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Board Recognizes Members and Staff for Years of Service to SEARCH

On behalf of the SEARCH Board of Directors, Chair Brad Truitt recognized Members and Staff for their years of service to the organization, with significant length of service achieved in 2016. Chair Truitt honored the following individuals during the SEARCH Membership Group’s annual meeting on July 26, 2016, in Houston, Texas.

Member Anniversaries

25 Years


Dr. Alfred Blumstein
J. Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research
H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management
Carnegie-Mellon University

15 Years

Robert Wessels

Mr. Robert Wessels
Vice Chair
Judicial Committee on Information Technology
State of Texas

10 Years

Dawn Peck

Ms. Dawn Peck
Bureau of Criminal Identification
Idaho State Police

5 Years


Ms. Dawn Brinningstall
Criminal Justice Information Center
Michigan State Police


Mr. Oded Galili
Deputy Director
Justice Information Services
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Minnesota Department of Public Safety


Mr. Michael Lawlor
Under Secretary
Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division
Connecticut Office of Policy and Management


Mr. Robert Merwine
Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

Staff Anniversaries

10 Years


Mr. Scott Came
Executive Director


Mr. Andrew Owen
Director of Information Sharing Programs


Ms. Lauren Wagner
High-Tech Crime Training Specialist

5 Years


Mr. Yogesh Chawla
Information Sharing Architecture Specialist

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Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Mackay

Mr. Michael Mackay is an Information Sharing Developer for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. As part of the Software and Data Engineering Program (SDEP) team, he plans, develops, implements, and deploys information sharing systems on behalf of SEARCH clients in local, state, tribal, and Federal government settings. He also provides programming, configuration, and testing assistance, and consults on implementation architecture and design with clients. 

Mr. Mackay supports justice, public safety, and homeland security information sharing nationwide through SDEP services that include software architecture and systems design, application development, deployment and support, data management services, and direct technical assistance and training. These services offer capabilities that include federated query, authentication access/control, subscription/notification, process/workflow automation, data analysis, and more. 

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2021, Mr. Mackay worked as a Software Engineering Intern for TDM Business Toole Suite, where he provided software development support using Java frameworks, implemented relational database models using MySQL, and designed GUI components using NetBeans. 

Mr. Mackay will work in an Agile development environment, a methodology that SEARCH embraces that focuses on incremental development and delivery, collaboration in a team approach, and rapid and flexible response to change throughout the development cycle. 

Mr. Mackay earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University, New York.