JPMA staff and associates are committed to helping public safety organizations understand and employ technology-powered training options. Their knowledge and skills are unsurpassed in the public safety online training arena. They work hand-in-hand with numerous public safety subject matter experts to ensure that the resources provided are current, relevant, and effective.
Paul M. Plaisted - President – Mr. Plaisted has spent most of the last 40 years involved in the field of public safety and private security. He has served as a line police officer, criminal investigator, Police Chief, police management consultant, state grants office coordinator, deputy director of a statewide drug enforcement unit, and Assistant to the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Public Safety. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine at Augusta and a MBA from the Yale School of Management.
A recognized authority in the area of criminal justice grants, Mr. Plaisted has personally trained nearly 5,000 criminal justice professionals in grantsmanship and program planning and evaluation techniques. He has managed multi-million dollar public safety information systems technology projects implemented on a statewide basis, and he has served on numerous public safety and technology-related committees and commissions. His current professional association memberships include the Maine and New York Chiefs of Police Associations, the American Society for Industrial Security, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training, the Police Executive Research Forum, Police Futurists International, and the Association for Talent Development.
Over the past 12 years, Mr. Plaisted has developed substantial expertise in the use of Internet-based technologies to support public safety training initiatives. He has direct experience in online training class development using multiple technologies, designing a learning management system that is highly acclaimed for its ease of use and functionality, and researching the utilization of web-based training in the law enforcement community. This all contributes to his being one of the nation’s most knowledgeable professionals in crafting Internet training delivery solutions for public safety.
Alan Hammond - Training Manager - Mr. Hammond is JPMA’s senior manager responsible for researching and planning professional development resources to meet client needs. He assesses developmental needs to drive training initiatives, then identifies and arranges suitable training solutions. Part of Mr. Hammond’s role is to interact with the appropriate national and state organizations responsible for public safety and security training certification and maximize JPMA’s ability to deliver online training materials to clients nationwide. He conducts follow-up studies of all completed training to evaluate and measure results and modify programs as necessary.
Mr. Hammond has 40 years of military, conservation, and general law enforcement experience. He is an experienced facilitator, presenter, trainer, manager, and educator. He has held training management positions in the Maine Forest Service and the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and has participated in extensive graduate studies in Adult Education at the University of Southern Maine.
Rachel Frost - Instructional Development Manager - Ms. Frost is JPMA’s Instructional Development Manager. For three years, she has been developing classes for JPMA and is skilled at using various online class development software products and all Articulate® authoring tools. Ms. Frost is responsible for the coordination of all instructional development projects, including new class creation, existing class upgrades and state-specific class conversions. She comes to JPMA with 16 years of training experience, mostly from the University of Southern Maine where she was a Senior Technology Trainer. Having spent 15 years working primarily in distance education, Ms. Frost is uniquely qualified to focus on managing JPMA’s e-training class development processes.
Ms. Frost is a graduate of Thomas College where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Information Systems. She also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Judith Regina-Whiteley - Instructional Development Associate - Ms. Regina-Whiteley is an Instructional Development Associate. She manages instructional design and development of public safety and criminal justice related computer-based education and training products and is the primary architect of the safety and crime prevention lessons with the Community Safety Series and much of the content within the various JPMA Public Safety Online Training Initiatives. She serves as a consultant to criminal justice and human services agencies for strategic planning, organizational communication, program development, team building, and training. In her capacity as manager and consultant, Ms. Regina-Whiteley has developed significant expertise in the planning and implementation of complex programs, with a specialty in programs that cross service system boundaries, particularly criminal justice and human services.
A certified Nurse Practitioner, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Primary Health Care, and extensive graduate education in Management, Sociology and Distance Learning. Ms. Regina-Whiteley, a recognized authority on the impact of the mentally ill on police and correctional organizations, has extensive training experience including 15 years as consultant and trainer with the National Institute of Corrections. She has served on numerous state and county level task forces focused on criminal justice and mental health issues and is a member of several professional associations.
Jan Reynolds, J.D. – Law Enforcement Training Specialist - Ms. Reynolds retired from the Maine State Police with over 25 years of law enforcement service. During her career, she was assigned to several units of the Maine Department of Public Safety. She also served for several years as an Assistant District Attorney for Maine. Ms. Reynolds conducted in-service training, participated in policy and rule making, and provided input and decision-making as a member of various state working groups. She is a valuable resource in JPMA’s content development for law enforcement training courses.
Ms. Reynolds received her Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law in Massachusetts and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island.
Richard Lumb, Ph.D. – Leadership Content Specialist – Dr. Lumb received his doctorate from Florida State University and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Southern Maine. His academic career includes Chair of two criminal justice academic departments and Director of the Institute for Leadership Development at the State University of New York at Brockport where he is an Emeritus Professor. Dr. Lumb currently provides research, program planning, evaluation, and training development services to the Maine Department of Corrections and several law enforcement agencies. He holds adjunct professor status at the State University of New York at Brockport, the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and the University of Maine at Augusta.
Dr. Lumb completed 25 years in policing serving as chief of police in two communities. He was the Director of the Research, Planning, and Analysis Bureau at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for five years and developed an internationally recognized Geographic Information Systems crime and problem-solving analysis program in support of the department’s community problem oriented policing service model.
Richard Mears, M.P.A. – Law Enforcement Training Specialist – Mr. Mears is a retired Deputy Chief of Police for the Brunswick, Maine, Police Department and a leader in the criminal justice arena. With over 40 years of experience, he is a national and international consultant, instructor, manager and presenter on criminal justice/law enforcement topics. Among many projects in the U.S. and abroad, Mr. Mears worked as a Project Manager for the U.S. Department of Justice on a project with the U.S. Special Operations Task Force in the Philippines and an advisor to the Kenya Police Reform Commission. He is a Certified Instructor for law enforcement and an expert witness for police civil liabilities issues/consultation and case assignments.
Mr. Mears served as an Associate Professor of Justice Studies at the University of Maine at Augusta (including managing justice related grants) and an Executive Director of the Maine Community Policing Institute. He has received many professional awards for his leadership, training, and contributions to law enforcement. He is a member of the North East Association of Criminal Justice Science, Maine Chiefs of Police Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Sheriff Everett Flannery (Retired) – Customer Relations – Mr. Flannery is a retired Sheriff from Maine’s Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office. He has 35 years of experience working for municipal and county law enforcement organizations.
Mr. Flannery is JPMA’s customer relations liaison for its learning management system and content delivery. His vast knowledge and experience in law enforcement is a valuable resource for JPMA. He is responsible for outreach services connecting personnel in law enforcement, security, corrections, probation and parole, and fire/EMS agencies to important online training resources.
Mr. Flannery is a graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration. More recently, he graduated from Thomas College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology. He has been a member of the National and Maine Sheriffs’ Associations, International and Maine Chiefs’ of Police Associations, and many local boards and advisory committees.
Randy Lamattina – Customer Relations – Mr. Lamattina has 47 years of experience working in law enforcement, security, training and investigation. He was a detective with the Boston Police Department and their Lead Technician for the Special Operations Bomb Squad and the General Investigation Unit. Mr. Lamattina has been a Senior Instructor training civilians, military and law enforcement personnel in the United States, Peru, Colombia, and Saudi Arabia. His experience is with protective services teams, safety and corporate security. He has government clearance (Secret) and has been an investigator for fraud, due diligence, and arson cases.
Mr. Lamattina is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine Criminal Justice program, the Business Administration program at Newbury Junior College in Massachusetts, and the Boston Police Academy’s law enforcement certification program. He has received training and certifications for bomb technician, arson and post-blast investigation, physical security and protective services. He has received many awards including the Medal of Honor, Medal of Valor, Silver Star, Sullivan Award, and the Boston Bank Award.
John Yerardi – Customer Relations – Mr. Yerardi serves as the coordinator of JPMA outreach activities within the New England states. He is responsible for meeting with training providers, agency training coordinators, and agency executives to provide information and seek input on JPMA online delivery activities.
Mr. Yerardi is a graduate of Northeastern University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He spent more than 23 years in law enforcement in the state of New Hampshire working his way through the ranks at the Portsmouth Police Department. Mr. Yerardi spent the last three years of his career in charge of the Personnel & Training Division before retiring as a Captain from the Portsmouth Police Department in 2008. He is also a graduate of the 204th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Chief Jerry Hinton (Retired) – Customer Relations – Chief Hinton serves as an at-large coordinator of JPMA outreach activities. He is responsible for meeting with training providers, agency training coordinators, and agency executives to provide information and seek input on JPMA online delivery activities.
Chief Hinton is a veteran of 36 years of police service, first with the Portsmouth, NH Police Department, retiring as Commander of Detectives, and then as the Chief of Police of Brunswick, Maine. Chief Hinton has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College, and is a graduate of the 152nd Session of the FBI National Academy. Chief Hinton is a certified instructor for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and a certified ethics instructor through the National Institute of Ethics. He is a Past President of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association and currently oversees the Training & Standards Committee. Chief Hinton served on the Board of Directors of the New England Association of Police Chiefs and is a Life Member. He also is a Life Member of the International Chiefs of Police Association and a Mentor of new Chiefs.
Chief Joseph Young (Retired) - Customer Relations – Chief Young serves as an at-large coordinator of JPMA outreach activities. He is responsible for meeting with training providers, agency training coordinators, and agency executives to provide information and seek input on JPMA online delivery activities
Chief Young has 44 years of experience working in law enforcement, emergency management services, and training. He was the Chief of Police, Emergency Management Director, Interim Town Manager, Computer Information Technician, Certified Instructor, and principal in charge of the Regional Communications Center in the Town of Winthrop, Maine. Chief Young’s extensive knowledge of emergency response, law enforcement, and computer technology is a superb resource for JPMA and its clients for relating everyday situations to technology-based solutions for efficiency improvements.
Chief Young is a graduate of the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine for the Municipal Leadership Program and has received this Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice at the University of Maine at Augusta. He has received his Certificate of Leadership for Community Policing from the Maine Community Policing Institute, a Certificate of Completion from the F.B.I. National Academy in Virginia, and an Associate’s degree in Legal Technology from the University of Maine at Orono. Prior to his career in law enforcement, he was a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves. He has been a recipient of many awards, is a member of numerous professional associations including the New England Chiefs of Police Association, Maine Chiefs of Police Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and others.
Patrick Corbett – Web Systems Engineer – Mr. Corbett designs, builds, and maintains the online systems that contain and provide a user interface with JPMA’s web-based learning content. He supports computer systems, and maintains databases that serve as the operational and management systems of JPMA. Mr. Corbett has several years of experience in the development, implementation and support of large scale, dynamic information systems using a number of multimedia, database management, and Internet technologies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in New Media with a Minor in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Maine at Orono.
Rick Hughes – Multimedia Specialist – Mr. Hughes coordinates multimedia activities ensuring that JPMA produces a robust set of instructional graphics and interactive exercises to support individual class learning objectives. He designs and develops custom web pages and original graphics. His experience in a wide range of media areas, including print and web-based publishing, digital photography, audio recording, and digital video makes him a valuable resource for the JPMA team and its clients. Mr. Hughes holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Information Science from Kennebec Valley Community College.
Andrea Wilkins – Project Support Specialist – Ms. Wilkins is JPMA’s executive assistant and project support specialist. She is responsible for quality assurance in the course development process and coordination of JPMA’s business processes. Ms. Wilkins comes to JPMA with over 28 years of experience in administration, including consulting, project management, coordination, technical editing, and training. She has extensive knowledge in computer applications and presentation development. Ms. Wilkins is a graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.