Prior to joining MCC, Mark James was the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and served in this role from 2005 to 2009. In this gubernatorial cabinet advisory role, Mark oversaw an organization that consisted of 15,000 employees. During this time, he served as incident commander of 20 presidentially declared disasters in Missouri. [>]
He began his career in the early 1980's serving as a first-line supervisor for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He spent 20 years with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) doing everything from running a field office to overhauling and leading the ATF's Intelligence Division, creating a multi-million dollar case information and management system, and leading a four-state region as special agent in charge of the Kansas City Division.
As head of the Kansas City Division, Mark was called to Washington D.C. to unite and lead a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional force of thousands of agents and officers to capture the "D.C. Snipers."
Cheryl Carpenter-Davis, Dean of Instruction
Dr. Cheryl Carpenter-Davis is the Dean of Instruction at the Metropolitan Community College-Blue River campus in Independence, Missouri. Cheryl began her career at MCC-Penn Valley campus in 1991 as faculty in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. She served as district-wide Articulation Coordinator six years, district-wide Director of Tech Prep for two years and Associate Dean for five years.
Prior to her tenure at MCC, Cheryl was a teaching associate at the University of Kansas in the Physical Therapy Education program and practiced physical therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center Rehabilitation Services Department. [>]
Cheryl has presented nationally on a variety of topics including articulation and education policy. She has also published articles on the effectiveness of articulation agreements, physical therapy and education policy, and she is also the recipient of numerous wards.
She is an active member of the Family Conservancy, the Independence Chamber of Commerce, and the Junior Service League of Independence.
Chief of Training
Butch graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management. After graduation, he entered the United States Navy where he was assigned to a Special Forces unit in Vietnam.
After his service, he entered on duty with the F.B.I. in January 1972 and remained
with them until his retirement in 2004. He was assigned to violent crime squads and
also became involved in the training of both F.B.I. special agents and police officers.
He was the senior special weapons and tactics team leader, principle firearms instructor, principle defensive tactics instructor, physical fitness coordinator, police training coordinator, and the National Academy coordinator, in addition to his investigative duties.
During his career, he participated in many investigations including the Oklahoma City bombing, and the David Koresh investigation in Waco, Texas.
Mike Hendershot, Director, Public Safety Institute
Mike was raised in Battle Creek Michigan and graduated from high school in 1967. After attending Evangel University for one year, Mike volunteered for the draft and served in the Army. Mike served as an E-5 in the infantry in Vietnam.
After returning to the states, Mike returned to Evangel University and continued his education. In 1977 Mike joined the United States Marshals Service. Mike served with Marshals Service in Washington D.C., Kansas City, Mo, Kalamazoo, MI, and Miami, FL. During that time Mike served on several national fugitive teams and provided dignitary protection at the United Nations Mike supervised and worked on numerous major investigations and protection details, including organized crime families, drug cartel, major bike gangs and a rogue CIA agent. In 1987 Mike was awarded the Department of Justice Outstand Performance and Special Achievement Award from Attorney General Edwin Meese.