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Secretary - Election 2016


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Marie Chance
Criminalist - Drug Chemistry

Los Angeles Police Department
Science has always been a part of my professional life since graduating with a BS in Chemistry from Washington University in St Louis. First in the bio-medical research field, having published 2 papers in the field of brain chemistry, and finally in Criminalistics, my passion since 1991.

As a member of SWAFS since 1993, I have had the opportunity to grow in the Criminalistics field thru tutoring and friendships developed nation wide. In my 22 years of attending each SWAFS conference, I have served on several committees including audit, long term planning, 3 year chair of application/membership, and an active fundraiser for the scholarships. I was honored to receive the Zotter award in 2015.

As a Criminalist for LAPD/SID, I was assigned to various units including Toxicology 3 yrs; Field on-call 13 yrs; and Narcotics 1994-present. I was fortunate to be selected for Instructor Development and subsequently appointed to the Training Cadre, presenting classes for the LAPD Community Policing Project. I continue to use this training by participating in career days for local schools, chamber of commerce sponsored forums, Scout programs, presentations at libraries, and presenting special lectures and full day classes for local high schools and colleges. I am active in several local community service organizations: City of Cypress Senior Commission – 8 yrs Board, 2 yrs vice chair 1 yr Chairman; City of Cypress Arts Commission – 4 yrs Board, 1 yr vice chair; FOCCA (Friends of Cypress Cultural Arts) - 17 yr Board, 3 yr scholarship chair, 2 yr vice president, and incoming president; Cypress Civic Theater Guild – 12 yr Board, 4 yr box-office chair, 2 yr green room chair, producer, 2 yr vice-president, 4 yr secretary; Cypress Community Festival Assoc – 7 yr Board, 5 yr treasurer; and CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) – 18 yr volunteer and performer for their annual theatrical benefit show, CHOC Follies.