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Mission

  • To advance the discipline of firearm and toolmark identification by responding to requests from the AFTE Board of Directors for draft responses regarding the science of firearm and toolmark identification that are received from the media, research entities, and any other appropriate individuals or organizations.

Chair: Kathy Geil

Members: Aaron Brudenell, Kim Downs, Brandon Giroux, Mike Haag, Chris Monturo, Andy Smith, Pete Striupaitis, Jill Therriault, Rick Wyant

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • The mission of the Advisory Committee is to assist the Board of Directors and the members of the Association by offering advice, counsel and assistance from their knowledge of the Association and the field of firearms and tool mark identification.

Chair: Travis Spinder

Members: Brandon Giroux, Kathy Richert, Mark Keisler, Ray Cooper

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To accept, evaluate and render an opinion on applications submitted for AFTE membership, based upon the eligibility requirements as set forth in Article III of the AFTE Bylaws.

Chair: Andy Smith

Members: Nancy McCombs, Bill Demuth, Melissa Hummell, Jeff Goudeau

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To receive recommended changes or modifications to the existing By-Laws and present them to the general membership for consideration.

Chair: Dan Alessio

Members: Eugene Bishop, Kathy Geil, Travis Spinder, Pete Striupaitis, Michael Ward

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To progress in a way that is consistent with the collective vision of the AFTE Board of Directors.
  • To administer the primary certification program.
    • To work with independent firms to administer online written certification tests.
    • To administer practical certification tests. 
  • To administer the recertification program.

Chair: Stephen Ostrowski

Members: Eric Collins, Dwight Deskins, Jason Flater, Jodi Marsanopoli, Don Mikko, Michael Neel, Robert Thompson

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • The Editorial Committee is responsible for the production of the AFTE Journal, (the official publication of the Association) the AFTE Newsletter, and any other publications that may be directed by the Board of Directors, and is responsible for ensuring the quality and technical accuracy of these publications.

Editor: Cole Goater
Assistant Editors: Robert Caunt, Eric Collins, Mike Haag, Bill Matty
AFTE News Coordinator: Evelyn Pederson
Publication Secretary: Russell McLain

Editorial Review Panel: Carey Alvarez Bacha, Gerard Dutton, Chris Gunsolley, Kim Haag, Julie Knapp, Erica Lawton, John Marshall, Ron Nichols, Julie Red Leaf, Ed Wallace, Eric Warren

Duties/Responsibilities

Reviewer Guidance Manual

Mission

  • To educate both the individual accused and the membership in general of the ethics of the profession and the importance of ethical behavior.
  • To advise the criminal justice system of those individuals who engage in serious unethical activity, in order to promote the ends of justice.
  • To protect the reputation of the Association from those members who may engage in unethical activity.

Chair: Jeff Goudeau

Members: Steve Scott, Ed Love

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To design and maintain a database of technical reference materials, including images, data, and documents, relevant to the field of Firearm and Tool Mark Identification accessible to the membership through the AFTE website.

Chair: Erica Lawton
Co-Chair: Adam Grooms

Firearm Characteristics Database Sub-Committee: Jill Therriault (Chair), Scott Doyle, Bob Hart, Brian Parr, Megan Shaw, Jay Stuart, Eric Warren, Charles Watson, Linzee Willette

Safety Recall List Sub-Committee: Mitzi Templeton (Chair)

Quality Assurance Sub-Committee: Michael Lee (Chair), Jessica Bailey, Jessica Copeland, Dwight Deskins, Samantha Harter, Laura Hollenbeck, Franz Maritz, Therese Moynihan, Jimmy Palma, Woody Spencer

Admissibility Resource Kit (ARK) Sub-Committee: Kent Weber (Chair), Scott Doyle, Brandon Giroux, Greg Klees, Andy Smith, Ed Wallace

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To preserve records relating to the evolution of the association, who the individuals were, when and what contributions were made in the past for future reference by members and interested parties.

Chair: Helen Lake

Members: Rebecca Smith

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To periodically review AFTE’s finances and make recommendations for present and future investments based on goals set forth by the Board of Directors.

Chair:  Jim Carroll

Members: Jim Hall, Gary Lind, Melissa Oberg, Andrew Winter

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To award “that AFTE member who has assisted the association in an outstanding manner”.

Chair: Julie Knapp

Members: Valerie Bernardi, Calissa Carper, David Curtiss, Stephanie Luehr, Kenton Wong, Angela Garvin, Rebecca Mullen, Stacey Phetteplace

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • The Nominating Committee will be responsible for seeking qualified AFTE candidates to serve on the Board of Directors and Board of Admissions. The committee will review all qualified applicants and present the slate of officers to the membership at the annual AFTE Business Meeting.

Chair: Erica Lawton

Members: Vic Murillo, Susan Kerr

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To provide the association members with a mechanism for independent and confidential evaluation of disputed / questionable proficiency test results and/or quality through the use of referee laboratories.

Chair: John Mancini

Members: Jorge Bello, Victoria Kujala, Cindee Lorenzo, Kurt Zielinski

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To accept and assess submitted proposals for research projects and award funds based upon the merits of the proposals.

Chair: Michelle Fletcher

Members: Eric Collins, Rick Wyant

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To recognize and encourage outstanding students to pursue studies to prepare them for a career in the forensic science profession.

Chair: Erin Mulligan

Members:  Kelsey Cramer, Jill Dupre, Mike Giusto, Samantha Harter, Brandy Henley, Michelle Hunsinger, Kasia Lynch

Duties/Responsibilities

Sickness & Distress Mission

  • Upon notification and depending on the situation, offer condolences to AFTE members and/or their family in the event of a death or major illness, injury or surgery.

Family Assistance Mission

  • To provide assistance to the surviving family or executors of deceased AFTE members in determining the value and market of firearms, ammunition, literature, scientific instruments and equipment, and other firearm and toolmark identification related materials.

Sickness & Distress Chair: Jill Dupre
Family Assistance Chair: Jim Carroll

Members: Alexander Jason, Helen Lake, Lance Martini

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To maintain and advance AFTE Standards and Training Documents.

Chair: Bill Demuth

Copyright Sub-Committee: Dorothy Vernoy (Chair), Jennifer Gelston, Gregory Hickey

Glossary Sub-Committee: Amy Weber (Chair), Justin Bechaver, Valerie Bernardi, Jessica Copeland, Stephanie Luehr, Travis Grover, Stacey Hartman, Michelle Hunsinger, Daniel Jackson, Russell Karsten, Stefanie Watkins, Jane Whitworth

Training Manual Sub-Committee: Ashely Northcutt (Chair), Carey Alvarez Bacha, Deion Christophe, Don Dunbar, Jennifer Floyd, Susan Kerr, Jodi Marsanopoli, Carolyn Martinez, Nicholas Mattia, Jessica Winn

AFTE Seminar DVD Sub-Committee: Lauren Claytor (Chair), Dana Gicale, Brian Grabowski, Cara McCarthy, Stephanie Luehr

Technical Procedure Sub-Committee: Erin Mulligan (Chair), Jessica Copeland, Steve Deady, Donnie Finley, Susan Kim, Dean Molnar, Therese Moynihan, Rafael Perez, Robert Thompson, Kurt Zielinski

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To research and select an AFTE Member who has made significant contributions to the association through the submission of publications to the AFTE Journal.

Chair: Jaco Swanepoel

Members: Mike Appel, Dianna Matthias, Daniel Van Niekerk, Carl Rone

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To be an advisory source to the Board of Admissions on applications for Technical Advisor status.

Chair: Fred Schmidt

Members: Ron Borgio, Dana Medlin

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To assisting past, present, and future Host Committees with information and past practices to better facilitate a successful training seminar from the planning stages through the final close-out.

Chair: Adam Grooms
Co-Chair: Jay Stuart

Members: Mark Keisler, Laura Fleming, Jeff Goudeau, Julie Knapp, Calissa Carper

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To maintain a viable and professional website that serves the needs of both the AFTE membership as well as the general public.

Chair: Jay Stuart

Members: Scott Doyle, Jill Therriault

Forum Moderators: Bob Shem (Global Moderator), Justin Bechaver, Bridget Chambers, Dwight Deskins, Michelle Fletcher, Greg Laskowski, Carolyn Martinez, Chris Monturo, Amy Weber

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To evaluate the current committee structure within AFTE and report to the Board of Directors any recommendations for reorganization.

Chair: TL Price

Members: Mark Keisler, James Krylo

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To work in conjunction with the National Forensic Science and Technology Center (NFSTC) to identify and acquire grants and other funding sources.  Determine how to utilize secured funds for the advancement of AFTE and its members.

Chair: Lynette Lancon

Members: Glenn Davis, Kathy Geil, Stacey Hartman

Duties/Responsibilities