Hon. John Knox Mills Department Chair / Associate Professor
Office:Library 009

Read Biography

Judge Mills is an Associate Professor with the Department of Criminal Justice. He recently retired as judge of the 27TH Judicial Circuit, Knox and Laurel counties, after serving as Circuit (and previously District) Judge for over twenty years. Mr. Mills is also a Colonel in the Kentucky Army National Guard, where he serves as Military Judge and Deputy State Judge Advocate. His unit was mobilized in 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom and in 2005 for Hurricane Katrina. In 2007 he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq and served as the officer in charge of Iraqi Security Forces, Detainee Operations.

Mills earned his Bachelors’ Degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky and his Juris Doctorate from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He has completed the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course and has taken extensive coursework at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. In recent years he has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Union College.

Mills and his wife have three children.

Dr. Jack Brown Director of Master's in Criminal Justice Administration Program

Read Biography

Dr Brown has worked in the criminal justice field since 1990. He has worked in positions including executive protection, embezzlement investigation, commercial security training and design, private investigation, and family mediation. Dr Brown has taught on-ground and online at schools in MS, MO, WV, and KY, including formerly holding the position of Dean of the Division of Justice Studies, overseeing criminal justice, juvenile justice, and addictions studies programs comprised of over 300 on-ground and online students. Dr Brown has authored criminal justice articles and edited criminal justice textbooks. Dr Brown is the founder and former editor of the International Journal of Justice Studies, and he is also the founder and former president of the Criminal Justice Assessment Board. Dr Brown obtained his criminal justice degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr Brown is a two-time veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Ms. Melissa Bundy Assistant Professor
Office:Library 011

Read Biography

Ms. Bundy earned her B.B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University in 1993 and began her career as a victim’s advocate for the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney in London, Kentucky. During her career as a victim’s advocate, Ms. Bundy was responsible for assisting and supporting victims of child abuse, assault, and families of homicide victims as they experienced the court process, and other issues that related to the needs of the victims.

In 1994, while continuing to work as a victim’s advocate, Ms. Bundy also developed and established the Laurel County Child Abuse Response Team. Ms. Bundy’s primary focus during her career as a victim’s advocate was to aid those that had been the victims of a crime with receiving the support that they needed. In 1997, through her grant writing efforts and community support, Ms. Bundy was able to create new victim’s advocate positions in Laurel and Knox counties, as well as, develop and establish the Cumberland Valley Children’s Advocacy Center.

In 2001, Ms. Bundy became a mental health clinician for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) counseling delinquent youth. Continuing her career with the DJJ, she became a juvenile probation officer, which she provided preventive services and supervision to juvenile offenders.

In 2007, she obtained her Master of Science degree in Corrections/Juvenile Justice through Eastern Kentucky University. Ms. Bundy decided to share her professional experience and expertise in her field by becoming an adjunct professor at Liberty University and the University of the Cumberlands. She has taught classes in child abuse investigation, juvenile justice, and deviance in society.

Ms. Bundy also holds certifications in juvenile sex offender counseling, group counseling, and seven challenges substance abuse. Ms. Bundy has also been member of the National Scholars Honors Society since 2009.

She and her husband have been married for 23 years, and they are the proud parents of a 19 year old son.

Mr. Justin DeCecca Associate Professor

Read Biography

Mr. DeCecca is an Associate Professor within the Department of Criminal Justice. Mr. DeCecca retired from the Kentucky State Police/ Vehicle Enforcement in 2010 to become a fulltime faculty member at UC. He ran the Department of Criminal Justice as the Department Chair from 2011 to 2015. He is currently working with the School of Life Long Learning and primarily teaches online. Mr. DeCecca started his career in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff and eventually became an K-9 Officer for Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement. He also served in the United States Navy Reserve as a Master-at-Arms, a division of the Navy Military Police, in Iceland during the final stages of the US Naval Air station base closure.

Mr. DeCecca has extensive training and experience in highway criminal interdiction. He has been involved in multiple bulk drug, currency and stolen merchandise seizures. He was awarded a meritorious achievement medal from the state of Kentucky for his seizure of 27 pounds of cocaine located in a hidden compartment in a commercial vehicle. The seizure of narcotics had an estimated street value of over 1 million dollars. This was one of the largest seizures of cocaine deriving from a traffic stop in Kentucky’s history.

Mr. DeCecca received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Tiffin University and received his master’s degree in justice administration from Norwich University. His advanced training includes, Accident Reconstruction, Criminal Investigation, Advanced Drug Interdiction Techniques, Canine Handling, Homeland Security and Terrorism Training. Mr DeCecca is currently completing his dissertation for his Doctorate in Education. Other qualifications that enhance his teaching experience include: hazardous material inspection and convoy training, criminal investigation and crime scene analysis, firearms and tactical training, advanced commercial vehicle safety regulations and inspection training, multicultural issues and Middle Eastern customs training. Since becoming a law enforcement officer in 1997, Mr. DeCecca has received over 1400 hours of in-service and annual training by state, federal and private law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Warren Headrick Associate Professor
Office:Library 010

Read Biography

J. Warren Headrick’s law enforcement career began in 1985, first as a reserve deputy sheriff, and later hired as a full-time patrol deputy. During his time in the patrol division, Mr. Headrick was a member of the special response team, a field training officer, and was assigned special duty as an undercover officer in other jurisdictions. In September 1989, Mr. Headrick was re-assigned to the Tennessee 5th Judicial District Drug Task Force, where he served as an investigator and later as the assistant director until February 1991. He was then assigned to the criminal investigation division, and later promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1996, lieutenant in 2000, and captain in 2001.

After helping the Blount County Sheriff’s Office win their initial accreditation in March 2003, Mr. Headrick became a certified law enforcement assessor and team leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Mr. Headrick’s extensive law enforcement career is accompanied by several educational degrees: associate’s degree in criminal justice from Walters State Community College, bachelor’s degree in human services/criminal justice from Tennessee Wesleyan College, and a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Mr. Headrick is a certified public administrator through the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service. He has also received specialized training in police leadership and management, use of force, internal affairs, criminal investigation, homicide investigation, child abuse investigation, instructor development, narcotics investigation, technical surveillance, white collar crime, and is a Force Science Analysis.

Mr. Headrick earned the honor of attending the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where he graduated with a 4.0 grade point average in the 212th Session in March of 2003. He also graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Basic Police Recruit School in Nashville, Tennessee in 1986, where he was voted by his peers and received the Outstanding Police Officer Award for class 525. He was also awarded the highest academic honors in his class.

Mr. Headrick has also served as an adjunct faculty instructor for several post-secondary educational institutions in the area. Additionally, he served as a certified law enforcement instructor with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee P.O.S.T. certified, Basic Police Training Academy.  

Mr. Headrick retired as a captain with the Blount County Sheriff's office, after serving 3.5 years in patrol, 1.5 years narcotics investigations, 23 years in criminal investigations, and 2 years in professional standards.

Mr. Larry Lewis Adjunct Professor

Read Biography

My name is Larry Lewis; I finished the Masters in Justice Administration (MJA) program at UC in 2013. I am employed full-time as a Senior Correctional Officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) at United States Penitentiary, McCreary. I am also a member of the Evidence Recovery team and Unit Disciplinary Committee as well as qualified in prisoner transport. Prior to the BOP I was enlisted as a Sergeant in the United States Army (Infantry) stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. I deployed to Hawaija, Iraq as a team leader/machine gunner in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005.
I earned My Bachelor’s degree in Forest Resource Management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (2009). I worked as a student employee with the U.S. Forest Service during my tenure at UT.

Dr. Adam McKee Adjunct Professor

Read Biography

Dr. Adam McKee worked in the field of private security while earning his degrees at the University of Southern Mississippi. He served as the director of the Mississippi Statistical Analysis Center prior to taking a university teaching position. In addition to his duties as Associate Professor at the Univ. of Arkansas-Monticello, Dr. McKee has worked as a part time law enforcement officer for over a decade. Dr. McKee is the author of books, journal articles, and websites. He is also active in law enforcement training.

Mr. Richard Mills Adjunct Professor

Read Biography

Richard Mills is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Criminal Justice. He has been employed as a United States Probation Officer since 1999, first in the Middle District of Florida and currently in the Eastern District of Kentucky. Prior to becoming a probation officer, Mr. Mills was employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons for just over nine years, first as a correctional officer, then as a case manager.

Mr. Mills served two and one-half years as a military policeman in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He then transferred into the Army National Guard where he served as an infantry platoon leader, company executive officer, and field artillery battalion logistics officer.

Mr. Mills earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University in 1988. He earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1993, also from Eastern Kentucky University. Mr. Mills also has over 900 hours of in-service training with various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Mills is married and has two children.

Mr. Robert Stephens Adjunct Professor

Read Biography

Robert E. Stephens, J.D. is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in a circuit covering Whitley and McCreary Counties of Kentucky. Robert is a former public defender who has tried criminal cases variously as sole, primary, or secondary chair counsel, for both the prosecution and defense, from misdemeanors to capital murder. Robert is a graduate of Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands; 1996, Bachelor of Science, Majors in History and Political Science, Minor in Philosophy) and of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville (1999). Robert and his wife Tonya are striving to rear four spontaneous and talkative children and to figure out what to do with the generous spare time of parenthood.