Executive Fellows

Chief Deanna Cantrell

Deanna started with the San Luis Obispo Police Department as the Chief of Police on January 4, 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was with the Mesa, Arizona Police Department for 21 years, with her last assignment as the Assistant Chief of the Administrative Services Bureau where she oversaw Fiscal, Supply, Fleet, Police Information Technology, Communications, Records and the Forensics Lab. Deanna served as the Deputy Chief of Special Operations, Patrol Commander, Internal Affairs Lieutenant and Sergeant, Gang and Patrol Lieutenant, and many other positions within the police department, including time spent as a Motor officer in Traffic and several Special Operations positions.

Deanna has consistently reduced harm in her communities by increasing public safety and trust through data-driven, intelligence-led policing, as well as significant community engagement and participation. She started the Police And Community Together (PACT) Board and Policing Education And Community Engagement (PEACE) program since moving to SLO. She served on the NAACP Legal Redress Committee, the Muslim Police Advisory Board, and was chair of the Human Rights Forum in Mesa. She served as the chair of the diversity and peer support teams and was the department’s Subject Matter Expert for constitutional matters regarding search and seizure.  Deanna was an advisor and briefly served as the Chair of the Arizona Women’s Initiative Network (AZ-WIN) serving to increase the number of women in policing. Deanna is now the chair of the Criminal Justice Administrators Association for SLO County, serves on the YMCA board, the Homeless Services Outreach Committee, the Hancock Academy board, and is on the Changing the Narrative Committee with the California Police Chiefs Association.

Deanna holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education and a Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University. She is a graduate of Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Policing Organizations. Deanna is an adjunct faculty member for Northwestern University teaching policy, contemporary policing, and executive image.


Major David Dalton

Major David Dalton has nearly twenty-five years of law enforcement experience with both the Auburndale (Florida) Police Department and the Clearwater (Florida) Police Department. He began his career with the Clearwater Police Department in 1996 and ultimately served within the Department’s Old Clearwater Bay Neighborhood Policing Team and within the agency’s Detective Division, first as a Crimes Against Children and Families (Sex Crimes) Detective and later as a Homicide Detective.

As a sergeant, Major Dalton held supervisory positions as a Patrol Team Sergeant, Patrol Support Team Sergeant, and Internal Affairs Investigator, while assuming additional responsibility as the Department’s Accreditation Manager. As a Lieutenant, Major Dalton held positions as the Assistant Commander of the Support Services Division, Assistant Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, and as the Clearwater Beach District Commander, where, during his two years of assignment to this position, he was twice selected as the Clearwater Beach Chamber’s “Citizen of the Year.”

Major Dalton is currently assigned as the Support Services Division Commander of the Clearwater Police Department, with oversight of numerous functions including: personnel, training, budget/fiscal management, property/evidence, and communications. Major Dalton possesses extensive experience in investigations, training, recruitment, policy development, accreditation, community/neighborhood policing, and technology implementation.

Major Dalton has been recognized for his commitment to research driven principles, civic engagement, and community partnerships. He maintains strong relationships with research institutions, such as the University of South Florida, Department of Criminology. In 2016, he was inducted into the University of South Florida’s Department of Criminology Wall of Fame for Distinguished Alumni.

Major Dalton holds both a BA in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, Session #50, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Unit Commander Academy, and the Florida Police Chief’s Association Future Law Enforcement Executive course.

Major Dalton resides in Tampa, Florida, with his wife Anna, who is a Pediatric Cardiologist, and their son.

Chief Christopher Catren

Christopher R. Catren was selected as the Chief of Police for the City of Redlands on December 20, 2017. He leads a progressive group of 84 sworn officers, 31 full-time and 17 part-time professional staff, and nearly 100 volunteers. The department serves approximately 70,000 residents across nearly 40 square miles. Redlands Police Department is a full-service, municipal police department comprised of teams who perform functions such a patrol, investigations, communications, traffic, K-9, SWAT, and multiple enforcement and community policing activities. The department has a history of utilizing technology to improve its delivery of services to the community.

Chief Catren began his career in law enforcement in 1994 with the Redlands Police Department as its first crime analyst. In this role, he quickly learned the value of transforming data into information to further the department’s prevention, intervention and suppression activities. In 1996, Chief Catren became a sworn police officer and worked his way through the ranks to include assignments as an investigator, training officer, field supervisor, detective and sergeant. His supervisory positions included investigations, patrol, field training coordinator and Reserve Police Officer coordinator. In 2007, Chief Catren was promoted Lieutenant and managed the Investigative Services Bureau, the Patrol Services Bureau and the Special Operations Bureau during his tenure. He was promoted to Commander in 2013, and oversaw each of the department’s divisions before promoting to the position of Chief of Police.

Chief Catren possesses a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino.  He also earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the same institution.  He graduated from the California POST Command College in 2012.

Chief Catren is a member of the California Police Chief’s Association and represents the association on the Statewide Data Sharing Task Force and as a member of the Technology Committee.

Dan Merkle

Dan is a lifelong learner motivated by helping to find solutions to the complex challenges facing public safety today.  He is the founding CEO and Chairman of Lexipol, a leading policy and training systems provider.  The Company was built on the premise that wide spread professional collaboration and a continuous improvement discipline would elevate all participants’ knowledge and safety.  Under Dan’s leadership, the Company developed one of the first Software as a Service (SaaS) technology platforms to reach thousands of public safety agencies effectively.  The Company was sold in 2014 to a private equity company allowing Dan to retire.  Or so he thought.

In 2016, Dan was asked to lead a group to deploy the Veritone Artificial Intelligence platform on a secure gov-cloud environment serving governmental agencies.  The technology creates a common operating platform for multiple cognitive engines to create actionable intelligence from unstructured private and public data such as audio and video media.  This allows efficient review of what is becoming an avalanche of data coming into agencies.  He served as President of Veritone Public Safety until the Company successfully concluded an IPO on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

He has been a regular presenter on emerging topics and technology to IACP, DOJ COPS, FBINAA, State Chiefs and Sheriffs Associations, and JPA risk sharing consortiums. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors including a role as Vice Chairman at REI.

Dan is an Eagle Scout, received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Chapman University, was granted a certificate from Harvard Graduate School of Business in Corporate Governance, and earned a 100 ton USCG Master License with sail endorsement.  Dan and his wife live on the Puget Sound with two very happy Labradors.

Captain Ivonne Roman

Ivonne Roman earned a Master of Public Administration with Distinction from Rutgers-Camden and was their recipient of the Public Policy Department Student Achievement Award for 2017.  Ivonne has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement, having served as the Chief of Police in Newark, NJ.  She ascended through the ranks, serving in various operational positions, such as internal affairs investigator, precinct commander, and chief of detectives for the criminal investigations bureau.  She received the Director’s Award in 2008 for her work as the commander of the Gangs and Narcotics Bureau and received the Chief’s Award in 2012 as commander of the 2nd precinct.  She was a member of Newark’s Consent Decree negotiation team in 2015. She is a Certified Public Manager and completed Labor Relations certification through Rutgers University.

Ivonne is a PhD candidate at Rutgers-Camden studying the intersections of policing, public affairs and community building.  She has established a Women’s Leadership Academy (WLA) within the Newark Police Superior Officers’ Association.  The WLA mentors women interested in a career in law enforcement to increase retention of female recruits in the police academy. The WLA also offers advanced professional training opportunities for female officers interested in promotional advancement within the Newark Police Department.  Ivonne is a National Institute of Justice LEADS Scholar (Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science), class of 2016, and is an executive board member of the American Society for Evidence-Based Policing.

Chief Ken Savano

Police Chief Savano began his career with the Petaluma Police Department on August 15, 1994. His first two assignments on the street included foot patrol and bicycle patrol in downtown Petaluma. Very early in his career, he was recognized as a law enforcement leader. As an officer with only two years on, he was selected to coordinate and implement the Department’s first full-time Traffic Safety Program. Within two years, he pursued grant funding and created a Traffic Safety Program that expanded to include a Motorcycle Team and DUI enforcement strategies that became one of the highest acclaimed law enforcement programs in the county.

Police Chief Savano’s dedication and commitment to public safety and his personal character earned him recognition as Officer of the Year in 1998. In 1999, he was selected to join the Motorcycle Team and continued his efforts to reduce fatal and injury collisions. He was also selected to join the Crisis Response Unit in 1999, performing a vital role as crisis negotiator in the field on critical incidents.

Police Chief Savano was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and served as a patrol team supervisor and as the supervisor of the Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT). His contributions as HNT Sergeant resulted in team development and readiness that was recognized by law enforcement agencies throughout the region.

Police Chief Savano also served as the supervisor of the Police Canine Program. While supervising both specialty teams, he managed the annual Police Canine Competition and the annual HNT Community Golf Tournament. His commitment to our Department and our community ultimately earned him an assignment as the Motor Sergeant for our Traffic Team in 2008.

As Sergeant of the Traffic Team, Police Chief Savano earned some of the most significant recognition of his career. He and his team earned many formal commendations and awards from the International Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Challenge, the California Law Enforcement Challenge, the California Office of Traffic Safety, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). These recognitions from regional, state and the national level continued for each one of the six years he served as the Traffic Sergeant. Police Chief Savano and his team led the “AVOID the 13” Sonoma County DUI Task Force for six years and his team was responsible for developing the most innovative and effective DUI reduction strategies in the state and across the country. Those enforcement and education strategies reduced fatal and injury alcohol-involved collisions county-wide by more than 70%.

In July 2014, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Patrol Division where, in addition to his patrol teams, he also managed the Field Training Program and Police Canine Team. He was also selected as a Management Advisory Group (MAG) representative for the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Consortium.

In November 2014, Police Chief Savano was assigned to the Petaluma Policing Division responsible for professional standards, personnel, public relations, technology, social media, department support, school support, volunteers, mental health and homelessness.

In June 2016, in addition to his command of Petaluma Policing, he was asked to assume a leadership role in the Operations Division again as a Patrol Lieutenant and was responsible for the Eastside of Petaluma for District Policing.

Police Chief Savano earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. He graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute in 2005, completed the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Leadership Development course in 2013 and the POST Management Development Course in 2015. He is also a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA), California Police Chief’s Association (CPCA), International Association of Chief’s of Police, California Peace Officers Association (CPOA), National Tactical Officer’s Association (NTOA), and the California Association of Hostage Negotiators (CAHN). Chief Savano is a member of CPCA Technology Advisory Committee and a graduate of Leadership Petaluma sponsored by the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to his law enforcement commitments, Chief Savano is active in the Petaluma community along with his wife Kathleen.  Chief Savano is a member of the Petaluma Sunrise Rotary Club, Petaluma Elks Lodge 901 and is a board member for the Salvation Army, Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Committee On The Shelterless (COTS). Chief Savano also supports Mentor Me Petaluma as a mentor, Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), Petaluma Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, Avon 39 – The Walk To End Breast Cancer, and has served as a law enforcement liaison to United Anglers of Casa Grande High School and the Adobe Creek Restoration Project.

Chief Jane Perlov (Ret.)

Jane Perlov has an extensive background in risk management and a distinguished career in law enforcement, public safety and corporate security. She served more than 25 years in law enforcement, starting in 1981 as a police officer in the New York City Police Department. She rose through the ranks, ultimately commanding the revitalization efforts in Times Square, the 20th and 30th Precincts in Manhattan and serving as Chief of Detectives for the Borough of Queens. In late 1998, while in that position she was invited by Governor Cellucci of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to join his Cabinet as Secretary of Public Safety. There, she managed policy and fiscal oversight for 21 agencies, boards and commissions, such as the State Police and the Department of Corrections.

In 2001, Jane was sworn in as Chief of Police for the capital city of Raleigh, North Carolina. Under her leadership, the Department initiated a decentralized district policing model that fostered strong bonds between police officers and the neighborhoods they served and placed both opportunity and accountability in the hands of district commanders. During her tenure in Raleigh, Jane was appointed to the first Homeland Security First Responder Advisory Board to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Perlov served as Senior Vice President for Physical Security and ultimately Global Corporate Security Director at Bank of America. She was responsible for developing and implementing strategies and programs that provided a safe and secure environment for employees, customers and assets worldwide.

Ms. Perlov is a graduate of Columbia University’s Police Management Institute; Harvard University’s Senior Management Institute for Police; the FBI’s Domestic Security Executive Academy; and a Cum Laude graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Ms. Perlov is currently a member of the NYPD Federal Court Monitor Team tasked with developing, implementing and auditing compliance of the court ordered reforms of the NYPD’s Stop, Question and Frisk practices, which were found to be in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S.Constitution. Born and raised in NYC, Ms. Perlov is an independent consultant residing in Asheville, North Carolina.

Captain Darren Goodman

Captain Goodman leads the Chino Hills Police Department – a full service, mid-size police department east of Los Angeles that contracts its police services with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.  Captain Goodman’s commitment to data driven policing principles, civic partnerships, and community engagement have earned him a reputation of a results-oriented leader. Captain Goodman implemented a holistic approach to addressing crime and quality of life issues within the City of Chino Hills by reducing gaps between police specific services and other service providers dedicated to public safety, such as public works, code enforcement, mental health services, and homeless advocates. A strong advocate of community policing, Captain Goodman regularly facilitates community forums to engage citizens and increase stakeholder inclusion.

Captain Goodman began his career as a Deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1991. During his 26-year career with the department, he has worked in a variety of assignments, including Corrections, Patrol, Narcotics, Emergency Operations, Regional Gang Enforcement, Fugitive Apprehension, and SWAT. In 2013, he assumed command of the Sheriff’s Regional Training Center, where he was responsible for managing all of the Peace Officers Standards and Training mandates for the department’s sworn officers, which included firearms, emergency vehicle operations, and basic academy training. He was also responsible for curriculum development and delivery of professional training for the department’s sworn officers, civilian staff, and many police agencies throughout the region.

Captain Goodman holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC) at Los Angeles and is a Doctoral Candidate at USC’s Rossier School of Education. In 2015, he graduated Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security; a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Public Safety Leadership Program; and an Adjunct-Professor at California State University San Bernardino.

Captain Goodman holds numerous professional certifications and memberships, including but not limited to, Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST) Management Certificate, San Bernardino County Executive Development Program, Role of the Police Chief, and a graduate of POST Command College Class #62. He is a Board Member of the Chino Valley YMCA, member of the Inland Valley Footprinters Association, American Society for Public Administrators, Graduate Policy and Administration Community at USC, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Captain Goodman lives in Riverside, California, with his wife Shana, who is a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and their blended family.

Chief Eric Nuñez

Eric R. Nuñez was appointed Chief of Police of the Los Alamitos Police Department after a competitive recruitment process and began service on January 25th, 2016. Chief Nuñez brings a wealth of leadership experience and police futuring interests, which will be instrumental in propelling this organization into the future.

Chief Eric R. Nuñez had been with the La Palma Police Department for nearly 25 years. He graduated from Golden West College Police Academy in May of 1991 as the Most Inspirational Recruit, Class President, and second in his class overall. He rose through the ranks from police officer to his appointment to Chief of Police in La Palma in December of 2010. During his career there, Chief Nuñez worked as a Police Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Administrative Services Bureau Sergeant, Services Division Captain and Operations Division Captain. He worked every special assignment that the department had to offer as an officer and/or as a supervisor. In 1994, he received the La Palma Police Department’s Life Saving Award and was selected as the Officer of the Year that same year. He has subsequently been awarded a number of commendations and recognition for his performance and leadership.

He is on the Board of Directors for California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) and serves on the Finance, Legislative and Political Action Committees for CPCA. Chief Nuñez also serves as the President of the Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs Association (OCCPSA). He is the Chair on the Integrated Law and Justice Agency of Orange County (ILJAOC), Vice-Chair of the Orange County Remote Access Network (OCRAN) Board, a 10-year member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has been a California Peace Officer Association (CPOA) member for 20 years.

He earned an Executive Master of Leadership (EML) degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of La Verne in Public Administration and is a recent graduate of the POST Command College (Class 57). During Command College, he wrote an article titled, “Recruiting for Emotional-Social Intelligence (ESI): Enhancing Leadership, Performance, Community Trust, and Savings Lives”, which was recently published in the Journal of California Law Enforcement, September 2015 issue. Chief Nunez is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisor Leadership Institute, West Point Leadership Program and holds a POST Executive Certificate.

Chief Nuñez and his wife Molly, who is the Director of Ambulatory Care at UC Irvine Medical Center, have four children: Kyle (25) United States Air Force Academy Graduate and KC-135 Pilot and 1st Lieutenant in United States Air Force (Newly wed to Felicia Vine); Shelby (23) a business development employee with McKenna Volkswagen; Haley (16) a sophomore at Rosary Academy; and their youngest Emily (8) a 2nd grader. Chief Nuñez and his wife are expecting their first grandchild in February, “Charlotte Rose,” and are excited for this next chapter in their life.

In his free time, Chief Nuñez has coached soccer for the Fullerton Rangers Youth Soccer Club for a total of 11 years to be able to spend more time with his children and give back to his community. He has served as President of the La Palma Kiwanis Club and has been a member since 1994. He is an adjunct staff instructor at the Criminal Justice Training Center of Golden West College since 2001, a facilitator for the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance since 1998, a trained facilitator for the Josephson Institute of Ethics, and facilitates Covey’s 7 Habits for Highly Effective Law Enforcement Professionals for Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He attends St. Juliana’s Catholic Church in Fullerton and supports the Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans, Children’s Hospital of Orange County and various other causes.

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