Criminal Justice Faculty
Jeremy R. Wilson, M.A., Social Sciences
Jeremy Wilson has taught in the areas of criminal justice and history at CVCC since 2002. Prior to that, he taught social studies at East Burke High School and worked in enrolling and advising non-degree students at NC State University. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from NC State University in 1997 and a master of arts degree in social sciences from Appalachian State University in 2000. He teaches introduction to criminal justice, law enforcement operations, corrections, and criminal justice organization and administration.
Sherry O. Herman, M.C.J., C.C.I.A. - Department Chair
Sherry Herman leads the criminal justice technologies and latent evidence concentration. Her professional training in crime analysis applications, criminal intelligence analysis, criminal investigation analysis, gang awareness, and crime scene investigations have prepared her to teach all aspects of the criminal justice system. Formerly a Certified Criminal and Intelligence Analyst for Hickory Police Department, in Hickory, North Carolina, Herman has developed courses and techniques that aide criminal justice professionals in their daily activity with better proficiency. Her approach to hands-on-training in the classroom promotes team work along with a better understanding of legal definitions as they apply in a courtroom situation. From 1999 to 2004, Herman worked with the District Attorney's Office in the 25th Judicial District in Burke County, North Carolina. During her term, she held various professional memberships that assisted the court system to prosecute cases and assist the community, including:
Sexual Assault Response Team (S.A.R.T.)
Domestic Violence Task Force (D.V.T.F.)
Burke County Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee (BC-JCPC)
She earned a master of criminal justice degree from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor of science (criminal justice) from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, where she graduated magna cum laude, and she earned an associate degree (criminal justice) from Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, North Carolina, where she received Phi Theta Kappa status for academic excellence. Along with her professional and educational credentials, she holds academic memberships with the International Honor Society-Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Gamma Mu), National Dean's List, and National Honor Society. She is a member of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association. Contact Sherry Herman at email@example.com.
Nanabenyin Moses Nanabenyin Moses was born in Accra, Ghana. His university education is with the University of Ghana where he obtained a bachelor of law. He came to NY in 1991 and obtained his master of law (LLM ) at Touro law school at Central Islip, NY.
Deputy Chief Clyde Deal Deputy Chief of Police Clyde Deal joined the Hickory Police Department in February of 1985 as a police officer. As a Sergeant, he assisted in the implementation of the pilot project that introduced community based policing to the city. In October 1989, he became the first Sergeant of the original PACT (Police And Community Together) which formed the basis for city wide community based policing, an initiative that began in 1994. Upon promotion to Lieutenant in August 1996, he served as Commander of Baker PACT and then as Commander of David PACT. In August 2000, Deal was promoted to Captain and served as the Commander of the Patrol Division. Captain Deal was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in January 2009. His educational background includes an AS Degree in Business Administration from Catawba Valley Community College and a BS Degree in Criminal Justice from Gardner Webb University. He has continued with graduate studies at the University of Virginia. Deal is a graduate of the 195th Session of the FBI National Academy. Deputy Chief of Police Deal is a member of the international Association Chiefs of Police and the North Carolina Police Executive Association.
Kelly Plumley My name is Kelly Plumley and I currently work for Catawba Valley Community College as a Data Specialist/GED Instructor in the Basic Skills Division. I have a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Western Carolina University. Before my employment at CVCC, I worked for 4 years with the North Carolina Department of Corrections. I began as an Officer, promoted to Behavioral Specialist I, Program Supervisor, and finally Assistant Unit Manager at Alexander Correctional Institution. Criminal Justice has always been a passion of mine and I enjoy teaching Ethics for the CJ Department at CVCC.
Special Agent Robert "Heath" McBride Heath McBride is currently a Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, assigned as a criminal agent and crime scene search specialist. McBride teaches in the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Catawba Valley Community College and is a Qualified Assistant Director. In addition to teaching at CVCC McBride teaches at the SBI academy in Salemburg, N.C. In 2012, McBride was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award at CVCC. He started his law enforcement career in a non-sworn position at the Appalachian State University Police Department. McBride was a patrol officer with the Hickory Police Department and a Sergeant with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. He has an Associates Degree in Science from Lees-McRae College and a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University. McBride has additional graduate studies from Appalachian State University.
Dr. David Streater Dr. David Streater oversees the Appalachian State University Center at Hickory and the East Campus of Catawba Valley Community College. His academic background is in Criminal Justice/Criminology and Education, with additional studies in Psychology, with an emphasis on forensics. After serving in the Navy, graduating from Pfeiffer College (now Pfeiffer University), and Rollins College with a Master's of Science in Criminal Justice, his first career was with the Florida Department of Corrections as a probation and parole officer. In addition to being an officer, he was an administrator on various levels, ascending to a Senior Supervisor III. Dr. Streater taught at Valencia College (Orlando) and the University of Central Florida, Orlando. David eventually returned to his native western North Carolina, and began with CVCC in 1999, after teaching for two years at Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC. Dr. Streater created the criminal justice program at CVCC and later added various components, including the latent evidence and cybercrime programs. He earned his doctorate (Ph.D.) from Barry University, Miami, with his dissertation exploring the impact of school resource officers on high schools. Dr. Streater is a former President of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association and a Chapter President of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency. At CVCC, he has served as a department head, division chair, associate dean, and currently as the Executive Officer of Academic Services. In addition to being a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation-CA, he serves as the Secretary on the Board of The Conflict Resolution Center, serving the 25th Judicial District of North Carolina.
Seth Bailey Seth Bailey is a Criminal Justice Instructor at Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School. He has a Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Northcentral University, and has received a Certificate in Forensic Nursing from the University of California. Seth is a retired detective from the Lincoln County Sheriff office. He also is an RN with ten years of emergency room experience and was a medical examiner for Lincoln County for three years.
Erin Cooper-Cook Erin Cooper-Cook has been teaching in the criminal justice department at Catawba Valley Community college since January, 2010. She holds a master of criminal justice degree from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as a bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in sociology and a concentration in substance abuse and dependency from Appalachian State University, located in Boone, N.C. She also holds an academic membership with the International Honor Society Pi Gamma Mu, National Chancellor's List, National Dean's List, and National Honor Society. Currently she is pursuing an education specialist degree (Ed.S.) from Appalachian State University and is set to graduate in the Fall of 2013.
Matthew Streater Matthew Streater graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Baccalaureate of Biology. He works as a laboratory technologist as part of Cornerstone Healthcare, in addition to teaching Forensic Biology at CVCC.
Special Agent Marc A. Sharpe Marc Sharpe is currently a Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI) assigned as a Criminal/Drug Agent to the Bureau's Northwestern District. Sharpe maintains his status as a Basic Law Enforcement Instructor as recognized by the North Carolina Law Enforcement Training and Standards Commission teaching blocks of instruction in Controlled Substances, Criminal Investigation, Crime Scene Investigation, and Interview and Interrogation. Sharpe also teaches at the SBI Academy. Sharpe currently teaches courses at CVCC in Trace Evidence and Crime Scene Processing. Professionally, Sharpe served in the United States Navy Reserve as a Master at Arms (Military Policeman) during the War on Terror obtaining the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. Sharpe's law enforcement career spans twenty five years working in various positions throughout his career with the UNC-Chapel Hill Police Department, Wilmington Police Department, Morganton Department of Public Safety, Burke County Narcotics Task Force, North Carolina Department of Revenue, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Sharpe has held both subordinate and supervisory positions during his law enforcement career. Educationally, Sharpe holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice obtained from Shaw University in Raleigh and a Master of Criminal Justice obtained from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. Sharpe was awarded both degrees with honors in academic excellence.