Andrea S. Boyles, PhD
Andrea S. Boyles received her PhD in Sociology from Kansas State University, with concentrations in Gender and Criminology. Her research interests are social inequality; gender; the intersectionality of race, class, and gender; criminology; incarceration; race, place, and policing; and qualitative methods.
She has taught a broad series of courses in Anthropology, Sociology and Criminal Justice, ranging from Culture and Communication, Family and Intimate Relationships, and the Sociology of Poverty and Conflict to Policing, Victimology, and Ethics in Criminal Justice.
Dr. Boyles has also taught inmates and correctional officers within the Missouri prison system and presented research on the effects of incarcerated Black parents on children. Currently, her research efforts hinge on the interactive effects of race, place, and policing with a manuscript under contract entitled Too Close for Comfort: Race, Place, and Suburban Policing with the University of California Press.
Dr. Joseph M. Zlatic, PhD
Joseph M. Zlatic earned his PhD in Public Policy Analysis from Saint Louis University. Previously, Joe earned his MA in Administration of Justice and BA in Criminal Justice from Saint Louis University. He has completed certificates in forensic science, Spanish proficiency, and college teaching skills and has studied internationally in Madrid, Spain.
Prior to coming to Lindenwood University-Belleville, Joe was employed with the U.S. District Court for Eastern Missouri as a U.S. pretrial services officer, where he performed investigations to inform the bond decision and conducted community supervision of individuals admitted to bond. Additionally, Joe has prior professional experience with nonprofit agencies as well as the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the St. Louis County Public Defender's Office. He has experience in criminal justice policy development, implementation, and evaluation at the national and local levels.
Joe has contributed to multiple technical and field-related publications as well as assisted in the formation of the national strategic plan for incorporating evidence-based practices into the U.S. pretrial services system. Joe's research interests include community supervision practices, organizational studies within the public sector, evidence-based practice implementation in the criminal justice system, and pretrial diversion. Joe is a member of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officer's Association and the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies. He has been invited to speak at multiple national conferences covering a range of topics.
Joe serves as a voting member and prisoner advocate for the Biomedical Institutional Review Board at Washington University in St. Louis.
Annette Eckert, JD
Annette A. Eckert of Belleville is a retired judge from the 20th Judicial Circuit in Belleville, Illinois. Eckert started her career in the legal field as an Assistant Public Defender in Chicago, then moved on to private practice in Belleville, Ill. During her judgeship, Eckert presided over the Family Division from 1992 to 1995, and in 2002 she became the first female elected circuit judge in the 20th Judicial Circuit where she presided in the Felony Trial Division and the St. Clair County Drug Court. Eckert also has experience as an instructor in higher education.
Eckert has taught at Loyola University School of Law, Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy and currently at Lindenwood University-Belleville, where she teaches Criminal Justice and serves as a Recruitment Advisor. She has also taught continuing legal education and continuing judicial education courses. Eckert received her Bachelor’s Degree from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, and her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois. Eckert has received many awards and honors including being awarded the “30 years/30 leaders – Violence Prevention Center of Southwest Illinois 30th Anniversary Award,” the “Chief Judge Richard A. Hudlin IV Memorial Award” and the “Voices Against Family Violence Award for 2003 for Improving the Lives of Victims of Family Violence.” Eckert also received the inaugural Hall of Fame Award from her alma mater, Belleville Township High School East.
Eckert’s work has been published in Illinois Juvenile Law and Practice and in Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She served as co-editor of the five volume legal treatise “Illinois Family Law Practice.” Eckert also serves on the Juvenile Justice Commission of St. Clair County and is active in the Belleville Heritage Society and her church. She was just named to the Metro East Police District Commission by the Governor of Illinois.