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09Aug2019

SEARCH Salutes Years of Service Honorees for 2019

At its 2019 Annual Meeting July 22 in Washington, DC, SEARCH saluted Members and Staff who reached years of service milestones in 2019, or who were being given special recognition.

During a brief ceremony, SEARCH Chair Leslie Moore recognized the following Members:

  • Mr. Brad Truitt, Director of Information Systems, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, was honored for his 15 years of service as Tennessee’s representative to the SEARCH Membership. Mr. Truitt serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors, served two terms as Chair of the Board of Directors, and was selected in 2017 for SEARCH’s top Membership honor: the Gary R. Cooper Meritorious Service Award.
  • Mr. Jim Anderson, Commander, Criminal Records Division, Washington State Patrol (WSP), was recognized for 10 years of service as a SEARCH Member. His award was accepted on his behalf by Ms. Becky Miner, Criminal History Records Section Manager, WSP.
  • Mr. Dan Foro, Senior Advisor, New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, and Major Michael White, Assistant Chief of Staff, Communication and Information Services, Indiana State Police, were recognized for 5 years of service as SEARCH Members. Mr. Foro was appointed an At-Large Member in 2014, while Major White has been Indiana’s SEARCH representative since being appointed by then-Gov. Mike Pence in April 2014.

Staff recognized for years of service were:

  • Dennis DeBacco, Justice Information Services Specialist, Law and Policy Program, 10 years. Prior to joining SEARCH staff in 2009, Mr. DeBacco had served as SEARCH’s governor-appointed Member representing Nevada for 9 years beginning in 1994.
  • Becki Goggins, Director of Law and Policy, 5 years.
  • Haiqi Wei, Information sharing Developer, 5 years.

Other staff receiving special recognitions were:

  • Melissa Nee, Director of Government Affairs, was recognized for 4 years of outstanding service in efforts to educate the Congress, administration and state governments on issues affecting SEARCH Members and their agencies. Ms. Nee is leaving SEARCH to take a position with another company.
  • Twyla Putt, Corporate Communications Specialist, was recognized for 32 years of outstanding service as SEARCH staff; she is the longest continuously serving employee currently working for SEARCH.

 

SEARCH Member Brad Truitt (TN) with Chair Leslie Moore.

Ms. Becky Miner (l), who attended the 2019 Annual Meeting as an Alternate Member for Washington, accepts a 10-year service award for Washington Member Jim Anderson from Chair Leslie Moore.

Dennis DeBacco accepts an award from Chair Leslie Moore in recognition of 10 years of service as SEARCH Staff.

Becki Goggins (l) accepts an award from SEARCH Chair Leslie Moore in recognition of her 5 years of service as SEARCH Staff.

Haiqi Wei (r) accepts an award for 5 years of service on SEARCH Staff from Andrew Owen, Director of Architecture and Development.

Melissa Nee (l), who had served as SEARCH Government Affairs Director for 4 years, accepts a special service recognition award from Chair Leslie Moore.

Twyla Putt (l) accepts a special recognition award from Chair Leslie Moore.

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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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