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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: Brandon Giroux

Members: Kathy Richert, Mark Keisler, Ray Cooper, Dan Gunnell

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: Lannie Emanuel

Members: Andy Smith, Dan Alessio, Bill Demuth, Melissa Hummell

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: Eric Collins

Members: Dwight Deskins, Jason Flater, Wendy Gibson, 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: Casey 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: Katharina Babcock

Members: Jeff Goudeau, Steve Scott

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, Dwight Deskins, Samantha Harter, Laura Hollenbeck, Therese Moynihan, Dean Molnar, Jimmy Palma, Mindy Raines, 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 award “that AFTE member who has assisted the association in an outstanding manner”.

Chair: Julie Knapp

Members: Valerie Bernardi, Stephanie Luehr, Kenton Wong, Angela Garvin, Rebecca Mullen

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: Laura Fleming

Members: Erica Lawton, Vic Murillo

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:  Amy Amstutz, Eugene Bishop, Mike Giusto, Ken Green, Samantha Harter, Michelle Hunsinger

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: John Thacik (Chair), Jennifer Gelston, Gregory Hickey, Dorothy Vernoy

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), Deion Christophe, Don Dunbar, Jennifer Floyd, Susan Kerr, Jodi Marsanopoli, Carolyn Martinez, Nicholas Mattia, Carey Muhlhauser, 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, 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, Carl Rone

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

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

Chair: Ron Borgio

Members: Ken Green, Fred Schmidt

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, April Kendrick, Julie Knapp, Jeff Goudeau

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 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: Kathy Geil

Members: Glenn Davis, Stacey Hartman, Lynette Lancon, Angela Stroman

Duties/Responsibilities

Mission

  • To review the current procedures for the AFTE Enforcement of the Code of Ethics for consistency and clarify for use by the Ethics Committee and the general membership.

Chair: Anne Davis

Members: Katharina Babcock, Jamie Becker, Kathy Richert, Joe Saloom

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 evaluate the desirability of potential improvements to the peer review and editorial processes of the AFTE Editorial Committee, as well as the best way to implement them.

Chair: Cole Goater

Members: Susan Kerr, Bill Matty, Erin Mulligan, Srinivasan Rathinam, Steve Scott, Beta Tam

Duties/Responsibilities