Adjunct (Part-Time) Faculty

Cynthia Ashman - Cynthia Ashman is a retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She has a B. S. in Public and Environmental Affairs and a M.S in Human Services with both degree concentrations in Criminal Justice. Cynthia began her career as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Gary, Indiana for six years before a 24 year career with the Bureau of Prisons. She began as a correctional officer in Chicago, Illinois and transferred to the Medical Center in Springfield, Mo as a mental health case manager and worked closely with the federal courts. Another transfer to Tucson, Arizona as a Case Management Coordinator and worked with courts on all pre-trial matters. She received the United States Attorney General’s Award for Victim/Witness Assistance due to her development of collecting special assessment/fines from all inmates before deportation. After 14 years at USP Leavenworth, Kansas, she retired in 2008. Her expertise in correctional case management, counseling and inmate management is extensive with her 24 years of service. She has taught a wide range of criminal justice courses at other local universities and is currently teaching Introduction to Corrections and Community Corrections.

Michael Betten, CPP - Michael Betten is a Certified Protection Professional through the American Society of Industrial Security. He received his B.S. in Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and is currently working on his master's degree in Occupational Safety Management at Central Missouri State University. Mr. Betten has over 17 years of law enforcement experience with the Overland Park Police Department. He was assigned to the police department's Crime Prevention Unit for seven years before being transferred to the Emergency Services Division. He has consulted or lectured for the following associations or conferences: National School Resource Officers Association (NSRO), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), National Crime Prevention Conference (Washington, D.C.), United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPPS), and many others. In June 2003, Mr. Betten was profiled in Security Management Magazine as its CPP of the quarter and was awarded the CPP of the Year for Region V by the American Society of Industrial Security.

Shari Blank, JD - I am licensed to practice law in the states of Kansas and Missouri. I practiced law for over 12 years in Kansas City, Missouri. My primary area of concentration was in employment, labor and general business law. I represented individuals in cases under Title VII, the ADA and the ADEA. I also represented union side labor in arbitration matters and general contract issues. The majority of my work was representing police officers throughout the state of Missouri with regard to employment issues. I also had several large business clients that I represented in various cases as well as writing policy manuals and attending to their various daily operational issues.

I have worked in the litigation areas for both large and small firms in addition to positions at the county and federal level. My practice took me from the local municipal court level up to the state supreme court level as well as all levels of federal courts. I was privileged to represent a large national bank in their case which was accepted on appeal to the United States Supreme Court.

When I am not teaching, I am home with my amazing family. I have been married to my wonderful husband for over 20 years. Our oldest son now attends the University of Minnesota after a brief detour in Washington, DC, at American University. He is pursuing his degree in sociology of law, crime and deviance. After a short stop in law school, he hopes to work for the FBI. We also have twin sons in middle school. Eric is my basketball player and Ryan is my baseball player. You will often find me preparing for class at one of their numerous practices or games during the week. Finally, we have a bichon frise named Teddy and a zuchon puppy named Tucker. They keep us all grounded and sane.

Michael Daniels - Michael Daniels is a Lieutenant with the Merriam Police Department. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree /Administration of Justice from Central Missouri State University in 1986. He received his Master of Criminal Justice degree from Washburn University in 2001. He has been a Police Officer since January 1987. During this time he has been a District Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, Lead Detective (person crimes), Metro Squad (Homicide) Investigator, Firearms Instructor, Shift Supervisor, Use of Force Trainer, SWAT Team Leader, Administrative Lieutenant and a graduate of the 242 FBI National Academy. He is currently assigned as the Investigations Unit Commander. Other duties with the police department include Training coordinator and SWAT Team Commander. Lieutenant Daniels is also actively involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a non-profit organization of volunteer law enforcement officers to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. Lieutenant Daniels is a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and a certified trainer in police use of force by the National Law Enforcement Training Center.

James Divney - James Divney is a professor of Sociology and Anthropology and has been teaching a wide range of courses in those areas at Johnson County Community College since 1991. He also teaches Criminology classes in the Administration of Justice program at JCCC. Professor Divney received his graduate degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas and in Anthropology from the University of Northern Colorado. Academically, his primary interests are in the historical comparative study of societies and in social theory.

John P. Gabrielson - John P. Gabrielson is a United States Probation Officer with the United States District Court for the District of Kansas since 2001. Prior to his present employment he worked for Johnson County, Kansas Department of Corrections for 9 years. He has been in the field of Corrections/Criminal Justice since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration/Corrections at Central Missouri State University. He received his Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. John has taught 7 prior courses in Corrections and Criminal Justice/Probation and Parole at Kansas City Kansas Community College and Washburn University. He is a member of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association and has completed training at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington D.C. John is currently participating in the Adjunct Certification Training (ACT) offered through JCCC and scheduled to teach Community Based Corrections.

McDonald "Brent" Groves - Brent Groves earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Park College, where he graduated Cum Laude.  Professor Groves earned his Master of Science degree from Washburn University in 2003.  Professor Groves began his Law Enforcement career in Missouri in 1992, and later transferred to the Olathe Police Department, where he worked as a Police Officer, Tactical Officer and Field Training Officer.  Professor Groves has received awards for Life Saving, Excellence and Valor during his law enforcement career. In 2002, Brent became a full-time Police Academy Instructor at JCCC, where he taught Police Procedures, Defensive Tactics, Firearms and Pursuit Driving.  Professor Groves became an adjunct professor for the Administration of Justice Department at JCCC in 2004.  Professor Groves is a member of the Zeta-Rho chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE) at JCCC. Professor Groves is a full-time Detective for the Olathe Police Department, where he investigates Financial Crime and Auto Theft. Professor Groves is a member of the Kansas City Metro Squad Homicide Investigation Unit, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, and the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators.

Glenn Ladd - Glenn Ladd has an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University. He has been the Chief of Police at the North Kansas City, Missouri Police Department since January of 2003. He began his career in criminal justice in 1977 with the city of Maryville, Missouri Public Safety Department. He was recognized by Overland Park for the design and implementation of the Citizen Contact Program, an early form of community policing. Mr. Ladd has been an adjunct professor in Administration of Justice at JCCC since 1980. He teaches Criminology, Constitutional Law, Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Systems, and Police Organization and Management. He is a member of the MPCA Command College Committee, and currently President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association. He is also a member of the Police Executive Research Forum.

Kelly McGill Carroll - Ms. McGill is a Forensic Scientist with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory specializing in forensic DNA analysis. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a M.S. in Forensic Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been in the field of DNA and forensic science since 2000. Prior to working for the JCSO she held positions at the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center in Chicago and The Paternity Testing Corporation in Missouri. Kelly loves playing a part in the forensic science community by acting as a laboratory accreditation auditor and being a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists. She also had the rare opportunity to aid in the DNA identifications of the Hurricane Katrina mass disaster in 2006 in Louisiana. Even though her job may not be "like CSI", she loves sharing her knowledge and expertise in the field by teaching at JCCC.

Greg O'Halloran - Mr. O'Halloran has had an enduring interest in the criminal justice system for many years. He started his own career in law enforcement in January 1982. Mr. O’Halloran spent over 31 years with a mid-size police department, rising through the ranks, attending specialized training and filling a wide array of assignments. In 2014 he was named Chief of Police in a small city in Kansas where he enjoys interacting with, and serving the community, alongside the officers. Mr. O’Halloran has enjoyed a good mix of operational and administrative experiences throughout his career. Those experiences have led him to believe that education, proficiency in core competencies and having an interest in service are essential to future success in the criminal justice field.

Susan Smith - Susan C. Smith is a crime analyst for the Shawnee, KS Police Department. During her 14-year career, she has held positions in several divisions, including the Criminal Intelligence Division. Susan has contributed to various publications related to crime mapping and has authored various articles on crime analysis including "Integrating Crime Analysis into Local Law Enforcement," which appeared in the May 2000 issue of The Police Chief magazine. Susan is also the co-author of a book with Deborah Osborne called Getting Started in Crime Analysis: Basics Resources for Criminal Justice Practice. She is the crime analysis instructor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has instructed for the Southwestern Legal Foundation, ACTNow, Inc., various state and regional crime analysis associations, and for the Johnson County Regional Police Academy. Susan previously held the position of Training Coordinator for the Mid-America Regional Crime Analysis Network (MARCAN), and is on the Executive Board for the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA). She holds a B.S. in Human Services/Criminal Justice and an M.S. in Management from Saint Mary College in Leavenworth, KS.

Jennifer WelchJennifer Welch began her career at a community corrections residential program in Topeka, Kansas. Since that time she has held the positions of parole officer and parole supervisor, working in both Wyandotte and Johnson counties. She is currently a manager for the parole services division of the Kansas Department of Corrections with responsibilities that include oversight of the employee training program, policy development and helping to effectively incorporate evidence based correctional practices into parole operations. 

Mrs. Welch has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corrections and Sociology from Washburn University and is working towards a master’s degree through Baker University. She holds several instructor certifications including advanced communication skills, cognitive behavioral case management techniques and personal safety skills. She was an elected member of the Kansas Correctional Association’s executive board 1992 -1994 and enjoyed the leadership role and helping to coordinate statewide training conferences. From 2008 – 2012 she served as Kansas’ Regional Field Coordinator for the National Institute of Corrections’ Regional Training Initiative. In that role she assisted with the development and presentation of professional development events for corrections employees in the central states. She enjoys sharing information with students and helping them identify their career interests and potential.

Motorcyle demonstration

Join us for CJ Day 2015 on Wed., Sept. 16, 2015, in the JCCC Commons Plaza.

Six administration of justice students brought home 10 trophies from the regional criminal justice competition in Columbia, Missouri.

Six administration of justice students brought home 10 trophies from the regional criminal justice competition in Columbia, Missouri.