Faculty and Staff
HSTI- Associate Dean - Thomas P. Brady
Tom currently serves as the Associate Dean for the Homeland Security Training Institute at the College of DuPage. He has served in that position since April 1, 2013. Prior to this position, Tom served as the Inspector in Charge of the Chicago Division with the US Postal Inspection Service from May, 2007 until March, 2013. During his 26 years with the US Postal Service, Tom served in various leadership roles including, Deputy Chief Inspector, Inspector in Charge of the Chicago and Washington DC Divisions, Assistant Inspector in Charge of the Fort Worth Division, Team Leader in the Houston Division, and his first assignment: Postal Inspector in the Chicago Division. He has provided executive oversight for his former agency in two significant investigations: The Amerithrax (anthrax) investigation in Washington DC, and the former Governor Rod Blagojevich investigation in Chicago.
Tom obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL in 1981. In 2009, Tom achieved a Master's of Science in Integrated Homeland Security Management from Towson University in Towson, MD.
HSTI- Primary Range Master - Matt Gorecki
Matt Gorecki is the Primary Range Master for the HSTI at College of DuPage. He is a retired special agent with 23 years of service with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), compiling 19 years in SWAT/SRT, 17 years as a sniper, 14 years teaching tactics and 12 years as a firearms instructor. During his last 10 years with ATF, he held the position of Division Tactical Advisor (DTA) in Chicago where he was the head tactics instructor for the entire Field Division. During his time as the DTA, he also conducted training for academy students at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), special agents in their respective Field Divisions, SRT operators at SRT Basic Schools and SRT sniper schools. After his retirement from ATF, for four years, Matt worked in Iraq conducting "high threat" diplomatic motorcade operations for Triple Canopy and the U.S. Department of State; six months as a Dedicated Defensive Marksman (sniper), two years as a Shift Leader/Team Leader and most recently as the Deputy Project Manager of Operations where he was the executive manager and operational focal point for all contractor-provided protective security details, including Mobile and Static Protection Teams, Emergency Response Teams, Intelligence Analysts, Medical personnel, Command Post personnel, Explosive Canine Units, Firearms/Tactics Instructors and Interpreters. Prior to his ATF career, Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Northern Illinois University.
Firearms - Michelle Quesada
Michelle Quesada is the primary firearms instructor of the concealed carry program at College of DuPage, Homeland Security Training Institute. Her focus is in precision pistol and defensive handgun shooting as well as the development of junior pistol athletes and female shooters. She is a State certified and registered firearms instructor; NRA Certified Instructor: Basic Pistol, Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home; NRA Chief Range Safety Officer; State of Illinois Certified Concealed Carry Instructor (CCI); NRA Double Distinguished Expert – semi-automatic pistol; USA Shooting Coach Level 1; Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation – Registered Firearms Instructor.
Terrorism/Homeland Security - Dr. Michael Fagel
Dr. Mike Fagel joined COD in 2014 to assist in our Homeland Security training program. He is an instructor at several universities, including NIU, IIT and Aurora University. His public safety career included Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management. He has served the US Department of Defense in various capacities, including building a FEMA organization from ground up in the Middle East. He served as a reservist for FEMA/DHS responding to such events as: the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995; World Trade Center Attacks in 2001 and Hurricane Sandy in New York. He serves as a Homeland Security Subject Matter Expert and Instructor at Argonne National Laboratory. He has published 5 textbooks on Emergency Planning, with his latest Book, Crisis Management, earning text book of the year award from ASIS.
Radiation and Radioactive Materials - John Arnish
Mr. Arnish (M.S., Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, 1994) has over 20 years’ experience in the nuclear field. He works at Argonne National Laboratory as a nuclear engineer in the Decision and Information Sciences Division where he specializes in the evaluation of nuclear security, nuclear materials and counter illicit trafficking of nuclear materials. Mr. Arnish is a Team Captain and Team Scientist for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) for Region 5.
Crime Prevention Trough Environmental Design/Physical Security and Asset Protection - Brian Wedoff
Brian Wedoff began his career with AT&T after achieving a Bachelor of Science Degree (Justice Systems Major) at Truman State University in Missouri. After earning a Master of Arts Degree (Administration and Management – Criminal Justice) at Loyola University – Chicago, he transferred within the phone company to Corporate Security and spent ten years total in the telecommunications industry. Brian currently works for Ulta Beauty Inc. as the Central Region Loss Prevention Manager with leadership responsibilities for safety, security and loss prevention across a multi-state area with 150 retail locations.
Business Continuity - Lee Hensel
Lee Hensel - MBA, MSM; is a Logistics Engineer and Project Management Professional presently working at Great Lakes Naval Station supporting the CIO for a DOD Agency. He is a retired Army Officer that continues his service as a defense contractor. He became involved with Business Continuity and COOP when he was working as a con-tractor for a major Military Organization with worldwide deployed forces in Colorado Springs, CO on 9/11. Lee found the COOP Plan totally lacking and at that moment made the concept of Business Continuity and COOP (including practicing to validate) a topic that he determined he must learn, fully understand, and be able to help an organization to develop.
The Intelligence Cycle - Chris Bruce
Christopher Bruce is a former Global Response Staff officer of the CIA whose training and experiences were focused on operating as a member of a small team providing security to agency personnel while in high threat environments. He also served as a member of a counterintelligence team with the U.S. Marine Corps in the first Gulf War and later as human intelligence specialist in the Army National Guard. He worked in joint counter narcotic assignments in law enforcement with Chicago HIDTA as an interdiction specialist, and later with the Homeland Security Investigations Technical Enforcement Group.
Drug Cartels - Joel Vargas
Joel Vargas is currently the Assistant Director for Law Enforcement Operations and Head of Intelligence for the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police (InterPort Police). In this appointment by Secretary General Jay Grant, he oversees the coordination of over 227 jurisdictions, which include seaports, airports, canals, and borders critical to global supply chain. Vargas is considered an expert in security in Latin America with a strong focus on Mexican Organized Crime and Transnational Criminal Organizations. Vargas currently produces intelligence for consumers in the intelligence communities in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia.
9-1-1 Dispatch Operator - Brian Tegtmeyer, ENP
Instructor Brian Tegtmeyer, ENP, is the Executive Director of DUCOMM, the western suburbs 911 communications center and has more than 19 years’ experience in public safety communications. Tegtmeyer is a certified Emergency Number Professional (ENP), and a member of NENA and APCO. He is the State Coordinator and Vice President of IL-TERT (Telecommunicator Emergency Response Task Force) and instructs its members in Field Communications.