I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Afterward, I earned my Masters of Science degree in Forensic Science from Sam Houston State University in 2003.
I began my forensic career as an Assistant Toxicologist at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office for a year. My duties included, but were not limited to, instrument maintenance and analyzing biological matrices for the presence or absence of drugs. Soon after, I moved to New York City and worked two years as a criminalist in the controlled substance section of the New York City Police Crime Laboratory. My primary responsibilities included analyzing evidence for the presence or absence of controlled substances, instrument maintenance, and providing expert testimony in local court. I also served as a member of the safety committee for the NYPD laboratory.
Since 2006, I have been employed by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s South Central Laboratory. I currently serve as a Senior Forensic Chemist. My primary responsibilities include analyzing evidence for the presence or absence of controlled substances, providing field support for clandestine laboratory investigations, providing field support for trace evidence collection and analysis, and providing expert testimony in court. Furthermore, I am a Level A certified chemist for the investigation of level A clandestine laboratories (i.e. LSD and PCP). I currently serve on our Quality Assurance committee, Instrument Committee, and Forensic Chemist Technical Advisory Committee. I routinely conduct training to students, law officers, and fellow forensic scientists.
My experience with SWAFS started as a college student providing a poster presentation at the 2002 SWAFS meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. Since then, I have attended several SWAFS annual meetings and have been a Regular Member since 2008. I served as the Vendor committee chair for the 2010 SWAFS annual conference in Grapevine, TX. I was responsible for organizing the vendor day, communicating with the vendors, delegating responsibilities to committee members, and handling of vendor related finances. I currently serve on the SWAFS vendor advisory committee for our annual meetings.
I am humbled by my nomination for president-elect of SWAFS. As president-elect, I would try to encourage the growth of SWAFS, while maintaining our core principles. I believe our commitment to ethics and our love of our careers is what defines us as forensic scientists. SWAFS allows us an opportunity to network with one another so we can grow as a community. I hope to explore all our opportunities to grow as a community so SWAFS can continue to progress and evolve as a forensic organization.