Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists
Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists

Officers - Election 2014

President-elect



The SWAFS Board of Directors are elected annually and serve for the following terms:

Board of Directors (2 years)
Treasurer (2 years)
Secretary (2 years)
President-elect (1)
President (1)
Chairperson of the Board (1)

Persons elected as President-Elect, in essence serve a three year term because they automatically transition from President-Elect to President, and then from President to Chairperson of the Board.



SWAFS committees are appointed annually by the President.


Click here to vote
Click to Vote

 


BOD Photo
 
Tamara Dallabetta-Keller [Elected]
 
Senior Forensic Chemist


 

My name is Tamara Dallabetta-Keller and I am a senior forensic chemist in Texas. I began my career as an intern with the Arizona Department of Public Safety North Regional Crime Laboratory in Flagstaff, AZ in 1995. After graduating from Northern Arizona University, I moved to Dallas in 1997. I am certified by the American Board of Criminalistics as a Drug Analysis Fellow. I married my college sweetheart, Justin Keller, and we have three growing boys…Logan (12), Brody (7), and Cooper (3). I have been active within SWAFS since college and I have enjoyed many positions in the organization. I would be honored to serve as President-Elect.


Board of Directors

Click here to vote
Click to Vote

 


BOD Photo
 
Dimika Cavalier
 
QA/QC Project Coordinator

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
 

 

Dimika V. Cavalier received a B.S. in Biology from Hampton University and a Master of Forensic Sciences from National University. Ms. Cavalier currently works on quality control and improvement programs as a QA/QC Project Coordinator within the Quality Management Division of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS). Prior to this position, she was employed as a Forensic Chemist in the Drug Chemistry Laboratory within the HCIFS for eight years. She also worked as a Drug Chemist and Trace Evidence Examiner with the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas County. She is certified as a Drug Analysis Fellow by the American Board of Criminalistics and she serves on the Recertification Committee for ABC.

 

Dimika has been a regular member of SWAFS since 2005 and has attended meetings held in Fort Worth, TX, Grapevine, TX, Orlando, FL and Houston, TX. She also co-authored a submission to the SWAFS Journal, Volume 32 (July 2011). She would like to serve on the Board in order to assist the organization with its continuous efforts of providing an exchange of information for current and aspiring forensic scientists and to advocate for more training and resources in quality assurance/quality control for practicing forensic scientists

 

 
BOD Photo
 
Starla Copeland 
 
Regional Laboratory Manager

Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory in Waco, Texas

My name is Starla Copeland. I have been the Regional Laboratory Manager for the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory in Waco, Texas for almost four years. I was hired by the Texas Department of Public Safety in December of 1997 and I have had a wonderful career with the state crime lab. I have been a member of SWAFS since 2002. I have attended most of the meetings and have enjoyed meeting, socializing, and learning from all of you.

My initial training was in Blood Alcohol and Controlled Substance Analysis. I have also been trained and work in the Serology/DNA discipline. I am currently proficient in DNA and Controlled Substance. I have assisted in lectures, lab tours, crime scene recovery, and training of analysts in Serology, DNA, and Controlled Substance Analysis. I was the Safety Advisor for the Waco crime laboratory for 6 years and served on the state crime laboratory Safety Committee for 3 years.

 

 
Photo Unavailable
 
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.

 

 
Photo Unavailable
 
Jill Dupre 
 
Firearms Examiner

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
 

Bachelor Degree in Microbiology, The University of Texas at Austin

Graduate of ATF’s National Firearm Examiners Academy (NFEA)
Member of the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE)
Member of the Texas Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (TAFTE)
Member of FBI/Scientific Working Group of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (SWGGUN)
Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Distinguished Member of the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS)
Zotter Award Recipient in 2004
Member of SWAFS Board of Directors 1994 – 1996, 2007 - 2009
Past President of SWAFS 2001 – 2002

My 20-year plus forensic career has spanned from clandestine labs and controlled substance analysis to arson and fire debris to firearm and toolmark examinations. During that time, I have been active in various committees with SWAFS. Since my involvement with the organization, the membership has grown and the organization has evolved into a well-respected regional multi-discipline professional forensic association. I would like to renew my participation with SWAFS to see the association continue to evolve, as we as an organization face new challenges in our chosen profession.

 


Secretary

Click here to vote
Click to Vote
 
Secretary Photo
 
Kay McClain
 
Drug Chemistry Manager

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
Houston, Texas
Kay McClain is the Drug Chemistry Manager at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston, Texas. She has been employed with the HCIFS since 2001. Kay worked in the Toxicology department for 1 year and then she transferred to the Drug Chemistry Laboratory where she has been for the past 12 years. Kay received a Bachelor of Science from Sam Houston State University in 1996. She is certified as a Fellow in Drug Analysis with the American Board of Criminalistics. Kay has been a member of SWAFS since 2005 and serves as the current Secretary of SWAFS.

 

My name is Kay McClain and I am running for a fourth term as Secretary of SWAFS. The past six years as Secretary have gone by so fast and there is still so much more I would like to accomplish. As a member of the board I have worked to create electronic documents for the secretary as well as conference documents. I have also enjoyed working with the other board members to make sure our members are recognized for all that they do to contribute to our organization. As an 13 year forensic chemist and a member of SWAFS since 2005, it would be an honor to serve you again and the organization. Please take the opportunity to cast your vote and include me on your ballot.