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Spring Workshop 2024

Dates: 05/07/2024 - 05/09/2024

Location: Marriott at University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

Abstract: This 3-day spring workshop will teach attendees how to build and maintain a positive team culture. Through a series of lectures and hands-on activities, they will learn how previous leadership lessons (ie, communication, motivation, growth mindset, followership) contributes to the workplace. The class includes a Ted Lasso Leadership section, The Happy Class, Recognizing a Positive Team and Teambuilding to build a positive team culture. Attendance at previous MAFS Leadership workshops is not necessary, however, content is aimed at employees who are or want to be leaders within their workplace.


Jennifer Dillon: Jen serves as the State Administrative Manager of the Wellness and Resiliency Section, housed in the Organizational Development Division of the Michigan Department of State Police. Her role is to create and implement curricula as it relates to wellness and resilience topics for approximately 3,000 members of the department, both enforcement and civilian. Jennifer established a program for the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists in 2019, aimed at improving mental agility, developing and instructing several workshops and hosting a podcast on the topic. She has served as an instructor during the length of her career for the law enforcement community, the legal community, and forensic professionals.

Brian Hoey: A thirty-one-year veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory.  Brian worked much of his career as a DNA analyst and served as the DNA technical Leader for 8 years.  Brian is currently the Director of the laboratory system. 

Brian holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University,  as well as an MBA from William Woods University.

Brian served as a Member of the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) for 8 years as well as served on it’s on the Executive Board for 3 years.  Brian is a Member of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS) where he served on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer for three years (2008-2011) and President (2013).  Brian was awarded MAFS Outstanding Scientist in 2016.  Brian has given talks and taught workshops for MAFS, Promega, ASCLD, Bode, and RTI to name a few.  Brian is a certified facilitator for Police Leadership: The West Point Model.  Brian currently serves on the Forensic Laboratory Needs Technical Working Group (FLN TWG), and is a Co-Chair for the National Technology Validation and Implementation Collaborative (NTVIC).  Brian is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) where he is currently on the Board of Directors. Brian has been married to his wife Kristen for 23 years and together they have two daughters Kate 22 and Kyra 19.

Karen Jaffe: Karen Jaffe has been teaching short form improv and performing stand up comedy since 2010. She firmly believes that joy can be achieved through mindfulness, and that play should be an essential part of everyday adult life. She trained at The Second City Training Center, The Second City Conservatory, and in various workshops at iO and The Annoyance Theater in Chicago, IL.

Katrina Kittle: Katrina Kittle’s newest novel Morning in This Broken World, released September 1, 2023 and was an Amazon First Reads pick for August. Katrina is the author of four other novels for adults—Traveling Light, Two Truths & a Lie, Kindness of Strangers, and The Blessings of the Animals—and one novel for tweens, Reasons to Be Happy. She teaches creative writing in the Dayton area and online for Word’s Worth Writing Connections, is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton, and is a frequent public speaker. She lives near Dayton with her fella, quirky cat, sweet beagle, and out-of-control garden. For more information on Katrina or her books, or to sign up for her fun, monthly newsletter, visit

Registration: $450 for members and $550 for non-members

Contact: Brooke Ehlers,


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