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Forensic Advisory Board

The North Carolina Forensic Science Advisory Board is a group of scientists who help advise the North Carolina State Crime Lab.  The board reviews Crime Lab operations and makes recommendations on new programs, methods of testing and qualifications for forensic scientists working in the lab.

The board is made up of 18 members, including the director of the State Crime Lab.  The remaining members are scientists appointed by the Attorney General.

Current members of the Forensic Science Advisory Board are:

 
  • John Byrd, Director, North Carolina State Crime Laboratory
  • Mr. Kermit B. Channell, II (Chairman), Executive Director, Arkansas State Crime Laboratory
  • Dr. Michael Coble (Vice Chairman), Forensic Biologist, Biochemical Science Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Mr. Adam Becnel, Manager, Louisiana State Police Crime Lab
  • Dr. Tracey D. Cruz, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Forensic Science, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. David Hinks, Director, Forensic Sciences Institute, North Carolina State University
  • Ms. Ja'Neisha Huntley, Forensic Scientist, City of Philadelphia Crime Laboratory
  • Dr. Michael Jiroutek, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Research, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Campbell University
  • Ms. Amanda Julian, Forensic Quality Manager, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Mr. Tim Kupferschmid, Director of DNA Forensic Biology Laboratory, New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Ms. Alka B. Lohmann, Director of Technical Services, Virginia Department of Forensic Science
  • Mr. Peter M. Marone,  Former Laboratory Director, Virginia Department of Forensic Science (retired)
  • Dr. Christopher S. Palenik, Vice President and Research Microscopist, Microtrace (IL)
  • Ms. Bethany P. Pridgen, Director, Wilmington Police Department Crime Laboratory
  • Dr. Deborah Radisch, North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner
  • Mr. Ronald Singer, Director, Tarrant County (TX) Medical Examiner's Office Criminalistics Laboratories

Members appointed to the inaugural board will serve terms of two to four years each. 

The Forensic Science Advisory Board meets quarterly. The next meeting is scheduled for October 28, 2014 at 9 AM at the State Crime Lab, 121 East Tryon Road in Raleigh.

See links below for minutes from the previous Forensic Science Advisory Board meetings.

April 20, 2012
May 30, 2012
May 31, 2012
September 9, 2012
January 15, 2013
July 16, 2013
October 22, 2013
January 28, 2014
April 8, 2014

Read about the first-ever meeting of the Forensic Science Advisory Board.