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Dr. David R. Montague


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Dr. David Montague Vita
David R. Montague is an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and director of the UALR Senior Justice Center which mentors college students while addressing elder crime. Dr. Montague completed a PhD at Howard University, an MA at George Washington University, and a BA at Morehouse College. He formerly served as the graduate coordinator for the UALR Master of Science Program in criminal justice and is the recipient of the 2009 UALR College of Professional Studies Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching. Dr. Montague completed federal investigations for fourteen years in law enforcement and intelligence capacities working for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a federal drug diversion investigator, the United States JFK Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) as the Senior Investigator, and as a consultant on national security matters with US Investigations Services, Inc.; the largest private investigative company in North America. In 1990, Dr. Montague periodically taught administrative asset forfeiture at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA and in 2007 he completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens’ Academy for business and community leaders. Also in 2007, he completed the Faculty/Staff internship program in Austria and Slovenia sponsored by UALR and Karl-Franzen Universitat Graz, including a lecture on prescription drug crime to the law faculty of Uni-Graz.  Dr. Montague serves on the Board of Directors for LifeQuest of Arkansas, the Arkansas Senior Medicare Fraud Patrol’s Advisory Council, is Vice-Chair of the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Inmate Leadership Council Community Reentry Program Board of Directors at the Pine Bluff Prison Facility, the Board of Directors for the Repertory Theater of Arkansas, and is a member of the UALR Chancellor’s Committee on Race. In addition to his extensive work within the prisons, Dr. Montague also volunteers as a reserve deputy sheriff in Pulaski County, Arkansas. He has published numerous articles and reports, and is the coauthor of the book Travesty of Justice: The politics of crack cocaine and the dilemma of the Congressional Black Caucus. His most recent major project completed was the Delta Project to address health care fraud against seniors in the Arkansas Delta via a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging and partnership with the Arkansas SMP and the Tri-County Rural Health Network. Dr. Montague recently presented research at the 32nd International Congress on Law and Mental Health held at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany which focuses on university student fraternity and sorority hazing and in October of 2010, he ended his term as president of the Southwest Association of Criminal Justice, the association of criminal justice educators for this region of the United States falling under the umbrella of the National Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and now serves on the ACJS Board of Directors as the trustee for the Southwest Region. At present, he is a member of Class 15 of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service LeadAR Program, which is a two year training for emerging Arkansas leaders from rural and urban communities domestically and internationally. Dr. Montague resides in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife and daughter.

Dr. Montague resides in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife and daughter.

Stephen Garner

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Stephen Garner is currently a sophmore at UALR with a major in Math.  He has spent most of his life in Little Rock.  Stephen enjoys working with people and learning from and about others.  He is extremely thankful for his salvation.  Stephen is looking forward to all of the opportunities that are provided to him and is excited about being a Senior Justice Intern.

Edna Isela Ramirez

Edna Ramirez
Edna Isela Ramirez is a senior at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor Spanish. She transferred to UALR from South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado, Arkansas where she received an AAS in Criminal Justice. She was born and raised in Paracho, Michoacan, Mexico; she currently resides in both El Dorado, Arkansas and Mabelvale, Arkansas. She is the mother of two children; Araceli and Aleck. Her future goals in life are to become an attorney specializing in immigration law and to become a certified federal Spanish court interpreter. Ms. Ramirez has served as a court Spanish interpreter for Union County District Court in Arkansas since 1998 and in the same role for the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts from 2000 through 2007. She is excited about the learning opportunities associated with the UALR Criminal Justice Department’s Senior Justice Center.

Candace Brooks

Candace Brooks
Candace Brooks is a graduate student in Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Candace enjoys volunteering, meeting new people, and being exposed to new learning experiences. Candace is excited about the potential learning experiences of a intern and looks forward to what the future holds.

Updated 8.23.2012