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Consensus Bodies

Below are the description of the currently active Academy Standards Board Consensus Bodies. The ASB Consensus Bodies focus on establishing forensic standards in their specific disciplines. Each body is dedicated to the widespread promulgation, adoption, and enforcement of recognized standards. 

Anthropology Consensus Body

The Anthropology Consensus Body will focus on standards and guidelines related to application of anthropological methods and theory, particularly those relating to the recovery and analysis of human remains.

Current members
  • Donna Boyd
  • Steven Byers
  • Melinda Carter
  • Jade De La Paz
  • Angel DesMarais
  • Julie Fleischman
  • Diane L France
  • Sara Getz
  • Timothy Gocha
  • Angela Harden
  • Kristen Hartnett-McCann
  • Anastasia Holobinko
  • Cris Hughes
  • Carolyn Isaac
  • Ann Ross
  • Cassandra Swart
  • Rebecca Taylor
  • Lindsay Trammell
  • Brittany Walter
  • Jason Wiersema
  • Allysha Winburn
  • Carlos Zambrano

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Consensus Body

The Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the scientific detection and analysis of bloodstain patterns present at crime scenes and on associated evidence.

Current members
  • Alison Gingras
  • Jeff Gurvis
  • Paul Kish
  • Kenneth F Martin
  • John Paolucci
  • Jennifer Preisig
  • Casson Reynolds
  • Amy Santoro
  • Heidi Sievers
  • Jason Simser
  • Peter Valentin
  • Amy Watroba
  • Toby Wolson
  • Jorn Yu

Crime Scene Investigation Consensus Body

The Crime Scene Investigation Consensus Body will focus on standards and guidelines related to Crime Scene Investigation.

Current members
  • Katherine Brown
  • Noreen Charlton
  • Lisa Dilbeck
  • Taryn Emswiler
  • Chris Engle-Tjaden
  • Christopher Flood
  • Sara Getz
  • Carlos Gutierrez
  • Carina Haynes
  • Michael P. Kessler
  • Kenneth F Martin
  • Kenneth Moses
  • John Paolucci
  • Sharon Plotkin
  • Kimberly Rule
  • Michael Schaedler
  • Martha Smith-Blackmore
  • Andrew Taravella
  • Rachel Touroo
  • Douglas Young
  • Jorn Yu
  • Neil Zielinski

DNA Consensus Body

The DNA Consensus Body focuses upon the standards and guidelines related to the use of DNA in legal proceedings. It includes the development of pedigree charts as well as sample collection, preparation, analyses, and interpretation of DNA.

Current members
  • Howard Baum
  • Tebah Browne
  • John Butler
  • Cheryl Carreiro
  • Jillian Conte
  • Julie Demarest
  • Megan Foley
  • Julie French
  • Stephen Gicale
  • Jessica Goldthwaite
  • Brian Higgins
  • Nicolas Hughes
  • Amy Lee
  • Steven Lee
  • Chris Lindberg
  • Mark Loudon-Brown
  • Melissa Schwandt
  • Lucia Scotto
  • Rachel Singer
  • Caitlyn Taveira
  • Charlotte J Word, Ph.D.

Dogs and Sensors Consensus Body

Dogs and Sensors Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to performance of deployed dog/handler teams and optimization of their combination with electronic detection devices.

Current members
  • Michael Ben Alexander
  • Robert (Bert) Badertscher
  • Mary Cablk
  • Tawni Crippen
  • Lauryn DeGreeff
  • Matthew Devaney
  • Kenneth Furton
  • Robin Greubel
  • Jennifer Hirakawa
  • Deana Hudgins
  • Mark Lancaster
  • Paul Martin, M.A.
  • Sonja Nordstrom
  • Cynthia Otto
  • Sara Suzanne (SUZY) Perry
  • Katylynn Sloan
  • Michele Slone
  • Susan (Sue) Stejskal
  • Scott Thomas
  • Paola Tiedemann
  • Richard Vargus
  • Teresa Zurberg

Firearms and Toolmarks Consensus Body

The Firearms and Toolmarks Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the examination of firearm and toolmark evidence. This includes the comparison of microscopic toolmarks on bullets, cartridge cases, and other ammunition components and may also include firearm function testing, serial number restoration, muzzle-to-object distance determination, tools, and toolmarks.

Current members
  • Aaron Brudenell
  • Joseph Cassilly
  • Heather Dover
  • Jill Dupre
  • Jennifer Floyd
  • Dana Gicale
  • Cole Goater
  • Adam Grooms
  • Richard Gutierrez
  • Richard Hockensmith
  • Allison Lewis
  • Laura Molyneux
  • Nat Pearlson
  • Gene Peters
  • Kate Philpott
  • Robert Poole
  • Srinivasan Rathinam
  • Robert Sanger
  • Kristen Schaefer
  • Kerri Scott
  • Alan Serven
  • Robert Thompson
  • Raymond Valerio
  • John Wang
  • Kent Weber

Footwear and Tire Consensus Body

The Footwear and Tire Consensus Body focuss on standards and guidelines related to the detection, documentation, recovery, examination, and comparison of footwear and tire evidence.

Current members
  • Jason Bond
  • Christine Craig
  • Kevin J Farrugia
  • Monika Garcia
  • John Grassel
  • Susan Gross
  • Jeff Jagmin
  • Monica Kupsco
  • Alicia McCarthy
  • Kevin Parmelee
  • Frank Ragains
  • Lisa Ragaza
  • Michael Smith
  • Jacqueline Speir
  • Richard Tewes
  • John Wang

Forensic Document Examination Consensus Body

The Forensic Document Examination Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the forensic analysis, comparison, and evaluation of documents.

Current members
  • Jannie Bester
  • Ted Burkes
  • Timothy Campbell
  • Khody Detwiler
  • Marie Durina
  • Cami Fuglsby
  • Mark Goff
  • Lisa Hanson
  • Patrick Juola
  • Diane Kruger
  • Kevin P Kulbacki
  • Melanie Maness
  • Carl McClary
  • Ken Melson
  • Mara Merlino
  • Sandra Miller Raudabaugh
  • Mylene A Signori
  • David Tobin
  • Rigo Vargas
  • Thomas Vastrick
  • Kesha T White
  • Vickie Willard
  • David Zweig

Forensic Odontology Consensus Body

The Forensic Odontology Consensus Body develops standards and guidelines related to the practice of forensic dentistry.

Current members
  • Elif Aksoylu
  • Kenneth W Aschheim
  • Steven Byers
  • Susan Chandler
  • Mary Cimrmancic
  • Howard Cooper
  • Robert Dorion
  • M. Chris Fabricant
  • Phyllis Ho
  • John McDowell
  • John B. Nase
  • Lillian Nawrocki
  • Cristiana Palmela Pereira
  • Haskell Pitluck
  • Mithun Rajshekar
  • Lindsay Spears
  • David Wold

Friction Ridge Consensus Body

The Friction Ridge Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the forensic examination of friction ridge detail from the hands and feet.

Current members
  • Brianne Breedlove
  • Steven Brock
  • Simon Cole
  • Nicolas Craven
  • Heidi Eldridge
  • Melissa Gische
  • Samantha Heise
  • Mandi Hornickel
  • Cindy Hull
  • Steven Johnson
  • Aldo Mattei
  • J. Christopher McKee
  • Elizabeth Molina
  • Kenneth Moses
  • Peter Peterson
  • Alison Rees
  • David Stoney
  • Henry Swofford
  • Michele Triplett
  • Raymond Valerio
  • Amy Watroba

Mass Fatality Management and Disaster Victim Identification (MFM-DVI)

The Mass Fatality Management and Disaster Victim Identification (MFM-DVI) Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to fatality management of a mass fatality incident that involves the scientific identification of human remains.

Current members
  • Gary Berman
  • Tracey Bloomfield-McTavish
  • Jason Byrd
  • Giancarlo Di Vella
  • Taylor Dickerson III
  • Anthony Falsetti
  • Cynthia Gavin
  • Bryan Johnson
  • Richard Marx
  • Daniel Morgan
  • Diane Stephens
  • Victor Weedn, MD, JD
  • Tiffany Williams

Medicolegal Death Investigation Consensus Body

The Medicolegal Death Investigation Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to sudden, unnatural, unexplained or suspicious deaths, including homicides, suicides, unintentional fatal injuries, drug-related deaths and other deaths that are sudden or unexpected; determination of the cause and manner of death.

Current members
  • Keith Findley
  • John Fudenberg
  • Jeff Gilleran
  • Amy Hawes
  • Karen Kelly
  • Kelly Keyes
  • Allison Lewis
  • Philip Miller
  • Lara Newell
  • Carraugh Nowak
  • Elizabeth Ortiz
  • John Philipsborn
  • Michelle Rippy
  • Tabitha Viner

Toxicology Consensus Body

The Toxicology Consensus Body focuses on standards and guidelines related to the analysis of biological samples for alcohol, drugs, or poisons, and the interpretation of these results.

Current members
  • Randall Beaty
  • Leslie Edinboro
  • Kenneth E Ferslew
  • Michele Glinn
  • Sabra Jones
  • Matthew Juhascik
  • Joe Kahl
  • Melissa Kennedy
  • Sean Kocur
  • Alex Krotulski
  • Elzbieta (Ella) Kubicz
  • Marc LeBeau
  • Rachel Lieberman
  • Jennifer Limoges
  • Matthew Myers
  • Suman Rana
  • Darcy Richardson
  • Robert Sears
  • Brian Shaffer
  • Michael Stypa
  • Jeff Walterscheid
  • Dustin Yeatman

Wildlife Forensics Consensus Body

The wildlife consensus body focuses on standards and guidelines regarding the application of forensic sciences to investigations involving animals and plants, including applications such as taxonomic identification, individualization, geographic origin, and veterinary examinations.

Current members
  • Tasha Bauman
  • Jason Brooks
  • Jason Byrd
  • Kimberly Frazier
  • Sandra Koch
  • Beverly McEwen
  • Katherine (Kathy) Moore
  • Megan Stolen
  • Susan Underkoffler