Special Edition. 2017 FBI CAAA National Leadership Conference.
A Message from Our President
Greetings FBI Citizens Academy Alumni,
I would like to begin my first message by thanking you for all you do to enable our organization(s) to accomplish their important mission in support of the FBI. I’d also like to thank all those who made possible, attended, and/or provided support for our recent 2017 National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Sacramento. The feedback was extremely positive, and expressed a desire for even more of the training and networking opportunities that help chapters expand their membership, capabilities and impact.
In addition to the FBI presenters who imparted both understanding and empathy with their personal insights into the tragic events of San Bernardino, the Pulse Nightclub, the Unabomber and others, the conference also highlighted the incredible community outreach efforts, both locally and nationally, that have touched so many lives and created bridges between the FBI and the communities they serve and protect. And together with FBI HQ, we discussed the reality that even great organizations like ours need to stay vigilant, accountable and transparent in order to avoid the kind of detrimental acts and omissions that could damage their viability, effectiveness and reputation as well as that of the FBI and their mission.
Since the conference, we have experienced further natural disasters, fires, and the tragedies in Las Vegas and other areas. Our chapters have once again risen to the relief efforts by donating through our National point of contact, the Birmingham chapter. Thank you to Birmingham and all those who support and give. Due to some of these recent critical events and other factors, our 2018 NLC location choices are no longer able to serve as host chapters. As we take a hard look at the viability of holding a 2018 NLC, I ask that if any chapter would like to consider serving as host, please contact our Executive Director, Sandy Mangold: ExecutiveDirector@fbincaaa.org or (702) 332-3986.
I am honored to partner with each of you, and I promise to continue to seek each day to be a better person, family member, friend and public servant. I believe in being a lifelong learner, and in Excellent Service by Continuous Improvement. This is also my goal for our National and local FBI Alumni Associations. As we move forward with great expectations, face the challenges that inevitably come our way, and continue to make a positive difference for the FBI and our communities, I am grateful for so many hard working, talented and caring teammates that make this walk a privilege.
2017 FBI National CAAA Leadership Conference
National Leadership Conference Draws Record Attendance
The 2017 FBI National CAAA Leadership Conference brought more than 300 FBI CAAA members, FBI staff, speakers and sponsors together in Sacramento to learn from FBI leaders, network with fellow alumni and exchange ideas.
We are especially grateful for the people that made this conference a success and thank the 2017 Conference Committee for their planning and hard work: Kevin Jensen (President – FBI National CAAA), Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Burnett (FBI Sacramento), Special Agent Steve Dupre (FBI Sacramento), Phil MacDougall (President – FBI Sacramento CAAA), Sandy Mangold (Executive Director – FBI National CAAA), Andrew Smith (Treasurer – FBI National CAAA), Public Affairs Specialist Gina Swankie (FBI Sacramento), Donna Wilson (FBI Kansas City CAAA), and Kathie Wylie (FBI National CAAA VP Chapter Relations).
We also thank the Board leaders and members of the Sacramento Chapter, who were instrumental to the success of this year’s meeting.
Jerry Fogel Community Service Award
FBI Las Vegas CAAA Recognized for Outstanding Community Service
Congratulations to FBI Las Vegas CAAA, recipient of the 2017 Jerry Fogel Community Service Award. The award is named after the first person to hold the office of National President of the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association and also first National Executive Director. Jerry Fogel excelled in both capacities and set high standards for all who follow him in these positions.
Each year, one Chapter receives the award in recognition of a superior community service project.
Helping Hands Change the World
FBI Birmingham CAAA Receives Humanitarian Award
After the unprecedented number of natural and manmade disasters that occurred in 2017, the FBI National CAAA Board of Directors decided to create the “FBINCAAA Humanitarian Award.” This award will be given annually to the Chapter that demonstrates leadership and commitment in crisis situations by providing physical and financial support to those affected by disaster or tragedy.
Based on consistent outstanding performance in providing humanitarian relief over the past several years, FBI Birmingham CAAA was the inaugural recipient of the “Helping Hands” award. The Chapter has been a consistent leader in supporting cities around the United States whenever disaster strikes, and the focal point for Chapters wishing to provide support to victims.
Ideas Into Action: Sharing Best Practices
One of the most valuable benefits of the annual Leadership Conference is the opportunity to network with and learn from Chapter leaders around the country, who generously offer ideas and best practices from community service programs. Chapters from Cleveland to Las Vegas to Birmingham to New Haven and others in between provided insights into the planning, development and implementation of programs to support fundraising, education, and community outreach initiatives.
A Stellar Lineup of Keynote Speakers
Over the course of two days, attendees of the 2017 FBI National CAAA Leadership Conference had the opportunity to learn about some of the most notorious cases pursued by the FBI. Here’s a run down of the 2017 keynote speakers.
Associate Deputy Director
San Bernardino Shooting
Mr. Bowdich provided the conference audience with an update on current priorities for the FBI. He also shared insights into the Bureau’s response to and investigation of the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino. Mr. Bowdich served as the Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office at the time of that attack.
In 2016, he assumed the position of Associate Deputy Director of the FBI, where he oversees all FBI personnel, budget, administration, and infrastructure.
ASAC FBI Birmingham
9/11 Terrorists Attacks
ASAC Maguire began her career as a special agent with the FBI in 2000 and was assigned to the New York Field Office as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she served as the case agent for American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon. In her address to conference attendees, she contrasted our American way of life before and after the attacks on 9/11.
ASAC, FBI Orlando
Pulse Nightclub Shooting
ASAC Ron Hopper delivered a case study on the 2016 Pulse Night Club Shooting in Orlando, Florida. He began his law enforcement career in 1992 as a Deputy Sheriff in Hernando County, Florida and joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1997. He has served in various capacities with the FBI including the Domestic Terrorism Operations Unit, Joint Terrorism Task Force, White Collar Crime Squad, and Tampa Division SWAT team.
SSA FBI Headquarters
Dothan, Alabama Kidnapping
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Douglas Astralaga spoke about the Dothan, Alabama kidnapping case. On January 29, 2013, 65 year old Jimmy Lee Dykes boarded a Dale County school bus, killed the driver, kidnapped a five-year-old boy and held him hostage in an underground bunker for nearly a week.. After negotiations broke down with Dykes, FBI agents breached the roof of the bunker and rescued the young boy.
Donald “Max” Noel
Retired FBI Special Agent
Mr. Noel spoke about the pursuit and ultimate capture of “UNABOMER” Theodore Kaczynski between 1993 and 1996. On April 3, 1996, Noel and two others served the warrant and arrested Kaczynski at his rural Montana cabin. Mr. Noel served as an FBI Special Agent for 31 years before retiring. In 1998, Mr. Noel and four other UNABOM Task Force members received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.
Christine “Paige” Kneeland
Deputy, Sacramento Co. Sheriff’s Dept.
East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer
Deputy Kneeland serves as a member of the Sacramento County Sheriff Department’s Homicide Bureau, where she is responsible for reviewing unsolved homicide, sexual assault, missing and unidentified person cases.
She joined Special Agent Marcus Knutson to talk about the unsolved East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer case.
SA, FBI Sacramento
SA Knutson is a 19-year veteran of the FBI. He worked as a Special Agent in Reno, Nevada, and is now assigned to the FBI Field Office in Sacramento, where he serves as Senior Leader for the Evidence Response Team and Coordinator for the Behavioral Analysis Unit.
SA Knutson also assists local law enforcement with the investigation of cold case homicides.
Awards and Recognitions
Chapters Recognized at Academy Awards Opening
A special Academy Awards ceremony kicked-off the 2017 National Leadership Conference. Chapters and individuals were recognized at the conference for contributions to the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association and for achieving noted levels of performance.
Chapter of Excellence Awards – This top award was presented to those chapters who demonstrated leadership by meeting or exceeding the standard of excellence requirements outlined in the 2016/2017 Awards Program. The 2017 Chapters of Excellence are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Haven, New Orleans, Norfolk, Omaha, Phoenix, Richmond, San Francisco and Springfield.
Chapter of Distinction Awards – This award was presented to those chapters who distinguished themselves by showing value to their membership and the community outreach mission of the FBI as defined by the 2018/2017 Awards Program requirements. Nine Chapters of Distinction were recognized as well. They include Albuquerque, Birmingham, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Houston, Jacksonville, Sacramento and San Diego.
Showing Off Sacramento – Special Evening Events
Evening Reception at California State Railroad Museum
Conference attendees and guests enjoyed an evening reception at the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. The museum features 21 restored locomotives and railroad cars dating back to 1862, as well as exhibits interpreting the role of the “iron horse” in connecting California to the rest of the nation and the influence of railroads on American society.
Closing Night Cruise on the Sacramento River
On the closing evening of the conference, members and guest enjoyed fellowship and story swapping with old and new FBI CAAA friends while cruising the beautiful Sacramento River, the largest river in California.
We are thankful for the support provided by our sponsors to make this conference possible and ask all of our members to let your appreciation be known.
Travis Manion Foundation
Justice Federal Credit Union
Mel Rapton Honda
Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard
New Faze Development
Golden Pacific Bank
Newmark Knight Frank
Center for Personal Protection & Safety
Embassy Suites by Hilton
Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento
San Serif Graphics
Omar A. Siddiqui
Thank You for Your Generosity
We extend our heartfelt thanks to the FBI Chapters and individual alumni members for their generous donations to support relief efforts for those communities and people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Additionally, donations were made to the Las Vegas Police Protective Association to support police and their families during the trying time after the mass shooting that occurred in October.
Donations came from numerous chapters and alumni from around the nation. Our thanks also to the Birmingham Chapter, who was the central collection and organizing point to get these resources to the respective agencies.