The Forensic Science Standards Board serves as the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) governing board and supports the organization by overseeing operations of all resource committees, scientific area committees and subcommittees; approving standards for listing on the OSAC Registry; and facilitating communication within OSAC and between OSAC and the forensic science community.
- JoAnn Buscaglia, Ph.D., Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory
- S. Jim Gates, Ph.D., University System of Maryland Regents Professor
- Karen Kafadar, Ph.D., Department of Statistics professor and chair, University of Virginia
- Sarah Kerrigan, Ph.D., Forensic Science Department chair, Sam Houston State University
- Jeff Salyards, Ph.D., MFS, Executive Director, Defense Forensic Science Center
Professional Association Representatives
- Lucy A. Davis, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, LDH Consultants, American Academy of Forensic Sciences
- Laurel Farrell, Society of Forensic Toxicologists, director and past president; American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board, Senior Accreditation Program Manager
- Steven Johnson, International Association for Identification, past president; Ideal Innovations Inc., certified latent print examiner/facial examiner
- Mark Keisler, Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners, past president and member-at-large; Indiana State Police Laboratory, Forensic Firearms Identification Unit supervisor
- Roger A. Mitchell, Jr., M.D., National Association of Medical Examiners, DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, National Association of Medical Examiners
- Jeremy Triplett, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, advocacy committee chair; Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratory supervisor
Scientific Area Committee (SAC) Chairs
- Jose Almirall, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the International Forensic Research Institute, Florida International University
- Gregory Davis, M.D., SAC Crime Scene/Death Investigation; University of Alabama at Birmingham, professor, division director, and chief coroner/medical examiner
- George Herrin Jr., Ph.D., SAC Biology/DNA; Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Division of Forensic Science deputy director
- Austin Hicklin, SAC Physics/Pattern Interpretation; Noblis, biometrics and forensic science fellow
- Richard Vorder Bruegge, Ph.D., SAC Digital/Multimedia; Federal Bureau of Investigation, senior photographic technologist
Resource Committee (RC) Chairs
- Christopher J. Plourd, Legal Resource Committee Chair, Superior Court Judge, State of California
- Karen Reczek, Quality Infrastructure Committee Chair, Program Manager, NIST Standards Coordination Office
- William C. Thompson, Ph.D., Human Factors Committee Chair, Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society and Psychology and Social Behavior and Law, University of California Irvine
NIST Ex Officio member
- Mark Stolorow, Director of OSAC Affairs
- JoAnn Buscaglia, Ph.D., Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory-- Dr. JoAnn Buscaglia is a Research Chemist with the FBI Laboratory in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit. JoAnn received her PhD from the City University of New York in 1999, and a B.S. and M.S. in Forensic Science (Criminalistics) from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the FBI Laboratory, JoAnn worked for 10 years in academia and as a consultant for both private- and public-sector forensic science, environmental, and industrial hygiene laboratories. JoAnn's research is primarily focused in the areas of microscopy, microanalysis, and elemental analysis of trace materials, impression and pattern evidence, and the interpretation of data in a forensic context. JoAnn has delivered over 100 technical presentations at professional and scientific conferences, and published book chapters and research articles in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
She also serves professionally: she is currently a member of the NIST OSAC Forensic Science Standards Board, after completing 2 years as the Vice Chair of the OSAC Physics/Pattern Evidence Scientific Area Committee; reviewer for journals and grants; and a member of editorial and conference boards, advisory panels and technical working groups, domestically and internationally. In 2013, JoAnn was honored with both the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Advancement for the “Black Box” latent print examiner research, and the Paul L. Kirk Award, the highest honor given by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Criminalistics Section (of which she is a Fellow).
S. Jim Gates, Ph.D., University System of Maryland Regents Professor-- Sylvester James “Jim” Gates, Jr., (born December 15, 1950) is an American theoretical physicist. He received two B.S. degrees and a Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the latter in 1977. His doctoral thesis was the first one at MIT to deal with supersymmetry. Gates is currently a University System Regents Professor, the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Director of the String and Particle Theory Center, Affiliate Professor of Mathematics, and serves on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, National Commission on Forensic Science, and on the Maryland State Board of Education. He is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. In 1984, working with M.T. Grisaru, M. Rocek, W. Siegel, Gates co-authored Superspace, the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry.
In 2006, he completed a DVD series titled Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality for The Teaching Company composed of 24 half-hour lectures to make the complexities of unification theory comprehensible to non-physicists. In 2012, he was named a University System of Maryland Regents Professor, only the sixth person so recognized in the system’s history. He is a past president of the National Society of Black Physicists, and is a NSBP Fellow, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Physics in the U.K. He also is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150-year history. On November 16, 2013, Prof. Gates was awarded the Mendel Medal by Villanova University “in recognition of his influential work in supersymmetry, supergravity and string theory, as well as his advocacy for science and science education in the United States and abroad.” President Obama awarded Prof. Gates the National Medal of Science, the highest award given to scientists in the U.S., at a White House ceremony in 2013. During 2014, he was named the Harvard Foundation’s ‘‘Scientist of the Year.’’
In 2015, he became a member of the Board of Directors of the Achieve, Inc and the Board of Councillors for the Boy Scout of America’s STEM National Council. He currently continues his research in supersymmetry in systems of particles, fields, and strings.
- Karen Kafadar, Ph.D., Department of Statistics professor and chair, University of Virginia-- Karen Kafadar is commonwealth professor and chair of statistics at University of Virginia, Charlottesville. She received her B.S. in mathematics and M.S. in statistics at Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in statistics from Princeton University.Prior to joining the statistics department in 2007, she was a mathematical statistician at National Institute of Standards and Technology, member of the technical staff at Hewlett Packard's RF/Microwave R&D Department, fellow in the Division of Cancer Prevention at National Cancer Institute, professor and chancellor's scholar at University of Colorado-Denver, and Rudy Professor of Statistics at Indiana University.
Her research focuses on robust methods, exploratory data analysis, characterization of uncertainty in the physical, chemical, biological, and engineering sciences, and methodology for the analysis of screening trials, with awards from CDC, American Statistical Association (ASA), and American Society for Quality. She was editor for Journal of the American Statistical Association's Review Section and for Technometrics, and is currently biology and genetics editor for The Annals for Applied Statistics.She is a past or present member on the governing boards for ASA, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, International Statistical Institute, and National Institute for Statistical Sciences. She is a fellow of ASA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Statistics Institute. She has authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters and has advised numerous M.S. and Ph.D. students.
She was appointed to the FSSB in 2014.
- Sarah Kerrigan, Ph.D., Forensic Science Department chair, Sam Houston State University-- Sarah Kerrigan is the chair of the Department of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University. She is a contributing author for numerous forensic science textbooks and has published scientific articles and original research on a wide range of topics. She maintains an active research program in addition to her administrative duties as an academician. She received her initial training in forensic toxicology in 1990 at the Scotland Yard Forensic Laboratory in London, England. Since then she has held a variety of positions in publicly funded crime laboratories, industry and academia.
Her current academic role is complemented by her practitioner experience as a forensic scientist and laboratory director in ASCLD-LAB, ABFT and ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories in California, New Mexico and Texas. Kerrigan is a former president of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and has held a variety of elected positions in regional and national forensic professional organizations. She has a long-standing commitment to the advancement of forensic science in the United States. She served on the Accreditation and Certification Interagency Working Group of the National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Forensic Science, the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology and was appointed to the Texas Forensic Science Commission in 2007, where she is vice chair.
She was appointed to the FSSB in 2014.
Jeff Salyards, Ph.D., MFS, Executive Director, Defense Forensic Science Center-- Dr. Jeff Salyards is the Executive Director of the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC), Forest Park, Georgia. Prior to his current position, he served as the Chief Scientist for the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL). Before coming to USACIL, he was a Principal Analyst with Analytical Services and authored a study about the best methods to train military operators in material collection during the conduct of operations. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Montana State University, a Masters of Forensic Sciences from The George Washington University and has completed a Fellowship in Forensic Medicine from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
A former Director of the Defense Computer Forensic Laboratory and AFOSI Special Agent, he has 28 years of combined experience in scientific leadership, investigations, forensic consulting and teaching. He served as the Deputy for Operations and Assistant Professor at the Air Force Academy Chemistry Department and was honored with the Outstanding Academy Educator Award. Dr. Salyards has served on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board, the Department of Justice National Steering Committee for Regional Computer Forensic Laboratories, the Council of Federal Forensic Laboratory Directors, the ASCLD Board of Directors, and as a Commissioner for the Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission; he is a current member of the National Commission on Forensic Science. Dr. Salyards is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and has an impressive list of publications and presentations. He is also a retired commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. He has been married for 25 years and has three daughters.
He was appointed to the FSSB in 2016.
- Lucy A. Davis, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, LDH Consultants, American Academy of Forensic Sciences-- Lucy A. Davis is retired from the Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratory where she was employed over the years as forensic biologist, DNA Section Supervisor, Technical Leader, and Quality Assurance Supervisor. She works as a forensic consultant specializing in forensic biology, DNA analysis and quality assurance. She holds certifications by the American Board of Criminalistics, the American Society of Clinical Pathology, and is a qualified lead assessor for FBI Quality Assurance Standards, ISO/IEC 17025, and ISO 15189. She conducts trainings, quality assurance gap analysis and has lead over 100 accreditation assessments including internationally. Her consulting career has allowed her to develop various programs including 16 week forensic DNA training academies and validation programs for implementation of new technologies.
Ms. Davis is a member of several forensic associations, including the Midwest Association of Forensic Sciences, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She has served on the College of American Pathologists Proficiency Test Review Committee, the Technical and Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods and the American Board of Criminalistics. Her service to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences includes Criminalistics Section Chair, Board of Directors, Forensic Science Foundation Trustee, numerous committees and she currently serves as the chair of the Academy Standards Board (ASB).
- Laurel Farrell, Society of Forensic Toxicologists, director and past president; American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board, Senior Accreditation Program Manager-- Laurel Farrell is the Society of Forensic Toxicologists representative on the Forensic Science Standards Board. She has worked in forensic toxicology for more than 30 years, focusing in human performance toxicology. Her career has included practitioner experience in the forensic disciplines of drug chemistry (weighing, identification and purity determinations) and in trace (glass) as well as management responsibility for many forensic disciplines. After retiring from the state of Colorado, Ms. Farrell joined the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board.
Previously serving as a lead assessor and as an instructor, she is currently the accreditation program manager for the calibration program. She is an active member in a number of forensic professional organizations. A fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, she received the 2008 Toxicology Section Ray Abernathy Award for Outstanding Forensic Toxicology Practitioner. She also was recognized by the National Safety Council with the presentation of the 2009 Robert F. Borkenstein Award for her career service to the alcohol, drugs and transportation safety field. She has served as a member and as an executive committee member of the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology since 2010 and is looking forward to supporting the OSAC initiative.
She was appointed to the FSSB in 2014.
- Steven Johnson, International Association for Identification, past president; Ideal Innovations Inc., certified latent print examiner/facial examiner-- Steven Johnson is the past president (2014-2015) of the International Association for Identification (IAI). He is a retired law enforcement supervisor with an extensive background in latent print examination, crime scene investigation, forensic art as well as experience with crime scene reconstruction, footwear examination and bloodstain pattern analysis.
An IAI-certified latent print examiner and forensic artist; he is currently senior vice president of West Virginia operations for Ideal Innovations, Inc. He has 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.
In addition to his affiliation through the IAI, Mr. Johnson is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science and the International Association of Cranio-Facial Identifiers. He is the past secretary and chair of the IAI Forensic Art Certification Board, past chair of the IAI Science and Practices Committee, past chair of the IAI Biometric Information Systems Committee and past chair of the IAI Facial Identification provisional sub-committee. Mr. Johnson received a B.S. degree from the University of Iowa and has over 2000 hours of related forensics training.
He was appointed to the FSSB in 2014.
- Mark Keisler, Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners, past president and member-at-large; Indiana State Police Laboratory, Forensic Firearms Identification Unit supervisor -- Mark A. Keisler is currently the Forensic Firearms Identification Unit supervisor at the Indiana State Police Laboratory where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of eight forensic scientists at four regional laboratories. He has been a forensic firearms examiner since 1995 and to date has worked over 950 cases and has testified over 150 times in courtrooms across Indiana.
Mr. Keisler is a member of the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE) and has been a member of the board of admissions and chairman of the needs assessment committee. He has been on the AFTE Board of Directors since 2010 and was the president of this association from 2013-2014. Mr. Keisler has authored or co-authored 11 articles for the AFTE Journal, presented at the 2000 AFTE conference in St. Louis, and co-authored an article for the Journal of Forensic Science. Mr. Keisler has been a member of the Scientific Working Group for Firearm and Toolmarks since 2006 and an ASCLD/LAB ISO 17025 Auditor since 2009. He has a B.S. in criminal justice and corrections from Ball State University and is currently certified in the area of firearm evidence examination and identification by AFTE.
He was appointed to the FSSB in 2014.
Roger A. Mitchell, Jr., M.D., National Association of Medical Examiners, DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, National Association of Medical Examiners-- Dr. Roger A. Mitchell, Jr. is the Chief Medical Examiner for the Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. He was appointed in 2014. He is a graduate of Howard University, Washington, D.C., and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ. He has a B.S. in Biology from Howard University and he is licensed to practice medicine in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. He has performed over 1300 autopsy examinations in his career and has testified as an expert on numerous cases.
He began the study of forensic science and violence prevention as a Forensic Biologist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – DNA Unit in January 1997 at the FBI Headquarters Building. Dr. Mitchell served 4 years as the Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, in charge of Medicolegal Death Investigations at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences prior to serving 2 years as the Regional Medical Examiner for the Northern Regional Medical Examiner Office in Newark, NJ. Dr. Mitchell has served in large cities such as New York City, Houston, and Newark, NJ.
He believes the medical examiner serves a critical role in public health prevention initiatives and continues to be at the forefront of issues relating to Elder Abuse & Neglect and Youth Violence. He is the Chairman of the National Medical Association’s Workgroup on Gun Violence and Police Use of Force, which examines violence as a public health issue.
Dr. Mitchell is board certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology. He is a Fellow with the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). He sits on national subcommittees for NAME including Education & Planning and Strategic Planning as well as Chairs the Deaths In Custody Ad-hoc Committee. He has been appointed to the Forensic Science Standards Board in 2016.
- Jeremy Triplett, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, advocacy committee chair; Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratory supervisor-- Jeremy Triplett is the drug chemistry supervisor at the Kentucky State Police Central Forensic Laboratory in Frankfort, Ky., where he is also the technical leader for all six of the Kentucky State Police laboratory branches. He has more than eleven years of experience in forensic drug chemistry analysis and has testified in local, state and federal courts. As technical leader, he oversees training programs, policy and procedure revisions, and internal audits for the Kentucky State Police drug chemistry laboratories, statewide.
He also regularly interfaces with policymakers in Kentucky regarding controlled substances issues facing the commonwealth. He currently serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), an organization of crime laboratory directors and managers dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation. He is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics and an associate member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is also a certified technical assessor in drug chemistry for ASCLD/LAB and has participated in several assessments of forensic science laboratories inside and outside of the United States. He received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. in pharmacy from the University of Florida.
He was appointed to the FSSB in 2014.
- José Almirall, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the International Forensic Research Institute, Florida International University-- José R. Almirall is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) at Florida International University. He was a practicing forensic scientist at the Miami-Dade Police Department Crime Laboratory for 12 years, where he testified in over 100 criminal cases in state and federal courts prior to his academic appointment at FIU in 1998. Professor Almirall has authored one book and ~ 120 peer-reviewed scientific publications in the field of analytical and forensic chemistry and presented ~ 600 papers and workshops in the U.S., Europe, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Africa. The interests of Prof. Almirall's research group include fundamental analytical chemistry and the development of analytical chemistry tools for use in forensic science including materials analysis, trace detection and analysis of drugs and explosives. His research group has been awarded 2 patents resulting from technology developed at FIU and received ~ $ 7 million in research funding from federal agencies such as the NSF, DoD, NIJ, TSWG and from industry sources. Some of the research in his group has been transitioned into 5 different ASTM standard methods of analysis.
Prof. Almirall is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the founding chairman of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the AAFS, past Chair of the FBI-sponsored Scientific Working Group on Materials (SWGMAT) Glass subgroup, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences and was appointed to serve on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Department of Forensic Science Commonwealth of Virginia by two different governors of the State of Virginia. Dr. Almirall has served as a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on forensic science matters.
He was appointed to serve on the Forensic Science Standards Board in 2015.
Gregory Davis, M.D., SAC Crime Scene/Death Investigation; University of Alabama at Birmingham, professor, division director, and chief coroner/medical examiner-- Gregory G. Davis serves as professor and director of the forensic division of the Department of Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and as chief coroner/medical examiner for Jefferson County, Ala. Dr. Davis graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School. He trained in pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center followed by forensic pathology training at the San Diego County Medical Examiner Office. Dr. Davis is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in anatomic, clinical and forensic pathology. Dr. Davis has worked at UAB since completing his forensic pathology fellowship.
Dr. Davis earned a Master of Science in Public Health from the UAB School of Public Health. His research interest is the application of epidemiology to forensic pathology, especially drug abuse. He publishes in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of Pathology and Law. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Academic Forensic Pathology, and Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology. He currently represents the pathology/biology section on the board of directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is the 2014 president of the National Association of Medical Examiners.
He was appointed to the FSSB in 2014.
- George Herrin Jr., Ph.D., SAC Biology/DNA; Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Division of Forensic Science deputy director-- George Herrin is the deputy director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Division of Forensic Sciences, a position he has held since 2007. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1985 from Rice University and conducted postdoctoral research at Texas A&M University. As deputy director, Herrin is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the seven laboratories in the GBI laboratory system, including oversight of the division budget. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Forensic Sciences, and is co-chair of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) Forensic Research Committee. He served as a member of the ASCLD board of directors from 2009 to 2014. He has been a lead assessor for DNA laboratory quality audits and grant progress assessments.
He is also an active participant in the FORESIGHT project to study performance metrics in forensic labs, and is a member of the National Institute of Justice R&D Technical Working Group for general forensics research and development. He is a former member of the Technical Working Group for DNA Analysis Methods and the NIJ Technical Working Group for DNA R&D.
He was appointed to the FSSB in 2014.
- Austin Hicklin, SAC Physics/Pattern Interpretation; Noblis, biometrics and forensic science fellow-- R. Austin Hicklin is a fellow at Noblis, and has been involved in a broad range of biometric/forensic projects for various U.S. Government agencies since 1995. His work has included development of biometric and forensic standards, evaluations of the reliability and accuracy of latent print examination, automated fingerprint/palmprint identification system engineering and interoperability, assessments of methods for the handling of video and digital image evidence, development of latent print quality metrics, evaluations of biometric identification systems, evaluations of biometric fusion and slap fingerprint segmentation.
His experience also includes designing and developing the universal latent workstation for the FBI, and designing tools for the forensic use of iris and face images. He is the chair of the OSAC Scientific Area Committee for Physics and Pattern Evidence. Mr. Hicklin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech, and is completing a doctorate in forensic science from the University of Lausanne.
He was appointed to the FSSB in 2014.
- Richard Vorder Bruegge, Ph.D., SAC Digital/Multimedia; Federal Bureau of Investigation, senior photographic technologist-- Richard W. Vorder Bruegge is a senior photographic technologist at the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he is responsible for overseeing science and technology developments in the imaging sciences. He has an Sc.B. in engineering, and an Sc.M. and Ph.D. in geological sciences from Brown University. He has been with the FBI since 1995, where he has performed forensic analysis of image and video evidence, testifying in state, federal and international courts as an expert witness over 60 times.
Vorder Bruegge was chair of the Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology from 2000 to 2006 and chair of the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group from 2009 to the present. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in the Digital and Multimedia Sciences Section. In 2010 he was named a Director of National Intelligence Science and Technology Fellow for his work in facial recognition. In addition to several publications on forensic image analysis, he has also co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles on facial recognition and identification and was co-editor of Computer-Aided Forensic Facial Comparison (CRC Press, 2010).
He was appointed to the FSSB in 2014.
- Christopher J. Plourd, Legal Resource Committee Chair, Superior Court Judge, State of California-- Christopher J. Plourd is the presiding Judge of the Imperial County Superior Court in El Centro, California. Plourd was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to Superior Court in Imperial County California in December 2011. Prior to his judicial appointment, he was a practicing litigation attorney for over 31 years in San Diego and El Centro, California where he specialized in cases involving Forensic Scientific Evidence.
Judge Plourd belongs to numerous legal and scientific organizations and is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Judge Plourd also belongs to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ASTM International E-30 committee on Forensic Science, the American Society of Forensic Odontology, the California Judges Association and the American Judges Association. Before he was appointed to the bench Judge Plourd was a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. National Organization for Criminal Defense Attorneys until his judicial appointment.
Since July 2014 Judge Plourd has served as the Legal Resource Committee (LRC) chair and a member of the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC).
He has a B.S. from Butler University and a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Karen Reczek, Quality Infrastructure Committee Chair, Program Manager, NIST Standards Coordination Office-- Karen Reczek is a program manager in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Standards Coordination Office.
Prior to joining NIST, she worked for 14 years managing a global information center for Bureau Veritas (BV), a consumer products testing and conformity assessment firm where she managed the competitive intelligence, knowledge management and standards research functions worldwide. Prior to joining BV, Karen worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb company in the R&D Library for 8 years and in the Technical Information Center for Occidental Chemical Corp.
In addition to serving on the FSSB and as the OSAC Quality Infrastructure Committee Chair, Karen is currently serving as the Education Council Director on the Board of Directors, for SES: The Society of Standards Professionals. Karen has published a book, Starting an Information Center: A Practical Guide and regularly speaks and publishes on the value of information in organizations.
Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences and Humanities and a minor in Technical Communications from Clarkson University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Buffalo. Karen holds a Certificate in Competitive Intelligence from SLA, Inc.
- William C. Thompson, Ph.D., Human Factors Committee Chair, Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society and Psychology and Social Behavior and Law, University of California Irvine-- William C. Thompson (J.D. Berkeley, 1982; Ph.D. Stanford, 1984) is a professor of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He has joint appointments in Psychology and Social Behavior and in the School of Law at UCI. Recently he has been a visiting scholar at the University of Lausanne and a Visiting Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He chairs the Human Factors Committee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), and serves on the Human Factors Subcommittee of the National Commission on Forensic Science. He has published extensively on the use and misuse of scientific and statistical evidence in the courtroom and on jurors’ reactions to such evidence. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) through the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE). Although he is primarily an academic, he has (as a lawyer) represented parties in both criminal and civil matters involving scientific and statistical evidence.
- Mark Stolorow is the Deputy Director of the Special Programs Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce in Gaithersburg, Maryland where he is also the Director for OSAC Affairs (Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science). The mission of OSAC is to produce consensus documentary standards and guidelines to improve quality and consistency of work in the forensic science community. Mr. Stolorow serves as the program chairman of the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management first convened by NIST in 2015 and scheduled again for July 2017.
Mr. Stolorow has significant forensic laboratory and courtroom experience, having served as the training coordinator for the statewide forensic serology program and as the research program administrator for the Illinois State Police Bureau of Forensic Science, as well as serving as the Executive Director of Orchid Cellmark, a forensic DNA testing laboratory. Mr. Stolorow led teams that performed DNA analysis for high-profile cases such as the 1995 criminal investigation of O.J. Simpson, the 1996 murder case of JonBenet Ramsey, and the 1998 Unabomber case of Theodore Kaczynski. Mr. Stolorow is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the recipient of the 2014 Criminalistics Section Mary E. Cowan Outstanding Service Award. He is also a member of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists and ASTM. Mr. Stolorow received the 2005 Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Distinguished Service Award. He served as co-chair of the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Forensic Science from 2009 through 2012. Mr. Stolorow received a B.S. from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Forensic Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University.
He is the NIST ex-officio member of the OSAC Forensic Science Standards Board.