Criminal Justice Faculty
Master of Science & Leadership Studies Madonna University
Bachelor of Science Madonna University
Juris Doctorate University of Memphis
B.S. University of Tennessee at Martin
Ms. Tara Kane is the Chair of the Criminal Justice Program. She joined the full-time faculty in 2013 coming from the West Bloomfield Police Department. She retired as a Detective/Sergeant of Investigations. She completed her M.S.B.A. in 2008 and her B.S. in 2002, both from Madonna University. She teaches in the area of criminology and special topics, with subject matter concentration on vulnerable populations and sexual assault. Her interests include the suspected abuse and neglect of children, domestic violence and sexual assault. She is actively engaged in Title IX initiatives related to sexual assault on college campuses, as well as community engagement with partners combating Human Trafficking. She serves as one of the faculty advisory board members for the student group Stop A.V.T. (Stop all Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking). She is a faculty advising fellow, committed to the Appreciative Advising model approach. She believes that by addressing students’ dreams and goals from day one equals the best recipe for future success- academically and professionally.
Victor Lauria is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2015. Prior to joining Madonna, he served as an Assistant Chief of Police with the City of Novi. During his 28 year law enforcement career, Victor served in a wide variety of positions. He worked as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, a K-9 handler, and detective, as well as numerous supervisory positions. His work has been recognized by the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, National Retail Federation and the Michigan Association of Private Investigators. The National Geographic Channel profiled one of Victor's cases in the documentary film "The Science of Interrogation."
His favorite subjects to teach are interview and interrogation, and ethics.
In his free time, Victor enjoys spending time with his wife, Sherie, and their three children as well as hunting and fishing.
Susan E Woods
Dr. Susan Woods is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. She joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2015. She completed her juris doctorate degree in 1996 from the University of Memphis, and her bachelor of science in criminal justice in 1993 from the University of Tennessee. She teaches in the areas of criminal and constitutional law, as well as homeland security and terrorism. She began her career as a child advocacy attorney in Tennessee, and then became a Special Agent for both the FBI and the CIA. She was also an executive in the financial industry in the field of financial crimes compliance, leading efforts to predict, deter and respond to fraud, money laundering, and terrorism financing.
Dr. Woods is an activist and advocate for ending dating violence and sexual assault, and is the faculty advisor for the student group Stop AVT (sexual assault, dating violence, and human trafficking). Dr. Woods provides training at various regional police academies in Michigan and is actively involved in research on officer-involved domestic and sexual violence.