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Board of Directors - Election 2015

Board of Directors



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Azell Carter [Elected]
Quality Assurance Manager/Sr. Forensic Chemist

Pasadena Police Department Regional Crime Laboratory


Azell Carter has been employed in the field of Forensic Science since January 2008. He began his career with the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory as a Criminalist, in the Drug Chemistry forensic discipline and in March of 2012 he became the Quality Assurance Manager/Sr. Forensic Chemist for the Pasadena Police Department Regional Crime Laboratory. While at Pasadena, Azell developed measurement uncertainty budgets for drug chemistry and toxicology, led the laboratory efforts in achieving ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, and authored the City of Pasadena synthetic cannabinoid and hallucinogenic ordinance. In addition, Azell was a technical writer for Senate Bill 173 (84R). This bill addresses the control status and emergence of synthetic cannabinoids in Texas, and will become Texas law September 1, 2015. Azell’s membership affiliations are with the Association of Forensic Quality Assurance managers (AFQAM), American Society of Quality (ASQ), Clandestine Laboratory of Investigating Chemists (CLIC), Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientist (SWAFS) and Texas Association of Crime Laboratory Directors (TACLD).

Azell received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry from Texas State University in May 2006 and a Masters of Science in Pharmacy with a concentration in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Florida in May 2011. Currently, Azell is studying to obtain a Lean Six Sigma Certification and scheduled to sit for the exam in August 2015. Furthermore, Azell plans to take the Internal Auditor certification exam in December 2015.

Azell has been a member of SWAFS since 2012. Networking within the organization has given him the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about other forensic disciplines. The members of this organization freely share information and are great examples of professionalism. Azell is truly honored to be nominated for the Board of Directors and if elected, he will do his best to display the professional integrity that permeates throughout the SWAFS organization while continuing to uphold the standards of excellence set forth by the previous board members.


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Marie Chance 

I have been a member of SWAFS since 1993 and have enjoyed attending every meeting since then. I was especially impressed with the friendly atmosphere of the meetings and the willingness of the more experienced members in sharing their expertise with me since I was a newcomer to the field, only discovering forensics in June 1991. Previously I had used my Chemistry degree from Washington University in St Louis in the bio-medical research fields. At LAPD/SID I have been in Tox, Field, and currently Narco. I have been fortunate to unofficially help on the audits and as liaison to AAFS, have served on the Long Range Planning committee, and was co-chair and chair of the Membership Committee for the three years during the transition from paper to the fully computerized and split committees. I would welcome the opportunity to serve on the Board, to continue the fine programs in addition to promoting new ideas.


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Linda Johnson [Elected]
Laboratory Director

Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab in Beaumont, Texas


Linda Johnson is the Laboratory Director for the Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab in Beaumont, Texas. She has been employed with the Beaumont lab since 1990, where she first worked as a laboratory technician, then a forensic scientist, promoting to Director of the lab in 2004. Through the years, Linda has worked in the Drug Chemistry, Toxicology, Forensic Biology, and Crime Scene disciplines. She continues to serve as the Director and also the acts as the Quality Manager for the lab. Linda received her B.S. from Lamar University and a Master’s degree from the University of Florida in 2010.

Hello, my name is Linda Johnson and I am running for a position on the SWAFS Board of Directors. I’ve been a member of SWAFS since 1997, served on at least one SWAFS committee every year since 2000 (Historical Committee, Meeting Advisory Committee, Professional Conduct Committee, Nominating Committee), and served as a committee chair for 8 of those years.

SWAFS is a great organization, made up of positive people who are willing to help and mentor others. I would like to take the next step in my commitment to SWAFS by serving on the Board. If elected, I will continue to be an advocate for our profession, and strive to enhance the positive perception of the forensic sciences. Forensic science is not an easy career choice, but our dedication to the field binds us together and motivates all of us to continually seek improvements in our respective forensic disciplines.

Please exercise your right to vote in this election, and if you choose, include a vote for me on your ballot.