Faculty

Real-world experience and outstanding academic credentials.


Brad Grossman ImageBrad Grossman

LEJ and Forensic Science Program Coordinator
B.S., Judson University
M.A., Western Illinois University
F.B.I. National Academy, Quantico, Virginia
Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville, Kentucky

bgrossma@harpercollege.edu
Building H, Room H170
847-925-6717 

Professor Grossman served 27 years with the Palatine Police Department, starting in patrol and rising to the rank of Deputy Chief. As Deputy Chief, he was responsible for personnel management, police officer selection & sergeant promotional processes, as well as overseeing the Support Services Division. His passion for teaching stems from his respect for the law enforcement profession and desire to teach, train, and prepare students for a career in the Criminal Justice field. He teaches Intro to Criminal Justice, Patrol Procedures, Investigative Process, and coordinates the Police Internship Program.


Kenneth B. Blachut

B.S., Lewis University
M.S., Lewis University
Ed.D., N.I.U.
kblachut@harpercollege.edu

Blachut brings 40+ years of law enforcement expertise to the classroom through his experience as a Chicago police cadet and as a dispatcher, patrol officer, tactical officer, detective, detective corporal, detective sergeant and detective commander at the Norridge Police Department. Blachut has taught criminal justice classes at University of Illinois at Chicago, Kaplan University and Harper College. He is state licensed breathalyzer operator and private detective.


Tom Biesty

IIT Chicago – Kent College of Law, Juris Doctorate
St John’s University, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
tbiesty@harpercollege.edu

Former 27-year prosecutor with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office currently utilizing long history of prosecutorial excellence to teach others within the law community.  A former decorated New York City Police Officer and a trailblazer in prosecuting first time cases at the state level.  Ability to translate complex legal theories to practical use for both law enforcement and criminal prosecutors.


Dan Burch

B.S. Criminal Justice Administration - Columbia College of Missouri
dburch@harpercollege.edu

Dan Burch has served a suburban police department for the past 22 year.  During this time, he held numerous positions including Patrol Officer, Police K9 handler, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Commander, and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Police. Specialty assignment held by Mr. Burch during this time include evidence technician, department evidence custodian, and SWAT operator, among others. Mr. Burch primarily teaches the Forensic course at Harper College.


Anthony Gallagher

B.A. Columbia College
FBI National Academy
agallagh@harpercollege.edu

Anthony is a former Marine, and a retired Police Lieutenant after 36 years with a Municipal Police Department. Of those 36 years, 28 were spent in investigations in various roles, and unit supervisor. Anthony also served 28 years concurrently on a large multi-jurisdictional SWAT team as a sniper and then being appointed to Team Commander. He was certified in many areas of defensive tactics, weapons systems, and investigation techniques. Anthony currently works as an investigator for a large airline carrier at O’Hare, covering the mid-west and China.


Wayne Gregory

wgregory@harpercollege.edu

Wayne Gregory. A multi-sport champion with over 30 years of world-class training experience – Wayne’s inspirational coaching style and second-to-none conditioning have made him one of the most sought after trainers in the world for Mixed Martial Artists, Professional Athletes and Celebrities.


Bruce Johnson

bjohnson@harpercollege.edu

Mr. Johnson served with the Morton Grove and Schaumburg Police Departments and retired as the Chief of Police for the Round Lake Park Police Department. He is a Past-President of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association. His academic credentials include a Master of Science Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Social Justice from Lewis University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is a Subject Matter Expert for the Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center and CNA Strategic Policing Innovations. Mr. Johnson retired as a Chief Warrant Officer after more than 28 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.


Anthony Kropp

B.S. Criminal Justice
Columbia College of Missouri
akropp@harpercollege.edu 

Anthony Kropp has served suburban police departments for the past 22 years. During this time, he has held numerous positions including Community Service Officer, Patrol Officer, Police K-9 handler, Lake County MEG, and The Lake County Major Crime Task Force. Other specialty positions held are field training officer, evidence technician, evidence custodian, firearms instructor and more. Mr. Kropp primarily teaches the forensics course at Harper college.


Brian Lawrence

blawrenc@harpercollege.edu

An Elgin police officer since 1995, Lawrence is a certified juvenile officer and assigned to Juvenile Investigations. Lawrence has worked in the patrol division and the major investigations division. He also was assigned to an Illinois State Police cold case homicide unit for two years. Lawrence enjoys teaching various criminal justice courses at Harper College, as well as serving as an instructor for juvenile law and procedures at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage.


Robert Lessnau

M.S., Western Illinois University
rlessnau@harpercollege.edu

Special Agent Robert Lessnau started his law enforcement career in 1995 serving as a community service officer/desk officer with the Prospect Heights and Buffalo Grove Police Departments. While at the Prospect Heights Police Department, Lessnau served as patrol officer and detective. He is a state certified juvenile officer, evidence technician, and accident investigator. In 2008, Lessnau was hired as a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. SA Lessnau has worked cyber-crimes, Counter-terrorism, and is now assigned to a drug and money laundering unit".


Jodi Levit

B.A., University of Wisconsin
M.S., University of Illinois
jlevit@harpercollege.edu

Jodi Levit's experience includes holding positions as a criminal intelligence analyst at the Illinois State Police Department and as a Correctional Officer and Correctional Counselor at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. Levit teaches criminal justice, corrections, juvenile justice and criminology at Harper College.


Eric Lundt

BA- Lewis University
Senior Special Agent - Illinois Gaming Board
elundt@harpercollege.edu


Louis Martinez

M.A., Adler School of Professional Psychology
M.S., Loyola University
lmartine@harpercollege.edu

Martinez is a retired Chicago police officer, trained in the police Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) where alternative treatment for persons with mental illness is advocated instead of incarceration. He served as a police officer for the Chicago's Department of Aviation and a correctional officer at Joliet Correctional Center where he supervised and worked to rehabilitate maximum security inmates. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He authored a book titled "The Secret Deaths: Police Officer's Testimonial Views on Police Suicides and Why Suicides Continue to Be Hidden in Police Departments." He is a contributing writer for The National Chief of Police Magazine and a consultant for police departments throughout the Chicago area.


Maria McCarthy

B.A. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Juris Doctorate, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
mmccarth@harpercollege.edu

Maria McCarthy has been an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for over 29 years.  She was the Deputy Supervisor of the Traffic Division, and has supervised the Domestic Violence Division and the Homicide-Sex Unit.  Maria is currently the Supervisor at the Third Municipal District in Cook County.  Maria was previously an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law and the John Marshall Law School.   She conducts trainings for the Chicago Police Department’s new detectives and for their Lead Homicide Detective certification classes.   In addition, Maria conducts trainings for police officers on fifth and sixth amendment issues through Northeast Multi-Regional Training (NEMRT).  She also teaches trial advocacy skills to prosecutors throughout the state of Illinois for the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutors Office.  


Bruce A. Morris

M.S. DePaul University
B.S. Illinois State University
bmurray@harpercollege.edu

Sergeant Bruce A. Morris Jr. has served the residents of Palatine and Palatine Police Department since September of 1999. He received the rank of Sergeant in July of 2015.  Sgt. Morris is currently assigned to evening shift where he supervises approximately 30 sworn police officers and civilian personnel. During his career in Palatine he has served as a gang crimes investigator, field training officer, and crime scene technician.  Sgt. Morris currently manages approximately 20 crime scene technicians (CST), a crime lab, two CST vehicles, and coordinates departmental training for the CST unit. 


Bernie Murray

B.A. University of Illinois, Chicago
Juris Doctorate, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago

Bernie Murray served as the Chief, Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for 25 years, and prosecutor and supervisor of felony trial prosecutors for the DuPage County States Attorney’s Office for another 5 years.  His extensive experience and knowledge in the State’s Attorney’s Office allows him to bring practical application to the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure courses.


Tom Reed

A.A., Harper College
B.A., Northeastern Illinois University
Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School
treed@harpercollege.edu 

Tom began his exploration into law enforcement while attending classes at Harper College. He participated in the college’s internship program, completing an internship with the Buffalo Grove Police Department. After graduating, Tom was hired by the Buffalo Grove Police Department as a community service officer. In 1985, Tom left Buffalo Grove to become a Libertyville Police Officer; returning to Buffalo Grove as a police officer in 1988. Most of Tom’s career has been spent in the criminal investigations division; both as an investigator and supervisor. He currently is the Criminal Investigations Commander. Tom is an evidence technician with thirty-two years of experience in forensics; including twelve years with the Lake County Major Crime Task Force. Tom has been an adjunct instructor at Harper College since 2008.


Randy Sater

A.A.S., Harper College
B.S., Western Illinois University
Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School
Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois
rsater@harpercollege.edu

Randy Sater served on the Bloomingdale Police Department for 30 years and in his last assignment he served as the Deputy Chief of Operations, where he supervised the patrol division, the investigation section, and the tactical unit. He was also in charge of training, and investigated internal complaints. He also served as a patrol shift Watch Commander, patrol shift Sergeant, Detective, and Patrol Officer. He has also served as an Evidence Technician, Field Training Officer, DARE Officer, Traffic Crash Reconstructionist, Radar Instructor, and Juvenile Officer. In addition to teaching at Harper, Sater also teaches current police officers in advanced accident investigation and instructor development for Northeast Multi-Regional Training.


Stephen Schmidt

B.A. University of Illinois Chicago, major in Criminal Justice
M.S. National Louis University, Management and Development of Human Resources
F.B.I. National Academy Session #209
Senior Executive Institute, Weldon Center for Public Service, University of Virginia
The Executive Management Program, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety
School of Police Staff & Command, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety
sschmid2@harpercollege.edu

Served for 41 ½ years with the Elk Grove Village Police Department rising through the ranks to Chief of Police. As a police officer, was assigned in patrol, accident investigator, field evidence technician, field training officer, criminal investigator, crime prevention. As a sergeant assigned to patrol and criminal court department liaison. Served as a deputy chief for 10 years and led both the Field Services Division and Support Services Division. Served as Chief of Police for 17 years. Held several positions in law enforcement associations and in local organizations. Has taught at Harper College for 25 years. Is currently a Village Trustee for Elk Grove Village.


Diann Sheridan

B.A., University of Illinois, Psychology/Mental Health
J.D., Loyola University School of Law
Dsherid1@harpercollege.edu

Diann Sheridan recently retired as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Throughout her 30 years as an Assistant State’s Attorney, Diann prosecuted violent crimes and property crimes representing the People of Cook County.  She also prepared victims, witnesses and police personnel for pretrial negotiations, motions, and trial.  Diann mentored, advised, and trained assistant state’s attorneys and law enforcement on both criminal law and criminal procedure.  She remains committed to continuing her career in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration education at both Harper College and Oakton Community College.


Mike Smith

msmith2@harpercollege.edu

Smith has been an adjunct instructor at Harper College since 1993. He retired as a Lieutenant from the Schaumburg Police Department in 2011 after serving for thirty-two years. He brings to Harper College an extensive background in crime scene forensics, as well as computer forensics and investigations. During his tenure with the Schaumburg Police Department he worked as an evidence technician, property custodian, court liaison officer and as a detective. He was a member of the Illinois Attorney General's Task Force for Child Exploitation over the Internet and the U.S. Secret Service's Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force. He is an original members of the Northwest Suburban Major Crimes Assistance Team.


Eric Tellschow

B.A., Western Michigan University
M.A., DePaul University
Chicago Police Academy
etellsch@harpercollege.edu

Tellschow is a former Harper student and a retired Police Officer from the Bartlett Police Department. Tellschow served as an instructor in Defensive Tactics, CPR/First Aid, Firearms, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), and Drug/Gang Suppression Tactics. Tellschow held positions as a Tactical Emergency Medical Service Officer (TEMS) with the Bartlett Police entry team (SPEAR), was a member of the Tactical Unit, Crime Prevention Unit, Major Crimes Assistance Team (MCAT Surveillance), and a member of the Patrol Unit. Tellschow is a state certified Evidence Technician, Juvenile Officer, Drugged Driver Detection Officer, as well as a state certification in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design. Tellschow has instructed at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA) and teaches Criminal Justice and Criminology at Harper.


Frank Trost 

ftrost@harpercollege.edu

Frank Trost served over 20 years with the Elgin Police Department. He started as a patrol officer and also served as an undercover narcotics detective. He progressed through the ranks being promoted to sergeant, lieutenant and commander. He oversaw patrol shifts and special divisions and as a commander, his role oversaw the Strategic Initiative division that included all the department's community-based operations and initiatives. He served on the honor guard and was a SWAT team member for 18 years.  

He received his Master's Degree from Western Illinois University and his Doctorate Degree from Governors State University. Additionally, prior to this, he served on active duty in the United States Army in the infantry.