DIA Museum

Within these hallowed links below you’ll findthe story of the Defense Investigatiors AssociationThe members, the events, and the volunteersthat make this professional organizationa leading source of training forDefense Investigators

DITA GRADUATES PAST SEMINARS & TRAININGS GALLERY DIA PRESIDENTS DIA MEETING MINUTES HISTORY

DITA Certified Criminal Defense Investigators

The Defense Investigator Training Academy was established by vote of the Board of Directors of theDefense Investigators Association in 1998. DITA provides certified training in criminal defenseinvestigations.  The individuals listed below have successfully completed the four modules to earn theirCertificate in Criminal Defense Investigations (C.C.D.I.).

First Last/ Grad Year

Elizabeth Aguilar / 2017
Omaid Amedi / 2017
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

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      

DIA PAST PRESID​ENTS

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

CURRENT 
DIA EXECUTIVES