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05Aug2014

Photos from the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting

The evening of July 29, Members, Staff and Guests took a break from the business of the 2014 SEARCH Annual Meeting to enjoy a reception at the Sheraton Salt Lake City to recognize recipients of SEARCH’s annual awards:

  • the O.J. Hawkins Award, a practitioner honor that went to biometrics pioneer Peter T. Higgins, and
  • the Cooper Meritorious Service Award, a Membership honor that went to Mr. David Steingraber, a SEARCH Member At-Large and Senior Policy Advisor, National Criminal Justice Association.

Also recognized that evening was Mr. Owen M. Greenspan, SEARCH Law and Policy Director, who will be retiring later this year following a 50-year career in law enforcement and justice policy, the last 19 years of which were with SEARCH. In addition, the SEARCH Chair recognized a number of SEARCH Members and Staff earlier in the day for years of service achieved in 2014.

During the two-day meeting July 29–30 in Salt Lake City, Utah, SEARCH Members, Staff and stakeholders from a variety of federal, state and local agencies and national organizations met to discuss a range of technical, operational and policy issues affecting justice information sharing.

SEARCH Chairman Francis X. Aumand III (left) presents a clock to SEARCH Law and Policy Director Owen M. Greenspan, in recognition of his pending retirement this fall following a 50-year career in law enforcement and criminal justice policy.

SEARCH Chairman Francis X. Aumand III (left) presents a clock to SEARCH Law and Policy Director Owen M. Greenspan, in recognition of his pending retirement this fall following a 50-year career in law enforcement and criminal justice policy.

SEARCH Chairman Francis X. Aumand III (left) shakes the hand of biometrics pioneer Peter T. Higgins, after presenting him with SEARCH’s 2014 O.J. Hawkins Award.

SEARCH Chairman Francis X. Aumand III (left) shakes the hand of biometrics pioneer Peter T. Higgins, after presenting him with SEARCH’s 2014 O.J. Hawkins Award.

Longtime SEARCH Member David Steingraber (right) accepts SEARCH’s 2014 Cooper Meritorious Service Award from Chairman Francis X. Aumand III. Mr. Steingraber was also honored for 10 years of service as a SEARCH Member.

Longtime SEARCH Member David Steingraber (right) accepts SEARCH’s 2014 Cooper Meritorious Service Award from Chairman Francis X. Aumand III. Mr. Steingraber was also honored for 10 years of service as a SEARCH Member.

SEARCH Staff Bonnie Maney, who represents SEARCH on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Public Safety Advisory Committee, provides Members with an update on FirstNet activities.

SEARCH Staff Bonnie Maney, who represents SEARCH on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Public Safety Advisory Committee, provides Members with an update on FirstNet activities.

SEARCH Members Mr. Mike Lesko of Texas (left) and Captain Tom Turner of Virginia chat during a break in the Membership meeting.

SEARCH Members Mr. Mike Lesko of Texas (left) and Captain Tom Turner of Virginia chat during a break in the Membership meeting.

SEARCH Members Lt. Ron Rivera of New Jersey (left) and Mr. Robert Merwine of Pennsylvania.

SEARCH Members Lt. Ron Rivera of New Jersey (left) and Mr. Robert Merwine of Pennsylvania.

SEARCH Information Sharing Programs Director Mark Perbix (right) chats with two SEARCH Members At-Large (from left), Mr. David Steingraber and Mr. Dan Foro.

SEARCH Information Sharing Programs Director Mark Perbix (right) chats with two SEARCH Members At-Large (from left), Mr. David Steingraber and Mr. Dan Foro.

Dr. Howard N. Snyder, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, discusses BJS’s publication of a major national recidivism study.

Dr. Howard N. Snyder, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, discusses BJS’s publication of a major national recidivism study.

Panelists Ms. Pat Nelson, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, and SEARCH Member Joseph Morrissey of New York discuss criminal history record improvement strategies.

Panelists Ms. Pat Nelson, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, and SEARCH Member Joseph Morrissey of New York discuss criminal history record improvement strategies.

SEARCH Executive Director Scott Came welcomes Members and guests to the Annual Meeting.

SEARCH Executive Director Scott Came welcomes Members and guests to the Annual Meeting.

A panel discusses the development of SEARCH policy statements. From left: Government Affairs Director Kelly Harbitter, Law and Policy Director Owen Greenspan, At-Large Member Robert Wessels, Wyoming Member Dr. Natalie Chrastil, and Idaho Member Dawn Peck.

A panel discusses the development of SEARCH policy statements. From left: Government Affairs Director Kelly Harbitter, Law and Policy Director Owen Greenspan, At-Large Member Robert Wessels, Wyoming Member Dr. Natalie Chrastil, and Idaho Member Dawn Peck.

SEARCH’s Washington Member, Mr. Jim Anderson (left), accepts a plaque recognizing his 5 years of serve as a SEARCH Member from Chairman Francis X. Aumand III.

SEARCH’s Washington Member, Mr. Jim Anderson (left), accepts a plaque recognizing his 5 years of serve as a SEARCH Member from Chairman Francis X. Aumand III.

SEARCH’s North Carolina Member, Ms. Wendy Brinkley (left), accepts a plaque recognizing her 5 years of serve as a SEARCH Member from Chairman Francis X. Aumand III.

SEARCH’s North Carolina Member, Ms. Wendy Brinkley (left), accepts a plaque recognizing her 5 years of serve as a SEARCH Member from Chairman Francis X. Aumand III.

SEARCH’s Maryland Member, Mr. Ronald C. Brothers (left), accepts a plaque recognizing his 5 years of serve as a SEARCH Member from Chairman Francis X. Aumand III.

SEARCH’s Maryland Member, Mr. Ronald C. Brothers (left), accepts a plaque recognizing his 5 years of serve as a SEARCH Member from Chairman Francis X. Aumand III.

SEARCH’s Tennessee Member Brad Truitt (left) accepts an award recognizing his 10 years of service as a SEARCH Member from Chairman Francis X. Aumand III (center) and Executive Director Scott Came. At the end of the 2014 Annual Meeting, Mr. Truitt succeeded Mr. Aumand as Chair of the Membership Group and Board of Directors.

SEARCH’s Tennessee Member Brad Truitt (left) accepts an award recognizing his 10 years of service as a SEARCH Member from Chairman Francis X. Aumand III (center) and Executive Director Scott Came. At the end of the 2014 Annual Meeting, Mr. Truitt succeeded Mr. Aumand as Chair of the Membership Group and Board of Directors.

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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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