Battle of the Badges Anna Maria College
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Registration deadline is
August 2, 2021

Battle of the Badges is open to all students interested in entering the field of public service.

Battle of the Badges

This summer, Anna Maria College is hosting the second annual Battle of the Badges, an exciting program designed for high school students who are interested in exploring the fields of criminal justice, fire science, or emergency management. Designed to balance education and fun, Battle of the Badges will provide program participants with hands-on learning and demonstrations from expert instructors from federal, state, and community organizations.

Why should you attend? This educational program provides you with the opportunity to experience aspects of these important career fields from professionals who are at work on the front lines, handling emergencies, solving cases, arson investigations, putting out fires, and protecting communities across the state. In addition to all the hands-on learning, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know other students while you compete in fun, recreational athletic events like the annual Red and Blue Dodgeball Tournament or during the evening’s campfire.

Learn from the best while having a great time on Anna Maria’s beautiful campus.


This program is designed for students seriously considering a career in one of these fields. The coveted Battle of the Badges t-shirt, meals and snacks are included along with overnight accommodations in one of our residence halls.

Because there is limited space, we do ask for a refundable deposit to secure a spot. All students that resister and attend the program will receive a deposit refund at the conclusion of the program. Financial hardship waivers are available.

To protect other students, presenters, and the Anna Maria College community from COVID-19, all participants must present their completed CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card. Participants with religious or medical exemptions to the vaccine must contact the college in advance. Failure to present proof of full vaccination will result in a withdrawal from the Battle of the Badges program. Day guests who are vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask, but we require all unvaccinated day guests to wear a mask while on campus.

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Daily Schedule

Faculty and Guest Speakers

Each day provides participants to hear and work along side distinguished members of many law enforcement operations as well as emergency management professionals.

Guest Speakers

Gerard Dio, Worcester Fire Department, Retired

Michael T. Nockunas, Master Sgt., Conn State Police, Retired

Joseph D. Early Jr, District Attorney of Worcester County

Jack Dempsey, Boston Fire Department Commissioner

Officer James Woodward, Milford P.D. Special Operations Unit

Officer Jonathan Levine, Milford P.D. Special Operations Unit

Judge Carol Erskine, Worcester Juvenile Court

Attorney Kanchana Fernando, Worcester County District Attorney’s Office

John F. Quinn, J.D., Ph.D., U Mass Dartmouth Law School, Assistant Dean of Admissions

Anthony J. Orlando, Esq., Western New England Law School, Assistant Dean of Admissions

Trooper Gregory Spahl, Massachusetts State Police Fire Marshal

Bryan Patch, Holden Fire Department Paramedic

Chris Koretski, Centerville, Osterville, Marston Mills (COM) Fire Department

Martin Dyer, Worcester Fire Department

Chief Michael Pingitore, Paxton Fire Department

Sergeant Steven Roche, Worcester Police Gang Unit

Anna Maria College Faculty

Dr. Judith Kenary, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Anna Maria College

With a nursing career spanning four decades, Dr. Kenary’s experience encompasses clinical and administrative settings, including inpatient, ambulatory care, correctional health, and academia. Recent academic scholarship projects involve designing and implementing interdisciplinary and experiential academic programs for both the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education student. Dr. Kenary earned her EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford.

Dr. Christine Holmes, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Anna Maria College

Dr. Holmes has as spent her career as an educator, the genesis of which was in early childhood education. During her 21-year tenure at Anna Maria College, Dr. Holmes has conducted ongoing research on college teacher beliefs and conceptions about teaching and learning; preservice teacher preparation; in-service and mentor teacher training; developmental supervision; affective learning; and ways of teaching and learning both face-to-face and online. She received her Doctorate in Education, Teacher Education and School Improvement at the University of Massachusetts.

Michael P. Stevens, MCJA, Director of Criminal Justice and Online Programs, Anna Maria College

A 28-year law enforcement veteran, Director Stevens served as a Special Agent in Charge of an Organized Crime/Narcotics Unit for the Miami-Dade Police Department in Miami Florida. Upon returning to Massachusetts, he supervised police operations and criminal investigations in the Dudley Massachusetts Police Department and served as Deputy Superintendent of the Special Services / Law Enforcement Division of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. Director Stevens holds numerous criminal justice certifications, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, is a graduate of the Southeastern Institute of Criminal Justice, the DEA National Academy, and served for three years on the Massachusetts Homeland Security Council.

Dr. James Carritte, Director for Fire Science, Emergency Management, and MPA Programs Anna Maria College

Dr. Carritte spent over 26 years in the fire service culminating his career as the Chief of the Lynn Massachusetts Fire Department. He is deeply committed to professional development in the fire service including the study and promotion of safe practices for firefighters. In addition, his favorite topics of interest in the fire service include community risk reduction, data analysis and budgeting of emergency services organizations. As director of the fire science program, he is dedicated to continuing the long-standing tradition of Anna Maria College as an innovative leader in fire service education. He seeks to provide our students an education that stays current with the latest developments in our field in terms of both educational materials and fire service concepts. Dr. Carritte earned his Doctorate of Philosophy, Sociology from Boston College.

Michael Donnelly, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Law & Society, Anna Maria College

Professor Donnelly is an accomplished trial attorney with 20 years of experience prosecuting high level cases in the office of the Worcester County District Attorney. Professor Donnelly specialized in cases involving crimes against children and other serious offenses in the Worcester Superior Court, Courts of Appeals, and the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Professor Donnelly was instrumental in development of the Master’s in Public Administration at Anna Maria College.

Gary Daugherty, Assistant Professor of Fire Science, Anna Maria College

Professor Daugherty served a distinguished career in the Fire Service as a paramedic and Chief Officer. Professor Daugherty served as Emergency Management Director and Fire Chief in Hopkinton Massachusetts as well as Chief of the Framingham Massachusetts Fire Department. Professor Daugherty is a graduate of the National Fire Academy and serves as Public Safety, Fire, and EMS consultant specializing in Fire and EMS organizations and services.

Dr. Ann Marie Miers, Director of Forensic Criminology and Molly Bish Center, Anna Maria College

A respected Forensic Anthropologist / Archeologist, Dr. Miers worked in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Massachusetts. The role of Forensic Anthropologist required that Dr. Mires profile human remains that were beyond recognition by normal means. The profile consisted of the age, sex, ancestry, stature, medical and dental history, trauma assessment, and time elapsed since death of the skeletal remains. Expert witness testimony on these human remains in homicide trials was also part of her job duties. Since its inception in 2004, the Molly Bish Center has directly influenced over 20,000 Massachusetts residents and hundreds of organizations and agencies through training events, seminars, community-based child identification programs, elder ID kits, and school-based safety and prevention initiatives. Dr. Mires teaches courses in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology, Qualitative Research Methods, and Technology and Crime. Research includes best practice in search and recovery techniques for missing persons, as well as, unresolved case review and reexamination with law enforcement.

Battle of the Badges