Interim Director

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Michael Bassi

As the Interim Director Mike manages the continuing education/professional development components of the institute, oversees, manages and instructs in the Administrative Officer’s Course and coordinates all operational and administrative aspects of the institute.  Mike also maintains SPI’s voting seat, as a board member on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.  He has over 25 years of Law Enforcement Experience, most recently as a Lieutenant with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, in Reno, Nevada, where he honorably retired with 21 years of sworn service.

During his time in law enforcement, Mike worked a variety of assignments, to include Corrections, Patrol, SWAT, Marine Patrol (Lake Tahoe), Academy Staff Officer and multiple genres of training, including FTO/PTO. Mike was also a Detective, serving on the FBI Innocent Images Taskforce, with a primary assignment in Crimes Against Children. 

As a law enforcement leader, Mike worked line supervisor and watch commander positions in Corrections and Patrol, had supervisory positions in Research/Development and Training and served as SWAT Assistant Team Leader. Additionally, he filled Command roles in Dispatch/Communications, and the Training and Background Investigations Divisions. He was also assigned as the Director of the Regional Public Safety Training Center in Reno and Commander of the Northern Nevada (Regional) Law Enforcement Academy.

Mike served as Vice-Chair of the Washoe County Emergency Response Advisory Committee and as a Board Member for the Trauma Intervention Program of Northern Nevada. He was Adjunct Faculty at both Western Nevada College and Truckee Meadows Community College, developing curriculum and teaching courses in Criminal Justice.

Mike is a third-generation U.S. Marine, serving as a Military Police Officer in CONUS and overseas assignments.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude in Social and Criminal Justice from Ashford University and also holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. He is currently finishing his Master of Science, in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Louisville and is a graduate of the 141st Administrative Officer's Course at the Southern Police Institute.

Contact Information:

Office Number: 502-852-0332

Course Coordinator

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Barry L. Madden

Barry L. Madden is currently the Continuing Education Course Coordinator at the Southern Police Institute.  In this position, he manages and coordinates the SPI training courses hosted in the Louisville metropolitan area.  Mr. Madden has over 25 years of law enforcement experience with the Louisville Division of Police and the Louisville Metro Police Department.  His background includes a variety of assignments in patrol, investigations, and administration.  He most recently served as the Executive Officer for the Patrol Bureau. 

Mr. Madden received a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration and a Master of Science in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville.  He also is a graduate of the 100th Administrative Officers Course (AOC) offered by the Southern Police Institute and received a Certificate in Police Executive Leadership Development. 

Contact Information:

Office Number: 502-852-8889

Administrative Assistant: Administrative Officers Course & SPI Business Manager

Mary Evans

Mary Evans is currently an Administrative Assistant for the Southern Police Institute.  In her position she coordinators the Administrative Officers Course, Continuing Education registration, instructors travel reimbursements, handles deposit and payments.  Mary has been with the University of Louisville for 45 years and started at Southern Police Institute during the 62nd AOC.

Mary has two sons and three grandchildren that keeps her busy when not working.

Contact Information:

Office Number: 502-852-0334
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Program Coordinator: Command Officers Development Course and Continuing Education Courses Coordinator

Theresa Newton

Theresa M. Newton is currently the Continuing Education Program Coordinator at the Southern Police Institute. In this position, she coordinates and develops the inquiries received for our Continuing Education training courses hosted locally, out-of-state, and abroad to build our course schedule from year to year. She receives and processes all CE Transcript requests, develops all the CE instructor contracts, and coordinates two Command Officer Development Course (CODC) banquets each year.

Ms. Newton has worked at SPI for 21 years. Through almost half of those years, she organized all the travel, coordinated advertising, and performed record-keeping for the CE courses in addition to her current duties. She also worked for the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association processing membership applications, attending conferences, and selling SPIAA merchandise.

Ms. Newton received a Diploma from Spencerian College for having completed a Course of Study in Private Secretary.

Contact Information:

Office Number: 502-852-0333
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Coordinator of Publications and Marketing

Angela Gray

As the Coordinator of Publications and Marketing at the Southern Police Institute, Angela Gray oversees all aspects of marketing for SPI and the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville.  In her role for the Institute, she designs and creates ads in email marketing campaigns, print, and digital formats and places them to reach individuals who may be interested in attending training courses at SPI.  In addition to creating marketing materials, she manages both the SPI and CJ websites and social media accounts to help increase exposure.

Ms. Gray received an Associate in Applied Science Commercial Photography degree from Jefferson Community and Technical College in 2005 and then continued her education in the field. She began working at SPI in 2012 and uses skills gained through experience to help raise the profile of the Institute.

Contact Information:

Office Number: (502) 852-8577
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Program Coordinator

Khadija Shojae

Contact Information:

Office Number: 502-852-8923
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Tier One Tech Support

James Jenkins

James D Jenkins is a Tech Specialist/Tier 1 who provides information technology services for the staff, faculty, and students of the Department of Criminal Justice and Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville. He has been employed at the university since May of 2014.

James in a veteran and served in the United States Marine Corps as an Engineer Equipment Operator attached to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion - 2nd Marine Division.

James received an Associates in Science Degree with a major in Computer Information Systems in 2014 from the Jefferson Community and Technical College where he graduated with honors.

James currently holds several certifications in the Information Technology field including A+, Computer Support Technician, Computer Tech Basic, Computer Technician, Network +, Productivity Software Specialist, Security +, as well as receiving the Cyber Security Practitioner and Design Thinking Badge from IBM.

James volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America for over 7 years where he served in various unit, district and council level positions. During this time, he attend a leadership development course Wood badge, and a Wilderness Remote First Aid where he received certification in advanced first aid and CPR. 

James is currently continuing his education and is enrolled at the University of Louisville in the Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a member of University of Louisville Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association-Lambda Alpha Epsilon.

Contact Information:

Office Number: 502-852-0064