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.




Candace Pridgeon
Program Manager - North Florida
800-558-0218 or 850-410-7200
850-410-7205 (direct line)
850-508-5472 (cell)
Email: candacepridgeon@fdle.state.fl.us

Candace Pridgeon joined the Florida Accreditation Office as a Program Manager in February 2019. She has over 10 years of experience working in state government. She previously was employed as a Senior Management Analyst in the Investigations and Forensics Program and then a Research and Training Specialist in the Professionalism Program at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Before joining the FAO, she most recently worked in the education field. Candace is a certified teacher through the Florida Department of Education and has taught and conducted training at many levels, including conducting training around the state for law enforcement on the Sexual Predator database. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Education degree from the University of Florida.


William "Billy" Walls
Program Manager - Southeast 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.


Ashton Heisterman
Program Manager- Southwest Florida
800-558-0218 or 850-410-7200
850-410-7207 (direct line)
850-251-7283 (cell)
Email: AshtonHeisterman@fdle.state.fl.us


Ashton Heisterman re-joins the Florida Accreditation Office as a program manager after having served as an administrative assistant with the office in 2014. She began her career with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in 2008 as an OPS senior clerk within the Bureau of Professional Development. Ashton has also worked for the Bureau of Training and served in the Tallahassee Regional Operations Center. Most recently she served in the FDLE Commissioner’s Office. 

Ashton holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Florida State University.




Lee Kuhn
Program Manager- Central Florida
800-558-0218 or 850-410-7200
850-410-7206 (direct line)
850-491-7464 (cell)
Email: LeeKuhn@fdle.state.fl.us


Lee Kuhn was hired in November 2013 to provide support to the Program Managers.  In January 2018 she was promoted to the Program Manager position. She came to the Accreditation Office from the Department of Children and Families where she worked in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health division. Lee is a Tallahassee Native and has a Political Science degree from the University of North Florida.



Lauren O'Connor
Administrative Assistant II
800-558-0218 or 850-410-7200
850-410-7204 (direct line)
Email: LaurenO'Connor@fdle.state.fl.us


Lauren O’Connor was hired in August 2017 to provide support to Program Managers. She comes to Florida Accreditation from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Lauren has her Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University.



Brooke Kemper
Administrative Assistant I
800-558-0218 or 850-410-7200
850-410-7201 (direct line)
Email: BrookeKemper@fdle.state.fl.us

Brooke Kemper was hired in August 2018 to provide support to Program Managers. Brooke was recently employed as a Customer Service Representative for a sportswear company.

Brooke is a recent graduate of Florida State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.