At its 2021 Annual Meeting July 12 in St. Louis, MO, SEARCH saluted Members and Staff who reached years of service milestones in 2021. (Recipients also included those whose years of service milestones occurred prior to 2021, but whose award presentation was delayed due to the pandemic.)
During a brief ceremony, SEARCH Chair Leslie Moore recognized the following Members:
- Al Blumstein was honored for 30 years of service as an At-Large Member. Dr. Blumstein is J. Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research, Emeritus, at the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to his At-Large Member appointment in 1991, Dr. Blumstein served as Pennsylvania’s governor-appointee on the SEARCH Membership Group from 1979–1983. Prior to 2018, he had served six terms on the SEARCH Board of Directors.
- Bob Wessels, Vice Chair, Texas Judicial Committee on Information Technology, was honored for 20 years of service as an At-Large Member. Mr. Wessels serves on the SEARCH Board of Directors and in 2013 was selected for SEARCH’s top Membership honor: the Gary R. Cooper Meritorious Service Award.
- Kathryn Monfreda, Director, Division of Statewide Services, Alaska Department of Public Safety, was honored for 5 years of service as the governor appointee for Alaska. Ms. Monfreda has served as Vice Chair of the SEARCH Board of Directors since 2020.
- Lt. Colonel Timothy Chung, Assistant Director, Technical Services Division, Arizona Department of Public Safety, was honored for 5 years of service as the governor appointee for Arizona. Lt. Col. Chung serves on the SEARCH Board of Directors.
Staff recognized for years of service were:
- Diane Chin, Administrator Assistant, 25 years.
- David Roberts, Executive Director, 20 years.
- Mark Perbix, Director of Programs/Director, Information Sharing Program, 15 years.
- Lauren Wagner, High-Tech Crime Training Specialist, 15 years.
- Yogesh Chawla, Manager, Software and Data Engineering Program, 10 years
- Michael Jacobson, Information Sharing Specialist, 10 years.
- Timothy Lott, Director of Operations/Director, High-Tech Crime Training Services, 10 years.