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Michael Baird

DNA Diagnostics Center

Dr. Baird has published over 50 articles in peer review journals as well as chapters in books about the use of DNA for identification.  He was the first to testify in a criminal trial involving DNA evidence and has since testified in over 350 criminal cases.  He has presented at dozens of scientific meetings around the world about DNA testing for identification.  He served on the panel of the Office of Technology Assessment for the U.S. Congress studying the use of DNA for identification.  Dr. Baird currently serves as the past chair of the Relationship Testing Standards Committee of the AABB.

Michael Baird

Tabitha Bandy

Forensic Biology Supervisor / DNA Technical Leader, Metro Nashville Police Department Crime Laboratory

Tabitha Bandy has testified as an expert witness in Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky.  In March 2010, she accepted a position working in Forensic DNA in Southwest Asia.  After returning to the U.S., Mrs. Bandy accepted a position with Metro Nashville Police Department as the Forensic Biology Supervisor, DNA Technical Leader, and CODIS Administrator.

Tabitha Bandy

Jo-Anne Bright

Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) New Zealand

Jo-Anne Bright is a Senior Science Leader within the Forensic Biology group at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) New Zealand, where she has worked since 1999. Jo is one of the co developers of STRmix™, expert software for the interpretation of forensic DNA profiles and the new Australasian standard.

Jo-Anne Bright

John Buckleton

Co-Developer, STRmixTM

John's caseworking experience covers 35 years the UK, USA, Australia, Netherlands, and NZ. He has examined over 2,000 cases and testified possibly over 200 times. This includes testimony in NZ, Australia, England, Netherlands and the US.

John Buckleton

Bruce Budowle

University of North Texas Health Science Center

In 2009 Dr. Budowle became Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Genetics and Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas. He currently directs the Center for Human Identification. His research efforts focus on the areas of human forensic identification, microbial forensics, emerging infectious disease, molecular biology technologies, and pharmacogenetics.

Bruce Budowle

John Butler

NIST Fellow & Special Assistant to the Director at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

John M. Butler is an internationally recognized expert in forensic DNA analysis and holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Virginia. He has written five textbooks on Forensic DNA Typing (2001, 2005, 2010, 2012, and 2015) and given hundreds of invited talks to scientists, lawyers, and members of the general public throughout the United States and in 25 other countries so far.

John Butler

Jocelyn Carlson

DNA Quality Assurance Program Manager, DNA Support Unit, FBI Laboratory

Ms. Jocelyn Carlson serves as the chair of the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) Quality Assurance (QA) Committee. She has 15 years of experience in the forensic DNA field and has been with the FBI Laboratory for the last 9 years. 

Jocelyn Carlson

Michael Coble

Associate Director, Center for Human Identification, UNTHSC

Michael Coble, PhD, is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. He serves as a member of the OSAC Biological Data Interpretation and Reporting Committee and is an invited guest at the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM).

Michael Coble

John Collins

High-Stakes Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach at Critical Victories

John Collins is a High-Stakes Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach at Critical Victories, a company he founded to help people, teams, and organizations thrive in high-pressure environments where perfection is an expectation and failure is a ticket out the door.  He is also among the most respected forensic experts in the United States, recently publishing his first book on leadership and management in forensic science, which was released by Academic Press just last month. 

John Collins

Marsha Deitz

AABB

Marsha Deitz has worked for AABB as the staff Lead Assessor for Relationship Testing since January 2010. Marsha is a Certified Quality Auditor with ASQ, a certified lead auditor for ISO/IEC 17025, a forensic scientist and licensed Medical Technologist.

Marsha Deitz

Sara Green

Forensic Biologist, Defense Forensic Science Center, US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL)

Sara Green is a Forensic Biologist with the Defense Forensic Science Center in the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL). Sara has provide training on DNA mixture interpretation using probabilistic genotyping to crime labs throughout the U.S. as part of a training team funded by the N.I.J. Her courtroom experience includes testifying in federal court, U.S. military court, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Sara Green

Douglas Hares

National DNA Index System Program Manager, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s CODIS Unit

Dr. Hares is the National DNA Index System Program Manager in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s CODIS Unit. Dr. Hares is an invited guest and participant at the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) and the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) meetings. He also serves as a member and advisor to Interpol’s DNA Monitoring Expert Group.

Douglas Hares

Jody Hynds

Senior Forensic Scientist, Orange County District Attorney’s Office

Since 2010, Jody has been a Senior Forensic Scientist for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office as their local database administrator and general DNA expert in their DNA Unit.

Jody Hynds

Kristine Kadash

Sr. Criminalist, CODIS Administrator – Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab

Kristine Kadash is a Sr. Criminalist and CODIS Administrator at the Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab. She received her BS in Biological Sciences/Zoology from Colorado State University, and PhD in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin. Previously, Kristine worked as a DNA analyst at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center.

Kristine Kadash

Susannah Kehl

DNA Technical Leader, FBI Laboratory

Ms. Susannah Kehl is the DNA Technical Leader for the FBI Laboratory. She has testified in over 60 criminal proceedings in state, federal, and military courts across the United States and its territories. Ms. Kehl is a member of Scientific Working Group for DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM), the NDIS board and the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).

Susannah Kehl

Eugene Lien

Assistant Director and Nuclear DNA Technical Leader at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Eugene Lien is currently an Assistant Director at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Department of Forensic Biology, where he has worked since October 2001.  He was appointed as the Nuclear DNA Technical Leader in 2008 and has previously served as the Quality Assurance Manager for more than 10 years. 

Eugene Lien

Gustavo Martinez

Director of the Forensic Genetics Service and the Genetic Data Bank of the Supreme Court of Justice of the state of Entre Ríos, Argentina

Since 1999, Gustavo Martinez has been the Director of the Forensic Genetics Service and the Genetic Data Bank of the Supreme Court of Justice of the state of Entre Ríos, Argentina. He has worked on the resolution of more than 3000 forensic cases including kinship and criminal studies. He worked actively in the development of GENis, the software that works as a support for genetic databases of criminal offenders in several states of Argentina.

Gustavo Martinez

Amy McGuckian

Technical Leader of the Forensic Biology Unit, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Amy McGuckian is currently employed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office where she has served as the Technical Leader of the Forensic Biology Unit for the past 16 years. 

Amy McGuckian

Lilly Moreno

Research Biologist, DNA Support Unit, FBI Laboratory

Dr. Moreno plays an integral role in the Rapid DNA testing and advancement efforts at the FBI, and oversees evaluation and validation efforts pertaining to Probabilistic Genotyping, Next Generation Sequencing technology and other chemistries and technologies in support of the Biometric Units at the FBI.

Lilly Moreno

Tamyra Moretti

Research Biologist, DNA Support Unit, FBI Laboratory

Tamyra Moretti is a Research Biologist for the DNA Support Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory.  In 1996, Dr. Moretti joined the FBI Forensic Science Research Unit where she performed research, development and validation of PCR-based methods for the analysis of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA.  She has lectured extensively and trained forensic scientists and attorneys throughout the U.S. and internationally. 

Tamyra Moretti

Steven Myers

California Department of Justice Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory

Mr. Steven Myers has 30 years of experience in the field of forensic serology and DNA analysis. For the past 28 years, he has been employed by the California Department of Justice Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory. Mr. Myers’ primary duties over this time have been casework and method development, as well as teaching through Cal DOJ’s California Criminalistics Institute.

Steven Myers

Rachel Oefelein

DNA Labs International (DLI)

Rachel Oefelein is currently the Quality Assurance Manager/Senior DNA Analyst at DNA Labs International (DLI). Her courtroom experience includes testimony in four Florida counties, two states and three countries including misdemeanor and felony trials as well as both Arthur and Daubert hearings. 

Rachel Oefelein

Margaret Press

Co-founder, DNA Doe Project

Margaret Press, PhD is the co-founder of the DNA Doe Project, a non-profit corporation dedicated to identifying John and Jane Does through genetic genealogy.

Margaret Press

Diahan Southard

Your DNA Guide

Diahan has evolved with the Genetic Ancestry industry beginning in the year 2000 when she helped pioneer the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, the first attempt to combine DNA and family history. For the last 5 years she has been running Your DNA Guide, a company providing education and assistance to anyone with DNA who wants to learn more about their family history. She now also runs DNA Eyewitness, a company providing educational opportunities for law enforcement to learn how to apply DNA and family history in their investigations.

Diahan Southard

Tiffany Vasquez

Assistant Technical Leader, Department of Forensic Biology, New York City OCME

Tiffany Vasquez is an Assistant Technical Leader at the New York City OCME in the Department of Forensic Biology. Tiffany has written or reviewed thousands of cases in a variety of crime types and has testified in both state and federal jurisdictions within the City of New York.

Tiffany Vasquez

Sheila Willis

Guest Researcher at National Institute of Standards and Technology

Sheila Willis was Director General Forensic Science Ireland from 2002 – 2017. From Sept 2017 to April 2019 she worked at NIST on a scientific foundation review of DNA mixture interpretation. She has given many presentations including “Forensic Science – Fact and Fiction” as a recipient of the Boyle Higgins Medal from the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland, 2013; Stuart Kind Memorial Lecture 2016 “What does it take to be a Skeptical Witness -can we learn from the past to plan the future? “and Forensics@NIST “Lessons learned from a life in Crime”.

Sheila Willis

Charlotte Word

Consultant

Charlotte Word is currently a consultant in Human DNA Identification testing. She has performed technical reviews on many 1000’s of cases from several public and private DNA testing laboratories and has participated in the validation of various DNA test systems.  Charlotte has testified as an expert witness in over 300 trials and admissibility hearings around the country since 1990. 

Charlotte Word