SBI Leadership

SBI Director Bob Schurmeier

Bob Schurmeier was sworn in as the Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in July of 2016.  Schurmeier grew up in Charlotte and later attended UNC-Chapel Hill.  After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Schurmeier joined the Charlotte Police Department.  That agency became the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) in 1993, merging the Charlotte Police Department with the Mecklenburg County Police Department.
 
Schurmeier spent 21 years in the upper command ranks of CMPD.  He served as Deputy Chief of police for more than 11 years.  He also served as Interim Chief of police for six months.  Schurmeier gained experience in all four major commands of the department, but spent most of his time in the Patrol, Investigations, and Vice and Narcotics Divisions.  While at CMPD, he was an active member of the North Carolina Police Executives Association and the North Carolina Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates.  He served as president for a time, for both associations.
 
Schurmeier has more than 3,000 hours of law enforcement training.  He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police, (2nd Session); the FBI National Academy, (159th Session); and the Secret Service Dignitary Protection School.
 
After a full career with CMPD, Schurmeier co-founded US ISS Agency LLC -- a security and investigative consulting business in Charlotte.  With others, Schurmeier grew the business to a successful enterprise with offices in Huntersville, N.C., Charleston, S.C., and Miami, Fla.  The business was established on the foundation of integrity, knowledge and experience.
 
Schurmeier is incredibly grateful for his appointment as SBI Director and the confidence shown in him by the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office.  He hopes to apply the experience he has gained in founding and growing a small start-up business and more than two decades of law enforcement management expertise, to improve, streamline and support the SBI.


Deputy Director Gerald Thomas

Gerald Thomas was named Deputy Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in October of 2018.  Thomas graduated from Greensboro College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science.  He later received his Master of Arts from UNC-Greensboro in sociology.  Thomas began his law enforcement career with the Liberty Police Department in 1992.  He went on to join the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office in 1995 and then returned to the Liberty Police Department in 1998 as Assistant Chief and was later appointed to Chief of police in 2001.  Thomas left the Liberty Police Department and joined the SBI on August 4, 2003.  Upon graduation from the SBI Special Agent Academy, he was assigned to the Northern Piedmont District office as a criminal agent and backup crime scene agent.  Thomas was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Northern Piedmont District in October of 2015.  In May of 2017, he was promoted to Assistant Director where he oversaw the Field Division – West. 
 
Thomas’ personnel file is filled with commendation letters of the various cases he worked – from homicides to officer involved shootings to embezzlements.  The letters consistently reveal his passion for public service and his interminable pursuit of excellence.  In his spare time, Thomas is an Adjunct Professor of sociology at Greensboro College. 


Assistant Director Field Operations Division - Jim Schandevel

Jim Schandevel was named Assistant Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in January of 2019.  Schandevel graduated from Western Carolina University in 1992 with a degree in industrial arts education.  He earned his Master of Science in management and leadership from Montreat College in 2014.  Schandevel began his law enforcement career with the Hendersonville Police Department in 1993 where he became Assistant Watch Commander and was on the Special Response Team.  He joined the SBI in 2000 where he started in crime scene search.  He later transferred to the Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit (DECU) until his promotion in 2008 to Assistant Special Agent in Charge.  In 2015, he was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of the Western District office. 
 
Schandevel has completed several leadership and management courses and was the crisis negotiation team leader for five years.  He completed both the Command Leadership Institute and the Executive Leadership Institute of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA) in 2017.  Schandevel served in the North Carolina Army National Guard from 1987 to 1991 and is a veteran of both Desert Storm and Desert Shield.  He has a very broad base of street experience and investigative expertise.  As Assistant Director, Schandevel oversees all eight SBI field district offices as well as the Arson and Fire Unit.


Assistant Director Special Operations Division - Kelly Page

Kelly Page was named Assistant Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in January of 2019.  Page graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry.  She began her law enforcement career with the SBI in 2001.  Her first assignment was with the Crime Lab where she was a Forensic Drug Chemist from 2001 to 2005.  From 2005 to 2015, Page was assigned to the Special Services Unit where she worked a variety of drug cases with an emphasis on clandestine labs where illegal drugs are manufactured.  In 2015, she was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Clandestine Laboratory Response Unit where she oversaw the state’s response to clandestine labs.  Page has worked extensively on developing and providing advanced drug training on a variety of topics.  She is an accomplished trainer and has provided expert testimony in state and federal courts.  
 
Page has also helped shape legislation and SBI policies for the past few years.  She is known for her analytical skills and attention to detail.  She was also an original member of the SBI Fugitive Tracking Program.  In 2005, Page was awarded both the NC Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association Special Award of Honor and the International Narcotic Officers Association Special Award of Honor.  As Assistant Director, she oversees the Special Operations Division which includes the Training Section, Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit (DECU), Computer Crimes Unit, Human Trafficking, Special Services Unit, Airwing, Criminal Information and Identification Section, Polygraph Unit and Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit.


Assistant Director Professional Standards Division - Audria Bridges

Audria Bridges was named Assistant Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in June of 2020.  Bridges received her undergraduate degree in political science and criminal justice from North Carolina State University in 1994.  She began her law enforcement career in 1996 as a patrol officer for the Concord Police Department.  Also, in 1996, she was the recipient of the Most Outstanding Student Award for Rowan-Cabarrus Basic Law Enforcement Training where she currently serves as the Criminal Justice Advisory Chair.  In 1998, Bridges was hired by the SBI as a drug agent and was assigned to the Coastal District office.  Upon the completion of the SBI 28th Special Agent Academy, she received the Director’s Award in 1999.  In 2006, Bridges earned an MBA from Pfeiffer University and went on to complete the FBI National Academy in 2011 (Session #247).

In 1999 as a drug agent, Bridges worked state and federal cases and often provided undercover assistance.  She also served as lead on numerous complex criminal investigations before transferring to the Southern Piedmont District in 2001.  In 2009, she was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of that district.  During her tenure with the Southern Piedmont District office, Bridges investigated several high-profile cases and assisted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and other jurisdictions with lead undercover roles.  In 2015, she was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of the Southern Piedmont District overseeing use of force and other complex cases while making a continued effort to engage community leaders. 

As Assistant Director, Bridges is responsible for leading one of the SBI’s top priorities, enhancing diversity and inclusion.  In addition, she oversees the Special Investigations Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, Inspections and Compliance Unit, Financial Crimes Unit and the Case Records Management System.


General Counsel Angel Gray

Angel E. Gray, J.D., M.P.H. is currently General Counsel for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.  Prior to that, she was a member of the Law Enforcement Liaison Section of the N.C. Attorney General’s Office where she represented the SBI, N.C. Sheriffs’ and Criminal Justice Training and Standards Divisions.  Prior to joining the Law Enforcement Liaison Section, Gray was a member of the Human Services/Medical Facilities Section of the N.C. Attorney General’s Office where she represented the Division of Health Service Regulation in certificate of need litigation and served as legal counsel to the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services where she handled general legal issues and weekly commitment hearings.  Gray received her undergraduate degree in English from Duke University, her Juris Doctor degree from Campbell Law School, and her Master of Public Health degree (in Health Policy and Administration) from UNC-Chapel Hill. 


Legislative Affairs Director Rhian Merwald

Rhian Merwald joined the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in May of 2018 as the Legislative Affairs Director.  Merwald provides advocacy, lobbying and government relations services for the SBI.  She is responsible for navigating relationships with legislators and other government officials to ensure the needs of the Bureau are met.
Prior to joining the SBI in 2018, Merwald spent three years at Williams Mullen as a Government Relations Manager.  While there she served multiple clients as a lobbyist and policy researcher.  In addition, she previously served as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Secretary at the North Carolina Department of Commerce and as a staff member for the House Majority Whip at the North Carolina General Assembly. 
Merwald graduated from North Carolina State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in religious studies.


NC ISAAC Fusion Center Brian Neil

Brian Neil is the Special Agent in Charge of the North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC).  Neil graduated from Elon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1995.  He started his law enforcement career with the Greensboro Police Department in 1996.  In 1997, he took a position with the Burlington Police Department where he served as a police officer as well as a K-9 handler.  In May of 2000, Neil joined the SBI and was assigned as the residential criminal agent for Orange County.  Since joining the SBI, Neil has worked as a Criminal agent, Drug Interdiction Agent, Clandestine Laboratory Response Agent, Fugitive Apprehension Agent, Special Response Team Operator, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Officer and Intelligence Agent.  He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security Fusion Center Leaders Program and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leaders Program.


Human Resources Director Lynn Floyd

Lynn Floyd is the Human Resources Director for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.  Floyd graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.  She received her MBA From Meredith College.  Along with the HR Team, Floyd provides guidance and direction to support the SBI’s most valuable resource – our employees.  With practical knowledge and direct application to state government, her HR experience focuses on recruitment, selection, classification, compensation, salary administration, training and policy development.


Information Technology Director Michael Denning

Michael Denning was named the Information Technology (IT) Director for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in 2016.  He grew up (and still resides) in Benson, North Carolina, and attended North Carolina State University.  After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Denning was hired by the SBI in February of 1987 as a Fingerprint Technician I.  After spending 10 months working in the Identification Section, he was promoted to an Applications Programmer maintaining NC law enforcement applications such as wanted, missing, unidentified persons and stolen/recovered vehicles.  Denning later became a Systems Programmer.  His responsibilities included installation, configuration, maintenance and administration of system software that provides services to NC law enforcement agencies.  In 2005, he was promoted to the Server Support and Database Manager assuming the responsibility of maintaining system availability for all SBI computer services.  In 2012, Denning was promoted to the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the SBI where he was also responsible for the Attorney General’s IT needs.  As IT Director, Denning oversees server support, technical support, network and security, applications, and customer service.
With more than 30 years with the SBI, Denning ensures the technological needs of the Bureau are met while supporting law enforcement agencies across the state.


Public Information Director Angie Grube

Angie Grube joined the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation as the Public Information Director in February of 2019.  Grube is a North Carolina native.  She grew up in the small town of Lilesville in Anson County.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism.  After graduating from UNC-CH, Grube began a career in television news as an intern for WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC.  She then landed her first reporting job in Florence, South Carolina, at WPDE.  She would later take a position at the then startup Time Warner Cable news station, News 14 Carolina (now known as Spectrum News), as a reporter and fill-in anchor.  From the Carolinas, Grube’s career took her down south to Miami, Florida, where she worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor.  Eventually, she made her way back to Charlotte as a weekend anchor at WCNC before becoming a morning and evening anchor at the station.
Grube’s 17 years of television news experience led her to cover numerous events including breaking news, hurricanes, presidential elections, major sporting events like Super Bowl XLI in Miami and the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.  In 2016, she left her career in television news to continue using those skills in a different setting as the public information manager for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte where she led the communications team. 
As Public Information Director, Grube oversees the SBI’s communications and marketing strategic plans as well as internal and external communications including the news media and social media.


Business Manager Kyle Fay

Kyle Fay joined the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in June of 2018 as the Business Manager over Budget, Logistics and Information Technology (IT).  Fay provides guidance and support on budgeting, purchasing, travel, grants and other projects.  He is responsible for ensuring the SBI stays within its budget and follows state and federal policies, rules and regulations for its day-to-day operations.
Fay worked previously at the NC Department of Health and Human Services for 28 years.  He started off as a Statistician in the Substance Abuse Section of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.  He has worked at various divisions within DHHS including the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA).  While at DMA, Fay assisted with the development and implementation of the NC Health Choice for Children program which provides health insurance for low income children.  He spent his last 11 years at DHHS in the Division of Health Service Regulation, eight of them as their Business Officer.
Fay graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration with a minor in statistics.

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