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01Oct2021

New SEARCH Members Appointed from West Virginia, Alaska

Major Shallon Oglesby

We are pleased to welcome two new governor-appointees to the SEARCH Membership Group, representing the states of West Virginia and Alaska:

  • Major Shallon Oglesby, who was appointed by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice on August 30, 2021.
  • Stephanie Richard, who was appointed by Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy on September 20, 2021.

Major Oglesby is Chief of Staff Services for the West Virginia State Police. The Staff Services division’s responsibilities include executive protection, radio communications, information support services, criminal records, forensic laboratory, planning and research, traffic records and promotional standards. Major Oglesby fills a vacancy on the Membership Group for the state.

Stephanie Richard

Ms. Richard is Director of the Division of Statewide Services for the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS). The division provides technical and specialized services to other Alaska DPS divisions, local State and Federal Law enforcement, and the public. This includes Criminal Records and Identification Bureau functions (criminal history records and fingerprint identification data), and Information Services functions (computerized resources to track arrests, criminal histories, warrants, missing persons, stolen property and other data for law enforcement purposes). Ms. Richard succeeds Ms. Kathryn Monfreda as Alaska’s SEARCH representative, and her appointment was effective October 1, 2021.

SEARCH Members and staff are pleased to welcome Major Oglesby and Ms. Richard to the Membership Group.

The SEARCH Membership Group, the governing body of SEARCH, is comprised of one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories, as well as eight at-large appointees selected by SEARCH’s Chair. This national body of state-level professionals is widely representative of the various disciplines within the justice system, and many are responsible for operational decisions and policymaking concerning the management of criminal justice.
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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.

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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. 

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