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Recent Elections Result in Changes to SEARCH Board of Directors Roster

During SEARCH’s recent annual Membership Group meeting held July 22-25, 2013, in Sacramento, California, SEARCH Members held elections for the Board of Directors.

The 15-member Board governs the operations of SEARCH on behalf of the Membership. Elections are held every year for staggered 2-year terms; 11 of the Board Members are SEARCH Members appointed by the governor of their respective state, while 4 are At-Large Members appointed by the SEARCH Chair.

Newly elected to 2-year terms on the Board are:

Ms. Linda K. Denly
Acting Director
California Justice Information Services Division
California Department of Justice
Office of the Attorney General
Major Timothy McGrail
Technical Services Bureau
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Dr. Phillip Stevenson
Statistical Analysis Center
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (At-Large)

State and At-Large Members re-elected to a second 2-year term are:

Mr. David Jobes
Assistant Director
Division of Criminal Investigation
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Mr. David Schade
Division of Statewide Services
Alaska Department of Public Safety
Mr. David Steingraber
Senior Policy Advisor
National Criminal Justice Association
Mr. Robert Wessels
Vice Chair
Judicial Committee on Information Technology, State of Texas

Continuing to serve on the Board (with one year remaining on their terms) are these State and At-Large Members:

Mr. Francis X. Aumand III
Criminal Justice Services
Vermont Department of Public Safety
Mr. Brad Truitt
Director of Information Systems
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
(Vice Chair)
Dr. Alfred Blumstein
J. Erik Jonsson Professor of
Urban Systems and Operations
H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management
Carnegie-Mellon University
Dr. Natalie A. Chrastil
Deputy Director, CJIS
Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation 
Mr. Oded Galili
Deputy Director
Minnesota Justice Information Services
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Ms. Terry Gibbons
Deputy Director
Georgia Crime Information Center
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Ms. Liane Moriyama
Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center
Department of the Attorney General
Ms. Dawn A. Peck
Bureau of Criminal Identification
Idaho State Police
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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.