Advisory Board Members

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Jan Burke, Author, Crime Lab Project

While doing research for her novels, Jan Burke became aware of a gap between public perceptions and the realities facing crime labs. With the support of forensic scientists, fellow writers, and members of the public she founded the Crime Lab Project in 2003, a nonprofit which advocates the improvement of forensic science and increased funding for forensic science labs, education, and research. She is also the cohost, with Dr. Doug Lyle, of Crime and Science Radio. 

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Elizabeth Devine, Writer Producer, CBS

Elizabeth graduated from UCLA in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  She received a Master of Science Degree in Criminalistics from California State University, Los Angeles in 1985. She was promoted to Supervising Criminalist, ultimately heading up the Crime Scene Unit and co-supervising the DNA lab.  She trained investigators in homicide investigation, sexual assault investigation and crime scene reconstruction.  After 15 years with the LA Sheriff, in 2000, Devine retired as their most experienced crime scene reconstruction expert to join the production staff on a brand new television drama entitled CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a technical consultant.  Devine currently works as a Co-Executive Producer for CSI: Crime Scene investigation which will end it's fifteenth season in January.

 

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Dean M. Gialamas, Assistant Division Director, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Technical Services Division  

Dean Gialamas is the Assistant Division Director for the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Technical Services Division.  In his role, he assists in leading and managing the Department's technology services, which includes communications, fleet, information technology, records, biometric identification, forensic sciences and crime analysis/intelligence. With over 1,100 sworn and technical personnel and a budget over $216 million, the Division supports the entire Department in the application of technology services to public safety.  As a former crime lab director, he is an active member of several professional organizations, including a past President of ASCLD, and has been appointed to several state and federal task forces and workgroups regarding forensic science issues, including the National Commission on Forensic Science. 

 

 

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Beatrice Yorker, JD, RN, MS, FAAN is a Professor of Nursing, and Criminal Justice and Criminalistics at California State University, Los Angeles. She is a child psychiatric nurse and an attorney who has published on Munchausen by Proxy child abuse and serial murder by healthcare providers. She held faculty positions at Emory University, Georgia State University and Morehouse School of Medicine and was the Director of the School of Nursing at San Francisco State University before becoming the Dean of Health and Human Services at CalState LA.

 

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Doreen Hudson

Retired Police Administrator Doreen Hudson, former Commanding Officer of the Forensic Science Division (FSD) served as the Director of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Criminalistics Laboratory.  FSD is comprised of forensic scientists who respond to crime scenes, analyze evidence related to crimes and provide expert witness testimony in the disciplines of DNA, Firearms, Toxicology, Narcotics, Questioned Documents and Trace Evidence. The laboratory is fully accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Director’s Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB - ANAB) ISO 17025 as a Forensic Testing and Breath Alcohol calibration Laboratory. 

Ms. Hudson is a veteran forensic scientist and crime scene investigator with more than 40 years of service.  Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California State University Fullerton, and she is a continuing student and instructor in organizational leadership and crime scene management.  She is also an instructor emeritus for the Institute for Criminal Investigation and taught in the LAPD and Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Programs.

Ms. Hudson is a member of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors, the California Association of Crime Lab Directors and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, where she has served on their Firearms Committee from 2003 until her retirement in 2017.  She was an ASCLD/LAB Legacy Inspector and ASCLD/LAB ISO 17025 International Program Assessor.

Director Hudson has performed scientific research and authored technical publications on firearm evidence, less-lethal weapon systems, case management, latent fingerprint development, footwear identification and crime scene management.  In 2000, she researched, tested and helped redesign a safer beanbag impact munitions platform, which remains in service today.  In 2003 she developed and implemented the LAPD Walk-in Wednesday program to enhance the effectiveness of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) in Los Angeles.  The program was very successful, highly awarded and brought international attention to the LAPD’s innovative approaches to fighting violent crime.  In her retirement, she rescues homeless pets and volunteers for the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society and enjoys her family, friends and four-legged companions.