Expert in Facial Identification
Expert ID: 735988 Virginia, USA
Expert serves as the Director of the Facial Identification Training and a Biometrics SME. In this position, Expert coordinates all training classes as well as many other face related activities within the company and also provides subject matter expertise on Biometrics for contracts and consulting/ expert witness work. Expert is an IAI Certified Tenprint Examiner and is the current chair of both the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG) and the Facial Identification Subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Sciences. Expert also sits on the IAI Facial Identification Subcommittee.
In 2008, as a Tenprint Examiner at the DoD DFBA, which transitioned into a Sr. Biometric Examiner comparing multiple biometrics (fingerprints, faces, and irises), Expert co-authored a training to competency program on facial identification & comparisons and is responsible for mentoring and training new employees through the tenprint and facial training program while integrating them into an operational environment.
Expert joined the Advisory Board after 13 years of service to the company as Senior Vice President. Expert is the current Chair of the Forensics Science Standards Board (FSSB) of a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) entity dedicated to strengthening the nation’s use of forensic science by facilitating the development of technically sound forensic science standards and by promoting the adoption of those standards by the forensic science community.
Expert served in the past as President and Chair of the IAI, secretary and chair of the IAI Forensic Art Certification Board, past chair of the IAI Science and Practices Committee, chair of the IAI Biometric Information Systems Committee and the chair of the IAI Facial Identification provisional sub-committee. In addition to Expert's affiliation with the IAI, Expert is a member the International Association of Cranio-Facial Identifiers.
Expert served as Senior Vice President of West Virginia Operations. Expert worked numerous forensic/biometric support contracts for the Department of Defense (DoD) and was actively involved in the development of DoD forensics and biometric standards. Expert is an International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Latent Print Examiner (CLPE) and Forensic Artist. Expert served 20 years in the law enforcement community providing leadership and expertise in criminal investigation and forensic sciences at the municipal and state levels.
|Year: 2005||Degree: Associates Degree||Subject: General Studies||Institution: Community College of Beaver County|
|Year: 1987||Degree: BS||Subject: Psychology||Institution: University of Iowa|
|Years: 2019 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Director, Facial Examination Training & Biometrics SME||Department:||Responsibilities: • Aid in development, implementation, and training of multiple classes for those performing comparisons of faces to include an introductory class, a five- or ten-day class, a refresher class, and an advanced class.
• Provide training to multiple domestic and international customers with positive review and demonstrated enhancement of student capabilities
• Communicate complex technical concepts across language and cultural situations
• Participate in strategic planning and communication of short and long range goals to outreach Facial Identification Training Program to domestic and international stakeholders and customers
• Coordinate with senior management to define success criteria for evolution of training program and capture metrics in order to baseline and perform continuous improvement in support of those criteria
• Utilize roles as Chair of Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG) and Chair of the Facial Identification Subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Research (OSAC) to define strategies, accepted standards and processes for facial identification utilizing inputs from domestic and international stakeholders,
trainees, and real-world practitioners
• Analyze trends in student answers and course surveys and make appropriate changes to the training program
• Manage class & instructor scheduling to meet customer needs
• Conduct comparisons and coordinate consultation work on facial comparisons for lawyers, government agencies, law enforcement, and private persons.
• Provide SME support to governmental agencies to assist in implementation, training, and examination support.
|Years: 2008 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Sr Biometric Examiner||Department:||Responsibilities: • Perform comparative analysis of one-to-one images of fingerprints, faces, and irises to provide accurate determination of identification or non-identification
• Aid in development, implementation, and training of “Facial Training to Competency” program
• Aid in development and implementation of Quality Assurance-Quality Control (QAQC) measures to include adjudication review of files and review of casework
• Develop, maintain, and provide training on standard operating procedures within defined areas of responsibility
|Years: 2019 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Advisory Board||Department:||Responsibilities: Providing leadership guidance and contract preparation support for all operations and future endeavors. Subject Matter Expert in all elements of forensic and biometric applications at the government and commercial level. Holding a prestigious title of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Organization of Scientific Area Committees for the Forensic Sciences (OSAC) for the Forensic Sciences, Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB), with oversight to the standards development process that will affect 25 forensic science disciplines across the United States.|
|Years: 2013 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Senior Vice President/West Virginia Operations||Department:||Responsibilities: General Management and supervisory authority over operations in the State of West Virginia in support of Department of Defense (DoD) contracts. This includes Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency (DFBA) for the Biometrics Identity Management Activity (BIMA) as well as temporal supervisory authority of the Biometric Identification System for Access (BISA)/Biometric Automated Toolset (BAT) sub-contract. Sub-task supervision at the BIMA operation includes Outreach, WatchDesk Support and Examination Services, representing up to 80 contract personnel. Provided biometric and forensic subject matter expertise to the DoD to include Facial Analysis and Recognition, Friction Ridge Examination and Sensitive Site Exploitation. Responsible for communicating through briefings and monthly progress reports to internal leadership and external, high-level customers (including the National Ground Intelligence Center [NGIC], Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] Criminal Justice Information Services [CJIS] Division and Department of Homeland Security [DHS] Office of Biometric Identity Management [OBIM]).|
|Years: 2011 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Contract Program Manager||Department:||Responsibilities: Assigned to manage a team five (5) forensics specialists (DNA, Firearms, Forensic Photography, Document Exploitation and Fingerprint) dedicated to an Afghanistan Ministry of Interior (MoI) forensics training mission in the Bagram. Responsible for coordination of travel, billeting as well as providing forensics expertise to the customer, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL). Also served as a liaison or provided SME support to partnering organizations and agencies (such as the IAI, the Biometrics Consortium, SOCOM, TRADOC) in the interests of DoD forensics.|
|Years: 2011 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Forensics Subject Matter Expert||Department:||Responsibilities: Assigned to initiate outreach to government, academic, law enforcement and private sector entities re: forensic and biometric applications and impacts on DoD services and support provided through the BIMA. Duties include assisting in the development of a DNA database interface between currently disparate systems within the DoD. Additionally, managed a subcontracted program for latent print training of U.S. government personnel under the Department of Defense Forensics Enterprise System contract issued through the Office of Provost Marshall General (OPMG) for the USACIL.|
|Years: 2010 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Biometrics Subject Matter Expert||Department:||Responsibilities: Provided biometrics subject matter expertise (including iris matching, tenprint matching, palm print matching and facial analysis) to the DoD in support of overseas and CONUS missions wherein biometrics are essential operational mission elements. As a facial recognition expert, served as one of the first members of the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG), dedicated to developing standards and guidelines for facial recognition and analysis. Led the development of a DoD face analysis training program that is considered above the standard for like courses of instruction. Served on the Facial Identification Subcommittee of the International Association for Identification (IAI) Science and Practices Committee. The IAI is recognized as a world leader in providing guidelines, training certification in many forensic and biometric disciplines.|
|Years: 2009 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Latent Print Subject Matter Expert||Department:||Responsibilities: In conjunction with British Aeronautical Engineering (BAE), assisting with the development and deployment of Department of Defense, Joint Expeditionary Forensic Facilities (JEFFs) by providing expertise in the areas of crime scene investigation, evidence preservation and exploitation as well as knowledge in the area of latent print examination. Stateside supervision of 13 personnel representing five forensic disciplines: Latent Print Examination, Forensic Photography, DNA analysis, Evidence and Property Management and Custody and Firearms/Toolmark Examination.|
|Years: 2007 to 2008||Employer: Self Employed||Title: Manager /Biometric Examination Services||Department:||Responsibilities: Supervised a team of 9 tenprint and 12 latent print examiners responsible for further exploitation of known fingerprints and developed latent prints that were obtained or recovered in Iraqi and Afghan theaters of operation. The Examination Services Team was a 24/7/365 operation that worked very closely with other governmental support organizations (FBI, DHS, NGIC, TEDAC among others). Turned a two-month backlog around in the first three months after taking over the management position. Worked as a Subject Matter Expert with L1/Identix in the development of the Face, Latent and Ten Print Examination systems that were deployed by the Department of Defense, Biometric Fusion Center (BFC). Additional duties included serving as a member of the Forensic Executive Steering Group (FESG), a predecessor of the Defense Forensic and Biometrics Agency. Participation included membership on the Training and Competency subcommittee and interaction on the Functional Area, Needs and Solutions Assessments (FAA, FNA, FSA) as part of a broader Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA) for the future of DoD forensics and biometrics support.|
|Years: 2006 to 2007||Employer: Self Employed||Title: Forensic Lab Manager/Latent Print Examiner||Department:||Responsibilities: Laboratory manager, SME and certified latent print examiner assigned to the Naval Criminal Investigation Services (NCIS) Laboratory located at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Primarily responsible for non-IED related, latent print exploitation and identification of latent prints. Worked with embedded USMC Weapons Intelligence Teams (WITs) to exploit recovered cached armaments. Coordinated with Marine Corps Expeditionary Forces and briefed at flag level re: the results of said exploitation to assist with targeting and identifying anti-coalition forces as well providing basic training on the proper handling and packaging of evidence.|
|Years: 2006 to 2006||Employer: Self Employed||Title: Forensic Team Lead/Latent Print Examiner||Department:||Responsibilities: Team lead and certified latent print examiner attached to the Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell (CEXC) stationed at Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq. Responsible for post-blast, latent print exploitation and development, scheduling of a five-person, forensics team in-theater and follow-up comparison and identification of latent prints. Included weekly briefings to the Council of Colonels responsible for providing guidance to CEXC operations in the Baghdad AOR. Also assisted with development of an in-country database of Iraqi and foreign nationals and communication with CONUS support at the Biometrics Fusion Center (BFC).|
|Years: 2005 to 2013||Employer: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation||Title: Certified Latent Print Examiner||Department:||Responsibilities: Bench latent print examiner, footwear/tire track examiner and forensic artist for a state crime lab. Responsibilities included intake and processing of evidence collected statewide from contributing jurisdictions. Photography, preservation and comparisons of developed latent prints in order to effect identifications. Utilized Motorola Printrak Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) And the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Integrated (IAFIS) to search latent prints against known databases. Was also assigned as the lab’s training coordinator.|
|Years: 1987 to 2005||Employer: Davenport Police Department||Title: Identification Bureau Supervisor/Latent Print Examiner||Department:||Responsibilities: A patrol officer, major crimes/person crimes investigator, latent print examiner and supervisor of the I.D. Unit, Crime Laboratory, Property and Evidence Units and Crime Scene Unit. Acted as the department’s primary certified Latent Print Examiner and Forensic Artist as part of the Criminal Investigation Division. Was responsible for in-house and outsource training in the area of crime scene investigation. Created and implemented the department’s first civilian crime scene unit which subsequently led to a three-fold increase in the collection of latent print evidence and a like increase in latent identifications. Developed and provided in-house and outsource criminal investigation, forensic photography, evidence collection techniques and crime scene documentation training across the region. Prior to retirement, was in the process of developing and seeking funding for a regional (bi-state) forensic crime laboratory. Further served the department as a Crisis Negotiation Unit vice-commander, Police Union President and Secretary/Treasurer, Secretary/Treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police (Local #3) and State Police Association Secretary/Treasurer (Local #2).|
|Licenses / Certifications|
|International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Tenprint Examiner (CTPE) - 2018
International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Latent Print Examiner (CLPE) - 2015
International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Forensic Artist (CFA) - 2019
|*Member, Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG)
*Member, International Association for Identification (IAI), Facial Identification Subcommittee
*Chair, Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Sciences, Facial Identification (FI) Subcommittee
*Secretary, IAI Forensic Art Certification Board
*Chair, IAI Forensic Art Certification Board
*Member, IAI Board of Directors
*Chair, IAI Biometric Information Services, Science and Practices Subcommittee
*Member, Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG)
*Vice President, the IAI
*President, the IAI
*Chairman of the Board, the IAI
*Chair, Facial Identification, Science and Practices Subcommittee
*National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS), Accreditation and Proficiency Subcommittee
*Member, Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB)
*Chair – OSAC, FSSB
|Awards / Recognition|
|Security Industry Association Women in Biometrics Award|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|Provides subject matter expertise in the area of consultation services for facial comparisons. Experts are key members of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Sciences, the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG), and the International Association for Identification (IAI) Facial Identification Subcommittee.
Experts strive to provide unbiased support for any request for comparison of facial images. The first step in the comparison process is to assess the images for comparison quality. A comparison using the ACE-V process and the morphological analysis comparison methodology is then conducted by two independent examiners. Once completed, a report is generated with a mark-up of the images, the evaluation of the comparison, and the results clearly listed.
Experts have supported requests for attorneys (both prosecution and defense), historical photograph examinations, and missing children.
Experts also offer expert witness testimony services regarding comparisons conducted by I-3 personnel.
|Training / Seminars|
|Experts offer a Facial Identification Training curriculum aimed at improving the skill sets of the analyst. The 1 or 2 week course will provide the examiner with necessary skills and strategies needed when conducting facial comparisons. Topics include but are not limited to bones and muscles, dermatology, aging, and hair. The course provides extensive comparison exercises that apply what is learned during the lectures. This course is perfect for federal, state, local or commercial organizations that have facial recognition systems and who are performing facial comparisons.|