• Arielle Morgan

    Arielle Morgan is a recent alumnus of the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice who was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.

    Growing up, Arielle was always interested in law and criminal justice. As a kid, her favorite TV shows were always in the crime and law genre. Her passion for the criminal justice field continued throughout her high school years at Cass Technical High School, when Arielle decided to apply to Michigan State University to study Criminal Justice.

    As a student studying Criminal Justice, Arielle took advantage of multiple opportunities to enhance her academic experience. She participated in multiple internships as a legal intern and working in title law; she studied abroad in Accra, Ghana in the Fall of 2018; took a diverse range of Criminal Justice courses offered; and she built lasting relationships and bonds with students she met along the way.

    Since graduation, Arielle has been working as a legal assistant in Troy, Michigan where she is gaining experience and studying for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Outside of work and academics, Arielle enjoys going out and trying new, fun things with friends and family with brunch being one of her favorite activities to engage in.

  • Daniel Young
    Dan Young is a passionate professional and inventor, developing philanthropist, and all-around nice guy. He is also an alumni of the School of Criminal Justice (receiving both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree), Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Circadian Risk, mentor, and movie buff.

    Daniel Young in a suitDan grew up in Holly, Michigan and moved to East Lansing in 1997 to study Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. His initial interest in studying criminal justice was driven by his desire to work in the field at the federal level, but overtime he decided that this trajectory wasn’t what he wanted. This led Dan to schedule an appointment with Tim Homberg (Career Placement Specialist) to seek out other career paths within criminal justice. During this meeting, Dan was introduced to the field of private security and a company called Guardsmark.

    At an open recruitment/hiring session hosted by Guardsmark, Dan met with the company representatives and asked them one simple, life altering question: “what is the ideal candidate you are looking for?” This question impressed the reps from Guardsmark so much that they created an internship – the first one in the company’s history – specifically for Dan. Dan continued his internship with Guardsmark and by last semester of college he was a full-time manager.

    Aside from his nearly 8 year stint at Guardsmark where he managed over 100 security officers, Dan has spent time as a Regional Bioterrorism Coordinator for the District 1 Regional Medical Response Coalition, co-founded Do1Thing, served as the President & CEO of Aegis Bleu, and most recently founded Circadian Risk.

    Outside of work, Dan enjoys donating his time to various causes, non-profits and charities. Dan played a vital role in the restructuring of Michigan Pride when the organization was going bankrupt and desperately needed change by creating a new board, bylaws, and co-chair system. Dan also enjoys camping, painting, entertaining guests with his boyfriend, and watching movies – as long as they aren’t horror films. Dan has a dog; Alvin, a Pomeranian-Chihuahua and Toy-Fox Terroir mix (the first small dog he has ever owned) and seems to be resistant to fatigue and burnout, as he is also writing a book and has taught CJ 385 and 485 for the School of Criminal Justice.

    Dan’s advice to current and future students is to network and do things to make yourself stand out among the field. Dan says that if someone knows who you are, that you will get a better job because of the connection. His advice for students who are unsure of what they want to do in their future careers is to change your mindset. He says that too many students spend time saying “I don’t know what I want to do.” Instead, he suggests saying “I know what I don’t want to do” and narrowing your options from there. This way you check off all of the boxes of the things you know you absolutely do not what to do so you will have a better understanding of what you want and get a better direction of what to look for.

    Finally, in true movie buff fashion, Dan mentions one of his favorite quotes from Master Oogway (Kung Fu Panda): “There’s a saying: ‘yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift that is why it is called present.’” Dan further elaborates on how he lives his life by this philosophy. He says that it is a waste to be worried about the future and upset by the past; that everything is solvable if you focus on the solutions and live positively.
  • Jeffrey Senese

    Jeffrey SeneseThe Alumni Spotlight is a new series for our website where we will highlight the achievements of our alumni from all corners of the world in a variety of careers. Our first alumni in the spotlight is Dr. Jeffrey Senese; president of Saint Leo University, Florida’s first Catholic University.

    Prior to attending Michigan State University, Jeff earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Pennsylvania State University, and his Master’s Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University. Interested in continuing his education, Jeff attended Michigan State University where he studied Criminal Justice, Statistics, and Geography, earning his PhD in 1992. While pursuing his Doctoral Degree, Jeff’s research focused on the relationships between crime, unemployment and social welfare programs. Since then, Dr. Senese has completed multiple Higher Education Programs throughout his career, including: The Academic Management Institute at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems; The Pennsylvania State University Leadership Academy; The Institute for Higher Education Management at Harvard University; and a Certificate in Development from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Throughout his career, Dr. Senese has served in a variety of faculty and administrative positions. He has started his academic career at Indiana University before moving over to the University of Baltimore where he served in multiple positions, including a stint as Department Chair, and as an Associate Dean. Other positions Dr. Senese has held throughout his career include:

    • Chief Academic Officer at a Penn State Campus;
    • Academic Vice President at Mount Ida College;
    • Vice President for Academic Affairs at Philadelphia University;
    • Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice Provost of Johnson & Wales University-Providence;
    • First Provost at Cardinal Stritch University;
    • First Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Saint Leo University.

    Dr. Senese also served as a reviewer for multiple Higher Education Accreditors, including NEASC and Middle States; Program Accreditors in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire; as well as conducting research funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Defense; and has work experience in South Africa, Asia, and throughout Europe. For his contributions, Dr. Senese has been recognized by the State of Maryland, and the Baltimore City Council. He has also published a methods book, multiple book chapters, professional articles, and other publications as well. He has presented at multiple conferences and events, and has been interviewed by multiple media outlets.

    Dr. Senese and his wife, Alicia, have two children: Mia who is a recent graduate of Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, and Daniel, who is currently attending Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.


  • Chris Melde

    Dr. Chris Melde is a Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Director in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Chris’ research interests focus on youth violence issues, especially as they relate to prevention and intervention programming, street gangs, and youth perceptions of victimization risk.

    Chris Melde grew up in the small town of Lansing, Iowa – population 999, and graduated from Kee High School in a class of 40 students. Lansing is located nearly as far Northeast in Iowa as one can go. The Mississippi River was a five-minute walk from the house Chris grew up in where he could look across the river at Wisconsin. Chris is the middle child of seven (two older brothers, one older sister, two younger brothers, and one younger sister). Growing up in Lansing, Chris wasn’t exposed to serious violence and gangs. Chris says it was precisely for this reason that his interest in youth violence and street gangs developed, because it was difficult for him to understand how youth regularly persevere through such adversity, while others fall victim to these circumstances.

    After graduating high school in 1997, Chris attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. During his undergraduate years, Chris was a member of the Loras College Duhawk baseball team, held internships with the Alien Fugitive Division of the U.S. National Central Bureau Interpol in Washington, DC, the Dubuque County, Iowa Prosecutor’s Office, and as a Naturalist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. After graduation, Chris stayed at Loras College for a year as an Assistant Baseball Coach where he assisted with hitting and infielders. Chris would then go on to receive his PhD from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

    Chris Melde joined the School of Criminal Justice as an Assistant Professor in 2007 and was recently promoted to Full Professor in 2019.

    Outside of academia, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and all things sports. Chris coaches youth baseball, basketball, flag football, and soccer. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Okemos Baseball Club. He is a season ticket holder for MSU Football and Men’s Basketball; enjoys cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs; and spends as much time as he can out on the golf course.

  • Scott Wolfe

    Dr. Scott Wolfe is an Associate Professor with the School of Criminal Justice whose research interests include policing, organizational justice, legitimacy, and criminological theory (specifically predictors of crime behavior).

    Scott was born in Michigan but raised in Ohio. First living near Toledo, then moving to the Columbus/Dublin Ohio area for his dad’s job. Scott received a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio Northern University – Ada before pursuing a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. Scott then moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University to earn his PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

    Photo of Scott WolfeAfter graduating from Arizona State University, Scott moved across the country to South Carolina where he worked at the University of South Carolina for five years. He then came to the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice in the Fall of 2017.

    As a researcher, Scott says his most surprising finding came from his work with police agencies on the West Coast. Scott, and the team of researchers he was working with, found that roughly 30% of officer vehicular fatalities involved officers on motorcycles. While this finding didn’t stun the researchers, the agencies responses did. The agencies said that they wouldn’t give up the motorcycles because the motorcycle culture was so ingrained among their officers, that none of them wanted to give up their motorcycle.

    Outside of work, Scott enjoys spending time with his family – Scott and his wife have three kids all under the age of ten. As a family they enjoy traveling, particularly to warmer climates. Scott says they have been to Disney World a couple of times, that he enjoys going on cruises when he gets the chance, and that he always enjoys visiting Charleston, South Carolina. In Charleston, Scott recommends the Swamp Fox Bar for some Shrimp and Grits. Scott is also an avid outdoorsman, spending time fishing for bass and walleye, or anything else that will bite. More recently, Scott has developed an interest in Whitetail hunting.

  • Carole Gibbs

    Dr. Carole Gibbs joined the School of Criminal Justice in 2006 and is currently an Associate Professor studying corporate crime and how context shapes decision making and crime from an interdisciplinary lens.

    Carole Gibbs in front of paintingCarole was born in the suburbs of Detroit, but her family moved to Hartselle, Alabama (a small town near Huntsville, AL) when she was 5 years old. After finishing High School, Carole went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Throughout her undergraduate years, Carole worked a range of jobs including a server at Wing-It Deli, a short stint at Tant and Tant Drycleaners and Tuxedo Rental, a receptionist for the Haircuttery, and rounded out her undergraduate career at Sirote and Permutt Law Firm.

    After graduating from the University of Alabama, Carole attended the University of Maryland, College Park earning a Masters and PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice. It was during her time at the University of Maryland that Carole developed an interest in studying corporate crime in the form of violations of the Clean Water Act and environmental justice.

    During her thirteen years at the School of Criminal Justice, Carole’s research interests have varied allowing her the opportunity to study an array of topics. After joining the School, Carole expanded her environmental research focus to include white-collar crimes such as fraud in carbon markets and the global trade in electronic waste. Lately, Carole has been interested in utilizing the knowledge she gained from her interdisciplinary work and applying it to mainstream criminology, examining neighborhoods, decision-making, and crime from an interdisciplinary lens.

    Outside of work, Carole’s interests generally reside in the outdoors. She enjoys hiking and camping in National Parks, yoga, disc golf, archery, and moonlight paddleboarding. She also enjoys traveling, with some of her favorite globe-trots including: hiking the Inca Trail, diving at the Great Barrier Reef, going on a safari at Kruger Park in South Africa, and many road trips in between.

  • Karen Holt

    Welcome to the Faculty Spotlight Series, where we will introduce you to a member of the School of Criminal Justice Faculty on a monthly basis. Our first spotlight is of Assistant Professor Karen Holt.

    Karen Holt at OfficeDr. Holt joined the School of Criminal Justice in 2013 as an Adjunct Professor before being promoted to Assistant Professor in 2016. Although there are a range of research topics that excite her, Dr. Holt’s main research focuses are sexual violence and victimization, and identity and crime. Her latest study was an ethnography of mothers who actively use meth in the rural south.

    Dr. Holt was born and raised about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia, where her family still lives and she still enjoys visiting on a frequent basis due to her love of everything about the East Coast. For her undergraduate studies, Dr. Holt attended DeSales University (a small, Catholic University in Pennsylvania). She was drawn to DeSales because they were one of the only schools in the nation where a student could study Psychology with a Forensic emphasis. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, Dr. Holt worked in multiple outpatient treatment settings including a court mandated treatment program for juvenile and adult sexual offenders.

    It was her work with the Karen Holt at Alma Matertreatment program that led Dr. Holt to further her education in Criminal Justice and attend Graduate School. Inspired, Dr. Holt attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY in New York City where she received two Master’s Degrees (one in Forensic Psychology and one in Criminal Justice) and her Doctoral Degree in Criminal Justice

    Karen Holt with StatueOutside of work, Dr. Holt enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading various literary works (particularly Semiotics and Mythology). Music also plays a vital role in Dr. Holt’s life – especially Jay-Z. She is such a fan of Jay-Z that Dr. Holt actually thanked him in her dissertation (this was back when Karen’s last name was Pepper)! *insert Dr. Pepper puns here* Dr. Holt says “I consider myself very fortunate to have this job. Crime is one of the most fascinating subjects, and it’s never boring. I’ve been lucky to have been mentored by some criminological rock stars, most notably my dissertation chair, Jock Young. I love what I do and I think it’s important that students see that so that they get excited too.”

Graduate Student

  • Christine Kwiatkowski

    This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Christine Kwiatkowski, a dual PhD entering her 5th year. Christine is currently working towards a PhD in Criminal Justice and a PhD in Neuroscience.

    Christine earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and her MHS from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to pursuing her PhDs, Christine worked as a Project Manager for the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center where she conducted early stage breast cancer research that mostly focused on interventions for the chronic pain associated with breast cancer treatment.

    Christine’s research interests focus on risk factors for behavioral aggression within the biopsychosocial framework. More specifically, within the School of Criminal Justice Christine examines psychosocial risk factors from a community and crime perspective while in the Neuroscience Program she studies biological drivers of behavioral aggression in the Robison Lab. Her research is supported by The Avielle Foundation through their Basic Neuroscience Research Grant.

    In the 2018-2019 Academic Year, Christine was named a Future Academic Scholars in Teaching (FAST) Fellow, and served two years as a doctoral student advisor on the School of Criminal Justice’s Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. In her free time, Christine enjoys traveling and is an avid reader of fiction.

  • Marva Goodson

    Marva Goodson is a fifth year PhD Student in the School of Criminal Justice who was recently named a Ford Foundation Scholar. Marva’s research interests include Social Network Analysis, Social Capital, and exploring the risks and needs of women in the Criminal Justice system.

    Marva first came to Michigan State University to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Since then, she has received a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from MSU, and is now close to completing the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice. Marva’s plan for the next year is to complete her dissertation and publish additional manuscripts before graduating. Prior to returning to MSU to pursue her Masters Degree and PhD, Marva worked as a tutor at the residential placement facility for girls, a substitute teacher, research interviewer, an undergraduate research assistant, a YMCA math, science and reading instructor, and program director for a youth development program serving high-risk, court involved youth.

    As a Graduate Student, Marva has been awarded over a dozen fellowships, scholarships and awards including the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, the Social Networks & Health Fellowship (from the Duke Network Analysis Center), the Ford Foundation Fellowship, and the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship. When she is able to find some free time in her hectic schedule, Marva enjoys exercising and spending time with her family.

Undergraduate Student

  • The Cole Twins

    Growing up in the small town on Chelsea, Michigan, Maggie and Meghan were dubbed “The Cole Twins” a nickname that has stuck around ever since. Their family has a long history working in the Criminal Justice field, with their father being a reserve police officer, their grandfather currently working as a police officer, and their grandmother being one of the first female police officers in Lansing, Michigan. As children, Maggie and Meghan were obsessed with law enforcement and rarely missed an episode of Cops or America’s Most Wanted. Their passion persisted into high school when they decided to apply to Michigan State University with the intention of studying Criminal Justice.

    Maggie Cole is a Junior studying Criminal Justice with a minor in Peace & Justice Studies. Meghan Cole is a Junior studying Criminal Justice with a minor in Security Management. Both plan on graduating in December 2020. They have interned with the Michigan Human Trafficking Taskforce and the Holland Police Department where they gained firsthand experience alongside K9 officers, Detectives, Community Police Officers and Booking.

    As student athletes on the MSU Field Hockey team, the Cole Twins have had a unique student experience. In between practice, training, traveling, and games Maggie and Meghan spend most of their time studying and in class. When they do find free time, the Cole Twins enjoy spending time with their teammates going out to the movies, making dinner, or having a movie night at home. Being a student athlete on campus has been a vastly different experience than what either of them expected when coming to MSU. Maggie says, “in high school, you are the star, but in college you need to work hard to get into the spotlight,” while Meghan says the biggest struggle has been time management. Although there has been struggle involved with being a student athlete, both Maggie and Meghan agree that they would not change the experience because of the friends they have gained along the way.

    Over the next year at Michigan State University, the Cole Twins plan on beginning their career search and finishing up their remaining courses. After graduation, they are hoping to work in law enforcement, most likely in a patrol division. The Cole Twins say their favorite part of attending MSU has been the same reason they came to campus in the first place. Not just to play field hockey or to study Criminal Justice, but because of the atmosphere of campus.

    Maggie Cole

    Meghan Cole

  • Nick Doyle

    Nick Doyle is a sophomore at Michigan State University, an avid iced coffee lover, horror moviePhoto of Nick Doyle at Spartan Stadium hater, and quadruplet…and yes, all three of his brothers also attend MSU!

    Nick grew up in Manitou Beach, Michigan, which is just south of the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. During his senior year at Onsted Community High School, Nick participated in a Teen Court Experience at the 39th Circuit Court of Lenawee where he saw how the courts functioned and how corrections and law enforcement play a vital role in shaping society. It was on this trip, that Nick’s interest in Criminal Justice became solidified and not long after, he made the decision to pursue Criminal Justice as a career.

    Nick joined the MSU School of Criminal Justice in the Fall of 2018; majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Youth and Society and Security Management. During his time at MSU, Nick has taken the opportunity to share his passion for the Criminal Justice field by being involved with ACJA (one of the multiple CJ student groups on campus). For the 2019-2020 Academic Year, Nick will be ACJA’s Community Outreach Officer.

    Photo of Nick Doyle and FamilyDuring the upcoming year, Nick plans to sign up for MSU’s Washington D.C. Study Away Program, dive deeper into his CJ courses, and become more involved on campus. Nick says his favorite part of being at Michigan State University has been the ability to share his passion with other students and faculty and the friendly atmosphere of the University. “Coming from a small town, I was nervous coming to MSU as it is such a large university. However, after meeting so many enthusiastic CJ students and faculty, I feel right at home,” he says.

    Outside of his studies, Nick has spent time working as an automotive quality inspector, event security officer at the Faster Horses Music Festival and NASCAR races at MIS, a part-time security officer at the State Secondary Complex in Dimondale and currently works as a Greencoat within the MSUPD. He also enjoys getting outside and staying active as much as possible. Some of his favorite activities include swimming, knee boarding, wakeboarding, water volleyball, biking, running, and basketball.

    Photo of Nick Doyle and ACJA

  • Rachel Striks

    Rachel Striks is a Senior at Michigan State University studying Criminal Justice with minors in Conservation, Recreation, and Environmental Enforcement and Leadership of Organizations. Before coming to MSU, Rachel grew up in Commerce township, Michigan (attending Walled Lake Central High School) and spent a lot of her free time outside pursuing activities such as kayaking, hiking, and running.

    During her collegiate career, Rachel has taken advantage of the multiple study abroad/away opportunities available to Criminal Justice students. She attended a Freshman Seminar Away in Washington D.C. to study Space, Memory, and Justice; and Studied Abroad in South Africa as part of the Cash, Crime, Conflict, and Conservation program.

    Photo of Rachel Striks Standing in the SnowRachel has also engaged in various internships and jobs during the last three years on campus. She has worked with Dr. Chermak as a Research Assistant on the United States Extremist Crime Database; worked on the Product Counterfeiting Database through A-CAPP; worked with Dr. Tom Holt’s Department of Homeland Security Grant Project; and is currently finishing up an internship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Office of Inspector General. In addition to these internship and research projects, Rachel has maintained a Police Cadet position with the East Lansing Police Department, a position as a Greencoat with the MSU Police Department, and volunteers at Haven House in East Lansing. She was also awarded the Diane M. DiPonio Memorial Scholarship for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Academic Years which Rachel says was a major blessing because “her work in law enforcement and dedication to service is inspiring and I try my best to live up to her legacy.”

    During the upcoming academic year, Rachel will serve as the President of MSU ACJA (American Criminal Justice Association) and as the Community Outreach Officer for Alpha Phi Sigma (the Criminal Justice Honor Society). Rachel says that she “hopes to strengthen the connection between students and the School of Criminal Justice and continue to make student engagement a sought-after part of CJ students’ undergraduate careers.”

    Photo of Rachel Striks HikingAlthough it may be hard to believe, Rachel still finds time to pursue her hobbies such as: kayaking, hiking, hammocking (she is part of the Hammocking Club at MSU), running (she recently completed the Charlevoix Half Marathon and is training for the Detroit Half Marathon), spending time with friends, family and her dog Cooper, and is involved with ASMSU on the Vice Chair of the Student Allocations Board (the Board allocates student tax dollars to various Registered Student Organizations).

    Rachel hopes to work in Law Enforcement after graduating from the School of Criminal Justice and that her favorite part of being a student in Criminal Justice has been all of the people she has met along the way, from the leaders who came before her and the students who are with her, she says it is the people that make the School of Criminal Justice special. As for the entirety of her collegiate career, Rachel says that “there are things that have made my time, and can make anyone’s time, great at college. But there is something special about being a Spartan.”

  • Natalie Hix

    Ever since she was a child, Natalie has Natalie Hix in front of US Capitolbeen interested in a career where she could “be involved directly with he public and could give back to the community” and felt that a career in Criminal Justice would be the “most interesting and applicable way to do so” by either “increasing the good or decreasing the bad” in the world.

    Growing up on the Western shores of Michigan, in Grand Haven, Natalie developed a passion for the outdoors. Some of her favorite hobbies include biking (both road and mountain), trying out new art forms, immersing herself in the greenery on campus – particularly the Baker Woodlot and Rajendra Neotropical Migrant Bird Sanctuary – and practicing one of the many instruments she plays, particularly her violin…which, in case you were wondering, she does play outside.

    Not being the type to sit still for too long, Natalie has taken advantage of the vast array of opportunities students have to get involved at Michigan State University. Natalie says: “there’s a club and place for every interested, and students are enabled to reach as high as they can through numerous resources and mentors.” Some of the various roles Natalie has played in student groups include Community Outreach Coordinator for the American Criminal Justice Association, Communications Director for Phi Beta Delta, and a member of Alpha Phi Sigma. She has also volunteered with the Crown Boxing Club and the English Tutoring Program.

    Natalie Hix in front of flagsNatalie has taken advantage of the multiple internships and research opportunities available to Criminal Justice students at Michigan State University. She has held internships with Homeland Security Investigations, the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center, the U.S. Department of State Bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and has an upcoming internship as a Park Guide at the Missouri National Recreation River. She has been a member of Dr. Chermak’s research team that studied “patterns of radicalization online and characteristics of schools that faced gun violence” and is conducting research on “terrorist deradicalization programs and their potential ties with restorative justice” under the guidance of Derrick Franke under a Provost Undergraduate Research Grant. She has also studied abroad in Jordan.

    Having worked at four different coffee establishments, Natalie is a self-described career barista and pro cappuccino maker. Throughout her time at MSU, Natalie has been employed as a Greencoat with the MSU Police Department, a Student Assistant at the Michigan Department of Corrections, a Crisis Line Advocate at EVE’s House, and as an Undergraduate Learning Assistant for CJ 110: Intro to Criminal Justice.

    Graduating in the Spring of 2019, Natalie has spent time reflecting on her previous three years as a student at MSU. She says that her favorite part of being a CJ student has been the people, stating: “the faculty here are absolutely incredible, everyone is so kind and encouraging of students.” She continues to say that she is inspired by the passion the faculty have for their research, and it inspires her to further pursue her own interests.

    Natalie Hix playing violin

  • Madeleine Dahm

    Madeleine Dahm is a Junior at Michigan State University pursuing a degree in International Relations and Criminal Justice with a minor in Security Management. Recently, Madeleine received the Gupta Values Scholarship; a Scholarship that is granted to students who “embody the specific values of integrity, dignity, excellence, and creativity.”

    Madeleine Dahm at a restaurantFor as long as she can remember, Madeleine has had the desire to improve the lives of those around her and to make a positive impact on society as a whole. This desire led her to look into federal law enforcement, where Madeleine believed she would be able to make a positive impact on a daily basis. Madeleine says she decided to study Criminal Justice because it was the field that would best prepare her for a future career in federal law enforcement.

    Madeleine Dahm hiking in the woodsAs a student at MSU, Madeleine has been heavily involved in the Criminal Justice Community. She has worked as a Greencoat for the MSU Police Department and has held two internships: one with Court Watch NOLA (an organization who’s mission is to “promote reform in the Orleans Parish criminal court system”) and another with the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection. Currently, she is working as an Undergraduate Research Assistant with Dr. Jay Kennedy. Staying true to her desire to improve the lives of others, Madeleine spends a large amount of her free time volunteering with MSU’s Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Team, which is part of the Sexual Assault Program; and has volunteered with Haven House in East Lansing, participated in Alternative Spartan Breaks, and has taught English to daycare children in Dharamsala, India.

    Madeleine Dahm with a Spartan umbrella in the cityDuring her final year at MSU, Madeleine says she plans to continue her involvement with the Criminal Justice Community as a member of Alpha Phi Sigma; through her work on the E-Boards of the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) and the MSU Student Cold Case Unit; presenting her and Dr. Kennedy’s research findings at a conference in March; interning with the USDA-Office of the Inspector General; and studying abroad in Brussels.

    Congratulations, Madeleine, for receiving the prestigious Gupta Values Scholarship – you earned it!


  • Tim Homberg

    Tim Homberg grew up along the southern tip of beautiful Torch Lake in Rapid City, Michigan where he spent his childhood boating, fishing, and riding bikes. Every year, his parents and brother would take a month-long road trip, packed into a conversion van, to travel across the various states and see iconic landmarks. Tim has now been to every U.S. state except for Alaska and celebrated many of his early birthdays away from home. He still holds a passion for travel and exploration to this day, and has Alaska on his “bucket list” of travel destinations.

    Tim first visited Michigan State University during his senior year of high school and immediately fell in love with campus and its atmosphere. He returned to MSU the next year as a Freshman, majoring in Marketing. After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree, Tim moved to Chicago to work as an Executive Recruiter, while living with his older brother and two childhood friends. In 1998, after two and a half years in the Windy City, Tim returned to MSU to work with the School of Criminal Justice and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.

    Over the last 21 years serving as Career Development Coordinator with the School of Criminal Justice, Tim has worked extensively to improve the lives of, and opportunities provided to, students and professionals in the Criminal Justice field. His main role is to help students identify and apply for internships within the Criminal Justice field, at a wide variety of local, state and Federal agencies. Tim also serves on the Planning Committee for the Tournament of Friendship, which raises scholarship funds for Criminal Justice students at MSU; teaches CJ 294 “Leadership and Professional Development in Criminal Justice”; organizes various agency informational/recruiting sessions; plans and oversees the annual Criminal Justice Career Fair; serves on both the School’s Scholarship Review, as well as Equity, Inclusion and Justice Committees; and co-coordinates the Michigan State Police Homicide Training School. In addition to everything listed above, Tim has also served as the Faculty Advisor to Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honors society.

    Photo of Tim Homberg speaking at the 2019 Criminal Justice Career FairWhenever the opportunity presents itself, Tim enjoys traveling. Throughout the year he will travel to Florida and New Orleans to visit his family, but is always excited to travel anywhere that he can explore new cultures. While in the Lansing area, Tim enjoys golfing, going to sporting events, trying out new restaurants and micro-breweries, and home improvement projects on his 100-year-old house. He has been an MSU Football season ticket holder since 1990, minus the three seasons he missed while living in Chicago, and is a “suffering, but loyal” Detroit sports fan. Tim is also a news and politics junky and enjoys healthy debates with others about the topics of the day. He cherishes his family and has a very close relationship with his parents and older brother, in addition to being the proud Uncle of his Niece.

    Even after 21 years, Tim still feels excited and appreciation every time he drives onto campus to come into work. He says he genuinely enjoys his colleagues and that the best part of his job is fostering relationships with alumni and agency representatives, and using those relationships to help his students. “Having the opportunity to see the growth and professional development of my students, from the beginning of their collegiate careers to the peak of their professional careers, is the best part if my job.”

  • Melissa Christle

    Melissa Christle is the Photo of Melissa ChristleGraduate Secretary for the School of Criminal Justice, who will be celebrating her 20 year anniversary with the department in October, 2019!

    Melissa grew up in Royal Oak, Michigan and attended Michigan State University. Her hobbies include cooking, backyard birdwatching, and over-populating home and office with a variety of plants. Melissa bowled on leagues for fifteen years, but retired a few years ago to turn her attention to other pursuits, chief among them napping and reading.

    Melissa has fond memories of her nearly twenty years in the department and plans on staying with the School of Criminal Justice until her retirement. Melissa says: “I like the students, faculty and staff, and the feeling of camaraderie and support in the department.”

    Photo of Melissa Christle with her dogs