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Meet Our Program Directors

Meet our Program Directors

Dave Grassi, Director of Paralegal Studies

Mr. Grassi is an educator, attorney, and arbitrator. He earned an undergraduate degree in American History at the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts degree at DePaul University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Ohio Northern University. He has been practicing law for 25 years and is licensed in Michigan and Illinois. In addition to teaching a significant number of courses within the Paralegal and Criminal Justice Programs, he is an Arbitrator with the Cook County Arbitration Board, a trainer at Cook County Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, and was the former chief counsel for Paladin Health Care Consultants, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jason Allen, Director of Court Reporting

Jason Allen has been involved with Court Reporting since he was 17 years old, and it continues to be a passion of his! As a student, building speed and learning theory came easily, but he has always preferred teaching over writing.  Jason was hired by the Court Reporting department where he had been a student. After almost two decades of experience, he embraces the opportunity to lead Generations’ program into the future and ensure our students receive the best possible education. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from SNHU with a Bachelor’s in English Language and Literature. Soon after he returned to SNHU and completed his MA in English with a perfect GPA and received the Distinguished Scholar Award. He was working a full-time job, as well as two part-time jobs while completing these degrees, so he understands the challenges faced by modern students.  He is also a proud member of NCRA, ILCRA, and Sigma Tau Delta.

Dr. Irene Abrons, Director of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Irene M. Abrons has over 20 years of progressive experience in higher education administration, strategic planning, operations management, project management and planning, building and managing high-performing teams, business process mapping, and new program/initiative development. Her experience includes adjunct faculty, curriculum development, strategic partnership development, professional development workshops, and business and entrepreneurship training programs.

Dr. Abrons received her bachelor’s in mass communication and film studies from Southwestern College, an MBA in Marketing from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a Doctorate of Business Administration in marketing and entrepreneurship from Walden University.

Dr. Jennifer matthews, Director of criminal justice

Dr. Jennifer Matthews is a renowned public speaker, author, educator, and thought leader dedicated to inspiring individuals and organizations to reach their full potential. She has 18+ years of hands-on and educational experience in the field of criminal justice. She is a third-generation law enforcement officer as well. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from National Louis University, Masters of Management with a specialization in Law Enforcement Administration from Morris Graduate School of Management, Masters of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and a Doctoral degree in Criminal Justice from Walden University. She is a subject matter expert in body worn cameras and digital media evidence.

During her career, Dr. Matthews implemented a 1 million dollar body-worn camera program & managed 9 crime surveillance analysts to support compliance & support a 20% workforce reduction. During her tenure at the Sheriff’s Department, she executed, developed, trained, and directed analytics of a four-million-dollar body-worn camera program for 3000+ sworn staff members to improve employee engagement and performance management. Dr. Matthews was an integral part of the training model utilized by officers and staff members as a best practice model in Chicago.

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