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With a combination of appointed faculty from the University of Denver and adjunct faculty with extensive real-world experience in their fields, our expert faculty at University College understand adult learning theories and provide practice-based education to busy adults. Students gain the hands-on skills and foundational knowledge needed to excel in their chosen industries, all while learning from professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach.

Our faculty lead dynamic discussions in the classroom, hold rigorous academic standards, and embrace innovative technologies and curriculum designed specifically for adult learners. Learn more about the faculty at University College by browsing the descriptions below.

Daniel Benny

M.A., CPP, PCI, CCO, CLET. Mr. Benny is professionally licensed private investigator, security consultant and a court-qualified expert witness in security matters. He is a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate in Criminal Justice at Capella University, holds a Master of Arts in Security Administration from Vermont College of Norwich University, Bachelor of Arts in Security Administration from Alvernia College, Associate of Arts in both Commercial Security and Police Administration from Harrisburg Area Community College and graduate of the United States Naval War College, Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center and the Defense Security Institute. He is Board Certified in Security Management holding the designation of Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Board Certified as a Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) by ASIS International, holds the designations of Certified Confidentiality Officer (CCO) from the Business Espionage Controls and Countermeasures Association and Certified Law Enforcement Trainer (CLET) from the American Society for Law Enforcement Training. He is the author of over 1000 articles, the book, The Private Investigator's Professional Desk Reference and contributing author to the ASIS International Protection of Assets Manual/

Angel Chi

Angel Chi (PhD in Educational Leadership, University of Denver; MBA in Accounting, University of Denver; BA in Mathematics, University of Denver) has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial business managements experience in a number of profitable private businesses related to investment, international business consulting, publishing, and media production. Dr. Chi brings knowledge in teaching, developing interdisciplinary programs, developing training programs, and non-profit management to the classroom. Dr. Chi has a track record in teaching and developing interdisciplinary programs for DU's Reiman School of Finance, Women's College, and University College. She also established executives training programs for Colorado Bar Association, Rocky Mountain World Trade Center, and China Development Institute. Dr. Chi severed on the board of many non-profit organizations.

Marshall Costantino

Marshall Costantino is President & Chief Consultant of Analysis, Research & Design, Inc. of Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1981, AR&D provides financial & risk management and statistical analysis services to its worldwide clients. AR&D’s projects range from serving as ongoing financial risk manager; to building the scoring system the Colorado Parole Board uses to release inmates to early parole; to guiding clients through business startups and turnarounds.

Prior to taking AR&D full-time in 1988, Mr. Costantino served twelve years at three Citigroup subsidiaries where he achieved Regional Credit Officer status. Primarily responsible for credit portfolio quantitative analysis & management and directing analytic teams, Marshall was part of a special Citigroup internal consulting team, which was called upon to deal with special situations around the world. Mr. Costantino has 34 years of progressive credit and financial risk management experience.

Since 1982, Mr. Costantino has served as adjunct faculty and part-time administrator for colleges and universities in Denver. He currently serves as Faculty and Capstone Advisor for the University College Leadership & Organizations, Information & Communications Technology, Environmental Policy & Management and Human Resource Administration curricula. He teaches graduate financial analysis & strategic management courses and Bachelor of Arts Completion Program finance & economics courses.

Marshall earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics at the University of Florida. He earned his Master of Science in Quantitative Economics at South Dakota State University while on active duty as a Missile Launch Officer at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.

Christopher Elg

MPA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
MAS, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Christopher Elg is the Chief of Police for the Village of Tequesta, Florida. Christopher and his wife are both originally from New York but have lived in Washington, New Jersey, Michigan, Louisiana and now Florida since being married 25 years ago. He was a New York State Trooper for ten years and a Police Chief for the last 23 years in the other states mentioned above. Christopher and his wife have three wonderful children aged 17, 13 and 13 (twins).

Christopher has been teaching online for nine years in the criminal justice and homeland security disciplines. He has taught for many years at several local and state police training academies and benefits from interacting with students, which leads him to look at what he does daily in his job a bit differently from time to time.

Christopher has also been honored to serve for the past twenty-eight years in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. He is currently assigned as a Special Agent in the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS).

Charles Holmes

Dr. Charles Holmes (PhD in Community Health, University of Illinois; MPH, University of Illinois; BS in Biology at Eastern Illinois University) has been a collegiate instructor for the past 10 years with his longest tenured position being in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois. Dr. Holmes teaching background brings knowledge in topics stretching from public health to global health systems to the classroom. Students appreciate Dr. Holmes engagement, feedback, and knowledge in the field.

Kevin Peterson

Mr. Peterson is a partner and principal consultant at Innovative Protection Solutions, LLC (IPS), an independent security risk management consulting practice based in Herndon, Virginia. Kevin completed a career with the US Air Force during which he worked in fields including technology protection, counterintelligence, anti-terrorism, criminal investigations and technical intelligence. After retirement, he worked in several defense-related contractor positions providing specialized security support to advanced research & development programs, leading vulnerability assessment teams and implementing Information Assurance strategies. In 2000 he established IPS as a full-time practice and has served clients in both the public and private sector with services such as risk assessment, threat analysis, program evaluation, information asset protection, training and security market research.

Kevin is an active volunteer in ASIS International, the most prominent worldwide professional association for Security Management. He has served as a Chapter Chairman, Regional Vice President and Council Chair (the Information Asset Protection Council and the Council on Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities). Kevin also formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Operations Security Professionals Society (OPS). He is a contributing author to the “Protection of Assets Manual” (2004, 2005, 2007) and “The Professional Protection Officer: Practical Security Strategies and Emerging Trends” (2010). In addition, Kevin is a Certified Protection Professional (ASIS International) and Certified Protection Officer Instructor (IFPO). He has taught Security Management at the graduate level for various universities since 1996, including both classroom and online courses. Kevin holds a baccalaureate degree in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, and a masters degree in Systems Management. He has also completed post-graduate work in Information Systems Security Management.

Lori Poole

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Irvin Varkonyi

President of Supply Chain Operations Preparedness Education (SCOPE) is a trainer and consultant in organizational preparedness for private and public sector organizations. His articles have appeared in publications of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Cargo Security International, JJ Keller, and the Journal of Commerce. He is co-authoring a new book on Transportation Security for McGraw Hill. In a career of nearly thirty years, he held senior sales and management cargo positions with Emery Worldwide, Martinair Holland and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He holds adjunct professor positions at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy and the American Public University. Mr. Varkonyi is the current President of the National Capital Roundtable of the CSCMP and the chair of the Emergency Preparedness Committee of the DC Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association. He has an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a BA from Clark University.

Samuel Walters

Mr. Walters has 20 years of Public Safety experience in the Fire Service, Emergency Medical Services, and Law Enforcement. In addition to the 17 years of fire service experience in positions ranging from Firefighter/Paramedic to Fire Chief, Mr. Walters also has experience in safety program design, policy development, management, and operations in both government and the private sector. Much of his emergency management experience is in the field of planning for and management of emergency incidents involving all types of disasters. He specializes in hazardous materials (including Weapons of Mass Destruction) incidents and preparedness. Mr. Walters has over 15 years of instructional program design and delivery experience in both the vocational and academic fields. This includes both instruction for emergency services and environmental management. Mr. Walters holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McMurry University and a Master of Science in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He is currently completing coursework and dissertation for his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration (with a specialization in Homeland Security Policy and Coordination) from Walden University in 2011.

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