My collection of experience . . .
Technical Assessor Course
From 2006 to today, I inherited, revised, evolved and delivered the ASCLD/LAB (American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, Laboratory Accreditation Board), now ANAB (ANSI National Accreditation Board) Technical Assessor training course. This week-long course provides a very detailed review of ISO/IEC 17025 (General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories) and the accrediting body's additional requirements. A review of ISO 19011 (Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems) is also provided. A collection of five hands on exercises are included to ensure the attendees gain a taste for what the technical assessor duties would include.
From 2006 to present, I have guided 93 classes of interested people begin their journey to become technical assessors and I thank my mentor, John Neuner, for his guidance and support.
FYI - in 2019 ANAB will be restructuring the assessor training course. A self-paced, web-based prerequisite module reviewing ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) and forensic accreditation requirements will be provided. An in-person 3-1/2 day assessment focused training course, exercises and exam will complete the revised assessor training process. I will continue assisting Dr. Emma Dutton and ANAB with the forensic training program and the redesigned assessor course.
Internal Auditor Course
The Internal Auditor course came about as a sister to the Assessor course but with a different focus. So many people were attending the Assessor course, but not many of these attendees were taking the next step of becoming a technical assessor. They were attending to help their labs internally, performing audits. And this is where the Internal Auditor course comes in. The Internal Auditor course covers the same materials as the Assessor course on the first two days (review of ISO/IEC 17025 and the accreditation requirements), but then a refocus on the internal auditing process and tools needed. Four hands on exercises let attendees test drive their new skills in a safe and comfortable place.
From 2011 to present, I have been able to help 47 classes (ASCLD/LAB, ANAB and SEAGLASS TRAINING) through the process of learning how to effectively audit.
Back in 2004, when forensic laboratories began their migration to the new ASCLD/LAB ISO/IEC 17025 based accreditation program (aka the 'International' program) there was a demand for a course to help people navigate the transition. After joining ASCLD/LAB in 2006, I recognized that the week-long Assessor course was just too much for some people. Thus, the arrival of the Preparation Course. Consider it the little brother in the trio of accreditation training courses. This three day course provides attendees with a comfortable and detailed two and half day review of ISO/IEC 17025 and the accreditation requirements. Four exercises let attendees think about how they are going to help their lab staff and management transition to a somewhat foreign sounding accreditation program.
From 2007 to present, I introduced and deciphered accreditation requirements for 50 classes (ASCLD/LAB, ANAB and SEAGLASS TRAINING).
American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Annual Symposium: (2008 to 2011) I was honored to provide ASCLD with symposium planning and event management services. In concert with the ASCLD President-Elect I was given the opportunity to support this great organization by wrangling, organizing, nudging, creating and launching each year's symposium. I enjoy continuing to serve on the Annual Symposium Planning Committee (2012 to present).
Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers (2017 to present) I’m pleased to have (finally!!) become a member. In 2018, I served on the Annual Symposium Planning Committee. I hope to continue providing presentations at this important forensic community meeting.
FBI Laboratory Crime Laboratory Development Symposium, hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laboratory Division: (2002 to 2006) One of the largest and most interesting projects I was involved with while working at the FBI Laboratory was the annual Crime Laboratory Development Symposium. This project provided federal, state and local forensic laboratory managers, directors and supervisors an opportunity to learn from leading business schools across the country. During my involvement partnerships between the FBI Laboratory and business schools included: Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (go gophers!) hosted in Minneapolis; Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (go BLUE!) presented in Ann Arbor; and finally a partnership between Georgia Tech College of Management and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, held in Atlanta. These three projects were wonderful opportunities for me to learn more about new and evolving management practices and processes as well as coach these energetic and engaging university faculty about the challenging world of managing a forensic laboratory.
And a few publications:
The Forensic Laboratory Handbook Procedures and Practice (Second Edition, 2011, ISBN 978-1-6-761-871-3) Author of Chapter One 'Forensic Laboratory Accreditation'
Review of the FBI Latent Print Unit Processes and Recommendations to Improve Practices and Quality (Smrz, Burmeister, Einseln, Fisher, Fram, Stacey, Theisen, Budowle), Journal of Forensic Identification, vol. 56, No. 3, May/June 2006: 403 - 434
Building Microbial Forensics as a Response to Bioterrorism, By Bruce Budowle, Steven E. Schutzer, Anja Einseln, Lynda C. Kelley, Anne C. Walsh, Jenifer A. L. Smith, Babetta L. Marrone, James Robertson, Joseph Campos: Science 26 Sep 2003 : 1852-1853
Workshops and Presentations provided to:
American Academy of Forensic Science
American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors
Arizona Forensic Science Academy
Asian Forensic Science Network
Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers
California Association of Crime Laboratory Directors
California Association of Criminalists
Chesapeake Bay Division of the International Association for Identification
International Association of Forensic Science
International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists
Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists
Midwest Association of Forensic Scientists
Northeast Association of Forensic Scientists
Southern Association of Forensic Scientists
Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists
Texas Division of the International Association for Identification
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