NCAPI Fall Conference Speakers

NCAPI Fall Conference Speakers

We are proud to announce the speakers who are presenting at our 2017  Fall Conference at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino November 5 – 7, 2017.  Become a member of  NCAPI at before 5/31/2017, and attend the Cherokee conference for FREE ! 

First up is Kelly Riddle who will be presenting on Surveillance Do’s & Don’ts. Kelly is President of Kelmar Global Investigations and has more than 35 years of investigative experience. He also is the Founder and President of the PI Institute of Education ( He was chosen as the “PI of the Year” by the National Association Of Investigative Specialists and PI Magazine, Inc named Kelly as the “#1 PI in the United States”. His accomplishments & accolades are bountiful, as are his industry memberships & involvements – which include Board of Director positions with TX Association of Licensed Investigators (; Florida Association Of Private Investigators, Inc. (FAPI); Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas; and Can You Identify Me?


Mary Ann Boyle, PHD is the owner and principal investigator. With 30 years of scientific and legal research experience, Dr. Boyle has worked exclusively conducting forensic genealogical research and private investigations specializing in locating missing persons for 21 years. Dr. Boyle maintains memberships in the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society. Dr. Boyle is a licensed, bonded private investigator in Massachusetts and is a member of the Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts. Additionally, Dr. Boyle is an instructor for the Genealogy Certificate Program teaching Forensic Genealogy at Boston University. She has taught Research within the Boston University Professional Investigator Program.

Jeff Gray, A trial lawyer with experience in a wide variety of civil and regulatory litigation, Jeff Gray has represented individuals and business entities as both plaintiffs and defendants.  In addition to his trial practice, he has argued dozens of cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. His practice is currently focused on government regulatory matters. 

In addition to representing licensees before the multitude of occupational and professional licensing boards in North Carolina, he personally serves as legal counsel to the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board, the North Carolina Alarm Systems Licensing Board and the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects and as hearing counsel to the North Carolina Board of Funeral Services and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. Jeff previously served as legal counsel to the North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners (2007-2011), the North Carolina Auctioneers Licensing Board (1994-2008), and has served as hearing counsel or legal advisor for six (6) other boards.  He also serves as legislative agent and lobbyist for numerous professional and trade groups and associations.

Early in his career he served as Special Assistant to former North Carolina Attorney General Lacy H. Thornburg (1985-1991) and later worked as an Assistant Attorney General (1992-1998) where he served as attorney for the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (1996-1998). He has taught for Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC (1996-1998) and is a frequent presenter at continuing education courses for attorneys and other professionals.

He served five two-year terms as a Commissioner on the North Carolina Rules Review Commission between 2001 and 2011.

Jeff is the author of published articles in the Campbell Law Observer; the Campbell Law Review; the North Carolina State Bar Journal; the Supreme Court Historical Society’s Juridicus; numerous North Carolina Bar Association newsletters; Popular Government; various law enforcement and trade journals; and numerous publications for distribution by the Department of Justice to local and state government agencies.

Jeff is admitted to practice before all North Carolina state courts, the federal district courts in the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.


We are thrilled to have Thalia Ellis joining us and presenting on Situational Awareness. She is currently a Law Enforcement Specialty Firearms Training Instructor, Force Protection Instructor, Department of Homeland Security Instructor, & North Carolina Dept of Justice B.L.E.T. General Instructor and Specialty Firearms Instructor. Prior to her current role, she was a Use of Force Instructor for the Abudhabi Police Department, U.S.Army IT-SAT and ASAT Instructor/DOD contractor.


And the hits keep on coming…sharing his insights & experience on Threat Assessment & Risk Analysis for Executive Protection will be John Negas. With over 34 years of experience in law enforcement, private security & investigations, he is currently Assistant Executive Director at the Executive Protection Institute and VP Operations of International Protection Group ( During the course of his career, John has worked for the NYPD in various capacities including Intelligence Division Supervisor, & Acting Commander in the Public Security Section’s Protective Intelligence & Threat Analysis and Assessment Unit. In each of his professional roles Mr. Negus has been a key person in protective details for Visiting dignitaries.


Another incredible speaker in our Cherokee conference line-up is Sandra Stibbards, who will be presenting on Using Social Media & OSINT. She began her investigative career training and working extensively with one of the oldest and best known private investigation agencies in California. In 1996, she opened her own investigation agency, Camelot Inv. Sandra has trained on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) for over seven years — a course originally created for the U.S. Federal Government. Sandra holds leadership roles in Intellenet (; ASIS International, and ASIS – Women in Security Council. She is also certified as a Board Accredited Investigator.