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Frederick Bieber

Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University

Frederick R. Bieber is a member of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University. His academic work focuses on the laboratory and statistical aspects of DNA-based human identification, with a focus on kinship analysis and its attendant legal, ethical, and policy implications.

Frederick Bieber

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

Bruce Budowle

Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki and Forensic Science Institute, Radford University

Dr. Budowle's current efforts focus on the areas of human forensic identification, microbial forensics, human trafficking, and emerging infectious disease with substantial effort in next generation sequencing. He is a Commissioner on the Texas Forensic Science Commission.

Bruce Budowle

Julia Burrill

Postdoctoral Associate in Forensic Science Communication, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University

Julie Burrill brings a strong academic and applied background in forensic science and years of experience in DNA labs and in translating complex forensic concepts into a legal context. She co-developed this workshop to integrate the Alda Method and related improvisation theater techniques into training curricula tailored to testifying forensic scientists.

Julia Burrill

Michael Coble

Executive Director, Center for Human Identification, UNTHSC

Michael Coble, PhD, is an Associate Professor and the Executive Director of the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a member of the International Society for Forensic Genetics. He serves as a commissioner of the Texas Forensic Science Commission 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

Dr. Claire Glynn

Associate Professor, University of New Haven

Dr. Glynn, who joined the University of New Haven in 2014, teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in forensic science, focused on forensic biology, forensic DNA analysis, and forensic/investigative genetic genealogy (F/IGG). Her research interests are focused F/IGG, and a broad range of applications for this novel investigatory tool. This includes investigating the effects of degraded samples and novel technologies, establishing best practices, the international feasibility of this tool, historical applications, and ethical considerations, to name just a few. Her other research interests include Rapid DNA analysis, RNA (mRNA and miRNA) analysis, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNPs) applications, and DNA Methylation markers.

Dr. Claire Glynn

Lisa Grossweiler

NDIS Custodian, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laboratory Division

Ms. Grossweiler is the National DNA Index System Program Manager in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's CODIS Unit. Lisa has over 31 years of experience in the forensic DNA field, serving in the private and public sectors. She joined the FBI Laboratory as a DNA Examiner in 2010 and has been the NDIS Custodian since 2019.

Lisa Grossweiler

Christi Guerrini

Assistant Professor, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy | Director of the Health Policy Pathway, Baylor College of Medicine

Christi Guerrini is Assistant Professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Director of the Health Policy Pathway, at Baylor College of Medicine. At BCM, she conducts research focused on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic technologies, including investigative genetic genealogy, with the goal of informing policy. 

Christi Guerrini

David Gurney

Assistant Professor of Law & Society and Director of the Investigative Genetic Genealogy Center, Ramapo College

Dr. David Gurney, JD/PhD is an assistant professor of Law & Society and Director of the Investigative Genetic Genealogy Center at Ramapo College. He is president of the Investigative Genetic Genealogy Accreditation Board and a board member of the Forensic Genealogy Special Interest Group of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

David Gurney

Douglas Hares

Rapid DNA Implementation Program Advisor for the FBI’s Biometric Analysis Section

Dr. Hares is the Rapid DNA Implementation Program Advisor for the FBI’s Biometric Analysis Section.  He joined the DNA Analysis Unit II of the FBI Laboratory in 2000 as a Forensic Examiner.  In 2006, Dr. Hares transferred to the CODIS Unit where he served as the NDIS Custodian for over 13 years. 

Douglas Hares

Jarrah Kennedy

Senior Biology Criminalist, Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory

Jarrah Kennedy began her career at the Miami-Dade County Crime Laboratory where she spent ~ 1 ½ years as a serologist prior to being called back to the Midwestern US. Since then, she has spent over 16 years at the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory as a serologist and DNA analyst. Currently, Jarrah serves as a Vice Chair for the Human Forensic Biology Subcommittee (OSAC).

Jarrah Kennedy

Michelle Madrid

Senior Criminalist and Assistant DNA Technical Leader, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Michelle Madrid has 22 years of crime laboratory experience, most of which has been in the DNA and Crime Scene units. She is currently serving as the Assistant DNA Technical Leader for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Michelle's areas of interest include researching and validating new methods and technologies.

Michelle Madrid

Pamela Marshall

Director, Duquesne University

Dr. Marshall has extensive graduate and undergraduate teaching experience in the forensic disciplines of serology, DNA, and microscopy. Her research interests include low copy number DNA, human and wildlife DNA identification challenges, nanoparticle technology, pressure cycling technology, and PCR enhancement.

Pamela Marshall

Mikalaa Martin

Forensic Scientist, RTI International

Mikalaa Martin is employed as a Forensic Scientist at RTI International where she supports a variety of multidisciplinary forensic science research projects under the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, and various other initiatives funded by the Department of Justice and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Mrs. Martin serves as a Steering Committee Member for the NIST/NIJ Expert Working Group on Human Factors in DNA Interpretation.

Mikalaa Martin

Allison Massari

Allison Massari’s work is a celebration of the power of the human spirit. Her potent message has reached audiences in more than 75 countries and is a testament to hope, indestructible perseverance, and radical compassion. She has been named one of the Top Ten Best Motivational Speakers in North America by Meetings and Conventions Magazine and has forged her path to success with creativity, tenacity, and deep gratitude.

Allison Massari

Kayleigh Matook

Assistant DNA Technical Leader. Colorado Bureau of Investigation

Kayleigh has been employed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in the Biological Sciences section since 2014. Prior to that, she was a student at the Boston University School of Medicine.

Kayleigh Matook

Wendy McLean

Practitioner-In-Residence FGG Program, University of New Haven | Contract Genealogist, Bode Technology

Wendy McLean is the owner of 23 Pairs Genealogy, LLC and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She began using genetic genealogy to assist adoptees identify their biological parents in 2017 and later applied the same skills to provide investigative leads in UHR and forensic cases as a genealogist with the DNA Doe Project and Cold Case Coalition. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and serves on the Forensic Genealogy SIG board.

Wendy McLean

Rachel Oefelein

DNA Labs International (DLI)

Rachel Oefelein is currently the Director of Research and Innovation, Quality Assurance Manager, and a Senior DNA Analyst at DNA Labs International (DLI). Since joining DNA Labs International in 2014, Rachel has testified in eleven Florida counties, five states and U.S. Territories, and five countries as an expert witness for both the prosecution and the defense in misdemeanor and felony trials, as well as Williams, Daubert, and Arthur hearings.

Rachel Oefelein

Niki Osborne

Forensic Research Scientist | Project Management Support, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Contractor)

Dr. Niki Osborne specializes in understanding and improving human factors issues in forensic evidence interpretation and presentation. Her primary research focus has been on the role of contextual information and potential for cognitive and contextual bias and in bloodstain pattern analysis. From this research, she has developed practical methods to manage contextual information for bloodstain pattern analysis in the laboratory and at the crime scene.

Niki Osborne

Joshua Rice

Lecturer, Alda-Certified Facilitator, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University

Josh Rice has over two decades of experience as an improviser, theater practitioner, and teacher. He co-developed this workshop to integrate the Alda Method and related improvisation theater techniques into training curricula tailored to testifying forensic scientists.

Joshua Rice

Eileen Riego

Genética Molecular, REFERENCIA Laboratorio Clinico, Distrito Nacional, República Dominicana

Eileen Riego Trejo is the Director of the Molecular Genetics Department. She received her postgraduate in Developmental Biology from the Universidad Habana, Cuba. She received her Master's in Cell Biology in Mammalian and Molecular Genetics from CIGB-Cuba and her Master's in Genomics and Medical Genetics from CEVUG, University of Granada. Spain.

Eileen Riego

Tiffany Roy

Consultant, ForensicAid, LLC

Tiffany Roy MSFS, JD is a Forensic DNA expert with over thirteen years of forensic biology experience in both public and private laboratories in the United States. She has processed thousands of DNA samples and thousands of cases over the course of her career. She has provided expert witness testimony in more than one hundred cases in state, federal and international courts. She instructs undergraduates at Palm Beach Atlantic University; University of Maryland Global Campus; and Southern New Hampshire University. She currently acts as a consultant for attorneys and the media in the area of forensic biology through her firm, ForensicAid, LLC.

Tiffany Roy

Natalia Sandberg

DIRECCIÓN DE IDENTIFICACIÓN CRIMINAL DIRECCIÓN NACIONAL DE POLICÍA CIENTÍFICA MINISTERIO DEL INTERIOR

Natalia Sandberg as a Forensic Scientist is the head and co-founder of the "Registro Nacional de Huellas Genéticas" of the Direccion Nacional de Policía Científica (DNPC) of Uruguay. She has specialized in CODIS Software and for more than 18 years has carried out tasks inherent to the field of forensic genetics.

Natalia Sandberg

Julie Conover Sikorsky

Forensic Scientist Supervisor, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Julie Conover Sikorsky is a Forensic Scientist Supervisor, a.k.a. Forensic Biology Unit Manager, at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has been employed by the PBSO for over twenty years, first as a Senior Forensic Scientist, then as the manager of the FBU. Julie is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and ABC certified in molecular biology.

Julie Conover Sikorsky

Mark Smith

DNA Database Supervisor and Rapid DNA Coordinator, Arizona Department of Public Safety

Mark Smith has been employed with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for 21 years and currently supervises the Technical Support Unit, covering both the statewide Breath Alcohol and Law Enforcement Rapid DNA Programs. Prior to that, he was the DNA Database supervisor and has processed casework for nuclear DNA and mitochondrial DNA cases.

Mark Smith

Angela Spessard

Forensic Scientist III, Maryland State Police

Angela Spessard is a Forensic Scientist III in the Biology Section of the Maryland State Police. In addition to her case work duties, she is a member of the validation unit. She is a representative on the NIST/NIJ Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Forensic DNA Interpretation and has enjoyed collaboration.

Angela Spessard

Regina Wells

DNA Database Supervisor, Kentucky State Police DNA Database

Regina Wells has been employed by the Kentucky State Police for 19 years and the supervisor of the DNA Database for 3 years. She also serves as the State CODIS Administrator for Kentucky.

Regina Wells

Ray Wickenheiser

Director for the New York State Police Crime Lab System

Dr. Ray Wickenheiser is currently the Director for the New York State Police Crime Lab System, headquartered in Albany, New York. He is also a Past President of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) and the 2022 Briggs J. White Ward recipient . Ray has over 38 years of forensic science experience, with 21 of those as a Crime Lab Director in local and State Crime Laboratories. His areas of expertise include crime lab administration, quality management, forensic DNA, serology, hair and fiber trace evidence, physical matching and comparison, glass fracture analysis, forensic grain comparison and genetic genealogy. Ray is currently the Chair of the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science.

Ray Wickenheiser

Alison Wilde

Cold Case Coalition/IMF (Tulsa 1921 Graves Investigation)

Alison took her first genealogy class in 1988 and has been a genealogy lecturer and mentor for the last ten years.   She transitioned to full time, professional genetic genealogy work in 2016 and is the owner of Tri DNA Genealogy, LLC.  Alison has been with the Cold Case Coalition since January of 2020.  Previously Alison was a project and department manager for a large financial services company.

Alison Wilde

Richard Wivell

Senior Scientist, Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited

Richard Wivell is a Senior Scientist within the STRmixTM  team at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited, New Zealand where he has worked since 2008.  Before moving to New Zealand, Richard was a Forensic Scientist for the Metropolitan Police Service and the Forensic Science Service in the UK.

Richard Wivell

Hope Zagaria

Research Forensic Social Scientist, RTI International

Hope Zagaria is a Research Forensic Social Scientist at RTI International.  She provides support for the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative as a Forensic DNA subject matter expert and serves as a Steering Committee Member for the NIST/NIJ Expert Working Group on Human Factors in DNA Interpretation. 

Hope Zagaria