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Sherri Onks Tapped to Serve As Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Jacksonville Field Office

FBI Special Agent in Charge Sherri Onks

By Steve Neavling

Sherri E. Onks has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville Field Office in Florida. 

Before the appointment, Onks served as an executive special assistant to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Onks’ career with the FBI began in 1999, when she was assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office, where she investigated white-collar crime before switching to counterterrorism following 9/11. 

In 2013, Onks transferred to the San Juan Field Office and investigated public corruption. She also was temporarily assigned to FBI headquarters to work a public-corruption case contacted to terrorism.

In 2006, Onks moved to the Richmond Field Office in Virginia to investigate corporate and securities fraud. In addition to investigating several complex investigations, she established and led the Virginia Financial and Securities Fraud Task Force.

In 2012, Onks was promoted to supervisory special agent and worked as the program coordinator of FBI Richmond’s financial crime, public corruption, civil rights, and health care fraud programs. In addition, she helped secure the first-ever federal criminal convictions of a Virginia governor and first lady by overseeing their public corruption case.

In 2014, Onks was named assistant legal attaché to Vancouver in Canada. She facilitated criminal, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism investigations and joint operations in Western Canada. She also served as FBI liaison to Canadian counterparts and held relationships with law enforcement and intelligence partners.

In 2019, Onks was promoted to the assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal and Administrative Branch of the Knoxville Field Office in Tennessee. In 2020, she was appointed special executive assistant to the director.

Onks received a bachelor’s degree from Maryville College in Tennessee and a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Memphis. 

Before joining the bureau, Onks worked in the health physics field.

Edward Gray Named Special Agent in Charge of Oklahoma Field Office

By Steve Neavling

Edward J. Gray has been named special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City Field Office. 

At the time of his appointment, Gray was serving as the deputy assistant director of the Critical Incident Response Group at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Gray’s career with the FBI began in 1995, when he was assigned to the Enid Resident Agency of the Oklahoma City Field Office. He worked on the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and investigated crimes on Indian reservations. He also created and led multi-jurisdictional task forces that were charged with prosecuting drug traffickers. 

In 1998, he received the FBI Director’s Award for Distinguished Service by a New Employee. 

In 1999, Gray began working at the Fort Smith Resident Agency of the Little Rock Field Office in Arkansas, investigating complex financial crimes, violent crimes, organized crime drug investigations, crimes against children and other issues. In addition, he served on the SWAT team and as a firearms, tactical, and defensive tactics instructor. In 2008, he deployed to the Salerno Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan to support the global war on terorism. 

In 2011, Gray became supervisory senior resident agent (SSRA) and transferred to Fayetteville, Ark. 

In 2015, Gray was named assistant legal attaché in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2017, he became unit chief of the Render Safe Readiness Unit in the Critical Incident Response Group at FBI headquarters. 

In 2018, he was appointed assistant special agent in charge of the Mission Services Division for the Washington Field Office. 

Gray was chosen to serve as a section chief in the International Operations Division at headquarters in 2019. He oversaw FBI legal attachés in Europe, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia and the Global Readiness Unit. In 2020, he was promoted to deputy assistant director of CIRG. 

Gray received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, a master of business administration from John Brown University in Arkansas, and a master of science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

Before joining the bureau, Gray was a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. 

Michael Brodack Named Special Agent in Charge of New York Field Office’s Criminal Division

Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

Michael A. Brodack has been named special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office. 

At the time of his appointment, Brodack was serving as the FBI senior liaison to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at FBI and CISA headquarters in Washington, D.C.  

Brodack’s FBI career began in 2002 at the New York Field Office, where he investigated counterterrorism.  

In 2012, Brodack became supervisor of a new cyber counterterrorism squad in New York that investigated online homegrown violent extremism. He was later promoted to coordinating supervisory special agent for New York’s extraterritorial and international counterterrorism programs. 

His international counterterrorism work earned him the attorney general’s Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and in 2012.

In 2014, he transferred to FBI headquarters, where he worked as an assistant inspector in the Inspection Division. 

In 2015, Brodack was appointed assistant special agent in charge in the Newark Field Office in New Jersey. 

In 2019, he returned to FBI headquarters as the Cyber Division chief liaison to CISA, where he was tasked with improving communication and collaboration between CISA and the FBI. 

Before joining the FBI, Brodack was a certified public accountant and an attorney. He graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and received a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. 

In addition, Brodack has many cyber security certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification. 

Ryan T. Young Named EAD of Intelligence Branch at FBI headquarters

FBI headquarters, via FBI

By Steve Neavling

Ryan T. Young has been named the executive assistant director (EAD) of the Intelligence Branch at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

In his new role, Young will serve as “the strategic leader of the FBI’s intelligence program and external partnerships, overseeing the Bureau’s intelligence strategy, resources, policies, and functions,” the FBI said in a news release.

Before the appointment, Young had served as the assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence.

He joined the FBI as a special agent in 2001, first working counterintelligence cases in the Miami Field Office. In 2007, he began to supervise the Cuban Counterintelligence Squad.

In 2010, Young received an FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Counterintelligence Investigation for his work on a Cuba case.

In 2012, Young became chief of internal policy in the Resources Planning Office at headquarters. He transferred to the Counterterrorism Division in 2014 and created the Syria-Iraq Task Force. He also led a 72-member interagency task force to combat the threat from ISIS in Iraq and the Levant. 

In 2015, Young was named the assistant special agent in charge of the Intelligence Branch in the Dallas Field Office. 

In 2016, Young was promoted to section chief for the Directorate of Intelligence’s Strategic Technology Section.

Young became special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division of the Los Angeles Field Office in 2018 and led the bureau’s second largest Joint Terrorism Task Force and weapons of mass destruction investigations in the Los Angeles region and in Southeast Asia. He was also tasked with all crisis management and response assets, including the SWAT Team, the Evidence Response Team, bomb technicians, and other programs.

In 2020, he was appointed assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence at headquarters.

Young received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminal administration and counseling from Western Oregon State University. 

Before joining the bureau, Young served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. 

FBI’s First Latina to Lead a Field Office Is Named Assistant Director of Insider Threat Office

Special FBI agent Rachel Rojas

By Steve Neavling

Rachel Rojas, who was serving as special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Field Office in Florida, has been named assistant director of the Insider Threat Office at FBI headquarters. 

Rojas’ career with the FBI began in 1996, when she served as an investigative specialist for the New York Field Office.

After completing her academy training in 2000, Rojas began investigating administrative and drug matters in New York. Following 9/11, she investigated financing data and communications linked to the attack. 

In 2005, Rojas was promoted to a supervisory special agent and transferred to the Terrorism Financing Operations Section of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. In 2007, she returned to New York to oversee the applicant program before shifting her focus to mortgage and bank fraud. 

In 2012, Rojas became assistant special agent in charge of New York’s Criminal Division, where she was responsible for overseeing financial crime threats, public corruption, civil rights, health care fraud, and other issues. 

The following year, Rojas was named assistant special agent in charge of New York’s Violent Criminal Threat Branch, managing the Safe Streets gang and violent crime task forces, bank robberies, fugitives, human trafficking, and other programs. 

In 2015, Rojas returned to FBI Headquarters to serve as a section chief in the Security Division, where she was responsible for the physical and technical protection of bureau employees, facilities, information, and operations worldwide. 

In 2019, Rojas was appointed to lead the Jacksonville Field Office in Florida, becoming the first Latina special agent in charge. 

Rojas received a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from Boston University and a master’s degree in international management/leadership from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. 

Jacqueline Maguire Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office

In 2004, Jacqueline Maguire testified about the 9/11 terror attacks.

By Steve Neavling

Jacqueline Maguire has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office. 

Before the appointment, Maguire was serving as special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office.

Maguire joined the FBI as a special agent in 2000 and was assigned to the New York Field Office as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. A year later, Maguire was the lead agent investigating the five people who hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon.

In 2006, Maguire began working at the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, serving as the supervisory special agent and then unit chief.

In 2011, Maguire moved to the Washington Field Office, serving as a supervisory special agent. Then in 2014, she became special assistant to the executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch at FBI headquarters.

In 2016, Maguire she began serving as assistant special agent in charge of the Birmingham Field Office in Alabama, overseeing criminal and administrative issues. A year later, she was promoted to section chief in the Office of Public Affairs in 2017. In 2019, she was promoted to deputy assistant director of the office.

Maguire was twice awarded for service, receiving the Attorney General’s “Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security” in 2006 and the Attorney General’s “Award for Distinguished Service” in 2009.

Before coming to the FBI, Maguire worked at the Office of the Medical Examiner in Suffolk County, NY.

Maguire attended Villanova University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in comprehensive science. At Long Island University, she earned a master’s degree in criminal justice. And at the Naval Postgraduate School, she earned a master’s degree in homeland defense and security.

Jodi Cohen Named Special Agent in Charge of Louisville Field Office

Special FBI Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen

By Steve Neavling

Jodi Cohen has been named special agent in charge of the Louisville Field Office in Kentucky. 

Cohen, whose career with the bureau began in 2005, was most recently serving as chief of staff for the executive assistant director and section chief in the National Security Branch (NSB) at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

Cohen’s career as an FBI agent began in 2005. 

In 2018, Cohen served as the assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal Branch in the Seattle Field Office. She was also a team leader in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters, overseeing agent-involved shooting investigations, national program reviews, and field office inspections.

In 2014, Cohen became supervisory special agent and reported to the Washington Field Office to provide support to national security and criminal covert operations.

Cohen also worked in the New York Field Office, investigating white-collar crime and health-care fraud. She also served on the Safe Streets Task Force.

Cohen received a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University. 

Before her career with the FBI, she served as a senior physical therapist at a hospital in New York City.

J. William Rivers Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office

Special Agent in Charge J. William Rivers

By Steve Neavling

J. William Rivers has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office. 

Rivers, who most recently served as a section chief and director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center in Huntsville, Ala., began his career with the FBI in 2002, when he was assigned to the Washington Field Office to investigate counterintelligence matters. 

While at the Washington Field Office in 2006, he was certified as a technically trained agent and worked on the Technical Operations Squad to support investigative programs. For the SWAT team, he served as the technical coordinator and was a certified sniper.

In 2013, Rivers became supervisory special agent. 

Rivers was promoted to unit chief of the TTA Operations and Development Unit in the Operational Technology Division at headquarters in 2015 and “was responsible for the success of the FBI’s technical investigative personnel,” the bureau said. 

In 2018, Rivers was appointed assistant special agent in charge of the Norfolk Field Office in Virginia, where he led all criminal, cyber, and administrative programs. In 2020, he became section chief and director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center, a multi-agency center that coordinates bomb-related evidence and intelligence collection for the U.S. government.

Rivers received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky. Before joining the FBI, he worked as a project manager and engineer for a private general construction company in Kentucky.