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Westfield State University Criminal Justice Alumni Hall of Fame to Induct Nine New Members

Westfield State University will honor nine distinguished alumni in the field of law enforcement by inducting them into its Criminal Justice Alumni Hall of Fame at its third annual ceremony on April 7 at 11 a.m. in Scanlon Banquet Hall.

Founded by the University’s Criminal Justice Alumni group, the Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates University alumni who represent distinction in diverse fields of law enforcement and have made a significant impact on a local, national, or international level. With 6,000 alumni in this major, criminal justice is one of the University’s most popular fields of study.

In addition to the inductees, John Jones, associate professor of criminal justice, will receive the Dr. Victor Ascolillo Lifetime Service Award. Jones has served as a dedicated member of the University’s faculty for 40 years.

“We are thrilled to recognize the accomplishments of this esteemed group of criminal justice professionals,” said Kathi Bradford, director of Alumni Relations. “Their induction further elevates the caliber of professionals to receive this honor and highlights the exemplary service provided by our criminal justice alumni.”  

The brunch event is open to the public and students and faculty are encouraged to attend. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

The 2018 class of inductees to the Criminal Justice Alumni Hall of Fame are:

Timothy Alben ’84
Timothy Alben retired from the Massachusetts State Police in 2015 after 32 years of service. He led the Commonwealth’s law enforcement agency as its colonel/superintendent for three years. After retiring from the State Police, Alben established a security and law enforcement consulting company, Alben & Associates, LLC, which provides security consulting services, crisis management and program assessment services to public and private sector businesses. Alben is a resident of Yarmouth Port, Mass.

Robert Alberti M’14
Robert Alberti was appointed as chief of the Easthampton Police Department (EPD) in 2016, after 18 years on the force. For six years he served as an Easthampton agent for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in Springfield, where he investigated complicated narcotics cases across multiple jurisdictions. As a member the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Springfield, his participation in a federal investigation was a key component that led to the bust of a high-volume cocaine trafficking operation that extended from Mexico and Texas to Easthampton, where Alberti resides.

Edward DeMarco Jr. ’99, M’14
Edward DeMarco Jr. has served as chief of the East Windsor, Connecticut Police Department (EWPD) for 15 years, in a law enforcement career that began in 1988. He holds expertise in executive leadership, municipal budgeting, labor relations and negotiations, organizational renewal and change, as well as emergency planning and management. DeMarco Jr. is graduate of the training session FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. Demarco Jr. resides in Enfield, Conn.

Arlene Enos ’86
Arlene Enos is the port director of Customs and Border Protection in New Bedford, Mass., responsible for ports located in New Bedford, Fall River, and Plymouth. Directed by a mission to prevent terrorism, Enos supervises the enforcement of customs, immigration and agricultural laws, and facilitates international trade. She has traveled to Romania to assist customs officials to enforce sanctions, and has also taught customs policy and practices in Cyprus to Cypriot Customs officials. Enos is a resident of Mattapoisett, Mass.

Mike Foyle ’95, ’06, M’11 is captain of the Westfield State University Police Department, which he has served for 19 years in a variety of roles. The co-creator of the Law Enforcement Career Preparatory Workshop offered through the University, Foyle has served as an adjunct instructor of criminal justice at the University since 2009. He was the co-advisor for the Class of 2013, is an advisor to the Student Government Association and remains active on a wide variety of committees on campus. Foyle resides in Westfield.

Irma Garcia-Zingarelli ’86
Irma Garcia-Zingarelli retired in 2015 from the United States Probation and Pretrial Services (USPPS) in Springfield, where she had served as a probation officer and electronic monitoring specialist for 27 years. There, she worked closely with the court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, defense counsel, and stake holders in the community while enforcing court imposed conditions. The first female from Puerto Rico to be hired for her position with the USPPS, she currently chairs the Hispanic Association in Higher Education at Springfield Technical Community College, where she is an admissions counselor. Garcia-Zingarelli is a resident of Longmeadow.

Sean McDonough ’83
Sean McDonough served the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a special agent for 25 years in five domestic locations, as well as at offices in Peru and Colombia. He earned the DEA’s highest award, the “DEA Administrators Award for Excellence,” and is the recipient of the U.S. Attorney Generals Award, for “Excellence in Law Enforcement.” Since retiring from the DEA in 2011, McDonough has served as an instructor for the Central Intelligence Agency National Collaboration Development Center. McDonough resides in Naples, Fla.

Tobias Roche ’79
Tobias Roche is a licensed private investigator for his company, Private Eye Miami PLLC. He has more than 30 years of federal government service, including executive and managerial positions with several United States agencies, including the Marshals Service, Customs Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies. Roche has also consulted with the Department of Homeland Security; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Secret Service. He retired from federal service as the Department of Homeland Security Representative to the National Drug Intelligence Center. Roche is a resident of Miami.

Paul Zipper ’82
Paul Zipper has served the Massachusetts State Police for 31 years and is the current section commander of the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, operating out of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. His work with the Lawrence Arson Task Force, which began in 1992, brought him national (and international) attention. Zipper has lectured in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, and has taught the arson investigation course at the FBI National Academy. Zipper has contributed to or co-authored several texts regarding fires set by children. For his most recent publication, he co-authored Law Enforcement Ethics: Classic and Contemporary Issues. Zipper resides in Annandale, Va.

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