Our FBILVCAAA Communications and Programs Committee is pleased to share the first edition of “The Las Vegas Monitor” newsletter! With nearly 200 Las Vegas Citizens Academy alumni and Reno Chapter members, the goal of this newsletter is to facilitate information sharing and enable member engagement efforts.
This basic black and white “sans” glitz publication is intended to give you noteworthy, fascinating, and timely information to support the Las Vegas FBI Field Office’s community outreach objectives. Although there is a paucity of information regarding our usual programs and activities due to COVID-19, there will be significant and relevant material highlighted in this issue.
The basic framework for the following quarterly Las Vegas Monitor newsletters for member interest and engagement will include a “Mark Your Calendar” page for upcoming programs and events, a list of “Fundraising Events” such as the FBILVCAAA Annual Golf Tournament, a “Recent Local FBI News” section, and a “Member Information” such as “State of the Field Office” to include briefings and important National CAAA events and programs. In addition, we will always include a section for comments from the local SAC.
Special additions may include a “Meet a Member(s)” feature of distinct Las Vegas and Reno members. Also, a “Meet Your FBI” column may be incorporated that would feature an FBI agent or staff member. In addition, a section on “Help Wanted” to recruit volunteers could be something we include in subsequent newsletters. And finally, we would are hoping for the possibility to include a “Reno Report” in following issues.
We welcome your participation and recommendations in this evolving newsletter process. The Communications Committee point of contact is:
Also as a reminder, if anyone has any questions regarding their FBILVCAAA membership, please contact our Membership Coordinator:
A note from Jonathan Ullman, FBILVCAAA Chapter President
Like so many other organizations, the FBILVCAAA has been outwardly quiet for the past many weeks. We all miss our in person events, and we are disappointed that the FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy Class of 2020 is delayed in joining our ranks as alumni. But behind the scenes, we have been hard at work, planning on many fronts, and there are numerous happenings that continue to provide us with inspiration and uplift about the future.
First, we have begun working with the FBICAAA National Board to plan the annual Leadership Conference for 2021 in Las Vegas. With no annual gathering occurring before then, all other local chapters, along with personnel from FBI Headquarters and field offices across the nation, will be champing at the bit to meet here early next summer. We are working hard to help the National Board identify a specific property and dates for the conference. As we progress, we hope to engage other alumni in planning this wonderful opportunity to share insights, best practices, and a special Las Vegas experience with FBIpersonnel and key supporters.
On another note, I am saddened to inform you that Sarah Terhune, FBILVCAAA Administrator, will be soon leaving our organization. Sarah has done a truly phenomenal job, for which our Board is deeply grateful.
Thankfully, we have found a terrific replacement in Dr. Dory Mizrachi. Dory comes to us from UNLV, where she teaches and conducts research within the Criminal Justice Department. Dory also runs the Emergency and Crisis Management Master’s Program and the Cybersecurity Program. Sarah and Dory are currently working together to ensure a smooth transition. Please feel free to reach out to Dory about any of your needs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One final thought, even in anxious times like these, I cannot help feeling a great sense of pride. Pride in our volunteers who continue to make time for the organization. Pride in our many alumni association members who value and support the FBI and help to build bridges in our community. And, of course, great pride in our partners at the FBI Field Office, the reason we participate in this association. It seems that whatever the world throws at them, SAC Rouse and the team at the Las Vegas Field Office simply adjust course and get right to work at addressing any new vulnerabilities. We are all extremely fortunate for that!
Jonathan Ullman, President FBILVCAAA Board of Trustees
A note from Aaron Rouse, Special Agent in Charge:
Hello everyone – I hope you are all doing well and adjusting to the changes we are facing with COVID-19.
The coronavirus has created anxiety and hardship across all corners of America–and in fact, around the world. We’ve seen a whole lot of change, and a whole lot of disruption, in a remarkably short period of time. New information seems to arrive every day, if not every hour.
I’m especially proud of the resiliency of our organization. We share a commitment to protect the American people in spite of any circumstance, to do our part to limit the spread of the virus, and to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees and their families. We all made a choice to put service over self, because we understand what’s at stake and why our mission is so vital to our nation. I have full faith that we will take care of each other, will once again rise to meet the moment, and will succeed, together. I am confident that when we look back on the way we handled this difficult situation, it will be another proud chapter in our long history as an organization.
As you know our 2020 Las Vegas FBI Citizens Academy class held seven classes, but the last class had to be rescheduled and is tentatively set for June 4, 2020. Unfortunately, we also found out today that our scheduled trip to FBI Headquarters/Quantico the end of July was cancelled. It’s a trying time and we are working to keep you informed and working with your FBICAAA board of directors to schedule a virtual state of the field office in May. Stay tuned for more information on that.
Thank you again for your partnership and your commitment to serving as ambassadors of the FBI.
A Law Enforcement Thank You Video to our Healthcare Partners:
A tribute from Metro to our healthcare professionals. Our FBI’s Sandy Breault is included.
SAVE THE DATE: State of the Field Office Event:
As many of you know, the FBILVCAAA and the Las Vegas FBI Field Office had been planning a State of the Field Office event, which was originally scheduled for March 31, 2020. After careful consideration of the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, it was decided that the event should be postponed. However, we are pleased to announce that after working in coordination with the FBI Field Office, the State of the Field Office event will be held virtually on Thursday, May 21st, at 4:00pm. Webinar link is coming soon.
Our speakers for this event will be SAC Rouse and Cyber Supervisory Special Agent Hector Sepulveda, who will be our keynote speaker.
Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Hector Sepulveda is the supervisor of the Cyber Squad and the Computer Forensic program of the FBI Las Vegas Field Office. Prior to this position, SSA Sepulveda was assigned to the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), Cyber Behavioral Analysis Center (CBAC) where he was responsible for analyzing the behavior of cyber offenders in computer intrusion, malicious code matters and technology facilitated investigations.
If you have any questions for SAC Rouse or any other FBI cyber-related questions you would like answered during the webinar, please email them to Sandy Breault, Public Affairs Officer for the FBI Las Vegas Division, before Wednesday, May 20th at email@example.com
Social Media Reminders:
If you are interested in joining the closed FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy Alumni Facebook page – please search FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy Alumni Association and request to join. The page is restricted to Alumni graduates and select FBI employees.
Follow @FBILasVegas for daily updates on scams, fraud, arrests, outreach initiatives, etc.
FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association National Conference:
As most of you may know, our chapter is honored to host the 2021 FBINCAAA National Leadership Conference in Las Vegas. The annual conference was set to be held in August of this year in Milwaukee; however, due to the pandemic in our country, the Milwaukee chapter was forced to cancel the conference. We are very excited for the opportunity to show off our great state to FBI employees and FBICAAA members across the country. Although the exact date and location will be forthcoming, we have tentatively agreed on a late June 2021 time frame. As you are aware, hosting a national conference is a huge undertaking and we are looking forward to getting everyone who is interested, involved. Please be on the lookout for more information on this.
Important: FBI Landing Page on COVID-19:
In order to centralize the information we are providing the public, the FBI has created a landing page that contains the most accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19. There are threats you should be aware of, so you can prepare to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family.
FBILVCAAA 2020 Golf Tournament:
Our annual major fundraising event will be held at Bear’s Best Las Vegas on August 14, 2021 from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm. Details about registration and sponsorships can be located at this link:
Your support for this event is highly encouraged. Please contact the FBILVCAAA Fundraising Committee Chair, Amar Chadha, for further information: Amar.Chadha@SNMC.com
FBILVCAAA and Reno volunteers for “Meet a Member” column in the next quarterly LV Monitor.
Contact Bob Hulshouser at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-283-0133