Congratulations to our 2018 Criminal Justice Alumni Hall of Fame class! The Westfield State Criminal Justice Alumni Hall of Fame honors alumni who have excelled in their chosen field. Nine alumni were honored on April 7th and this year’s inductees represent distinction in diverse fields of law enforcement.
Westfield State has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of curriculum and the quality of graduates, who have found success in criminal justice and law on a local, national and international level. Students work with experienced and committed faculty and an impressive internship program that offers a wide range of field placements at the federal, state and local levels.
In addition to the inductees, John Jones, associate professor of criminal justice, received the Dr. Victor Ascolillo Lifetime Service Award.
Jones has served as a dedicated member of the University’s faculty for 40 years.
Timothy Alben ’84 retired from the Massachusetts State Police in 2015 after 32 years of service. He led the Commonwealth’s law enforcement agency as its colonel/superintendent for three years. During his tenure, Alben held numerous positions, including commander in the Division of Field Services and deputy commander of the Division of Standards & Training, as well as 16 years of assignments in the Division of Investigative Services.
After retiring from the State Police, Alben established a security and law enforcement consulting company, Alben & Associates, LLC, which provides security consulting services, crisis management and program assessment services to public and private sector businesses.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Westfield State in 1984, a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Western New England University, and a master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.
Alben credits his wife, Maryann, and children Jennifer, Caitlin, and Timothy Jr. for the enormous support they provided him through a challenging and demanding career. “Whatever success I’ve achieved professionally comes from the love, devotion, and support they’ve provided me,” he said.
Robert Alberti M’14 was appointed as chief of the Easthampton Police Department (EPD) in 2016, after 18 years on the force. He joined the EPD full-time in 2002, was promoted to detective in 2004 and named captain in 2013.
For six years he served as an Easthampton agent for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in Springfield, where he investigated complicated narcotics cases across multiple jurisdictions. In addition, Alberti served on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Springfield. In 2011, his participation in a federal investigation was a key component that led to the bust of a high-volume cocaine trafficking operation that extended from Mexico and Texas to Easthampton.
In 2015, Alberti was accepted into the FBI National Academy and maintains FBI top secret clearance for counterterrorism and international terrorism investigations.
A native of the area, Alberti graduated from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton and worked for local police departments prior to his full-time appointment. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Curry College in 2003 and a master’s in criminal justice from Westfield State in 2014.
Edward DeMarco Jr. ’99, M’14 has served as chief of the East Windsor, Connecticut Police Department (EWPD) for 15 years, in a law enforcement career that began in 1988. At the EWPD, he manages a budget of $3.4 million, supervises 37 employees, and serves a diverse and rapidly growing community of 11,400 residents. He holds expertise in executive leadership, municipal budgeting, labor relations and negotiations, organizational renewal and change, as well as emergency planning and management. Since 2012, DeMarco has also served as East Windsor’s director of emergency management.
DeMarco brings a high-energy, caring, and dedicated approach to teambuilding, while developing and implementing progressive strategies to his management style. His leadership background has enabled him to successfully transition across various law enforcement agencies in Connecticut and Massachusetts, giving him a unique perspective in public safety management and leadership. DeMarco maintains strong ties with the Westfield State University community and teaches an annual course through its Career Center, titled “Test Preparation for Criminal Justice Careers.”
DeMarco earned two degrees from Westfield State: a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice in 1999, and Master of Science in public administration in 2014. He also holds a Master of Science in criminal justice administration from Western New England University. A graduate of the training session FBI National Academy, he also graduated from the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, and completed the Chief Executive Leadership course last year, through the Southern Police Institute.
Arlene Enos ’86 is the port director of Customs and Border Protection in New Bedford, Mass., responsible for ports located in New Bedford, Fall River, and Plymouth. Directed by a mission to prevent terrorism, Enos supervises the enforcement of customs, immigration and agricultural laws, and facilitates international trade. She is also a peer support member and a Federal Campaign administrator for the annual fundraising campaign.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Westfield State in 1986, Enos began her career as an inspector for U.S Customs Service in Boston. She then transferred to Rhode Island in 1989. In 2003, U.S. Customs service became Customers and Border Protection under the Department of Homeland and Security. In 2008, Enos was promoted to port director.
Customs and Border Protection has given Enos with the opportunity to travel the world and work in different environments, both within her division, as well as in other agencies and cultures. Enos traveled to Romania for two months as part of Sanctions Assistance Mission, under the United Nations, where she helped customs officials from several countries to enforce sanctions against Serbia. Enos has also taught customs policy and practices in Cyprus to Cypriot Customs officials for the Customs and Border Protections International Affairs office, and has also participated in numerous temporary duties for specific enforcement operations.
Enos is extremely grateful for the experiences she has gained while traveling and working with Customs and Border Protection.
Mike Foyle ’95, ’06, M’11 is captain of the Westfield State University Police Department, which he has faithfully served for 19 years. He has served in a variety of roles for the Department including Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Accreditation Manager for 11 years. He was a panel presenter for the Victim’s Right Conference sponsored by the Hampden District Attorney’s Office in 2016.
Foyle holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice, as well as a master’s in public administration from Westfield State. He continues to serve his three-time alma mater in many capacities. The co-creator of the Law Enforcement Career Preparatory Workshop offered through the University, Foyle has served as an adjunct instructor of criminal justice at the University since 2009. He was the co-advisor for the Class of 2013, is an advisor to the Student Government Association and remains active on a wide variety of committees on campus.
He credits former Westfield State Professor Dr. Scott White as a mentor in his teaching role, and fellow inductee Edward DeMarco Jr. as a law enforcement mentor. Foyle also applauds the family support he has received to achieve a healthy and successful career, and vows to pay it forward. One memorable moment of his career occurred when a graduating student thanked him for “putting me on my life path.” It showed Foyle the value of interacting with and encouraging students to succeed.
Irma Garcia-Zingarelli ’86 retired in 2015 from the United States Probation and Pretrial Services in Springfield, where she served as a probation officer and electronic monitoring specialist for 27 years. There, she worked closely with the court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, defense counsel, and stake holders in the community while enforcing court imposed conditions.
A native of Puerto Rico, she relocated with her family to Springfield prior to her matriculation to Classical High School. She was recruited by Dr. Kamal Ali to attend Westfield State, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986. Garcia-Zingarelli also holds a master’s degree in human services with a concentration in leadership and management from Springfield College.
Garcia-Zingarelli was the first female from Puerto Rico to be hired for her position with the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services. She served as an adjunct professor and academic advisor at Holyoke Community College, where she taught an Introduction to Criminal Justice course.
She currently chairs the Hispanic Association in Higher Education at Springfield Technical Community College, where she is an admissions counselor, assisting in the coordination of the college admission process and recruiting prospective students.
Sean McDonough ’83 served the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a special agent for 25 years in five domestic locations, as well as at offices in Peru and Colombia. He earned the DEA’s highest award, the “DEA Administrators Award for Excellence” for actions taken in the Peruvian jungles to rescue a U.S. Missionary family that was mistakenly shot down by the Peruvian Air Force.
McDonough also is the recipient of the U.S. Attorney Generals Award, for “Excellence in Law Enforcement,” for supervising a multi-national money laundering investigation which resulted in the seizure of $575 million dollars and the arrests and extraditions of more than 50 Colombian, Panamanian and Italian money launderers to the United States.
He began his career with the United States Capitol Police in Washington, D.C., and later worked for the Arlington, Virginia County Police Department as a patrol officer and crime scene investigator.
Since retiring from the DEA in 2011, McDonough has served as an instructor for the Central Intelligence Agency National Collaboration Development Center, sharing his vast knowledge of “trade craft” practices and the ability to conduct safe operations in hostile overseas environments.
McDonough began at Westfield State with the Class of 1979, but was hired by the U.S. Capitol Police during his senior year, and later completed the necessary courses at night to obtain a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University in 1983. He is married with three grown children and a grandson.
Tobias Roche ’79 is a licensed private investigator for his company, Private Eye Miami PLLC. His area of expertise involves international cases pertaining to money laundering, asset identification, immigration and customs, fugitives, and Interpol/OFAC matters. He has more than 30 years of federal government service, including executive and managerial positions with the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), the U.S. Customs Service (USCS), and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agencies.
Roche has also served as a consultant and subject matter expert with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the United States Secret Service (USSS). He retired from federal service as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Representative to the National Drug Intelligence Center.
Roche has supervised and investigated highly complex cases involving foreign political corruption in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador, Venezuela, and the Philippines. His Miami based Asset Identification and Removal Group; continuously led the nation in the amount of high value seizures in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Mr. Roche's creative fugitive sting operations were highlighted on 60 Minutes, Entertainment Tonight, NFL Films, and ESPN’s “30 for 30.”
He holds a Bachelor of Science from Westfield State and a Master of Science degree from American International College, both in criminal justice; and he has completed post graduate Ph.D. courses in criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. One of the few recipients of the Albert Gallatin Award for Government Career Personal Integrity, Roche is the father of three girls.
Paul Zipper ’82 has served the Massachusetts State Police for 31 years and currently serves as the section commander of the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, operating out of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
He has conducted hundreds of fire investigations and gained an expertise in witness and suspect interview and interrogation techniques. His work with the Lawrence Arson Task Force, which began in 1992, brought him national (and international) attention. Zipper has lectured in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, and has taught the arson investigation course at the FBI National Academy.
The Massachusetts State Police Academy has utilized Zipper’s training program on interview and interrogation techniques. He has also been part of the development team that developed the basic and advanced fire investigation courses at the Massachusetts Fire Academy.
He has contributed to or co-authored several texts regarding fires set by children. Zipper’s most recent publication is as a contributing author of the text, Law Enforcement Ethics: Classic and Contemporary Issues.
Zipper earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, as well as media systems and management from Westfield State, a Master of Science in criminal justice from American University, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Northeastern University.