Kelly Ayers started at West Virginia University in 2010 as a Curriculum Developer and Instructional Coordinator for what was then known as the Forensic Science Initiative. In October 2015, Kelly was named the Director of the WVU Forensic Science Academy for Professionals, the continuing education arm of the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science. In these positions, she has developed and instructed crime scene related continuing education courses as well as academic courses as part of the WVU FIS Minor and the LLM program in Forensic Justice at the WVU College of Law. Kelly has reviewed book proposals for Elsevier and served on the Technical Working Group assembled by Forensic Quality Services to write guidance documents for the implementation of ISO 17020 accreditation for police forensic units. Previously, Kelly worked for the Asheville, NC Police Department as a Forensic Services Technician (I-III). In this assignment, she responded to crime scenes for evidence documentation and collection, having been recognized in North Carolina Superior Court as an expert in forensic identification.
AC Brogdon is the current California State Division International Association for Identification President. In addition to being president, Brogdon is the forensic supervisor of the Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory, which is an ANAB ISO accredited forensic laboratory. As supervisor, he oversees the forensic service section which includes crime scene investigation, chemical processing, latent prints and the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network. Brogdon has been a forensic practitioner for over a decade has two masters degrees in Forensic Science and Organizational Leader. In addition to his education, he is certified as a Crime Scene Analyst with the parent body.
Paul Butler is an internationally renowned speaker, presenter, instructor, and entertainer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a
concentration in Culture and Communication, as well as an Associate’s
Degree in Criminal Justice. He excels in the areas of motivation, leadership, customer service, and attitude empowerment. During his 27 years of law enforcement, he has been a public servant, training officer, sergeant, crisis negotiator, chief of police, and chief deputy. These opportunities have given him a unique perspective on a vast array of situations and circumstances that many people find themselves in every day. These experiences have helped him to develop the answers to questions and cures to problems most people are facing at work and in life on a continual basis. Paul became the chief of police of the Aynor Police Department at 22 years of age, making him the youngest police chief in the history of South Carolina. Born and raised on a small farm, his parents served as examples of hard work, common sense, personal responsibility, and respect for self and others. This has played heavily in his success in life and within each organization in which he has served.
He believes the power of a positive attitude can take you to the top or help you simply find happiness and pride in the current role you fill. A healthy attitude is often the key to both personal and professional success – this has certainly been the key to Paul’s success. As Chief Deputy of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, he was selected to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2005 for the 220th Session. This 10-week, executive level course was host to 250 attendees from all 50 states and 29 countries around the world. Paul was selected by his class to be their graduation day speaker alongside then-FBI Director Robert Mueller. He continues to serve as the official Master of Ceremonies for the
FBI National Academy Associates during their annual training conferences, which are held throughout North America.
To increase his outreach, Paul Butler Presentations was formed and he has been traveling the globe speaking, instructing, and entertaining for all types of groups, organizations, and events. He is consistently one of the highest-rated presenters on the market today and comes with strong references and a list of past and future exciting events.
Vice President of Foxfury Lighting
FoxFury Lighting Solutions creates unique and cutting edge LED lighting products. FoxFury is best known for its niche LED headlamps and area lights designed for Fire, Industrial, Military, Law Enforcement and Forensics markets.
Hilary Moses Daluz
Instructor for Tri Tech Forensics
Hillary Moses Daluz is an instructor for Tri Tech Forensics and a Forensic Specialist with Forensic Identification Services. Daluz began her career as a Police Identification Specialist with the City of Hayward Police Department in Hayward, California. After earning her Masters of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of California, Davis she deployed to the Joint Expeditionary Forensic Facility at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq as a Latent Print Examiner. After returning stateside she became a member of the faculty in the Forensic Sciences program at Chaminade University of Honolulu. She then accepted a position as a Senior Latent Print Technician with American Systems. Daluz is a member of the International Association for Identification.
Criminalist, Arizona DPS
Penny Dechant has been employed with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, assigned as a Supervising Forensic Scientist/Technical Lead for the Field Services Unit since 2019, and formerly as a Forensic Scientist IV/Technical Lead with the Latent Print Unit since 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University in 1995. Penny worked as a Crime Scene Specialist for the Scottsdale Police Department from 2000 to 2004. Penny is a member of the International Association for Identification, a Certified Latent Print Examiner, and a Member of the Science and Practice Committee for the International Association for Identification. Penny serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association for Identification and the Arizona Identification Council.
Mark A. Dolfi
Instructor at In Your Face Id Training
Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice/Forensic Science at East Los Angeles College
Cristie Fish has obtained a Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Psychology from California State University Fullerton in 2005. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree she attended the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program (LPVROP) Forensic Science Academy in which she completed 368 hours of forensic science training including: Fingerprint Classification/ Pattern Identification/Sequencing, Basic and Advanced Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Photography, Report Writing, Advanced Technology in CSI including Chemical Processing and DNA, Death Investigation, Ridgeology and Friction Ridge Skin Comparison, Gangs and Narcotics, Courtroom Testimony and Laws of Arrest.
She has been employed with the Pasadena Police Department (PPD) as a Forensic Specialist since April 2007. During her twelve years of experience with PPD she processed thousands of crimes scenes ranging from burglary calls to homicides and officer involved shootings. She has also testified on numerous cases in court; in January 2010 she was deemed a Court Qualified Latent Fingerprint Expert.
Cristie began her teaching career in August 2006 as an Instructional Aid at the LPVROP Forensic Science Academy. She was then promoted to Instructor in 2009 teaching the Basic and Advanced Crime Scene Investigation modules. Cristie was then hired as a full-time professor for the East Los Angeles College Administration of Justice Department teaching Fingerprint Classification, Criminal Investigations, Introduction to Administration of Justice and Criminalistics I and II.
Cristie has introduced many aspects of the job to her students, including: Henry Classification, History of Forensic Science, Fingerprint Identification, Impression, Trace and Biological Evidence Recognition and Collection, Blood Spatter Documentation and Analysis, Gunshot Trajectory, Crime Scene Investigation and Documentation, Firearms and Ballistics, Toxicology, DNA and Death Investigation. The students are taught the importance of evidence collection when investigating a crime and they are also given hands-on opportunities to practice and gain experience in these sections. Cristie is passionate about Forensics and sharing her knowledge and experience to others.
Barry A. J. Fisher
Retired Crime Lab Director
Barry A. J. Fisher served as Crime Laboratory Director for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department from 1987 until his retirement in 2009. He began his career in criminalistics with the Sheriff’s crime lab in 1969. His current interests concern the interrelationship between forensic science and the law along with public policy issues concerning the timely delivery of quality forensic support services to the criminal justice system.
Fisher is a Distinguished Fellow and past-president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences; past-president of the International Association of Forensic Sciences, past-president of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and a past-chairman of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board.
His textbook, Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, in its 8th edition. Fisher speaks throughout the United States, and has lectured in Canada, England, Australia, Singapore, France, Israel, Japan, China and Turkey on forensic science laboratory practices, quality assurance and related topics.
Fisher received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the City College of New York. He holds a Master of Science degree in organic chemistry from Purdue University and an M.B.A. degree from California State University, Northridge.
John Calvin Gaziano
Owner, Leuko-Sight Forensics
Owner of Leuko-Sight Forensics and is a Sergeant with the Fremont Police Department.
Forensic Identification Specialist II
Forensics Supervisor, City of Irvine
VP Business Development at CSIpix
John Guzzwell is an engineer experienced in the development and commercialization of software for fingerprint enhancement, comparison, and identification. He has also provided training sessions in the use of fingerprint software and presented lectures and workshops at various conferences on topics related to software-assisted fingerprint analysis and matching. He is a member of the IAI and serves as VP of Business Development with CSIpix. He has been fortunate to receive advice and mentorship from numerous generous fingerprint examiners and other forensic experts over the years.
President and Owner, Forensic Pieces
Janice Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years in law enforcement. She began her career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. as a fingerprint examiner. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan decided to do something more exciting and crime scene analysis was the answer. She is certified by the International Association for Identification as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and was a Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Pensacola, until June of 2001 serving over twenty-two years. Her duties consisted of both laboratory analysis and on scene processing and examinations which included: detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried bodies and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous homicide crime scenes to include quadruple murders. She has testified in hundreds of criminal cases in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis. For the last three years prior to her retirement in 2004, Jan was employed by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office where she was the supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units as well as in charge of the new laboratory in which she designed. She is past Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the International Association of Identification. Jan is also involved with the Florida Division of IAI and was the President in 2007. She was also on the original Crime Scene Certification Board for the IAI and has served on numerous committees with both the IAI and the FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation in the United States and abroad to include South Africa, Brazil, Bermuda, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.
Glenn is a certified latent print examiner, has a B.S. in Forensic Science from Michigan State University and a M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. Glenn has a Ph.D. in Forensic Science from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Glenn has lectured and hosted workshops nationally and internationally at forensic science conferences in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe on topics including Daubert issues, research, probabilistic approach, error rates, and fingerprint methodology. He has published numerous research articles in peer reviewed journals. He also co-hosts a weekly podcast, “The Double Loop Podcast”, on fingerprint topics with Eric Ray.
Los Angeles County Medical Examiner
I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. I was later hired as a Community Services Officer with the Garden Grove Police Department and I worked there for 3 years. I then was hired at the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office, where I have been for the past 17+ years. In 2014, I was awarded Investigator of the Year for the State of California. I live in Long Beach with my dog(s) and in my free time, I enjoy kickboxing, going to clubs/raves, and anything pertaining to “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Dr. Judy Melinek
President and CEO of PathologyExpert Inc.
Dr. Judy Melinek is President and CEO of PathologyExpert Inc., a consulting firm and educational resource center for forensic pathology. Dr. Melinek has subspecialty training in neuropathology and a special interest in wound interpretation, gunshot wound trajectory, medical malpractice, and wrongful death legal cases. Dr. Melinek is an American Board of Pathology board-certified forensic pathologist.
Brandon F. Nabozny
Owner, Forza Forensics
Brandon Nabozny is the owner and lead instructor at Forza Forensics, LLC, a forensic science training and consulting company based in Phoenix, Arizona. Brandon spent over eleven years as a forensic scientist at the Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, where he specialized in forensic chemistry, latent print analysis and forensic photography and crime scene investigation. He was supervisor over the state level Crime Scene Response Team and acted as lead crime scene analyst on countless major investigations throughout Arizona. Brandon’s focus is now on forensic science and law enforcement education. He is a Faculty Associate at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University where he teaches courses in criminal investigations and forensic science. He is a member of the International Association for Identification, the Arizona Homicide Investigators Association and 1st Vice President of Arizona’s State Division of the IAI, the Arizona Identification Council.
2nd Vice President CSDIAI
Crime Scene Investigator/ Latent Print Examiner
Krishna Patel is a certified Crime Scene Investigator/ Latent Print Examiner and has been performing her respective duties for the past 23 years. She currently supervises the Forensic Unit at Torrance Police Department Crime Lab, which provides a full service of crime scene investigation, latent print examination and chemical processing. Krishna has a Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) in Applied Biology, with a concentration in Molecular cell biology and Genetics, from the University of Hertfordshire, U.K. She is an active member for the IAI, CSDIAI, Southern California Association of Fingerprint Officers (SCAFO) and The Charted Society of Forensic Science (U.K). She is currently on the Torrance Police Department Trauma Support Team and is a serving member for the CSDIAI Membership, Press and Compliments committees. Krishna is the co-founder of Omega Creative Forensic Consulting, LLC and resides in Los Angeles County, California.
Account Manager at Canon
Supervisor, Latents Unit at Louisiana Companies
Larry has been connected with law enforcement since 1985 when he joined the US Air Force as a Security Policeman. Working with the USAF and later with the National Guard, Larry became a certified Police Officer in Little Rock Arkansas. Retuning to Hernando County, Florida, where he was raised, he was hired by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office as a 911 dispatcher and in 1991 became a crime scene technician. Larry worked here for 6 years, during which time he attended basic and advanced courses in crime scene, arson investigation and fingerprint technology.
In 1997, Larry became a Forensic Technician for the Cape Coral Police Department. At that time, this assignment was a one-man position. He worked hard to grow the department and its forensic section. Being promoted to supervisor of the Forensic Section in 2005, Larry now supervises nine employees and has increased the Department’s viability by creating latent, computer, video and lab units within the forensic section.
Larry has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has testified as an expert in the fields of latent print identification, 10-print identification, and crime scene procedures to include forensic light sources, photography, scene processing and crime scene reconstruction. He is presently serving as the Second Vice President of the Florida Division of the International Association for Identification (FDIAI) and has previously performed as a Regional Director of the FDIAI.
Jon T. Stimac
RS&A Instrutor, CLPE
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminalistics/Criminal Justice from Weber State University in 1993, Jon began his forensic science career with the Salt Lake City Police Department Crime Laboratory. In 1996, he continued his career in the pacific northwest where he has worked as a forensic scientist, temporary lab director, latent print examiner, and as a technical leader for both the latent print and crime scene disciplines.
Jon is both a Certified Latent Print Examiner and a ‘Distinguished Member’ of the International Association for Identification (IAI), currently serving as Editor for their quarterly publication, IDentification News.
Jon was a fourteen-year member of the NIJ sponsored Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST) and has had several research projects pertaining to latent friction ridge development published in the Journal of Forensic Identification, Fingerprint Whorld and Divisional IAI newsletters. More recently, Jon has instructed numerous comparison courses (Intermediate, Advanced and Plantar Comparison of Friction Ridge Impressions) to both latent print and tenprint analysts throughout the United States and from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico and Sweden.
Alice White (Maceo)
Owner of Evolve Forensics
The Short Story
• I have been working in forensics since 1997.
• I was the Manager of the Latent Print Detail of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department from 2006 – 2018.
• I obtained certification in Latent Print Examination by the International Association for Identification in 2001.
• I became a Distinguished Member of the International Association for Identification in 2004.
• I am a member of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors.
• I serve on the Journal of Forensic Identification Editorial Review Board.
• I was a member of the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Latent Print Analysis from 2008-2011.
• I served on the ASCLD/LAB Technical Advisory Committee for Latent Prints from 2014-2016.
• I am a member of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Friction Ridge Subcommittee.
• I am a member of the RTI Human Factors in Forensic Practice Sourcebook Working Group.
• I am a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) Friction Ridge Consensus Body.
• I have published research and technical articles in a variety of peer-reviewed publications (see the Resources page on this website for all publications).
• I have taught fingerprint interpretation throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Gabrielle Wimer is a Forensic Specialist working for the City of Ventura. Gabrielle has worked in Crime Scene Investigation for 10 years and has been a Latent Print Examiner for the past 2 years. She is an I.A.I Certified Crime Scene Analyst. Gabrielle received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University and a degree in Forensic Technology from Grossmont College. She is an active member of the IAI and CSDIAI. She currently serves on the Ventura Police Department Peer Support Team and provides Crime Scene Investigation training to the sworn personnel. Gabrielle actively volunteers her time in the community and partakes in the local Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program for students. She has been featured on the Today Show with Matt Lauer for her help in solving a 35 year old cold case homicide. Gabrielle is the Co-Founder of Omega Creative Forensic Consulting, LLC. She currently resides in Ventura County, California.
CSI at Lafayette Police Department
Danielle Wishon is a California native, currently employed with the Lafayette Police Department as a CSI and PSA. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Entomology from University of California, Davis. She is a Board of Directors member of the San Luis Obispo Fire Investigation Strike Team. For the past ten years, she has worked as a Forensic Entomologist with Dr. Robert Kimsey at UC Davis.