2018 MidAmerican Pension Conference

Keynote Speakers

Joseph T. Rannazzisi


Joseph T. Rannazzisi retired from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on October 31, 2015 after serving over 29 years in law enforcement.  From June 2005 until retirement, he held the position of Deputy Assistant Administrator of the DEA Office of Diversion Control. In that capacity, Mr. Rannazzisi supervised DEA’s efforts to prevent, detect and investigate the diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances and listed chemicals from legitimate distribution channels and was responsible for overseeing and coordinating all major criminal, civil and administrative chemical, synthetic drug and controlled substance diversion investigations.  He provided regulatory oversight and supervised the inspection and investigation of all businesses that import, export, manufacture, distribute or dispense controlled substances and listed chemicals to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements related to drug and facility security, recordkeeping and accountability.

Mr. Rannazzisi is a nationally recognized speaker and instructor and has provided training concerning illicit drugs, pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical control, corresponding responsibility, security, chemicals, synthetic drugs and clandestine laboratories to hundreds of audiences representing law enforcement, attorneys and judges, professional organizations, pharmaceutical industry executives and employees, community groups, Congress, government officials and international partners (including China, Mexico and Turkey) that represented law enforcement, compliance and regulatory control agency counterparts. He has provided continuing education to more than 9000 pharmacists and practitioners on all aspects of pharmaceutical controlled substance diversion. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Butler University and is a registered pharmacist in the State of Indiana.  He earned a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.


John M. Violanti, Ph.D.


Dr. John Violanti is a respected faculty member of the Law Enforcement Wellness Association. Dr. Violanti conducts clinical research on a host of law enforcement health and wellness issues for The University of Buffalo Department of Social and Preventative Medicine. In addition to his research, Dr. Violanti has written and edited several books relating to law enforcement stress and trauma including "Police Suicide: Epidemic in Blue", "Police Trauma," and "Post-Traumatic Stress Intervention." In addition to his work with The University of Buffalo, Dr. Violanti is an Associate Professor within the Department of Criminal Justice at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.

Dr. Violanti has "been there and done that." He retired after 22 years of dedicated service as a New York State Trooper. His knowledge of the law enforcement culture and the stress and trauma experienced by law enforcement officers make his books and articles "must reads" for those within the law enforcement profession.


Cliff Young


Cliff Young is President of Ipsos Public Affairs in the United States and also leads Ipsos' global election and polling risk practice. He is a polling expert with specialties in social and public opinion trends, crisis management, corporate and institution reputation and elections. Young is a contributor to POTUS Radio and has served as an expert commentator on Fox News and NPR, among others. Cliff is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS and an instructor at both Columbia University SIPA and University of São Paulo where he teaches courses on public opinion and election forecasting.





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