OUR TEAM

Learn about our growing team and contact us for any information regarding our research and LPRC membership.
Read Hayes, PhD, CPP

Read Hayes, PhD, CPP

Director

Dr. Read Hayes started as a store detective in retail loss prevention and has over 30 years’ of hands-on crime and loss control experience working with organizations worldwide. A Co-Director of the Loss Prevention Research Team at the University of Florida, and Director of the retailer-supplier coalition Loss Prevention Research Council. Dr. Hayes’ co-founded the University of Florida’s globally used National Retail Security Surveyin 1989, and has conducted over 75 LP field research projects. He has spoken at over 100 conferences, and is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, 150 magazine articles, and four top selling books, and provides crime prevention expertise to FoxNews, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, Oprah, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fast Company, USA Today and the BBC.

Chad McIntosh

Chad McIntosh

Chief Operating Officer

Chad McIntosh retired from Bloomingdale’s where he was the Vice President of Asset Protection and Risk Management. Chad is an accomplished Loss Prevention executive with over 40 years of experience as a strategic partner with corporate leadership. Chad has retail loss prevention experience with various retailers that include Neiman Marcus, The Home Depot, Polo Ralph Lauren as well as Macy’s, Inc. Chad is a founding member of LPRC and is currently the Director of Operations for the council. He is a graduate from the University of Maryland with a degree in Business Administration.

Diego Rodriguez

Diego Rodriguez

Marketing Manager (Operations Team Leader)

Diego graduated from the University of Florida in 2019 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, and a minor in Sociology. He graduated with cum laude honors for both degrees. While at the University of Florida he was heavily involved in pre-law programs including Phi Alpha Delta and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. In 2019 the UF Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law chapter awarded him the inaugural Diego J Rodriguez UF Phi Alpha Delta Outstanding Member Award. He was also recognized by the National chapter for putting together Law in the Swamp, a pre-law conference with over 40 law schools and 20 organizations from across the nation. The event was awarded the National Outstanding Professional Program Award beating out dozens of other nominated programs. In his spare time, he enjoys finding new nature trails to explore and volunteering at the Alachua County Animal Services Center.

Cory Lowe

Cory Lowe

Research Scientist

Cory Lowe was born and raised in Taylorsville, Georgia. He moved to Gainesville in 2016 to pursue his PhD in Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of Florida. At UF, he specialized in criminological theory, crime prevention, and research methods and plans to defend his dissertation “Moral Communities in Chicago Neighborhoods: Examining the Relationship between Family and Neighborhood Religiosity and Youth Substance Use and Delinquency” in July of 2020. He has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, several chapters and entries in edited volumes, and has presented his research at numerous regional and national conferences. Prior to attending the University of Florida, he received his BA in history and political science from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia; and his MA in Sociology and Criminology at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. His grandfather, Clayton Jackson Harris, is his hero.

Natanya Cruz

Natanya Cruz

Technology Specialist

Natanya is a recent graduate from the University of Florida earning her Bachelor of Science in Information Systems in 2018. Having lived in Gainesville for the majority of her life, UF was a clear choice. She loves the process of getting organized and being able to check things off a to-do list. Outside of work, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs and cat, singing, dancing, and reading.

Melissa Monsalve

Melissa Monsalve

Membership Relations Coordinator

Melissa a first generation Colombian-American was born in Queens, New York but raised in Hialeah, FL. In search for new opportunities and experiences she moved to Gainesville, FL in late 2019. While at Gainesville, she joined the UF Innovate administrative team where she was recognized for her attention to detail, personal drive, and passion for people before making her way to LPRC. Currently she is furthering her education in Human Resources as a student at FIU’s virtual campus. In her free time, Melissa enjoys letting her creativity flow though painting. If not painting, sleeping, or working, she can be found having conversations with her cats and overwatering her ever growing collection of plants.

Richelle Ross

Richelle Ross

Research Assistant

Richelle was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. Richelle graduated from the University of Florida in 2019 with a B.A. in Digital Arts and Sciences. Previously, Richelle worked as a freelance designer and UX researcher, as well as a coordinator for online retailers. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.