LGBT Liaison Network Leadership Team

National Law Enforcement LGBT Liaison Network
Leadership Team

Julie Callahan Kathryn Winters James Gonzales Greg Miraglia
Don Mueller Jim Ritter Albert Guarnieri

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Julie Callahan – is a retired police officer and district attorney investigator. Her career spans nearly four decades of service to two agencies. She spent the first 29 years working as a patrol officer and then as a detective for the San Jose Police Department, in California. During her tenure there she worked several assignments including street gangs, narcotics, burglary, and several proactive policing units. Ms. Callahan participated in task force investigations with the F.B.I., the D.E.A., and U.S. Customs Service. She was selected to work on a number of special investigations for the Office of the Chief of Police. Those cases involved public corruption, organized crime, organized human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children. Her most gratifying assignments were hunting sexual predators, murderers, and offenders that sexually exploit children. Ms. Callahan received many awards and honors during her career with SJPD including being named Officer of the Year, receiving several service awards, and letters of commendation from her superiors and from the community.

After her retirement from SJPD Ms Callahan went to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office where she worked on investigations in environmental crimes and consumer fraud. Like many D.A. investigators she was also assigned to a variety of cases involving public corruption and real estate fraud before being assigned to investigate violent crimes occurring at the two state prisons located within the county. Her most enjoyable assignment was with the Prison Prosecution Unit where she investigated murders and attempted murders that happened inside prison walls perpetrated by inmates upon other inmates. She retired from the DA’s Office in 2019.

Ms. Callahan identifies as a transgender woman. She was born male-bodied and transitioned genders, during her time with the San Jose Police Department. In 2001 she was the first known transgender officer to publicly transition genders at that agency. This was a challenging time for both the department and for Ms. Callahan. Ms. Callahan prefers using her first name in social settings and uses female pronouns; she and her.

In 1998 Julie discovered other transgender officers while she was beginning her transition and during their discussions and identified the need for peer-support and education on gender-identity related matters within the law enforcement community was identified. Julie, along with a group of other transgender officers from around the world, formed what later became the Transgender Community of Police & Sheriffs also known as TCOPS for short. From its humble beginnings as an email list the group has grown dramatically. What began as a meeting of about a dozen officers from five countries, has become a peer-support network with over 5,700 law enforcement officers and law enforcement support personnel from around the world. TCOPS facilitates active discussion, support, and news groups to assist LEOs and LESPs to help members navigate gender-identity related issues. The organization provides assistance to members in transition planning, controlled disclosure to employers, and offers advice and counsel to the executive staff of any public safety agency dealing with the challenges of diversity and inclusion of transgender staff members both sworn and non-sworn, to their organization.

Julie and her husband Patrick have a blended family of adult children and nine grandchildren. After retiring they relocated to the high desert of Nevada where they live on a small farm. Julie and Patrick consult with both the private and public sector on matters related to the intersection of law enforcement and the LGBTQ community.

Kathryn Winters -Kathryn Winters is a 12-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department and is an out trans woman. Over the course of her career, she has worked a variety of patrol assignments, investigations, and was a project manager for the departments Collaborative Reform Process with the DOJ.  Recently, Kathryn was assigned to the Community Engagement Division where she served as the departments LGBTQ Liaison and created the departments Community Liaison Unit which supported victims of hate crimes. Kathryn also co-facilitates the San Francisco Police Academy LGBTQ training. Kathryn has been involved with several LGBTQ organizations over the years and is currently a board member of the San Francisco chapter of The Out Foundation.  Kathryn is a proud parent of two teenage daughters, and, in her free time, enjoys CrossFit, running, and photography.

James Gonzales – has worked in law enforcement for over 18 years in Silicon Valley, serving in many different roles and is currently the LGBT community liaison at the San Jose Police Department. He was previously Vice President of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. In both his roles in the department and previously in the police union, James has worked on building strong relationships with the community spearheading nationally recognized efforts in this space. James has extensive media/public relations experience and frequently is seen on television commenting on public safety or LGBT issues. James is a senior fellow with American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and a member of the San Jose chapter of Rotary International and serves on several boards serving the LGBT community.

Albert Guarnieri – Mr. Guarnieri joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a special agent in 2005 and worked for 10 years as a case agent on counter terrorism and intelligence matters in the Chicago Field Office. He held collateral program management duties in Special Events, Crisis Management, Active Shooter, Rail Security, and Campus security programs while serving on Chicago’s Joint Terrorism Task Force from 2009 to 2015.

In 2015, Mr. Guarnieri was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counter terrorism Division at FBI Headquarters, serving on the National Joint Terrorism Task Force where he led the FBI’s national-level Rail Security Program, National Tripwire Program, and the Pipeline Security Program. In this capacity he worked collaboratively with the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Counter terrorism Division, Criminal Investigative Division, Critical Incident Response Group, Office of Partner Engagement, Office of Private Sector and other federal law enforcement and intelligence community agencies to further the goals and objectives of these three programs. In 2018, Mr. Guarnieri transferred to the Office of Partner Engagement where he led strategic partnership-building efforts between FBI executives and various national-level law enforcement associations.  In 2021, Mr. Guarnieri was promoted to Unit Chief in the Office of Partner Engagement, leading the FBI’s Active Shooter program and Violence Reduction initiatives.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Guarnieri served as an intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. He graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Greg Miraglia – has a Masters Degree in Education Administration and Bachelors Degree in Business. He teaches five courses in LGBT studies, a variety of law enforcement courses including all human relations, work place harassment, community policing, and one of the only state certified hate crimes investigations courses in the State of California.  In 2016, he was named Dean Emeritus at Napa Valley College after retiring as dean of career technical education.  He continues to serve as a part time faculty member at Napa Valley College, Santa Rosa Junior College and City College of San Francisco.

In 2011, he authored curriculum for an accredited LGBT Studies Program now offered by Napa Valley College.  This was the second program of its type offered by a California college.  In July of 2013, Mr. Miraglia was awarded the “Dr. John W. Rice Diversity Award” by the Chancellor of the California Community College system for his work developing hate crime prevention and diversity education programs.  He is a nationally recognized speaker and expert on LGBT issues in the law enforcement profession.

Mr. Miraglia serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Matthew Shepard Foundation and is also a radio program host and producer on Outbeat Radio, a weekly LGBT program on KRCB Radio. Mr. Miraglia has over 35 years of experience in law enforcement with three different police departments working most recently as deputy chief of the Napa Valley Railroad Police Department.

After coming out himself in 2004, Mr. Miraglia decided to work with others in law enforcement who are still struggling with the pervasive homophobia that still exists in many areas of the law enforcement, the fire service, and EMS profession.

Chief Don Mueller – is the Chief of Police for the Cerritos College Police Department (CCPD) in the city of Norwalk, California.  CCPD is comprised of 13 sworn officers, 6 dispatchers, 3 administrative personnel, and 25 college cadets.  Prior to joining the CCPD, Chief Mueller retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with over 30 years of service.  Chief Mueller is a nationally recognized expert in LGBTQ-related diversity training and policy development.  In 2015, Chief Mueller was invited to speak at the White House by the Obama Administration and address over 100 international dignitaries regarding violence against LGBTQ persons around the world.  Chief Mueller has assisted the U.S. Department of Justice in developing diversity training currently in use at the FBI, DOJ, and Secret Service, and has conducted LGBTQ diversity training for over 40 major law enforcement agencies across the country.  Chief Mueller is a California P.O.S.T. certified instructor in Cultural Awareness and Sexual Harassment Training and is federally trained as a Hate Crimes Investigator Instructor.  Chief Mueller loves to travel internationally with his husband, Oriel.  In the past few years, they have skydived, scuba dived and ziplined in multiple countries around the world.

Jim Ritter – was hired as a Deputy Sheriff in 1980 and by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) in1983. Jim has served in various capacities within the SPD including Patrol, Human Resources, Background Investigations, Recruiting, Vice and as the Training Coordinator and a Union Director with with the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild. In 1997, Ritter developed and built the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum in an effort to educate the public and its police officers as to the Culture, Technological and Historical transitions within the Seattle Police Department and King County Sheriff’s Office since their inceptions. This was done in an effort to reduce public anxiety and “demystify” the police.

In 2014, Ritter was appointed by Chief Kathleen O’Toole as the SPD’s first full-time LGBTQ Liaison in an effort to respond to a variety of LGBTQ community concerns, including mistrust with police, increased hate crimes and a variety of other issues that impacted Seattle’s LGBTQ community relationships with the SPD. In 2014, Ritter developed the SPD’s SAFE PLACE Initiative that was designed to assist the victim’s of LGBTQ hate crimes and bring public awareness & attention to the inconsistencies regarding law enforcement’s responses to these crimes and the reasons victims did not report them. SPD SAFE PLACE was the first concept of its kind in U.S. history, where the police had taken the initiative, developed and implemented a public initiative to collaborate with businesses and schools to address Hate Crimes and Student Bullying.

Upon its launch in May of 2015, SPD SAFE PLACE instantly drew the attention of U.S., Canadian, Japanese & European media as being a dynamic and effective solution to historic hate crimes problems. Soon over 6,000 Seattle area business and schools were participating and the LGBTQ community’s trust in the police began to improve. Within weeks, other law enforcement agencies, businesses & schools outside Seattle began participating and Canadian law enforcement soon followed.

By 2016, over 200 law enforcement agencies began expressing interest in Seattle PD’s SAFE PLACE Initiative, recognizing it to be an effective way to assist in changing the culture in regards to LGBTQ relations within their agencies. Community activists and advocates around the U.S. also made inquiries and began communicating with their police agencies to a degree that had never been seen before. SPD’s Safe Place Initiative has been adopted by various law enforcement agencies throughout North America, including Los Angeles, Baltimore, Denver, Tucson, Miami, Nashville and Vancouver, (BC). In 2017, Canadian Parliament authorized the SPD’s Safe Place Initiative for use by the RCMP and for use by law enforcement agencies throughout Canada. In 2016, Orlando (Fl) adopted the Safe Place concept on the 6-month anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shootings that killed 49 LGBTQ community members.

Also in 2016, Ritter also developed & organized Seattle’s first Hate Crimes Conference to bring public attention to hate crimes. Special guest speakers included Matthew Shepard’s parents and the investigators who oversaw Matt’s tragic hate-related 1997 Wyoming murder in 1997. Other speakers included the Sheriff and Prosecutor from the horrific1997 Ku Klux Klan dragging death of James Byrd Jr. in Texas.

Jim additionally developed the SPD’s first Transgender Training Video in 2016 in an effort to educate SPD officers as to the struggles Transgender persons experience from a “human perspective” in an attempt to reduce anxiety from both sides and to begin a healthy conversation over mutual respect and accepting others’ differences.

Since 2014, Jim has continually travelled throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe assisting law enforcement agencies in enhancing their relationships with their LGBTQ communities. He has also testified before the Washington State Legislature and is a subject matter expert regarding LGBTQ/Police Relations, Hate Crimes and Community Collaboration.