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WIFLE-Enews       Volume 2, Issue 2

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Message from the President
Stephanie J. Davis
WIFLE National President
Welcome to the June issue of the WIFLE-Enews!  In the last issue, I introduced myself and provided you with a brief biography.  In this issue, I wanted to feature the biographies below of our other 2006 WIFLE officers – Vice President Catherine Sanz, Secretary Karen Ratke Jones, and Treasurer Rebekah Salazar.

The WIFLE Seventh Annual Leadership Training Conference will be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., from June 19 through June 22, 2006.  We have developed a terrific conference with great speakers.  Each of you will have many opportunities to network with old and new acquaintances, as well as participate in interesting workshops.  I strongly urge you to take advantage of all of these opportunities. In addition, don’t forget to enjoy your time here in D.C.!   Also remember to register for the Julie Y. Cross Memorial Golf Tournament on June 19.  All proceeds go to our scholarship fund. Registration for the Golf Tournament can be done on the WIFLE Golf Tournament webpage or by contacting Natalie Murphy at Open to all skill levels!

We look forward to meeting all of you at the conference!  
WIFLE Seventh Annual Leadership Training Conference
June 19-23, 2006     The Capital Hilton    Washington, DC


WIFLE presents the Seventh Annual Leadership Training Conference which opens on June 19, 2006. The Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., is the site of this year’s conference which promises to be full of interesting workshops and distinguished speakers and guests. You can find just a few of the conference highlights here.  

Keynote Speakers

Two high-profile women leaders in Federal law enforcement have accepted invitations to present keynote speeches at the 2006 Leadership Training Conference.
At the conference opening on Tuesday morning, June 20, the Honorable 
Julie L.  Myers, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
, will welcome conference attendees with a keynote address on “Building Partnerships.” Ms. Myers will highlight the importance of partnerships in developing support and sharing information to achieve critical homeland security mission goals and objectives.

In Ms. Myers’ role as Assistant Secretary for ICE, the largest investigative component of the Department of Homeland Security, she directs an agency of more than 15,000 employees, of which 6,000 are investigators. 

Prior to her appointment to ICE by President Bush in January 2006, Ms. Myers served as Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel and as Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the Department of Commerce. As Assistant Secretary at Commerce, she oversaw a nationwide law enforcement agency that specialized in investigating violations of U.S. export controls. 

Before serving at Commerce, Ms. Myers held the position of Chief of Staff for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Money Laundering and Financial Crimes at the Department of the Treasury. Prior to that time, Ms. Myers worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York prosecuting narcotics, financial, immigration, securities fraud, and other criminal violations. Ms. Myers also was an associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago and clerked for the Honorable C. Arlen Beam of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit before entering government service.

On Wednesday evening, June 21, the Honorable Karen P. Tandy, Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will present the keynote address at the annual WIFLE Awards Banquet. 

Ms. Tandy was confirmed by the Senate as DEA Administrator on July 31, 2003. Prior to her appointment as Administrator, she served as Associate Deputy Attorney General responsible for developing national drug enforcement strategies and as Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF). Her Associate Deputy Attorney General duties also included oversight of DEA and the National Intelligence Center. Under her leadership, the 2,200 Federal agents, 500 prosecutors, and various state and local law enforcement task forces involved with OCDETF around the country focused its efforts on dismantling major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. In the 1990’s, Ms. Tandy served in a number of positions in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division and as the first Chief of the Litigation Unit in the Justice Office of Asset Forfeiture. She also authored a criminal forfeiture practice handbook still relied on today by Federal prosecutors nationwide. Her Federal career began as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and in the Western District of Washington. Prior to joining the Justice Department, she clerked for the Chief Judge of the Northern District of Texas.

Ms. Tandy has received many awards and commendations, among them the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the Department of Justice Award for Extraordinary Achievement, and the U.S. Attorney Director’s Award for Superior Service.
Special International Panel  -    International Women Leaders in Law Enforcement. 

On Tuesday, June 20, three international women leaders in law enforcement will serve on a 2006 WIFLE Leadership Training Conference panel entitled “Leading Change Through Vision and Values.” 

   Gwen Boniface, Commissioner, Ontario (Canada) Provincial Police, will speak on the Canadian response to the international SARS threat.
   Judith Gillespie, Assistant Chief Constable, Northern Ireland, will address policing after terrorism in Northern Ireland.
   Mandy Newton, Australian Federal Police National Manager for Aviation, will discuss Australia’s 2005 response to terrorists. 
Come to the workshop to hear what these experienced women in law enforcement have to say about the challenges facing policing today from an international perspective.

Noted Author David Baldacci will speak at 2006 WIFLE Conference

WIFLE is honored to announce that David Baldacci, well-known author of such best sellers as “Split Second” and “Absolute Power”, will speak at the 2006 Leadership Training Conference.  Mr. Baldacci is a native Virginian and practiced law in Washington, D.C., before becoming an award-winning international author.  In addition to his best-selling thrillers, Mr. Baldacci has authored several original screenplays and published a series for young adults. His work has also appeared in numerous magazine publications. 

Mr. Baldacci will be presenting a seminar on “Written Communications” on Thursday, June 22. His novels have been read and discussed by millions, including former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.  Please don’t miss what promises to be a fascinating discussion of written communications by a master in the field.

Annual Business Meeting

WIFLE’s Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Capital Hilton on Monday, 
June 19, at 4:00 p.m., in the South American Room, and is open to WIFLE members only. The WIFLE Executive Committee will share information with members concerning activities for the past year, the creation of the WIFLE Foundation, the Strategic Plan and its structure, the WIFLE Scholarship Fund and the Membership Drive.

Please send an email to by June 16 if you plan to attend this important meeting.

The WIFLE Store Will Be Open for Business at the Conference!

Once a year, during the annual Leadership Conference, WIFLE indicia items are made available at a “storefront” location which you can physically visit to look through merchandise and make purchases (outside of the 24-hour website located at Proceeds go to the WIFLE Scholarship Fund. Remember to look for the WIFLE merchandise booth at the conference! Don’t miss this opportunity to make your purchases and provide scholarship money to deserving individuals. WIFLE members get an additional 10% discount on the purchase price.

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