Membership Group

SEARCH is governed by a Membership Group that includes one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories. Members are primarily state-level justice officials responsible for operational decisions and policy on managing criminal justice and criminal history information, and related identification and telecommunications technology. The SEARCH Chair also selects eight At-large Members from government, organizations and academia. They provide a balanced representation of justice disciplines and bring special expertise and broad perspective to the Group. Learn more

Our Members


W. Avery Morris, CLEE
Operations Commander
Criminal Justice Services Division
Alabama State Bureau of Investigation


Stephanie Richard
Division of Statewide Services
Alaska Department of Public Safety


Lt. Colonel Timothy Chung
Assistant Director
Technical Services Division
Arizona Department of Public Safety


Brad Cazort
Arkansas Crime Information Center


Amanda L. Ray*
California Highway Patrol


Chris Andrist

Deputy Director
Criminal Justice Information Systems
Colorado Bureau of Investigation


Dane Silcox

Bureau of ID, Records, Crime Analysis
Connecticut Dept. of Emergency Services & Public Protection


M. Lisa K. Voss
Assistant Director
State Bureau of Identification
Delaware State Police

District of Columbia

Mannone Butler
Executive Director
District of Columbia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council


Christopher D.W. Young
Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center
Department of the Attorney General


Leila McNeill
Criminal Identification Bureau
Idaho State Police


Captain James Rosanova*

Bureau of Identification
Illinois State Police


David Jobes
Assistant Director
Iowa Department of Public Safety


Leslie Moore
Information Services Division Kansas Bureau of Investigation


Lt. Col. Larry C. Newton, Jr.
Office of Technical Services
Kentucky State Police


Norman G. Gobert
Court Case MIS Office
Louisiana Supreme Court


Matthew R. Ruel
Maine State Bureau of Identification Maine State Police


Donna Rowlette
Criminal Justice Information System-Central Repository
Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services


Jamie Gagnon
Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services


Michelle Kleckler
Division Director
Criminal Justice Information Center
Michigan State Police


Dana Gotz
Deputy Superintendent
Justice Information Services
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension


Captain Rusty Clark
Criminal Information Center
Mississippi Department of Public Safety


Major David A. (Tony) Flannigan
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Technical Services Bureau


Jason Bright
Criminal Records & Identification Services Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
Montana Department of Justice


Jeff Avey*
Criminal Identification Division
Nebraska State Patrol


Mindy McKay*
Division Administrator and CSO
Records, Communications and Compliance Division
Nevada Department of Public Safety

New Jersey

SFC Robert Schaffter
Unit Head
Criminal Records Integrity & Compliance Unit
Identification & Information Technology Section
New Jersey State Police

New York

Adam Dean
Office of Criminal Justice Records
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

North Carolina

Ivy J. McMillan*
Special Agent In Charge
Criminal Information and Identification Section
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation

North Dakota

Julie Spotts*
Administrative Staff Officer II
North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation


Beth Owens
Director of Identification
Bureau of Identification & Investigation
Ohio Attorney General’s Office


Erin Henry
Division Director
Information Services Division
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation


Michael Pennington
Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements
PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency

Rhode Island

Lt. Col. Kevin M. Barry
Deputy Superintendent/Commanding Officer
Department of Public Safety
Rhode Island State Police

South Carolina

Major Charles M. Coats Jr.
Director, CJIS
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division


Yeselin Pendleton
Assistant Director
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation


Michelle D. Farris
Crime Records Division
Texas Department of Public Safety


Captain Greg Willmore
Bureau of Criminal Identification
Utah Department of Public Safety


Christopher Herrick
Deputy Commissioner
Vermont Department of Public Safety


Captain Matthew T. Patterson
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Virginia State Police


Jim Anderson
Criminal Records Division Washington State Patrol

West Virginia

Major Shallon Oglesby
Chief of Staff Services
West Virginia State Police


Bradley Rollo
Crime Information Bureau
Wisconsin Department of Justice


Allison Moore
Deputy Director, CJIS
Division of Criminal Investigation
Wyoming Attorney General’s Office


At Large Appointees

Alfred Blumstein, Ph.D.
J. Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research
H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management Carnegie-Mellon University
Nelson O. Bunn, Jr.
Executive Director
National District Attorneys Association
Dan Foro
Senior Advisor
New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute
James P. Lynch, Ph.D.
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Maryland
Richard Schauffler
Justice Solutions
Jeffrey L. Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Justice Research and Statistics Association
Bob Wessels
Vice Chair
Judicial Committee on Information Technology State of Texas


Members Emeritus

Charles M. Friel, Ph.D. (Retired)
College of Criminal Justice Sam Houston State University
Hugh M. Collins, Ph.D. (Retired)
Judicial Administrator
Louisiana Supreme Court

*Designated Alternate

Membership Group

The SEARCH Membership meets twice a year to discuss and strategize on key policy, operational and technical issues that impact the information sharing/management responsibilities of local, state and tribal justice and public safety agencies. They then speak as a consensus voice of the States on those issues, through policy statements and resolutions that bring state concerns to national attention.

The Membership also—

A 15-member Board of Directors is elected by, and leads, the SEARCH Membership Group.

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.