Brett Meade, Ed.D.

Chief Brett Meade began his police career in 1982 with the DeLand Police Department in Florida. He was appointed Deputy Chief of Police of the University of Central Florida Police Department in September of 2014 and retired with the honorary rank of Chief in October 2018. The University of Central Florida is the second largest university in the United States with over 80,000 students, faculty, and staff. Chief Meade previously served almost 25 years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida, retiring as a Patrol Commander, with practical command leadership in administrative as well as operational positions to include Campus Law Enforcement, Internal Affairs, Tourism Safety, Intelligence, Patrol Command, and Youth Prevention programs. He embraces community policing and intelligence-led policing philosophies, with documented and proven success in crime reduction by developing and implementing successful collaborative community strategies, anti-gang initiatives, and prevention programs utilizing a team approach.

For over six years, he served as a Regional Training Administrator for the Gang Resistance Education and Training program (GREAT) and served on several national boards, to include a seven-month assignment in Washington D.C. as a GREAT Training Coordinator for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Additionally, he chaired the GREAT Elementary Curriculum Development Committee. The GREAT elementary curriculum has been taught nationwide to over 4 million students.

Chief Meade is a recognized expert in domestic terrorism specializing in the sovereign citizen movement, having trained over 7,000 personnel across the State of Florida on Sovereign Citizen Encounters. He was also instrumental in obtaining legislation designed to protect public officials from paper terrorism tactics employed by sovereign citizens and served on the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (Fusion Center) Executive Steering Committee and several other local, state and national boards. He is a Senior Instructor for the Criminal Justice Executive Institute with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Chief Meade is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officer’s Development Course, the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Executive Future Studies Program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Executive Development Seminar, and the Florida Police Chief’s Association Future Law Enforcement Executive course. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminology from Daytona State College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Webster University, and a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. His specialization is factors influencing voluntary turnover and retention of sworn law enforcement personnel.


Alonso Mendez

Alonso Ulises Mendez joined the Police Foundation in August 2019 as a Regional Manager. In his role Mr. Mendez works on grant projects awarded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) with the purpose of increasing the professionalism of Mexican criminal justice agencies.

Mr. Mendez’s experience in law enforcement dates back to 1996 where he worked for the State of Baja California, Mexico in the Attorney General’s Office holding different positions such as State Special Prosecutor for homicides, kidnapping and organized crime, director of crime investigations, deputy Attorney General and Interim Attorney General.  He also served as Police Chief almost 15 years in two agencies in the City of Mexicali Department of Public Safety and in State of Sonora, Mexico, Public safety State Police. He led these agencies though the CALEA accreditation process three times. He was a member of the Advisory Board to the Executive Director of CALEA, and is chairman  of  the Mexican Commission delegate to conduct reviews of Mexican agencies aspiring to receive CALEA accreditation.

Mr. Mendez holds a law degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, specializing in criminal law. He is a certified Crisis Negotiator by the FBI and California POST and is also certified by the FBI in Kidnapping Investigation and intelligence trends for gangs and organized crime. He holds several other recognitions from DEA and US Customs and Border Protection. He is a member of the Executive Law Enforcement Advisory Board for DARE and graduated from the FBI National Academy Session 240. He is certified in Police Command from the National Commission of Safety (Mexico).

Mr. Mendez is fluent in Spanish and English.


Danielle Parsons

Danielle Parsons is a Project Associate at the National Police Foundation, supporting the VALOR officer safety project. Danielle has interned with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Parole Commission, which spurred her interest and pursuit of identifying problems in the criminal justice system and crafting solutions using evidence-based practices and policies.

Her areas of interest include reducing barriers for ex-offenders, community-oriented policing, and using empirically-based research to inform criminal justice reform.

Danielle received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Crime and Justice from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University.

Danielle Parsons

Lorena Singer

Lorena Singer joins the Police Foundation in January 2019 as a Regional Manager for the Mexico team. In her Regional Manager role, Ms. Singer works on grant projects awarded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) with the purpose of increasing the professionalism of Mexican criminal justice agencies through CALEA Accreditation. Ms. Singer is additionally a Corrections and Law Enforcement Consultant and Audit SME.

Ms. Singer’s experience in law enforcement and corrections dates back to 1982, beginning in the juvenile justice system where she assisted juvenile probation officers with neglect and abuse cases. Ms. Singer was most recently assigned from September 2015 to December 2018 as a contracted corrections advisor under a US Department of State INL program, providing assistance to Mexican prisons with the goal of obtaining ACA accreditation. From 1982 to 2010 she worked for the City of Las Vegas, Nevada in a law enforcement and correctional agency holding various positions, such as correctional nurse, Corrections Programs Counselor, and ACA and CALEA Accreditation Manager. She was also active in other areas of operations such as recruiting, public relations, and training. From 2007 until 2016 Ms. Singer worked for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) as an assessor and as the Regional Program Manager assigned to Latin America and the Rocky Mountain Regions. Lorena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. She has roots in Puerto Rico and Spain and is fluent in Spanish.


Kerry Yerico

Kerry is a Senior Program Manager at the Police Foundation. She began her career at the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. serving as a crime analyst, and she eventually accepted a position with Baltimore Police Department as Director of Analytical Intelligence working out of their real-time crime center. In 2013, Kerry accepted a position with the Camden County Police Department in Camden, NJ as the Director of Criminal Intelligence & Analysis, where she created an intelligence unit as part of the newly formed department. Most recently, she worked out of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice as the Associate Director of Criminal Justice Programs. She has also served as a panelist regarding data and crime analysis at various IACP and National Institute of Justice conferences.

Kerry received a B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University and a M.S. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Intelligence and Crime Analysis from Saint Joseph’s University.