Born in Memphis and raised in the small rural areas of Fayette County, Tennessee, Bria Ford grew up with a substantial interest in law. With a crime rate immensely rising and fellow peers and family members adding on to their criminal records, she decided that she would dedicate her future into being a part of the change that was needed. After graduating from Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School in 2011, she continued her education at UTM. Starting out as a Political Science major with plans of going to law school, she changed her major to Criminal Justice the following semester. During her tenure at UTM, she was an active student, holding memberships in various student organizations, including the Criminal Justice Society. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Sociology December, 2015. Since graduation, she has been around the Criminal Justice field, being employed with Youth Villages, Allied Universal Security, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office with the Pretrial Services Department. She is now a Level II Probation and Parole officer with the State of Tennessee Department of Corrections, specialized in Pre-sentence Investigations, located in Memphis, Tennessee. She is also pursuing her Master’s in Education and Forensic Psychology.
Born and raised in Memphis, TN. 34 years old. Single with no children.
Graduate of G.W. Carver High School—Class of 2002—where she graduated with honors and sixth in her graduating class. She participated in Army J.R.O.T.C. for four years—served as a member of the drill team, rifle team, and color guard—held the Battalion Commander position.
Graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin—Class of 2006—where she graduated Cum Laude. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Political Science. Here, she simultaneously worked as a Supplemental Instructor (for Business Calculus & Algebra), a math tutor to several members of UT Martin’s football team, and a desk worker for the residence halls. Sukita was a proud recipient of the Harold Connor and Criminal Justice Scholarships. Additionally, she was an active member of the Black Student Association and Pre-Law Society. During her last semester, she pledged and became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Eta Xi Chapter.
Graduate of South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX—Class of Fall 2012. She earned her law degree and subsequently passed the Texas Bar Exam. She became a licensed attorney in the state of Texas on May 3, 2013.
She currently lives & works in Memphis, TN. She is employed as a federal employee at the IRS. She recently passed the TN Bar exam and is currently licensed to practice law in TN and TX.
“I transferred to the University of Tennessee Martin during my sophomore year and was involved in many activities including Greek Life, honors societies, and working with the West Tennessee Criminal Investigators Association. I graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in December 2016. Upon graduation, I moved back to east Tennessee and accepted a position in the correctional division with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Within 6 months, I was promoted to the facility training officer as well as earned the rank of sergeant. With these positions, I was responsible for overseeing a day shift and training all current and incoming staff. I have since left that organization and accepted a position with the Monroe County Health Council. I work as a community outreach advocate with the Monroe STOPe (Standing Together Offering Protection and Encouragement) program. In this position, I provide services to adult survivors of domestic violence along with their children. Some of the services offered are court advocacy, safety assessment and planning, group support, and resource awareness.“
“I graduated from UTM in May of 2010 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. After this, I attended Nashville School of Law in which I graduated from in 2014 with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. Since then, I have practiced law in private practice (from 2015-2016) and served as an Assistant District Attorney for the 29th Judicial District for the State of Tennessee (2016-2018). Currently, I am serving as General Sessions and Juvenile Judge for Lake County, Tennessee, having been appointed to the position in January of 2018. I also continue to practice law in private practice. I am married to my wife, JoBeth since 2015. I am beyond thankful for the education and the relationships built at UTM and specifically with the people of the Criminal Justice Department. I know that it has helped shape me tremendously in my legal career.”
My name is Anna Tankersley and I am 2014 graduate from UTM with a degree in Criminal Justice. During my tenure at UTM, I participated in various opportunities offered by the university, including the National Forensic Academy Collegiate Program in 2012. As a result of my desire to pursue a career in crime scene investigations, I received a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven in Connecticut. It took two years of hard work to achieve this degree. While working on my Master’s, I had the opportunity to complete two federal internships: one with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service at the Submarine Base in Groton, CT and the other at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) in Brunswick, GA. Both of these internships afforded me the opportunity to obtain experience in crime scene investigations and to develop an understanding of the different aspects of law enforcement. I met some amazing people throughout my internships; many of which provided a lot of insight that helped make sound decisions to accomplish my goal.
When I walked off the stage with my new degree and new achievements, I was fortunate to already have a job offer. I am now currently employed with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division located in Columbia, SC. My position as a Special Agent in the Crime Scene Unit has provided the opportunity to accomplish two of the most important things that I wanted in a career: to be a certified law enforcement officer and to conduct crime scene investigations. I attended the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, where I completed a twelve week program in Basic Law Enforcement. I also had to complete a year of in-house training within the Crime Scene Unit to become proficient and competent in crime scene processing. I’m now on my second year with this agency, in hopes that many more will follow.
To my fellow Skyhawks who are pursuing a career path in Criminal Justice, I leave you with this; establish a career goal and develop a plan, participate in internships, ask questions, partake in everything you can find that is of interest to you, and network with people who are in the career that you desire. Find something that gives you inspiration and motivation to create your own career, and do work that is exciting for you! Just like Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
A 1998 graduate of Adamsville High School, Kim attended Jackson State Community College on a softball scholarship, graduating magna cum laude with an Associate of Science degree in May 2000. Kim completed her undergraduate work at U.T. Martin, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in December 2002. While at Martin, Kim was the President of the Criminal Justice Society and Vice-President of Lambda Alpha Epsilon Criminal Justice Honors Fraternity. She interned with the Martin Police Department her senior year, cementing her desire to become a police officer. Upon graduation, Kim began working as a dispatcher for McNairy County E911. In November 2003, she became the first female officer with the Selmer, Tennessee police department. Kim loved being a police officer close to her hometown, and her experience with the police department assured her that she wanted to continue to advance her career in law enforcement. In 2005, Kim became a Special Agent with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission in Chattanooga. In October of 2007, Kim married Johnny Boleyn, and they welcomed their first son, Jayden, in 2010. Adjusting to becoming a full time working mother was difficult, yet so rewarding. In 2013, Kim and Johnny welcomed their daughter, Kaylee, while Kim continued to excel in her career, being promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge. Currently, Kim serves as the Interim Special Agent in Charge for Chattanooga, and continues to look forward to what the future holds. Kim owes a great deal of thanks to the professors of the Criminal Justice program at U.T. Martin for investing their time in her, and believing that she could achieve anything.
“After graduating from UTM, I moved back home and have been employed as a Supervisor in the Surveillance Department at Prairie Band Casino and Resort. In 2015, I started my own car detailing business, Doleman Detailing. In January of 2016, I also began serving as a part-time firefighter at a local fire station. In May of 2016, I completed course work to become an Emergency Medical Technician and have been licensed as an EMT since June 2016.”
Candace Tate is a 2004 Graduate with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, she is a proud Skyhawk who is actively involved with several UT Martin and UT Alumni Programs and Boards. Since leaving Martin, she has worked in various positions in the Real Estate industry and has obtained her Real Estate License. Candace currently works in Contract Management at Porter¬Leath, a child welfare agency in Memphis, TN., where she ensures that programs are in compliance with the contractor’s guidelines. Candace is involved with the local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Junior League of Memphis, National Association of Real Estate Brokers and the UT¬Martin Memphis Region Board.
Lieutenant Jim Colvin of the Brentwood Police Department, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2002. For the next two years, Jim worked with the UTM Housing Office, when he entered law enforcement with the Brentwood PD. He was promoted to Detective in 2010 in the Criminal Investigation Division, earned an MS in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University in 2012, and was promoted to Lieutenant in the Field Operations Division of the Brentwood PD in 2016. He married his wife Angie in 2009, and is the father of two children, Sarah and Finley. The Colvin’s live in Nolensville, TN.
Terrell Taylor married to Karolyn Taylor, with 3 children; 22, 14 and 3. Received masters in rehabilitation counseling from Arkansas state university in 2009. Owner of Kairos Foundation, Must Have Coffee's and Desserts, co-pastor of Iron Sharpens Iron Ministries, inspirational speaker, aspiring author and CEO of my own distribution company that teaches Health and Wellness.
My name is Lauren Callis, and I am a 2011 graduate of the UTM Criminal Justice program. While at UTM, I was involved in CJ Society and Alpha Phi Sigma. After receiving my degree at UTM, I attended Nashville School of Law. In May of 2016 I graduated from NSL and received my Doctorate of Jurisprudence. My plans are to pursue a legal career in the field of criminal law.