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Elizabeth Bondurant is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice joining the Program full time in 2009. She earned a bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg State College, and a master's degree in Criminal Justice Management from Jersey City State College. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. and is designated as a New Jersey Certified Public Manager in Law Enforcement . Professor Bondurant joined the Plainsboro Police Department in 1983 and worked her way up through the ranks, serving in the Patrol Division and Detective Bureau. She retired as Chief of Police in 2008. Since 1996, she has taught a variety of courses as an adjunct professor for the MCCC Criminal Justice Program.

Cavit Cooley began his tenure as a Professor of Criminal Justice at Mercer County Community College in 2004. In addition to being the Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program at MCCC, Professor Cooley is also an instructor at the Mercer County Police Academy. He received his A.S. in Law Enforcement from Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois, his B.S. and M.A. in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, and has achieved ABD status from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has also completed an internship with the United States Probation System. Prior to his position at Mercer, Professor Cooley was a Professor at Truman State University as well as teaching numerous courses and working as a researcher at both Western Illinois University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Correctional Association, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Correctional Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators (Past President), and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Professor Cooley has also made numerous presentations at various national criminal justice conferences and has written The Interactionist School, a chapter in the book The Historical Development of Criminological Theory published by Sage.


Theodore V. Fishman, Senior Professor, Adjunct Faculty, received his BA in Political Science in 1968 and his law degree (Juris Doctor) in 1971 from George Washington University. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1971 and since 1983 has been Certified as a Criminal Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. He has been a staff attorney with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender since 1972, having served as Managing Attorney for the Mercer Trial Region for more than 20 years retiring in 2010 as Managing Attorney for the Monmouth Trial Region. He has represented hundreds of criminal defendants and has served on a number of New Jersey Supreme Court Committees and Task Forces related to the state criminal justice system. In 2008, he was awarded the Office of the Public Defender's prestigious Stanley C. Van Ness Award recognizing his effective advocacy for individual rights. Professor Fishman has been on the faculty of the Widener University Law School's Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and has lectured at many Public Defender seminars and training sessions. He has taught Criminal Law at Mercer County Community College since 1986.

Peter Horne is an Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice and former Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program at Mercer County Community College. He retired in 2009 having been at Mercer since 1982. He received his B.A. in history from Queens College, City University of New York, his M.A. in police science and administration from California State University at Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He was also a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University. Early in his career Professor Horne served as a patrol officer with the Police Department of Compton, California. Subsequent positions have included a faculty appointment at St. Louis Community College at Meramec and consultant on policewomen to the United States Department of Justice and the Police Foundation. He is also a frequent lecturer on various criminal justice topics and has authored numerous articles and two editions of Women in Law Enforcement.

Jeff Keller has worked in the Corrections industry since 1998 with his first assignment as Case Manager with the Kintock Group in Philadelphia. In 2002, he joined the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Correctional Officer stationed at the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Jeff was promoted two years later to Teacher and subsequently to Education Specialist in 2008. In 2010, he was promoted again to Volunteer Coordinator for the institution, managing the agency’s program consisting of 100+ volunteers serving various internal departments in a multitude of ways. In 2011, Jeff was selected to launch the Bureau of Prisons’ first Reentry Affairs Department in the history of the agency at FCI Fort Dix. He currently manages this newly formed department, responsible for providing approximately 4700 offenders with programs, services, and information in support of their release plans.

The same time Jeff’s career was evolving, he managed to receive his Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) degrees from Widener University. He subsequently graduated, with Honors, from Widener University, School of Law with a Master in Jurisprudence, (M.Jur) degree. Jeff was competitively selected to attend and graduated from the FBI Compliance Academy in Quantico, VA following law school. He is presently finalizing his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Leadership and Innovation with Wilmington University. Constantly advancing his knowledge base, he recently earned his Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt, specializing in continuous organizational improvement.

Jeff remains an active member in a number of industry related organizations, specifically, Correctional Education Association, Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and Burlington County Workforce Development Board. He collaborates with the Diocese of Trenton, Jail and Prison Ministry and Ocean County Reentry Task Force on a regular basis. He has received numerous awards for service such as Letter of Commendation, Outstanding Service Award, Sustained Superior Performance Award and Certificate of Commendation from the US Marine Corps JROTC, Leadership Academy.

Lois Krause has been an Adjunct Faculty member with Mercer County Community College since 2016. She is a graduate of Rider University with undergraduate degrees in Law Enforcement and Sociology, and a Master's degree in Education. She began her career in Criminal Justice as a Mercer County Probation Officer, working with both adult and juvenile offenders, as well as in the Family Crisis Intervention Unit. The bulk of her career was spent in a variety of roles as a civilian member of the Trenton Police Department. She served as Supervisor of the Youth Services Unit, where she spearheaded numerous early intervention programs and community partnerships to deter juvenile crime. She also served as Police-Community Liaison, Instructor in the police academy, coordinator for the YouthStat program, and hosted a weekly radio program, "Inside Trenton Police." In addition, she co-hosted a summer radio series with MCCC's WWFM, "In the Public," focusing on police-community relations.

Karen L. McKeown Ortman has been an Adjunct Instructor with Mercer County Community College since 2009 and has taught at Rider University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She currently serves as an instructor at the Mercer County Police Academy. Ms. Ortman began her career in law enforcement in 1988 after graduating from Trenton State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration and then the police academy shortly thereafter. In 2009 she earned her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State College. Ms. Ortman is currently a Lieutenant of Detectives in the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office, supervising detectives assigned to Grand Jury, Trial, Juvenile, Internal Affairs, Bias, Arson, General Investigations, Background Investigations, Evidence and Interstate Agreement on Detainers Units. Prior to her current assignment she was a Sergeant in the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit, Megan's Law Unit and Juvenile Unit. As a detective, she was assigned to the Economic Crimes Unit, Homicide Unit, Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit, Trial Unit and Grand Jury Unit. Ms. Ortman is a Coordinator of the Mercer County Child Abduction Response Team and sits on the New Jersey Child Fatality Review Board.

Paul J. Meyer has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Mercer County Community College since 2009. He is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Meyer retired as Deputy Chief from the Trenton Police Department after 31 years of service. During his career he rose through the ranks and commanded all the bureaus of the department (Patrol, Investigations and Services). Mr. Meyer was certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission as a Police Instructor and Firearms Instructor. He taught a variety of subjects in the Trenton Police Academy and served as the Academy Director. Mr. Meyer spent 13 years of his police career as a Deputy Chief and for one year he served as the Chief of Police and Acting Police Director.

Mr. Meyer received Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and History, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Education degree from the College of New Jersey. Mr. Meyer is a graduate of the Northwestern University, School of Police Staff and Command and he has also completed the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety – Executive Management Program.

Currently, Mr. Meyer is the Director of Safety and Security for Capital Health System.


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