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., CCI., is currently an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, a Police Academy Instructor, and a Force Options Simulator Instructor at a large regional training center. His policing experience includes positions in; SWAT, Field Training, Gangs, Narcotics, Supervision, and Use of Force Training. Dave has instructor certifications in: Force Options Simulator, Firearms, DT, and Reality Based Training. He is a published author in several periodicals and journals including a quarterly column with PoliceOne online magazine entitled; “The Science of Training.” Dave’s 8 year service in the USAF included deployments in support of Operations Restore Hope and Desert Storm. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management and a Masters of Science in Psychology. He is a Certified Criminal Investigator with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. Dave provides consulting/expert witness services on police practices (use of force) and human factors.
Nationally recognized LE instructor Mike Tosti is a 28-year law enforcement veteran, with over 20 years of training credentials. He retired out of Santa Rosa PD as the Investigative Bureau Lieutenant 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 an FTO, Narcotics and Homicide Detective, Hostage Negotiator, SWAT Commander, K9 Sergeant and Motor Officer. Mike also supervised a DEA Task Force targeting transnational drug trafficking organizations. In addition to his instruction duties for CTI he teaches courses in undercover investigations in social space and a Narcotics Unit Commander Course. Mike is Veteran of the US Army and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California Coast University.
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).