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SEARCH Salutes Years of Service Honorees for 2021

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.

At-Large Member Bob Wessels accepts an award from SEARCH Chair Leslie Moore for 20 years of service on the Membership Group.

SEARCH Vice Chair Kathryn Monfreda accepts an award from SEARCH Chair Leslie Moore for 5 years of service as Alaska’s SEARCH Member.

Administrative Assistant Diane Chin is given a clock by SEARCH Chair Leslie Moore to mark her 25 years as SEARCH Staff.

SEARCH Chair Leslie Moore presents Executive Director David Roberts with an award recognizing his 20 years of service as Executive Staff.

Director of Programs Mark Perbix accepts an award from SEARCH Chair Leslie Moore that honors his 15 years as SEARCH Staff.

Yogesh Chawla, Manager of SEARCH’s Software and Data Engineering Program, is given an award from SEARCH Chair Leslie Moore to mark 10 years of staff service.

Information Sharing Specialist Michael Jacobson is handed an award from SEARCH Chair Leslie Moore to recognize 10 years as SEARCH Staff.

Timothy Lott, Director of Operations/Director of High-Tech Crime Training Services, is presented with an award honoring his 10 years of service as SEARCH Staff.

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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.