AAFS Workshop Points

Hello Diplomates,

The Continuing Education Committee has approved the following AAFS workshops for recertification points:

W1: Complete Introduction to Digitally Captured Signatures (3 points)
W16: Technology and Design of Security Documents (6 points)

You will receive information on documentation to submit for recertification soon.

I would also like to introduce our new Recertification FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions. Your Recertification Manager and the Recertification Committee Chair (Tom Riley) are also here to help.

Welcome Gina Hunter, our Newest Diplomate!

Gina is a Forensic Document Examiner at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Regional Crime Laboratory. She began working at the crime lab in 2010 as an intern and worked her way up to FDE trainee in 2013. Gina received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Chemistry from San Diego State University in 2010 and an Associate in Science in Administration of Justice and Forensic Technology from Grossmont College in San Diego, CA in 2014. She also completed 4 graduate courses in Forensic Document Examination from Oklahoma State University. Gina completed a 3-year apprenticeship in Forensic Document Examination at the San Diego Sheriff’s Crime Lab under Senior FDE Marie Durina in 2016. She is a provisional member of ASQDE and an associate member of the Questioned Document Section of AAFS. In her free time Gina enjoys camping, traveling, and paper crafting.

Congratulations Gina! And I am interested in finding out what is paper crafting. đŸ™‚

Get to Know Robin Tran, Our Newest Diplomate

Robin is a Forensic Document Examiner at the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Forensic Laboratory in McLean, VA. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2003 and a Master of Forensic Science from The George Washington University in Washington, DC in 2007.

Robin began her career with the HSI Forensic Laboratory in 2009 as a trainee. There, she successfully completed a 30-month comprehensive training program in questioned document examination. As an examiner at the laboratory, she conducts examinations of domestic and international travel and identification documents to determine authenticity and reveal alterations. In addition to her document examination responsibilities, Robin demonstrates forensic instrumentation utilized by document examiners to individuals visiting the HSI Forensic Laboratory and provides instruction and training to law enforcement and other officials encompassing various components of questioned document examination. Robin has also served as a mentor for apprentice examiners providing on the job training regarding casework examinations and participating in expert panels for question and answer training sessions. She currently serves as the laboratory’s Instrumentation Officer.

When not at the laboratory Robin enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband.

Meet our New Diplomate – Stephanie Kingsbury

Stephanie has actually been a Diplomate for almost a year now. She is a Forensic Document Examiner with the US Postal Inspection Service’s National Forensic Laboratory. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Criminal Justice from Carthage College and a Master’s of Forensic Science degree from George Washington University. Stephanie completed a 2.5 year questioned documents training program at the Homeland Security Investigations Forensic Laboratory in 2015. She is a provisional member of ASQDE, an associate member of the Questioned Documents Section of AAFS, and now a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners. Welcome Stephanie!

Workshop Points for Recertification

Hello Diplomates,

The application for workshop approval is now online, in the Diplomates menu under Web Forms. The ASQDE’s Digital Examination Techniques workshop has already been approved for 3 points toward recertification (for the 2020-2021 period). We’ll be posting regularly when other workshops are approved.

If you are not familiar with the general process, the workshop instructor completes the application for workshop approval prior to commencement of the workshop. When approved, the instructor hands out a Workshop Attendance Record to each Diplomate attendee. The Diplomate submits the completed Attendance Record with the annual recertification documentation. Please contact the Board if you have questions. For your convenience, there is a web form for Suggestions or Comments for the Board.

Changes to the Board

We’re happy to welcome John Barnett and George Lehman to the Board of Directors. In addition, Larry Olson is now Secretary, and Katherine Schoenberger is our new Treasurer.

Bonnie Beal and Jim Green’s terms on the Board have sadly ended. Jim was Treasurer for all 8 years of his service, and Bonnie was Secretary for a good portion of her term. The Board is grateful for their service, dedication, knowledge, and companionship.