East Tennessee Representative
Misty Phillips began her career in public service in 1995 holding an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license for six years. By 2002 Misty had volunteered as a firefighter for two years and worked both as a local 911 dispatcher and an EMT on an ambulance. Leaving her positions in May of 2002, Misty joined the Army as a military police officer. During her tour Misty was stationed stateside and abroad, returning to Ft. Campbell, KY where she worked at the 31st Military Police Detachment Criminal Investigation Division (CID). While working at CID Misty held multiple positions within the unit to include intelligence analyst, investigator of economic and general crimes, and drug investigator. In February of 2005, Misty was medically discharged after sustaining an injury during a training event. While continuing her degree path, Misty worked at the Clarksville-Montgomery E-911 Center from 2005 until 2011 as a dispatcher and call taker, where she was involved with multiple emergency situations and mass casualty exercises (MASCAL). In 2009 Misty began teaching high school students college credit criminal justice courses at Kenwood High School in Clarksville, TN, and also held the position as an assistant football coach.
Misty joined the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security in February of 2013 as an Intelligence Analyst and holds the position as liaison to the FBI in Knoxville, TN. Her duties involve joint coordination and analysis with FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Her responsibilities include evaluating intelligence for investigations related to Domestic Terrorism (DT) and International Terrorism (IT). In her role as an Intelligence Analyst, she assists local, state, and federal law enforcement with analysis of information for intelligence purposes.
Misty has an Associates Degree in Police Science, a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security, Master of Science in Criminal Justice Education and Training, and is expected to graduate in 2017 with a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration focused in Homeland Security.
Middle Tennessee Representative
Mr. 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 11-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.
West Tennessee Representative
Captain Dallas Lavergne
Dallas Lavergne began her career as a law enforcement officer in 1996 with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and has been the Executive Officer of the Homeland Security Bureau, the Intelligence Unit, and the School Resource Officer Program for the past two years. Prior to this assignment, Dallas had limited experience with Crime Analysis but has since attended six crime and intelligence analysis courses and is one class away from receiving her Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst Certification. She has also served in the Patrol Field Bureau, the General Investigative Bureau, the Fugitive Bureau, the Crime Prevention Bureau, and on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crimes against Children Unit Task Force. Dallas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University and is a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts.