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Jen Spears is an experienced homicide detective with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. She has been a deputy since 1999, the majority of that time spent in criminal investigations serving in a variety of assignments. Jen has collaborated with numerous agencies around the nation through her casework and has received several accolades for her accomplishments in cold case investigations. Jen previously served for several years on the board of directors for the Florida Homicide Investigators Association and has a passion for organizing the best training available reaching the largest audience of law enforcement professionals possible.
Teresa Sprague is an experienced homicide detective with the Orlando Police Department and is a member of the Joint Homicide Investigation Team which investigates homicides in the municipalities within Orange and Osceola Counties. Teresa has been a detective since 2007 and in law enforcement since 1996. She has lectured on domestic violence and homicide at the University of Central Florida, Valencia College, in local high schools and at various conferences. Teresa previously served with Jen Spears on the board for the Florida Homicide Investigator’s Association as their treasurer and as a director. Under their leadership, FHIA grew exponentially into the best conference in Florida according to its membership. Teresa believes strongly in networking and collaboration, education and relevant training as the cornerstones to solving homicides.
Brenda Hendricks has served for several years with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office as a vital member of analytical support to the Diversified Investigative Services Section. She has extensive experience in the administrative role and logistics needs of homicide investigations and the tools necessary to complete a thorough and well-rounded investigation.
Erin Willis has been a detective with the Casselberry Police Department for the past four years. Detective Willis began her career with Casselberry Police Department in 2008 and has worked in the uniform patrol division, criminal investigations, and as a traffic crash reconstructionist. Detective Willis is a general assignment detective and has investigated a multitude of crimes including homicides.
Alexa McConnell is an analyst with the Department of Justice. She has worked in the Criminal Investigations Division for the past four years. Alexa is also on the Evidence Response Team for her division. She has an interest in homicide cases and looks forward to collaborating with investigators in the field from around the nation.
James P. Gallina has served in law enforcement for over 15 years and is a graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland. James is currently assigned as an Investigator with the Diversified Investigative Services Division – Major Crimes Unit with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. James has an extensive history in law enforcement and has held various positions during his career. James has served as a Board Member with the Southeastern Homicide Investigators Association since its inception and believes that communication, networking and education during our homicide conference provides attendees the tools needed to better prepare them for successful homicide investigations.
Josh Mott is a Crime Scene Detective with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. He has been a deputy since 2003. The majority of his career Josh has been spent within Investigative Services and he has been a Crime Scene Detective since 2008. Josh is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association for Identification, and is an FDLE certified instructor in General Law Enforcement. He is an adjunct instructor at Daytona State College and regularly provides training to local law enforcement in the field of crime scene and death investigations.
EvaMarie is currently employed by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Seminole County, Florida, as a duly sworn Corrections/ Deputy Sheriff since May of 1999. In 2009, she completed her Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice Technology at Seminole State College. Eva is currently assigned to the Major Crimes Unit of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office as an Investigator, and she is a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team and the Peer Support Team.
Sergeant Lisa Suepat is currently employed by the Winter Park Police Department. Lisa has been employed with Winter Park PD since 2006 and is currently supervising the Criminal Investigations Division. Lisa worked as a Criminal investigator assigned to general assignment with a focus on major crimes for five years and worked an additional two years in the Joint Homicide Investigations Team Taskforce where she investigated homicides within Orange and Osceola Counties. Lisa is a John Jay College of Criminal Justice Alumni where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Forensic Psychology and a Columbia College alumni where she obtained her Master’s in Criminal Justice. Lisa strongly believes in networking with other agencies and sharing information to better solve crimes and gather information on crime trends.
Sergeant Sally Wolter began her career as a police officer in Flint, Michigan in 1982. She has been with the Michigan State Police for 32 years. From 2008 to 2017 she supervised the Kent Metro Cold Case Team in Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to heading up the team she worked high profile major cases including homicides, sexual assaults, and drug crimes. In addition to working cold case investigations, Sally was the operational supervisor of the team and responsible for all grant administrative duties. She developed the team’s protocols and procedures for reviewing, evaluating, and investigating cold cases. Under her supervision the team solved 19 cold cases and was instrumental in changing legislation in Michigan mandating inmates to submit DNA samples upon entry into a correctional facility instead of upon exit.