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., is a court certified expert witness in Use of Force and Human Factors. He is currently a Psychology Doctoral Candidate after having completed graduate and undergraduate degree programs in criminal justice and psychology. Dave’s law enforcement instructor certifications include: Force Options Simulator, Firearms, Arrest & Control, and Reality Based Training. He has held positions in SWAT, Training, Gangs, Narcotics, and Patrol, as well as consulted with California POST as a subject matter expert on use of force. Dave is a published author in professional periodicals and peer-reviewed journals on topics including Human Factors, Use of Force, and Body Worn Cameras. He has a recurring column in PoliceOne Magazine entitled, “The Science of Training.”
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).
Doug McGeachy, DPA
Certified Force Science Analyst Douglas McGeachy, D.P.A. has over 25 years of law enforcement experience and is currently a Deputy Chief for the Santa Ana Police Department where he commands the Investigations Bureau. He previously served as Deputy Chief of the Field Operations Bureau where he oversaw the Department’s largest and most visible command of police officers. Doug has command level experience in the Training, Traffic, and Patrol Divisions and the Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team. Deputy Chief McGeachy is a recipient of the Santa Ana Police Department’s Medal of Valor and Purple Heart as well as the Award of Valor from the California Peace Officers Association. In addition to his work with the California Training Institute, Doug also holds adjunct teaching positions at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Academy and the Golden West College S.W.A.T. Academy. Deputy Chief McGeachy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration from California Baptist University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of La Verne, and a Doctor of Public Administration from the University of La Verne. His dissertation titled Managing Risk in Local Law Enforcement: Leadership Perspectives on Policy, Training, Performance, and Communication focused on law enforcement risk management efforts at the operational level. Doug served in the United States Marine Corps for six years and has seven years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician.