The FBI Dallas Citizens Academy Alumni Association is a community-based and supported organization, distinct and independent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI Dallas Citizens Academy Alumni Association is composed of a cross-section of community leaders and is designed to inform, foster understanding and promote a safer society through a process of educating all elements of the community about law enforcement, with a particular emphasis on the mission, resources, and limitations of the FBI. Each member of the FBI Dallas Citizens Academy Alumni Association is a graduate of an FBI appointed and conducted FBI Citizens Academy curriculum with a focus on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, relevant federal law enforcement issues and future challenges. As FBI Ambassadors we connect with our communities and fellow citizens, bringing greater awareness through transparency, dialogue and community involvement, the work that the FBI and all Law Enforcement Agencies perform – Ensuring the Safety, Security and Freedom of all.
We typically meet on a quarterly basis with hosted guest speakers where we learn about a wide range of different law enforcement challenges and issues affecting the public such as cyber crime, human trafficking, forensics and violent crime to name a few. We also volunteer throughout the community in a variety of projects and programs.
2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
President – Gina Moore (2012)
Treasurer – Debbie A. Young (Phoenix 2004)
Secretary – H.Suzanne Kelley (2017)
Communications Chair – Michael Gallops (2013)
Scholarship Chair – David Gilster (2015)
More About the Board
Gina Moore, President, Class of 2012
In addition to being the President of the Dallas FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, Gina is the Chief Financial Officer of Cyber Defense Labs, LLC, with over 20 years of professional experience in accounting, financial, operational, fraud and IT audits, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, project management, and process improvement. Gina has worked at industry leading audit service providers and was head of Internal Audit at a highly regulated and complex private healthcare performance improvement company. She began her career as an accountant at a large public retail company. Gina serves as an adviser to the board of the North Texas InfraGard Members Alliance and as the coordinator for the national InfraGard South Central Region. Gina is also a participant in many other organizations, including the Financial Executives International, the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Information Systems Audit & Control Association. Gina earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Debbie A. Young, Treasurer, Class of 2004 - Arizona
Debbie has over 25 years’ experience in Corporate Leadership in Technology, Business Operations, Project Management, Marketing Operations, Compliance, Mainframe, Server Optimization, Script Driven processes, Infrastructure, P&L, Product Launch, Risk Based Lending, Underwriting, SDLC, Issue resolution, Executive Reporting, Change Management, Release Management, Desktop Application Optimization, offshore/outsourced Compliance SAR, KYC, SOX, BSA, Vulnerability Threat Assessments, SharePoint design and reporting, and Disaster Recovery. Debbie began her formal career with the United States Department of Justice in Washington DC., where she worked in the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorney managing the transition of manual court transcripts/proceedings to a digital format for several years while attending Howard University.
H.Suzanne Kelley, Secretary, Class of 2017
While Suzanne has been a special education teacher for over 15 years in the areas of job coaching, history, science, and mathematics, she enjoyed a business career in such fields of insurance, marketing, public relations, and commercial real estate prior to teaching. Suzanne earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Texas at Arlington. Growing up with family in law enforcement, Suzanne is an ardent supporter. She has been involved with Texas DPS Region 1 even as Ms. Claus for Jonathan’s Place, Dallas County DA’s Community Advisory Board, North Texas Crime Prevention, National CPAAA, and many more community boards and commissions.
David Brightly, Membership Chair, Class of 2016
David graduated from FBICAA graduate in the class of 2016. He is the Director of Environment, Health, Safety & Compliance for ADT Security Services, has a Masters of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Alabama and a BA in Organizational Psychology from San Jose State University. David lives in Flower Mound, TX with his wife of 25 years and has 3 daughters.
David Gilster, Director, Class of 2015
David is a Collaborative and strategic senior security leader with extensive experience in military security operations, law enforcement, and venue/event security. Passionate about establishing strong frameworks that enable effective emergency and crisis response. Leads by example and strives to maintain an inviting environment through standard security practices, exceptional customer service, ongoing training, and constant vigilance. David is also an Air Force veteran. David serves on the board as the Chair of the Scholarship Committee.
Hyattye 0. Simmons, Board Advisor, Legal Counsel, Class of 2014
“Mr. Hyattye 0. Simmons has over three decades of legal experience: he is former General Counsel for the Texas Secretary of State and Dallas Area Rapid Transit. In January 2019, Mr. Simmons began serving as the Presiding Judge of Municipal Court for the City of Combine, Texas and as Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Seagoville, Texas (both are Texas cities located approximately 20 miles southeast of Dallas, Texas.). Mr. Simmons’ Pro Bono work includes serving as our General Counsel and two other non-profit corporations He also serves as a Adjunct Professor of Law for UNT Dallas College of Law. Mr. Simmons has received numerous professional honors. He was the 2009 recipient of the Magna Stella Award for excellence in leadership and management for a non-profit or government agency from the Texas General Counsel Forum, a legal association of over 600 general counsels and senior managing counsel. Mr. Simmons is a 1984 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Science in Government from Lamar University, where he completed a 4-year program in 2 1/2 years with High Honors. In 2017 he received the Lamar University Distinguished Alumnus Award.