Congratulations to our 2017 Criminal Justice Alumni Hall of Fame class! Ten alumni were honored at this year’s event representing distinction in the diverse field of Criminal Justice and Law. Dr. Victor Ascolillo was honored for his pioneering efforts in the development of the Department of Criminal Justice and his life-long tenure as an educator of students in this field.
Westfield State has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of curriculum and the quality of graduates, who have found success in law enforcement 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.
Cheryl Bassett '88, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Cheryl Bassett currently serves as a domestic operations chief for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for managing and coordinating all operational and administrative activities in 56 HIS offices along the United States’ Southwest border.
Bassett has more than 27 years of investigative experience with the federal government. Her career began in 1989 as an investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor in Massachusetts. In 1997, Bassett became a special agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Rhode Island, where she conducted federal investigations involving human smuggling, document fraud, and other immigration-related crimes. Bassett was promoted to an ICE group supervisor in Boston in 2003 and managed many criminal investigations that included human trafficking, human smuggling, narcotics smuggling, gangs, and other national security related crimes.
She was assigned to the ICE Office of Congressional Relations in Washington, D.C. and served as a legislative fellow to the U.S. Congress from November 2009 through June 2012. In 2012, she represented HSI as a section chief at the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center in Washington, D.C. Bassett was promoted in 2014 to the position of Attaché for ICE and was stationed in the U.S. embassy in Brazil.
Bassett earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University in 1988. She has received awards from the Director of ICE, the Commissioner of the INS, and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in both Washington, D.C. and Boston.
Sheriff Patrick Cahillane '91, Hampshire County
Patrick Cahillane was elected Sheriff of Hampshire County in 2016. He began his career in the field at the Union Street Jail in Northampton as a correctional officer. He has also held the positions of senior officer, captain, major in charge of Security, deputy superintendent, and Special Sheriff of Hampshire County. Cahillane has been working in the Hampshire Sheriff’s Office since 1977. He is the only person in Western Massachusetts who holds a certificate from the American Jail Association as a Certified Jail Manager. He also served in the National Guard for six years.
Cahillane earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University in 1991 and his Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England University.
Cahillane and his family immigrated to the United States from Ireland when he was 10 years old, settling in Northampton. He currently resides in Leeds, Mass., where he and his wife Barbara raised their three daughters. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with this family and his two rescue dogs. He also enjoys doing home repairs and educating people in criminal justice topics. Cahillane has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Westfield State in the Criminal Justice Department since 2006.
Carlos Canino '88, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
Carlos Canino is the Deputy Assistant Director of Field Operations for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a position he was appointed to in November 2016. Currently, he is responsible for leading the men and women of ATF’s Special Operations Division, Firearms Operations Division, National Investigations Division and ATF’s National Center for Explosives Training and Research.
He began his ATF career as a special agent in 1990 in Yakima, Washington. Throughout the years, he rose in rank and served in several leadership positions including: special agent in charge of the Miami and Los Angeles Field Divisions, assistant special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Division, ATF Mexico Country Attaché, and supervisory special agent in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to these positions, Canino also served as a street agent in Los Angeles, Miami, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Canino is a native of Watertown, Mass. He received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University in 1988. He has been impacted by Dale Armstrong, a 1985 Westfield State graduate and a member of the 2016 Criminal Justice Alumni Hall of Fame, whose counsel and advice has been invaluable. Canino’s mother passed on her passion for public service and set the tone for his career. Canino’s wife of 13 years, Kim, is one of his biggest supporters along with other family and friends. Canino thoroughly enjoys his career in the ATF and sees it as his main hobby.
Jack Flynn '79, Massachusetts State Police
John “Jack” Flynn serves as the chief administrative officer for the Massachusetts State Police. His service has included: direct care and custody services, public safety law, and public safety administration. Flynn has managed inmate populations, engaged in public policy debates with both Legislative and Executive Branch representatives, and planned and implemented agency reorganizations. He also served as a chief legal advisor at both the agency and secretariat level, led many profile agency interventions, and directed the administrative operations of the Massachusetts Department of Correction and the Massachusetts State Police.
In 2013, he witnessed the Boston Marathon bombing. Flynn joined the State Police Command Staff at the crime scene and, years later, attended the trial of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. After years of serving, Flynn retired from his position in the Massachusetts State Police in 2015, but returned in January 2017. He received recognition for his work with the Massachusetts State Police including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Outstanding Performance Award.
Flynn earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University in 1979 and his Juris Doctor from New England School of Law in 1988. At Westfield State, he was influenced by Drs. Ascolillo, Merlo, and McCartney. Flynn also served on Westfield State’s Board of Trustees, presiding as chair from 2012-2014. He has been married to his wife, Donna, for nearly 30 years. Donna and their two sons are also graduates of the Westfield State Criminal Justice program. Their daughter may attend Westfield State as a member of the inaugural Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies class.
Attorney William Hogan III '77
William Hogan III is currently a partner in the Boston-based law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. He practices in the areas of business litigation, governmental relations, administrative law, and sports business law. He began his career as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County from 1982 through 1985. He also served as a litigator with experience in the United States District Court and the Superior Court and District Courts in Massachusetts and has been in private practice since 1985. Hogan served as outside counsel to Congressman Martin Meehan during the Clinton impeachment hearings before the House Judiciary Committee. In addition, he chaired the Operations Subcommittee of Treasurer Tim Cahill’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Transition Team.
Hogan received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award from the Suffolk University Law School Alumni Association and he serves on Suffolk University’s Board of Trustees. Hogan remains connected to Westfield State, and serves as a board member for the Westfield State Foundation. Hogan is involved in his community and is a commissioner for the Governor’s Judicial Nominating Committee.
Hogan earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University in 1977 and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1981. He lives in Boston.
Sergeant Janine Mauldin '03, Nantucket Police Department
In 2016, Janine Mauldin was promoted to patrol sergeant in the Nantucket Police Department. She built her career there, serving first as a summer special officer and then as a full-time officer. She is a graduate of the Plymouth Police Academy. Throughout her career, she has worked in drug identification testing and investigations, C.O.B.W.E.B., and the field training program. Mauldin has been influenced by several of her senior officers who demonstrated both pride and responsibility in their careers.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University in 2003. In May 2015, she received a commendation for a Life Saving Award.
Mauldin is a member of the Board of Directors of “A Safe Place,” an organization on Nantucket that provides services to domestic abuse victims. Apart from her career, Mauldin enjoys knitting, reading, staying active, and traveling in her spare time. She is also looking forward to getting married this spring.
Colonel Marian McGovern '88, Massachusetts State Police (Retired)
In December 2009, Marian McGovern was appointed as the first woman Superintendent and Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police by Gov. Deval Patrick, a position she served until her retirement in 2012. Her 33-year career began when she joined the Massachusetts State Police and served as a road trooper and drill instructor. After three years, she became the first woman to be assigned full-time to a detective unit, where she covered Central Massachusetts for 20 years and was promoted to executive officer of the unit. She investigated cases of child abuse, sexual assault, neglect, suicide, and homicide. She also developed a curriculum on how to effectively interview abused children. She was promoted to captain and was transferred into the crime lab where she brought the AMBER alert system to Massachusetts. Colonel McGovern was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of Standards and Training and then to the rank of deputy superintendent and became the first woman to serve as a second in command.
Colonel McGovern earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Framingham State University and her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University in 1988.
Colonel McGovern has served as a guest speaker at several colleges. Since her retirement, she serves as a member of a variety of boards that work to improve the lives of children and adults who have been adversely affected. She volunteers at the Worcester Boys and Girls Club and assists veterans in providing transportation to and from appointments.
Agent Genaro Medina '97, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Genaro Medina Jr. is currently assigned as the special agent/ task force coordinator for the Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Gang Task Force. His career in the field began in September 1992 when he worked for the Hampden County Sherriff’s Department. From 2000 to 2002, Medina worked as a probation officer in the Hampden County Superior Court. He was selected to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in Quantico, VA for 17 weeks of training where he graduated and received the badge and credentials of a special agent for the FBI. For the past 15 years, Medina has been involved in a variety of investigations involving bank robberies, kidnappings, gang activity, and the illegal distribution of narcotics and firearms.
Medina earned his Associate of Science in Law Enforcement from Springfield Technical Community College in 1992 and his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University in 1997.
Medina comes from a law enforcement family. His father was one of Springfield’s first Latino police officers and his brother has been a Hampden County Deputy Sherriff for more than 30 years. His other brother has been a trooper with the Massachusetts State Police since 1989. He is most impacted by his mother who encouraged him to continue his education, and his wife, Anne, who is always there for him. Outside of his career, Medina enjoys playing sports, grilling, watching sports, and watching his son run track and cross country at West Springfield High School where he holds one of the spots for top runners in the state.
Nicole Noble '08, Food and Drug Administration
Agent James Scripture 89, Federal Bureau of Investigation
James Scripture Jr. is currently an assistant professor at Bay Path University in Longmeadow where he teaches Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics. Before he started teaching, he served as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 36 years. He served in Boston from 1980 through 1984 and in Springfield from 1985 through 2016. He credits his transfer to Springfield as a defining event, affording him a desirable place to live, work, and raise a family.
Scripture was assigned to the FBI Computer Analysis Response Team which he says was a tremendous honor, from 1996 through 2016. This position provided travel, training, and notable investigative experiences including 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing cases. Scripture began his career as a patrolman in 1979 for the Maine Police Department in Bangor.
Scripture earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University in 1989. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Westfield State and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Maine.