Public Safety Cadets
Advisory Board

W. Ralph Basham, Jr.
Mr. Basham has served at the head of four of the eight U.S. Department of Homeland Security agencies, including as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the largest federal security force in the United States government, Director of the United States Secret Service, Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and as one of the first employees as Chief of Staff at the Transportation Security Administration.

Upon leaving government service in April 2009, Mr. Basham founded Command Consulting Group, a Washington, D.C.-based international advisory firm which provides security advisory services to government clients and works with companies with security related products and services to develop and market products to federal security agencies.

In 2008, Mr. Basham was conferred the rank of Distinguished Executive by former U.S. President George W. Bush.  In October 2013, Mr. Basham was awarded the Founder's Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Border Patrol Foundation.

Mr. Basham's 28-career with the United States Secret Service began in 1970, when he was appointed a Special Agent in the Washington Field Office. He rose rapidly to the managerial level while serving in a variety of supervisory positions in both protective and investigative assignments. Mr. Basham also served as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Training and as Assistant Director of the Office of Administration, where he was responsible for the management of the agency's administrative division, including financial management, personnel, procurement and strategic planning.  He retired from the Service in 1998; however, he returned when President George W. Bush appointed him Director in 2003.

In January 1998, Mr. Basham was appointed Director of the Federal Law Enforcement TrainingCenter (FLETC) by President Bill Clinton. The center provides training for nearly all of the nation's federal law enforcement officers, including Secret Service agents. The FLETC also serves the state, local and federal law enforcement communities with training programs tailored to their specific needs.

In January 2002, Mr. Basham was recruited as one of the first employees and leaders of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a new agency within the Homeland Security created to secure America's aviation system following the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack. Among his responsibilities at TSA, Mr. Basham oversaw the hiring of federal security directors for the nation's 429 major airports.

President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Basham as Commissioner of CBP on January 30, 2006. Mr. Basham was confirmed by the United States Senate in May 2006. CBP is responsible for border security and trade, including the United States Border Patrol and inspecting persons and items entering the United States through its ports of entry.

A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Basham received a bachelor's degree from Southeastern University in Washington, D.C. He is married to the former Judith O'Bryan and has three children and twelve grandchildren.

Hubert T. Bell
Mr. Hubert T. Bell took the oath of office and began his duties as the new Inspector General of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on July 8, 1996. Mr. Bell was nominated to fill this position by President Clinton in April and was confirmed by the Senate in June.

Mr. Bell is a graduate of Alabama State University and a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service. At the time of his nomination for the NRC post, Mr. Bell was Executive Director of Work Force Planning and Diversity Management for the Secret Service, and earlier had been Assistant Director for the agency's Office of Inspection.

Other Secret Service assignments included those of Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Operations; Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Investigations; Agent-in-Charge of the Vice Presidential Protective Division; and Agent-in-Charge of the Honolulu, Hawaii field office.

Mr. Bell is a Past National President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and has been the Chair of the NOBLE Scholarship Committee for the past eighteen years.

Richard M. Beary
Richard Beary is the Chief of Police Emeritus at the University of Central Florida and past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

UCF, located in Orlando, is the largest university in Florida and one of the largest in the nation with a student enrollment exceeding 66,000 and more than 12,000 faculty and staff members. In addition to overseeing UCF’s full-service police agency, Chief Beary was responsible for the university’s Victim Services program, Office of Emergency Management and Security Management.

Chief Beary, raised in Central Florida, began his law enforcement career in 1977. He rose through the ranks of the Altamonte Springs Police Department, moving from Communications Operator to Commander of Police Operations.

In 1992, he was named Chief of Police for the City of Lake Mary. He served there until retiring in June 2007 and then joined UCF on June 29, 2007. He retired from UCF in June 2018 after serving 41 years in law enforcement.

Chief Beary has received numerous awards from civic and service organizations, including the Florida National Guard Distinguished Service Medal.  He has twice been awarded the Medal of Valor for Performance Undertaken at Great Personal Hazard, as well as other law enforcement awards.

Chief Beary holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Rollins College and a master’s degree in criminal justice from UCF. A graduate of the 143rd session of the F.B.I. National Academy, he also serves as state of Florida certified instructor.

Chief Beary is a member of numerous state, national and international professional organizations and the former president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Central Florida Criminal Justice Association. Chief Beary has provided expert witness testimony before the Florida Legislature and the United States Congress, and he has served on numerous focus groups to enhance the delivery of criminal justice system-related services in the United States and internationally.

On January 24, 2017, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet unanimously approved Chief Beary’s nomination for induction into the Florida Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame.

John F. Clark
John F. Clark is president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization on the forefront of child protection for more than 33 years.

Since 1984, NCMEC has helped law enforcement recover more than 250,000 missing kids, distributed billions of missing posters, operated a 24/7 missing children hotline, offered comfort to countless families and trained and provided free resources to law-enforcement and other professionals across the country.

Clark’s extensive law-enforcement background, including 28 years with the United States Marshals Service (USMS), has uniquely prepared him to lead the Alexandria-based organization, whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization.

As CEO, Clark oversees a staff of more than 340 employees and offices in five states, including Virginia, New York, Florida, California and Texas. Before joining NCMEC, Clark was director of security at Lockheed Martin Corp., the nation’s largest defense contractor.

For 20 years, NCMEC has operated the CyberTipline, a centralized mechanism for reporting child sexual exploitation. During his two-year tenure at NCMEC, Clark has seen an exponential rise in these reports, with 10 million reports made to the CyberTipline in 2017 alone.

What makes NCMEC truly unique is its 30,000-foot view of the evolving threats to our nation’s children. Clark is passionate about sharing this knowledge with families and communities to better protect children.

Throughout his career, Clark has been a leading child advocate. During his tenure at USMS, Clark implemented and administered Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act, which directed USMS to locate and apprehend fugitive sex offenders. He also oversaw the implementation and operation of the National Sex Offender Targeting Center.

Clark was appointed director of the USMS in 2006 by then-President George W. Bush as its ninth director, a post he held for five years. Before joining the USMS, Clark worked for the U.S. Capitol Police and U.S. Border Patrol. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Syracuse University.

Michele M. Leonhart
Michele M. Leonhart was unanimously confirmed as the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration by the U.S. Senate on December 22, 2010.  In that capacity, Ms. Leonhart, a career DEA Special Agent, was the first female career law enforcement agent to ever lead a federal law enforcement agency.  As chief operating officer of the $2.4 billion agency, Ms. Leonhart was responsible for all enforcement, intelligence, administrative, and regulatory operations, and over 9,000 employees across the U.S. and in 86 foreign offices.  Ms. Leonhart previously served as DEA’s Deputy Administrator after unanimous confirmation by the U.S Senate on March 8, 2004, and was DEA’s Acting Administrator from November 2007 until confirmation as Administrator in December 2010.

Prior to becoming DEA Administrator and Deputy Administrator, Ms. Leonhart held several positions within DEA’s Senior Executive Service (SES).  She was the Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Los Angeles Field Division from 1998-2003.  In that capacity, she commanded one of DEA’s largest Field Divisions and was responsible for all enforcement and administrative operations in the Los Angeles area, as well as Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.  She became DEA’s first female Special Agent in Charge when appointed to the position of Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s San Francisco Field Division in 1997.  Ms. Leonhart’s first appointment within the SES was in 1996 when she spearheaded DEA’s Special Agent Recruitment efforts at DEA Headquarters.    

As a career DEA Special Agent, Ms. Leonhart held several key positions as she moved through the ranks of DEA.   In 1995 she was promoted to the position of Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division, responsible for Southwest Border enforcement operations and division administrative functions.  Between 1993 and 1995, Ms. Leonhart held management positions within DEA Headquarters to include Career Board Executive Secretary, Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) Inspector, and Staff Coordinator in the Operations Division.  Ms. Leonhart’s first supervisory position was as Group Supervisor of an enforcement group in DEA’s San Diego Field Division.  Prior to that, Ms. Leonhart initiated major drug investigations and conspiracy cases in Minneapolis and St. Louis, and served as a DEA Special Agent recruiter.

While at DEA, she attended Boston University’s Leadership Institute, and is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, to include the National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award, Law Enforcement Exploring’s William H. Spurgeon Award, and the Women in Federal Law Enforcement Outstanding Federal Law Enforcement Employee Award.  Ms. Leonhart received the rank of Distinguished Executive and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service from President Bush, the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service from President Clinton, and the DEA Administrator’s Award.

Ms. Leonhart began her law enforcement career as a Baltimore City Police Officer after graduating from college in Minnesota with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice in 1978.  A native of Minnesota, Ms. Leonhart is married and has two sons and five grandchildren.  She retired in May 2015 after serving a distinguished 34-year career with the DEA and remains an outspoken advocate for drug law enforcement and prevention.

Karen P. Tandy
Karen P. Tandy has more than 38 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors and executive board experience serving on for-profit and nonprofit boards.

During 2007-14, Ms. Tandy was the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Motorola Solutions where she oversaw country management, compliance, governance and government affairs in the more than 70 countries where Motorola operated. During her tenure, Ms. Tandy was Motorola’s top public policy spokesperson on issues related to global telecom policy, trade, regulation and spectrum allocation.

Prior to joining Motorola, Ms. Tandy was the first female to head the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where she managed a $2.4 billion budget and approximately 11,000 employees in 86 global offices. Ms. Tandy was appointed by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate in 2003. Within two years of heading DEA, Ms. Tandy successfully restored DEA as a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and redirected the agency to institutionalize unprecedented performance goals and accountability standards, which resulted in a 500% year- over-year increase in drug asset seizures to $3.4B annually, achieved more than an 80% increase in significant drug trafficking organizations dismantled, a 23% reduction in teen drug use and the lowest level of workplace drug use in almost twenty years. Notably, under Ms. Tandy's leadership, for the first time DEA ranked in the top 20 out of 222 federal agencies as one of the best agencies to work for in the federal government.

Prior to DEA, Ms. Tandy was U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton and Bush Administrations, responsible for developing national drug enforcement and money laundering policy and strategies, including terrorist financing after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. In addition, Ms. Tandy led the nationwide Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces, comprised of thousands of federal and state law enforcement agents and prosecutors across the USA.

Tandy served for more than a decade as Senior Litigation Counsel and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and in the Western District of Washington. She also was Chief of Litigation for the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section and Asset Forfeiture Office of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ms. Tandy currently serves on a variety of law enforcement related boards. Ms. Tandy has served as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council since 2015, appointed by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielson and then DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. In that capacity, Ms. Tandy has chaired two Advisory Panels involving best practices for the Customs and Border Protection and on the Use of Privatized Detention Facilities by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Ms. Tandy also serves on the Leadership Council of the National Law Enforcement Museum; and is Chair Elect of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Previously, Ms. Tandy served on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (2003-2007).