Benjamine C. Huffman
Director, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
Director Benjamine C. Huffman leads the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Law Enforcement Centers (FLETC). He oversees training for 125 federal Partner Organizations, as well as state, local, tribal, territorial, and international law enforcement partners. He directs operations across the FLETC enterprise, which includes sites in Glynco, GA; Charleston, SC; Cheltenham, MD; and Artesia, NM, and leads FLETC’s administrative, security, financial, mission support, and resource management programs.
Mr. Huffman assumed the role of Director of FLETC on September 24, 2023. Prior to joining FLETC, Director Huffman spent more than three decades serving in many roles in the DHS.
Before assuming his role as the Director, Mr. Huffman served as the Acting Deputy Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest law enforcement agency in the United States. In this role, Mr. Huffman ensured that the frontline was equipped with the personnel, tools, and information they needed, improving the agency’s collective capacity to adapt and respond to an ever-changing environment. Prior to serving as Acting Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Huffman served as the Acting Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Huffman served as the Executive Assistant Commissioner of Enterprise Services since October 2019. In this role, he led 4,500 employees that provided critical support to include financial management, facilities and assets, information and technology, human resources, training and development, and accountability to CBP’s more than 60,000 employee workforce and their operations.
Mr. Huffman has spent more than three decades serving in many roles across the U.S. Border Patrol. In 2014, Mr. Huffman joined the Senior Executive Service and was named Deputy Chief of the El Paso Sector which encompassed more than 125,000 square miles in New Mexico and Texas. Prior to leading Enterprise Services, Mr. Huffman was the Chief of the Strategic Planning and Analysis Directorate at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters where he led U.S. Border Patrol’s strategic planning efforts to implement several Presidential priorities.
Throughout his career, Mr. Huffman has had numerous temporary duty assignments, including Acting Director of the Special Operations Group, where he led CBP's global response team that consists of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) and Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR). He became a member of BORTAC, Class 4 in 1987 and served in various missions around the world, including Operation Green Blanket, operations in South Africa, and Operation Snowcap in Bolivia.
Mr. Huffman is a native of West Texas and entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol on February 3, 1985, as a member of Border Patrol Academy Class 173.
Mr. Huffman holds a Master's Degree in Homeland Security and a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, and an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas. He has also completed the Capstone General and Flag Officer course at the National Defense University and the Senior Managers in Government program at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Kai J. Munshi
Deputy Director, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
Jennifer E. Tocco
Chief of Staff, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
Jennifer Tocco began her civil service career at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) in 2008. Prior to her appointment as Chief of Staff, she served as the Senior Policy and Project Analyst for the Director's Office. She held other positions in the FLETC Director's Office since 2012, including Strategic Planning Program Manager. Ms. Tocco previously worked in FLETC’s Office of State and Local Training and Rural Policing Institute.
Prior to joining FLETC, Ms. Tocco worked in the nonprofit and academic sectors. For six years, she served as Assistant Director for the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children in Newark, New Jersey, where she managed scholarship programs for low-income families and conducted fundraising activities, including grant writing and event planning. For two years, she was the Donor Relations Director for the Salvation Army’s New Jersey Division, where she was responsible for implementing a new major donor program, writing funding proposals, and overseeing communications with high level donors. While completing her graduate studies, Ms. Tocco served as a Research Fellow at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education’s Center for Educational Policy Analysis, where she worked on research teams conducting studies in a variety of topics, including educational accountability and evaluation, charter schools, and school voucher programs. She was responsible for data collection, data analysis, and writing, with a specialty in qualitative research methods.
Ms. Tocco holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in political science and history from Drew University, a Master of Education degree with a focus on educational policy and qualitative research methods from Rutgers University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Valdosta State University. She also completed all doctoral coursework in educational policy while at Rutgers.
Ariana M. Roddini
Associate Director for Training Operations, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
Ariana M. Roddini serves as the Associate Director for Training Operations (ADT) for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), overseeing all training operations at FLETC training sites in Georgia, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Maryland, as well as international, state, local, tribal, and territorial training throughout the United States and the world.
Prior to her appointment as the Associate Director, Ms. Roddini served FLETC as the Assistant Director (AD) for the Training Management Operations Directorate (TMO). In that role, she provided oversight and strategic direction to six training and administration divisions across FLETC’s four training sites.
Before becoming the AD for TMO, Roddini served in dual roles as the Acting Protocol and Communications Office Chief, where she oversaw all internal, external, and virtual communications for FLETC, and as the Deputy Assistant Director for the Core Training Operations Directorate where she provided strategic and tactical direction for the Firearms Division, Driver and Marine Division, Enforcement Operations Division, and the Physical Techniques Division. She also served as the Deputy Assistant Director for the Regional and International Training Directorate, with oversight of FLETC's international, state, local, and tribal training.
Roddini began her law enforcement career as a fraud investigator for the New York City Department of Health and Human Services in 1994, where she was responsible for the investigation of fraud, waste, and abuse in the welfare system. In 1996, she joined the United States Secret Service (USSS) as a Special Agent. During her tenure with the USSS, she was assigned to the Office of Investigations, Office of Training, and Office of Protective Research. Ms. Roddini served as a member of the New York City Police Department Asian Organized Crime Task Force and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. As a criminal investigator, she conducted complex investigations related to counterfeit currency, access device fraud, bank fraud, computer fraud and threats against the President of the United States. She has also conducted protection-related advances and served as a logistical or site coordinator for major events including the United Nations General Assembly, Millennium Summit.
In 2006, Roddini transferred as a Senior Instructor to the FLETC in Glynco, GA. She performed instructional duties in the Enforcement Operations Division and the Investigative Operations Division. In 2007, Roddini was promoted to a leadership position. Since then, has served on FLETC’s leadership cadre in various divisions or directorates throughout the organization.
Roddini is a graduate of the Senior Executive Service Candidacy Development Program and was executive certified by the Office of Personnel Management.
Roddini's formal education includes a master's degree in educational leadership and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
Ronald E. Dionne
Acting Assistant Director, Training Management Operations Directorate
On November 5, 2023, Ronald E. Dionne was designated as the Acting Assistant Director (AD) of the Training Management Operations Directorate (TMO).
Dionne had served as the Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) of TMO since October, 2018. Dionne served as the DAD in the Training Research & Innovation Directorate beginning in July 2015. He previously served as the DAD in the Office of Innovation beginning in October 2013. Prior to his promotion, he served as the Chief of the Training Innovation Division in June 2012 and the Chief of the Training Methodologies Branch beginning in July 2009. He also served in the capacity as Chief, State and Local Training Management Division and as the Assistant Division Chief in the State and Local Programs Division since June 2022.
Dionne’s experience with the FLETC began in 1992 as a subject matter expert guest lecturer. He served in this capacity until 1999 when he was hired as a Program Specialist, focusing on criminal investigation training programs. In December 2008, Dionne received a temporary assignment as the Project Team Lead for a congressionally mandated initiative known as the Rural Policing Institute.
Dionne served from 1977 to 1997 as a commissioned law enforcement officer with state and local departments in patrol and criminal investigation. His training experience includes eight years of instructional delivery and curriculum development at the state criminal justice training academy level.
Dionne began his law enforcement career with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department from 1977-1980. In 1980, he transitioned to the Washington State Patrol as a State trooper, began working in the remote location of Mount St. Helens, and later transferred to the Interstate 5 freeway corridor. He was promoted to detective assigned to the Investigative Assistance Division. He served with distinction on a US Attorney General’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in Seattle and later with the Joint Terrorism Task Force at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Office in Spokane. From 1987-1994, he served as a subject matter expert instructor assigned to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission with responsibilities to develop curricula and deliver law enforcement training programs.
He received his associate degree from Spokane Community College and later received his Bachelor of Science from Troy University in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science.
Mark A. Adamchik
Assistant Director, National Capital Region Training Operations Directorate
Mark A. Adamchik serves as the senior Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) staff member in Washington, D.C. The National Capital Region directorate consults and coordinates on matters pertaining to the Office of the Secretary, develops FLETC strategy, and determines policy positions on legislative matters to the Department, Congress, and other law enforcement partners. Assistant Director Adamchik also provides executive leadership for FLETC’s training delivery point in Cheltenham, Maryland as well as the International Training Division.
Prior to joining FLETC, Assistant Director Adamchik served as the deputy chief of the United States Park Police (USPP) field operations division. Assistant Director Adamchik successfully planned and executed law enforcement operations on behalf of the USPP for many high-profile and complex events to include presidential inaugurations, Independence Day celebrations, and the 2020 demonstrations and civil unrest in Washington, D.C. He led and coordinated the USPP response during the civil unrest events that occurred near the White House and the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
In addition to these major events, he developed and implemented comprehensive security plans to protect the symbols of democracy on the National Mall and served as a member of the Executive Steering Committee for several national special security events in Washington, D.C.
Throughout his career with the USPP Assistant Director Adamchik held a variety of operational and administrative positions to include serving as a member of the full-time Special Weapons and Tactic Team (SWAT), acting commander, Homeland Security Division in Washington, D.C. and New York, operations commander for law enforcement functions on the National Mall, commander of Special Forces (Aviation, SWAT/Canine Unit, Motorcycle Unit, Special Events Unit), and commander of the Icon Protection Branch. Additionally, he served as commander of the Office of Workforce Development overseeing agency training ,and completed a two-year assignment with the USPP Finance-Budget Office.
Assistant Director Adamchik earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the 269th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Manfred F. Harpole
Assistant Director, Core Training Operations Directorate
Fred Harpole serves as the Assistant Director (AD) for the FLETC Core Training Operations Directorate (CTO). In this role, he provides oversight of the Firearms Division, Driver and Marine Division, Enforcement Operations Division, and Physical Techniques Division. He also maintains oversight of the FLETC Artesia, New Mexico training delivery point. Mr. Harpole first joined FLETC in March 2020 as the Deputy Assistant Director for CTO and was promoted to Assistant Director in August 2020.
Previously, Mr. Harpole served as Executive Director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) Flight Operations Directorate. In this role he maintained executive oversight of the Transportation Security Operations Center, National Capital Region Coordination Center, Law Enforcement Information Coordination Section, and Security Assessments Section. He was also responsible for FAMS enterprise-wide scheduling and operations through the Systems Operation Control Section.
Prior to leading Flight Operations, Mr. Harpole served as the Director of TSA's Training Centers Division delivering law enforcement, security operations, and canine training at the TSA Academy, TSA Training Center and TSA Canine Training Center. In this position, he also managed the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program.
Mr. Harpole has also served as the Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (SAC) of the Seattle FAMS Field Office where he led Seattle based Federal Air Marshals and managed TSA's surface law enforcement operations in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He also completed assignments as SAC of the FAMS Security Services and Assessments Division and ASAC for Law Enforcement Culture in the FAMS Director's Office.
During the 112th session of Congress, Mr. Harpole served on detail assignment to the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. In 2009, he served as the Acting TSA Representative to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, and Greenland. Mr. Harpole began his FAMS career in 2002 and has flown air marshal missions from the Las Vegas and Washington Field Offices.
Mr. Harpole began his law enforcement career in 1987 with the Milwaukee Police Department where he served as a Police Aide, Police Officer and Police Sergeant, completing multiple uniform and undercover assignments in the Patrol Bureau, Criminal Investigations Bureau - Gang Crimes Intelligence Division, and Special Operations Bureau - Intelligence Division.
Mr. Harpole holds a B.A. in Economics summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico. He is a past member of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Board of Directors.
Diane L. Witte
Assistant Director, Technical Training Operations Directorate
Diane L. Witte serves as the Assistant Director of the Technical Training Operations Directorate at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC). In this role, she provides oversight of the Behavioral Science Division, Counterterrorism Division, Cyber Division, FLETC Leadership Institute, Investigative Operations Division, and State, Local and Tribal Division.
Prior to joining FLETC, Ms. Witte served as the Interim Assistant Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Non-Detained Management Division. In this role she was responsible for the complexities associated with the non-detained noncitizen population.
Prior to leading Non-Detained Management, Ms. Witte served as ICE ERO Assistant Director of the Removal Division where she was responsible for the complex coordination and facilitation efforts to successfully remove noncitizens from the United States. Ms. Witte managed a budget of over $200 million and led an organization of over 180 employees located throughout five-states within the continental United States and 27 countries around the world.
Ms. Witte began her federal career with ICE Detention and Removal Operations in 2006 as an Immigration Enforcement Agent in the Washington Field Office (WAS), and later served as a Supervisory Immigration Enforcement Agent, Deportation Officer, Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer, and Assistant Field Office Director at WAS. Ms. Witte transferred to ICE ERO Headquarters in 2016 as the Unit Chief for Removal and International Operations Unit—Western Hemisphere, and in 2017 she became a Deputy Field Office Director for ERO El Paso. In 2020, Ms. Witte served as the Field Office Director in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in 2021 Ms. Witte served as the Assistant Director for Removal in ERO Headquarters.
Ms. Witte holds a dual Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Sociology from McDaniel College and a Master’s Degree in Security and Safety Leadership from The George Washington University College of Professional Studies. She has published four journal articles relating to the fields of biology and sociology.
Charles L. Daenzer
Assistant Director, Mission and Readiness Support Directorate
Charles “Chuck” Daenzer currently serves as the Assistant Director (AD) for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers’ (FLETC) Mission Readiness and Support Directorate (MRSD), where he provides daily operational oversight to more than 280 federal employees and approximately 1,950 contractors over nine separate divisions and offices across the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers’ (FLETC) four Training Delivery Points.
Prior to becoming the AD for MRSD, he served as the AD for FLETC’s Training Management Operations Directorate (TMO), where he provided oversight and strategic direction to six training and administration divisions across four training sites located in different states.
Mr. Daenzer began his career with FLETC in December 2004. His assignments have included serving as MRSD’s Deputy Assistant Director (DAD), MRSD’s Senior Policy and Project Analyst (SPPA), the SPPA for the Centralized Training Management Directorate, the MRSD Senior Advisor and Real Property Officer, and the Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of State, Local, Rural, Tribal and Territorial Training. In addition, Mr. Daenzer held division chief positions for the Rural Policing Institute, Technical Operations, and Counterterrorism Divisions.
Mr. Daenzer served more than 20 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). While with AFOSI, Mr. Daenzer conducted of an array of criminal, counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations and operations. His assignments included Special Agent-in-Charge of Surveillance Detection Operations in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Director of Investigative Operations at Incirlik Air Base, Adana, Turkey. Immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Mr. Daenzer deployed to the Pentagon and was assigned to a Federal Bureau of Investigation Evidence Collection Team, where he assisted with crime scene processing. In 2001, he assumed duties as a counterintelligence instructor at the United States Air Force Special Investigations Academy (USAFSIA) at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, relocating in 2002 with USAFSIA to FLETC, Glynco, Georgia. He served as the USAFSIA Superintendent, culminating a military career of honorable service.
Mr. Daenzer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park College and a Master of Education (Criminal Justice emphasis) from Troy State University. Additionally, he has achieved executive education and leadership training certifications from the Federal Executive Institute and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Executive Leaders Program hosted at the Naval Postgraduate School. Mr. Daenzer is also a graduate of the DHS Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and has been executive qualifications-certified by the Office of Personnel Management.
A Flint, Michigan native, he and his wife, Jessica, reside in St. Marys, Georgia and together they have four adult children and eight grandchildren.
Bryan R. Lemons
Chief Counsel, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
In October 2023, Bryan R. Lemons was appointed to serve as the Chief Counsel of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), leading a legal organization of attorney-advisors at three training delivery points. Mr. Lemons oversees the legal training provided for federal, state, local and international law enforcement officers attending basic and advanced training at FLETC’s four domestic and two international training sites. He is also responsible for providing guidance to the FLETC Director and other senior executives on legal and policy issues affecting the FLETC mission.
Prior to his selection as Chief Counsel, Mr. Lemons served as the Assistant Director (AD), Mission and Readiness Support Directorate. In this role, he was responsible for the oversight of a vast real property portfolio consisting of 592 buildings and 273 training venues, comprised of 5.7 million square feet of owned property, with a total replacement value of over $2.4 billion. Simultaneously, he provided oversight of a vehicle fleet of more than 1,200 vehicles valued at over $30 million, as well as a personal property portfolio valued at $115 million. Further, he oversaw $225 million in service contracts to enable the law enforcement training of nearly 70,000 students annually across four geographically separated locations.
Mr. Lemons joined the United States Marine Corps in 1989, where he served as a defense attorney, prosecuting attorney, and senior legal advisor for executive-level managers until 1999, when he joined FLETC as a Senior Instructor in the Legal Division (LGD). From 2001 through 2019, Mr. Lemons served in multiple leadership positions across FLETC, including as a Branch Chief in LGD, Chief of the Environmental and Safety Division, Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) of the Glynco Training Directorate, DAD of the Administration Directorate, and FLETC Chief of Staff. In 2019, Mr. Lemons was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and initially served as the AD for FLETC’s Technical Training Operations Directorate.
Mr. Lemons received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Methodist University in 1989 and his Juris Doctorate degree from St. Louis University School of Law in 1992. He received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Valdosta State University in 2011. Mr. Lemons is a 2007 graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership in a Democratic Society Program, and a 2009 graduate of the Department of Homeland Security’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program. He received the DHS Secretary’s Exceptional Service Gold Medal Award in 2022.
Mr. Lemons was a member of the Board of Directors of the Glynn Community Crisis Center from 2012-2015 and has been an adjunct faculty member at the College of Coastal Georgia since 2013, teaching in the School of Business and Public Management. Mr. Lemons is married and has four children.
Donald R. Lewis
Chief Financial Officer Directorate, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
Mr. Donald R. Lewis was appointed Assistant Director for the Chief Financial Officer Directorate at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), Glynco, Georgia in May 2011. He provides strategic direction and executive oversight of FLETC business activities aligned to the Chief Financial Officer Directorate, which includes budget and financial management. Lewis is responsible for formulation, execution and oversight of an annual budget of over $600 million direct and reimbursable funding as well as financial management services provided to FLETC and two other DHS components.
Lewis began his federal career as a student in 1983 when he accepted a position in the Federal Junior Fellowship Program at Kings Bay Naval Base, GA as an Audit Assistant. Upon graduating from the Junior Fellowship Program in 1988, Lewis was appointed as a Contract Specialist within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), also at Kings Bay. Lewis continued to rise within the Procurement career field as a Contracting Officer and then in a supervisory role as the Simplified Acquisition/Base Operating Services Branch Chief.
Lewis left NAVFAC in 1997 to accept the position of Facilities Project Manager and Team Lead at the Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic (SWFLANT), and was promoted to Facilities Management Division Chief, SWFLANT where he served from 2001 to 2004.
Lewis arrived at FLETC in 2004 as the Purchase/Fleet Card Program Manager and was promoted in 2005 to Senior Policy and Program Analyst (SPPA), CFO. He served in this capacity until 2009, when he accepted a position as the first Deputy Assistant Director (DAD), CFO. Lewis has been serving in his current position as Assistant Director/Chief Financial Officer since May 2011.
Lewis has been recognized for distinguished service with being awarded two DON Civilian Meritorious Service Medals. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Brenau University. He has completed the leadership and executive education program, Leadership for a Democratic Society, sponsored by the Federal Executive Institute.
Michael L. Vesta
Assistant Director, Chief Information Officer
Michael L. Vesta was appointed as the Assistant Director/ Chief Information Officer for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers on August 21, 2016. Vesta has a diverse technological and managerial background, and he is responsible for the enterprise-wide management of information technology resources at FLETC.
Through strategic partnerships, FLETC prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard the American people, our homeland and our values.
To carry out this mission, FLETC serves as an interagency, law-enforcement training organization for more than 90 federal agencies or partner organizations. In addition, FLETC provides training and training resources to state, local, tribal, campus and international law enforcement.
Vesta’s career in the Federal Government began in 1986 with a four year enlistment in the U.S. Air Force where he served as a Weather Equipment Repair Specialist. In 1991, Vesta accepted a position with the National Weather Service as an Electronics and Computer Technician. During the next eleven years, he moved within the National Weather Service structure and served in many roles. These included two years as a Technical Training Instructor at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and five years in Las Vegas, Nevada as the Information Technology Officer. Vesta accepted a position as the CIO for the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in 2002 where he advanced the role of IT in a complex healthcare environment. He started at FLETC in 2006 and has held the positions of IT Operations and Support Division Chief and Deputy Assistant Director/ Deputy Chief Information Officer.
Vesta holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Park University and an MBA from Texas A&M University, Commerce. He is a graduate of the National Defense University’s CIO Certificate program, and is a graduate of American University’s Key Executive Leadership program.