DIA Museum

Within these hallowed links below you’ll find

the story of the Defense Investigatiors Association

The members, the events, and the volunteers

that make this professional organization

a leading source of training for

Defense Investigators

DITA Certified Criminal Defense Investigators

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The Defense Investigator Training Academy was established by vote of the Board of Directors of the

Defense Investigators Association in 1998. DITA provides certified training in criminal defense

investigations.  The individuals listed below have successfully completed the four modules to earn their

Certificate in Criminal Defense Investigations (C.C.D.I.).  Learn more about DITA.

First Last  /  Grad Year

Elizabeth Aguilar / 2017

Omaid   Amedi / 2017

Grace    Alvarado  / 2001

Grace    Alvarado / 2001

Margarita Andrade  / 2001

Kimberly Arellanes  / 2001

Sarah     Astor / 2019

Marisela Avila / 2019

Samuel Baez / 2019

Ann Bartoe / 2001

Tyler Beal / 2017

Pascual Benitez / 2005

Marisa  Berg / 2017

Hector  Botello  2005

Bob Brandenberg / 2001

Melvin  Buford / 2005

Notty    Bumbo 2009

Candace Cabales-Gonzales / 2002

Esther Cadua / 2017

Carla Calix / 2003

Larry Carlton / 2005

Wendy Carlton Calderon  / 2005

Lauren  Carr / 2016

Carlos    Carrera / 2007

Michelle Carroll / 2018

Michael Carruth / 2005

Erick Castellanos / 2018

Marivel Castellanos / 2018

Jorge Castro / 2019

Robert  Caturegli / 2009

Josie Ceniceros / 2001

Richard Chavez / 2014

Robert  Childs / 2001

Anita Cook / 2019

Ysabella Costa / 2018

Beth Cotton / 2001

Terry Courtney / 2017

Herbert Crumb / 2001

Jonathan Dagg / 2005

Lubna Debbini / 2001

Krista DeBusschere / 2019

Phillip DeGennarov / 2019

Luisa DeJesus / 2003

Carlos Del Carmen Romero / 2019

Patricia DeLaCruz  / 2004

Elena Demetriou / 2002

Courtney Denice / 2017

Paige Devereaux / 2014

Jean Dittmyer / 2001

Scott Dittmyer / 2001

Faytera Doddy / 2018

Juan Doig / 2018

Alanna  Dubois / 2019

Giselle  Enriquez / 2017

Charlotte Epps Stowers / 2016

Mariana Errahebi / 2018

John Fajardo / 2001

Norene Fambrini-Rusteen / 2014

James Farrell / 2001

Janice Fiore / 2003

Raul Flores / 2005

Maria Forsythe / 2001

Angelica Freeland  / 2019

Marcelino Frias / 2002

Kimberly Fries / 2001

Randy   Fung  / 2001

Jaime    Galindo / 2001

Rodney Garcia / 2003

 

First Last  /  Grad Year

Ezmeralda Garcia / 2016

Bianca   Garcia / 2018

Israel Garcia / 2019

Dana Gary / 2019

Cynthia Getta  / 2001

Victor Gomez / 2003

Alejandra Gomez / 2017

Melissa Gort / 2018

Shannon Goss / 2005

Karen    Gould / 2017

Adriela  Guzman / 2017

Cynthia Hayes / 2002

Carmen Hernandez / 2001

Aron Hershkowitz / 2014

Danielle Hidalgo / 2019

Carla Jacobs / 2001

Damaris James / 2017

Emily Jantz / 2019

David Jaquez / 2001

Stephani Johnson  / 2019

Sheila Klopper / 2002

Francie Koehler / 2001

Joseph  Kral / 2014

Sheila    Lacambra / 2017

Kristin   Lahaszow / 2018

Janice    Lansaw / 2002

James   Larma / 2003

Daniel   Legge / 2018

Celia Lennon / 2005

Marc Levi / 2019

Tiffany  Lopez / 2018

Joslynn Lopez / 2019

Joel Lopez / 2019

Patricia Lopez / 2019

Edith Lopez (Villapudua)  / 2014

Luis Lozano / 2004

Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt / 2001

Leticia   Macias / 2001

Daniel   Malasavanh / 2017

Susan Mangum  / 2005

Sonya    Mariscal / 2005

Rene     Markley / 2001

Christina Markwardt / 2005

Allison   Marquez (Flores) / 2019

David Martinez / 2017

Jeremy Maurer / 2017

Jerry      Maya / 2002

Kyndra  Maya  / 2014

Lauren  Mayfield (Crecelius) / 2019

William McCastle / 2001

George McCauley / 2001

Michael McDaniel / 2001

Marty    McKenney / 2001

Donna   Medley / 2003

Eliseo Mendez / 2019

Veronica Mendieta / 2018

Aron Miller / 2017

Maria Miracle / 2018

Alicia Mongarro / 2005

Delicia   Morales / 2016

Stan Morgan / 2001

Terry Morris / 2017

Ricardo Murillo / 2005

Erika Naylor / 2019

Cathy Nguyen / 2019

Amanda Nguyen / 2019

Ryan Niss / 2017

First Last  /  Grad Year

Michael Noffsinger / 2017

Amber  Nordgren / 2019

Darling  Ortega / 2019

Rocio Perez-Garcia / 2019

Carlos Perez-Zarazua / 2019

Charles Pfister / 2012

Yadira Plaza / 2014

Patrick  Quintana / 2002

Rich H.  Ramirez / 2019

Adela Ramos / 2005

Jack Reime / 2001

Margarita Reyes / 2015

Gabriela Reynolds / 2017

Gregory Risby / 2014

Roberto Rivera / 2001

Manuel Rivera / 2005

Claudia Rivera / 2019

Patricia Roberts / 2018

Darryl Robinson / 2005

Vicky Rodriguez / 2001

Krysta Rogala / 2018

Sasha Ruiz / 2019

Kathleen Sakoguchi / 2001

Alex Salazar / 2002

Javier Salazar / 2004

Lisa Salinas / 2017

Camille Savedra / 2016

Sean Shopes / 2014

Donna   Sideman / 2001

Mychele Sims / 2017

Larry Smith / 2005

Equaan Smith / 2018

Juan Solis / 2014

Toni Soogoff / 2002

Kathryn Stansbury / 2001

Dana Sullivan-Munoz / 2002

Tamara Thompson / 2002

James Tinetti / 2014

Jim Toguchi  / 2001

Stephanie Torres / 2018

Bobette Tryon / 2001

Shaina   Tyler (Seivers) / 2018

Eliseo Uribe / 2001

Charlene Valdovinos / 2019

Erika Valiente / 2002

William Van Cleave / 2003

Jim Van Fleet / 2014

Joseph  Vara / 2017

Ariana Vasquez (Ruiz) / 2017

Cristina Veloz / 2014

Yesenia Venegas / 2017

Erika Villa / 2019

Edith Villapudua (Lopez) / 2014

David Warkentine / 2002

Frankie Washington / 2001

Lia Wathen / 2018

Charles Wiggins / 2014

Brenda Wilson / 2018

Kyle Winnen / 2019

Joya Wright (Cazares) / 2014

Sergio   Zamudio / 2004

Heather Zuberbier / 2004

                               

There are hundreds more in the process of earing their certificate.  DITA modules are held twice per year. 

List updated Spring 2020       

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DIA Past Presidents

 

2019-2021 Elizabeth Aguilar, Los Angeles Public Defender

2017-2019 Jerry Maya, Alameda County Public Defender

2016-2017 Pascual Benitez, San Diego County Alternate Public Defender

2015-2016 John Maness, San Mateo County Private Defender (Resigned)

2014-2015 Robert Childs, Santa Barbara County Public Defender

2013-2014 Ron Weber, Tulare County Public Defender

2012-2013 Leticia Macias, Los Angeles County Public Defender

2011-2012 Jerry Maya, Alameda County Public Defender

2010-2011 Leticia Macias, Los Angeles County Public Defender

2009-2010 Alayne Bolster, Santa Clara County Public Defender

2008-2009 Ann Favor, Ventura County Public Defender

2007-2008 Carla Jacobs, Sonoma County Public Defender

2006-2007 James Larma, Kern County Public Defender

2005-2006 Elizabeth Dea, Alameda County Public Defender

2004-2005 Scott Dittmyer, San Diego County Public Defender

2003-2004 Josie Ceniceros, Marin County Public Defender

2002-2003 Carmen Hernandez, San Diego County Alternate Public Defender

2001-2002 Robert Caturegli, Alameda County Public Defender

2000-2001 Scott Gould, San Diego County Public Defender

1999-2000 William Van Cleave, Santa Clara County Public Defender

1998-1999 Jean Dittmyer, San Diego County Alternate Public Defender

1997-1998 Les Durfee, Solano County Public Defender

1996-1997 Scott Gould, San Diego County Public Defender

1995-1996 Hector Botello, Alameda County Public Defender

1994-1995 David Fortman, San Diego County Alternate Public Defender

1993-1994 Elizabeth Dea, Alameda County Public Defender

1992-1993 Scott Gould, San Diego County Public Defender

1991-1992 Bob Caturegli, Alameda County Public Defender

1990-1991 Jim Larma, Kern County Public Defender

1989-1990 Julie Hanretty, Sacramento County Public Defender

1988-1989 Arthur Jimenez, Ventura County Public Defender

1987-1988 Bret Bandley, Yolo County Public Defender

1986-1987 Janna Fallon, Los Angeles County Public Defender

1985-1986 Janna Fallon, Los Angeles County Public Defender

1984-1985 Scott Wilmore, Sonoma County Public Defender

1983-1984 Lowell Salser, Los Angeles County Public Defender

1982-1983 Richard Goyette, San Joaquin County Public Defender

1981-1982 James Larma, Kern County Public Defender

1980-1981 John Smith, Sacramento County Public Defender (Charter Member)

1979-1980 Solimondi Coricelli, San Bernardio County Public Defender (Charter Member)

1978-1979 John McMahan, Yolo County Public Defender

1977-1978 George Mogle, Orange County Public Defender

1976-1977 Harlan Minshew, San Mateo County Public Defender

1975-1976 Richard Byrd, Los Angeles County Public Defender

1974-1975 Charles Gulseth, Alameda County Public Defender

1973-1974 James Johnson, Los Angeles County Public Defender (Charter Member)

1972-1973 Thomas Rauch, Alameda County Public Defender (Charter Member)

1971-1972 Neil Oudejans, Los Angeles County Public Defender

1970-1971 Mickey C. Preminger, Contra Costa County Public Defender

1969-70 Phillip Bennett, Los Angeles County Public Defender

1968-1969 Harry Guyton, San Francisco Public Defender (Charter Member)

1967-1968 James Hewitt, San Bernardino County Public Defender (Charter Member)

1966-1967 Jerry O’Connell, Santa Clara County Public Defender (Charter Member)

3x Presidents:

2006-2007, 1990-1991, 1982-1983 Jim Larma

2000-2001, 1996-1997, 1992-1993 Scott Gould

2x Presidents:

2017-2019, 2011-2012 Jerry Maya

2012-2013, 2010-2011 Leticia Macias

2005-2006, 1993-1994 Elizabeth Dea

2001-2002, 1991-1992 Robert Caturegli

1986-1987, 1985-1986 Janna Fallon

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DIA Log - Preview

DIA's official newsletter.

Orange County Jail Snitch Scandal

In 2015, California State Attorney General’s office opened an investigation into both Orange County Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's Office.  The U.S. Department of Justice followed suit the next year. Orange County prosecutors were kicked off Dekraai’s cases and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit accusing authorities of having deployed “professional” informants for decades.

DIA Single Day Seminars!

All DIA members can participate for FREE!

Social Media Seminars were a hit in 2019.  Keep an eye out for our 1-Day Seminars in 2020 with special speakers from the DMV.  You may have access, but there is a wealth of information and it's important to know how to decipher it.

Not a member? Well then, you're out of luck... that is unless you join as an active or associate member today!

Membership link

Social Media Companies Ordered to Provide Private Posts

In an unprecidented move, Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter have been ordered to provide private posts in a San Francisco gang related murder trial.

Police Misconduct Information

State Supreme Court rules that law enforcement agencies can share misconduct information about officers with prosecutors, making such info available to defense as Brady materials, supplementing SB 1421. Pitchess still applies.

DITA I - Los Angeles County

INTRODUCTION TO DEFENSE INVESTIGATIONS

DITA has been POSTPONED due to COVID-19 concerns

The next DITA module will be in Monterey Park/Rosemead, the week of March 23-27. This course covers core skills for investigators of all levels of experience.  This module also offers practical experience beyond the classroom setting with mock interviewing, report writing review, and mock testimony.

Each DITA module is an intensive workshop where students spend 5 days for a total of 30 hours of required class participation. DITA modules may be taken in any order. Classes may not be audited.

Classes are taught by subject matter experts, criminal defense attorneys, and investigators.  Upon satisfactory completion of the four modules, the student earns the Certificate in Criminal Defense Investigations.  

DITA graduates are welcome to attend specific dates and pay à la carte rates.  Keep an eye out for ADVANCED DITA, details coming soon!

DIA 2019-2021 Exective Board

Get to know your DIA representatives:
DIA President Elizabeth Aguilar, L.A. County
DIA Vice President Ron Weber, Tulare County
DIA Secretary/Treasurer Marisa Berg, San Bernardino County

As well as our Regional Boards

Northern Board: Suzanne La Mar-Schaeck, Daniel Malasavanh, Jeremy Maurer, Jerry Maya (past president), Nigel Phillips, & Danielle Thompson 
Southern Board: Pascual Benitez, Erick Castellanos, Randy Later, Leticia Macias, Krysta Rogala, & Erika Thompson
If you're interested in assisting your DIA Board, or have any suggestions, you can contact us at diaexecutivesecretary@gmail.com

Defense Investigators Association

Address:
PO Box 124961 
San Diego, CA 92112

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