Administration of Justice Studies Institute

AJS Program Faculty Bios

James F. Cerven, BS, MA / AJS Program Director and Residential Faculty 
Jim retired from the New York City Police Department in 2005 after 23 years of service in the rank of Detective Sergeant. He worked in the Organized Crime Investigation Division and has extensive investigative experience in upper level drug trafficking and violent drug gang investigations. He was a first responder to the terrorist attacks on 9-11 and subsequently worked on the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. Jim has taught for the Administration of Justice Program at Estrella Mountain Community College since 2007. He was formally recognized as a peer mentor by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society in 2011 and 2013. He was a recipient of the 2013 NISOD award for excellence in teaching.  Jim teaches AJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, AJS 109 Substantive Criminal Law, AJS 123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice, AJS 200 Current Issues in Criminal Justice, AJS 201 Rules of Evidence, AJS 230 the Police Function, AJS 260 Procedural Criminal Law,   AJS 275 Criminal Investigation and AJS20BN, Courtroom Testimony Seminary.  Jim earned a B.S. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and an M.A. from Arizona State University.

 Cheryl L. Gipson-Thurman, BS, M.Ed / Residential Faculty
Cheryl is a twenty five year plus veteran of the Phoenix Police Department retiring as a Lieutenant Patrol Commander in 2011. While with the Phoenix Police Department, Cheryl worked a variety of patrol, training and investigative assignments. She held supervisory/command positions within all these areas. She received numerous letters of commendation for her job performance throughout her career. She is a member of several professional law enforcement organizations and was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Drug Education and Prevention.  She also proudly serves her church in voluntary capacities.  Cheryl has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University and a Masters’ Degree in Educational Leadership with distinction from Northern Arizona University. Cheryl teaches AJS 109 Substantive Criminal Law, AJS 123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice, AJS 225 Criminology, AJS 270 Community Relations and AJS 275 Criminal Investigation.    

Mark R. Brown, BS / Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Brown retired from law enforcement in 2011, following a 24 year career. His last eight years serving as Chief of Police for the Goodyear Police Department.  Mark has experience in most areas of police work from patrol, tactical operations, investigations, community relations, school resource, budgeting, employment services and senior management. Mark is a member of several professional associations and serves on a board for a local non-profit.  Mark holds a BS degree from Arizona State University in Administration of Justice. Mark is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Southwest Law Enforcement Command College. Mark has taught for the MCC District for 19 years with the past 15 at EMCC where he has instructed Police Function AJS 230, Criminal Procedure AJS 260, Police Planning AJS 211, and Community Relations AJS 270. Prior to his teaching Mark was an AJS student at EMCC.

Jessica Budrow; BA, BS, CCL / Adjunct Faculty
Jessica Budrow currently works for the Arizona Department of Public Safety Central Regional Crime Laboratory. She began her career with AZDPS in March 2013 as a laboratory technician and began working as a Forensic Scientist in June 2013. Jessica earned both a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.A. in Chemistry from Arizona State University as well as a Certificate of Completion in Evidence Technology from Phoenix College. Ms. Budrow is currently assigned to the Latent Print Unit at AZDPS. She is a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI) and serves as First Vice President of the Arizona Identification Council (AIC). Jessica received her General Instructor certification in 2014 and is an AZPOST certified general instructor. She regularly instructs officers, attorneys, other forensic professionals and high school students.

John Brinker, J.D. / Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Brinker has spent the majority of his professional career working as a prosecuting attorney, with over a decade of experience as a criminal prosecutor. That experience has primarily been as a Deputy County Attorney with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, and he has also served as a prosecutor in Iowa. With this background, John has extensive experience in criminal law including misdemeanor prosecution in local Justice Courts and felony prosecution in Superior Court. He has also worked extensively with the Maricopa County Grand Jury to initiate criminal cases. John has been recognized for his dedication to crime victims and has also been assigned on multiple occasions as a mentor attorney assisting with the supervision of new prosecutors and helping with their development and training. John is active in his local church and also volunteers in the community helping coach the Trivium Preparatory Academy high school Mock Trial Team. John holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa and a J.D. with Honors from Drake University Law School. He teaches AJS 260 Criminal Procedure.

Adam C. Bunch, M.A. / Adjunct Faculty
Adam has worked in the Criminal Justice System since 1999, where he started his career as a Juvenile Detention Officer in Columbus, Indiana. Adam is currently employed with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Officer since 2005. Adam has been assigned to Estrella Jail, Tents Jail, Court Operations, Durango Jail, and 4th Avenue Jail. He is currently assigned to the Custody Support Division, where he teaches re-entry skills to Inmates that participate in a substance abuse treatment program. Adam is also a Trainer and Facilitator for his division. Adam has also been employed as a Special Deputy Sheriff and as a Probation Officer in the state of Indiana as well. He is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, as well as, the Indiana Army National Guard. Adam earned an Associate of Science and a Bachelor of Science from Indiana Wesleyan University. He also holds a Master of Arts from Liberty University. He is a current member of the American Correctional Association, as well as, the Arizona Gang Investigators Association. He also serves on the Estrella Mountain Community College Administration of Justice Advisory Board. Adam currently teaches AJS 240, The Correction Function, and AJS 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Reymundo M. Cruz, BS, M.Ed. / Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Cruz began working for the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department in 1994 and recently retired as a Supervisor for that agency.  He also has five years’ experience in Adult Probation, working for the Probation System in El Paso, Texas. He has had affiliations with the Maricopa County Hispanic Network Organization and the National Latino Peace Officer Association. Ray teaches AJS 225: Criminology, AJS 212, Juvenile Justice Procedures and AJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice. Ray is currently in his final year of his doctorate studies at Grand Canyon University

Cuauhtemoc “Memo” Espinoza, BS, MBA  / Adjunct Faculty
Memo Espinoza is a former student here at Estrella Mountain Community College and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he applied for the Avondale Police Department and became a police officer for the City of Avondale in 1997. He has served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. He holds the present rank of Assistant Chief of Police.  Memo Espinoza has been the recipient of several commendations throughout his career with the Avondale Police Department to include nominations as Supervisor of the Year, Supervisor of the Quarter and the Distinguished Service Award.  Memo was also recognized as Estrella Mountain Community College Outstanding Alumni of the Year in 2010.  He is a member or the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, the Latino Peace Officers Association, Hispanic Leadership Institute-West, National Tactical Officer’s Association, and the National Association of Field Training Officers.  Memo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration and a Master’s degree in business.  Memo is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. Memo teaches AJS 113: Crime Control Policies and Practices. 

Glenn A. Hutchinson, AA, BS, GRI / Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Hutchison has taught in the Maricopa Community College District since 1994 and continues to teach at both Glendale Community College and Estrella Mountain Community College.  Glenn has worked as an Identification Technician both for the City of Glendale and the City of Avondale since 1980.  He was honored as an “Employee of the Year” in both the City of Glendale and the City of Avondale. He has also served as an Associate City Magistrate - Judge Pro Tem for the City of Surprise responsible for hearing Misdemeanor cases and attending to civil matters on behalf of the City of Surprise. Glenn has taught AJS 213: Evidence Technology/Fingerprints; AJS 215: Criminalistics~Physical Evidence; AJS 216: Criminalistics~Biological Evidence; AJS 241: Police Photography; and, AJS 205: Police Report Writing.  Glenn has also served as a Hearing Officer within the Maricopa County Justice Court System for over 9 years – hearing cases involving Orders of Protection, Civil Traffic cases, and small claim matters.

Anna M. Lucero, AAS / Adjunct Faculty
Anna is a former student of Estrella Mountain Community College and received her AAS in Evidence Technology from Phoenix College.  She is presently a Forensic Photo Specialist for the Phoenix Police Department. She began her career with the department in 2000, as a Police Payroll Clerk.  Having received her Evidence Technology degree in 2001, she was able to transfer over and become a Crime Scene Specialist the same year.  As a Crime Scene Specialist, she was responsible for processing major crime scenes for the Phoenix Police Department to include homicides as well as other violent type offenses. Anna also worked for a period of time for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Anna is a presenter and trainer for different organizations and police departments all over the state and has conducted training in forensics in Mexico.  Anna teachers AJS 213: Evidence Technology/Fingerprints and AJS 214: Evidence Technology/Photography.

Peter Luszczak, BA, MSW / Adjunct Faculty
Peter Luszczak has worked for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) for over 21 years.  He joined ADJC as a Youth Program Officer III Clinical Specialist in the Sex Offender treatment unit at Adobe Mountain School, and has held a variety of positions within the agency, including Youth Program Supervisor, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, Case Management Coordinator, and Secure Care Operations Bureau Administrator.  Mr. Luszczak has held the position of Secure Care Programs Chief Administrator since January 2014, focusing on the range of program services for youth.  Prior to joining ADJC, Mr. Luszczak was a community Social Worker in Great Britain for over 10 years, including working in the areas of Child Protection, Juvenile Delinquency, Adoption and Fostering, Mental Health, and Geriatric Care. Mr. Luszczak holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of York and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kingston University, both academic institutions in Great Britain.  He is a member of the Arizona State University School of Social Work Community Advisory Board. Mr. Luszczak was a former British Champion in the sport of Rowing, and represented Great Britain at the World Rowing Championships.

Dr. Wilfred McFadden, BS, MA, PH.D / Adjunct Faculty
Dr. McFadden earned his doctorate in Education from Walden University in 2013. He is a twenty year veteran of the United States Air Force retiring in1989. Dr. McFadden was the Chief of Security Police at Williams Air Force Base from 1987-1989. He commanded a unit of 75 personnel including police officers and support personnel. He was the Director of Public Safety at Phoenix College from 1990-2012 where he oversaw all activities related to the safety and security of the students, staff and campus facility. He is currently teaching AJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, AJS 123, Ethics and the Administration of Justice and AJS 200, Current Issues in the Criminal Justice.

Brandon F. Nabozny, BS, MA / Adjunct Faculty
Brandon Nabozny has been employed as a Criminalist with the Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory in Phoenix since 2007. He is assigned as an examiner in the Latent Print Unit and is a member of the crime lab’s Crime Scene Response Team. Brandon is an AZPOST certified general instructor and frequently instructs officers and attorneys throughout Arizona. Brandon is a professional member of the International Association for Identification (IAI), The Arizona Homicide Investigators Association (AHIA) and is the 3rd Vice President of the Arizona Identification Council (AIC) which is the Arizona Division of the IAI. Brandon received a B.S. degree in biochemistry from Arizona State University in 2006 and a M.A. degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University in 2010. Brandon currently instructs AJS 215, Physical Evidence.   

Pamela Seider-Nebgen, BS, MS  MS / Adjunct Faculty
Pamela Seider Nebgen is a Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer for the District of Arizona, specializing in the post-conviction supervision of high risk offenders in the community. She has served as a United States Probation Officer since 1991, starting her career in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In 1993, she transferred to the U.S. Probation Office in the District of Arizona. Since 1994, she has been assigned to the supervision division and was instrumental in the growing use of technology for the supervision of federal offenders released to the community.  She is a regular speaker for the Bureau of Prisons Residential Drug and Alcohol Program inside the Federal Correctional Prison in Phoenix, educating prisoners on re-entry skills and resources. She volunteers with Jr. Achievement and Habitat for Humanity. Pam holds a B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from West Chester University, Pennsylvania. She currently teaches AJS 240, The Correction Function.

Rodney T. Ruiz, AAS, BS,  M.Ed / Adjunct Faculty
Rodney Ruiz is a 25-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department, currently assigned to the Airport Bureau.  After serving three years with the Arizona Department of Corrections as a correctional service officer, Officer Ruiz joined the Phoenix Police Department in 1990.  Officer Ruiz started out as a patrol officer and graduated to Field Training Officer after a few years.  He later spent a short time in undercover assignments before transferring to the investigations division in 1999.  While there, he served in detective assignments in the Domestic Violence Detail, Property Crimes Detail, and Sex Crimes Detail until transferring to the Airport Bureau in 2010.  Officer Ruiz has extensive training in domestic violence to include Train-the-Trainer certification.  Officer Ruiz has provided domestic violence instruction for the Phoenix Police Department, various statewide law enforcement agencies, other city departments, the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy (ALEA), the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (AZPOST), a network of professional constituents, and the general public.  During his time with the Family Investigations Bureau, he developed, coordinated, and instructed a domestic violence curriculum for the entire Phoenix Police Department Patrol Division.  Rod has been teaching for Estrella since 2008 and currently teaches AJS-258 Victimology and AJS-230 The Police Function.  He is a graduate of the Arizona Master Teacher Seminar and is a current member of the Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA).  Officer Ruiz earned his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education degrees from Northern Arizona University.  He completed his Associates of Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology from Rio Salado Community College.  

John H. Rowan, B.S, MBA  / Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Rowan is the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award in Administrative Justice Services.  He most recently served as the Assistant to the Chief of Police in the City of Goodyear.  Before coming to Arizona, John served as a Country Security Manager in Kuwait. John also served with the New York City Police Department for over 20 years.  His last assignment in NY was as a Deputy Chief of Investigations, responsible for criminal investigations as well as, all Internal Affairs investigations involving misconduct that could involve any one of a number of the over 2,600 employees of the New York State Comptroller’s Office.  While with the NYPD, John also was a Special Liaison to the Office of the Mayor and his duties involved but were not limited to; the handling of confidential assignments pertaining to the “9-11” tragedy. While with the NYPD, he received numerous commendations and at least “11 citations for heroism.”  He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, a prestigious leadership program for police professionals and he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the State University of New York as well as, a Master of Business Administration (Public Administration Major) from Ashwood University.  John also graduated from the prestigious Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.  John presently teaches AJS 270: Community Relations.

Joe W. Siefferman BA, CSCSA, CFA / Adjunct Faculty
Joe started his law enforcement career in 1977 with the Mt. Carmel, IL, Police Department.   Joe retired from the Illinois State Police in 2009 after 20 years of service with the rank of Lieutenant.  He was assigned to the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Command for 18 years. He was recognized as Officer of the year during his service with the Crime Scene Command.  Joe taught two four week Advanced Crime Scene courses in 2010 at the Irbil Iraq Forensic Science Laboratory.  In 2011 Joe accepted a position with the Buckeye Police Department Crime Scene Unit and is presently the Crime Scene Manager.   He has a B.A. from Anderson University in Administration of Criminal Justice.  He is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and Forensic Artist through the International Association for Identification (IAI).  He serves on the IAI Forensic Art Subcommittee.  Joe is currently a member of the Administration of Justice Studies advisory board.