CTU Hosts “Women in Law Enforcement” Event at CTU Colorado Springs Campus

Women in Law Enforcement Presentation at CTU Colorado SpringsOn October 28, 2015, Colorado Technical University hosted the “Women in Law Enforcement, Challenges and Achievements” event on CTU’s Colorado Springs campus. This event--part of CTU’s Criminal Justice Distinguished Speaker series—featured insights and advice from prominent women in the law enforcement field.

Real World Advice for Aspiring Students

The women answered questions about their start in law enforcement, obstacles encountered in working in a male-dominated field, impact of mentors on their career path, and advice to women in the audience who are pursuing a career in criminal justice.


A group of female law enforcement professionals with diverse experience addressed the audience. Their backgrounds range from local and state police work to federal law enforcement agencies.

  • Amy Clymer (Moderator) - CTU Colorado Springs Program Chair for the College of Security Studies. She also served with NORAD and is a former commander with the Grand Junction PD. She has an MBA and BA in Criminal Justice.
  • Stephenie Lord - Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations. She has served as an Idaho State Trooper and in a variety of federal law enforcement roles. She has an MBA and a BA in Criminal Justice.
  • Kirsten Ohlson - Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations. She also served as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army.
  • Alicia Olszewski - Commander, Colorado Springs PD. She also teaches undergraduate and master’s courses at CTU, and has worked in a variety of key areas for the CSPD. She has an MS in Criminology and Master’s in Organizational Management.
  • Maria Pettolina - Forensics and Crime Scene Specialist, Aurora PD. She is a Court Qualified Expert in Crime Scene Investigation and has a BA in Criminal Justice and MS in Forensic Medicine.
  • Zan Ray - Police Officer, Colorado Springs PD. She is also a US Army Reserve Officer with the Military Police Corp.

About Colorado Technical University’s Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Programs

CTU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice, based on the issues organizations are facing today and likely to confront tomorrow. Our academic programs are designed for students to gain the knowledge and skills to pursue a diverse range of opportunities in the fields of justice, law and homeland security, in both the public and private sectors. Course content is regularly updated to reflect current strategies and policies, theories, applications and practices driving the criminal justice and homeland security fields.

Learn more about CTU’s degree programs in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. Specific CTU degrees in Homeland Security have affiliations/recognitions from the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security.