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SEARCH Chair Appoints Two New At-Large Members

Nelson Bunn

Ms. Leslie Moore, Chairwoman of the SEARCH Board of Directors, has appointed two new At-Large representatives to the SEARCH Membership Group, with terms beginning January 11, 2021.

The Membership Group—SEARCH’s governing body—is primarily composed of gubernatorial appointees from the states, the District of Columbia, and the territories. They are state-level officials who usually are responsible for managing their State’s criminal history records repositories and related identification and telecommunications technology.

SEARCH is the national venue through which the states articulate their justice information management needs and priorities.  Serving as the voice of the States on criminal history and information sharing issues, the SEARCH Membership brings State concerns and recommendations to the attention of the Federal government, including the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, the FBI, and the U.S. Congress.

Richard Schauffler

To augment the Membership’s deliberations with a wide array of subject matter expertise and operational insight, SEARCH’s Bylaws authorize the Board Chair to appoint up to eight At-Large Members who are experts and thought leaders in their field. Appointments are for a two-year renewable term, which expire June 30, 2023.

The new appointees are:

  • Nelson O. Bunn, Jr., Executive Director, National District Attorneys Association.
  • Richard Schauffler, Principal, Justice Solutions, who formerly served as Director of Research for the National Center for State Courts.

“Mr. Bunn and Mr. Schauffler will add significant value to the ongoing work and deliberations of the SEARCH Membership, and bring unique insights and operational perspectives from their work in the prosecutorial and courts arenas,” said Chairwoman Moore. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome them to SEARCH and I look forward to working with each of them.”

They join SEARCH’s other At-Large Members:

  • Alfred Blumstein, Ph.D., Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research, H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie-Mellon University.
  • Dan Foro, Senior Advisor, New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute.
  • James P. Lynch, D., Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland at College Park.
  • Bob Wessels, Vice Chair, Judicial Committee on Information Technology, State of Texas.
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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.