CFSO Board of Directors Biographies
Mr. Gamette is the Laboratory System Director for the three labs of the Idaho State Police Forensic Services. Mr. Gamette did undergraduate work in Zoology and graduate work in Microbiology at Brigham Young University Mr. Gamette holds laboratory leadership and management certificates through West Virginia University Forensic Management Academy and the University of California at Davis, and graduated as a Certified Public Manager in the Idaho program. Mr. Gamette interned with the Utah State Crime Lab in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked in the Spokane Laboratory of the Washington State Patrol from 2002 to 2008 as a biologist/DNA scientist and crime scene responder. He was promoted to Forensic Scientist 4 (Spokane DNA Technical Lead) in 2008. He has trained hundreds of detectives, crime scene responders, forensic nurses, and first responders in the collection of biological evidence. Mr. Gamette started his career with the Idaho State Police (ISP) in late 2008 as the Laboratory Improvement Manager/Quality Manager for the laboratory system. He was promoted to ISP Laboratory System Director in July 2014. Mr. Gamette is currently serving as an elected board member of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) where he is the Co-chair of the Advocacy Committee. He is a certified assessor with the American Society of Crime Lab Directors-Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), and has performed DNA laboratory assessments all over the United States as a certified FBI DNA assessor. He is also an audit panel reviewer for the FBI's National DNA Index System (NDIS). He was selected and currently serves on the NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Quality Infrastructure Committee (QIC). He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists (NWAFS), American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD), and Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers (AFQAM).
Ken retired as a Detective Lieutenant with the Massachusetts State Police as the Commanding Officer of the Crime Scene Services Section. He has a B.A. in Biology; a B.S. in Criminal Justice; a M.S. in Criminal Justice. He is a past president of the International Association for Identification and presently serves on the IAI's Board of Directors. In addition, he serves as the IAI's representative to the Consortium of Forensic Sciences. He is a Certified Latent Print Examiner, Certified Bloodstain Pattern Examiner, Certified Footwear Examiner, and a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst.
Dolores (Dee) A. Krebs, Secretary & MS, ANP-BC, FNP, SANE-A, SANE-P, NYSAFE
International Association of Forensic Nurses
Dolores (Dee) A. Krebs MS, ANP-BC, FNP, SANE-A, SANE-P, NYSAFE has been a Registered Nurse for more than thirty (30) years, and a practicing Nurse Practitioner for more than fifteen (15) years. Throughout her nursing career, Ms. Krebs has held a variety of nursing positions and served in many roles as a provider, a role model, an educator, and a leader. Ms. Krebs is most noted for her passion and commitment to sexual assault victims. Ms. Krebs has dedicated the past fourteen years of her nursing career to serving as a leader and champion to improving the care and treatment for sexual assault victims through awareness, advocacy, presentations, publications, and policy development. In addition, she has been instrumental in redesigning and improving practice environments through collaborative efforts with healthcare providers, nursing organizations, law enforcement, and politicians; on a local, state, national and international level.
Ms. Krebs currently works as a Family Nurse Practitioner and the Director of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program in the Emergency Department at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In addition, she is holds an appointment as a Clinical Associate in Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing where she serves as a preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students, a guest lecturer and the Instructor of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program, a 40 hour course. Ms. Krebs also serves on several professional nursing organizations in a leadership position. She currently is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) and has served on the Planning Committee for the annual conference. In 2014 she was appointed the Chairperson for the annual conference for the calendar year 2014. Ms. Krebs was a founding member and past President of the New York State Chapter of the IAFN, where she currently serves as a member. She a member of the New York State Nurse Practitioner Association where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Director of the Greater Rochester Chapter (Region 1). In addition, she was a founding member and past President of the Nurse Practitioner Association Greater Rochester Chapter (NPAGR).
In 1983, Ms. Krebs received a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing from the State University of New York College at Brockport. In 1999, Ms. Krebs pursued an advanced nursing degree and completed an Adult Nurse Practitioner Program from the University of Rochester, School of Nursing. In 2001, she completed a post-Master's Certificate Program as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and achieved national certification as an FNP-BC through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization. In addition, in 2006 Ms. Krebs achieved certification from New York State Department of Health as a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE)for adolescents and adults, and certification from the International Association of Forensic Nursing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for adults (SANE-A). In 2007, she became a certified trainer for SANE-adolescent/adult training in New York State. In 2009, she achieved certification from the International Association of Forensic Nursing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for pediatrics (SANE-P).
Kim A. Collins, MD has served as a forensic pathologist with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office, Emory University School of Medicine and Medical Director for LifePoint Organ and Tissue Donation Services of South Carolina. After receiving her BS in microbiology, magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Georgia, Athens, Dr. Collins earned her MD from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. Following medical school, Dr. Collins completed an anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Wake Forest University/Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After residency, she completed a forensic fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina where she remained on faculty as a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director of Forensic and Autopsy Pathology, and Chief Medical Examiner. Dr. Collins is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology, board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and forensic pathology. She is a member of the College of American Pathologists and past Chair of the Autopsy Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Medical Examiners and is the past Chair for the Pathology/Biology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. As a Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Collins' areas of interest are pediatric/adolescent forensic pathology, domestic violence, and geriatric forensic pathology.
Timothy P. Rohrig, Ph.D., F-ABFT
Society of Forenic Toxicologists/American Board of Forensic Toxicology
Dr. Rohrig is currently the Director of the Sedgwick County [Kansas] Regional Forensic Science Center. He also holds the positions of Director, Forensic Science Laboratories and Chief Toxicologist at the Center. Prior to joining the Center he was Director of Laboratories at the Center for Forensic Sciences, Onondaga County, NY. Dr. Rohrig was previously, Vice President - Director of Toxicology of Osborn Laboratories, and Chief Toxicologist - Laboratory Director for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Oklahoma. During his tenure in Oklahoma, he was a consultant to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory. Other previous positions include Toxicologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of West Virginia and Chief Toxicologist for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's Forensic Science Laboratory. Dr. Rohrig holds the academic position of Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science at Wichita State University and is a visiting professor in the Erasmus Mundus Master's program at the University of Lincoln [United Kingdom]. He has previously held the academic positions of Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, NY and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center-College of Pharmacy. Dr. Rohrig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, a Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences, with an emphasis in the areas of Pharmacology/Toxicology, and is board certified by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology. Dr. Rohrig also holds a current New York State Laboratory Director License [Certificate of Qualification] for Clinical and Forensic Toxicology. He had served [1990 – 2011] as a Laboratory Inspector and Team Leader for the U.S. Government's National Laboratory Certification Program. He also was previously an inspector for the College of American Pathologists Forensic Urine Drug Testing program. Dr. Rohrig has authored over twenty peer-reviewed articles and given numerous scientific oral presentations in the field of toxicology. Dr. Rohrig is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the past Chairman and Secretary of the Toxicology Section. In 2009, Dr. Rohrig was honored to receive the Rolla N. Harger Award for outstanding contributions to the field of Forensic Toxicology. He was the past President [1992/93] of the Southwestern Association of Toxicologists and held other leadership positions in the organization. Dr. Rohrig was the President (2006) and past Vice President and past Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Forensic Toxicologists [SOFT]. He is also a member of several other professional organizations; including the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. Dr. Rohrig sits on SOFT's Drug Facilitated Crime [previously Sexual Assault] Committee, chairing the Technical Guidance sub-committee. He currently serves on the Sedgwick County Methamphetamine Lab Kids Initiative Task Force. Dr. Rohrig was previously a member and Vice Chair of the New York Crime Laboratory Advisory Committee and Wichita Area SANE/SART Advisory Committee. He served two three year terms on the Board of Directors for the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center. Dr. Rohrig's current research interests include postmortem distribution of drugs, interpretive postmortem toxicology, effects of embalming and decomposition on postmortem toxicological results, oral fluid drug analyses and the effects of drugs on human performance.
Kenneth E. Melson currently works for the Inspector General's Office of the U.S. Postal Service advising the Office of Investigation on legal matters relating to its administrative and criminal cases. Prior to retiring from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2012, he was the Senior Advisor on Forensic Science in the Office of Legal Policy. He also served as a co-chair of the Subcommittee on Forensic Science, Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council within the Executive Office of the President. In April of 2009, he was named as Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) by President Obama, where he served until August of 2011. Prior to his service at ATF, Mr. Melson was appointed by the Attorney General as the Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) in 2007, where he was responsible for administrative oversight of the 94 U.S. Attorneys Offices and for liaison between the U.S. Attorneys and other Federal agencies and Department of Justice (DOJ) components. Prior to being Director of EOUSA, Mr. Melson worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia beginning in 1983. He became the First Assistant United States Attorney in 1986, a post he held until his departure in 2007. Several times during his career, including on September 11, 2001, he served as the United States Attorney. He was also a state prosecutor for ten years. Mr. Melson is a Past President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and a past chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. He was the Chair of the AAFS Ethics Committee and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences. He is currently serving on the NIST Expert Human Factors Working Group on Handwriting Examination. Mr. Melson represented the Department of Justice as a board member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) for over a decade. He has been an adjunct professor at The George Washington University for over 35 years, teaching law and forensic science courses at both the law school and the Department of Forensic Sciences, and has published in scientific texts and legal journals.
Dr. Yale H. Caplan received his Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy (1963) and Ph.D. degree in Medicinal Chemistry (1968) from the University of Maryland at Baltimore (School of Pharmacy). Following appointment as Research Associate and Supervisor in experimental toxicology at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Dr. Caplan came to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (State of Maryland) as an Assistant Toxicologist in 1969 and served as Chief Toxicologist and Scientific Director of the State of Maryland's Alcohol Testing Program (1974-1991). He was Director of Toxicology and Forensic Toxicology for Quest Diagnostics, Incorporated (formerly Maryland Medical Laboratory) in Baltimore (1977-1999). He was Laboratory Director for the State of Maryland, Division of Parole and Probation (1999-2012). Dr. Caplan is currently a consulting forensic toxicologist and CLIA Director at Smithers Avanza Pharmaceutical Services. He is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and a consultant for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (SAMHSA) Division of Workplace Programs and Aegis Sciences Corporation. He is a member of the Forensic Laboratory Accreditation Committee for the State of Maryland. Dr. Caplan's professional activities and awards include: President of the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (2008-2012); President of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (1988-2008) and recipient of the Board's Distinguished Service Award; President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (1987-1988), previously holding other offices including Chairman of the Toxicology Section, and recipient of the Academy's Rolla N. Harger Award (1989) for outstanding contributions to forensic toxicology and the Distinguished Fellow Award (1996) for a lifetime of service to the forensic sciences profession; President of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (1981); Chairman (1991-1993) of the National Safety Council's Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs (now Alcohol and Drug Impairment Division) and the recipient of the Council's Robert F. Borkenstein Award (2000); Chairman of the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society (1973) and recipient of the 1994 Maryland Chemist Award. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Analytical Toxicology. He serves as an advisor to attorneys and companies regarding alcohol and drug testing issues.