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Westfield State University will hold its second annual Criminal Justice Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Scanlon Banquet Hall.

Created by the Westfield State University Criminal Justice Alumni group, the Hall of Fame honors graduates who have excelled in their law enforcement careers and 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, Dr. Victor Ascolillo, professor and former chair of Criminal Justice at Westfield State and a resident in the City of Westfield, is also being honored at the event with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

“We are delighted to shine a light on this esteemed slate of accomplished Criminal Justice professionals,” said Kathi Bradford, director, Alumni Relations at Westfield State. “Their induction further elevates the caliber of alumni to receive this exclusive honor and underscores our Criminal Justice graduates’ exemplary sense of service.”

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 2017 Criminal Justice Alumni Hall of Fame inductees include: 

Cheryl Bassett ’88

Cheryl Bassett serves as a domestic operations chief for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for managing and coordinating all operational and administrative activities in 56 HIS offices along the United States’ Southwest border. She has more than 27 years of investigative experience with the federal government including roles in U.S. Department of Labor in Massachusetts, the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Rhode Island, and the U.S. Embassy in Brazil. Bassett currently lives in Dulles, Virginia.

Patrick Cahillane ’91

Patrick Cahillane was elected Sheriff of Hampshire County in 2016. He began his career in the field at the Union Street Jail in Northampton as a correctional officer. He has also held the positons of senior officer, captain, major in charge of Security, deputy superintendent, and Special Sheriff of Hampshire County. He served in the National Guard for six years has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Westfield State in the Criminal Justice Department since 2006. Cahillane resides in Leeds, Mass.

Carlos Canino ’88

Carlos Canino is the deputy assistant director of Field Operations for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a position he was appointed to in November 2016. He is responsible for leading the men and women of ATF’s Special Operations Division, Firearms Operations Division, National Investigations Division and ATF’s National Center for Explosives Training and Research. He began his ATF career as a special agent in Yakima, Washington and served in several other leadership positions. Currently, Canino lives in Washington, D.C.

John “Jack” Flynn ’79

John “Jack” Flynn serves as the chief administrative officer for the Massachusetts State Police. His service has included direct care and custody services, public safety law, and public safety administration. He served as a chief legal advisor at both the agency and secretariat level, led many profile agency interventions, and directed the administrative operations of the Massachusetts Department of Correction and the Massachusetts State Police. Flynn also served on Westfield State’s Board of Trustees, presiding as chair from 2012-2014. Franklin resides in Franklin, Mass.

William Hogan III ’77

William Hogan III is a partner in the Boston-based law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. He practices in the areas of business litigation, governmental relations, administrative law, and sports business law. He began his career as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County and has also served as a litigator in the United States District Court and the Superior Court and District Courts in Massachusetts. Hogan lives in Needham, Mass.

Janine Mauldin ’03

Janine Mauldin is a patrol sergeant in the Nantucket Police Department. She built her career there, serving first as a summer special officer and then as a full-time officer. She is a graduate of the Plymouth Police Academy. Throughout her career, she has worked in drug identification testing and investigations, C.O.B.W.E.B., and the field training program. She is a member of the Board of Directors of “A Safe Place,” a Nantucket-based organization that provides services to domestic abuse victims. Mauldin still resides on Nantucket.

Marian McGovern ’88

In December 2009, Marian McGovern was appointed as the first woman Superintendent and Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police by Gov. Deval Patrick—a position she served until her retirement in 2012. Her 33-year career began when she joined the Massachusetts State Police and served as a road trooper and drill instructor. She became the first woman to be assigned full-time to a detective unit and served in many other roles including executive officer, captain, lieutenant colonel, and deputy superintendent. McGovern is a resident of Millbury, Mass.

Genaro Medina Jr. ’97

Genaro Medina Jr. is the special agent/ task force coordinator for the Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Gang Task Force. His career in the field began in the Hampden County Sherriff’s Department. He also worked as a probation officer in the Hampden County Superior Court. He was selected to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in Quantico, VA, where he graduated and received the badge and credentials of a special agent. Medina lives in West Springfield, Mass.

James Scripture Jr. ’89

James Scripture Jr. is an assistant professor at Bay Path University in Longmeadow where he teaches Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics. Before he started teaching, he served as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 36 years. He was assigned to the FBI Computer Analysis Response Team which provided travel, training, and notable investigative experiences including 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing cases. Scripture began his career as a patrolman in 1979 for the Maine Police Department in Bangor. Scripture resides in West Springfield, Mass.

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