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Membership Re-elects Seven to SEARCH Board of Directors

The SEARCH Board of Directors roster remained stable following elections held during SEARCH’s recent annual Membership Group meeting, held July 25–27, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. 

The five State and two At-Large Member positions open for election were filled by incumbents who were up for re-election. These Directors, who were re-elected to a second two-year term, are:

  • Rickeya Franklin, Director, Identification Division, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio Attorney General’s Office
  • Robert Merwine, Director, Office of Criminal Justice Systems Improvements, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
  • Leslie Moore, Director, Information Services Division, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
  • David Steingraber, Senior Policy Advisor, National Criminal Justice Association (At-Large Member)
  • Major Jennie Temple, Criminal Justice Information Services, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
  • Robert Wessels, Vice Chair, Judicial Committee on Information Technology, Texas (At-Large Member)
  • Curtis Wood, Undersecretary, Forensic Science and Technology, Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Ms. Rickeya Franklin

Mr. Robert Merwin

Ms. Leslie Moore

Mr. David Steingraber

Major Jennie Temple

Mr. Robert Wessels

Mr. Curtis Wood

Continuing their service on the Board are the following Directors, whose terms expire in July 2018:

  • Brad Truitt, Director of Information Systems, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, who serves as Board Chair
  • Joseph Morrissey, Director, Office of Criminal Justice Operations, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, who serves as Board Vice Chair
  • Alfred Blumstein, J. Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University (At-Large Member)
  • Julie Butler, Administrator, General Services Division, Nevada Department of Public Safety
  • Daniel Foro, Senior Advisor, New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute (At-Large Member)
  • Major Brandon Gray, Commanding Officer, Identification & Information Technology Section, New Jersey State Police
  • Kathryn Monfreda, Acting Director, Department of Statewide Services, Alaska Department of Public Safety
  • Matt Ruel, Director, Bureau of Identification, Maine State Police

Mr. Brad Truitt, Chair

Mr. Joseph Morrissey, Vice Chair

Dr. Al Blumstein

Ms. Julie Butler

Mr. Dan Foro

Maj. Brandon Gray

Ms. Kathryn Monfreda

Mr. Matt Ruel

SEARCH’s 15-member Board of Directors, elected by the full Membership Group, provides general oversight and translates corporate goals and objectives into program directives and operating policies. Board Members serve 2-year terms, and include 11 State-appointed and 4 At-Large Members.
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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.