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Lisa Bedford Carter
Administrative Asst. III, Criminal Justice Department
Criminal Justice Department Chair
Faculty and Staff
Gerald “G.W.” Hildebrand, Department Chair/Professor
Inspector Gerald W. (“GW”) Hildebrand always knew what he wanted in a job: action, variety, and the opportunity to contribute to society through service. His 30-year career in law enforcement proved to be even more exciting and satisfying than he had hoped it would be.
After joining the Texas Department of Public Safety in 1977, he progressed from highway patrol officer to sergeant before being appointed to the Texas Rangers in 1987. He served as a Texas Ranger for 17 years and was placed in charge of the elite governor’s protective detail from 1991 to 1995, serving as head of security for Governor Ann Richards. He retired in 2004 with the rank of Captain/Inspector and still carries his Special Texas Ranger commission.
Inspector Hildebrand is an FBI-certified criminal profiler and a full fellow with the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (ICIAF). He was the Texas Ranger profiler for seven years and has investigated, consulted on, and reviewed over 2500 violent crimes throughout his career.
Lifelong learning has been an integral part of his success. After attending Texarkana Community College, Inspector Hildebrand went on to earn a BS in Criminal Justice from Lamar University and an MS in Criminal Justice from Southwest Texas State University. He graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 1992 and received his FBI & ICIAF Criminal Investigative Profiling certification in 2000. He has completed over 60 specialized training courses in advanced topics in law enforcement and criminal investigation.
Inspector Hildebrand began teaching at ACC in 1989 and has been chair of the Criminal Justice Department since 2004. In the classroom, he shares his own experiences to illustrate academic points and help students understand the real-life applications of policing theory.
Frederick “Dale” Toler, Professor
Dale Toler was an engineering major in college until circumstances in his life opened a door into law enforcement. He considered this a temporary move at the time, but looking back at his 25 years with the Austin Police department, he believes no other job could have been more progressive, rewarding or challenging.
Dale spent nine years as SWAT Team Leader and four years as a Bomb Technician, continually expanding his knowledge to develop new tactics to advance the profession. His background provides students with insight into the more advanced technical aspects of law enforcement.
Dale sees the collaboration of ideas and achievements as central to both law enforcement and teaching. He shares his natural inclination to improve and learn with his students, encouraging them to gain the knowledge and confidence they need to trust themselves and succeed.
Dale holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Edward’s University, and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University.
Dale’s family has been involved in Texas law enforcement since the 1930’s. His father, Fred Toler, was the second Executive Director of TCLEOSE (now TCOLE) from 1972 – 1994; Dale is proud to have his father’s signature on his Basic Peace Officer Certificate.
Julie Vieyra, Professor
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Bridget Lott, Adjunct Professor
Bridget has dedicated her life to serving others as a law enforcement professional, college educator, and community volunteer. Not wanting be tied down to an office job, she was drawn to law enforcement by the excitement of the field and the ability to make a real difference in people’s lives.
In her 30 years as a member of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Bridget rode motorcycles, rappelled from a helicopter, responded to civil disturbances and riots, and assisted with protection of the US President. She worked in offices throughout the state in field and administrative assignments, earning promotions through all ranks from officer to Chief.
In addition to holding a master’s degree in Justice Studies, Bridget is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the California Leadership Institute.
Helping others succeed is her passion. She has been instructing law enforcement personnel for more than 20 years, teaching various courses to all ranks and classifications and helping hundreds of CHP personnel succeed on their promotional exams. In December 2013, Bridget retired from CHP in order to focus her attention on teaching. She has been teaching in ACC’s Criminal Justice department since 2014.
Bridget comes from a loving Catholic family with 8 brothers and sisters and awesome parents. She has a partner of 20 years. When not spending free time with family or volunteering with community groups, she enjoys running, hiking, gardening, and reading.
Dexter Jones, Adjunct Professor
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Felecia Williams-Dennis, Adjunct Professor
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James Molloy, Adjunct Professor
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Jim Molloy is a professional public safety instructor who enjoys working with students and public safety professionals to prepare them to better serve their communities. With over 40 years of experience in law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical service, Jim has real-world experience, allowing him to connect with the audience while sharing knowledge gained from “working the streets.”
Jim has served as a Firefighter/EMT with the El Paso Fire Department, a Public Safety Lieutenant with the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Department of Public Safety, a Traffic/Accident Investigation Officer and Tactical Team Operator with the Arlington Texas Police Department, and a Sergeant with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
As the Commander of DFW’s Hazardous Incident Response team, he developed training and policy for hazardous materials and rescue operations. As regional training officer for TABC and the lead Sergeant for the Special Response Team, he was tasked with developing training, selection standards, and policies for 39 counties in central Texas.
Jim’s certifications and licenses include Master Peace Officer, Instructor Proficiency, Firearms Instructor, and Advanced EMT. He has well over 5000 hours of documented law enforcement training including multiple instructor certifications in emergency vehicle operations, force on force training, and active threat training.
He holds an AAS in Business from Tarrant County College, a BAAS in Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning from the University of North Texas, and an MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University.
Jerry Kovar, Adjunct Professor
Jerry Kovar’s strong sense of duty to his community and his country has been a constant throughout his life. After two tours of active duty in the Marine Corps, Jerry joined the Travis County Sheriff’s office as a Corrections Officer in 1991, where he was promoted through the ranks to his current position of Lieutenant.
His duties have included serving as Commander of the Corrections Tactical Team (jail SWAT), Deputy Director of the Sheriff’s Training Academy and Commander of the central booking and downtown jail facilities.
Jerry is a Certified Jail Manager (AJA), a Certified Corrections Executive (ACA) and a recipient of the FBI LEEDA Trilogy Award. He holds TCOLE licenses as a Master Peace Officer, Master Jailer, Instructor and Firearms Instructor and has also been a Senior Master Instructor for TASER International. After 20 years of faithful service to our country, First Sergeant Kovar retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Drawn to teaching by a desire to have a positive influence on future criminal justice professionals, Jerry shares with his students his passion for lifelong learning. He earned his AAS in Criminal Justice from ACC in 2004 and went on to earn his BAAS and MSCJ degrees within the next four years, while continuing to work full-time. In 2009, he attended the 237th Session of the FBI National Academy, and he continues to pursue leadership education in corrections and law enforcement. Jerry is a co-creator of the Sheriff’s Institute for Ethical Leadership Development Program and currently serves as a leadership instructor.
He enjoys learning from his students, who keep him connected to the changing values and attitudes of the next generation. In his free time, Jerry enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.
Joseph Stan, Adjunct Professor
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Joe Stan has never been one to stand on the sidelines. He’s been a semi-pro football player, a rodeo bull rider, an assistant hockey coach with the Austin Ice Bats, and is a martial arts practitioner with a third-degree Black belt.
His drive to stay engaged fueled his 18-years of progressive service with the Travis County Sheriff’s office law enforcement division. Before retiring in 2000 with the rank of Lieutenant, he served as a patrol officer, field training officer, academy instructor, and SWAT sniper and entry team member. He was the first full-time SWAT Sergeant with the sheriff’s department and was part of an initial response team at the Branch Davidian compound raid in Waco.
Joe started the Travis County Sheriff’s office initial gang unit and developed or introduced many of the programs he taught at the sheriff’s department, including Defensive Tactics, police nunchaku certification, and Health and Wellness unit services.
His certifications include FBI Firearms Instructor, TCOLE Instructor, US Navy Instructor, SWAT Instructor, Sniper Certification and Instructor, International Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Hecklor and Koch Sub Machine Gun Instructor. He served for eight years with the US Naval Reserve and holds a Master-at-Arms rating.
Joe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education with a Criminal Justice Minor. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, where he studied psychological profiling.
In addition to teaching at ACC since 2004, Joe is a real estate agent and broker with his own company and is the owner of Muscle Cars of Austin. Joe spends his free time with his wife of 14 years and their 2-year-old daughter, Dylan.
Michael Martinez, Adjunct Professor
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Mike is a retired Austin Police officer with over 29 years of service. Having worked 16 years on patrol, Mike has the training and real-world experience to help students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in law enforcement. His 13 years on the Austin Police Department SWAT team gave him extensive knowledge of law enforcement weapon systems, tactics, threat assessment, and raid planning.
Mike also has experience as an armorer and firearms instructor and years of international experience with the private sector, training individuals in the nuances of personal protection, dignitary protection, martial arts, tactical driving, and firearms.
Mike holds certificates in firearms instruction, chemical munitions systems, electronic devices, distraction devices, combat medic, rappel master, and hostage rescue. Mike has assisted in the development and instruction of basic SWAT schools, active shooter training, and patrol rifle school and has a practical understanding of the critical elements needed for small teams to work together successfully.
As an adjunct faculty member for the past 14 years with the Criminal Justice department, Mike is dedicated to the success of our students. Besides teaching classes, Mike is a member of the ACC Public Safety Training Center management development team responsible for developing procedures and safety protocols for the firing range, force on force warehouse, EVOC and defensive tactics.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Criminal Justice from St. Edward’s University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas State University.
Renearl Bowie, Adjunct Professor
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Robert Gideon, Adjunct Professor
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Skylor Hearn, Adjunct Associate Professor
Skylor is an active law enforcement officer with over 25 years of experience, currently serving as a Deputy Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Skylor began his law enforcement career with the Beaumont Police Department in 1992 and moved to DPS in 1994. He brings a unique blend of experience to the classroom, having worked in both urban and rural patrol and investigation environments.
Since joining DPS, Skylor has served as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper, Narcotics Agent, and Texas Ranger. He has seen most of Texas, having been stationed in the Amarillo area, Lufkin area, Beaumont/Port Arthur, San Antonio, McAllen, El Paso, and Austin. Skylor also held previous DPS executive leadership positions including Regional Commander and two Division Director roles.
Skylor has experience in criminal interdiction, crash investigations, undercover operations, complex criminal organization investigations, high profile criminal investigations, public corruption investigations, courtroom testimony and Texas/Mexico border security operations. As a Texas Ranger, Skylor was also a court-recognized expert in Blood Stain Pattern analysis.
Skylor holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science and a Master of Criminal Justice from Lamar University. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, the FBI National Academy, and the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police. Skylor also completed the Texas Governor’s Executive Development Program through the University of Texas and the Texas Certified Public Manager program through Texas State University.
Criminal Justice Advisory Committee
Beth Smith, Judge
Hayes County Justice of the Peace
Former ACC CRJ Student
Tiffany Curnutt, Travis County Sheriff’s Office IT
G.W. Hildebrand, ACC CRJ Department Chair
30 years Police Experience, DPS/Texas Rangers
16 years ACC instructor
Roger Leathers, CRJ Adjunct Instructor – Retired
Retired DPS. Has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement positions including DPS Recruit School Coordinator. Former Department Chair for ACC CRJ Program.
Earl Pearson, President Pearson Security Services
Has 30 years experience in DPS. Highway Patrol and Texas Rangers. Former Chief of Texas Rangers.
Fred “Dale” Toler, Retired Sr. Sergeant and ACC CRJ Professor
25 years experience with Austin PD including SWAT, Bomb Squad, Hostage Negotiations and patrol