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2019 NCIAI Training Conference final

2019 NCIAI Training Conference final

2019 NCIAI

May 20-23, 2019

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Thanks to these sponsors for funding “Bullet Proof
Spirit” for all attendees

2019 NCIAI Conference
Awards and Contests

NCIAI T-shirt Design
Theme: Anything Forensics

Dress code: business casual

Keynote Speaker Joe Kenda With the Colorado Springs Police Department where he eventually became a detective. He worked in the C.S.P.D. homicide unit for over 19
Joe Kenda years and eventually led the homicide department. "I loved the work," he said. "My wife – not so much." Detective Kenda investigated 387 homicide cases,
@LtJoeKenda solving 356, a closure rate of 92%. He credited his ability to close cases to being a student of human nature, and being good at telling when people were
#HomicideHunter lying. In 1990, he investigated the case of a woman named Dianne Hood who was murdered at a lupus support group meeting by an attacker who took her
purse. According to Kenda, the case "met the standard for a Hollywood plot" and received a great deal of media attention, including a People magazine
story and several books.

Near the end of his career, Kenda's wife became convinced that he would be murdered on the job. She confronted him about it one night after he came
home late from work. His family moved to Falcon, Colorado in 1993 and he retired three years later. For the next several years, Kenda was unhappy with
retirement and went through a withdrawal stage. Kenda then worked as a special needs school bus operator for a decade starting in 1998.

In 2008, Denver television series editor Patrick Bryant had worked as a free-lancer for several production companies for over ten years, having edited over
two hundred episodes of various series on networks including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Channel and TLC. Years prior Bryant had lived
in Colorado Springs and worked at a local TV station when Lt. Joe Kenda was in charge of the Major Crimes Unit. Bryant had interviewed Kenda as part of a
TV special about the local drug trade tied to a rising homicide rate. Kenda left a lasting impression on Bryant as a great interview subject. In 2009 Bryant
contacted Kenda to discuss the possibility of developing a TV series built around his career as a homicide detective. Kenda was slow to respond, but
eventually struck an agreement to pursue the development of the series with Bryant. A 5-minute sizzle reel created by Bryant and Kenda was shown to
FOX21 Studios in Los Angeles, who shopped the series to multiple TV networks. It was acquired by Investigation Discovery in 2010, and went into
production in February 2011.

Kenda surprised television producers when they asked him to read a script. He refused, stating, "I'm not an actor. I'm a policeman. If you want me to tell
you about this case, I will. If you want me to read that, get somebody else." He spoke off the cuff for 15 minutes without a script, and the producers were
enthralled. Since then he has been working without a script. The series was titled Homicide Hunter: Lt Joe Kenda, becoming a top viewer ratings

Kenda gave producers 30 of his past cases to read, and they picked the ten they believed were most suited for television audiences. The first season was
shot in Hollywood, but all re-enactments since have been filmed in Knoxville, TN and the surrounding area. Kenda admits he looks over the case files
before shooting, but said his memory is "absolutely perfect". Each episode takes four hours to shoot. He has been humbled by the success of the show,
which has been renewed for an eighth season and has aired throughout the world.

Banquet Speaker

2019 NCIAI Presenters

Bulletproof Spirit: Trauma, PTSD, and the Process of
Healing. The many daily traumas of any first responder
profession can not only injure your brain (PTSD), they can kill
you (suicide). First responders suffering from PTSD, low
resiliency, lack of motivation, depression, addictions, or
burnout are unable to provide the most professional and
compassionate service and find it difficult to maintain close
meaningful relationships at home. Bulletproof
Spirit provides a deeper understanding of trauma and how
our beloved professions can turn us into someone our loved
ones no longer recognize. It offers several effective
strategies to protect yourself, build resiliency, heal, and to
serve in peace.
Bio: Captain Dan Willis (ret) served for nearly 30 years at
the La Mesa Police Department near San Diego as a crimes
of violence-child molest-sexual assault-homicide detective,
SWAT Commander, peer support leader and wellness unit
coordinator. He's a graduate of the FBI National Academy
and is an instructor at the International Academy of Public
Safety and the National Command College. He is the author
of the emotional survival and wellness
guidebook, Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responders Essential
Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart. He has
presented in 26 states and in Canada regarding trauma,
PTSD, and the process of healing.

Dan Willis
Traumatic Stress, and the Process of


Rule of Thumb
Mack Brazelle is the Lead Fingerprint Specialist The difference between thumb friction skin and finger friction skin is
for the Forensic Science Laboratory of the dramatic. This lecture will review a practical application for
United States Treasury Inspector General for distinguishing latent thumb prints from latent fingerprints.
Tax Administration. He holds a bachelor’s Understanding and applying these analysis techniques correctly can
degree from Mount Olive College and is dramatically reduce the searchable area, increase efficiency and
recognized by the IAI as both a Certified Latent improve examiner confidence
Print Examiner and Certified Crime Scene
Investigator. He currently serves as the chair of All the Worlds a Stage: How to Over Come the Fear of Testifying
the Latent Print Identification Science and When you go to court are you nervous? Are you afraid you are
Practice subcommittee. Along with teaching going to make a mistake? More importantly can the jury sense that
numerous classes across the country, Mack you are anxious? This lecture will discuss some ways to overcome
has instructed on the subject of fingerprint that natural anxiety that we all feel as we walk into the
identification at the Federal Law Enforcement courtroom. Learn how to become a better performer on the biggest
Training Center, the Florida Department of Law stage of all…the witness stand
Enforcement’s Latent Print Section and the FBI
Latent Print. Financial Planning for the Forensic Practitioner
Do you have a financial plan or defined financial goals? Did you
know your job provides you will all the tools you need to make your
money grow? Unfortunately, most people have never had the
opportunity to attend a class on financial planning. This lecture is
geared towards teaching young and “experienced” forensic
professionals the importance of having a long term financial
plan. Find out how a few simple choices can change your life.

Topics to be covered include: how to avoid & recover from debt, the
importance of paying yourself first, setting financial goals, and how
to make your money grow. Learn the 3 basic steps to mastering
your personal finances and take control of your future.

John Black

• Black, John – is the owner of Black & • PRESENTATIONS:
White Forensics, LLC in South • Exclusion Decisions
Carolina. He holds a B.S. degree in • Defense Case Work Consideration
Forensic Chemistry from Ohio • Courtroom Testimony
University. John has worked for Ron
Smith and Associates, Inc., the South
Carolina Law Enforcement Division
and the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration. His research interests
include simultaneous impressions,
verification and exclusions. John has
conducted over 200 training classes
throughout the United States, as well
as Africa, Asia, Canada, Central
America, and Europe. He was
awarded Distinguished Member
status with the IAI in 2007. In 2014,
John was selected to the Friction
Ridge Subcommittee under the
Organization of Scientific Area

How do you solve a problem like variability? Development of an analysis Heidi
tool for latent prints Eldridge
Variability within and between examiners on value decisions has been
well-documented, but what is the best way to reduce variability? A white Heidi Eldridge has been a latent print
box study to understand the variables that most influence examiner examiner for over 12 years. Heidi is a
decision-making has shown shocking levels of disagreement. An CLPE and Board of Directors member
automated process could be developed that uses only objective with the IAI, sits on the JFI Editorial
information, but this would lose the nuance a human examiner brings to Board, and was a member of SWGFAST
the process and also likely result in the loss of many potentially suitable until its dissolution. She is now a
marks. This lecture describes ongoing research to develop a software tool member of the Friction Ridge
for assigning value to finger-marks that incorporates both human and Subcommittee of the OSAC and Vice-
automated input. Chair of the Academy Standards Board
Understanding and Calculating Error Rates in Pattern Evidence friction ridge consensus body. Heidi has
Many “error rate studies” now exist in the literature, but what is an error been teaching latent print testimony
rate? This lecture will explore different types of error rates, what they for more than 8 years and is a PhD
mean, how to calculate them, and how to appropriately use them in the candidate in Forensic Science at the
courtroom. University of Lausanne. After 11 years
Twice Bitten – The Lecture! Latent print perspectives on the PCAST as a practitioner, she is now a Research
Report Forensic Scientist with RTI
The recent PCAST report reflected somewhat harshly on many forensic International.
disciplines, but were their arguments entirely without merit? In this
lecture, we will describe the main findings of the report, including how
latent prints got a “pass”, why many other disciplines did not, and whether
it is safe to be resting on our laurels. We will also clarify the report’s usage
of the terms “foundational validity” and “validity as applied” and what
they mean for your laboratory.
What were you thinking? Standard for Friction Ridge Examination
The OSAC Friction Ridge Subcommittee recently posted their draft
Standard for Friction Ridge Examination Conclusions, a document that is
currently under review at the Academy Standards Board, a Standards
Development Organization (SDO). This talk describes the reasoning behind
this document, how it is intended to be used, and the SDO process,
including how practitioners can get involved or have their opinions heard.

Dr. Michael Knox

Dr. Michael A. Knox is a forensic science and PRESENTATION:
criminology consultant based in Jacksonville, • Firearms, Ballistics & Shooting Incident
Florida, who specializes in firearms, ballistics,
and shooting incident reconstruction. Dr. Knox Reconstruction Accidental & Unintended
was a police office and detective with the Firearms Discharge
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for over 15 years, • Three-dimensional reconstruction- An
having served much of that time as a crime Overview
scene investigator. Along the way, Dr. Knox • Fired Cartridge Case Patterns: What do they
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in tell us?
mechanical engineering from the University of
North Florida, a Master of Science degree in
forensic science from the University of Florida,
and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Nova
Southeastern University. Dr. Knox holds board
certification as a crime scene re-constructionist
from the International Association for
Identification. Dr. Knox has testified as an
expert in crime scene reconstruction and
related topics in state and federal courts
throughout the United States. He has taught
courses focused on shooting incident
reconstruction to law enforcement personnel
from around the world.

Patsy Lightle

Patsy Lightle received her Bachelor’s degree from PRESENTATIONS:
Columbia College in Biology, Medical Technology • Child Death Investigation: The Importance of
certification from the American Society of Clinical
Pathologists, Class 1 Police Officer Certification from the Documentation
South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and post • Recognizing and Documenting Child Physical
graduate hours in Forensic Science from the University of
Virginia while attending the FBI in Quantico, Abuse
Virginia. She has served over 35 years in law • Crime Scene Investigation of Suicide
enforcement and forensic science to include crime scene, • CSI Challenges in Child Sexual Assault Cases
forensic serology and DNA analysis and the investigation
of child physical and sexual abuse, child homicide, elder
abuse, and vulnerable adult abuse. She researched and
developed the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s
(SLED’s) Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit used for
collecting adult and child physical and sexual abuse
evidence which the FBI adopted as their training kit. She
designed and implemented the Forensic DNA laboratory,
SLED’s Department of Child Fatalities and Vulnerable
Adult Abuse Investigations Units. She retired in 2013 as
the Captain of the SLED’s Special Victims Unit which
investigates suspicious child deaths and vulnerable adult
abuse, neglect and exploitation. She joined the USC
School of Law, Children’s Law Center in 2014 where she
lectures on investigating child abuse and neglect and
child death investigations to various law enforcement
agencies, medical personnel, social workers, prosecutors,
coroners, victim advocates and academic
institutions. She has testified in over 300 homicide and
sexual assault cases.

Casson Reynolds

Casson was in law enforcement for over 14 years with the PRESENTATIONS:
majority of his time spent in crime scene investigations or The Good, the Bad & The Ugly:
forensics. He began his career with the Charlottesville Police The truths and real life of a CSI (the good, the bad, the ugly) and
Department where he was a patrol officer, a gang officer, and a on how to document difficult crime scenes.
senior evidence technician. He quickly rose to become the on- Open Forum on Professional Development / Q&A:
duty supervisor for crime scene investigations and forensics. He We will have a resume building workshop, a social networking
then joined the Gastonia Police Department where he was a event, a panel discussion on hiring, and information on what to
patrol officer, a gang officer, and a forensic detective. While he expect in the field. Discuss professional development and open
was with the Gastonia Police Department, he was sworn under the room for questions about careers and interviewing
the Federal Bureau of Investigations for gang investigations. He Specifically for Student Attendees
also began instructing in forensics and crime scene investigations
at the American Academy of Applied Forensics and the American
Intercontinental University. He then went onto the Pittsburgh
Bureau of Police for a short time before returning to North
Carolina to join the North Carolina Justice Academy. He has
assisted dozens of local, state, and federal agencies with crime
scene investigations and forensic analysis.
Casson obtained his Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice from
Boston University and his Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal
Justice from Radford University. He is a Certified Crime Scene
Analyst through the International Association of Identification
and has his North Carolina Death Investigator Certificate. He has
been recognized in court as an expert in crime scene
investigations, shooting reconstruction, bloodstain pattern
analysis, and latent print development. He also has his North
Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate and his North
Carolina Advanced Gang Specialist Certificate.
Casson is the Co-Chair of the training committee of the North
Carolina International Association for Identification. Casson
implemented and has hosted the NCIAI CSI Training Seminar at
the NCJA West since 2017. He is on the Academy Consensus
Board for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis through the American
Academy of Forensic Science and a member of the Association
for Crime Scene Reconstruction.

Alexis Solheim-
Special Assistant US Attorney

PRESENTATION: Alexis a dual Federal prosecutor
with the United States Attorney’s
"You're an Expert. Let's Prove It." Office, and State prosecutor for the
This presentation will cover what it entails western most counties of North
to take the stand and testify as an expert Carolina. Prior to her current
witness in your field. It will cover the positions, she was a Special
qualifications set forth by the “Daubert Assistant United States Attorney in
Standard” and how to practically apply the United States Attorney’s Office
those requirements in your case serving primarily in the Civil
preparation and testimony. Also covered Division, and was most recently an
will be the recent North Carolina Court of Assistant District Attorney in
Appeals decision in North Carolina v. Buncombe County, North Carolina
McPhaul regarding reliability of latent for three years. She received her
fingerprinting and how this decision B.A. in Political Science from the
impacts your forensic practices. University of South Carolina in
2010, and her J.D. from Campbell
University School of Law in 2013.

Melissa Southern

Melissa Southern has been the Forensic PRESENTATIONS:
Photographer/ Digital Images/Graphics Photography for Latent Prints (Beginner/
Specialist at Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau intermediate)
of Identification since June 2004. She has been This course will be a coverage of photography
an IAI Certified Forensic Photographer since of latent prints. It will include a brief overview
September 2011. Melissa has experience in of digital photography with information about
commercial and museum photography as well. aperture, depth of field, and histograms. We
She has had photographs published in talk about different lighting types and angles
the Guide to the National Museum of Natural and when and how to use them. We will talk
History, Smithsonian Institution, Nature about oblique lighting, direct lighting, soft
Photographer magazine, various product lighting, axial lighting, etc. We will also talk
magazines, and several other publications. about challenges with lighting and how to work
Melissa has been teaching photography classes through those challenges. As these
in a variety of photography topics since 2004. photographs can often be enhanced using
She has presented at the Grandfather Mountain Adobe Photoshop, we will have a brief talk and
Nature Photography Weekend, Grandfather demonstration of that type of enhancement
Mountain Camera Clinic, Recreational latent enhancement.
Equipment Inc (REI), the City of Orlando, and Night Photography
Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Melissa has judged We will take a practical approach to night
numerous photography and art competitions photography with hands-on instruction in
over the years for a variety of groups. Melissa differing lighting conditions.
has a BA in Anthropology from UNC Wilmington Bring your camera gear and tripod. (Space is
and an Associate Degree in Photography with a limited to 20 participants.)
concentration in Biomedical Photography from
Randolph Community College.

SIRCHIE Dyer Bennett is responsible for Product
WORKSHOPS Development at SIRCHIE. Through development
of forensic products with industry experts, he
WORKSHOP 1 - Dyer Bennet - has gained a broad technical knowledge of
Footprints: Making an many forensic disciplines, including latent print
Impression on Your Case development, digital forensics, shooting
reconstruction, and alternate light sources. He
brings a unique perspective to training with
intimate knowledge of how the forensic tools
are made and conveying how they work. Mr.
Bennett is a member of the International
Association of Identification (IAI) and NC
Chapter of the IAI.

Footprints: Making an Impression on Your
Case: Footwear impression evidence is often
overlooked or even destroyed prior to the
investigator's arrival, but when foot impression
evidence is discovered, what is the best
method to document and preserve it for the
case? In this workshop, various methods for the
recovery of footprint evidence will be
demonstrated and taught through hands-on
activities. These methods include casting,
development using magnetic fingerprint
powder, electrostatic dust lifting, photography
using oblique lighting, and the use of RUVIS.
Class Limit: 15-20 students per session

SIRCHIE Professor Dave Pauly, MFS, Director, Applied Forensic Science
WORKSHOPS Program, Methodist University, and adjunct instructor Ð Sirchie,
retired from The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command as a
WORKSHOP 2 - Dave Pauly - Special Agent-in-Charge/Commander and Forensic Science Officer.
UVIR Workshop He performed duties in over a dozen states, and frequently worked
with local, state, and federal agencies. He also performed duties in
Panama, South Korea, Afghanistan, Haiti, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia,
Israel, Turkey, Sinai, Egypt, Canada, Guam, and Nigeria. He holds a
MFS from The George Washington University, and is a graduate of
the FBI National Academy, Canadian Police College - Major Crimes
Course, Miami-Dade Police Department - Bloodstain Interpretation
Course, and National Fire Academy - Arson Investigation Course.
He is a Fellow of AAFS, and is a current, or past member of the
International Association of Identification, NC Chapters of the IAI
and FBINAA, NC Homicide Investigator's Association, The Vidocq
Society, and other professional LE and/or forensic associations.

UVIR WORKSHOP: While most crime scene photography is taken in
the visible spectrum, there are items of forensic interest that must
be visualized outside of the visible spectrum, specifically in the IR
regions. While most crime scene and forensic personnel have read
or heard of IR imaging, few have ever learned how to search for
forensic evidence in the IR region, or the utility of using an IR
camera to document such items as GSR, Inks, and blood. This
workshop will couple theory with practical exercises with
instruction on the theory of UV, visible, and IR spectrum energy,
followed by participants visualizing and capturing prepared blood,
GSR, and ink exemplars with IR cameras.

Class Limit: 15-20 students per session


Virginia Olson Case Detective Kevin Taylor is employed as a sworn, part-
Summary time investigator with the Asheville Police
Department (APD), focusing on cold case
On April 15, 1973 the body of 19 year-old investigations. Detective Taylor retired from the APD
Virginia Olson was discovered in a wooded in 2015 after 28 1/2 years of service. He first served
area across from the University of North as a patrol officer from 1987-2004, and then
Carolina-Asheville. Olson was a student at transferred to criminal investigations where he
the university and had reportedly gone into worked as a detective in property crimes, auto theft,
the woods to study. When found Olsen's white collar, violent crimes, and homicide.
hands and feet were bound, and her mouth Detective Taylor began his law enforcement career
gagged, all with remnants of her shirt that as a patrol officer with the Pella, Iowa Police
had been cut up. Autopsy results showed Department, serving from 1984-1987
that Olson died as a result of a stab wound Detective Taylor has an Associate Degree in Law
to the chest that penetrated the heart. Her Enforcement from Kirkwood Community College,
throat had also been slashed, and she was and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the
sexually assaulted. University of North Carolina-Asheville.

To this day the case remains unsolved.

Joe D. Kennedy Carolinas Cold
Case Coalition will
Joey (Joe) D. Kennedy is the Executive Vice President for the BlueLine Training Group LLC. Joe retired
as the Special Agent-in-Charge for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Carolinas Field be facilitator
Office in 2014 after 28+ years of service. He attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
in Glynco, GA and subsequently served in various offices around the world including, Virginia, South
Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Puerto Rico, Japan, Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and
Washington, DC. Joe is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, NC where he
played baseball for legendary coach Joseph Ferebee. He received a Master of Policy Management
degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Joe participated in Executive Education at
the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

While with NCIS, Joe served in a variety of positions focusing on violent crimes and undercover
operations. He was the Team Leader for the Virgin Islands Homicide Task Force. He participated as a
member and supervisor in several homicide task forces and serial rape investigations. He served as a
board member for the Department of Justice “Weed and Seed” Task Force in Charleston, SC and the
North Carolina Homicide Investigators Association. Joe served as an Executive Board Member for the
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force in the Caribbean and Territorial Crime
Commission for the Governor of Puerto Rico. He was co-chair for the North Carolina Criminal Justice
Information Network (CJIN) LiNX program and has served on several law enforcement advisory

Joe was the Primary Architect and First Program Manager for the internationally acclaimed NCIS Cold
Case Homicide Unit. He wrote the methodology and protocol for NCIS Cold Case investigations,
which has been adopted by numerous police agencies around the globe. Joe has provided cold case
homicide consultation and training to various law enforcement agencies throughout North America,
South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and the Caribbean. He is a Consulting Committee Member
of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC) and Founder of the Carolinas Cold Case
Coalition. He is recognized as an International Cold Case Expert.

Joe completed multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. He twice served as the
Resident Agent-In-Charge for NCIS Resident Agency Fallujah, Iraq. Joe was the Director for the
Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Counterintelligence Unit (JCIU), International Security Assistance
Forces (ISAF), Kabul, Afghanistan. He was the Chief of the Transnational Crimes Unit at the Middle
East Field Office, Manama, Bahrain, where he collaborated with the International Police (INTERPOL)
and NATO to develop proactive law enforcement strategies designed to combat Somali Piracy and
narcotics smuggling in the Indian Ocean and Gulf Region.

Joe is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association, North Carolina Homicide
Investigators Association, North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, and Eastern Carolina
Association of Law Enforcement Executives. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and
commendations. Joe received the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from North Carolina
Governor Pat McCrory in 2014 and he was recently profiled in the book “Delayed Justice: Inside
Stories from America’s Best Cold Case Investigators” by Mary Bransom (2011). He was featured in
the “Real NCIS” by Storyhouse Productions, Washington, DC. He has appeared on CNN and was a
Core Team Expert for the Starz TV “Wrong Man” Series. Joe has served as an expert witness for
police investigative procedures and homicide investigations.

Craig Nelson, M.D.

PRESENTATIONS: Dr. Craig Nelson is an Associate
• Gun Shot Wounds - Chief Medical Examiner at the NC
Office of the Chief Medical
Interpretation of Gun Shot Examiner. A native of Winston-
Wounds & Analysis Salem, he completed his
• Post Mortem Changes and undergraduate degree at Wake
Decomposition Forest University and medical
degree at Wake Forest University
School of Medicine. He completed
his anatomic and clinical pathology
residency at the University of
Arizona in Tucson, and his forensic
pathology fellowship at the San
Diego County Medical Examiner’s
Office. He worked there as a
Deputy Medical Examiner until
2014, when he returned to NC to
take his current position.

Rebecca Walls - Sales Support
Specialist - Foster + Freeman USA

Rebecca Walls is a Sales Support Specialist at Foster + PRESENTATION:
Freeman USA. She received a Bachelor of Science RECOVERing Latent Fingerprints from Fired Cartridge
degree in Forensic and Investigative Science and a Casings and other Difficult Surfaces: Exploring a
Bachelor of Art degree in Criminology from West Revolutionary New Technique
Virginia University. She also received a Master of This workshop will begin by providing attendees with a
Science degree in Forensic and Fraud Investigations background to a new novel chemical fuming process
from West Virginia University as well. She completed a that has been shown to offer significant advantages
comprehensive internship with the Bureau of Alcohol, over traditional latent fingermark enhancement
Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Her roles at Foster processes across a range of metallic substrates
+ Freeman include sales, installation, and training for (copper, brass, stainless steel, etc). Described by the
various company products. She specializes in crime UK Ministry of Defense as ‘revolutionary’ and ‘ground-
scene investigation, laboratory analysis and processing breaking’, the unique ability of this process to recover
of evidence, and latent impression development and fingerprint ridge patterns when none of the latent
capture. She has presented at multiple divisional fingermark residue actually remains on the substrate
International Association for Identification educational (i.e. the surface has been wiped clean, washed,
meetings on the topic of crime scene investigation and submerged in water, heated, or a combination of
latent fingerprint imaging. these) will be explored and practical examples
illustrated and discussed. The process will then be
demonstrated, and attendees of the workshop will be
able to process metallic items that have been washed
and fired cartridge casings. The ridge detail developed
will then be imaged.

Katie Zejdlik, PhD - Western Carolina

University, Forensic Anthropology

Facilities Director

PRESENTATION: Katie Zejdlik is an Assistant Professor of
The Importance of Human Decomposition Facilities Anthropology and the Forensic
This presentation will review the history of human Anthropology Facilities Director at Western
identification facilities, “Body Farms,” in the United Carolina University. She is also the Scientific
States with discussion regarding: what the facilities Director of the Medieval Funerary Excavation,
are, their purpose, research objectives, and general part of ArchaeoTek's Funerary Excavations -
trends in the social perception of them. Next, the Lost Churches Project in Transylvania, Romania.
Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOREST) and Prior to arriving at WCU, Katie was part of the
the Western Carolina Human Identification Lab Chest Radiograph team at the Defense
(WCHIL) at Western Carolina University (WCU) will POW/MIA Accounting Agency – Laboratory.
be highlighted by addressing the specific research Katie completed her Ph.D. in 2015 at Indiana
and programs being conducted in those two University, under the direction of Dr. Della
facilities. Finally, a projection of the future role of Cook. Katie has over 15 years of archaeological
human decomposition facilities will be offered. experience working on projects all over the
United States including the American Plains,
American Midwest, and Hawaii. She is a
Wisconsin state Qualified Burial Excavator and
Qualified Burial analyst. Her forensic
anthropology research focuses on human
decomposition and scavenging behaviors while
her bioarchaeological interests are the
migration and interaction of people through
social and material contextual indicators. Katie
has presented and published on a range of
topics from remote sensing techniques to
biological distance.

Dan Lucero

Dan Lucero is a Special Agent with the FBI- ERT Response & Communication to
Federal Bureau of Investigation a Mass Disaster Incident
assigned to the Charlotte Division. He Critical Incident Response: What to
has a Bachelor's Degree in expect from the FBI in the event of a
Environmental Engineering and a mass casualty or terrorist event, and
Master's Degree in Criminal Justice the work process and final work
with concentrations in Forensics and products that are produced. Scenario
Critical Incident Management. He is and exercise planning will be presented
currently assigned as the Senior Team along with implementation suggestions
Leader of the Evidence Resonse Team
with overall responsibility for FBI crime
scene operations in North Carolina. He
participated in the FBI response to the
Boston Marathon Bombing
investigation and the Officer Shooting
Incident in Florence, SC. He has taught
crime scene investigation to local, state
and tribal police departments, at the
college level, at the FBI Academy and

Ann H. Ross, PhD, D-ABFA, C-FASE - Professor,
Department of Biological Sciences - North Carolina
State University

Dr. Ross is a Board Certified forensic PRESENTATION:
anthropologist and professor of Solving Cases: Innovative Techniques
forensic anthropology and skeletal in Forensic Anthropology
biology at NC State University. She is
also internationally certified and a
Fellow of the American Academy of
Forensic Sciences and serves as the
Associate Editor for the Journal of
Forensic Sciences. Dr. Ross has
extensive case experience and court
testimony and holds the contract for
forensic case work for the NC Office of
the Chief Medical Examiner. In addition
to teaching and testifying, Dr. Ross has
written many forensic journal articles
and book chapters and published
books, The Juvenile Skeleton in Forensic
Abuse Investigations with Springer in
2011 and Dismemberments.
Perspectives in Forensic Anthropology
and Legal Medicine with Elsevier in

Charleston Church Shooting - A

Forensic Case Analysis, FBI Emergency

Response Team and Case Agent

On the evening of June 17, 2015, nine African American This specific presentation is limited to
parishioners were murdered while attending a bible study actively employed law enforcement
at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The (sworn/unsworn) personnel only.
mass shooting was motivated by racial hatred and was Students, academic professors, and guests
deliberately planned and executed by Dylann Roof, a self- will not be permitted to attend due to the
radicalized white nationalist. Following the shooting, sensitive and confidential nature of the
Dylann Roof, fled the church leaving behind a horrific and
grisly crime scene. A national manhunt pursued ending case details.
with Dylann Roof’s arrest in Shelby, North Carolina just 14
hours after the shooting took place. The crime left a nation,
a city, and a church rocked to its core. The FBI led a
seamless, joint and multi-faceted investigation into the
shooting exhausting thousands of hours investigating and
seeking justice for the victims. FBI Special Agents
conducted approximately 200 interviews, served over 75
grand jury subpoenas, executed 9 search warrants, 4
consent searches and collected and examined over 1500
pieces of evidence. The coordination and effort put forth
led to Dylann Roof being charged in a 33 count federal
indictment that included numerous Hate Crime violations.
In December 2016, Dylann Roof went to trial where a jury
found him guilty of all 33 counts of federal violations. In
January 2017, after a two week death penalty trial, a jury
sentenced Dylann Roof to death. The shooting had a
profound impact on the city and the nation. The FBI Case
Agent will present the case to include details of the
shooting incident, crisis response, crime scene,
investigation and pertinent evidence.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:30-9:30 pm
Cost included in registration

• Food, Fun, & beverages provided!
• Buses will transport attendees from the

Crowne Plaza hotel to New Belgium
Brewing Company. (10 minute drive)
• Live Music, & lots of fun to be enjoyed by
all in this 5100 sq. ft. space nestled along
the French Broad river with amazing views!



LaZoom City Comedy Tour

Monday, May 20, 7:00-9:00

(You may bring your own beer & wine
& transportation is provided)
Bus Pick up 7:00 pm Crowne Plaza Resort
Drop off at hotel 9:00 pm

During tour, the bus will make a stop at Greenman Brewery
Price is $ 21.22 per person
Seating is limited, bus capacity is 41 seats (price increases if we
don’t fill the bus)
E-mail Leigh Thomas, our host with Asheville PD if you are
interested in signing up- [email protected]
Deadline to sign up is April 29, 2019
Everyone’s seen the big purple bus on the streets of Asheville and
that crazy nun on the super-tall bike, but not everyone has
experienced the zaniest set of bus tours in town. LaZoom Tours
has four ways to get to know the best kept secret of the Southeast.
Asheville is widely known as a unique little city where the
mountains mingle with the weird. There’s no place quite like it,
and there’s never been anything like the award-winning LaZoom
Comedy Tours! Explore the city with LaZoom’s wild guides to
discover Asheville’s living, beating heart and quirky sense of
humor! LaZoom is beloved by locals and visitors alike. Get on the
bus for the ride of your life!

Buffet Lunches at the hotel
Cost is $11.95

Buffet lunches will be Monday
available just for our Italian
group at the Penne & Cheese Tortellini
restaurant on Chicken Alfredo
Monday and Bolognese
Wednesday Steamed Broccoli
Garlic Bread
Price includes Tea, Caesar Salad
water or coffee
Taco Day
Chili Lime Chicken
Ground Beef
Flour & Corn Tortilla
Spanish Rice
Refried Beans
Salsa, Sour Cream, Cheddar, Shredded Lettuce
7 layer salad

2020 NCIAI May 12-14, 2020
Conference Shell Island Wrightsville
Check our webpage and
social media for updates

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