Federal Bureau of Investigation
Oklahoma City Citizens Academy
Alumni Association

2019 Highlights 

FBIOKCAAA Board

The Board has continued to grow our chapter with the help of Oklahoma City Division FBI hosting two academy classes.  With a continued focus on improving chapter effectiveness and community involvement, the alumni have been encouraged to increase involvement and share in community events.  COS Terri Cleghorn has continued to support the chapter and help ensure smooth operations.  More information is available on our website.  See http://fbiokccaaa.org  

 

Officers and Board of Directors

Mike Mayberry – President
Judie Harris – Vice-President/President Elect
Sharon Moore – Treasurer
Janice Lyons – Secretary
Larry Anderson – Director
Karen Berry – Director
Todd Coates – Director
Michael Decker – Director
Brenda Conell – Director
Elaine Dodd – Director
WEB Brown – Director
Jim Bryan – Director                                             
 

February 2019 – Case Review Terrorism in Oklahoma  

FBIOKCAAA started 2019 with a great FBI case review.  Special Agent Hunter Marsh and Becky Perkins, Agent for Homeland Security Investigations, provided an unclassified briefing on Saudi national Naif Alfallaj who was arrested in February 2018.  He attended an al Qaeda training camp prior to 9/11 and entered the U.S. more than a decade later.  The presentation provided an overview of following the evidence and our law enforcement agencies working together to investigate this situation.  


2018 Highlights 

FBIOKCAAA Board

The Board added three new members this year.  With class 14 joining our ranks, we are looking forward to growing membership and board participation.  The chapter is proud of its growth and participation in community events.   COS Terri Cleghorn has continued to support the chapter and help ensure smooth operations.  More information is available on our website.  See http://fbiokccaaa.org

 

Officers and Board of Directors 

Todd Coates - President
Brenda Conell - Director
Mike Mayberry - Vice-President/President Elect
Elaine Dodd - Director
Sharon Moore - Treasurer
WEB Brown - Director
Janice Lyons - Secretary
Jim Bryan - Director
Larry Anderson - Merchandise/Fund Raising
Cyndi Mullins - Director
Karen Berry - Director
Michael Decker - Director
Judie Harris - Director                                          

September 2018 – 2018 National Leadership Conference

FBIOKCAAA was well represented this year at the national meeting.  Joining chapters across the country to learn more about the FBI, chapter best practices, and share knowledge between members.  Many thanks to Terri Cleghorn, she has represented Oklahoma for the second consecutive meeting.  We were also fortunate to have Mike Mayberry and Web Brown from our chapter attend.  This marked the first time Oklahoma has been represented by chapter members. In addition, Larry Anderson was recognized for his work to develop a national store.  Larry began this journey  few years back and continues to find ways to provide the chapter new merchandise which helps raise funds to support the chapter's efforts.   

August 2018 – CopsNKids Alumni chapter members and the FBI partnered with Shawnee PD and law  enforcement agencies in Pottowatomie county to encourage support of kids and their positive experience with law enforcement.  Kids were encouraged to interact with first responders and participate in rides, games, exhibits, and other fun activities.  

August 2018 – Murder Hire  FBI Oklahoma City Task Force Officer David Otwell provided a case study presentation on Danielle Layman, 37, Ponca City, Oklahoma who was recently sentenced in her Murder for Hire scheme.     

May 2018 – Annual FBI Alumni, Agent, and Staff Picnic  logo Our chapter had great success hosting our division office staff and agents for an annual picnic.  This has continued to be a positive way to allow our alumni members to support and continue interacting with all members of the FBI team.   

February 2018 – Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) Forensic Lab Tour  Continuing to emphasize the joint partnerships and team efforts of law enforcement, the OSBI provided our chapter members an inside tour of their forensic facility, processes, and experts.   


2017 Highlights 

FBIOKCAAA Board

 The Board had minor changes this year and we are excited to announce the election of Mike Mayberry as Vice-President.  With class 13 joining our ranks, we are looking forward to growing membership and board participation.  

 

Officers and Board of Directors

Todd Coates - President                                                            
Brenda Conell - Director 
Mike Mayberry - Vice-President/President Elect                    
Elaine Dodd - Director
Sharon Moore - Treasurer                                                         
WEB Brown - Director
Janice Lyons - Secretary                                                          
Jim Bryan - Director
Larry Anderson - Merchandise/Fund Raising                        
Cyndi Mullins - Director Vacant - Membership                                                         

Community Engagement

The Oklahoma City continues to build strength and grow.  Working with a new SAC this year that revived the local academy opportunities has allowed the community to get more people involved and opened the door to new alumni members.  It has been another year of great events and growth.  COS Terri Cleghorn has continued to support the chapter and help ensure smooth operations.  More information is available on our website.  See http://fbiokccaaa.org

Chronological Review of Events

December 2017:  Mark Twain Elementary Toy Drive and Oklahoma Regional Food Bank

The chapter collected donations and coordinated with the FBI to provide toys and holiday cheer for more than 25 students.  In addition, the FBI and chapter members joined forces at the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank.  This was an opportunity to work together to help others and support another great Oklahoma organization.

November 8, 2017:  SCAM Alert and Protecting the Ones We Love 

Our own Elaine Dodd shared a presentation on scams and fraud.  The focus was on educatielainedoddpresentationng the audience on common scam approaches and ways to protect ourselves and the ones we love.  At one point she asked, do you know why senior's are targeted ... because they often have money.  She demonstrated how fraudsters use minimal information to target people and play on their fears and emotions.  With over 20 alumni and guests in the audience, she provided great value and answered many questions.  Elaine is an active member of our community, a board member in our alumni chapter and serves as Executive Vice President - Fraud Division for the Oklahoma Banker's Association.

November 2, 2017: Central Celebration - Edmond Central Middle School

Our alumni chapter participated in Central Celebration at Edmond's Central Middle centralmiddleschool2School.  This event was sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization as a fund raiser for school programs.  The alumni joined with members of the local FBI to increase awareness, provide information about child and online safety programs, as well as help educate the public on careers within the FBI.  Many thanks to our alumni participants and the support from our local FBI division and staff.

October 4, 2017: The Darknet Exposed: Insights from a Former U.S. Most Wanted Cybercriminal

The Oklahoma City Division of the FBI invited members of the Citizen Academy Alumni and current class Brett_Johnsonattendees to view a presentation from Brett Johnson.  Mr. Johnson is a Former United States Most Wanted person, once referred to by the U.S. Secret Service as "The Original Internet Godfather,"  His presentation included an overview of various fraud types, how they are executed and ways to protect against them.  This was a great presentation that highlighted how cybercrime has changed over the years and how it is not always about technology.  The event was well attended and alumni appreciated the opportunity to learn with the agents and staff of the FBI.

August 9, 2017: Shoot or Don't Shoot, What Does The Law Say?

Oklahoma has several concealed carry permit holders, but what could they expect if they had to shoot? davcidFortunately, Mr. David Prater, Oklahoma County District Attorney, was willing to share his perspective with our alumni members. He not only provided a great overview of the law, he focused on making sure anyone that carries a weapon thinks about the importance of being prepared. Much of the discussion was around the stress and impact that having to shoot causes and the risks of not being prepared. Mr. Prater made it clear that the law supports an individual’s right to protect themselves and talked about many factors that go into deciding if someone would be charged with a crime associated with having to shoot. He addressed questions from our members and even walked the group through situations that highlighted some of the right and wrong people might encounter.

June 26, 2017: Appreciating Our FBI

logoMembers of our Board and Chapter were able to cook a picnic lunch and serve members of our Oklahoma City FBI Division.  It was a great chance to visit with staff, agents and management while also expressing the strong appreciation our community has for the protection and services provided.

May 10, 2017: Tour of Edmond Police Department                                                                                       EdmondPolice

Our members were able to see law enforcement partnership in action while having an inside tour of the new police facility in Edmond, Oklahoma.

February 8, 2017: Annual Meeting and Special Agent in Charge Update                                                                          

Kathryn Peterson, was named to the Oklahoma City Division by FBI Director James B. Comey.  She provided an update on the FBI mission, Oklahoma City Division priorities and her background.  It was another great opportunity for our members to hear first hand about the challenges and objectives of the FBI. Just as important, she emphasized the importance of the alumni in her efforts to engage our community.   


  2016 Highlights 

FBIOKCAAA Board

The chapter membership was at 53 members and the board grew to 13 positions.  The current board participants are outlined below.

 

Officers and Board of Directors

Todd Coates – President                                                          
Doug White – Director
Vacant – Vice-President/President Elect                                
Brenda Conell – Director
Sharon Moore – Treasurer                                                       
Elaine Dodd – Director
Janice Lyons – Secretary                                                         
WEB Brown – Director
Larry Anderson – Merchandise/Fund Raising                       
Jim Bryan – Director
Mike Mayberry- Membership                                                   
Cyndi Mullins – Director                                                                                               Mary Pointer – Director

Community Engagement

COS Terri Cleghorn continues boosting engagement and providing opportunities for the Citizens Academy Alumni to engage the community. She has assisted the board and members of the chapter in their efforts of continuing to improve and increase the value of membership in the Oklahoma program.  In 2016, the chapter participated in Yukon's Community Night Out and looked for new ways to increase membership and community participation.  The chapter had an outstanding series of quarterly presentations and continues to update the website http://fbiokccaaa.org.

Chronological Review of Events

November 2016: Law Enforcement: Trends and Changes in Our Communities

The chapter members hosted a panel of local law enforcement, including: Tom Jester, Deputy Chief-Oklahoma City Police Department; Bob Ricks, Chief of Police, Edmond; Brandon Clabes, Chief of Police, Midwest City; John Corn, Chief of Police, Yukon; Jerry Stillings, Chief of Police, Moore; and P.D. Taylor, Under Sheriff of Oklahoma County.  Each shared a little of their background and a lot on what they are facing and seeing across their jurisdictions.  Themes included updates on changing laws due to recent state questions, the radical differences in law enforcement practices over the years with a greater focus on community involvement and mutual respect, and the challenges of serving growing communities in a time when values and respect of officers has changed.  All agreed that the communities have to continue being a bigger part of the law enforcement effort and that programs to address drug addictions, mental health, and respect within young people need to remain front and center.  After their brief comments, they entertained questions from our members.

Our members also had the opportunity to meet one of Oklahoma's newest ASACs, Raul Bujanda.  Rual grew up in El Paso and was recently assigned to the Oklahoma after serving at FBI Headquarters.  We are glad to welcome Raul to our community and than each of or presenters and all of law enforcement for their courageous and outstanding services.

September 2016: National Night Out

The chapter and the OKC field office engaged the community promoting the FBI'S Child I'D App and providing other safety information to the community during the Yukon PD National Night Out event.  

August 2016: Aftermath of a Self-Defense Shooting

Mike Darter, CEO and Co-Founder of CCW Safe, shared with our alumni members what to expect if they are involved in a self-defense shooting. During our August meeting, he explained how important it is to be trained to avoid the situation, but also how important it is to prepare now in case the worst happens.  For example, he said it is important to think about how you are perceived - do you demonstrate a respect for life and the weapon?  He suggested that it might not be the best idea to carry 'zombie killer' ammunition if you have to demonstrate that you are focused on self-defense.  Further, he explained how important it is to maintain your training and keep records of the training.

After a shooting, some people tell the police that they won't talk until their lawyer is available.  Mr. Darter explained that it is important to (1) identify yourself, (2) indicate you were in a self-defense shooting, and (3) tell the officers that you need assistance.  Often people involved in shootings need time to properly remember the facts.  Darter said that basically the most accurate and factual information is what all law enforcement wants and needs to review a shooting.  However, the cost of defense could be hundreds of thousands of dollars regardless of the situation.  As private citizens we don't have the same protections and representation available that officers involved in shootings have.  He said that is why they started CCW Safe.  The services they offer their members include representation and potential bond coverage.  More importantly they provide support that anyone involved in a shooting would need.  After his presentation, he entertained a variety of alumni questions before concluding his presentation

May 2016: Law Enforcement's Response to Active Shooter Situations ASAC Scott Rago shared  the law enforcement perspective of active shooter scenarios. His   presentation included a viewing of The Coming Storm.  This training video highlights how agencies work together and demonstrates a scenario showing different perspectives and roles. It incorporates best practices and interviews of agents, first responders and victims of recent events. Mr. Rago augmented the video by sharing some of his experience and unique perspective before hosting an open conversation with members and answering questions. It was another educational session for our members and reminded us all

February 2016: Annual Meeting & Special Agent In Charge Update

We had fantastic attendance at our annual business meeting.   The highlight was a presentation by Scott Cruse, Special Agent in Charge of Oklahoma City Division. Mr. Cruse shared his background and the very indirect path his career took to bring him to Oklahoma. From his first assignment in the Butte Division back in 1987 through Seattle, Washington DC, Australia, and England. We are fortunate to have such international experience leading our OKC Division. In addition, he shared his perspective on challenges facing his division and the FBI and specifically his belief that the FBI should be a reflection of the society in serves. In this section he talked about the importance of building relationships and how the Citizen's Academy and its Alumni can be instrumental in helping the agency engage the community. He also talked about the need to continue to recruit great agents and hire strong support staff and analysts that can help address the growing impact technology brings to the job. Finally, he took questions from our members and address a variety of topics and interests. We were honored to have him join us and thankful for his continued service to our country!

January 2016: FBIOKCAAA & Amazon Smile

The Oklahoma FBI Citizen's Academy Afbiokcaaa_amazonsmilelumni is registered with Amazon Smile. Now anyone that wants to support the chapter's efforts can do so by making purchases on Smile.Amazon.com. This program is a way for Amazon to help support non-profit organizations. By registering the chapter is provided another way to fund and support our efforts.

   


2015 Highlights 

FBIOKCAAA Board

The Board saw a number of changes this year.  The President, Doug White, and the Vice President, Layton Perry, both resigned due to personal reasons and the board accepted their resignations.  The board voted Todd Coates to the role of President in December 2015 to serve out the remaining term of Doug White.  The current board participants are outlined below.

Officers and Board of Directors

Todd Coates – President                                                          
Doug White – Director
Vacant – Vice-President/President Elect                                  
Brenda Conell – Director
Sharon Moore – Treasurer                                                       
Elaine Dodd – Director
Janice Lyons – Secretary                                                         
WEB Brown – Director
Larry Anderson – Merchandise/Fund Raising                          
Jim Bryan – Director
Mike Mayberry - Membership         

Community Engagement

COS Terri Cleghorn continues boosting engagement and providing opportunities for the Citizens Academy Alumni to engage the community. She has assisted the board and members of the chapter in their efforts of continuing to improve and increase the value of membership in the Oklahoma program.  In 2015, the chapter added a recognition picnic for members of the FBI staff and family in addition to their quarterly lunch and learn programs.  Further, the chapter offered shirts with the logo and increased their online presence and communication efforts.  The chapter added member photos and other information to their website.  See http://fbiokccaaa.org

Chronological Review of Events

February 11, 2015: Oklahoma City 911 Emergency Center

David Shupe, Director OKC911 Center, provided alumni members a tour of the facility and highlighted various operations.  The OKC 911 facility supports police, fire, and medical responders.  This experience delivered a new perspective on first responders – the responders that answer the call for help!  

May 13, 2015: Murrah Bombing 20 Years Later

Commissioner Mike Thompson, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, provided a strong remembrance of the bombing and first response actions.  Sheriff Charlie Hanger, Noble County Sheriff’s Department, followed the Commissioner’s remarks with a detailed account of the events leading up to the arrest of Timothy McVeigh.  Sheriff Hanger was a Trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on April 19, 1995 and made the initial traffic stop and detainment of Timothy McVeigh shortly after the bombing.  This remembrance was in honor of the victims and allowed our members to learn how our law enforcement agencies responded to the tragic event in our own backyard.

August 29, 2015:  Meet, Greet, and Appreciate Picnic - OKC FBI Staff and Family

Alumni members hosted members of the OKC FBI and their families for a fun afternoon picnic.  This was a small way to say thanks for all the service the agents and support staff provide every day, and allow the alumni chapter to welcome newly appointed SAC Scott L. Cruse to Oklahoma.  

November 18, 2015:  Human Trafficking Awareness

Michael Snowden, Agent-in-Charge, Human Trafficking Division of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, gave an excellent presentation on the topic and how it impacts us in Oklahoma.  It is fair to say that our members learned a great deal and now think about this topic in a new way.  One member commented that he has a daughter and this presentation helped him realize that in many ways he has worried about the wrong thing.  Mr. Snowden highlighted that often young women are taught to judge their worth by their looks or the love people give them and that they can fall victim to people manipulating them into feeling they are loved and then exploiting them.  Mr. Snowden provided many examples of how this crime presents itself and how the victims may not always realize their situation.  It was another highly educational session and we were fortunate to have such an excellent speaker.  If you know of possible victims or crimes, please report them to the OBN Human Trafficking hotline 1-855-617-2288.


2014 Highlightsalumni-member-pic

FBIOKCAAA Board Elections

On December 9, 2014, the board accepted the resignation of Jessica Martinez-Brooks as President due to family and work commitments. Jessica expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to serve on the board and as president. Jessica has supported the FBICAAA for eleven years, and brought the chapter to a new level in 2013 and 2014. Jessica is confident the chapter is headed in the right direction, and commended the board and COS Terri Cleghorn for their dedication and commitment to the Citizens Academy Program. Doug White, Treasurer volunteered to step up and serve as the President.

 

Officers and Board of Directors

Doug White – President                                                           
Todd Coates – Director
Layton Perry – Vice-President/President Elect                        
Brenda Conell – Director
Sharon Moore – Treasurer                                                       
Elaine Dodd – Director
Janice Lyons – Secretary                                                         
Web Brown – Director
Justin King – Legal Counsel                                                     
Larry Anderson – Director
Jim Bryan – Director                                                                 
Mike Mayberry - Membership

Community Engagement

COS Terri Cleghorn has worked to boost engagement, provide options and opportunities for the Citizen's Academy Alumni to engage the community. Recognizing a solid foundation is a vital part of community engagement, the progress the chapter has made this year, has set the stage for great community engagement in the coming year. 2014-2015 was a year of growth for the Oklahoma City Chapter, lifetime memberships increased; a full board of officers were selected; quarterly lunch and learn programs were held; and our new website also went live this year. See http://fbiokccaaa.org

Chronological Review of Events

September 16, 2014: Oklahoma City Citizens Academy Class of 2015 Graduation

Michael C. Thompson, Commissioner Oklahoma Department of Public Safety provided the keynote address to 23 graduates, family members, and friends. The event was at Chesapeake Energy.

October 29, 2014: Insight into the ATF

SAC Brendan Iber kicked off our first quarterly lunch and learn program by providing the history, responsibilities, and a case presentation on behalf of ATF.

December 9, 2014: FBY Cyber Security and Intrusion

An FBI Supervisory Special Agent showed how quickly your computer can be compromised with an online demonstration of hacking. He also provided information and tips to safeguard your information from Cyber attacks.

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