State Directors




Johnny Senn

Special Agent Johnny P. Senn began his career with the Alabama State Troopers in 2001. He was assigned to the Highway Patrol Division where he became a traffic homicide Investigator. Johnny was a member of the Special Operation Platoon and received honors as being State Trooper of the Year with the Dothan Post. He has served as a member of the board of directors for the Alabama State Trooper Association for the last six years. Johnny has been assigned to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation Division in Dothan since 2008. Before joining the Alabama DPS, Johnny served 15 years with the Elba, Ala., Police Department.




Satit "Tip" Gardner

Sergeant Tip Gardner started his career with the Arizona State Troopers in 1993. After serving as a trooper, field training instructor and tactical operator, he was promoted to sergeant in 2007. He held supervisory positions in the State Gang Task Force, Fugitive Apprehension Team and Special Weapons and Tactics. He has been serving in SWAT for the past 15 years as a team member, Assistant Team Leader, Team Leader, and currently serving as the SWAT Commander.




Gordon A. Koolman

Gordon retired from the California Highway Patrol in 1997 after 32 years of service. During his career, he worked motorcycle duty and as the Weapons/Range officer, division bomb instructor, and associate member of the Multi Accident Investigation Team. After retiring, Gordon was rehired as a retired annuitant and traveled the state teaching California Resident Foreign Registration and still conducts CRFR investigations and enforcement. He has served as the secretary/treasurer, vice president, and president of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, for which he currently serves as the director of retirees. He has served as AAST’s California since 2003.



Sean Connelly

Tpr. Sean Connelly, a member of the Connecticut State Police since 2005, is a second generation Connecticut state trooper currently assigned to Troop I in Bethany under the office of Field Operations. Sean's father retired from the CSP after 24 years of service and passed his badge (#960) down to his son. Prior to becoming a trooper, Sean was a police officer in the town of North Haven for six years.


Jason Sapp

Capt. Jason Sapp, a second-generation police officer, joined the Delaware State Police in 1995. He has served in a host of capacities, including uniformed patrol, detectives and recruitment, and hiring. More recently, Jason served as the director of the State Bureau of Identification. He presently serves as the troop commander at Troop No. 9 in Odessa, as well as the statewide DSP Honor Guard commander. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Jason also graduated from the 244th Session of the FBI National Academy.



John Bagnardi

Lt. John J. Bagnardi, a 30-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol, began his career in the Florida Keys and served in other areas until 1995, when he was selected to supervise the patrol’'s Tri-County DUI Task Force in Ft. Lauderdale. In 2001 he was named public information officer and in 2003 became the sub-district commander for the Tallahassee District. Five years later he was reassigned to FHP headquarters, commanding FHP’'s Criminal Interdiction Unit, his current assignment. Besides his daily duties, John serves as the Florida State University football team security for Coach Jimbo Fisher and the FSU Seminoles. John, a member of AAST since 1991, has served as since 2004.


Kyle Tanner

SFC Kyle Tanner began his career with the Georgia State Patrol in 1994 when he graduated from the 74th Trooper School and was assigned to Post No. 3, Cartersville. Kyle has been assigned to Northwest Georgia and metro Atlanta during his service as a trooper. He has been a member of the Motor Unit and currently assists in several areas of training. He currently is assigned as the Post Commander at Post No. 3, Cartersville.


Cpl. Joe Lake

Det. Joe Lake started his career with the Idaho State Police in 2003. After serving as a trooper, mentor, and recruiter in District 4, he promoted to detective in District 3 where he served as a Major Crimes detective and then served with Motorcycle Unit from 2008-2011. Having an extensive background in physical fitness training, sports, and hand-to-hand combatives, Joe promoted to training specialist, where he served until transferring back into investigations in 2014. A professional nationally accredited fitness trainer, Joe holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and has worked on a master’s degree. He is active in many community and law enforcement activities and is a certified instructor in Krav Maga law enforcement, firearms, physical fitness and health, EVOC, and several other disciplines.

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Kenneth Shelton

Ken is a retired Indiana State Police Trooper, Detective Sergeant, and worked in the Undercover Narcotics Division. He is a graduate of Tri-State University (now Trine University) in Angola and a graduate of the Reid Institute in Chicago. Currently, Shelton is President of Shelton Investigations, LLC in Angola, Indiana and is a licensed investigator in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.


He is experienced in investigations, court testimony, trial preparation, witness interviews, background investigations, skip tracing and process services. Shelton recently completed his second term as President of the Indiana Society of Professional Investigators (INspi) and is serving his third term as Region II Director of the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI). He is active in his community, currently serving on the Steuben County Council, 101 Lakes Kiwanis, Chairman of the Turning Point Homeless Shelter Board of Directors and serves on the board of Four County transitional Living, a recovery house for area men.


He and his wife, Karen have been married for 27 years and have four grown children and eight grandchildren.  They are active members of Fairview Missionary Church in Angola.




Mark Probst

Mark Probst retired in 2011 after a distinguished 32-plus year career as an Iowa State Patrol trooper. Hired in 1979, Mark started his career in western Iowa in Harlan and worked road enforcement for a number of years. Mark served as both assistant district commander and district commander in both northern and central Iowa. In November 2006 Mark was promoted to the rank of captain and oversaw several areas of responsibility. Throughout Mark's career he was active with specialty assignments, spending most of his career as a member and eventual coordinator of the ISP Tactical and Meth Lab Teams. Mark is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, Class 214.



Steven Jensen

Steven retired from the Kansas Highway Patrol in 2002 after serving 29 years. He served as the public relations officer for the Metro Kansas City Area for over 20 years and presently serves as president of the Uniformed Safety Education Officers, Inc., which holds an annual conference on highway safety presentations.



Tim Hazlette

Tim Hazlette joined the Kentucky State Police as a Police Radio Dispatcher in 1978 at the Pikeville and entered Cadet Trooper School in 1979, graduating in January 1980 returning to Post 9 in Pikeville, KY.

In 2003, he retired at the rank of Colonel after 25 ½ years of service with the Kentucky State Police.  

Since retirement from KSP, Hazlette has continued to work in the public safety field serving within several organizations. Most recently, he served as Chief of Police in the City of Campbellsville, Kentucky from December 2011 until March 2015.




Jason K. Turner

Sgt. Jason Turner has been a member of the Louisiana State Police since 1997 and has been assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Unit for over 10 years. He previously worked patrol, criminal patrols, and gaming enforcement in the Shreveport area. Jason currently serves as commissioner on the Louisiana State Police Commission where he represents his fellow troopers on civil service related matters.


Chuck Cave

Following 27 years of service with the Maryland State Police, Chuck Cave went on to serve eight years as chief deputy of the Howard County, Md., Sheriff’s Office, followed by his election to two four-year terms as sheriff. During his years with the state police, Chuck served as a firearms instructor and a team leader of the SWAT Team. He taught water safety and was a repel master. He is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, and during his last eight years with the state police, as a detective sergeant, Chuck supervised criminal investigations and was a case manager on most high profile cases.


James Massari

Sgt. James Massari graduated from the Massachusetts State Police Academy in 1992 as member of the 70th Recruit Training Troop. He has served in the Division of Field Services in Troops D and E and with the Division of Investigative Services. He has worked as a homicide investigator and is currently assigned to Division of Administrative Services, Employee Assistance Unit, which is responsible for responding to all critical incidents occurring in the commonwealth. He also teaches Stress Awareness classes at academy.


Thomas E. Tuggle II

Captain Thomas E. Tuggle II began his law enforcement career in 1992 as a patrolman with the city of Hernando Police Dept. He joined the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol in 1996 and served as a trooper assigned to District 3. He was transferred to the DPS Training Academy in 1998 and assigned senior instructor over basic training for law enforcement. In 2006 Thomas was appointed executive officer to the DPS commissioner and in 2009 was assigned to his current position as assistant director of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer's Training Academy. He is a member of the six-time national championship MHP LawFit Team.


Tim Baysinger

Tim Baysinger became a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol in 1978 after earning a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration from the University of Central Missouri. Tim was a road officer during the first two decades of his career, and then transferred to general headquarters in 1998 as a staff inspector. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 1999 and completed the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. In 2000 Tim attended the 202nd Session of the FBI National Academy and in 2001 was promoted to captain and became the director of the Research and Development Division. In 2006 Tim earned a master of arts in security studies, homeland defense and security from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Tim has been a CALEA assessor since 2001 and is a Gold Standard assessment team leader. Tim retired in 2014.

New York

Michael Doney

Mike became a New York state trooper in November 1967 and served in Troop D, retiring in 1987, during which time he received the NYSP Superintendent's Award. Mike is AAST's longest serving , assisting the members of New York since 1995. He has also served as the state president of the Association of Former New York State Troopers for 20 years and currently operates an electrical contracting business.

North Carolina

Carolyn Logan

Carolyn Green Logan retired from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in 2007 after 30 years of law enforcement. Carolyn was the Traffic Safety Information sergeant for Troop H. She was the first black female trooper in the state of North Carolina, and at the time of her retirement was the senior female member, and the first female to retire as a trooper with 30 years of law enforcement service from the NCSHP. Carolyn has been a member of AAST since 2004. She teaches driving at CPCC and is writing a book about her career.



Jason Bledsoe

Jason Bledsoe is a senior trooper with the Oregon State Police, stationed at the Portland Area Command and working in the Patrol Division. He was hired by the OSP in 1995 and since then, has held various Patrol and Criminal Division positions in Newport, Tualatin, Banks, and Salem before his current assignment. Jason is a negotiator on the department’s SWAT team, a Patrol Tactics instructor, a field training officer, and served nearly eight years as the AAST Oregon division’s public information director.


Jim Emigh

Lt. Jim Emigh Jr. is a second generation trooper. Jim is currently assigned as the Crime Section Commander, Troop G- Hollidaysburg. He enlisted in the state police in 1991 and has served at Montoursville, Coudersport, Clarion, Kane, Lehighton, Bloomsburg, Rockview, Philipsburg, Embreeville, and Tionesta. Jim also served as a supervisor for the Bureau of Drug Law Enforcements Clandestine Lab Response and Tactical Narcotics Team.

South Carolina

Bryan McDougald

Sgt. Bryan McDougald has served as AAST's for South Carolina since 2004. He joined the South Carolina Highway Patrol in 1989 and made his way around several different South Carolina counties before being assigned to patrol headquarters in 2000 as a public information officer, ultimately being promoted to commander of the Community Relations Office. As a state trooper, Bryan served as of the Special Olympics Torch Run and served on the board of the SCHP Troopers Association. Bryan retired from the highway patrol to serve as the traffic safety director of the South Carolina National Safety Council. In 2014, Bryan returned to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety and has taken on the role of law enforcement liaison in the Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs.


Tony L. Barham

Tony Barham was promoted in 2009 to captain of the newly combined Special Programs Unit, which consists of all Commercial Vehicle Enforcement administrative functions, Safety Education, and D.A.R.E. Tony began his career with the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1988 as a road trooper and was promoted in 2003 to sergeant. In 2008 he was promoted to lieutenant over the Special Programs Unit in the Nashville District. Tony is also responsible for THP administrative employees assigned to the Special Programs Unit in eight districts across Tennessee. Tony is a graduate of Freed Hardeman University, the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and the Tennessee Government Executive Institute.


Brandon Bess

Brandon Bess began his law enforcement career in 1994 as a patrolman for the city of Henderson and then as a deputy sheriff for the Rusk County Sheriff's Department. He joined the Texas DPS in 1995 and served as a trooper and corporal in the Highway Patrol service. He served two years as a License and Weight trooper in Chambers County until his promotion to sergeant in the Special Crimes Service. In July 2013 he was promoted to the Texas Rangers. Brandon has instructed numerous state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and school officials in investigative methods, and identification of white supremacist gang members. Brandon holds an associate of applied science degree in criminal justice from Kilgore College and a master peace officer certification from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.


James E. Clare Jr.

James E. Clare, a 41-year veteran of the Virginia State Police, retired January 2009 at the rank of lieutenant. He spent 15 years of his career in the Executive Protective Unit and most recently served as the department's staff inspection manager. He has served as the AAST Virginia for three years and currently serves as Chairman of the AAST Foundation Board of Directors.


Brian George

Sgt. Brian George began his career with the Washington State Patrol in 1997. Currently, he is a supervisor in the Field Operations Bureau assigned to District Eight, Bremerton, which encompasses the coast of Washington, from the Canadian Border to the Columbia River along the Oregon boarder. Brian is a collision reconstructionist and a member of the agency Peer Support Team. Brian was previously a detective in the Criminal Investigation Division and has served as public information officer and as a member of the Rapid Deployment Force, the Executive Protection Unit, and governor protection. Before joining the patrol, Brian served two years with the Suquamish Tribal Police Department.

West Virginia

Michael Baylous

Lt. Michael Baylous has served in many capacities with the West Virginia State Police, currently serving as the agency’s public information officer. He is an appointed member to the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency, and Corrections and is vice president of the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide. Michael served six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and holds an associate’s degree in police science from Marshall University, a bachelor’s degree in political science from West Virginia University, and a master’s in government from Regent University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.


Carla L. Nichols

Carla served 15 years with the Wyoming Highway Patrol before retiring in May 2014, before which she worked for over 10 years with a county agency. During the time with the patrol Carla became one of the first Alive At 25 instructors for the state of Wyoming. She was chosen to be the first trooper to travel to the National Safety Talk conference in Indianapolis and was also selected to attend a second conference in Kansas City.