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Terminology Task Group

The FSSB’s Terminology Task Group is comprised of members from various OSAC units and is responsible for the management of the OSAC terminology processes. This includes the overall management of the OSAC Lexicon as well as managing and providing internal training on the OSAC preferred terms process. The group is available for consulting with the FSSB and all OSAC committees on terminology related issues. 


Tabitha Viner, Task Group Chair, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (member of OSAC's Wildlife Forensic Biology Subcommittee and Quality Task Group)

Vacant, Task Group Vice Chair


Kenneth Aschheim, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (Chair of OSAC's Forensic Odontology Subcommittee)

Karin Athanas, TIC Council Americas (OSAC affiliate)

Jason Bundy, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (Vice Chair of OSAC's Biology SAC and member of OSAC's Human Forensic Biology Subcommittee and Quality Task Group)

Erika Chen, New York Police Department Laboratory (member of OSAC's Ignitable Liquids, Explosives & Gunshot Residue Subcommittee)

John Ellis, Law Offices of John C. Ellis, Jr. INC. (member of OSAC's VITAL Subcommittee and Legal Task Group)

Matthew Gamette, Idaho State Police Forensic Services (OSAC affiliate)


Simone Gittelson, District of Columbia Department of Forensic Science (affiliate member of OSAC's Human Forensic Biology Subcommittee and Statistics Task Group)

Bruce Houlihan, Orange County Crime Laboratory (OSAC affiliate)

Michael Kessler, Denton Texas Police Department (Vice Chair of OSAC's Scene Examination SAC)

Sandra Koch, McCrone (affiliate member of OSAC's Trace Materials Subcommittee)

Christopher Krug, Johnson County Sheriff's Office Criminalistics Laboratory (FSSB Vice Chair and FSSB liaison for OSAC's Quality Task Group)

Gerald LaPorte, Florida International University (Vice Chair of OSAC's Physics/Pattern Interpretation SAC)

Jenifer Markowitz, Forensic Healthcare Consulting, LLC (member of OSAC's Forensic Nursing Subcommittee)



Joy Martin, Gila River Health Care (member of OSAC's Forensic Nursing Subcommittee)

Melanie McMillin, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (member of OSAC's Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee and Quality Task Group)

Reta Newman, Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory (Vice Chair of OSAC's Chemistry: Seized Drugs & Toxicology SAC)

Christopher Plourd, State of California (member of OSAC's Forensic Toxicology Subcommittee & Legal Task Group)

Eric Pokorak, Federal Bureau of Investigation (OSAC affiliate)

Donna Sirk, National Institute of Standards and Technology (OSAC Program Office)

Chris Taylor, Defense Forensic Science Center (including USACIL) (Chair of OSAC's Chemistry: Trace Evidence SAC)

Alicia Wilcox, Thomas College (member of OSAC's Footwear & Tire Subcommittee & Human Factors Task Group)

Created May 14, 2020, Updated August 16, 2023