2022 TALEA Executive Board

David Gordon

President

David Gordon has over 15 years of experience in law enforcement as a Crime Analyst, Crime Analyst Supervisor, and as a sworn federal officer. He was a Sergeant and Squad Leader over a team of Intelligence Analysts with the US Army and served in combat in the Middle East. David was hired as part of the initial cohort of analysts that started at the Erie Crime Analysis Center (ECAC) in Buffalo, NY. He was then recruited to create the Crime Analysis section at the Oak Ridge Police Department in TN and served there for almost 7 years. He left Oak Ridge to become the Crime Analysis Supervisor in Ventura CA. Recently, David moved back to TN to become the Director of the Security Threat Group/Intel Unit under the Office of Investigations and Conduct at TDOC. David has a BA in Political Science from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and has attended and taught numerous training classes on crime and intelligence analysis. He was a founding member of TALEA and has served on the Board in various roles since its inception in 2014.

Nick Nickles

VP Of Administration

Nick Nickles is a Senior Intelligence Research Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with over 30 years of combined Intelligence experience between Military Intelligence and Criminal Intelligence. He retired from the United States Navy Reserves as a Lieutenant in 2012, after having served over 20-years as an Intelligence professional. He served on Active Duty during the Gulf War and was mobilized twice as a Reservist in support of Military Intelligence operations for the Kosovo Campaign and in the aftermath of 9/11. His military commands have included the Joint Intelligence Center for the Pacific in Pearl Harbor, the Tactical Support Center in Sigonella, Italy, and the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, DC. He has been with ATF for 16-years and is the Senior Intelligence Research Specialist within the Nashville Field Division, covering the states of Tennessee and Alabama. He has been an instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and has developed and implemented Standard Operating Procedures and training plans for the Crime Gun Intelligence Center. He has been recognized by ATF at a national award ceremony for his work in the field. He has a BA in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca University, Nashville.

Lindsay Witter

VP Of Membership

Lindsay Witter began her career as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst in 2006 in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio where she joined the Delaware County Drug Task Force. During that time, Lindsay was presented a Civilian Service Award by the Westerville Division of Police for her analytical assistance in disrupting a large-scale Drug Trafficking Organization. In addition, the Delaware County Drug Task Force was recognized for Narcotics Unit of the Year by the Ohio Narcotics Association of Regional Coordinating Officers (N.A.R.C.O.) for their success in dismantling a large-scale cultivation operation. In 2013, Lindsay and her family relocated to Nashville and she joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Lindsay serves as the Intelligence Analyst to the Special Investigations Bureau, the TIES Terminal Agency Coordinator, and liaison to the Tennessee Fusion Center. Lindsay developed a strong passion for the criminal justice system in her 20 years of experience. She has obtained her Crime & Intelligence Analyst Certification through California State University, Sacramento.

Kayla Anderson

Treasurer

Kayla Anderson started her career out as a Records Clerk Technician for the Chattanooga Police Department in 2019. Now she is currently serving as the Violent Crime Analyst, which includes managing the daily Homicide log and creating Violent Crime Focus Area reports for the Police Department. She received her undergraduate degree from Wilmington University located in Wilmington, Delaware in Criminal Justice and is currently continuing her education at the same institute to obtain her MBA in Management of Information Technology. 

Whitney Thompson

Secretary

Whitney Thompson has been with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department since 2016. She is currently an Intelligence Analyst for the Specialized Investigations Division’s Counter Terrorism Unit. She also works with MNPD’s Neighborhood Safety and Interdiction Unit, National Integrated Ballistic Information Network Unit, and The Investigative Teams Addressing Neighborhood Shootings Unit. Whitney started her career out as a Police Operations Assistant working for the Gang Unit where she kept track of gang members in Davidson County and the Crime Gun Unit where she analyzed NIBIN and PSN data. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Campbellsville University and obtains the Crime and Intelligence Analysis Certification through California State University, Sacramento. 

TALEA Representative Council

Chris Barnard

West Tennessee Representative

Special Agent Chris Barnard began his career with the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) in 1998. He began his career as a correctional officer at the Northwest Correctional Complex and transferred to the Internal Affairs Division (IAD) in 2006. He assisted the IAD with the apprehension of over (40) escapees. In 2009, he helped start the IAD digital forensics program in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which led to both agencies receiving a Certificate of Recognition from the Department of Justice.

He was appointed to Special Agent in 2010 with IAD in the Middle TN headquarters, in 2021 he was assigned as a Special Agent/Executive Officer at the TDOC Central Office for the Commissioners Office. He currently is assigned to the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct (formerly IAD) West TN Gang and Intelligence Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the United States Secret Service (USSS) Electronic Crimes Task Force.

 

Robert Lamb

Middle Tennessee Representative

Robert Lamb has been employed with the TN Department of Corrections since 2010. He started his career at Charles Bass Correctional Complex as a Correctional Officer and was later promoted to Corporal where he served as the STG Coordinator & Institutional Investigator. In 2015 he was promoted to Intelligence Analyst with the Office of Investigations & Conduct, where he currently serves as the lead Evidence Technician, TFC Liaison for TDOC, certified mobile forensics examiner & trainer, Certified STG Investigator & trainer, Fleet Management Liaison for OIC, & provides statistical analysis for TDOC.

Aaron Yarnell

East Tennessee Representative

Initially, and carved from a path he originally believed would be his career, the study of computer science and academia surrounding technology integration secured Aaron an internship at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in 1995.

Temporarily working as a civilian in law enforcement, six months in the field, and Aaron’s distinguish computer science degree was tabled­­ – law enforcement was his calling. Upon the conclusion of his temporary placement in the records division of the agency, Aaron was hired and began working full-time as a civilian within the same department. Aspiring to be a police officer, Aaron requested a transfer to corrections in 1998, where he would join the security detachment of the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. In the fall of 1999, after fulfilling the requirements of Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission, Aaron became a certified police officer. After shifting from corrections to the front-line in 2000, the following five years on patrol would afford Aaron an opportunity to serve his agency within the capacity of Field Training Officer (FTO)–a voluntary commitment in training new police recruits. 

Following his promotion to the rank of Sergeant/Detective in 2006, and although spending the majority of his time assigned to the Major Crimes Division of the Sheriff’s Office investigating felonious crimes against persons, Aaron’s investigative expertise is multifaceted and inclusive of comprehensive investigative experience. Correspondingly, Aaron has conducted investigations from those encompassing missing person cases, property crimes, internet offenses, forgery and fraud violations to include both equivocal and unequivocal death investigations. This experience ultimately garnered Aaron a Lieutenant position entrusted with the supervision of a specialized unit focused on the exploration of multifarious incidents, both criminal and civil.

In 2012 unique strategies were implemented within a technologically driven investigative unit guided by customized algorithms and crime analysis; methods deployed to identify, follow, and arrest active career criminals. This division of investigations was initiated behind Aaron’s forward-thinking, a concern circumscribing the exploitation of an accelerating criminal enterprise adjoining computer science. Dedication to this discipline subsequently led to a Captain promotion where Aaron founded an additional division of the Sheriff’s Office, an intelligence bureau named the Special Investigations Unit.

As the current supervisor of the Technology division – a unit consisting of 35 employees, both civilian and certified police officers – Aaron’s responsibilities involve the administration of matters correlating with technology. Such commitment includes the maintenance of equipment involved within the Information and Technology Division; explorations of online deviant activity within the Digital Intelligence Unit; governance of the Organized Retail Theft Crime Division, Digital Communications, Forensic Services Unit, along with Cyber Investigations, Sex Offender Investigations, and Internet Crimes Against Children. 

Throughout his career, Aaron has enthusiastically maintained the mentality that teamwork fosters groundwork. Equally, formerly a member of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and Crisis Negotiation Team, Aaron is honored to contribute to distinguishing operations. Likewise and more recently, Aaron was honored to accept a position offered by the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association, State Legislative Committee, as lead chair of the Technology Review Board.

Aaron continues to fulfill his love of Technology inside and out of his work voluntarily teaching Social Media Safety to parents he labeled as the S.M.A.R.T initiative, along with maintaining the Knox County Sheriff’s Office  needs with Technology support, investigations and forensics.