ABOUT THE VIDOCQ SOCIETY


Officers & Directors

COMMISSIONER
Benjamin Redmond
Expertise: Investigations, Bribery, Corruption, Fraud Matters in Public Agencies, White Collar crime investigations.
Background: Former Inspector General for the City of Philadelphia; Retired Regional Director U.S. Treasury Department, IRS Inspection Service, Mid-Atlantic Region responsible for investigations of Bribery, Fraud and Corruption within the state area and international offices. Past Vice President of the National Association of Inspectors General and Chair of their Training Committee; Past President of the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

COMMISSIONER EMERITUS
William F. Fleisher

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Howard Lebofsky, Esq.
Expertise: Advisor on criminal and civil matters
Background: Former Senior Attorney, City of Philadelphia, Solicitors Office

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER AND CASE MANAGER
William F. Gill III
Expertise: Large scale corporate investigations, domestic and international, of bribery, embezzlement, employee theft of funds or proprietary information. Internal investigations and internal audits. Investigations of public corruption.
Background: Former Inspector General, City of Philadelphia; retired Regional Inspector General, U.S. Treasury Department; former Director, Public Safety (head of the Police Department) City of Beverly, NJ; consultant, International Monetary Fund (IMF).

SECRETARY AND CASE MANAGER
Heather A. Hines, Esq.
Expertise: Experienced Assistant District Attorney with a demonstrated history of in Trials, Appeals, Criminal Law, Hearings, and Evidence Collection.

TREASURER
Carey E.G. Galvin, Esq.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Edgar Adamson, Board Member
Expertise: National and international criminal investigations
Background: Former Director Interpol and U.S. Customs Commercial Fraud Division

Barbara J. Cohan-Saavedra, Esq.
Expertise: Litigation, prosecution, narcotics, national security, espionage, foreign languages
Background: Former Assistant District Attorney, former Assistant U.S. Attorney

Edward Gaughan, Board Member and Training Coordinator
Expertise: Criminal investigation of homicide, robbery and other major crimes
Background: Criminal Investigator; polygraph examiner; retired Detective, Major Crimes Unit, Philadelphia Police Department

Thomas McAndrew, Board Member
Expertise: Cold case homicide investigation
Background: Homicide Detective with the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office, President of Pennsylvania Homicide Investigator’s Association, member of a national “Cold case working group” of experts empaneled by the National Institute of Justice, Member of the Middle Atlantic Cold Case Homicide Investigator’s Association, Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Master’s Degree (Investigative Forensics)

Christopher M. McMullin, Board Member

COUNSEL
Frank A. Mayer, Esq.
Expertise: Law, securities, fraud, banking, insurance

CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICE
M. Fredric Rieders, Ph.D.

CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER (CISO)
Walter B. Donaldson II, CFE, CFCI, CFSSP
Peter R. Stephenson, PhD, CISSP (ret.), Board Member (ex officio)

PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICERS
Walter E. Hunter III
Edward A. Tenuto

COMMITTEES

Case Analysis and Investigation Committee
Mark S. Schroeder, M.D., Chair

Training Committee
Edward J. Gaugan, Chair 

Membership Committee
Thomas C. McAndrew, Chair

Finance and Development Committee
Carey E.G. Galvin, Esq., Chair

Orientation Committee
Christopher M. McMullin, Chair

Training

The Training Committee is headed by Ed Gaughan, a former senior Detective in the Philadelphia Police Department, provides pro bono assistance in the form of cold case homicide seminars by forensic and investigative experts to law enforcement agencies, regional cold case associations and prosecutors’ offices.  During these seminars, investigators can also request the experts to review their entire case file, including evidence available for forensic laboratory analysis. The Vidocq Society will provide advice or recommendations for further investigation in order to attempt closure for these cases. Presentations and counsel have been provided to groups in many regions of the United States.

Case Management

The Case Management Committee, which is headed by Bill Gill and Carol Sweeney, is the principal point of contact for law enforcement agencies seeking the Society’s assistance.  It arranges for law enforcement personnel to present their cases at the Society’s meetings in Philadelphia, and coordinates post-presentation follow up.

Case Assistance

The Case Assistance Committee works directly with law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. It is headed jointly by Ben Redmond, retired Regional Director U.S. Treasury Department, IRS Inspection Service, Mid-Atlantic Region; and Jack Maxwell, retired Chief of Detectives, Philadelphia Police Department.

All requests from law enforcement agency representatives for “on site” specialized investigative assistance in their jurisdictions must be made through this Committee.  Approval for this assistance must be made jointly by Vidocq Counsel and the respective Prosecutor in that jurisdiction.