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Board of Directors
Don Wright - President
Don served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 26 years in multiple Field Offices throughout the eastern and southern United States. His assignments varied and covered a wide range of investigative responsibilities including positions as a Relief Supervisor and SWAT team member. Don subsequently enlisted in specialized training and became a Certified FBI Polygraph Examiner. In that role, he conducted polygraph examinations on a variety of criminal and intelligence matters for Field Offices throughout the southeastern United States.
Following his retirement from the FBI, Don served with an Alabama State District Attorney’s Office in Shelby County, Alabama. For 8 years he coordinated the District Attorney’s Office investigative responsibilities with local, county, and state investigative agencies on a variety of criminal offenses in preparation for prosecution. Throughout this time he frequently conducted polygraph examinations to enhance these investigations.
After leaving State service, Don moved to Florida where he re-established his private polygraph practice, Wright Polygraph Services. In this role, he conducted polygraph tests for various law enforcement agencies in central Florida while also teaching as an adjunct instructor at a national polygraph training school.
In 2012, Don and his wife, Judy, moved to Georgia. He now assists Judy in their current business, Wright Point Travel, a full-service travel agency.
Don holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of South Alabama and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of Southern Mississippi where he was a member of the football team.
Mr. Barber served as Jefferson County, Alabama's District Attorney from 1984 until September 1, 2008. Jefferson County is Alabama's largest judicial circuit. Mr. Barber spent 35 years in the district attorney's office, joining in 1972 and working there until 1983. After spending a year in private practice, he ran successfully for district attorney in 1984. As chief prosecutor in the 10th Judicial Circuit, Barber established a special unit in 1991 to focus on bad-check cases, and set up a restitution recovery program in 2002 to assist crime victims.
Mr. Barber was elected to the position of district attorney 5 times. As his term was to expire in 2010. Barber announced his resignation on July 25, 2008. Alabama Governor Bob Riley appointed his successor, deputy district attorney Brandon Falls, in August 2010.
Ms. Hylton served as a Federal Detention Trustee in the United States Department of Justice. She served as Director of the United States Marshal Service (USMS) from 2010 until 2015, and was responsible for judicial security, fugitive operations, asset forfeitures, prisoner operations and transport and witness security.
At the U.S. Marshals Service, she directed the efforts of more than 5,600 employees responsible for judiciary security, fugitive operations, asset forfeitures, prisoner operations and transport and witness security. From 1980 to 2004, She served in progressively senior leadership positions within USMS. Ms. Hylton served on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Law Enforcement Exploring. She has been a Director at Lexisnexis Special Services, Inc. since October 10, 2017. In addition to serving as a director of CCA, Ms. Hylton has been a Director of Spok Holdings, Inc. since July 29, 2015, a publicly traded provider of communications solutions to healthcare, government, public safety and other industries. She has been an Independent Director at CoreCivic, Inc. (formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America) since August 11, 2016.
She serves as the U.S. Attorney General’s Federal Detention Trustee in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush. She is a Fellow for the National Academy for Public Administration and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Law Enforcement Exploring. Ms. Hylton has also served on the Executive Committee for the International Chiefs of Police and the Accreditation and Policy Committees for the National Sheriffs Association. Ms. Hylton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.
Jim Grady is an experienced executive and leader with over 25 years in high growth technology businesses. Since joining Cellebrite Inc. as CEO in 2011, he has been instrumental in growing Cellebrite into the market leading provider of digital intelligence solutions in the Americas. Prior to Cellebrite, Jim served as VP/GM at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Ventures. In this role he led the largest Bell Labs-Venture program and was successful in doubling the revenue for new media processing and software routing solutions. His proven track record of growing both large and start-up technology businesses includes: 8 years at AirTouch/PrimeCo/Verizon wireless as Regional President; as VP of Marketing and Sales at TollBridge Technologies; and as VP of Business Development at Tenor Networks where he lived in Shanghai, China and developed the Asian market. Jim began his career at GE’s Manufacturing Management program and then the Boston Consulting Group. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine.
Michael A. Mason
Michael A. Mason joined Verizon in January 2008 as the company’s Chief Security Officer. He oversees and coordinates global security efforts throughout Verizon and all its business units, including enterprise wide security strategy and programs, physical security, cyber security, legal compliance, investigations and law enforcement matters. In 2014, Mr. Mason was recognized by Security 500 Magazine as one of 2014’s Most Influential Security Executives.
Immediately prior to joining Verizon, Mr. Mason was an Executive Assistant Director (EAD) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in charge of the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. In 2004, Mr. Mason was the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service (awarded to the top 5% of federal government executives). Mr. Mason was the Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento Field Office and subsequently was promoted to Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office, the FBI’s second largest field office.
Mr. Mason served in the United States Marine Corps from 1980 – 1985 where he achieved the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University. In 2007, Mason was recognized as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year and currently sits on the Illinois Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, where he has served since 2010.
Mr. Mason also sits on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Hope International, an organization focused on the eradication of domestic violence both domestically and internationally
Randy Hillman is the driving force behind L.E.A.D.E.R. For the 25 years preceding his retirement in 2016, Randy was a career prosecutor. As Chief Assistant District Attorney for Shelby County, AL from 1993-2001, his courtroom and prosecutorial tenure was spent running complex investigations and prosecuting hundreds of felony cases that include capital murder, violent felonies, and white collar crimes.
As Executive Director of the Alabama District Attorney's Association/Alabama Office of Prosecution Services from 2001 to 2016, he was ADAA's chief legislative liaison/advisor in the Alabama Legislature, and with the US Congress in Washington D.C. In this role, he drafted, helped draft and/or significantly influenced the passage of over 300 new laws or revisions to current law and had a significant impact on innumerable criminal justice policies and practices. Examples of these include: model synthetic drug legislation, model digital device and electronic crimes legislation, improved collection of restitution for victims, pre-trial diversion programs, human trafficking legislation and countless others. He was also directly responsible for a budget of over $100 million and 1200 District Attorney employees state-wide.
Randy has testified in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on multiple occasions on subjects ranging from the impact of properly funding forensic sciences, to juvenile justice issues, to the dangers to law enforcement of encrypting digital devices. He has also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services regarding the impact of computer fraud and theft on the financial services industry in the U.S.
Randy was the founder of the National Computer Forensics Institute in Hoover, Alabama. The NCFI is a unique, joint initiative with the US Secret Service, the Alabama District Attorneys Association, US Department of Homeland Security, the State of Alabama, the Alabama Securities Commission and others. Since 2007, NCFI has trained approximately 7000 state and local law enforcement officers, prosecutors and trial judges from all 50 states and three US territories in all forms of digital evidence recovery and response. It operates on an annual budget of approximately $14 million and currently utilizes 14 different curricula covering all forms of digital evidence including basic digital device recovery, basic and advanced mobile device examinations, social media investigations, network intrusion, any many others.
The NCFI is consistently recognized by the US Congress and federal and state law enforcement agencies as the premier digital evidence training facility in the US.