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ADVISORY BOARDS

Strategic Advisory Board

The Senior Advisory Board provides comprehensive strategic direction to CSAFE activities. Members act as a sounding board regarding research direction and outreach initiatives, and provide guidance on enhancing impact for the forensic community. 

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Hon. Barbara Hervey

Honorable Judge

Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas

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Mr. Bruce Houlihan

Director

Orange County Crime Laboratory

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Dr. Sallie Ann Keller

Director

Distinguished Professor in Biocomplexity, Director of the Social and Decision Analytics Division within the Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative at University of Virginia and Professor of Public Health Sciences

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Mr. Robert Ramotowski

Program Manager for Forensic Science

Special Programs Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Mr. Matt Redle

Attorney

Sheridan County

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Dr. Jeff Salyards

Principal Analyst

Compass Scientific Consulting

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Mr. Barry Scheck

Co-Founder and Special Counsel

Innocence Project

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Dr. Peter Stout

CEO and President

Houston Forensic Science Center

Research and Technology
Transfer Advisory Board

The Research and Technology Transfer Board directs and oversees the technical aspects of CSAFE projects, advising on the validity and quality of scientific research. The board serves as a conduit for exchange of ideas between the statistical, legal and forensic communities and facilitates interactions between the private, state and federal sectors. Members also guide the transition of developed technology from research into practice and assist with resolving barriers associated with the adoption of new techniques.

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Dr. JoAnn Buscaglia

Physical Scientist

Department of Justice

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Ms. Sabrina Cillessen

Program Manager

Virginia Department of Forensic Sciences

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Dr. Glinda Cooper

Director of Science and Research

Innocence Project

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Dr. Will Guthrie

Chief, Statistical Engineering Division

National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Mr. David Kanaris

Forensic Laboratory Chief

Alaska State Crime Lab

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Mr. Paul Kish

Forensic Consultant

Paul Erwin Kish Forensic Consultant and Associates

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Mr. Gerald LaPorte

Director

Research Innovation Global Forensic and Justice Center Florida International University

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Mr. Gary Licht

Criminalist Supervisor

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Crime Laboratory

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Ms. Melissa Nally

Firearms Examiner

Houston Forensic Science Center

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Mr. Peter Neufeld

Co-founder and Special Counsel

Innocence Project

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Mr. Lam Nguyen

Director

Cyber Forensics Laboratory at DC3

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Dr. Marjan Sjerps

Principal Scientist Statistician

Professor by Special Appointment Netherlands Forensic Institute University of Amsterdam

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Ms. Stephanie Stoiloff

Senior Bureau Commander

Miami-Dade Police Department

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Mr. Henry Swofford

Program Manager

In-Q-Tel

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Mr. Rick Tontarski

Principal

IntelliForensics LLC

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Dr. Harm van Beek

Digital Forensic Scientist

Netherlands Forensic Institute University of Amsterdam

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Mr. Kevin Winer

Director

Kansas City Missouri Police Department Crime Laboratory

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Ms. Carrie Wood

Assistant District Attorney

Philadelphia Conviction Integrity/Special Investigations Unit

NIST Advisory Board

The NIST Advisory Board is comprised of NIST personnel to serve as liaisons between the NIST research team and CSAFE researchers. Their role is to act as subject matter experts, be involved in the research team meetings, and to provide feedback on research directions and initiatives.

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Ms. Barbara Guttman

Software Quality Group

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Dr. Martin Herman

Information Access

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Mr. John Libert

Image Group

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Dr. Steve Lund

Statistical Design, Analysis, and Modeling Group
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Mr. Robert Ramotowski

Special Programs Office

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Mr. Robert Thompson

Special Programs Office

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Mr. Craig Watson

Image Group, Manager

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Mr. Alan Zheng

Surface and Interface Metrology Group
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Barbara Hervey
Honorable Judge

Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas

Judge Barbara Parker Hervey was elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2000. Prior to her election, she was an Assistant District Attorney in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office for 16 years. She is from New Jersey and earned her B .A. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Judge Hervey has been an author and speaker for over 450 lectures and legal seminars. She is currently co-chair of the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health and is an Adviser for the American Law Institute’s Committee to Reform the Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault and Related Offenses. She is also the chair of the Court’s Grant Committee, which manages $13 million per year to train judges, attorneys, and their staff, and she founded of the Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit. Formerly, she served as a Commissioner on the National Commission of Forensic Science and was a member of the Tim Cole Advisory Panel.

Judge Hervey and her husband Richard Langlois reside in San Antonio. They have three children, Edward, Christopher, and Melissa.

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Mr. Bruce Houlihan
Director

Orange County Crime Laboratory

Bruce Houlihan is Director of the Orange County Crime Laboratory (OCCL) in southern California, a position he has held since 2010. He has worked at the OCCL for almost 33 years, dedicating most of his professional career to forensic science in Orange County as well as national initiatives and organizations.

Mr. Houlihan serves on the American Society of Crime Laboratory governing board, and also served as the chair of the Emerging Drugs Task Force Committee. He has served as president and board member of the California Association of Crime Laboratory Directors, and continues on different committees with both organizations: Rapid DNA, legislative issues, advocacy, and others. He is currently serving a 6-year term with the Organization of Scientific Area Committees, Quality Infrastructure Committee, a national organization with mission to improve forensic science in the United States.

Mr. Houlihan has published papers in forensic DNA and toxicology; and has presented topics in forensic information processing, management, drug chemistry, and sexual assault case processing. Among his contributions to forensic science in Orange County include improvements to database searching of firearms cartridge cases and bullets; receipt and processing of all sexual assault kit evidence collected in Orange County; enabling an advanced driving under the influence of drugs program; implementation of automated batching and analysis of DNA and toxicology casework; instituting rapid forensic information sharing among forensic stakeholders; and other projects.Bruce is a part-time adjunct instructor in chemistry and physics, volunteers with relief and charitable organizations, and was raised in central Japan. He lives in southern California with his wife and family.

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Dr. Sallie Ann Keller
Director

Distinguished Professor in Biocomplexity, Director of the Social and Decision Analytics Division within the Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative at University of Virginia and Professor of Public Health Sciences.

Dr. Keller’s areas of expertise are social and decision informatics, statistical underpinnings of data science, and data access and confidentiality. Dr. Keller’s is a leading voice in creating the science of all data and advancing this research across disciplines to benefit society.Her prior positions include Professor of Statistics and Director of the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory within the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech; Academic Vice-President and Provost at University of Waterloo; Director of the Institute for Defense Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute; the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering at Rice University; Head of the Statistical Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory; Professor of Statistics at Kansas State University; and Statistics Program Director at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Keller is an Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering. She has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications, the Committee on National Statistics, and has chaired the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics. She is fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected member of the International Statistics Institute, fellow and past president of the American Statistical Association.
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Mr. Robert Ramotowski
Program Manager for Forensic Science

Special Programs Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Robert Ramotowski was awarded Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Chemistry from the George Washington University in 1993 and 1997, respectively.  He is currently the Program Manager for Forensic Science, Special Programs Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD.  He currently oversees a research portfolio that includes projects in firearms and toolmarks, forensic genetics, digital and identification evidence, trace, drugs and toxins, statistics, and biometrics.  He also oversees NIST’s Forensic Science Center of Excellence – the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE).  He has published more than thirty articles on latent print and document chemistry and given more than 100 lectures and workshops in the United States as well as in more than a dozen countries.  Mr. Ramotowski is both author and editor of the 3rd edition of Lee and Gaensslen’s Advances in Fingerprint Technology.  He is a member of the International Association for Identification, Chesapeake Bay Division of the IAI, ASTM International E30, and the American Chemical Society.

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Dr. Jeff Salyards
Principal Analyst

Compass Scientific Consulting

Dr. Salyards is a Principal Analyst with Compass Scientific Consulting LLC specializing in:

  • Continuing Education for Legal, Medical, Law Enforcement, & Educational Professionals
  • Forensic Science Case Review
  • Expert Testimony

He has 32 years of combined experience in scientific leadership, investigations, forensic consulting and teaching. Most recently, he served for 5 years as the Executive Director of the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) where he led a 350+ person team, with a yearly operating budget of over $65M. This Forensic Science Center of Excellence has mission responsibilities that include submissions from Law Enforcement Agencies, Deployed Laboratories in support of Expeditionary Combatant Commanders, as well as Training, and RDT&E. Prior to this position, he served as the Chief Scientist for the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. He is a former Director of the Defense Computer Forensic Laboratory and AFOSI Special Agent. He served as the Deputy for Operations and Assistant Professor at the Air Force Academy Chemistry Department and was honored with the Outstanding Academy Educator Award. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Montana State University, a Master of Forensic Sciences from The George Washington University, and has completed a Fellowship in Forensic Medicine from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Dr Salyards has served on the following national-level organizations:

  • Board of Directors for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board
  • Department of Justice National Steering Committee for Regional Computer Forensic Laboratories
  • Council of Federal Forensic Laboratory Directors
  • White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Subcommittee on Forensic Science
  • American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Board of Directors
  • Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission
  • National Commission on Forensic Science

He currently serves as Strategic Advisory Board Member for the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence at Iowa State University, and as a Member of the Forensic Science Standards Board for the Office of Scientific Area Committees with NIST, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is also a retired commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. He has been married for 29 years and has three daughters.

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Mr. Barry Scheck
Co-Founder and Special Counsel

Innocence Project

Barry C. Scheck, is a Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. In his forty-two years on the Cardozo faculty, he served as the Director of Clinical Education, Co-Director of the Trial Advocacy Programs,and the Jacob Burns Center for the Study of Law and Ethics.He worked for three-years as a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society in New York City before joining the faculty at Cardozo.

Barry C. Scheck and his colleague Peter Neufeld, Co-Founded and are Special Counsel at the Innocence Project, an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo Law School, which uses DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongly convicted. The Project also assists police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in trying to bring about reform in many areas of the criminal justice system, including eyewitness identification procedures, interrogation methods, crime laboratory administration, and forensic science research. In its twenty-eight years of existence, 367 individuals have been exonerated in the United States through post-conviction DNA testing.You can read about each of these cases at www.innocenceproject.org.

Barry C. Scheck is also a partner in the law firmNeufeld, Scheck & Brustin, LLP (formerly Cochran Neufeld & Scheck, LLP), specializing in civil rights and constitutional litigation. The firm is frequently retained by victims of police brutality, pursuing civil rights claims in the courts and institutional reform.

Barry C. Scheck has done extensive trial and appellate litigation in significant civil rights and criminal defense cases. He has published extensively in these areas, including a book with Jim Dwyer and Peter Neufeld entitled, Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong And How To Make It Right. He has served in prominent positions in many bar associations, including the presidency of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2004-2005). He is a former Commissioner (1994-2016) on New York State’s Forensic Science Review Board, a body that regulates all crime and forensic DNA laboratories in the state. He is currently a member of the Legal Resource Committee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees(OSAC) run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. From 1998 -2000, he served on the National Institute of Justice’s Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence. In2005 he was a member of the American Judicature Society’s National Commission on Forensic Science and Public Policy.

In 1971, he received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and in 1974 his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.

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Dr. Peter Stout
CEO and President

Houston Forensic Science Center

Dr. Peter Stout, HFSC’s CEO and president, initially joined the agency in 2015 as its chief operating officer and vice president. He has more than 15 years of experience in forensic science and forensic toxicology. Prior to joining HFSC, Dr. Stout worked as a senior research forensic scientist and director of operations in the Center for Forensic Sciences at RTI International. Dr. Stout also has served as president of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT). He represented SOFT in the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations and has participated in national policy debates on the future of forensic sciences in the United States. Dr. Stout has a doctorate in toxicology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Dr. Stout also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps.

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Glinda Cooper
Director of Science and Research

Innocence Project

Glinda Cooper is the Director of Science and Research at the Innocence Project. Prior to joining the Innocence Project in 2016, Dr. Cooper led efforts to create and implement an evidence-based, systematic review framework for the evaluation of chemical hazards at the National Center for Environmental Assessment at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She also directed a multidisciplinary research program in environmental health and autoimmune diseases at the National Institutes of Health, and is an internationally-recognized expert in environmental epidemiology and women’s health. At the Innocence Project, Dr. Cooper is focusing on efforts to strengthen the scientific basis of forensic disciplines and evidence-based reforms aimed at reducing wrongful prosecutions and convictions. Dr. Cooper received a doctorate from the Department of Epidemiology of the University of North Carolina at Chapel and a master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers based on her research and has been an invited speaker and workshop organizer at numerous international and national meetings.

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David Kanaris
Forensic Laboratory Chief

Alaska State Crime Lab

David Kanaris began his career in forensic science in 2005 with the Forensic Science Service in the UK. After four years working as a forensic examiner in forensic biology and footwear impressions, David was seconded to various police forces around the UK. Training them in footwear impression evidence before becoming a footwear intelligence manager with West Midlands Police.

In 2012 David moved to Alaska with his wife where he started working as a Forensic Scientist for the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory. In 2014 David re-introduced footwear impressions to the Alaska criminal justice system and was shortly after appointed as an inaugural member and training and competency task group chair of the OSAC Footwear and Tire Subcommittee. David is currently the Chief of the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory and the Chair of the OSAC Footwear and Tire Subcommittee. David is an IAI certified Footwear Examiner, has presented at numerous IAI conferences, and in November 2019 presented at the Singapore Police Force annual Forensic Science Conference.

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Paul Kish
Forensic Consultant

Paul Erwin Kish Forensic Consultant and Associates

Paul Kish is a forensic consultant based in Corning, NY. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Elmira College.

He has 30 years of experience as a consulting bloodstain pattern and crime scene reconstruction expert. He has consulted on homicide cases in 47 states and 13 countries while presenting expert testimony in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

Mr. Kish is an internationally known lecturer on the subject of bloodstain pattern analysis and crime scene reconstruction lecturing throughout the United States, Canada, England, and The Netherlands. He has instructed at 71 week-long basic bloodstain pattern analysis courses educating over 1000 students from 18 countries. He co-authored Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis – Theory and Practice.

Mr. Kish has been actively involved in standards development within the discipline of bloodstain pattern analysis since 2002 when he was one of the founding members of SWGSTAIN. He currently serves on the OSAC Scientific Area Committee on Physics / Pattern Evidence; and the Academy Standards Board’s Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Consensus Body.

He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences; a Distinguished Member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts; and a Life Associate Member of the International Association for Identification.

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Gerald LaPorte
Director

Research Innovation Global Forensic and Justice Center Florida International University

Mr. LaPorte is the Director of Research Innovation at the Global Forensic and Justice Center (GFJC), a pre-eminent program of Florida International University (FIU). The GFJC coordinates all forensic science and criminal justice efforts at FIU, which builds on four established focus areas – academia, industry, technology and international justice. Mr. LaPorte has been employed in various capacities in the forensic sciences since 1993, including the Director of the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences at the National Institute of Justice and Chief Research Forensic Chemist at the United States Secret Service. He was the co-chair of the Standards Practices and Protocols Interagency Working Group, under the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Mr. LaPorte was selected by the Attorney General of the United States to serve as a Commissioner on the National Commission on Forensic Science. Currently, he serves as the Chairperson on the Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee on the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science, which works to strengthen the nation’s use of forensic science by facilitating the development of technically sound forensic science standards. He has authored numerous publications, including chapters in three forensic science text books, and has testified as an expert witness in International and U.S. Courts over 100 times.

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Gary Licht
Criminalist Supervisor

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Crime Laboratory

Gary Licht is a Criminalist Supervisor and Forensic Document Examiner at the Iowa DCI Crime Lab in Ankeny. He began his forensic science career in 1987, in the Microanalysis Section of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Lab, and moved to Iowa in 1994 and trained in forensic document examination. He is a member of Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Society for Testing and Materials, Scientific Working Group for Forensic Document Examination, and the Organization of Scientific Area Committees under the guidance of the National Institute for Science and Technology. Gary is certified by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners. His purview as a supervisor covers the sectionsspecializing in; documents, firearms and tool marks, latent prints, footwear and tire impressions, crime scene, and photography.

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Melissa Nally
Firearms Examiner

Houston Forensic Science Center

Melissa began her career in forensics in 2001 with the Illinois State Police as a Forensic Scientist Trainee in Firearms Identification. In 2014 she moved to Houston and joined Houston Forensic Science Center as a Senior Firearms Examiner. Melissa has been a member of AFTE since 2004 and is eager to serve as a member of the CSAFE’s Research and Technology Transfer Advisory Board.

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Peter Neufeld
Co-founder and special counsel

Innocence Project

Peter Neufeld co-founded and is Special Counsel at the Innocence Project, a national non- profit organization which uses DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongly convicted. The Project also assists legislatures and executive branches as well as police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys to bring about reform in criminal justice. In its twenty-eight years of existence, 367 individuals have been exonerated in the United States through post-conviction DNA testing. The Project has been instrumental in the passage of federal legislation and more than a hundred state statutes to improve the quality of justice. You can read about each of these cases at www.innocenceproject.org.

Peter Neufeld is a founding partner in the New York civil rights law firm of Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP. Mr. Neufeld’s focus is constitutional law and civil rights. He has lectured and taught students, lawyers, judges, legislators and scientists on subjects at the intersection of science and criminal justice. Before co-founding the Innocence Project, Mr. Neufeld taught trial advocacy at Fordham University Law School.

From 2014 – 2017, Mr. Neufeld served as a Commission member of the National Commission on Forensic Science, established by US Department of Justice and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. From 1995 to his resignation in 2016, Mr. Neufeld served on the New York State Commission on Forensic Science which regulates the two dozen crime laboratories in the state. He is a member Emeritus of the boards of the Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Peter Neufeld received his law degree from New York University School of Law.

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Lam Nguyen
Director

Cyber Forensics Laboratory at DC3

Mr. Nguyen is the Director of the Cyber Forensics Laboratory at DC3; a DOD designated Center of Excellence and an accredited ISO: 17025 forensic laboratory. Prior to his tenure at DC3, Mr. Nguyen managed digital evidence labs in both the public and private sector including the Drug Enforcement Administration, FireEye, Inc., Stroz Friedberg, LLC, and the High Technology Investigative Unit at the Department of Justice.  He is a recognized expert in the field of Digital Forensics and E-Discovery and has led large-scale international investigations in both criminal and civil cases; both domestically and abroad.  

In 2015, Mr. Nguyen was appointed to the inaugural Scientific Area Committee (OSAC) on Digital Evidence; an initiative led by NIST and the Department of Justice to strengthen forensic science in the United States. He currently serves as the Chair for the Digital Evidence subcommittee. Mr. Nguyen has also served as an adjunct at The George Washington University Masters of Digital Forensics program and at George Mason University. He has guest lectured at Harvard Law School, George Washington Law, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Bentley University.

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Marjan Sjerps
Principal Scientist Statistician

Professor by special appointment Netherlands Forensic Institute

Prof. dr. Marjan Sjerps received her master degree in mathematics (specialization in statistics/OR) from the Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands (currently Radboud University Nijmegen) in 1988. She received her Ph.D in 1994 from Leiden University, the Netherlands, based on a dissertation concerning theoretical biology. In 1993 she started working at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) as a statistician, where she became involved in the emerging area of forensic statistics. Her activities include forensic statistics casework, teaching, consultation, and research. She acted as an expert witness in court on several occasions. She was a member of the NFI principal scientist team in the period 2011-2020. Currently, she is employed as senior scientist at the NFI, and is a member of a team of forensic statisticians. She was appointed professor by special appointment at the University of Amsterdam in February 2010, which was extended in 2015 and 2020. Her research interests are interpretation, evaluation and reporting of forensic evidence: all aspects of probabilistic reasoning in the forensic process, from gathering evidence up to testifying in court. She published over 70 papers in (semi) scientific journals (national and international) and was editor of a book on statistics in law (in Dutch).

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Stephanie Stoiloff
Senior Bureau Commander

Miami-Dade Police Department

Stephanie Stoiloff currently serves as Senior Bureau Commander of the Miami-Dade Police Department Forensic Services Bureau which includes an accredited crime laboratory. The laboratory provides forensic services for the Miami-Dade Police Department, all municipal agencies in Miami-Dade County and state and federal agencies,on request. The Forensic Services Bureau is comprised of four sections: Analytical, Forensic Biology, Forensic Identification, and Fingerprint Identification.

Ms. Stoiloff currently serves on the National Institute of Justice Forensic Laboratory Needs Technical Working Group, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Rapid DNA Crime Scene Technology Advancement Task Group, the External Board of Advisors for the Florida International University International Forensic Research Institute, the Major Cities Chiefs Forensic Science Committee, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Police Investigative Operations Committee, and the Practitioner and Technical Advisory Board for the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE).

Ms. Stoiloff has served on the American Society of Crime Laboratories (ASCLD) Board of Directors as well as served as a member of the Technical Working Group for the Preservation of Biological Evidence and the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Response (SAFER) Working Group. Ms. Stoiloff has provided presentations on topics including accreditation, managing forensic operations, biological evidence preservation, and Rapid DNA analysis at national and international meetings including the National Governors Association, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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Henry Swofford
Program Manager

In-Q-Tel

Mr. Henry Swofford is the principal forensic analyst at HJS Consulting, LLC. Swofford is certified by the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a latent print examiner with over 15 years of experience working in an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited forensic science laboratory.

Swofford received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Georgia State University and his Masters of Science in Forensic Science from the University of Florida. Prior to serving as an independent forensic consultant, he was the Chief of the Latent Print Branch for the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) responsible for overseeing forensic latent print operations in support of the criminal investigative mission of the U.S. Department of Defense world-wide. Under his leadership, the USACIL Latent Print Branch gained international recognition for implementing policies, procedures, and practices to reform traditional forensic science methods and strengthen the scientific rigor of latent print examinations. Prior to this, he served as a Quality Assurance Manager, Research Coordinator, and Physical Scientist/Latent Print Examiner for the USACIL as well as a Laboratory Technician for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Over his career, Swofford has authored several articles and given over 130 professional presentations throughout the United States and International community related to forensic science methods and practices, including applications of statistical methods to latent print examination. He has testified in Federal and Military courts as an Expert and currently serves as the Chair of the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Friction Ridge Subcommittee, a member of the Board of Directors for the IAI, a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Identification, a member of the Academy Standards Board (ASB) Friction Ridge Consensus Body, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), among other committees and professional affiliations.

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Rick Tontarski
Principal

IntelliForensics LLC

Rick Tontarski is a Principal with IntelliForensics, LLC consulting on forensic and biometric management, operations and research. Retired from the US Army civilian force after more than 40 years of federal service, he served as Chief Scientist at the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) responsible for Army forensic and biometric research and as Director, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) after starting there in January 2007 as Chief, Forensic Analysis Division.

Before joining the USACIL, at the U. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) he was Chief, Fire Research Laboratory (FRL). He oversaw FRL concept development and the creation of the Fire Research Center, serving as its Laboratory Chief from 1999 to 2007.

Rick’s career began as a fire debris and explosives chemist, and on-site technical expert at fire and explosion investigation scenes as an ATF National Response Team chemist. From 1988 to 1994 he served as Chief, ATF Forensic Science Laboratory.

He served on editorial boards including for the Journal of Forensic Sciences for ~19 years. Rick is a Retired-Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), a past AAFS Board Member, and served on the White House National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Forensic Science Standards, Practices and Protocols Interagency Working Group.

In 1989, Rick founded the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC), the national certification board for forensic scientists, and is past president of the INTERPOL 13th (2001) International Forensic Science Symposium. Publications and presentations include fire debris and explosives analyses, management, quality assurance, education, battlefield forensics and homeland security.

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Harm van Beek
Digital Forensic Scientist

Netherlands Forensic Institute University of Amsterdam

Dr. Harm van Beek is an experienced Senior Digital Forensic Scientist at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI). His work consists of performing examinations in criminal cases and conducting scientific research in the digital forensic field. Harm is one of the founders of the forensic investigation, innovation and knowledge sharing platform Hansken. He is the technical director of CASE, an international standard for sharing cyber-investigation traces. Harm obtained his Ph.D. degree in formal methods (computer science) at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Before joining the NFI, he was founder and CTO of ISAAC, a company dedicated to developing middleware and software for the Internet.

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Kevin Winer
Director

Kansas City Missouri Police Department

Kevin Winer is the Director the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory and is the Vice President and a forensic science consultant for Van Stratton, Winer & Associates, LLC. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Honors Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan. He has over 19 years of experience as a bloodstain pattern analyst, 21 years as a trace evidence analyst and four years as a DNA analyst. Mr. Winer has attended advanced workshops including Math and Physics for BPA, Fluid Dynamics of Bloodstain Formation and Fabrics-based BPA Workshops. He has been qualified as a BPA expert witness in six states and has provided BPA instruction in ten states. Mr. Winer is the Research Task Group Chair for the OSAC BPA Subcommittee and is a member of the NIJ Impression, Pattern and Trace Technical Working Group. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Criminalistics.

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Carrie Wood
Assistant District Attorney

Philadelphia Conviction Integrity/Special Investigations Unit

Carrie Wood is currently an Assistant District Attorney in the Conviction Integrity Unit in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.  Carrie previously worked in the Appeals section of the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office in Cincinnati, Ohio and as an Assistant Public Defender in the Appeals and Post-Conviction section of the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. Carrie joined the Ohio Public Defender after working at the Ohio Innocence Project as a full-time staff attorney from 2010 to 2013. Carrie has previously been a member of the Complex DNA Working Group of the Innocence Network and conducted trainings on evaluating forensics in criminal cases. Carrie completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, where she majored in Engineering and received her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. After law school, she worked in the Criminal Defense Practice of the Legal Aid Society in New York City in the Bronx trial office from 2005-2010, representing indigent defendants at the trial level.

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Barbara Guttman
Manager of the Software Quality Group

NIST

Barbara Guttman is the Manager of the Software Quality Group in NIST’s Information Technology Lab (ITL). Her areas of responsibility include software assurance and computer forensics. In computer forensics, her group runs the National Software Reference Library www.nsrl.nist.gov and the Computer Forensics Tool Testing Project www.cftt.nist.gov. She is also active in both the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence and the OSAC DE Subcommittee. She has been working in the area for 20 years. In software assurance, her group runs the Software Assurance Metrics and Tool Evaluation (SAMATE) project including the Static Analysis Tool Exposition and the SAMATE Reference Data Set. Prior to joining the Software Quality Group, she was Associate Director of ITL, Senior Program Analyst to the NIST Director, and worked in computer security and federal information policy.

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Dr. Martin Herman
Senior Advisor

NIST

Dr. Martin Herman is a Senior Advisor in the Information Technology Laboratory at NIST. He has research experience in the areas of information technology, image processing, computer vision, and artificial intelligence. He manages the NIST Forensic Footwear Research project which is focused on research towards quantitative analysis for footwear evidence evaluation. He is co-leader of the NIST Cloud Computing Forensic program. He previously served as a senior manager at NIST for 13 years, where he was responsible for a large program in information access technologies, including biometrics, speech processing and human language technologies, multimedia information access, information retrieval, image and video processing technologies, visualization and usability testing, human-computer interfaces, and smart spaces.He is a member of the OSAC Footwear and Tire Subcommittee and a member of the U.S. National Footwear Database Evaluation Study Expert Working Group.He has a PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland.

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John Libert

NIST

John Libert has worked at NIST for over twenty years, variously engaged in developing measurements for assessment of video quality, performance of electronic displays, and biometric image quality. His current primary focus is development of metrics, protocols, and standard test artifacts for the evaluation of contactless fingerprint acquisition devices and their interoperability with contact devices.

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Steve Lund

NIST

Steve Lund graduated from St. Olaf College with majors in math and physics.He received his PhD in statistics from Iowa State University and joined the Statistical Engineering Division at NIST in 2012.While at NIST, Steve has worked on a variety of forensic science projects including comparison algorithms for footwear impression evidence, model uncertainty, probabilistic interpretation, and data visualization.He has served as a member of the OSAC Footwear and Tire Subcommittee and as a delegate to the International Standards Organization Technical Committee for Forensic Science.Steve has also worked on the NIST Review of Scientific Foundations for Firearms Examination.

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Robert Thompson
Senior Forensic Science Research Manager

NIST

Robert M. Thompson is a Senior Forensic Science Research Manager with the Special Programs Office-Forensic Sciences at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) for 12 years. He has 40 years of experience as a Forensic Scientist and Criminalist. He is certified in Criminalistics by the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) and is a past Chairman and current member – Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE) Certification Program Committee. He is a Distinguished Member of AFTE and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Mr. Thompson was awarded a Master of Forensic Science degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science with Chemistry minor from the California State University in Sacramento, California.

Prior to joining NIST, Mr. Thompson was a Senior Firearms and Toolmark Examiner for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Forensic Science Laboratories, and a Forensic Scientist and Criminalist in crime laboratories with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department (Reno, Nevada), the Oregon State Police, and the Genelex Corporation (Seattle, Washington). His court accepted expert testimony includes Firearm/Toolmark Identification, Proximity Testing, Serology and DNA analysis, Drug Analysis, Hair and Fiber Examination, Blood Spatter Reconstruction, Shoe Print Comparison, and Crime Scene/Shooting Reconstruction. Mr. Thompson has testified as an expert witness in numerous Federal and State courts and has active professional affiliations with several regional, national, and international forensic science societies and standards development organizations.

He is published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences; Forensic Science International; Journal for the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners; Proceedings of SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering; NIST Journal of Research; Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties, Measurement Science and Technology; Measurement Science Review; Inside ATF; FBI Crime Laboratory Digest; and the Proceedings of Saratov University (Russia).

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Craig Watson
Manager, Image Group

NIST

Craig Watson is the Manager of the Image Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and has been at NIST for 29 years. During his time with NIST, he has been engaged in numerous initiatives to improve biometric technologies. This includes extensive work to develop fingerprint testing datasets, fingerprint image compression, and slap fingerprint segmentation (SlapSeg). Additionally, he has expertise with biometric technology evaluations, including the Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation (FpVTE), Proprietary Fingerprint Testing (PFT), and Minutiae Interoperability Exchange Test (MINEX). He has been part of teams that have received a Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award (2003) and a Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award (2014) for their work related to biometric technologies.

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Alan Zheng
Mechanical Engineer

NIST

Xiaoyu Alan Zheng is a Mechanical Engineer in Sensor Science Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and focuses his research on objective measurements and analysis of 2D/3D ballistics toolmarks. He is currently a member of the Subcommittee on Firearms & Toolmarks in the NIST OSACs, the chair of the Technical Advisor committee for AFTE, and the co-chair of the Technical Working Group for 3D Toolmark Technologies(TWG3D2T).