Louis S. DiFonso, Instructor
Stipes Hall 330B
Louis DiFonso received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky in 1970. He received a Masters of Science in Education degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1973 and a Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California in 1981. Mr. DiFonso has been teaching in the Law Enforcement and Justice Administration School at WIU since 2003.
Mr. DiFonso has over 35 years of public service experience in local, state, federal and not-for-profit organizations including four years with the River Region Mental Health Board, Louisville, Kentucky where he directed criminal justice services and five years with the Monterey Peninsula Youth Project in Monterey, California where he provided and supervised therapeutic community substance abuse services. Louis served with the U.S. Army, 53rd Transportation Battalion in Kairserslautern, Germany during 1971-1972 where he managed a crisis intervention unit.
He has 26 years experience with the State of Illinois which includes managing state-wide prevention, education, and training programs. Mr. DiFonso has served in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor as Associate Director and Executive Director of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council; Director of Substance Abuse Services for the Illinois Department of Corrections; and as Assistant Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, Juvenile Division.