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Criminal Justice and Intelligence Success Stories

Meet our Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies Alumni and Students

In the profiles below, meet undergraduate and graduate alumni and students from our programs in criminal justice, intelligence and national security, forensic science, criminal justice administration and global security and intelligence. These alumni and students talk about why they chose Point Park University and how earning or pursuing a degree is helping them reach their career goals.


Pictured is Alex Pochiba, a forensic science major and drug chemistry scientist intern for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. | Photo by Olivia Ruk

Alex Pochiba

Forensic Science major
Expected graduation: Spring 2017
Drug Chemistry Scientist Intern, Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Officer

"My internship with the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office is a dream. It is one of the main reasons I chose Point Park — because of the connections my advisor has with the office as well as its close vicinity to campus."

Pictured is Leanna Brooks, forensic science and biology double major and autopsy/investigations intern for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. | Photo by Olivia Ruk

Leanna Brooks

Forensic Science and Biology double major
Expected graduation: Spring 2017
Autopsy/Investigations Intern, Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Officer

"During my internship, I learned how to perform an autopsy and how to properly handle evidence by going to death scenes. Both my experience at my internship and my education at Point Park University have prepared me for a career in forensic science."


Pictured is Ryan Howley, intelligence and national security alumnus and facility securities officer for Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute. | Photo by Alan Myers

Ryan Howley

B.S. in Intelligence and National Security, 2014
Facility Security Officer, Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University

"The intelligence and national security courses introduced me to the various elements of the intelligence and defense communities that you need to be familiar with in this type of work. Identifying threats and security vulnerabilities is an essential skill and many of my classes in intel helped me to develop the critical thinking skills needed to do that."


Pictured is Michael Hansom, ADA compliance intern for the Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning. | Photo by Shayna Mendez

Michael Hansom

B.S. in Criminal Justice, 2016
American Disabilities Act Compliance Intern for the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning

"One particular class that really helped me with this internship would be the Corrections, Probation and Parole course with Professor Trudy Avery. Ms. Avery was actually one of the main reasons I applied for this internship."

Pictured is Andrew LeDonne, 2015 Point Park Outstanding Student Leader and alumnus of the intelligence and national security program. | Photo by John Altdorfer

Andrew LeDonne

B.S. in Intelligence and National Security, 2015
Point Park's 2015 Outstanding Student Leader

"Only a few colleges in the country offer an intelligence and national security program like Point Park does. At the time I was looking at colleges, a friend of mine was enrolled in the program and recommended it to me. I also liked that it was close to home."


Pictured is Daniel Mikulan, a veteran, 2013 intelligence and national security alumnus of Point Park and a cyber intrusion analyst for PNC. | Photo by Jim Judkis

Daniel Mikulan

B.S. in Intelligence and National Security, 2013
Cyber Intrustion Analyst, PNC Financial Services

"The intelligence and national security program consisted of veterans from all branches of the military and even those actively serving in the reserves. Some of the professors have decades of experience working within the intelligence community and it was their pre-9/11 knowledge that influenced me the most. It helped me understand why things were the way they were during my post-9/11 service."


Pictured is forensic sciences major Matt Coleman.

Matt Coleman 

B.S. in Forensic Science, 2014
Forensic Investigator Intern, Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office

"What I like most about Point Park are the small class sizes. I prefer classes where your professor actually knows your name and you are not just a number in a class of 250. In smaller classes, you can have debates and intelligent one-on-one conversations with both professors and fellow students."


Pictured is intelligence and national security alumnus Jeff Gurski.

Jeffrey Gurski

B.S. in Intelligence and National Security, 2012
Working within the National Intelligence Community

"When I came upon the intelligence and national security program at Point Park and looked at the courses I needed to take, I was sold. It was the only way I would leave the Marines and go to school. I have a deep passion for the field."

"The intelligence and national security program is very unique in that our professors have such a deep background working in the intelligence community. Students are not only learning book material but can learn and absorb information and scenarios that our professors have gone through in their careers as intelligence professionals."

Pictured is Barbara Arroyo, an investigator for the City of Pittsburgh, who earned her B.S. in intelligence and national security and her M.S. in criminal justice administration, both from Point Park. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Barbara Arroyo

B.S. in Intelligence and National Security, 2010
M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2011
Investigator, City of Pittsburgh Office of Municipal Investigations

"The criminal justice and intelligence studies professors were very professional, responsive and hands-on with their students, which I really appreciated. They were critical but in a good way. If you were slacking, they would call you out on it. They knew my classmates and I on an individual basis and pushed each one of us to do our very best."


Pictured is criminal justice alumna Taneka Davis. Davis is working as a adult probation officer in Arizona. | Photo submitted by Davis.

Taneka Davis

B.S. in Criminal Justice, 2010
Adult Probation Officer, The Judicial Branch of Arizona - Maricopa County

"I enjoyed the talented professors at Point Park and how they were willing to help you with projects and took on a true hands-on approach. They were very nurturing so you never felt like you were just a number in a classroom."

"Point Park is a really phenomenal school. Life has not been easy for me but my experiences have built my character. Many of the classes at Point Park have been therapeutic and have helped me with where I want to go in the future."



Pictured is Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert, law enforcement and criminal justice administration alumnus. | Photo by Daniel Kelly

Scott Schubert

M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2010
B.S. in Law Enforcement, 2007
Police Chief, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

"I chose Point Park for both degrees because I loved the convenience of being Downtown, going to class on Saturdays and the structure of the programs. The University just had so much to offer and everyone at Point Park went out of their way to help me. Also, to watch how the University was growing was pretty cool."


Pictured is JoAnn McDaniel-Chinn, 2013 M.S. in criminal justice administration and 2010 B.S. in criminal justice alumna. | Photo by Noelle Pottinger

JoAnn McDaniel-Chinn

M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2013
B.S. in Criminal Justice, 2010
Corporate Compliance Manager, MDLIVE, Inc.

"What led me to choose Point Park for my undergraduate and graduate education were the small classroom sizes and the availability of Saturday classes. Additionally, the courses in offered in the Department of Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies were applicable to my career interests."


Pictured is Rick Moody, English and criminal justice administration alumnus and clinical outpatient supervisor for Pittsburgh Mercy. | Photo by Victoria A. Mikula

Rick Moody

M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2013
Clinical Outpatient Supervisor, Pittsburgh Mercy

"My graduate degree in criminal justice administration has helped me understand human services administration and study in depth about the criminalization of mental illness, which happens a lot due to a myriad of circumstances. Also, I learned about diversion and specialty courts (such as mental health court and veterans court) in the graduate program, which is something I have participated in during my career."


Pictured is Natasha Williams, an M.A. in global security and intelligence student and intern for Mylan, Inc. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Natasha Williams

M.A. in Global Security and Intelligence, 2014
Global Security Intern, Mylan, Inc.

"I chose graduate school at Point Park for several reasons. The global security and intelligence program is different from the usual criminal justice or criminology graduate programs. Point Park is one of the only universities that has a graduate major in intelligence and global security. Also, the idea of a one-year graduate program was very appealing to me and of course the location of Point Park's campus in Downtown Pittsburgh was a great benefit as well."


Pictured is criminal justice accelerated and criminal justice administration alumnus Chris Ingram.

Chris Ingram

B.S. in Criminal Justice (accelerated program), 2006
M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2007
Director of the Extended Care Division, Gateway Rehab

"Earning a bachelor's and master's degree from Point Park has helped me with career advancement.  I have also been able to apply the administrative skills I learned in class in my role as director of the Extended Care Division."

"Overall, I enjoyed the learning process and interaction with my peers and professors.  I would encourage anyone wanting a career in criminal justice to look at Point Park University."

Pictured is criminal justice administration alumna  and Assistant Chief of Pittsburgh Police Maurita Bryant.

Maurita Byrant

M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2007
Assistant Chief, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Bryant oversees the City of Pittsburgh's police operations branch, with six commanders and 579 officers under her charge, including the SWAT unit. She also was appointed president National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

"When I look back on my life and think of things that happened or situations where I could have really gone down the wrong path, I feel something led me on the right path. I think I was meant to be a police officer.”

Pictured is criminal justice administration alumnus Daniel Meinert.

Daniel Meinert

M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2007
Securities Investigator, Pennsylvania Securities Commission, Division of Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance

"When I retired as lieutenant/district commander, I wanted to continue working and believed a master’s degree would make me stand out from other applicants. I chose Point Park’s accelerated criminal justice administration program because it was offered every Saturday and I could complete it in one year.  Also, I knew graduates before me who really enjoyed the program."

"If you want to position yourself for career advancement, I highly recommend a graduate degree in this field. Having a master's degree has opened many opportunities for me and given me the ability to be more selective when it came time to choose a new career."