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Dr. Phillip Lyons
Executive Director
Photo of Dr. Phillip Lyons, Executive Director Dr. Phillip Lyons, Executive Director, received his Ph.D., J.D., and M.A. from the University of Nebraska and his B.S. from the University of Houston. Prior to graduate school, he spent several years as a peace officer in the Houston area. Dr. Lyons' professional expertise is reflected in a decade's worth of research and publications focused on the intersect of public policy and forensic issues. As Executive Director, Dr. Lyons oversees the Center's day-to-day operations, sources and submits proposals for funding opportunities, facilitates compliance with reporting requirements and instructs in various programs.
He can be contacted at:
Phone: (936) 294-1700
Fax: (936) 438-8175
Randa Embry, M.A.
Picture of Dr. Randy Garner, Distance Education Consultant Randa Embry received her baccalaureate degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004, and her Masters degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Sam Houston State University in 2008. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Criminal Justice. Randa has a background in customer service and business administration. She assists with day-to-day operations, and is also responsible for a wide range of administrative functions such as purchasing, database and website maintenance, training organization, marketing, scheduling, and instructor support. Randa also assists with research endeavors and the development of new curricula.
She can be contacted at:
Phone: (936) 294-3747
Fax: (936) 438-8175 E-mail:
Dr. Randy Garner
Picture of Dr. Randy Garner, Distance Education Consultant Dr. Randy Garner is a professor of Behavioral Sciences and the former Associate Dean in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. Previously Dr. Garner served as the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) and was the founding Executive Director of the Texas Regional Community Policing Institute (now the Texas Regional Center for Policing Innovation). Dr. Garner holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a Doctoral minor in Organizational Behavior and Management. He is an award-winning educator and researcher with a rich history in policing, psychology, behavioral medicine, and leadership.
He can be contacted at:
Phone: (936) 294-4646