About Us


Robert F. Kappelman, Director

Pacific Blue Institute of Ethics & Leadership was organized to help individuals and organizations navigate the complex world of leadership and organizational behavior.  

Robert F. Kappelman, the organizing director of the Institute, was born and raised on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin.  He has more than 25 years of public service experience in law enforcement, over 20 as a police supervisor and administrator.  He was the valedictorian of the first Drug Recognition Expert School held in the State of Wisconsin and was later selected to be trained as a DRE Instructor by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.  He has trained more than 10,000 law enforcement officers, educators, attorneys, and business personnel in the field of drug detection and recognition.  He is a court-qualified expert witness in the field of drug recognition.  Kappelman has been an invited speaker at the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s DRE National Conferences and the University of Wisconsin at Madison Law School’s Resource Center on Impaired Driving.  In his official capacity, he has served as a police officer, drug enforcement investigator, sergeant of detectives, lieutenant, division commander, and chief of police.  

In 2002, Kappelman was certified by the National Institute of Ethics as an ethics instructor.  Through the comprehensive research of Director Dr. Neal Trautman, Kappelman studied and facilitated ethics and leadership training to public service professionals across the nation.  In conjunction with that certification and as part of that body of work, Kappelman is trained to conduct ethics assessments of organizations, staffing studies, and overall leadership audits.   

In 2007, Mr. Kappelman was recruited as a doping control agent for the National Football League in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  He was later selected to conduct anti-doping program audits and training in NFL venues across the United States.  For nearly a decade, Kappelman was the supervisory agent in charge of doping control at the annual NFL Invitational Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He also served as a supervisory agent for doping control with Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, and Major League Soccer.  He was selected as the supervisory agent to oversee testing at MLB’s Spring Training in Florida and Arizona in addition to NFL and MLB Championship Series games.  He was invited to oversee doping control testing events at the World Baseball Classic Series at various international venues.  Kappelman led his crews through high-profile controversial doping scandals (including the Ryan Braun PED affair), improving anti-doping programs and performance as a result.  

Mr. Kappelman graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Virginia with degrees in criminal justice and business administration.  He is also a leadership challenge graduate of the 212th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  

Robert’s greatest satisfaction comes from facilitating learning environments individually and organizationally on topics of ethics and leadership.  He holds occasional learning events throughout the United States and is available for speaking engagements and contract work upon request.