Join us for the 2018 Highway2Enforcement Conference! This event brings educational
opportunities to help law enforcement professionals recognize drunk and drugged driving in a manner that allows for targeted action and increased enforcement.
Garry Parker - OPENING KEYNOTE
Law Enforcement Liaison | Texas Municipal Police Association
This presentation will take a hard look at the way society and even law enforcement views traffic law, injury, and death. You will be introduced to a new term to describe, crime and traffic as a “social harm.” Focus is placed on how society views criminals as opposed to traffic law violators, and how society fears the criminal where a traffic law violator can be more dangerous and certainly more frequent. At the conclusion, suggestions are made as to ways to change a mindset, beginning with enforcement. By changing a mindset you can change behavior. Changing behavior can eventually change a culture.
Mike Stuart - TOP ENFORCER CEREMONY KEYNOTE
United States Attorney | Southern District of West Virginia
Mike Stuart became the United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia on January 9, 2018. Stuart’s priorities as United States Attorney include attacking the drug/opiate crisis, reducing violent crime, and reinvigorating public corruption and asset recovery efforts. Prior to taking office as United States Attorney, Stuart practiced law as a member in the Charleston office of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. There, he was co-chair of the firm’s corporate services and tax practice group. He focused on corporate law, energy and commercial transactions, securities, and government relations. He counseled a wide variety of clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, business development, mergers, dissolutions, financing, and management. Stuart also previously worked at K&L Gates in Boston. Before practicing law, he worked as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Pittsburgh. Stuart is a proud husband and father to his wife, Katrina, and daughters, Isabella and Audrey.
GENERAL SESSION KEYNOTE
Nicole Cofer, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
Cpl. Joey Koher, Huntington Polic
This presentation will discuss what is on the horizon with medical marijuana going into effect in the Mountain State. Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana is not a new phenomenon in our State. This session will discuss the legal issues, practical aspects in policing, legal and illegal possession, and marijuana trends. This session will arm you with the knowledge to combat the high driver who may have a legal prescription for marijuana.
Clay Abbott - CLOSING KEYNOTE
DWI Resource Prosecutor | Texas Municipal Police Association
Going to court on an impaired driving case can be trying (a bad pun I know) on both the offi cer and a prosecutor. But the results of not arresting the impaired driver or making their prosecution a priority makes for a far worse situation. This is a short, but blunt discussion of the life and death nature of
investigating and prosecuting the impaired driver.
Clay Abbott | DWI Resource Prosecutor | Texas District and County Attorneys Association
W. Clay Abbott is the DWI Resource Prosecutor with the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. He graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 1984 with a BA in History, magna cum laude. He graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law in 1986 with a JD, cum laude. He was inducted into the Order of the Coif in 1987. From 1987 until 1990 Clay was with the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, where he left as the Trial Chief of the 140th District Court. He was in solo practice in Lubbock until 1995 when he rejoined the Lubbock CDA as Chief Deputy. Clay served as an adjunct professor at the Texas Tech School of Law from 1990-1999. In 2000 he became general counsel at the Texas Municipal Court’s Education Center. He left judicial education to join TDCAA in 2004. He has trained thousands of Texas prosecutors and officers each year since 2004 at regional DWI programs. He has spoken at numerous national traffic safety events, and has taught prosecutors in a majority of the states on the topics of DWI, Prosecutor Ethics, and at Train the Trainer Programs.
Joe Abrusci | Special Officer | Morris County Park Police, NJ
Joe Abrusci retired after 30 years with the Mt. Olive Township, New Jersey Police Department. He is currently a Special Officer with the Morris County Park Police in Morristown, New Jersey.
Mr. Abrusci is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Technical Advisory Panel and past chairman of the DRE Section. He is a DRE/DRE Instructor and is the Regional DRE Grant Coordinator for Morris County, New Jersey. He is past president of the New Jersey Drug Recognition Expert Association and is now a technical advisor to the association and liaison to the IACP. He brought the SFST program to NJ in 1983 and was the state’s first SFST instructor. He helped to get the DRE program established in NJ in 1991 and has been involved with the program since.
Mr. Abrusci has been recognized in local and superior courts as a Drug Recognition Expert and Accident Reconstructionist.
Cpl.Stephanie Adams | Kanawha County Sheriff's Office
Corporal Stephanie Adams has been with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office for 9 years. Corporal Adams is currently assigned to the Road Patrol Division. In addition, she is a SFST Instructor, ARIDE instructor, DRE and DRE Instructor.
Harry Anderson | State Impaired Driving Coordinator | GHSP
After active duty military retirement in 2002, he accepted a position with the Driver Services Division of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles. He served in this department for 9 years culminating as the Manager of the DUI-Interlock Unit. During his tenure the Interlock Program grew from less than 400 participants in January 2003 to over 3200. He is a founding
member of the Association of Ignition Interlock Program Administrators (AIIPA) and has played key roles in the various DUI Law study panels, joint Agency DUI Law meetings and Legislative Sub Committee briefings contributing to the passage of the DUI Repeat Offender and Aggravated DUI laws in West Virginia.
Since 2011 he has been serving as a State Programs Administrator in the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Office and is currently the State Impaired Driving Coordinator, State Programs Administrator, and Grant Manager for several Regional and statewide Highway Safety Grant Projects.
Sgt. Adam Ballard | Mercer County Sheriff’s Office
Adam Ballard has been an active law enforcement officer for 18 years and is currently a Sergeant with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department in Princeton, WV. He is also the highway safety coordinator for the West Virginia Coalfields Highway Safety Program – which consists of McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Summers, and Wyoming Counties.
Along with being the department’s firearm instructor, Adam also teaches RADAR/LIDAR, SFSTs, ARIDE, DRE, and Child Passenger Safety schools throughout the State of WV in support of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
He has been amongst the Top 52 DUI enforcers in WV for the past 4 years and was part of the first DRE class for WV; obtaining DRE Certification in 2014. He has been recognized as a Drug Recognition Expert in both Magistrate Court and DMV Administrative hearings.
Nicole Cofer, | Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
Nicole A. Cofer is the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor in West Virginia. She attended the University of Pittsburgh where she completed her bachelor’s degree with a focus in Neuroscience. After graduation, she followed her passion for the law and officially became a Mountaineer attending the West Virginia University College of Law. As she progressed through law school, she realized that public service and protection of the public was her calling. Throughout law school, she interned for the West Virginia Office of the Attorney General and was offered a position as an Assistant Attorney General upon graduation in 2007. Nicole has also earned her master’s degree in Business Administration in 2011 and is currently pursuing a Master of Laws (LLM) in Forensic Justice from WVU College of Law with an anticipated graduation date of December 2018.
During her ten and a half years at the Attorney General’s Office, Nicole has handled a host of different clients and has made appearances across the state courts in the following areas: agency representation, criminal appeals, administrative professional licensing boards, and, for her last seven years with the office, administrative actions for DUI. Nicole completed
the Drug Recognition Expert School (DRE) in 2015 and, since that time, has participated as an instructor for Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) classes, DRE Schools and for the Impaired Driving Week at the West Virginia State Police Academy. In her position as Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor for West Virginia, Nicole has joined the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Charleston, West Virginia. In addition to serving as a resource for prosecutors and law enforcement in WV, she also handles DUI drug driving cases in Kanawha County.
Cpl. Travis Hagan | Huntington Police Department
Travis Hagan is a Corporal at the Huntington Police Department where he has served since 2006. He currently is assigned as the department’s Accident Reconstructionist. He was in the first graduating class of DRE’s in the state and went on to become a DRE Instructor. He has been teaching impaired driving classes across West Virginia for three years and has been recognized for his impaired driving enforcement since 2013.
Adam Holley | Attorney Supervisor | WV Division of Motor Vehicles
Adam is a graduate of WVU and WVU College of Law. He is a 21-year employee of the Division of Motor Vehicles whose primary responsibility since 2010 is to direct the prosecution of license revocation actions for DUI. He has attended numerous DUI trainings including Prosecuting the Drugged Driver, Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside
Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). He is a frequent guest instructor at the West Virginia State Police Academy. Adam resides in Frazier’s Bottom in Putnam County with his wife and twin daughters.
Martin Johnson | ID Training, LLC
Martin Johnson retired from the Howard County (MD) Police Department after 25 years of service as a police officer, detective, and forensic document examiner. He remains with the department as a civilian, examining identity documents, money, credit cards, and checks. He is an instructor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, specializing in identity
document examination and investigation. He has developed and delivered courses for law enforcement agencies across the country, as well as for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Joseph Jones | Forensic Toxicologist | PinPoint Testing, LLC
Mr. Jones has been working in forensic toxicology since 2006, and today he manages laboratory operations for PinPoint Testing in Little Rock, AR. The mission of PinPoint Testing is to provide advanced toxicological testing services, and to supply clients with customized userfriendly tools to stay abreast of emerging drug trends. He serves on the faculty of the National
Judicial College in Reno, NV and is a member of the National Safety Council – Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driving (NSC-ADID) division and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT).
Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Toxicology for the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Lab in Columbus, Ohio. His primary responsibility was expanding the scope of testing to support DUID efforts throughout the State of Ohio. He currently serves as an adjunct instructor to the Ohio Drug Recognition Expert/Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DRE/ DECP) and provides free consultation services to Drug Recognition Experts in over 13 different states through his private venture, J.O. Jones Consulting, LLC.
Mr. Jones received his Master of Science in Forensic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science from Baylor University in 2004. He has presented at many national and regional conferences addressing topics of drugs, alcohol, and laboratory validation practices. More recently his focus has been on developing high-throughput analytical methods for novel compounds and cost-saving solutions for clinical & forensic toxicology labs.
Cpl. Joey Koher | Huntington Police Department
Joseph “Joey” Koher is the West Virginia Drug Evaluation Classification Program State Coordinator and an active officer with the Huntington Police Department. Since being named the State Coordinator in 2014, Cpl. Koher has provided numerous classes and presentations to law enforcement and prosecutors across the state including Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) Refreshers, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), Prosecuting the Impaired Driver, and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Schools. In addition to providing numerous training events, presentations, and workshops, Cpl. Koher has also been West Virginia’s Top Enforcer (DUI arrests) for the past seven years.
Cpl. Joshua Lester | Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office
Joshua Lester has been an active law enforcement officer for 10 years and is currently a Corporal with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office in Charleston, WV. Along with being the department’s employment recruiter, he is also a Reconstructionist, SWAT team member, Honor Guard Deputy, an instructor for EVOC and teaches, SFSTs, ARIDE, and DRE throughout the State of WV in support of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. He has been amongst the Top 52 DUI enforcers in WV and was part of the first DRE class for WV; obtaining DRE Certification in 2014.
Chuck Matson | IACP DRE Section Chair
Chuck Matson is an often-sought speaker and instructor on subjects related to drug impairment and courtroom testimony. For twenty-nine years he served as a sworn officer with the Omaha (NE) Police Department. After his retirement in 2013, he relocated to the scenic Black Hills in South Dakota where he acts as the Great Faces, Great Places States DRE Training Coordinator.
As a uniformed officer, his assignments resulted in various department and municipality honors connected to his exceptional work in the areas of street level drug traffic, domestic violence, community policing, and impaired driving. As a member of his agencies Traffic Enforcement Unit Chuck was consistently recognized by law enforcement and community organizations as a leader in alcohol and drugged driving enforcement and education. He earned nationwide acclaim in 1996 when the National Commission Against Drunk Driving (NCADD) awarded him with the organization’s annual law enforcement award. For fifteen
years he routinely led his department in impaired driving investigations by averaging over 275 DUI arrest a year and setting a Nebraska state record 379 chemically impaired driving arrests and convictions in 2006.
Several criminal and civil courts have recognized him as an expert on drug and alcohol impairment. As a DECP Instructor he has aided in the certification and/or recertification of numerous SFST and DRE candidates and Instructors across the United States and Canada.
Garry Parker | Law Enforcement Liaison | Texas Municipal Police Association
Garry attended the Texas Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement Academy before receiving his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in criminology from Concordia University.
Garry holds a Master Peace Officer license and has 38 years of law enforcement experience. Garry retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety in 2009 as the Public Information Officer at the State Capitol. He is currently employed as a Law Enforcement Liaison and Instructor with the Texas Municipal Police Association.
First Sgt. Jay Powers | WV State Police
First Sergeant Jay Powers is a 22-year member of the West Virginia State Police. He has been the Southern Coordinator for the Commission on Drunk Driving Prevention since 2006 and is also the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) State Coordinator. He has been a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) since 2013 and became a certified DRE Instructor as of April 2016.
Retired Captain Chuck Sadler | Law Enforcement Professional Standards Coordinator
Division of Justice and Community Services
Chuck Sadler served as a sworn member of the Charleston, West Virginia, Police Department from September 1980 through January 2005 retiring at the rank of Captain. While a member of the Charleston Police Department he served in the Uniformed Patrol Division, Training Division, Highway Safety Program, Professional Standards Unit, Grants Unit and Administrative Services Bureau. He remains a certified West Virginia law enforcement officer in good standing.
As a result of the work that he was involved in with highway safety, he was recognized by multiple national, state and local organizations for his work to reduce the impact of traffic crashes in the Greater Charleston/Kanawha Valley and the state-at-large through his efforts to increase seat belt usage and reduce the likelihood that a person would drive in an impaired condition. In 1993 he was one of ten individuals nationwide who received the NHTSA Lifesaver’s Public Service Award.
Additionally, Retired Captain Sadler is a certified West Virginia law enforcement instructor in multiple areas with an emphasis on highway safety. He regularly teaches highway safety related in-service training programs for the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Office and recruit entry level impaired driver training at the West Virginia State Police Academy.
Since his retirement from the Charleston PD in 2005, Retired Captain Sadler has served as the Law Enforcement Professional Standards (LEPS) Program Director for the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services (DJCS). In that capacity he is responsible for the oversight and administration of the certification and training programs for West Virginia law enforcement officers.
Bob Tipton | Director | WV Governor's Highway Safety Program
Bob is a native of Raleigh County, graduating from Bluefield State College with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration in 1983. Bob served as a Police Officer for the City of Beckley for 24 years, retiring as a Lieutenant in 2001. While there, he was the officer in charge of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program, Photo Lab, and Coordinator of the Southern Regional Highway Safety Program. During his last year, he served as the Occupant Protection Coordinator/Law Enforcement Liaison for the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP). In 2001, Bob was named the Director of the GHSP and continues to serve in this role.