Adjunct Instructor — Chemistry & Physics
I began this career in 1974 while I was a Sophomore in College and have had the great good fortune to work in the field under 3 lab systems: Northwest Indiana Criminal and Toxicology Laboratory, SEMO Regional Crime Lab and Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab. I've had the privilege to work in Drug Chemistry, Trace (Arson, GSR), Toxicology, Serology/early DNA and Latent Prints during my career. I have been truly fortunate to get to do something I love and to watch it grow from what we could do when I started and what we can do today. I served as the Director of the SEMO Regional Crime Laboratory and assisted in the merging of that lab with the Highway Patrol Lab in 2006. I am currently the Supervisor of the Troop E Crime Lab DNA and Latent Prints.
I have a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Public Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. I have been teaching for the Criminal Justice Department and the Chemistry Department Forensic Science Program at Southeast Missouri State University since 1988. I think teaching has helped me to stay current in the field.
I have been active in several Forensic Organizations including the following: MAFS since 1989, Local Arrangements Chairperson MAFS/SWAFS Joint Meeting 1999; Clandestine Laboratory Investigating Chemists (CLIC) since 1992, Membership Secretary 1995-2002 Life and Charter Member; AAFS since 1994, Fellow - Forensic Education Professional Accreditation Commission Commissioner 2015-2021; Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers (AFQAM) since 1999; American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors since 2004; and an ANAB Assessor.
I have been a Diplomate of the American Board of Criminalistics since January 1, 1994 and have served on the Recertification Committee since 2012.