After Action Review Team

Principal Investigator

Trevor Brown

Dr. Trevor L. Brown is a faculty member and dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University. Dr. Brown is an expert in how governments organize to deliver public services. He has performed research on how local law enforcement organizations contract to acquire the goods and services they need to perform their mission. As dean, he oversees an interdisciplinary public affairs program with scholars who investigate an array of research questions, including around policing, law enforcement, and race.

Lead Investigator

Carter Stewart

Carter Stewart is a Managing Director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation where he plays a lead role in sourcing new investments in dynamic nonprofits and social enterprises. He also works with the leadership of those organizations as an operating partner and board member as they grow to build capacity and maximize impact. Prior to joining DRK, Carter served as the presidentially-appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio where he oversaw federal prosecutions and civil litigation.

Project Manager

Beth Frey

Beth Frey is a Project Manager at The Ohio State University, currently managing the second round of Ohio State Alliance for the American Dream challenge and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Review of the Columbus Police Department. With a B.A. from Miami University and a M.A. in Public Affairs from The Ohio State University, Beth has over 15 years of event and project management experience including managing large undergraduate admissions events at Ohio State and a statewide marketing effort for Ohio 4-H that received first place, twice, in a national contest to engage alumni.

Investigative Team

Peggy Corn

Peggy Corn graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1971 and moved to Columbus with her husband that same year. She taught high school English for four and a half years before going on to graduate school Ohio State, where she earned a Ph.D. in English and taught as a teaching assistant and lecturer. She entered law school at Ohio State in 1986. After graduating in 1989, clerked for Ohio Supreme Court Justice Craig Wright, and practiced as a litigator at a law firm and then for 20 years as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General. She retired in 2014.

Gerald Ferguson

Mr. Ferguson retired from the practice of law in 2017. During his career, he was a partner at Vorys and member of the litigation group, with over three decades representing clients in commercial litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property matters. He was first chair in well over a hundred trials, including over fifty jury trials. He served as a court appointed mediator in numerous federal court actions and was named to Best Lawyers in America on multiple occasions.

Anthony Pierson

Anthony Pierson is a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Ohio Attorney General. He currently serves in the Special Prosecutions Section where he prosecutes major crimes throughout the State of Ohio. His cases and investigations included murders, officer involved uses of force, and improper conduct by law enforcement officers. Prior to joining the Office of Attorney General, Anthony served as a prosecutor with the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office where he was a member of the Gang Unit. Anthony has also served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Ohio Department of Youth Services, where he led the agency through multiple class action lawsuits and reform of Ohio’s juvenile prison.

Lynn Readey

Lynn retired from The Ohio State University in 2018 having served first as Deputy General Counsel and then AVP of Facilities, Operations and Development. Her past professional experiences include serving as Chief of the Education and Court of Claims Defense Sections in the Ohio Attorney General’s office, and private practice of law in Dayton, Ohio. She is an Air Force Veteran.

Kyle Strickland

Kyle Strickland is the Senior Legal Analyst at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity. His research focuses on issues related to race and the criminal justice system, civic engagement, and education policy. In addition, Kyle leads the coordination of My Brother’s Keeper Ohio, a statewide network that helps provide educational and community opportunities for boys and young men of color.

Prior to joining Kirwan, Kyle earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as Student Body President. Kyle, a native of Columbus, earned his B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University.

Mike Zuckerman

Michael Zuckerman is an attorney and Skadden Fellow at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC). As part of OJPC’s Second Chance Project, he provides legal services to help people with past criminal convictions reintegrate into the community and build flourishing lives. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as a student attorney with the Criminal Justice Institute and as president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating, he clerked for Judge Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Advisory Committee

Osei Appiah

Dr. Appiah, Professor, School of Communication, The Ohio State University, is a renowned communication and race scholar who has written and lectured about the impact of strategic communication messages in media on ethnic minorities, and the role stereotypes play on intergroup interaction. Dr. Appiah was former Chair of the Department of Advertising at Temple University, and has served as Head of the Advertising Division of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC). He has won teaching awards and several research paper awards.

Dr. Appiah holds a B.A. in communication from Santa Clara University, an M.S. in communication from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in communication from Stanford University.

Daniel Baker

As a post-doctoral scholar at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Daniel studies leadership, organizational culture, and policing. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. In addition to his research, Daniel also teaches courses in Criminal Justice Policy, Management, and Policy Writing at the graduate and undergraduate level. Daniel also holds a B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Appalachian State University.

Richard Biehl

Richard Biehl has served 42 years in public and community safety. He currently is the Chief of Police of the Dayton (OH) Police Department. He was appointed to this position on January 28, 2008.

Prior to his appointment as Police Chief, he served nearly 25 years as a member of the Cincinnati Division, with the last six years of his career as an Assistant Police Chief. During his tenure as an Assistant Police Chief, he commanded the Investigations Bureau and the Administration Bureau. His principle areas of responsibility included Internal Investigations, Planning & Special Projects, Youth Services, Criminal Investigation, General Vice Control, and Intelligence.

Lorenzo M. Boyd

Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized leader in police-community relations and an authority on urban policing. He served for 14 years as a Sheriff’s Deputy in Boston. Dr. Boyd is the vice president for diversity & inclusion at the University of New Haven, is the former director of the Center for Advanced Policing and builds bridges between the police and the community. A former president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Science (ACJS) and a life member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Dr. Boyd has appeared on local, regional, and national media outlets to discuss policing in the aftermath of high-profile cases. He received his Ph.D. from Northeastern University, his M.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.

Lynda Garcia

Lynda Garcia is the policing campaign director at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund. In this role, she oversees the New Era of Public Safety initiative to promote fair, safe and effective policing through collaborative reform. Before joining the Leadership Conference, Garcia served as a trial attorney in the Special Litigation Section in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where she conducted pattern-or-practice investigations of law enforcement agencies and enforced consent decrees. Prior to the Civil Rights Division, Garcia worked at the ACLU national office and the ACLU of New Jersey challenging discriminatory police practices in communities of color. In her role as a civil rights attorney and policing expert, Garcia has worked collaboratively with communities and police officials across the country. She has testified before Congress on best practices in policing and for congressional briefings to promote a new era of public safety and advance 21st century best practice in policing.

Garcia graduated summa cum laude from Hunter College and cum laude from Fordham Law School. After law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge John Gleeson in the Eastern District of New York.

Kelly Garrett

Kelly Garrett (PhD, University of Michigan) is a Professor of Communication at the Ohio State University. His research interests include the study of online political communication, online news, and the ways in which citizens and activists use new technologies to shape their engagement with contentious political topics. His work has been supported by Social Science One, Facebook, and the National Science Foundation, and has been published in journals such as PLOS One, Journal of Communication, Political Communication, and the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, among others. You can read more about his research at

Russell Hassan

Russell S. Hassan is an associate professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. His teaching and research interests are leadership, diversity and inclusion, and organizational behavior. For the past five years, Dr. Hassan has been conducting research on these topics in law enforcement organizations. His research appears regularly in leading public affairs journals. Dr. Hassan is an elected member of the Ohio State University Senate.

Tamara Herold

Tamara D. Herold (formerly Madensen) is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Graduate Director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also serves as a consultant for the University of Cincinnati/International Association of Chiefs of Police – Center for Police Research and Policy. She received her Ph.D. with an emphasis in Crime Prevention from the University of Cincinnati. She uses the crime science perspective to study the criminological impact of the design and management of places, as well as crowd and neighborhood dynamics associated with violence.

Savalas Kidd

Savalas Kidd is the Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police. Chief Kidd has over 25 years of law enforcement experience.

Before coming to UD, Kidd served 12 years in the Ohio attorney general's office where he most recently was an assistant special-agent-in-charge leading statewide unit operations for crimes against children, cybercrimes and human trafficking. From 1995 to 2002, he worked for Springfield and Miami townships in the Cincinnati area as a patrol officer, detective and a community-oriented police officer.

Kidd has received awards or recognition from the Ohio governor's office, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Ohio attorney general's office, and the Ohio House of Representatives. At UD, he has been part of several community policing initiatives that helped UD Public Safety garner the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Award for Innovations in Community Policing in 2018.

Christy Lopez

Christy E. Lopez is a Professor from Practice at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. She teaches courses on policing and criminal procedure and co-directs Georgetown’s Innovative Policing Program, including the Police for Tomorrow Fellowship and the ABLE (Active Bystandership in Law Enforcement) Project. She currently is co-chair of the Washington D.C. Police Reform Commission. She also is a Fellow on the American Law Institute (ALI) Principles of Law, Policing, Project.

Mary McCord

Mary McCord is Legal Director at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. At ICAP, McCord leads a team that brings constitutional impact litigation at all levels of the federal and state courts across a wide variety of areas including First Amendment rights, immigration, criminal justice reform, and combating the rise of private paramilitaries.

Jonathan Peters

Jonathan Peters is an Ohio native and a First Amendment and media law professor at the University of Georgia, with faculty appointments in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Law. He is the press freedom correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review, and he has blogged about free assembly for the Harvard Law Review. His research has appeared in the Harvard Law & Policy Review and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, among others, and he's a coauthor of the textbook The Law of Public Communication, now in its 11th edition. Two years ago, he completed a project on press rights at peaceful assemblies in Europe, in which he helped to develop guidelines clarifying such rights that the Council of Europe later adopted. And last year, he completed a project to help inform the U.N. Human Rights Committee’s drafting of an authoritative interpretation of a treaty provision guaranteeing the right of peaceful assembly.

Alandes Powell

Alandes Powell joined Fifth Third Bank October 2018 and is responsible for Controls supporting the various Lines of Business in Operations.

Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Alandes served as Senior Vice-President and Director at Citi Cards, a division of Citigroup, where she was responsible for the strategic development and oversight of a Portfolio within Cards Retail Services

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Powell attended Fort Valley University an HBCU located in Fort Valley, GA. Alandes and her husband, Gordon are the proud parents of three children; 37 year-old daughter; Kendra (Atlanta, GA), 32 year old son; Damonte (Cincinnati Fireman) and 21 year old son; Julian (Clark Atlanta University).

Julio Thompson

Julio Thompson is an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Vermont Attorney General, where he serves as Director of the Office's Civil Rights Unit, which enforces the state’s hate crimes and anti-discrimination laws. He also serves as hate crimes instructor for the Vermont Police Academy. Outside of his work for the State of Vermont, Julio has nearly 30 years’ experience in the field of policing review and reform, including work on several federal consent decrees. His areas of emphasis have included use of force, tactics, training, fair and impartial policing, accountability, and leadership.

Support Team

Fred Alverson

Mr. Alverson served for almost 20 years as Public Information Officer, Law Enforcement Coordinator and Community Outreach Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. During that time, he built effective communications between the office and the multiple constituencies they serve. He was selected to chair the Law Enforcement Coordinators’ Working Group for the U.S. Department of Justice and in 2015, he received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance in Public Information.

His career also includes service to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio Governor’s Office, the Ohio Department of Commerce, Columbus City Council, and The Ohio State University, in addition to employment in the private sector as a strategist, instructor and advisor.

Trained and experienced as a journalist and a writer, he focuses on development of transparent media messages that can persuade, explain and enlighten.

Married to Kim Alverson for more than 30 years, he is the proud father of three grown sons and volunteers with several community groups including as a reader on VoiceCorps, which provides audio services to the blind, have low vision or other conditions that prevent reading

Shelby Hoffman

Shelby Hoffman (she/her) is a second year student in the John Glenn College’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and is serving as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) on this project. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies from DePaul University in Chicago. Outside of the classroom, she has been active volunteer in the sexual violence crisis response community and brings a trauma-informed perspective to her work.

Mitch Isler

Mitchell Isler is a second-year student in the Master of Public Administration Program at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. After receiving his degree, Mitch hopes to work to solve systemic problems through policy research. He has briefly worked in government advocacy, nonprofit career assistance, public relations, and political campaigning. Prior to attending the Ohio State University, he studied political science and economics at the University of Cincinnati. He has been honored as an Ohio State University Fellow, a Cincinnatus Excellence Scholar, and a National Merit Scholar.

Ryan Knighton

Website Developer

Carrie Mayer

Carrie Mayer is a second-year law student at the Moritz College of Law. Carrie has twelve years’ experience as a military officer where she has served in various capacities in the Army and the special operations community. Prior to the military, Carrie studied International Affairs at George Washington University. She has been honored as a Moritz Merit Scholar and a Tillman Foundation Scholar.

Nick Ramser

Database Management