Kristy Reese – President
Kristy Reese earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Florida International University in 2014, graduating Magna Cum Laude. All throughout her undergraduate years at FIU, she remained involved in various Honor Societies such as Alpha Phi Sigma, Delta Epsilon Iota, The Golden Key and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi, has exhibited school spirit by cheering on the FIU Cheer Squad and has even studied abroad in England with the Criminal Justice Department. Before graduation, she obtained a fulltime internship with Miami Dade Police Department for a semester, which is where she discovered her passion for law enforcement. She is now pursuing her Master of Science in Criminal Justice, while working as a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Ellen G. Cohn, in hopes of one day obtaining her dream job as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Her outside interests include modeling and acting in the TV/Film industry.
Rebecca Rico – Vice President
Rebecca Rico obtained her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology in 2013, at Florida International University. As an undergraduate student, she participated in multiple community service events, in addition to studying abroad in Spain. She is a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma and has held various leadership positions within the sorority. She was also an intern with the Miami Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service. Rebecca is now pursuing a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and working as a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Stewart D’Alessio. In the future, she aims to work for the Drug Enforcement Agency as a Special Agent. Aside from school and work, Rebecca loves tactical shooting classes, playing soccer, and participating in mud races.
Sara McFann – Treasurer
Sara McFann is a first-year graduate student at Florida International University pursuing a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, as well as a Graduate Certificate in National Security Studies. In 2009 she graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. She worked for over three years as a contractor with the federal government in Washington, D.C. before moving to Miami and she plans to return to continue a career in national security after completing her degree.. She currently is working for the Criminal Justice Department at Florida International University as a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Stephen Pires. Her extracurricular activities include jiu jitsu and running.
Andrea Headley – CSO Liaison
Andrea Headley graduated from the University of Miami with Honors in 2010, and is currently a doctoral student in the department of Public Administration with a major in criminal justice. Her current research interest focuses around accountability and transparency, prison privatization, and police administration. She has a passion for social justice issues and seeks to utilize her research to benefit the community. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry, drawing, and baking.
Jasmine Walker – Secretary
Jasmine Walker obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2013 with Magna Cum Laude honors and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice in 2015 from Florida International University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the International Crime and Justice PhD program here at FIU and working as a Graduate Assistant for Professor Tim Goddard within the Department of Criminal Justice. Her research interests include transnational crime (human trafficking in particular) crime prevention, terrorism, and criminal justice policy. After receiving her PhD, she aspires to fight human trafficking as an investigator with Homeland Security Investigations under the Department of Homeland Security. During moments of downtime, Jasmine enjoys reading books, hanging out by the pool, and listening to her vast collection of vinyl records.
Marco Muscillo – Counselor
Marco Muscillo earned an Associates of Arts degree at Miami Dade College in 2011. In 2013 he earned a Bachelor in Science at Florida International University in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology, graduating with Honors. He is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, Delta Epsilon Iota, and The Golden Key Honor Society. He is currently pursuing a Joint Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Public Administration Degree and works for the Criminal Justice Department at Florida International University as a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Suman Kakar. He is actively coauthoring papers in the criminal justice field and intends to utilize the tools he has developed after graduation in federal law enforcement. He is particularly interested in human trafficking and hopes to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Marco is an active member in the community and an avid dog lover.
Katherine DeLaRosa – Historian
Katherine DeLaRosa is an undergraduate student at Florida International University majoring in Criminal Justice and obtaining a certificate in National Security Studies and minors in Geography. During her first years as an undergraduate student, Katherine was a law enforcement explorer for Homeland Security Explorer Post 210 at the Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial High School, where she graduated in 2013 Cum Laude. Now she helps train other law enforcement explorer posts with drill/marching and scenario trainings. She aspires to work for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the K-9 unit and later on become an agent for Homeland Security Investigations. Her hobbies include traveling, listening to music and collecting currency from different countries.
Dr. Ellen G. Cohn- Advisor
Dr. Ellen G. Cohn (aka “Dr. Pepsi”) has been a faculty member at Florida International University since 1993. She is an associate professor of Criminal Justice and an affiliated faculty member in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. She also runs the Criminal Justice Study Abroad Program. Dr. Cohn is a member of the board of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers and a recipient of the FIU Excellence in Service Award and the national President’s Volunteer Service Award. She is involved in research on the effects of weather, spatial, and temporal variables on criminal behavior and on the use of citation analysis in criminology and criminal justice. Dr. Cohn holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Maryland and earned her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University in England. Her outside interests include spending time with her family, travelling, and reading – she’s a huge mystery buff and dedicated Whovian.