Founder / Director
Amy Morgan, MSC
Ms. Morgan is the founder and Director of Academy Hour (www.academyhour.com), a training provider offering mental health & leadership courses to law enforcement, first response teams and public safety personnel. She has earned a Master's degree in Counseling, and holds a Bachelor's of Science in Behavioral Sciences. She previously served as the Training Officer for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Ms. Morgan is TECC-LEO (Tactical Emergency Casualty Care-LEO) certified, and a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association.
Ms. Morgan authors therapy resource workbooks & training materials, available on Amazon. She serves as a member of the International Public Safety Association's Mental Health Committee, and as a subject matter expert and presenter of leadership & mental health training sessions for the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training, the International Public Safety Association and the Justice Clearinghouse. Ms. Morgan also serves as a curriculum developer and instructor of mental health courses for the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training in Oklahoma. Ms. Morgan is a certified trainer for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and is trained as a QPR (Question Persuade Refer) trainer as well as a Crisis Prevention Institute Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention trainer. Additionally, she holds a Life Coach certification, is Oklahoma Supreme Court certified as a civil mediator, and she has achieved Mensa membership status. Ms. Morgan has 3 grown kids, and a granddaughter.
Administrative Assistant to the Director
Molly Plaza, RN
Mrs. Plaza is the Mental Health Training Coordinator of Academy Hour. In addition to her responsibilities for Ms. Morgan, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and works as a Registered Nurse on an obstetric/neonatal floor. She is passionate about helping people and caring for them in the best and worst moments of their lives. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and baby girl. In her free time, she can most likely be found enjoying the Colorado sunshine, reading, or leading worship at her church.
Dr. John Duncan
Dr. John Duncan is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, OU Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine, where he teaches about the neurobiology of addiction, psychopharmacology of non-therapeutic drug use, and medical ethics. John is also an Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has worked with CLS as a professor since 1997 and is the recipient of their 2003 “Kenneth E. Crook Distinguished Faculty Award,” for “Excellence in Teaching, and Meritorious Service to the University” the 2004 “Superior Teaching Award,” and the 2016 “Rufus Hall Outstanding Professor Award.”
In 2007 John retired after 27 years in law enforcement from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control as Chief Agent. Although he worked as an undercover agent for years, the past 13 years were as an agency administrator, where he was responsible for agency direction and vision and programmatic development, specifically in the medical communities. He is the author of much of Oklahoma drug law. John has received over 6.5 million dollars in grant support for drug enforcement, treatment, and prevention programs in Oklahoma. His law enforcement experience includes extensive undercover operations, surveillance, intelligence, tactical operations, and firearms instruction. He was part of the national team that developed clandestine laboratory safety awareness and the use of protective equipment on clanlab operations. John taught this at a national level and was the author of much of Oklahoma State Law, including the first precursor control law, the ephedrine control law, the pseudoephedrine control law, and the comprehensive prescription controlled drug monitoring law.
In 1998, John developed “Science-Based Drug Education” for the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy and still teaches 40-hour schools for the United States Army National Guard, law enforcement officers, treatment professionals, and prevention specialists.
Additionally, John was a consultant for the US Department of State and the American Bar Association and traveled throughout the former Soviet Eastern-Block countries helping develop approaches to address issues of drug trafficking and governmental corruption. He served on a White House Commission that developed model legislation, was a member of the Advisory Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, was a member of the Governor’s Committee on Substance Abuse, was the Vice-Chairman of the Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Policy Board, and served as a member of the Oklahoma Epidemiological Workgroup.
Dr. Duncan teaches, "Drugs, Brains & Behavior: What Cops Need to Know About Drug Users to Stay Alive" for Academy Hour.
Byron Curtis Ph.D. F-ABFT, Chief Forensic Toxicologist, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner – State of Oklahoma, Toxicology Laboratory Director
Dr. Curtis has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Central State University (now known as University of Central Oklahoma) and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphasis in Pharmacology/Toxicology from the University of Oklahoma. Dr Curtis hold certification as a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists. He has been employed at the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner for the past 27 or so years. The first fifteen years were spent as a “bench” Forensic Chemist working under the direction of (in chronologic order), Richard Prouty M.S., D-ABFT, Timothy Rohrig Ph.D., F-ABFT, Philip Kemp Ph.D., F-ABFT . He has occupied the Chief Toxicologist position for the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner since 2009. For Dr Curtis’ doctoral research he conducted an investigation into the toxicology of the phenethylamine analog 2C-T-7 a hallucinogen structurally related to several compounds currently appearing such as 2C-B, 2C-E, BromoDragonFly etc. His previous laboratory experience varies from mining ore assays, oilfield services, waste water testing to water analysis.
Dr. Curtis teaches, "Evidence and the Toxicology Lab" for Academy Hour.
Dr. Henry Cloud
Dr. Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and best-selling author. He draws on his extensive experience in business, leadership consulting, and clinical psychology, to impart practical and effective advice for improving leadership skills and business performance.Dr. Cloud is a New York Times bestselling author, and his books have sold over 10 million copies. His leadership book, Integrity, was dubbed by the New York Times as “the best book in the bunch.” In 2011, Necessary Endings was called “the most important book you read all year.” His book “Boundaries For Leaders” was named by CEO Reads in the top five leadership books of its year. Dr. Cloud’s work has been featured and reviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Publisher’s Weekly, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Success Magazine named Dr. Cloud in the top 25 of 2014’s most influential leaders in personal growth and development. He is a frequent contributor to CNN, Fox News Channel, and other national media outlets.
In his leadership consulting practice, Dr. Cloud works with Fortune 500 companies and smaller private businesses alike. He has an extensive executive coaching background, and experience as leadership consultant, devoting the majority of his time working with CEO’s, leadership teams and executives to improve performance, leadership skills, and culture.
His experience includes three decades as a consultant, and as an entrepreneur he started and grew a successful chain of treatment centers in over 40 cities across the western United States. His experience running a business of this magnitude lends credibility to his expertise on leadership matters in the companies with which he works.
As a speaker, Dr. Cloud has shared the stage with many business and global leaders and experts, such as Tony Blair, Jack Welch, Condoleezza Rice, Desmond Tutu, Marcus Buckingham, and others.
Dr. Cloud is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, with a B.S. in psychology. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Biola University, and his clinical internship at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. His philanthropic interests lie in homelessness in the inner city, as well as missions in the developing world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tori, and their two daughters, Olivia and Lucy. He enjoys golf, scuba diving, boating and fishing.
B.S. Psychology, Southern Methodist University
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Clinical Psychology, Biola University
Dr. Cloud teaches "The Wake" for Academy Hour.
Dr. Colleen Halupa
Dr. Colleen Halupa is the Dean of Online Education at East Texas Baptist University. She has an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Management, a masters and bachelors in health care administration and is a nationally certified clinical laboratory scientist. She was a health manager for over 20 years in both the private and military sectors. She is the author of Transformative Curriculum Design in the Health Sciences. She has been teaching online for over 14 years at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral level in education, health administration, clinical laboratory science, health education and health professions.
Dr. Halupa teaches, "Cultural Differences in the Community" for Academy Hour.
Dr. Ann Hamilton
Ann Hamilton, Ph.D., studies human communication, and writes and speaks about conflict, crisis, and culture. Specific courses, workshops, and presentations include "Handling Media in Crisis Situations," "Cross-Cultural Management," "Interpersonal Power," and "Beneficial Conflict." Ann teaches our "Communication Skills: On & Off the Job" training course. Dr. Hamilton completed her doctoral degree at the University of Oklahoma in 2002. She has taught and lectured in Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Sweden, and Canada. She has edited dozens of books, dissertations, and theses. She is a Choctaw artist and voting tribal member, a BMI songwriter, and an RV nomad.
Dr. Hamilton teaches, "Strong Communication On & Off the Job" for Academy Hour.
Jessica Smith is currently a graduate student in the Human Relations Department at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a group therapist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and as a Forensic Interviewer for 8 years. Jessica is currently completing her graduate internship with Assessment, Inc. in Norman as a therapist intern. At Assessment, Inc. she leads DUI/DUS court-ordered treatment groups in addition to conducting individual and group counseling with children and first responders and their families who have experienced trauma. She also administers the MMPI and CPI to peace officer, Fire Marshall and Department of Corrections candidates. Jessica is working on her candidacy for licensure with the State of Oklahoma, and she is also "a cop's wife."
Jessica teaches, "Understanding the MMPI-2" for Academy Hour.
Duane T. Bowers, LPC, CCHt
Mr. Bowers is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Educator, and a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in private practice. He is the author of Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief, and A Child is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children. As a therapist Duane’s specialty is working with survivors of trauma and traumatic loss, child exploitation and trafficking which includes providing support to families of abducted, missing, exploited, trafficked and murdered victims as well as professional staff working directly in the field. Duane is responsible for the development of support, clinical supervision and training of staff and volunteers for a variety of organizations that deal with these issues in the US and Canada. He is a principle in Project SafeGuard which provides support for the staff of the Exploited Child Division of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which is responsible for analyzing child pornography on the internet to assist law enforcement. Duane also provides staff support to the NCMEC Child Sex Trafficking Team. In addition, Duane provides wellness support to the Trust and Safety Division of Tumblr and Yahoo, the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce, the Alexandria City Police Investigators, International Justice Mission (IJM) field and headquarters staff, Montgomery County Child Welfare Services, Bechtel, and Palantir by creating and facilitating training and support and wellness programs for their staff members. In Saskatchewan province in Canada, Duane works through Caring Hearts providing education and assisting in creating programs focused on trauma informed care, first responder trauma, and supporting families of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. He also serves as a consultant to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.
Duane teaches, "Ambiguous Loss: The Impact of Missing Persons on Families & Response Personnel" for Academy Hour.
Chief Andy Harvey
Andy Harvey’s leadership experience covers both military and law enforcement
professions. Harvey’s leadership experience covers both military and law
enforcement professions. After a distinguished military career with over 20 years of
service, Harvey retired as the First Sergeant of the 136th Mission Support Group in
Ft. Worth, Texas. Harvey led in crisis in two different circumstances; in Kuwait at
the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in New Orleans just days after the
destruction of Hurricane Katrina. During his enlistment, Harvey attended several
military academies, including the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy at McGhee
Tyson Air Base in Tennessee and the First Sergeant Academy at Maxwell Air Force
Base, Alabama. He earned the Distinguished Graduate Award and the coveted
Commandant’s Leadership Award, respectively.
Harvey also retired from the Dallas Police Department and currently serves as the
Chief of Police of the Palestine Police Department. His leadership assignments in the
Dallas Police Department include patrol, investigations, and media relations. As a
Patrol Watch Commander, Harvey implemented a policing model that places high
value in team member’s contributions, promotes problem solving, excellent
customer service, a heightened sense of responsibility, and in developing team
members’ ability to see the big picture. Chief Harvey believes in innovation. As the
Dallas Police Media Relations Commander, he implemented several programs,
including the creation of social networking services and a web video series called
First Watch, both in English and Spanish. Harvey has been interviewed on local and
national news programs.
Chief Harvey graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master of Science
Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Command
College in Huntsville, Texas, the Caruth Police Institute in Dallas, Texas, and ILEA
Police School of Supervision in Plano, Texas.
Chief Harvey recently authored and published his book, Excellence in Policing,
which has been presented to and read by police of all ranks around Texas and the
For over 17 years, Anthony Gangi has worked in the correctional setting dealing with both male and female offenders. He served on the custody level and has moved through the ranks from line officer to upper level management. With a background in Psychology, he has become a leading expert in inmate manipulation.
He is currently a columnist for CorrectionsOne, the host of Tier Talk, which can be found on YouTube, an Executive Board Member of the New Jersey Chapter of The American Correctional Association, and Keynote Speaker at national events that center around the Correctional Industry.
He is also the author of "Correctional Manipulation," which is available on Amazon, and has appeared on many major networks, including AC 360, Out Front with Erin Burnett, Politic Nation with Al Sharpton, Fox and Friends and LifeTime, promoting the field of corrections. With over 50,000 followers on his social media networks, Anthony Gangi is considered a leading pioneer and advocate for Corrections.
Russ Hamilton began his correctional career with the California Department of Corrections at San Quentin State Prison in 1989 eventually promoting to sergeant and retiring after 27 years with the department. After retirement he went on to serve the Tuolumne County Probation Department as it opened its very first juvenile detention facility. After an aggregate of 30 years in correction he again retired and founded a social media group on Facebook called Keepers of Kaos which focuses on training, knowledge and content for corrections staff. Additionally he is a contributor to Corrections One and partners with Tier Talk run by Anthony Gangi on YouTube to produce videos to train staff as well as highlight to the public what the profession of correctional officers is all about.
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