Dr. Stephen Fernez Ed.D is a twenty-year law enforcement professional, Florida Institue of Technology adjunct professor, and former Barry University adjunct professor where he taught for five years.
In 2011 he co-founded LEOSA with Brandon Gish and Troy Deavers which operated as a drug awareness and surfing 501c3 until 2019. In 2016 he worked with TJ McMahon to bring the first AFGL certified FootGolf course to Brevard County at Mallards Landing Golf Course. In 2018, he created and began co-hosting the Black Dog Confessional Podcast with Chris Cardinal. In 2020, he produced the substance abuse and mental health documentary film Coming Clean which was selected for thirteen film festivals throughout the United States. In 2021, he and his wife, Maria, opened Carabella Spa and Wellness studio with offers self-care and beauty services as well as donation-based yoga sessions and local vendor pop-up events.
Stephen has a long history of community service, from 2013 to 2018 he served as a committee member for the Brevard County Public Safety Charity. From 2012 to 2018 he was the Captain of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office St. Baldrick's Foundation team which benefitted children's cancer research. From 2011 to 2013 he was the Captain for the south precinct corporate dodgeball team which benefitted the Boy Scouts of America. In 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2022 he was the Captain for the No Bad Days Kickball Tournament which benefitted children with special needs. In 2018, he was a participant in the Children's Advocacy Center Bond Fundraiser. In 2021, he became a board member for LEAD Brevard (current) and a curriculum committee member (ended 2023) for LEAD Brevard. He actively supports Elves for the Elderly, Relay for Life, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics, and United Way Brevard, and Charity: Water.
Deputy of the Year in 2005, Deputy of the Month (9x), Field Training Officer of the Month, Medal of Valor, Community Service Awards (2x), Lifesaving Award (2x), Commendable Service Awards (7x), Chief's Association Award, Villon Volunteer of the Year 2014, Brevard County Commission Referendum, Space Coast Public Service Award's Emerging Influence Award 2016, Valor Award for Lifesaving 2017, Space Coast Public Service Award for Meritorious Service 2017
Doctorate Degree in Leadership in Education
Master's Degree in Public Administration: Barry University
LEAD Brevard 2017
Leadership in the Public Sector Certificate: Cornell University
Cops - Coast to Coast Episode 11 - 2006
Cops - Coast to Coast Episode 06 - 2006
Undercover Stings Episode 108 - 2012
Law Enforcement Leadership, Management, & Supervision, page 261
This is Day One (Wallstreet Journal Best Seller), case study and thanked
American Police Beat - 2011
SpaceCoast Living - June 2016
Space Coast Daily - Volume 10 Issue 2 August/September 2016
Space Coast Daily - Volume 11 Issue 2 August/September 2017
Space Coast Daily