Midwest Chapter

  • Are you a CFI or IAI member working or living in the Midwest?
  • Are you looking for exceptional professional development opportunities, educational programs, and networking functions?
  • Do you wish to contribute to the science of interviewing?

If you answer “yes,” then welcome to the IAI Midwest Chapter.

Chapter Leaders:

  • Chair: Stefanie Hoover, CFI, CONTROLTEK
  • 1st Vice Chair: Deanna Lawton, CFI, Verizon
  • 2nd Vice Chair: Tom McGreal, CFI, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates
  • Secretary: Jodie McDonald, CFI, Office Depot
  • Marketing / Event Planning Chair: Jay Ganal, CFI, GAP Inc.
  • Membership/Education Chair: Carrie Baritsky, CFI, TJX Companies

What are the goals of the Midwest Chapter?
The goals and purpose of this and all IAI Chapters is to enable CFIs and IAI members to be life-long learners of interview and interrogation skills through a network of elite professionals, dedicated to growing the IAI brand and CFI designation.

Who can join?
Anyone who is a CFI or an IAI member can attend the meetings as well as anyone interested in becoming a CFI or IAI member..

Benefits of being a Midwest Chapter member

  • Meeting attendance will keep members apprised of changes to current laws and legal issues as they pertain to interviewing and interrogation.
  • Create a professional opportunity to network and share and gain information with industry leaders.
  • Attendance at a chapter meeting will earn you 1 Continuing Education Unit [CEU] per hour of meeting towards your recertification.
  • Growing the chapter by encouraging interview and interrogation practitioners to advance their professionalism by obtaining the CFI designation

Where will the meetings take place?
The Midwest Chapter meetings will be held regionally in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Board Meetings will occur monthly via phone. The dial in number is 866-390-1828, access code  #5372547.

Next Midwest Chapter Meeting

Time is running out to register for the IAI Midwest Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, October 8th from 10am – 2pm at Office Depot at 800 Bryn Mawr Ave Itasca, IL 60143! This meeting will feature our special guest speaker, Julie Kratz who will present on being an Inclusive Leader. Wayne Hoover, CFI, Senior Partner at Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates will also be present and will lead round table discussions on interview related topics and future meeting ideas.  Lunch will be sponsored by the Global Investigations Team at Gap Inc.

Earn 4 hours of CEU’s while networking and enhancing your skills! Lunch will be provided, courtesy of Global Investigations Team at Gap Inc., and there is no charge for the event. If attendance exceeds 50 participants, IAI will have a drawing for a CFI Online Prep Course. Current attending CFIs should look to bring a colleague interested in becoming a CFI.


Last Midwest Chapter Meeting Recap
The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) Midwest Chapter held its last meeting at Cook County Regional Organized Crime [CCROC] Taskforce facility  in North Riverside, IL.  on May 22, 2019 from 10am – 2pm CST.  Speakers included Josh McAfee, with the McAfee Institute on using social media and open source intelligence [OSINT] during investigations.   Wayne Hoover, CFI, Senior Partner at Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates presented on ORC investigations and interviews.