Doug brings to Daemen a wide range of experience in the security field including private investigations, loss prevention, security management, and as a previous Public Safety Officer at Medaille College. Doug has extensive experience in law enforcement, serving for many years as a Police Officer for the City of Durham, North Carolina. During his Law Enforcement career, he worked in criminal investigations, was a member of the Tactical Team and also a Bike Patrol Officer. Additionally, Doug spent 2 years in Afghanistan as part of a State Department contract working as a trainer/adviser with the Afghan National Police.
Doug graduated from Buffalo State College with Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Eric Diethorn comes to Daemen from Boston, Massachusetts where he was a Security Manager for the Security Team at the Seaport World Trade Center. He received extensive training and experience in Corporate Security while working closely with high profile clients such as Fidelity Investments, Jones Lang Lasalle, and the Seaport Hotel. He also has a great deal of experience in large scale event security at the Commonwealth Hall Convention Center.
Diethorn previously worked with the Security Team at Fidelity Investments global headquarters, USPS, South Station in Downtown Boston, and at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Diethorn is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor's Degree in History.
Jason VanDewater joined Daemen College’s Campus Safety Team during the Fall Semester 2017, and was soon promoted to Campus Safety Supervisor.
VanDewater has 15 years of experience in the Security field including prior experience as an account manager for numerous corporate clients in the Buffalo area.
VanDewater is a NYS EMT and has achieved the rank Lieutenant of Special Operations at the Vigilant Firehouse in West Seneca, NY. He has served as a Volunteer Firefighter in the Buffalo area for 25 years.
Deon Joined Daemen’s Campus Safety Team in November 2018. Outside of Daemen, He is a Field Specialist with Family Dollar where he has excelled in store management and Loss Prevention. Deon brings years of experience in customer service, and a great deal of professionalism to our Campus Safety Team.
Taryn began working at Daemen College in May 2016. She has a BS in Criminal Justice from Medaille College, and is presently working part time with Campus Safety while she is working toward a degree in Nursing.
Donald has been with Daemen College Campus Safety since 2014. He enjoys the relationships he has built with Daemen Students, Faculty and Staff throughout his years of service. Donald came to Daemen with a great deal of prior experience in the safety and security industry. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time at home with his two dogs.
Stewart is a part-time Campus Safety Officer who came on board with Daemen in Fall 2017. Stewart has worked in Corrections for the past 12 years and currently works full time as the Recreation Department Supervisor at Wende Correctional Facility.
Travis Gagnier has been with the Daemen College Campus Safety Team since Fall 2017. Travis has a background in Customer Service, and has always had interest in Law Enforcement which inspired him to change careers.
Brandon joined Daemen’s Campus Safety Team in February 2018. His prior experience with Amherst Security Associates at American Campus sites, and event venues throughout the Buffalo area has prepared him with the tools to serve our Campus Community.
Demaris McAllister joined Daemen’s Campus Safety Team during the Spring 2018 semester. She is a 2014 graduate of Hutchinson Central Technical High School where she studied Electrical Engineering. Demaris has a strong background in customer service, and enjoys the people that she meets while working on Campus.
Demaris was previously a Security officer at M&T Bank’s Headquarters in Downtown Buffalo.
Nick McMahon has been with Daemen College since Fall 2017. He has 3 years of prior Security experience in Retail Loss Prevention with Walmart and at Private Security sites in the Buffalo Area. Nick enjoys discussing sports trivia with students, and plays in a roller hockey league outside of Daemen. Nick is also a red belt in Tae Kwan Do.
Erik Wheeler is a Part-Time Campus Safety Officer with Daemen who came on board during the Spring 2017 semester. Erik is a retired U.S. Marine, and Veteran of the Iraq War. He is also a full time Security Officer at the Tesla’s Solar Manufacturing Facility in Buffalo.
Josh Zelak has been with Daemen since the Fall 2017 Semester. He is also a veteran Firefighter with Alden Hook and Ladder Fire Company since 2010. Outside of Daemen Josh owns and operates his own Landscaping business.