator, Firearms, DT, and Reality Based Training. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management and a MSc in Psychology and is presently a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology. He is a Certified Criminal Investigator with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. Dave is a published author on use of force /human factors in both peer-reviewed journals and police periodicals, and he has a recurring column in PoliceOne entitled, “The Science of Training.”
Certified Force Encounters Analyst Mike Tosti is a nationally recognized LE instructor with over 20 years of training credentials and a 28-year law enforcement veteran. In addition to his work with CTI, Mike is a National Lead Instructor for Police Technical LLC, instructing on innovative strategies to combat criminal activity occurring within social space. Mr. Tosti retired as the Investigative Bureau Lieutenant from Santa Rosa PD in CA and previously held tenure with LAPD assigned to the prestigious OWB C.R.A.S.H. Unit, and the Special Problems Unit. He has experience as a FTO, Narcotics and Homicide Detective, Hostage Negotiator, SWAT Commander, K9 Sergeant and Motor Officer, and supervised a DEA Task Force targeting transnational drug trafficking organizations. Mike is Veteran of the United States Army, Sergeant Airborne Infantryman, stationed in Panmunjom, Korea. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California Coast University and holds a Secret Security Clearance with certifications in Enhanced Threat and Risk Assessment, Field Force Command and Planning, National Incident Management, Incident Command System, Advanced Critical Infrastructure, and Terrorism Liaison Officer.
Jim Schnabl, MPA
Certified Force Science Analyst, James Schnabl, M.P.A. has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. He serves as Deputy Chief for the Santa Ana Police Department where he currently commands the Administration and Support Bureau including the Department’s Training Division. His previous command experience includes Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.), Field Operations and Investigations. Additionally, he was the Commander of a multiagency task force, the Regional Narcotics Suppression Program (RNSP). As an officer, detective and sergeant, Jim has held positions in Directed Patrol, Field Training, S.W.A.T., Narcotics and Crimes Against Persons (CAP). During his ten years as a narcotics investigator Jim worked for six years undercover and flew surveillance aircraft for an additional 4 years, logging over 1,800 flight hours. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne and a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI Class 209), the California Peace Officers Standards in Training (P.O.S.T.) Command College (Class 49) and the FBI National Academy (Class 254). Jim’s Command College article, Reinventing the Police Report for the 21st Century: Are Video Police Reports the Answer? was published in Police Chief Magazine (September 2012).