Joyce Iwashita

Joyce Iwashita is a Project Associate with the National Police Foundation, supporting day-to-day management of selected projects across various research projects and programs. A Harry S. Truman Scholar, Ms. Iwashita received her B.A. in Economics from Lewis & Clark College and received her M.A. in Security Studies with a concentration in Technology and Security from Georgetown University.


Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson is a Project Associate at the National Police Foundation, supporting the VALOR officer safety project. Prior to joining the National Police Foundation, Christine served as the Strategic Analysis Specialist for the DC Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) from 2016 to 2020. In this role, she was responsible for facilitating data sharing agreements, as well as establishing partner agencies’ access to the CJCC’s information sharing database, JUSTIS. Additionally, in her time at the CJCC, Christine produced the agency’s first four annual Information Sharing Forums. These conferences convened local and nationally recognized figures in the field of information sharing. She also took on project management duties with respect to the agency’s two grant-funded initiatives through BJS’s NCHIP (National Criminal History Improvement Program), which implemented information sharing infrastructure between the District of Columbia and the FBI. Finally, Christine guided the agency’s effort to organize and update the JUSTIS System Security and Privacy Plan, to remain in compliance with federal information security standards.

Previously, she was a Special Investigator with Keypoint Government Solutions, and served at a national nonprofit for 3 years, the aim of which was to provide executive leadership training to Latina women across the country. Christine graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011 with a bachelor’s in Spanish for International Services, and a minor in Latin American Studies. In 2014, Christine received her master’s in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Behavioral Analysis from the University of Cincinnati.


Garrett Johnson

Garrett Johnson joined the Police Foundation in 2017 as a Project Coordinator. A University Scholar from George Mason University, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs, with minors in Criminology and Spanish. Garrett previously interned with the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs (OIA). There, he prepared case summaries and bilingual legal documents to share between the United States and South America regarding criminal cases and extradition agreements.


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

Sarita Coletrane

Sarita joined the Police Foundation in January 2017. Prior to joining the Police Foundation, Sarita worked for the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), where she was certified National Crime Prevention Specialist, as well as bringing significant experience with grants and consultant management; training management; research and developing training curricula.

Prior to her work with NCPC this, Sarita worked with several federal, profit, and nonprofit agencies in the areas of board development, fundraising, and meeting and conference management. Some of the agencies she worked with previously include The Anti-Defamation League, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of State where she held a top-secret security clearance.

Sarita holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications and a minor in Criminal Justice from James Madison University and has done post-graduate work in Organizational Management.



Frank Straub, Ph.D.

A 30-year veteran of law enforcement, Dr. Frank Straub currently serves as the Director of the Center for Mass Violence Response Studies at the Police Foundation, where he works on Critical Incident Reviews including the San Bernardino terrorist attack–and the resulting report Bringing Calm to Chaos–and the Orlando Pulse shooting (in progress). Dr. Straub last served as the Chief of the Spokane, Washington, Police Department, where he received national recognition for the major reforms, community policing programs he implemented and significant crime reductions achieved during his tenure. In Spokane, Dr. Straub mandated that all members of the department receive 40-hours of crisis intervention training, and he created a team of officers who received over 100 hours of specialized mental health training. As Director of Public Safety for the City of Indianapolis, Dr. Straub collaborated with Eskanazi Medical Center’s Prescription for Hope Program, assigning a team of police officers to the program, which focused on reducing youth violence and retaliation through hospital-based interventions. During his tenure, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department reduced homicides to the lowest level in 20 years. Dr. Straub has also served as the Public Safety Commissioner for the City of White Plains, New York where his department reduced serious crime by 40%. He established the first police-community mental health response team in Westchester County to proactively assist persons challenged by mental illness, homelessness and domestic violence. Dr. Straub previously served as the Deputy Commissioner of Training for the New York City Police Department; and as a federal agent. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a B.A. in Psychology from St. John’s University. He co-authored a book on performance-based police management and published several articles regarding community policing, police reform, and jail management.


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.


Erica Richardson

Erica Richardson joined the National Police Foundation as a Communications Specialist in 2018. Erica is the Editor-in-Chief of the National Police Foundation’s Policing Updates monthly e-Newsletter. She also supports a variety of national-level research, training, and technical assistance projects as they relate to communications & marketing.

Erica received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a focus in Public Relations, and a minor in Spanish and concentration in Criminal Law and Justice, from the University of Maryland in College Park. While attending UMD, she interned with the Prince George’s County Police Department in the Media Relations Division as well as the University of Maryland Office of Community Engagement. In addition to her internships, Erica was selected as a teaching assistant for two upper level courses: News Writing & Reporting II—where she instructed students on writing, multimedia journalism, and blogging—and Criminal Law & Procedure, where she had the opportunity to work directly with a United States federal prosecutor.

Erica has experience in social media & email marketing, blogging, photography, graphic design, and videography.

Outside of work, Erica volunteers as an ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) tutor and is passionate about fitness & health.


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.