Criminal Justice Faculty

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Janet Puls, Ph.D, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

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Dr. Janet Puls serves as Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division. For nearly a decade, Dr. Puls has led the division with dedication, enthusiasm, and integrity. In collaboration with her outstanding faculty, the Division has experienced record growth in student enrollment, more than doubling the number of students majoring in programs across eight academic departments at the university’s main campus and several regional learning centers in Missouri and Illinois.
While attaining her academic accomplishments and professional credentials, coupled with her past and present work experiences, Dr. Puls has honed many skills such as a keen understanding of the human condition, effective counseling techniques, successful organizational and management methods, sound budgeting and fiscal management, developing and executing strategic plans, effective teaching practices, and a unique servant-leadership style. Prior to joining MBU full time in 2003, she owned and operated a small business, worked in non-profit settings, served as executive director of an inner-city psychosocial and educational mentoring program for high-risk children, worked in a private Christian counseling practice as a psychotherapist, and taught courses part-time at the university level. During her tenure at MBU, Dr. Puls also served full time as Director of Institutional Research in which she was responsible for data mining, developing internal reports for numerous departments, and external reporting to various entities such as DESE, NCATE, and HLC. She held this position concurrently with her full time position as Chair of the SBS Division for several years, which is a testament to her tireless energy and dedication.
In addition to her responsibilities as Chair, Dr. Puls is also very involved in the lives of MBU students. She teaches each semester, serves as an academic advisor, and assists students with developing short-term and long term career goals. She regularly prays with her students and encourages them to seek the will of the Lord for their lives, believing it is not through worldly self-actualization but through Christ-actualization that one can have a truly meaningful life and fulfill God’s intended purposes.

Dr. Puls holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, a Master’s in Social Work with licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in teaching clinical psychology. She is an active member of the North American Association for Christians in Social Work and the National Association of Social Workers-Missouri Chapter. Dr. Puls recently completed a two-year term as President of NASW-MO having also served two consecutive terms as Treasurer between 2000 and 2005. Dr. Puls is an active member in her church, devoting her efforts to the music ministry and worship.

James B. Kellogg, M.A.

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James B. Kellogg is the Criminal Justice Department Coordinator at Missouri Baptist University. Since taking on this position he has revised the undergraduate Criminal Justice Program and has designed and developed the Criminal Justice Online Master’s Degree Program. Mr. Kellogg brings to his classroom a wealth of knowledge. He has training in Anti-Terrorism, Response to Child Abductions, Human Trafficking, High Risk Incidents, and Hostage/Suicide Negotiations.

Without question, Mr. Kellogg strongly believes in the incorporation of Christian principles, ethics and absolute truths in his teaching and daily interaction with students. In today’s Criminal Justice world living ethically is imperative, yet many do not know how to do so, nor do they know from where their ethics should come. Mr. Kellogg has a desire that all Criminal Justice students learn ethics from a Biblical Christian perspective that will prepare them to face any ethical dilemma that will arise in the heat of the day and win the battle.

Giving back to the community is important to Mr. Kellogg. He volunteers his time at his church to serve others. He has been a volunteer in outreach ministry to the homeless and participates in mission trips both nationally and internationally.

Mr. Kellogg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri Baptist University and a M.A. degree in Business from Webster University. He urges any current or prospective students to feel free to contact him with any and all questions and comments they may have.

Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right. (Psalm 106:3) He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6: 8)

Loftin C. Woodiel, Ph.D., C.P.P.

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Loftin C. Woodiel is a nationally recognized researcher and communicator with a demonstrated ability to achieve global understanding and compliance through quality discovery and presentation. He has chaired Academy of Criminal Justice Science (ACJS) panels in “Vulnerability Assessment and Target Hardening,” “Victimization and White Collar Crime,” “Crime Prevention to Explain Criminal Incidents,” and others. Dr. Woodiel is an avid writer with over 120 publications. Most recently, he served on the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International’s Technical Committee and Working Group to develop a global Physical Asset Protection (PAP) Policy.

As an innovative, results driven federal law enforcement and security professional, he has the proven ability to successfully build and integrate high-performance policing, security and investigative programs. Whether representing the U.S. government interests at major protests in foreign countries, managing an investigation into the disclosure of classified material, extracting potential terrorists from nuclear missile sites, or protecting the human and tangible assets of a community, Woodiel has charged the motivation and productivity of his teams, elevating their performance to award winning caliber via mature composure, clarification of job knowledge and expectation, and solid leadership. An U.S. Air Force veteran, he excelled in three leadership tiers: airman, NCO and commissioned officer.

An up-front international security executive, Dr. Woodiel possesses the business acumen to influence and drive change. While with a high profile, multi-national Bank & Financial Services corporation he led the integration of four global business units, each with multiple subsidiary companies, into one corporate physical security structure — analyzing security operations of each, identifying security gaps and individual processes, building key relationships and trust, developing goals and strategy, and implementing standardization that improved overall security. Woodiel’s internationally seasoned security leadership is exemplified in his: extraction of Mexican cartel influence and fortification of physical / process security in a Latin American financial services market; implementation of successful anti-terrorism techniques at key European offices under challenge by the Animal Liberation Front; enhancement of physical protective service measures for Greek offices as national riots intensified; and other opportunities. His robust international corporate travel security program coupled with defined executive and expatriate protection programs are considered “the highest quality” by industry leaders. He proactively shaped the security culture of his Fortune 100 client through the design and delivery of global “Security Tone from the Top” and “Security in the Workplace” awareness training.

He is the past president of both the Saint Louis FBI Sponsored Infragard Alliance and the Saint Louis “Top Secret” Security Users Group. He is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), American Society for Industrial Security International (ASIS), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the Saint Louis Terrorism Early Warning Group (EWG).

Dr. Woodiel earned his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University with focus on “Crime in American Society,” post graduate certificate in International Terrorism from the University of Saint Andrews (Scotland), M.A. from University of Central Oklahoma in Criminal Justice Management & Administration, bachelors degrees from both Western Illinois University and Southern Illinois University in liberal arts, and an A.A.S. from the Community College of the Air Force in Law Enforcement. He earned his Certified Protection Professional (CPP) credentials from ASIS International. In 2012, Dr. Woodiel was awarded the 2012 Allan J. Cross Award from ASIS International.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) When my time of this earth comes to a close, it is my goal that the words of the Apostle Paul be applicable: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

Frederick T. Crawford, M.A.

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Frederick T. Crawford focuses MBU graduate students on the art of criminal investigations and investigations management.

Mr. Crawford served the citizens of Saint Louis County as a decorated law enforcement officer; rising from street policing to sergeant, lieutenant and ultimately commander. A 29 year veteran of the Saint Louis County Police Department, he retired at the rank of Captain — having commanded both the North and South County Precincts, the Special Operations Division, the Intelligence Bureau, and the Police Academy.

He currently serves as the Chief of Security for the Parkway School District where is ensures the safety of over 17,456 students scattered over 18 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 5 high schools, 1 non-traditional high school and 1 early childhood center. The districts operating expenses are approximately $212.2 million.

A graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 138th National Academy class and the U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection School, Mr. Crawford holds a B.A. from Columbia College in business and M.A. from Webster University in public administration with post graduate courses in criminal justice management.

Mr. Crawford has been a mainstay in Missouri Baptist University’s criminal justice program since 1996. His commitment to faith based instruction has always been centered on preparing students for management and administrative positions in the criminal justice field, while instilling an ethical perspective in their lesson plans.

The highlight to Mr. Crawford’s life outside of the classroom is his wife and 10 year old daughter, Olivia.

Gary Hoelzer, M.A.

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Gary Hoelzer “forges to the heart of policing” with both graduate and undergraduate students at Missouri Baptist University since 2007.

Beginning his professional career as a law enforcement officer with the Saint Louis County Police Department, Captain Gary Hoelzer now commands the Town and Country Police Department’s (MO) Operations Division — comprised of the patrol, investigative and operational support units.

He is a former president of the Law Enforcement Officials of Greater St. Louis and has contributed articles to a number of law enforcement periodicals on patrol strategies, organizational leadership, higher education in law enforcement and physical fitness: Leaders and organizational noise. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 2009; Lessons from a voluntary fitness program, Law & Order – The magazine for police management,2010; Higher Education & Law Enforcement, Law Officer Magazine, 2011; The high calling of a noble cause, Law Officer 2011; Law, Liberty and License. Law & Order Magazine, 2000; High Performance Law Enforcement Organizations, Law & Order Magazine, 2012; Incorporating Hot Spots Policing into Your Daily Patrol Plan, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 2011; and Common Patrol Areas: Hot Spots Policing, Law & Order Magazine, 2011.

Captain Hoelzer is called upon frequently to speak to police academy trainees on the topics of: Fitness and the Law Enforcement Officer; Stress Management; Ethics; and Leadership for First Line Supervisors. He delivered the key note at the Central Missouri Police Academy, Class 172 graduation in June of 2010, entitled “High Calling of a Noble Cause.”

Gary Hoelzer earned his Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Missouri Baptist University and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University. He graduated from the FBI National Academy, Session 205, Quantico, Virginia in 2001.

Tricia J. Martin-Dick, J.D., L.L.M.

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Tricia Martin-Dick is an attorney focusing on criminal courts, criminal procedure and prisoner civil remedies in both the criminal justice undergraduate and graduate programs.

Mrs. Martin-Dick has served as an assistant state attorney and is an experienced litigator at both the state and federal level courts.

Having earned her A.A.S. in criminal justice from John A. Logan College, B.A. in political science with criminal justice minor and M.A. in criminal justice with focus on courts, juvenile delinquency and corrections at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Mrs. Martin-Dick pursued her legal interests earning her law degree (J.D.) with criminal law and criminal procedure focus and her legal masters (L.L.M.) from Southern Illinois University Law School. Mrs. Martin-Dick also studied at the Universite’ de Caen in Caen (France) where she earned the French language certificate.

Mrs. Martin-Dick was admitted to the Illinois Bar and the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois in 2004. She serves on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board at Rend Lake College and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.