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New Members, Vice Chair Join SEARCH Board After July 2020 Elections

SEARCH welcomes a new Vice Chair and two new Members to its Board of Directors following elections held during SEARCH’s 2020 Annual Membership Group Meeting. At the virtual meeting on July 21, five other Members were re-elected to the SEARCH Board in positions that include SEARCH Chair, State Director, and At-Large Director.

Elected to serve leadership roles on the Board, with terms that expire in July 2022, are:

  • Chair Leslie Moore, Director, Information Services Division, Kansas Bureau of Investigation. This is Ms. Moore’s second term as Chair.
  • Vice Chair Kathryn Monfreda, Director, Division of Statewide Services, Alaska Department of Public Safety. This is Ms. Monfreda’s first term as Vice Chair, following two terms as a State Director on the Board.

Chair Leslie Moore

Vice Chair Kathryn Monfreda

The newly elected, first-time Board Members, who will serve two-year terms that expire in July 2022, are:

  • Colonel Timothy Chung, Assistant Director, Technical Services Division, Arizona Department of Public Safety.
  • Colonel Larry C. Newton Jr., Office of Technical Services, Kentucky State Police.

Lt. Col. Timothy Chung

Lt. Col. Larry C. Newton Jr.

Re-elected to two-year terms on the Board are the following State Directors:

  • Jason Bright, Supervisor of the Criminal Records & Identification Services Section, Criminal Investigation Division, Montana Department of Justice.
  • Bradley Truitt, Director of Information Systems, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
  • Lisa Voss, Assistant Director, State Bureau of Identification, Delaware State Police.

Jason Bright

Bradley Truitt

Lisa Voss

Re-elected to two-year terms on the Board are the following At-Large Directors:

  • Dan Foro, Senior Advisor, New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute.
  • James Lynch, Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland.

Dan Foro

James Lynch

Continuing to serve on the Board in positions that expire in July 2021 are these State Directors:

  • Brad Cazort, Director, Arkansas Crime Information Center.
  • David Jobes, Assistant Director, Iowa Department of Public Safety.
  • Leila McNeill, Chief, Crime Identification Bureau, Idaho State Police.
  • Matt Ruel, Director, Bureau of Identification, Maine State Police.

Brad Cazort

David Jobes

Leila McNeill

Matt Ruel

Mr. Bob Wessels, Vice Chair, Texas Judicial Committee on Information Technology, continues to serve on the Board as an At-Large Director. His term expires in July 2021. Mr. Christopher D.W. Young, Administrator, Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center, serves on the SEARCH Board of Directors as the representative for the Open Justice Broker Consortium, which is a permanent appointment.

Bob Wessels

Christopher Young

Transitioning off the Board was Mr. Adam Dean, Director, Office of Criminal Justice Services, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. SEARCH thanks Mr. Dean for his dedicated service on the Board. He remains New York’s representative to the SEARCH Membership Group.

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-appointees, 3 At-Large appointees, and 1 representative from the Open Justice Broker Consortium.
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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.