Thomas J. Walters
Director, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
Thomas Jeremiah Walters, Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, leads the consortium of Federal law enforcement organizations that prepare America's federal law enforcement professionals to perform their duties across the Nation and around the globe.
The Centers support the training needs for more than 100 Federal law enforcement clients. This includes providing 100 percent of the training systems, training infrastructure, training programs, training products, training expertise and training services required to train 70,000 Federal, state, local, tribal and international law enforcement students each year.
Director Walters' 45-year career in Federal law enforcement includes service as a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Border Patrol instructor, supervisory Patrol agent, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, and Chief Patrol agent. He successfully completed the first U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) training session and served for over a decade as a BORTAC team member, team supervisor, unit manager, and unit leader during the unit's domestic and foreign operations. In 2004, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection selected Director Walters as the first SES Assistant Commissioner for CBP's Office of Training and Development. As a member of CBP's national leadership team, Director Walters also served as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner and acting Assistant Commissioner for CBP's Office of Public Affairs.
Director Walters retired from CBP in 2014 to operate his own border security consulting business before being selected by the Secretary of Homeland Security in October of 2017 as the Centers' sixth Director.
Mr. Walters is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and holds a master's degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University, National War College.
Jennifer E. Tocco
Chief of Staff
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.
Richard M. Deasy
Associate Director for Training Operations
Richard M. Deasy serves as the Associate Director for Training Operations for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), which includes all training operations at FLETC training sites in Glynco, Georgia; Artesia, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; and the National Capital Region.
Prior to his appointment as the Associate Director, Deasy served FLETC as the Assistant Director for the Core Training Operations Directorate. In this role, he provided executive leadership for the FLETC Glynco, Firearms Division, Driver and Marine Division, Enforcement Operations Division, Physical Techniques Division and FLETC’s training delivery point in Artesia, New Mexico.
Prior to joining FLETC, Deasy served as Chief of the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Training Academy for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), where he directed all basic, advanced, and international training in support of HSI's 7,000 special agents worldwide. He was also HSI's principal representative to FLETC.
Previously, Deasy served overseas in the U.S. Embassies in Singapore and Afghanistan as the HSI Regional Attaché and the Country Attaché respectively. In Singapore, he directed DHS's law enforcement mission in 13 countries spanning the Asia-Pacific region. In Afghanistan, he worked with U.S. interagency partners and the Afghan Ministry of Interior, National Police to establish the first Afghanistan Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit to further the rule of law during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Deasy has held senior-level assignments in which he developed and implemented DHS national and international counterterrorism policy. These include Senior Advisor to the ICE Deputy Director, Senior Liaison to the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Deputy Group Chief in the NCTC Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning, DHS Senior Representative to the FBI Counterterrorism Division, and Deputy Chief at the National Joint Terrorism Task Force. Successively as a HSI Division Chief, Unit Chief, Section Chief, National Program Manager, and as a field Supervisory Special Agent, he developed expertise in homeland security operations and transnational organized crime investigations.
Deasy began his federal law enforcement career as a Special Agent with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), in Providence, Rhode Island, where he led multi-agency investigations with the INS Organized Crime and Smuggling Branch, New England Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Rhode Island Attorney General Strike Force, and Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force.
A former U.S. Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel, Deasy honorably served for 22 years in the armed forces with active and reserve special operations forces. He is a veteran of operations in Iraq during Desert Storm and Provide Comfort, and the Haiti intervention during Operation Uphold Democracy. Deasy is a distinguished graduate of the National Defense University, College of International Security Affairs, Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies program. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies from Providence College and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Ariana M. Roddini
Assistant Director for the Training Management Operations Directorate
Ariana M. Roddini is currently serving as the Assistant Director for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers’ (FLETC) Training Management Operations Directorate (TMO). She provides oversight and strategic direction to ten training divisions.
Prior to becoming the Assistant Director for TMO, Roddini served in dual roles as the Acting Protocol and Communications Office Chief, where she oversaw all internal, external and virtual communications with FLETC, and as the Deputy Assistant Director for the Core Training Operations Directorate where she provided strategic and tactical direction for the Firearms Division, the Driver and Marine Division, the Enforcement Operations Division, and the Physical Techniques Division.
Roddini previously worked in the Office of Domestic and International Training in the Regional and International Training Directorate. In this capacity, Roddini was responsible for FLETC’s international activities, including those at the International Law Enforcement Academies, and FLETC’s training programs for state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
Roddini began her law enforcement career as a fraud investigator for 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, the Office of Training and the Office of Protective Research. Ms. Roddini has served as a member of the New York City Police Department Asian Organized Crime Task Force and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. As a criminal investigator, she has conducted complex investigations related to counterfeit currency, access device fraud, bank fraud, computer fraud and threats against the President. She has also conducted protection related advances and served as a logistical or site coordinator for major events to include the United Nations General Assembly, Millennium Summit.
In 2006, Roddini transferred to the FLETC, Glynco, GA as a Senior Instructor. She has performed instructional duties in the Enforcement Operations Division and the Investigative Operations Division. In 2007, Roddini was promoted into a leadership position and has served in this capacity in various divisions or directorates throughout the organization.
Roddini is a graduate of the Senior Executive Service Candidacy Development Program and has been 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.
Manfred F. Harpole
Assistant Director for 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.
Kai J. Munshi
Assistant Director for Technical Training Operations Directorate
Matthew L. Hanna
Assistant Director for the National Capital Region Training Operations Directorate
Mr. Matthew Hanna has over 25 years of law enforcement and national security experience and became the Assistant Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, National Capital Region on July 4, 2021. As the Assistant Director, Mr. Hanna is responsible for providing executive leadership and management of the FLETC Washington DC operations and Directorate Headquarters, the Cheltenham Training Delivery Point, located at Cheltenham, MD, and FLETC’s International Training Operations.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Hanna was the Chief of Staff for the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis located in Washington D.C. As the Chief of Staff, he was responsible for implementing the Under-Secretary’s vision for the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis as a member of the Intelligence Community to keep the homeland safe and secure.
Mr. Hanna served 22 years as a career federal law enforcement agent with the United States Border Patrol at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. During his tenure at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, he served on both the Southern and Northern borders of the United States and at Headquarters in Washington D.C.
Mr. Hanna held a variety of leadership positions within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including the Director of the Commissioner’s Situation Room; Associate Chief Border Patrol Agent; Chief of Staff for CBP Office of Intelligence; Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Congressional Affairs; and Deputy Director, Field Intelligence Division. Mr. Hanna also represented DHS as a Fellow to the United States Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for three years, where he co-authored the Families of Fallen Heroes Act, which provided needed benefits to families of federal law enforcement officers whose loved ones died in the line of duty. In 2017, Mr. Hanna served as the Senior Law Enforcement Advisor to the White House from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to the United States Council on Transnational Organized Crime, leading the implementation of the lines of effort to combat transnational organized crime, as outlined in Presidential Executive Order 13773.
Mr. Hanna is married and resides in Northern Virginia with his wife Amanda and three children, Ryan, Ainsley and Christian.
Bryan R. Lemons
Mission and Readiness Support Directorate
Mr. Bryan R. Lemons was appointed Assistant Director, Mission and Readiness Support Directorate (MRSD), on July 5, 2020. Prior to this appointment, he had served as the Assistant Director, Technical Training Operations Directorate, since December 2019.
After graduating in 1989 from Central Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History, Mr. Lemons attended the St. Louis University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1992. He received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Valdosta State University in December 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.
From 1989 to 1999, Mr. Lemons served as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, performing a wide-range of duties, including billets as an Environmental Attorney, Trial Defense Counsel, Legal Advisor, and Prosecuting Attorney. He joined the FLETC Legal Division in 1999 as a Senior Legal Instructor, and was promoted to Branch Chief over basic training programs in May of 2001. In April of 2004, he became the Branch Chief over advanced training programs. In August of 2005, Mr. Lemons was promoted to be the Chief of the Environmental and Safety Division at FLETC, and then became the Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Operations Support, Administration Directorate, in October of 2006. From June of 2008 to March of 2010, he performed duties as the Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Training Operations, Glynco Training Directorate. From March of 2010 to January 2012, Mr. Lemons was detailed to the College of Coastal Georgia under a loaned executive program, and served as the Assistant Vice President for Organizational Development and Legal Affairs. He served as the Deputy Assistant Director, MRSD, from January 2012 to March 2018, and as the FLETC Chief of Staff from March 2018 to December 2019.
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.
Donald R. Lewis
Chief Financial Officer Directorate
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.