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Dr. Shelby Moffatt’s Bio

Dr. Shelby Moffatt is a transformational leader and professional in the field of Criminal Justice. After nearly 20 years of dedicated service as a law enforcement officer with the Sacramento Police Department he retired, and for nearly 15 years thus far he continues to work in the capacity as adjunct faculty in the Criminal Justice Division at Sacramento State.  Because of Dr. Moffatt’s strong background in higher education and educational leadership, vast expertise in law enforcement and passion for social justice, he created, founded and is the Director of the Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars’ (LECS) Program.  The LECS program is an innovative “scholars to officer” leadership development program that helps college students, particularly those who are historically underrepresented in law enforcement, to be career-ready as law enforcement officers. Expectations surrounding the LECS program are endless, primarily due to its role in improving Sacramento State graduation rates, increasing inclusion in law enforcement agencies through recruitment and hiring, and creating greater community relations established as a result of the exclusive partnerships between Sacramento State and local and state law enforcement agencies.


Dr. Moffatt is using research data obtained from the LECS program to measure impact on student success, future recruitment and hiring of law enforcement officers and community relations with law enforcement and Sacramento State. Dr. Moffatt’s work has the potential to not only impact California law enforcement but also the state of policing in the nation. The LECS program complements and validates President Barack Obama’s 2015 proposal to improve relations between law enforcement agencies and racial/ethnic minority (REM) communities.


Dr. Moffatt received his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Sacramento State, his Master of Public Administration in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Southern California, and his Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law and History from the University of the Pacific. Dr. Moffatt was nominated for Dissertation of the Year Award in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program for his dissertation entitled Criminal justice academy/career academy programs' influence on "at-risk" youth success. Dr. Moffatt’s desire for social and cultural change in law enforcement aided in turning his dissertation into a game-changing research study which shed light into high school Criminal Justice Academy (CJA) programs and their influence on academic success, recruitment and hiring and community relations of racial/ethnic minorities (REMs) with law enforcement agencies. Dr. Moffatt presented his dissertation research at Sacramento State’s 22nd Multicultural Education Conference and continues to present his research to make known the importance of change in law enforcement, communities and the criminal justice system.


Dr. Moffatt has been recognized by the Sacramento State Rotaract Club with an Outstanding Faculty Award, along with many other honors and awards for Notable Achievement and Excellence with the Sacramento Police Department. Dr. Moffatt has written and consulted on a number of campus and external grants focusing on higher education (i.e. University Enterprises, Inc., Associated Students Inc., U.S. Department of Education/Student Support Services and other grants). Dr. Moffatt is currently waiting to hear the results for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for Research on Crime and Race and other grants.


Some of Dr. Moffatt’s other accomplishments include serving as a mentor for Sacramento State’s Male Empowerment Collaborative, mentor for Hall of Fame football player Tim Brown’s annual Mentor Football Camp, and member on the Educational Research and Inquiry Committee for the College of Education. He has also participated in action-based teaching research through the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Faculty Learning Communities on “Using Student Groups to Teach Critical Thinking” and “Instructional Materials for the 21st Century Student: Textbooks, e-books, and Multimedia Learning Tools”. Dr. Moffatt has been recognized as an expert speaker and scholar for his work in the area of diversity and law enforcement and he has spoken at numerous events and media outlets, including the Forum on the African American Perspective on Law Enforcement at Sacramento State and a KCRA Channel 3 News series on diversity in law enforcement.


Earl W Boynton Bio

Currently Vice President - Atkinson Academy Board of Directors


Born & raised in San Francisco


Earned BS degree, Chemical Engineering at The University of California (Berkeley)


Served two (2) years on active duty with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Korea


Upon my return to California I was assigned to the US Army Reserve with which I served for 31 years and Retired as a Full Colonel.


Also upon my return to California I moved from San Francisco to Sacramento to work for Aerojet General as a Rocket Scientist and after 10 years assisting in the fabrication of many ICBMs during the “Cold War” moved on to a “Higher Calling”, that of a Chemistry & Physics teacher at Hiram Johnson High School in down town Sacramento and after 28 years & 5000 students retired.


God’s Plan for my life in SACRAMENTO was not only to have a very interesting professional career but to meet and marry “The Love of My Life”, Cynthia Rosell.  We have been married 54 years, have 4 children & 14 grandchildren.


Now that I am retired, I have been able to take a more active administrative roll in my church (River City Christian), volunteer at the California State Capitol Museum as a guide, and be a Board Member for the Atkinson Academy.


I am a “Born-again Christian”, a Scientist, and a “Creationist”


Connie Eaton Bio

I worked 32 years for Wells Fargo Bank. I started as a teller and worked my way up to Business Bank Officer, in the meantime incurring a thorough financial background. After retiring from Wells Fargo I started Volunteering for Atkinson Youth Services. After 2 years of volunteering I started working for them in April 1996 as a bookkeeper then moving to Manager of the Accounting Department, and on to Controller until I retired after 20 years in April 2016.


I have been on the Board of Directors for my homeowners association for 7 years, in most of the different positions.


I attended Sacramento’s City College’s, Consumes River, American River and Sacramento City to further my knowledge of Financial Accounting and different classes for my betterment.


Dr. David Nylund Bio

David Nylund has over 30 years of clinical experience working in many contexts including community mental health, non-profit agencies, managed care settings, and private practice. Dr. Nylund is a professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento and the Clinical Director of the Gender Health Center. In addition, he is a clinical supervisor at La Familia Counselor Center and serves on the board of the Restorative Schools Vision Project. David is also on the faculty of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy.  Dr. Nylund has an MSW from California State University, Sacramento and a PhD in Cultural Studies from University of California, Davis. He has published widely in the areas of family therapy, narrative therapy, masculinity studies, sexuality, gender and critical sport studies.  Dr. Nylund is the author of Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Working with Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD and co-edited Narrative Therapies with Children and Adolescents.


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