Florida Accreditation


Florida Accreditation Staff

CFA Executive Director Lori Mizell

Lori Mizell
Executive Director
800-558-0218 or 850-410-7200
Email: lorimizell@fdle.state.fl.us


Lori Mizell was appointed in July 2011 to serve as the Executive Director of the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). In January 2012, the CFA and the Florida Corrections and Accreditation Commission (FCAC) were combined under the direction of Ms. Mizell.  Director Mizell oversees the accreditation process for law enforcement agencies, Inspector General Offices, correctional facilities, and pretrial agencies.  She is responsible for staff activities related to assisting agencies through the accreditation process, from initial application through award of accreditation or reaccreditation.

She has been a member of Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for almost 14 years and prior to her current appointment, served as the statewide coordinator of FDLE’s Analyst Training Program. She first joined FDLE in 1999 as a Research and Training Specialist with the Professionalism Program’s Leadership Center. In 2002, she was promoted to a Senior Management Analyst Supervisor and named to head up the newly established Counter Terrorism Intelligence Center. She served in this capacity for four years before transitioning to a Government Analyst II position to handle domestic security initiatives and projects. Prior to joining FDLE, Director Mizell was an Education and Training Specialist with the Auditor General's Office.

Director Mizell earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Florida State University. She is a graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Chief Executive Seminar, FDLE’s Law Enforcement Analyst Academy and Foundational Leadership Program and is also instructor certified through the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.




Deborah Moody Deborah Moody
Program Manager - Central Florida
800-558-0218 or 850-410-7200
850-410-7205 (direct line)
850-508-5472 (cell)
Email: deborahmoody@fdle.state.fl.us

Debbie Moody has been a Program Manager with Florida Accreditation since July, 1997.  She is responsible for assisting approximately 200 agencies in central Florida through the Accreditation process, from application to award of accreditation and on through reaccreditation.  She provides support on a variety of topics, including how the process works, standard interpretation and any general information agencies request.

Debbie previously was employed with the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security in the Division of Safety as an Operations and Management Consultant.  Prior to that position, she was with the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District as an Office Manager.

Originally from West Virginia, Debbie is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and the University of West Florida with a Master of Business Administration degree.

Debbie is retired from the Naval Reserve, and has served in a number of positions throughout the United States including base security, new accession training, administration, and strategic sealift.


William "Billy" Walls
Program Manager - South Florida
800-558-0218 or 850-410-7200
850-410-7203 (direct line)
850-544-8954 (cell)
Email: williamwalls@fdle.state.fl.us

Billy Walls is responsible for assisting agencies in the South Florida Region.  He has been an active assessor and team leader for CFA and has over twenty years of law enforcement experience.  His career began in municipal law enforcement with the Havana Police Department and he then moved to the Tallahassee Police Department.  While with TPD, he served as a Patrol Officer, DARE Officer, and Fraud Investigator.

Billy was hired in 2000 by the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Inspector General as an Investigative Lieutenant, and in 2002 he was promoted to Captain.  He was again promoted in 2003 to the Chief of Training in the Division of Law Enforcement.  In that position, he was also a member of the Training Center Directors Association, Chairman of Region 15, which oversaw funding for all State Law Enforcement Officers advanced training, and a member of the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association.

Billy holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Flagler College and is instructor certified through the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.


Jeff Owens
Program Manager - North Florida
800-558-0218 or 850-410-7200
850-410-7201 (direct line)
850-491-7464 (cell)
Email: jeffreyowens@fdle.state.fl.us


Jeff Owens is a Program Manager with the Florida Accreditation Office. He has been an active assessor for CFA and FCAC and has over thirty years of Criminal Justice experience.

He retired from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office as a Lieutenant and then after a brief private sector stint, moved to the Daytona Beach Police Department. During his career, he has served as a Communications Officer, Patrol Officer, Major Crimes Detective, Civil Division Supervisor, Performance Imperatives Manager, Planning and Research Director, and Accreditation Manager. He has managed both CFA and FCAC credentials at his former agencies, plus ACA, CALEA, and CALEA Communications.

Jeff holds graduate degrees from Saint Leo University and the University of Central Florida in Business Administration and Criminal Justice respectively. He is a graduate of the Command Officer’s Management School at Saint Leo University. He has also served as an adjunct instructor for the Law Enforcement Academy at the College of Central Florida. 



Lee Kuhn
Administrative Assistant II
800-558-0218 or 850-410-7200
850-410-7206 (direct line)
Email: LeeKuhn@fdle.state.fl.us


Lee Kuhn was hired in November 2013 to provide support to the Program Managers.  She comes to Florida Accreditation from the Department of Children and Families.  She spent 10 years prior to that as a stay-at-home Mom to her 3 children.  Lee is a Tallahassee Native and has a Political Science degree from the University of North Florida.