Just So You Know: Leadership Series

In this Just So You Know episode Dr. John Morgan, the host of Just Science, gives a detailed explanation about the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence’s Leadership Series. He discusses the module topics, along with who the instructors are, as well as some of the challenges associated with leadership in the crime lab.

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Dr. Morgan is internationally recognized for his work in forensics, body armor, special operations technology, and predictive policing. He directs and develops forensic science research, training, and quality assurance programs, including the National Institute of Justice Forensic Technology Center of Excellence and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Laboratory Certification Program.

Currently, he is responsible for management, business development, and strategic planning to maintain and grow our programs in forensic science and related areas of education, policing, homeland security, defense, and international capacity building.

Previously, Dr. Morgan was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and Congressional Science Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has served in the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Defense as a senior executive managing programs that encompass scientific research, public safety, military technology, special operations, information systems, and standards. He received the 2007 Service to America Medal for his work to improve the nation’s capacity to conduct DNA analysis.

Guidance Leadership

In this special release season of Just Science, we discuss leadership with prominent names in the forensic community. The last episode of this series features Jeremy Triplett, the Laboratory Supervisor for the Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratories. Triplett discusses how a leader must not only have people skills, but they also must possess the ability to look beyond their own expertise when handling challenges.

This season of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Jeremy Triplett is the drug chemistry supervisor at the Kentucky State Police Central Forensic Laboratory in Frankfort, KY, where he is also served as the drug chemistry technical leader for all six of the Kentucky State Police laboratory branches from 2007 – 2016. He has more than thirteen years of experience in forensic drug chemistry analysis and has testified in local, state and federal courts. As technical leader, Jeremy oversaw training programs, policy and procedure revisions, and internal audits for the Kentucky State Police drug chemistry laboratories, statewide.  Jeremy regularly interfaces with policymakers in Kentucky regarding controlled substances issues facing the Commonwealth. In addition to his work with the Kentucky State Police, Jeremy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), an organization of crime laboratory directors and managers dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation.  During his tenure with the ASCLD Board, Jeremy has chaired the Advocacy committee and the Training and Education committee, where he developed a first-of-its-kind forensic management training academy that has enrolled more than 140 students to date.  Jeremy served as President of the organization from May 2016 – May 2017. In the fall of 2014, Jeremy was appointed to the Forensic Science Standards Board of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), where he was subsequently elected chairman.  OSAC is an initiative sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that seeks to coordinate the development of standards and guidelines to improve the quality and consistency of work in the forensic science community. Jeremy is certified as a Fellow in the area of drug analysis by the American Board of Criminalistics and is a Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is also a certified technical assessor in drug chemistry for ASCLD/LAB and has participated in several assessments of forensic science laboratories both inside and outside of the United States.

 


Additional Content:

GCIR FTCoE Webinar

ASCLD Leadership Academy 

Motivational Leadership

Episode three of the special release season, Leadership, features Martina Bison-Huckaby, the Director of the Center for Executive Education at West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics. Just science examines how understanding and relating with people separates leadership from management. Also, we discuss that taking business techniques, and human psychology into a crime lab leadership position can be challenging. Martina Bison Huckaby explains how West Virginia University, ASCLD, and the NIJ are aiding forensic scientists who are seeking leadership help.

This season of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Martina Bison-Huckaby is the Director of the Center for Executive Education for the WVU College of Business and Economics. She previously served as the Center’s Associate Director from March 2005 to June 2008. The Center offers a wide array of business non-degree programs accessible to the business community through open enrollment offerings as well as customized specifically to meet the needs of the client/organization. As the Director, Bison-Huckaby is responsible for the daily operations of the Center as well as for the development, marketing, recruiting, logistics, and delivery of the Center’s programs.

 

 

 

 

 


Additional Content:

WVU Business and Economics homepage

WVU Forensic Management Academy

Lean Six Sigma Program

 

Strategic Leadership

In episode two of the Leadership Special Release season, Just Science interviews Jody Wolf, the Assistant Crime Lab Administrator at the Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau. Wolf tells us how forensic science found her at a pivotal time in her life, and how she created an amazing career at the Phoenix crime lab. With a background that only strengthens her ability as leader, Just Science examines how sometimes rethinking old procedures, or even how a lab is structured can create an overall better and more efficient justice system.

This season of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

*Correction: Jody Wolf was not in a movie about the Donner Party, it was a movie based on Alfred Packer.

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Jody Wolf is the Assistant Crime Lab Administrator for the Phoenix Police Department, Crime Laboratory, an ASCLD/LAB-International / ISO 17025 accredited laboratory that employs over 140 technical and support personnel, which provides forensic services to the sixth largest City in the United States with a population of over 1.5 million residents.

Over her career, she has worked in both public and private laboratories for more than 20 years.  Jody has been employed by the Phoenix Police Department Crime Laboratory for the past 16 years and has served as the Assistant Crime Lab Administrator for the past 10 years. Her responsibilities include operational oversight of the Analytical Services Section, which includes the Forensic Biology/DNA, Evidence Processing, and Toxicology Units. She is an active member of several professional organizations and has been actively involved in the criminal justice community.  She currently serves as the as the President of the International Forensic Strategic Alliance and the Past President for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. She also serves as the Chair of the Arizona Forensic Science Academy Board and is leading the Maricopa County DANY Multidisciplinary Lab Subcommittee for the development of the Maricopa County Sexual Assault Protocol. She is also a member of the Arizona Forensic Science Advisory Committee,  the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the American Chemical Society, and the Scottsdale Community College Forensic Science Advisory Board. Jody also serves as an faculty member for Rio Salado College and the University of Phoenix where she teaches fundamental science courses, introduction to technology courses, and graduate courses in business management.

Jody received her Bachelors of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and her Masters of Science degree in Chemistry from Arizona State University. She also received her Masters in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.

 


Additional Content:

ACSLD Leadership Academy

FTCoE Rapid DNA Forum

 

Servant Leadership

In episode one of the Leadership Special Release season, Just Science interviews Ben Swanholm, the Forensic Science Section Supervisor at the Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau. Swanholm discusses his personal leadership style, backed with resources that are helpful to not only forensic scientists, but anyone who is interested in pursuing a leadership role. Along with learning more about the ASCLD Leadership Academy we examine some of the unique ways Phoenix organizes its crime laboratory.

This season of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Ben Swanholm is a Forensic Science Section Supervisor who works with the criminal justice community in Phoenix, AZ to provide high quality, efficient, and effective analysis of physical evidence collected from crime scenes. After spending more than a decade in the Phoenix Police Department, Laboratory Services Bureau, Ben believes that forensic science plays a vital role during the investigation and that each case presents itself with new challenges and opportunities for improvement.

Ben has been involved in the processing of evidence in several high profile investigations as well as leading and supporting numerous projects in the laboratory and police department.

Ben holds a BS in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice from the University of North Dakota, a MS in Criminal Justice Administration with an emphasis in Forensic Science Administration from Loyola University New Orleans, and is a Certified Public Manager.

 


Additional Content:

Simon Sinek Website

ACSLD Leadership Academy