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Forensic Science Standards Board

FSSB Members & Guests at the September FSSB Meeting in Tampa, FL
FSSB Members & Guests at the September FSSB Meeting in Tampa, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) serves as OSAC's 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.

Research RepresentativesProfessional Association RepresentativesScientific Area Committee (SAC) ChairsResource Committee (RC) ChairsNIST Ex Officio Member | Presentations

Research Representatives

Professional Association Representatives

  • Lucy A. Davis, American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS); LDH Consultants, American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Laurel Farrell, Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), director and past president; ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), Senior Accreditation Manager
  • David Fowler, M.D., National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), past president; Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Maryland
  • Steven Johnson, International Association for Identification (IAI), past president; Ideal Innovations Inc., certified latent print examiner/forensic artist 
  • Andy Smith, Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE), Criminalist II - Firearm and Toolmark Examiner, San Francisco Police Department Crime Laboratory
  • Ray Wickenheiser, DPS, American Society of Scientific Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD); New York State Police Crime Lab System Director

Scientific Area Committee (SAC) Chairs

  • Jose Almirall, Ph.D., Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis SAC; Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the International Forensic Research Institute, Florida International University
  • Melissa Gische, Physics/Pattern Interpretation SAC; Federal Bureau of Investigation, Physical Scientist/Forensic Examiner
  • Robyn Ragsdale, Ph.D., Biology/DNA SAC; Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
  • Richard Vorder Bruegge, Ph.D., Digital/Multimedia SAC; Federal Bureau of Investigation, Senior Physical Scientist
  • Jason Wiersema, Ph.D., Crime Scene/Death Investigation SAC; Harris County (Texas) Institute of Forensic Science

Resource Committee (RC) Chairs

  • Karin Athanas, Quality Infrastructure Committee Chair; TIC Council Americas
  • David H. Kaye, Legal Resource Committee Chair; The Pennsylvania State University
  • 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

  • Karen Reczek, Ex Officio; Program Manager, NIST Standards Coordination Office

Presentations


Research Representatives

Fred Bieber

Frederick R. Bieber, Ph.D. serves as a medical geneticist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and as an associate professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He lectures on genetics, pathology, and forensics and is a director in the Center for Advanced Molecular Diagnostics serving patients in the Partners Healthcare System.  Dr. Bieber has taught courses continuously at the Harvard Extension School for over three decades and his research focuses on the forensic aspects of DNA-based human identification, leading to service as an expert in state, federal, and military civil and criminal investigations.

As a commissioned officer in the US Army Reserve, he served on active duty at the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL). Dr. Bieber served on the World Trade Center Kinship and Data Analysis Panel, working with the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the DNA-based identification of victims of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center twin towers, and as a member of the Hurricane Victim DNA Identification Expert Group, assisting the Louisiana State Police in the identification of victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Dr. Bieber is an appointed member of the National DNA Databank of Canada Advisory Committee, the DNA Subcommittee of the New York State Forensic Commission, and served as a member of numerous state and federal forensic advisory boards, including the FBI DNA Advisory Board, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Virginia Department of Public Safety. He served as senior advisor in forensic science to the Executive Office of Public Safety in Massachusetts, and to the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Services and Public Protection.

In 2014, Dr. Bieber was appointed to the first-ever U.S. National Commission on Forensic Science which makes recommendations for improvements to the use of forensic science in the U.S. justice system.

He was appointed to the FSSB in 2018.

JoAnn Buscaglia

JoAnn Buscaglia, Ph.D. is a Research Chemist with the FBI Laboratory in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit. JoAnn received her Ph.D. 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.

JoAnn served as the Vice Chair of OSAC's Physics/Pattern Interpretation SAC before becoming a member of the FSSB. She is also a reviewer for journals and grants, and a member of editorial and conference boards, advisory panels and technical working groups, both 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).

She was appointed to the FSSB in 2016.

William Guthrie

William Guthriereceived his B.A. degree in mathematics from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH in 1987 and an M.S. degree in statistics from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH in 1990. He joined the Statistical Engineering Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD in 1989 where he works as a Mathematical Statistician. 

He has collaborated with NIST scientists and engineers in a wide range of areas, applying statistical methods to solve problems in semiconductor and microelectronic metrology, building materials research, and chemical science. His statistical interests include uncertainty assessment, Bayesian statistics, design of experiments, calibration, modern regression methods, and statistical computation.

He was appointed to the FSSB in 2018.

Sarah Kerrigan

Sarah Kerrigan, Ph.D. 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. Dr. 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. Prior to the OSAC she served on the Accreditation and Certification Interagency Working Group of the National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Forensic Science and the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology. Dr. Kerrigan was appointed to the Texas Forensic Science Commission by the Texas Attorney General (2007-2014) and more recently the Governor (2016-present).

She was appointed to the FSSB in 2014 and currently serves as the FSSB Executive Secretary. 

Jeff Salyards

Jeff Salyards, Ph.D., MFS, most recently served for five years as the Executive Director of the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) where he led a 350+ person team, with an operating budget over $65M. This Forensic Science Center of Excellence has mission responsibilities that includes submissions from Law Enforcement Agencies, Deployed Laboratories in support of Expeditionary Combatant Commanders, as well as Training, and RDT&E. Prior to this 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 military operations. A former Director of the Defense Computer Forensic Laboratory (DCFL) and AFOSI Special Agent, he has 30 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. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Montana State University, a Master of Forensic Sciences from The George Washington University, and has completed a Fellowship in Forensic Medicine from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Dr. Salyards has served on the following national-level organizations: Board of Directors for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board, Department of Justice National Steering Committee for Regional Computer Forensic Laboratories, Council of Federal Forensic Laboratory Directors, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Board of Directors, and the National Commission on Forensic Science. He currently serves as a Commissioner for the Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission, a Senior Advisory Board Member for the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) at Iowa State University, and as a Member of the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) for the Office of Scientific Area Committees with NIST. 

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 27 years and has three daughters.

He was appointed to the FSSB in 2016.


Professional Association Representatives

Lucy A. Davis
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 (ASCLD) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). 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 AAFS 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).

She was appointed to the FSSB in 2016 where she serves as the AAFS representative.
 

Laurel Farrell
Laurel Farrell 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 and currently serves as the FSSB Vice Chair and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) representative.
 

Dr. David Fowler
David Fowler, M.D. is a board-certified anatomic and forensic pathologist practicing as Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland. He graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1983 and did a year of general medical and surgical internship, followed by a year of pediatric pathology at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town. He then started and completed a five-year full-time training program in forensic pathology at the University of Cape Town earning his master of medicine in forensic pathology. Following this, he did additional training in the United States at the University of Maryland and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Maryland.

Dr. Fowler is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland in the departments of pediatrics and pathology, faculty at the National Study Center for Trauma and EMS and is a visiting professor at both Tongji Medical School and Fudan University in the People's Republic of China. Dr. Fowler is active on multiple committees in the National Association of Medical Examiners and is a past president of that organization. He has numerous book chapters, scientific journal articles, and formal presentations to his credit.

He was appointed to the FSSB in 2017 where he serves as the National Medical Examiners (NAME) representative. 
 

Steve Johnson
Steven Johnsonis an International Association for Identification (IAI) certified latent print examiner/forensic artist and was the past president (2014-2015) and past board chair (2015-2016) of IAI. He is a retired law enforcement supervisor with an extensive background in latent print examination, crime scene investigation, forensic art as well as expertise in with crime scene reconstruction, footwear examination and bloodstain pattern analysis. He is currently a Member of the Ideal Innovations Advisory Board.

Mr. Johnson has worked numerous forensic/biometric support contracts for the Department of Defense (DoD), assisted with the development/deployment of the first Expeditionary Forensics and DNA laboratories in Iraq During Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was actively involved in the development of DoD forensics and biometric standards.

In addition to his affiliation through the IAI, Mr. Johnson is a Member of 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 Services Committee and past chair of the IAI Facial Identification 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 and currently serves as the FSSB Chair and the IAI representative.


Andy Smith, FSSB member

Andy Smith, is an Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) certified Firearm and Tool Mark Examiner and Supervisor of the Firearm and Toolmark Unit at the San Francisco Police Department Crime Laboratory.  He is also a past President of AFTE, having served from 2018-2019.

Mr. Smith was the Chair of the Scientific Working Group for Firearms and Toolmark Examination (SWGGUN) as it transitioned into the OSAC framework, and after that transition served as the first Chair of the newly formed Firearm and Toolmark Subcommittee under the Physics and Pattern Scientific Area Committee.  

Mr. Smith earned his B.A. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.S. in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven.  He began his employment and training in the field of Firearm and Toolmark Examination with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Regional Crime Lab and in 2004 began his employment with the San Francisco Police Department.  Mr. Smith has extensive knowledge and casework experience in firearms examinations, toolmark examination, serial number restorations, fracture / physical fit comparisons and muzzle to garment distance determinations.  Mr. Smith has also been trained and performs casework in primer residue testing and examination utilizing scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray analysis.  

Mr. Smith is a Technical Assessor for ANAB, serves as a member of the 3D Toolmark Technologies Technical Working Group, and is an instructor for the National Firearms Examiner Academy. 

He was appointed to the FSSB in 2019 and currently serves as the AFTE representative.

Ray Wickenheiser
Ray Wickenheiser, DPS is currently the Director for the New York State Police Crime Lab System, headquartered in Albany, New York.  He is also a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Board of Directors and the Past President for 2018-19.  Dr. Wickenheiser has over 18 years of experience as a Crime Lab Director and Quality Manager in local and State Crime Laboratories and 35 years in forensic science, including 17 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  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, and forensic grain comparison.

In New York, Dr. Wickenheiser is the Co-Chair of the New York Crime Lab Advisory Committee (NYCLAC) and the Chair of the Technical Working Group on Backlog Reduction (TWGBack).  He was a member of the Department of Justice: National Institute of Justice Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Working Group publishing the “National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kit: A Multidisciplinary Approach”.  Dr. Wickenheiser has served as a peer-reviewer for a number of journals and advisor to several university forensic programs. 

Dr. Wickenheiser is a qualified ISO Auditor, conducting audits in 10 states as an auditor and DNA lead auditor.  Dr. Wickenheiser is a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS), and has been an invited guest to the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) since 2013.  He has testified as an expert witness over 90 times, published numerous scientific articles, a book chapter, and is a frequent presenter at workshops and conferences.  Dr. Wickenheiser has also served as an adjunct professor, teaching criminalistics at Montgomery College, Maryland.  Dr. Wickenheiser holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from the University of Regina, Canada, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana and a Doctoral degree from the Albany Medical College.

He was appointed to the FSSB in 2017 where he serves as the ASCLD representative. 


Scientific Area Committee (SAC) Chairs

Jose Almirall
José Almirall, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director Emeritus of the International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) at Florida International University and Director of the NSF-funded Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science ﴾CARFS﴿. 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 ~ 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications in the field of analytical and forensic chemistry and presented ~ 650 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 three patents resulting from technology developed at FIU and received ~ $ 8 million in research funding from federal agencies such as the NSF, DoD, NIJ, TSWG, NIST and from industry sources. Some of the research in his group has been transitioned into five 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, Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Chemistry 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 the FSSB in 2015 and serves as the Chair of the Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis SAC. 

Melissa Gische
Melissa Gische, MFS is a latent print examiner at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory where she examines evidence for latent prints and compares those latent prints with the prints of known individuals.  She has been with the FBI since 2000 and has testified as an expert witness in federal and state court.  Melissa is also responsible for coordinating the legal issues program within the Latent Print Operations Unit at the FBI Laboratory, where she is responsible for trial and admissibility testimony training. Melissa is a certified latent print examiner through the International Association for Identification and a certified technical assessor in latent prints through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board. She has a Master of Forensic Sciences degree from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Melissa served as chair of the Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology from 2012 to 2014 and as chair of the OSAC Friction Ridge Subcommittee from 2014 to 2017 before being appointed to her current position as chair of the Physics/Pattern SAC. She has been a member of various other committees and working groups including the NIJ/NIST Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Latent Print Analysis and the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Forensic Science Interagency Working Group on Outreach and Communication. Melissa is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Criminalistics Section and past chair of the IAI Latent Print Identification committee. She has delivered over 100 presentations and workshops at professional, scientific, and legal conferences. In 2013, Melissa was honored with the FBI Director’s Award for Distinguished Service by a Professional Staff Employee.

She was appointed to the FSSB in 2017 and serves as the Chair of the Physics/Pattern Interpretation SAC. 
 

Robyn Ragsdale
Robyn Ragsdale, Ph.D. is a senior crime laboratory analyst in the Biology Section at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in the Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center and has been with FDLE since 1995.  Along with casework duties, she has also served as statewide DNA technical leader (2001-2007) as well as a crime laboratory analyst supervisor (2007-2011).  She was a member of SWGDAM (2002-2007) on the Quality Assurance Subcommittee and served as both a Legacy and International Assessor for ASCLD/LAB and now conducts assessments for ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board.  Dr. Ragsdale is also a member of the National DNA Indexing System Review Panel as well as a member of the Biology Consensus Body of the American Standards Board of AAFS. Dr. Ragsdale has testified numerous times in both state and federal court and has presented presentations at scientific and legal conferences.  She has also provided numerous educational presentations and workshops for current forensic scientists and forensic science students.  Dr. Ragsdale has been the recipient of several awards and was recognized by the State of Florida as Forensic Scientist of the Year in 2002.

Robyn Ragsdale received her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences in 1990 from the University of South Florida College of Medicine (USFCOM) and conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology also at USFCOM. 

She was appointed to the FSSB in 2018 and serves as the Chair of the Biology/DNA SAC.  
 

Richard Vorder-Bruegge
Richard Vorder Bruegge, Ph.D. is a senior physical scientist at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 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.

Dr. 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 the Chairman of the ASTM E30 Committee on Forensic Science and 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 and serves as the Chair of the Digital/Multimedia SAC. 

Jason Wiersema, FSSB member

Jason Wiersema, Ph.D. is the Director of Forensic Anthropology and Emergency Management at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Wiersema conducts approximately 100 forensic anthropological cases per year in that role.  He is also responsible for the emergency management program for the HCIFS which involves the development, maintenance and exercising of emergency management plans, as well as the acquisition of grant funds to support those efforts.  He is a founding developer of the Texas Mass Fatality Operations Response Team (TMORT), which is a state wide mass fatality response framework that operates out of the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (TXEMTF).  

Dr. Wiersema is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and a Fellow of  the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).  He has participated in numerous local state and federal policy and planning committees including his roles as past chairs of the Disaster Victim Identification Subcommittee of the OSAC and of the Scientific Working Group on Disaster Victim Identification.  Dr. Wiersema’s anthropological research interests focus on skeletal manifestations of child abuse and disaster and mass fatality response policy.  He has acquired more than $6 million in disaster preparedness and anthropological research grant funding in support of this research.  His experience in mass fatality incident response includes the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 tsunami in Thailand, excavation of mass graves in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and numerous multiple fatality incidents in his role at the HCIFS.  Dr. Wiersema has numerous peer reviewed publications in multiple journals as well as book chapters and co-authored books. 

He was appointed to the FSSB in 2019 and serves as the Chair of the Crime Scene/Death Investigation SAC. 


Resource Committee (RC) Chairs

 

Karin Athanas
 Karin Athanas is a standards and conformity assessment expert with over ten years of experience working with industry and government agencies on issues of conformance, quality, and reliability.

Karin is currently with the TIC Council Americas. As a past employee of the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), She served as A2LA’s government and regulatory affairs manager, business development manager, and contract manager and has previously served as accreditation services officer and program manager, providing her with extensive experience leading projects, forming partnerships, and pursuing stakeholder engagement.

Karin serves as Board member of the Society of Standards Professionals (SES) and committee member on several ASTM committees, the ISO TC 272 working group 5, and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers (AFQAM), International Association for Identification (IAI), and the International Association for Identification (IAI), Chesapeake Bay Division (CBD).

An experienced lead auditor to international standards such as ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020, Karin’s past accomplishments includes participation on the working group that developed International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Guide 19 Modules in a Forensic Science Process, on the Maryland Forensic Laboratory Advisory Committee (FLAC) that developed COMAR 10.51 Forensic Laboratories, requirements for licensure, and on the National Commission on Forensic Science subcommittee on Accreditation and Proficiency Testing to develop recommendations for forensic science including Views of the Commission on Proficiency Testing in Forensic Science and Views on Critical Steps to Accreditation.

Karin has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Arizona State University and a Master in Forensic Science from George Washington University.

She was appointed to the FSSB in 2019 and serves as the Chair of the Quality Infrastructure Committee (QIC). 

 

David Kaye, FSSB member
David H. Kaye is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University (School of Law, University Park), and Regents’ Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University (Schools of Law and Life Sciences). He has held teaching or research positions at Cornell University, Duke University, the University of Chicago, the University of Virginia, and universities in England and China. Professor Kaye was an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, an associate in a private law firm, and a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He holds degrees in physics (MIT), astronomy (Harvard University), and law (Yale University).

Professor Kaye's research focuses on the law of evidence, criminal procedure, forensic science and statistics, and forensic genetics. His publications include textbooks on scientific evidence and on empirical methods in law; three legal treatises on evidence and scientific evidence; and over 180 articles and letters in journals of law, philosophy, psychology, medicine, genetics, forensic science, and statistics. He is the author or coauthor of The Double Helix and the Law of Evidence (Harvard University Press); of chapters of the National Academy of Sciences' and Federal Judicial Center's Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence (three editions); of a forthcoming Handbook on Forensic Statistics; and of chapters on the interpretation of evidence in two encyclopedias of forensic science.

Professor Kaye was the founding director of the ASU Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology, the editor of the ABA publication, Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, and a member of committees of the American Statistical Association, the National Academy of Sciences (including the Committee on Forensic DNA Evidence: An Update), the National Commission on Forensic Science, the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the International Conferences on Forensic Inference and Statistics. He is a recipient of the Association of American Law Schools’ John Henry Wigmore Award for Lifetime Achievement for contributions to the law of evidence.

He was appointed to the FSSB in 2019 and serves as the Chair of the Legal Resource Committee (LRC). 

Bill Thompson
William C. Thompson, Ph.D. 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 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, Dr. Thompson has (as a lawyer) represented parties in both criminal and civil matters involving scientific and statistical evidence. He also serves on the Human Factors Subcommittee of the National Commission on Forensic Science

He was appointed to the FSSB in 2016 and serves as Chair of the Human Factors Committee (HFC). 

NIST Ex-Officio Member

 

Karen Reczek
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 eight years and in the Technical Information Center for Occidental Chemical Corp.   

In addition to serving on the FSSB and as the NIST Ex Officio, Karen is the incoming Vice President, Board of Directors, for The Society of Standards Professionals (SES). 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 co-authored a series seven of NIST Interagency Reports, entitled U.S. Compliance Guides. The guides include information on Federal and State regulatory frameworks, voluntary standards frameworks, applicable voluntary standards, mandatory technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for each sector. She recently won the John Cotton Dana Award, granted by the Special Libraries Association for exceptional service to SLA library and information profession. Karen won the Thomas Reuters, Dialog Quantum InfoStar award in June 2008. 

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.

She assumed the NIST Ex Officio role in 2019.

Contact: karen.reczek [at] nist.gov
301-975-4038
Created June 19, 2014, Updated November 14, 2019