Forensics Found

Katharine Pope

Do you feel like you're constantly struggling to keep up with the demands of your career as a responder? As an experienced Forensic Death Investigator passionate about mentoring, Katharine Pope understands the challenges of being a last responder. Join her as she interviews forensic specialists to learn the pedigree and history of their career paths, tips and tricks for surviving and thriving in a complex field, and exciting stories about being a last responder. If you want to cut through the noise and get the tools you need to thrive as a last responder, this podcast is for you! Tune in every other week for new episodes that will give you the information and support you need to excel in your career. Podcast -- www.forensicsfound.com/podcast Connect -- mentor@forensicsfound.com Community -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/ Paid Community (monthly calls and support) -- https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0 Courses -- www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com If you're a responder, anyone who loves and supports a responder, or a student of forensic science, including; law enforcement officers, forensic death investigators, medico-legal staff, forensic specialists, hospital and medical professionals, hospice, military, dispatchers, corrections officers, funeral home and mortuary staff, emergency personnel and more, you're in the right place, friend! We've got work to do! I've got your six. Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/ read less
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Ep. 25 Life and Death on Forensics Found: How One Family Manages Life Surrounded by Death
07-12-2023
Ep. 25 Life and Death on Forensics Found: How One Family Manages Life Surrounded by Death
We're bringing you a compelling conversation with Sandy Pope, a professor of education, as he offers a glimpse into his unique love story with a forensic anthropologist and death scene investigator who is none other than your host, Katharine Pope! Imagine meeting your soulmate in college, only to navigate a life that is entwined with a profession that studies human remains and encounters death on a daily basis. Quite the contrast to Sandy's role as an educator.    They dive into discussions around issues of oversight and mismanagement that plague both their fields, and the repercussions these have on their personal lives. Tight schedules, and demanding jobs, all while trying to maintain a sense of normalcy and connection. They talk about the importance of training and professional development. And discuss the struggles of balancing calendars and the adversities of having unconventional jobs.   But the discussion doesn't stop there. They unravel the dangers and emotional toll of working as a death scene investigator and the cruelly overlooked aspects of this profession. They talk about the need for recognition, the high rates of burnout, and the glaring lack of support and safety measures.    Join us in this final installment of the Forensics Found Podcast as we celebrate the professional achievements of this extraordinary couple, and share in the discussions of the day-to-day struggles of their unique professions.    About Sandy Pope Born in Austin, Sandy peaked as the number 53 ranked tennis player in the state of Texas but now prefers watching his son play flag football and his daughter act on stage. He's spent enough time traveling that birds on four different continents have pooped on him. Sandy is an associate professor of education at Salisbury University, teaching courses on social studies methods and spending time in local schools. He is also Director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, leading a range of programs that help bridge the imaginary gaps between campus and community. An Us@250 Fellow with New America, Sandy has won the Outstanding Professional at a Social Studies Organization from the Maryland Council for Social Studies, Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement from AASC&U, and Distinguished Faculty Award from Salisbury University. His first book, Becoming a Holocaust Educator: Purposeful Pedagogy through Inquiry, is available from TC Press.   Topics Covered Relationships and Abnormal Professions Challenges With Oversight and Schedules Challenges of Death Investigators, Support Needed Challenges and Misconceptions of Death Investigators Proud Moments and Professional Achievements   Mentioned in This Episode "Per the National Center for Education Statistics, across the nation 17% of teachers exit the profession within the first 5 years."   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 24 Resilience in the Face of Death: Barry Hazen’s Story
23-11-2023
Ep. 24 Resilience in the Face of Death: Barry Hazen’s Story
In this episode, Kat interviews retired deputy Medical Investigator, Barry Hazen. Barry opens up about his career as a death investigator, highlighting the alarming increase in fentanyl use and the critical role of customer service skills in his profession.   They dive into the mental toll of such work, the necessity for professional detachment, and the power of resilience. Barry recounts his experience identifying a missing Native American man, showcasing the importance of his role in providing closure to grieving families.    Their conversation shifts to Barry’s time in Kansas City, Missouri as a medical examiner, where he faced realities of violent crime, gang culture, drug use, and infant mortality. Finally, Barry reflects on his tenure as a police officer in rural Missouri, discussing the unique challenges of rural policing.    This episode offers a deep dive into medical investigation, personal resilience, and rural law enforcement. Head to your favorite podcast player to listen to episode 24!   Topics Covered Retired Death Investigator's Medical Journey Investigating a Suicide, Finding Closure Working in Medical Examiner's Offices Navigating Rural Missouri at Night   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive! Peer Support Email List Privacy Agreement   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 23 Unseen Impact: Understanding Death Notifications with Dr. Teresa ‘Lilly’ White
09-11-2023
Ep. 23 Unseen Impact: Understanding Death Notifications with Dr. Teresa ‘Lilly’ White
We've all experienced moments of loss and grief, but few of us ever consider the emotional toll it takes on those who deliver the news. Join your host, Katharine Pope as she interviews Dr Teresa “Lilly” White. Lilly takes us through her intriguing journey from the world of forensic anthropology to cultural anthropology, and in the process, opens up about a common aspect of the death industry—death notifications.   Lilly’s unique perspective, shaped by her studies at the University of Montana, her intensive research, and her challenging internship at a coroner's office, provides a fresh take on the emotional, physical, and mental complexities involved with death notifications. They touch on the responsibility, distance, and memories intertwined in these painful announcements.  Gain valuable insights into the subtle empathetic and compassionate nuances that are critical during such moments, and how they are more than mere one-time events - they involve delicate family dynamics that perpetuate long after initial contact.   As they discuss the path of Lilly's research impact on death notification training, they explore the profound emotional toll on investigators, and the crucial role of grace, decision-making, and bonding during these heart-wrenching times. Kat and Lilly also address the importance of effective coping strategies, reaching out to those who've experienced similar losses, and self-care in managing the emotional and physical challenges. This conversation is a deep dive into the living side of the death industry, and will undoubtedly make you reconsider how we navigate death and loss.   Topics Covered Exploring Forensic and Cultural Anthropology Death Notification The Impact of Death Notification Training Emotional Impact of the Death Industry Coping and Support in Challenging Times   Links Mentioned Peer Support Email List Privacy Agreement   About Lilly White Dr. Teresa ‘Lilly’ White received her BSLS in 2005 from Montana State University-Billings where she focused on death, dying, and medical ethics. In 2011 and 2013, she graduated with high honors from the University of Montana, with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Forensic Anthropology. Her master’s thesis focused on factors affecting human decomposition including scavenging, mummification, variable microenvironments, and forensic entomology. In 2019, she earned her PhD from the University of Montana. Her dissertation focused on death notification interactions.   In 2013, Teresa and her husband Samuel (also a PhD in Anthropology) established Bone & Stone Anthrosciences, L.L.C. where they provide Anthropological & Archaeological Consulting Services and Educational Workshops/Webinars to clients worldwide. From 2015-2018, Teresa created and facilitated a Medicolegal Death Investigation Conference at the University of Montana, where she provided continuing education to hundreds of attendees.   Dr. White is a Medical Investigator and Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) member with HHS and NDMS, where she can be deployed for transportation accidents, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and pandemics such as Covid-19. Most recently, she was deployed to New Mexico to assist with covid deaths. Teresa also works with Kenyon International Emergency Services as a Family Assistance Team Member where she provides human-centered disaster response to victims and families. In 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, she was deployed to New York City, to assist them with transporting decedents to temporary morgues. She was also deployed with Kenyon to Florida. Dr. White has worked as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Montana, teaching Fundamentals of Forensic Science. She is also an instructor for Tri-tech Forensics Training, where she teaches courses on: Cultural and forensic anthropology; human osteology; death notification interactions; human decomposition; forensic entomology; forensic discovery, documentation, and recovery of scattered human remains and burials; ethnographic methods including observation and interviewing techniques for investigators or researchers and other fascinating topics. Teresa is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the Association for the Society of Death & Society, the Dying and Bereavement Interest Group: A Special Interest Group of the Society for Medical Anthropology, Phi Beta Kappa Society, and Lambda Alpha.   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! 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Ep. 22 Exploring Forensic Anthropology with Gina Hart: A Gritty Journey from Death Investigations to Career Challenges
26-10-2023
Ep. 22 Exploring Forensic Anthropology with Gina Hart: A Gritty Journey from Death Investigations to Career Challenges
Happy Halloween! 🎃   Ready to uncover the mysteries of forensic anthropology and medicolegal death investigation? This enlightening episode shines a spotlight on the captivating world of forensic science, as we chat with our special guest, Gina Hart, a seasoned medicolegal death investigator and forensic anthropologist based in Louisiana. Gina takes us into her unique professional journey, starting from her academic days at LSU to her current role in the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office. She offers a rare insider’s perspective on her deployment experiences with DMORT and compelling forensic anthropology cases.    This episode also delves into the gritty realities of the job market for anthropology graduates, stressing the importance of marketing oneself, networking, and securing mentors in the field. Gina founded the Society of Forensic Anthropologists, a professional group of practicing anthropologists. They collaborate to share casework, address needs, and seek continuing education opportunities. She lays out the necessity of cultural sensitivity training and comprehensive educational experiences that prepare students for the challenges of their future careers.    Whether you're interested in anthropology, forensics, or simply fascinated by the intersection of these fields, this deep dive with Gina Hart is a must-listen. So, brace yourself for an intriguing journey into the world of forensic anthropology and medicolegal death investigation.   Topics Covered Career Path in Forensic Anthropology (98 Seconds) Issues With Certification in Anthropology (96 Seconds) Forensic Work and Decomposition Smell   Links Mentioned SOFA    About Gina Hart Gina Hart is a well-educated and experienced Medicolegal Death Investigator currently serving the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office in Harvey, LA. She began her academic journey at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with an emphasis on biological anthropology. Alongside this, she pursued a minor in Religious Studies. Gina then furthered her education at California State University, Chico, earning her Masters of Arts in Anthropology in 2001. Her master's thesis focused on the intriguing subject of Fracture Pattern Interpretation in the skull, particularly differentiating blunt force from ballistics trauma. In her role at the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office since 2016, Gina's responsibilities range from conducting death investigations and determining cases for the coroner’s office, to assisting pathologists in establishing the manner and cause of death. This involves conducting interviews, scene investigations, and contacting next of kin. Gina also plays a crucial role in disaster response both within her agency and in aiding other statewide agencies. Additionally, she conducts anthropological analyses at the request of the pathological staff. Gina's vast experience and in-depth knowledge render her an indispensable asset in her field. Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 21 The Art of Solving Crimes: Eve Grant's Inspiring Journey
12-10-2023
Ep. 21 The Art of Solving Crimes: Eve Grant's Inspiring Journey
Eve Grant, a former Baltimore County Police Officer turned tattoo artist, will captivate you by her passion and dedication to her work. Drawing from her background in law enforcement, Eve has carved a niche for herself in the fulfilling yet intense world of forensic artistry. With a wealth of experience under her belt, Eve shares her intriguing journey of how she transitioned within her agency to use her artistry and help solve crimes. She opens up about her unique training and the significant role her mentor, Karen Taylor played in her career, giving us a glimpse into the rarified world of forensic artists.   Eve's story is far from ordinary. With her curiosity for true crime and her drive to hone her craft,  she learned speed drawing techniques from the mother-daughter duo, Marla and Kelly Lawson. Eve's perspective on handling the demands of shift work and the impact of career changes on first and last responders is both insightful and thought-provoking. But perhaps, the most heartening aspect of Eve's work is the rewarding experience of restoring identities to victims of crime through her art. If you've ever wondered about the intersection between artistry and crime-solving, this conversation with Eve offers a riveting look into that world.    Tune in for an inspiring exploration of forensic art and the remarkable journey of a woman who's made it her life's work.   Topics Covered Exploring Forensic Art and Career Journeys Retired Forensic Artist's Mentors and Methods Forensic Art and Detective Field Advice Resources Mentioned Immortal Ink Tattoo  IG - @‌sketch_eve About Eve Grant Eve retired from a 21 year career with the Baltimore County Police Department in Maryland as a detective (HQ) and certified forensic artist. Eve's art training is highly specialized and consists of skeletal facial reconstructions and drawing post mortem images of the deceased in order to gain an identification.  She also drew composite sketches of suspects described by victims and witnesses of crime.  Eve's art training has been throughout the country to include the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, conferences held yearly by the International Association for Identification, courses held by the Michigan State Police and in specialized courses at several Universities in Florida, Oklahoma and Arizona just to name a few.  Eve continues to lecture about Forensic Art at morgues and to Towson University's anthropology and criminal justice students. Eve continues to volunteer her forensic services to police departments and morgues around the country through a program called NaMUS (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System).  In addition, Eve's art has been utilized for historical preservations after human remains have been recovered by anthropologists in mass graves and has been featured in several documentaries.  Eve is transitioning into helping the living by using her talents to tattoo so she can identify remains faster (kidding!)   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 20 Unveiling the Intricate World of Cold Case Investigations with Crime Analyst Hilary Rodela
28-09-2023
Ep. 20 Unveiling the Intricate World of Cold Case Investigations with Crime Analyst Hilary Rodela
Join us for an intriguing conversation with Hilary Rodela, a seasoned crime analyst, as we discuss her fascinating journey into the world of cold case investigations. Listen in as Hilary unveils the behind-the-scenes examination of cold or serial rapist cases, missing persons cases, and unknown remains cases. Get an insider’s look at the complex process of data collection and pattern recognition, and the challenge of retroactively playing detective on cases from decades ago.   In the second half of the conversation, Hilary reveals her experiences as a private investigator, highlighting the stark differences between government service and private work. We delve into the importance of specializing in the private sector and learn how to refer a cold case to her agency. Hilary also shares the intricate art of solving puzzles, her unique perspective on crime scenes, and how immersing herself in case files and photos makes everything else disappear. Don’t miss out on her invaluable insights and advice!   Topics Covered Cold Case Investigation With Crime Analyst Private Investigator Shares Insights and Advice   Resources Mentioned Crossing the Tape Podcast Cold Case Submission  bandhrodela@gmail.com   About Hilary Rodela Hilary Rodela is a former Crime Scene Investigator and Crime Analyst. She is currently a Private Investigator, Surveillance Officer, and a freelance public safety writer. She has worked with the Lubbock Police Department, Ruidoso Police Department, and the Cold Case Foundation. Hilary holds a degree in Forensic Science and co-hosts a true crime podcast with her husband who is an active-duty police officer.    Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 19 Delivering Tragedy: How a Paramedic is Revolutionizing Death Notifications
14-09-2023
Ep. 19 Delivering Tragedy: How a Paramedic is Revolutionizing Death Notifications
When Alex Jabr, a seasoned paramedic, was thrown into the traumatic task of delivering death notifications without any prior training, it sparked a quest for change. Now a continuing education provider, she's designed a nationally accredited course to help others navigate this delicate task with compassion and understanding, a story we are diving into on this week’s episode of the Forensics Found Podcast.   Kat and Alex’s conversation also turns to the topic of dealing with death in different contexts. They discuss the disparity in paramedic programs globally, highlighting how this variance affects the treatment of cold cases, missing individuals, and unidentified remains. They emphasize the need for direct communication and mental health support with families, witnesses, and friends, something all too often overlooked in these challenging situations. Their discussion also underlines how 'Nathan's Bill', a law passed in reaction to a distressing incident in Kentucky, has been instrumental in bringing about change in the way death notifications are delivered.   Kat and Alex discuss the complexities of child death investigations. They look at the broader implications for the families involved in these tragic events and the challenges confronting medical examiners and coroners. They also navigate how responders can deal with traumatic events and the importance of rest and emotional well-being. Alex shares her personal struggles and triumphs within these demanding circumstances, giving us a glimpse into the world of a first responder. This episode offers valuable insights not just for those involved in these challenging situations but for anyone seeking to understand the importance of empathy and communication in the face of death.   Topics Covered The Importance of Death Notification Training Importance of Acknowledging and Addressing Death Important Considerations in Child Death Investigations Reflecting on Stressful Day and Sleep   Resources Mentioned Nathan’s Law Emergency Resilience - CE Course for First Responders Death Communication Training for First Responders    About Alex Jabr Alexandra Jabr, Ph.D., EMT-P, began her career in EMS in 2003 and has been teaching since 2008. Alexandra holds a master’s degree in death, grief, and bereavement and earned her Ph.D. in depth psychology, researching psychedelic therapy for first responders with PTSD. Alexandra is the creator of Emergency Resilience, a continuing education platform dedicated to helping first responders build resilience by integrating marginal topics into routine training, and the course “Death Communication for First Responders: How to Deliver Unfortunate News.”   Connect with Alex on Social: Instagram Facebook   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 18 Bridging the Gap: A Dive Into Forensic Science, Mentorship and Mental Health
31-08-2023
Ep. 18 Bridging the Gap: A Dive Into Forensic Science, Mentorship and Mental Health
Crime scene investigation, mathematical crime-solving, mentorship, and entrepreneurship are all in the mix as your host, Katharine Pope sits down with the dynamic duo behind Gap Science: Erin West and Ashley Church. Intrigued by shows like CSI and driven by their love for science and math, both Erin and Ashley embarked on careers in forensics.   Their conversation takes a deeper turn as they unravel the profound role of mentorship and leadership in shaping their career paths. Erin and Ashley discuss the impact of supervisors and mentors who nurtured their professional and personal growth. They both advocate for the value of mentors who can challenge you and help cultivate your leadership style.    They also delve into their entrepreneurial journey that gave birth to Gap Science, an adventure filled with business conferences, trials, triumphs, and the quest for work-life balance.    Their chat takes a serious note as they talk about mental health in the forensic field, highlighting the need for professionals to be equipped with the right resources and information. They remind listeners that it's perfectly okay to ask for help. To wrap things up, they explore the impact of community and feedback on Gap Science’s success. So, tune in and join us for this valuable dive into the world of forensics!   Topics Covered Exploring Careers in Forensic Science Mentorship and Leadership Development in Career Work-Life Balance Mental Health and Forensic Professions   Resources Mentioned Sign up for the Gap Science Summit HERE!    Follow Gap Science on socials! Instagram Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest   About Erin West Erin West began her career in 2006 as a Crime Scene Investigator for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. In 2010, she became a Battlefield Forensics Instructor for the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, where she was responsible for training military personnel how to use a variety of forensic disciplines to investigate crimes overseas. In 2012, she became a Supervisor, then a Deputy Program Manager for a Department of Justice Forensic Laboratory housed at American Systems, where she was responsible for training and supervising staff working in different forensic disciplines and at different levels of management. After leaving American Systems, she spent several years with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in Florida working as a full-time Latent Print Examiner. In 2019, she became the Forensic Supervisor over the Crime Scene Unit and DNA Laboratory at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, in 2020 she became the Latent Print Supervisor over the Latent Print Unit, and in 2021 she became the Forensic Manager.  Erin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida in 2006 and a Master of Science degree in Forensic DNA and Serology with a graduate certificate in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida in 2012.  Erin is a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI) and the Florida Division of the IAI and has been a presenter at the annual FDIAI Conference. She is the Director of Region 2 of the FDIAI. She is an instructor for TriTech Forensics. She is an IAI Certified Crime Scene Analyst and an IAI Certified Latent Print Examiner.  Contact: erin@gapscience.com  About Ashley Church Ashley Church has always had a passion for forensic science and chased her dream job as a crime scene investigator. After completing an internship at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for her undergraduate degree, she continued her education in entomology where she studied the impact of a highly prolific invasive species within a quarantined laboratory. She was also responsible for collaborating with specialists, organizing materials, and developing presentations workshops as well as recruiting, training, and supervising undergraduate laboratory assistants.  Ashley began her career as a Crime Scene Investigator for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida. After completing her first year, she became a field training officer.  In 2017, she became a Forensic Technician for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in Kissimmee, Florida and she was promoted to Forensic Supervisor in 2018. She was responsible for supervising members of the Forensic Unit and Pre-Screening DNA Laboratory as well as training staff in these forensic disciplines to full competency.  Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science with a Minor in Chemistry and a Certificate in Crime Scene Investigations from the University of Central Florida in 2011 and a Master of Science degree in Entomology from the University of Florida in 2013. She also became a Certified Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association for Identification (IAI) in 2019.  Ashley currently works full-time for Gap Science. She incorporates her passion for science with a modern, energetic instructing style in hopes of inspiring other leaders in similar fields.  Contact: ashley@gapscience.com   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! 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Ep. 17 Discovering the Intersection of Anthropology and Dentistry
17-08-2023
Ep. 17 Discovering the Intersection of Anthropology and Dentistry
Ready to delve into a world where anthropology, dentistry, and detective work collide? Today's episode explores forensic odontology with our guest, Dr. Stuart Alexander, a seasoned professional who balances traditional dentistry and consulting for the Medical Examiner's offices in New Jersey and Delaware.    We'll open your eyes to the importance of peer review, continuous learning, and the curious overlap between anthropology and dentistry.    We'll navigate the path to becoming a forensic odontologist and discuss why this field is in critical demand today.   Dr. Alexander presents insights from his experiences mentoring students and dental assistants and sheds light on the importance of assertiveness in this niche field.   So many takeaways in this episode. Don’t miss it!   Topics Covered Exploring Forensic Odontology Forensic Dentistry   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 16 From Zookeeper to Death Investigator: An Insightful Journey with Amy Renfro
03-08-2023
Ep. 16 From Zookeeper to Death Investigator: An Insightful Journey with Amy Renfro
Katharine Pope is bringing you another captivating episode into the world of death investigation. This week Kat is interviewing Amy Renfro. Straight from the trenches of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office in Fort Worth, Texas, Amy unveils her intriguing journey of transitioning from a zookeeper to a respected professional in the forensics field. Along with her academic background in biology and forensic science, Amy explains the significant role that mentorship within the office played in her success. She offers a unique perspective on the challenges and rewards that come with the job, underscoring the importance of real-world experiences over classroom learning.   Amy shares her journey into forensic genetic genealogy, shedding light on her ongoing program at the University of New Haven. She also touches upon her latest hobby of 3D printing while revealing the role her son's interest in gaming played in sparking this new interest. Additionally, she discusses the process of using GEDmatch for forensic genetic genealogy and the necessity of exploiting all possible avenues during the identification process. Don't miss out on this riveting exploration of these topics and a treasure trove of insights and advice on the world of death investigation.   Topics Covered Medical Examiner's Office Career Path 3D Printing, Gaming, and Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy (FIGG) or Forensic Genetic Genealogy (FGG) or Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) Advice and Insights on Death Investigation   About Amy Renfro I obtained my BS in Biology with an emphasis in Forensic Science in 2009 from the University of Texas at Arlington while working full time as an Investigative Clerk at TCME. I was hired as an Investigative Clerk in February, 2004. I have taken numerous classes in Forensic Death Investigation including the NIJ funded, 40-hour class at OCME NYC with Ed Wallace over 10 years ago (I don’t remember the exact class date), Crime Scene Investigation training – 40 hours I was promoted to Forensic Death Investigator soon after graduation and eventually promoted to Senior FDI, which is my current position. I have facilitated several different programs including Child Fatality Review and Current Trends programs that our office ran in the past (before Covid). I have recently started a graduate certificate training program in Forensic Genetic Genealogy at the University of New Haven with Dr. Claire Glynn and staff. My goal is to help begin a FGG program at my office and help identify Doe cold cases in our office and assist local law enforcement with FGG for current and cold case work.   Amy Renfro, B.S., D-ABMDI Senior Forensic Death Investigator Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, Fort Worth TX   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 15 Behind the Scenes with an FBI Forensic Specialist
20-07-2023
Ep. 15 Behind the Scenes with an FBI Forensic Specialist
Katharine Pope is diving deep into the world of forensic science in the latest episode of Forensics Found Podcast. We welcome Bryan Johnson, Major Incident Program Manager at the FBI's Latent Print Unit, to take us through his intriguing and integral role assisting local agencies in the resolution of their mass fatalities, unidentified decedents, and missing persons cases. Bryan shows us how passionate he is about his calling, firmly believing in the collaborative nature of human identification and criminal justice resolution.   Kat and Bryan discuss his early days as a medicolegal investigator, through his stints in forensic diving, to his present position at the FBI. Brian opens up about the process of post-mortem printing, his time at the Honolulu Medical Examiner's office, and his belief in the importance of passion for one's work. Get an up-close look at the FBI's Disaster Victim Identification Squad and the forensic science involved in human identification.   Bryan shares his experiences as a US representative to Interpol, recounting the emotional aftermath of witnessing tragic global events. He shares his personal coping mechanisms amidst crisis and his ability to find positivity in even the most challenging situations.   Topics Covered Death Investigations and Forensic Science The Journey of a Forensic Scientist Working in a Dark World Challenges Work-Life Balance in Forensics Challenges   Resources Mentioned Biometric Training Postmortem Printing Series   About Bryan Johnson Bryan T. Johnson is the Major Incident Management Program Manager for the FBI Laboratory’s Latent Print Unit in Quantico, VA. He has been with the FBI for over 13 years as an FBI Qualified Latent Print Examiner and has focused on mass fatality and unknown deceased issues for the last 7 years. He has a BS and an MS in Forensic Science from Chaminade University of Honolulu, where he started his career with the City and County of Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office. He is in charge of coordinating the FBI’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Response Team, which conducts all fingerprint identifications for the Armed Forces Medical Examiner in Dover, DE, and at mass fatality incidents around the globe. In addition to his direct duties with the FBI, he is currently a member of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) DVI Subcommittee, Vice Chair of the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) DVI Working Group, as well as one of two U.S. Representatives and the Chair of Ridgeology for the INTERPOL DVI Working Group.   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 14 Scotia Mullin's Journey from Forensic Anthropology to Public Health
06-07-2023
Ep. 14 Scotia Mullin's Journey from Forensic Anthropology to Public Health
Join Katharine Pope as she explores the fascinating world of forensic anthropology with Scotia Mullin (they/them), a biological anthropologist who works with the University of Melbourne. Scotia and Kat have an enlightening conversation about how Australia handles medicolegal death investigations and human remains, a process that proves to be vastly different from the United States. Scotia also shares his captivating journey from Wyoming to Australia and his role in the cultural heritage audit at the University of Melbourne.   Scotia offers a unique insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic changed his plans for a PhD, and his introduction to forensic anthropology leading to a Master's of Public Health. Listen in as Kat and Scotia discuss Scotia’s work with the Royal Dental Hospital and the University of Melbourne on the identification and repatriation of Aboriginal ancestral remains. They explore the impact of anthropology on disenfranchised minority communities and the importance of incorporating cultural context into the development of biological profiles.   Lastly, Scotia shares advice for aspiring anthropologists, emphasizing the importance of having a broader scope of skills, exploring different opportunities, and learning to live with imposter syndrome. They also touch on the importance of having a sense of belonging and support from a friend group or community, and open lines of communication about mental health issues. Tune in for this informative and engaging discussion with Scotia Mullin!   Topics Covered Forensic Anthropology and Death Investigation Career Paths in Anthropology and Public Health Anthropology and the Importance of Representation Advice for Aspiring Anthropologists Academic and Career Success in Forensic Anthropology Support and Communication in Community   About Scotia Mullin Scotia Mullin is an Australian biological/forensic anthropologist currently undertaking his PhD in Forensic Medicine and Anthropology.  His work predominantly focuses on the anthropology of violence and trauma particularly in marginalised communities. Scotia has bachelor's degrees in both anthropology and geography and a Master of Public Health (MPH). Currently Scotia's day to day consist of identification and repatriation works of Australian Ancestral Remains, traumatology, and research. He is also an on call consultant for Kenyon International in the fields of anthropology, archaeology and public health. In his downtime Scotia enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, reading, sleeping, and spending quality time with his dogs. Scotia is always happy to have a chat with others in the field in person or via zoom as long as a cup of tea is involved.   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 13 Uncovering the World of Humanitarian Forensic Science: A Conversation with Derek Congram
22-06-2023
Ep. 13 Uncovering the World of Humanitarian Forensic Science: A Conversation with Derek Congram
Join Katharine Pope in this fascinating discussion with Derek Congram, a forensic specialist with the International Committee of the Red Cross, as they explore his unique career path and the work of his organization, the International Center for Humanitarian Forensics.  Listen in as Derek shares how he's using the soft skills he gained in forensic anthropology to apply to many different roles and how the Center has been helping local agencies during the pandemic. From his journey into this line of work to his experiences with short-term contracts, Derek's story offers some invaluable lessons for anyone interested in exploring the very big field of forensic science. In this episode, Derek and Kat chat about his career journey as a forensic specialist, the perceptions of specialists, and how imposter syndrome can be both motivating and distracting. They also explore how peer support can provide a space for forensic specialists to debrief and share their experiences. Don't miss this engaging conversation filled with valuable insights and advice for those pursuing a career in forensics.   Topics Covered Humanitarian Forensic Science Careers Anthropology Career Doubts and Soft Skills Managing Work-Life Balance in Forensics   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 12 From Inside the Morgue with Erika Rigley and Raven Malcorvojic
08-06-2023
Ep. 12 From Inside the Morgue with Erika Rigley and Raven Malcorvojic
Discover the fascinating world from inside the morgue on the latest episode of the Forensics Found Podcast! Get exclusive insights from two experienced autopsy technicians, Raven Malcorvojic and Erika Rigley, as they take you through the intricate details of their role. From building a comprehensive understanding of each case to sharing the best practices for achieving outstanding results, this episode is a must-listen for anyone who's curious about the inner workings of the morgue and death investigation. Plus, learn how to handle tough cases with confidence and how supervisors can support their teams for success.    Tune into this week’s episode and learn more about the Forensic Autopsy Technicians role, how to get started and how to become a member of NFAT. Head to our website below to listen and discover new opportunities in this challenging and rewarding field.   Resources Mentioned: National Association of Forensic Autopsy Technicians (NFAT) - https://www.nafat.org/ Into the Void by Raven Malcorvojic - https://www.amazon.com/Into-Void-Raven-Malcorvojic/dp/1478798262   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 11 Bones, Borders, and Brooks County: Dr. Timothy Gocha's Journey into Forensic Anthropology
25-05-2023
Ep. 11 Bones, Borders, and Brooks County: Dr. Timothy Gocha's Journey into Forensic Anthropology
Our guest this week is Dr. Timothy Gocha Ph.D. Tim is the Associate Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University. On this episode of the Forensic Found Podcast, we will hear how Tim got into the field of forensic anthropology, his role at Texas State University and the groundbreaking Operation Identification program, featured in the movie Missing in Brooks County. Operation Identification (OpID) aims to identify and repatriate unidentified human remains found along or in close proximity to the South Texas border through community outreach, scientific analysis, advocacy, and collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organizations. Kat and Tim talk about their month spent as Visiting Scientists in the Anthropology Department at the New York City - OCME.  This unique opportunity took place with the largest medical examiner's office in the United States and accepts only a handful of participants each year.  Tune into this week’s episode and learn more about Tim, how he discovered his passion for this field, and all about the work he does with Texas State University and the Operation Identification program!   Resources Mentioned: Operation Identification https://opid.wp.txstate.edu/    Missing in Brooks County https://www.missinginbrookscounty.com/   Visiting Scientist Program at NYC - OCME  https://www.nyc.gov/site/ocme/services/visiting-scientist-opportunities.page   About Timothy Gocha Tim Gocha is the Associate Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University. Prior to this appointment, he was a forensic anthropologist in southern Nevada. He has assisted with victim recovery and/or identification from several mass fatality events including the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the deadliest wildfire in California history, as well as the ongoing humanitarian crisis of migrant deaths along the U.S./Mexico border.   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast  Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com  Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/  Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0  Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 10 From Crime Scenes to Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with Detective Supervisor Kevin Reynolds
11-05-2023
Ep. 10 From Crime Scenes to Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with Detective Supervisor Kevin Reynolds
Join Katharine Pope on the Forensics Found Podcast as she sits down with Kevin Reynolds - a highly skilled detective supervisor, crime scene investigator, and President/CEO of TactionUSA. In this episode, they dive into his unique role and experiences working in Cook County, Illinois.   Kat and Kevin discuss the demanding on-call schedules that come with working in the field of investigation. Furthermore, Kevin shares his insights on how to get started in the detective field, the essential certifications and on-the-job training required, and how to transition from work to home life. They'll also explore the difficult cases Kevin has handled throughout his career, and hear what it's like being recognized in public by past clients. Whether you’re a seasoned law enforcement or forensics pro or just breaking into the field, this episode is for you!  About TactionUSA Taction USA is a forensic supply company with products curated and sourced by active US Law Enforcement and Crime Scene Professionals. Check them out today! https://www.tactionusa.com/   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive! Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast  Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com  Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/  Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0  Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 09 Navigating the Cutthroat World of Forensic Anthropology with MariaTeresa Tersigni-Tarrant, PhD
27-04-2023
Ep. 09 Navigating the Cutthroat World of Forensic Anthropology with MariaTeresa Tersigni-Tarrant, PhD
Join MariaTeresa A. Tersigni-Tarrant (MT) and Katharine Pope on this week's Forensics Found Podcast as they dish on the cutthroat world of forensic anthropology.  Discover how MT stumbled onto her calling while in college, changed her major from pre-med to forensic anthropology, and experienced working with an inspiring mentor in graduate school.  MT reveals how she landed a job after a very unique interview, the importance of advocating for yourself as an anthropologist, and tips on proving yourself. Learn about the diverse nature of this field and how communication plays a key role. Don't miss out on this episode. Tune in now!  Links  Medicolegal Death Investigators Training   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.   About the Guest MariaTeresa A. Tersigni-Tarrant, PhD is board certified Forensic Anthropologist (D-ABFA) and board registered Death investigator (D-ABMDI). She is a four-field trained anthropologist that specializes in Forensic Anthropology, with previous teaching experience in many aspects of cultural anthropology, physical anthropology and archaeology, as well as, anatomy, histology, embryology, and forensic science. Dr. Tersigni-Tarrant has over 20 years of teaching experience and has a passion for helping learners at all levels of undergraduate and graduate education. Dr. Tersigni-Tarrant currently serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine (SLUSOM), where she is the Co-Director of Forensic Education. She is the course director and instructor for the Basic and Advanced Medicolegal Death Investigation Courses offered through SLUSOM. She serves as a Forensic Anthropologist consultant on National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Team Adam, as well as, serving as a part-time Forensic Anthropologist for SNA international in support of the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency. Dr. Tersigni- Tarrant also serves as part-time faculty member at Oakland University in their Forensic Nursing Program, Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, and Saint Louis University’s Forensic Science Program. Dr. Tersigni-Tarrant serves as a Forensic Anthropologist consultant for various other medicolegal entities in Michigan, Missouri, and Georgia. She was elected President of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA) in 2019, serving as president of the ABFA until July 2022. Dr. Tersigni-Tarrant currently serves as the Past-President for the ABFA and a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Tersigni-Tarrant also served as the Chief Death Investigator for the St. Louis City Medical Examiner’s Office until May 2021. Dr. Tersigni-Tarrant received her bachelor’s degrees in Microbiology and Anthropology from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she received her Master of Arts Degree in Physical Anthropology. She continued to pursue her doctorate at The University of Tennessee, with a dissertation entitled Serial Long Bone Histology: Inter and Intra Bone Age Estimation. Dr. Tersigni-Tarrant was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship working at the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command on Hickam AFB, Hawaii. During this fellowship, she was instrumental in establishing standard operating procedures for the histological analysis of human remains for the purpose of identifying missing armed-service members.
Ep. 08 How to Create a Culture of Connection in the Workplace with Alfarena McGinty
13-04-2023
Ep. 08 How to Create a Culture of Connection in the Workplace with Alfarena McGinty
Alfarena McGinty's remarkable 25-year journey began at the Marion County Coroner's office in Indianapolis, Indiana. From getting her start as a secretary looking at photos of deceased people to handling operations as Chief Deputy Coroner, Alfie has taken on a great challenge and thrived every step of the way!    In this episode, Kat sits down with Alfie, who gives us an insightful glimpse into her experiences in creating a connected and open culture within the workplace. She shares her leadership strategies that retain staff and encourage communication. Alfie also discusses her county's unique requirement for coroners handling death notifications, the incorporation of social workers for support, and the importance of understanding different cultures. Don't miss this thought-provoking conversation on building strong bridges within your team!    Topics discussed in this episode: - Leadership qualities that help retain staff and promote open communication - The values and principles that Alfie implements within her team  - The role of focus groups and discussions  - Unique aspect of Marion County: coroners conducting death notifications  - Incorporating social workers and additional training for staff in death notification  - The importance of empathy and building connections with affected families  - Addressing the different cultures within Marion County and gathering resources for death notifications  - The methods for enhancing connection within the workplace   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast    Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com    Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/    Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0    Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com   FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 07 Dennise Hernandez on How to Prepare Academically for a Career in CSI
30-03-2023
Ep. 07 Dennise Hernandez on How to Prepare Academically for a Career in CSI
No matter what type of forensics profession you're in, it's important to have a thorough understanding of the sciences. This is especially true for anyone looking to become a crime scene investigator (CSI)! Understanding the intersection between forensics, medicine, biology, chemistry, and criminal justice gives responders a unique advantage when it comes to handling criminal cases. By developing an understanding of various scientific practices and theories, aspiring investigators can equip themselves with all the necessary tools needed for a successful career as a CSI. When Dennise Hernandez decided to take a chance and apply for a job with the Ventura Co. Sheriff's Department, little did she know that it would be the start of an incredible career in CSI and Fingerprint Analysis. With an academic background in the sciences from UC Davis, her determination paid off, and she got the job she applied for. She never underestimated the power of dreaming big and going for it! Dennise is now a Supervisory Forensic Scientist for the Ventura Co. Sheriff's Office, oversees the CSI and Fingerprint Units, and is currently a practicing CSI and a certified Latent Print Examiner.  Tune into this week’s episode of the Forensics Found Podcast to hear Dennise’s origin story and get first-hand guidance on what is needed to academically prepare you for a career in forensics and crime scene investigation.  Do you have a passion outside of work? Dennise does! She is an avid runner and shares all about it in this episode. Follow her @latentrunner on IG and get to know her better! Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast  Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com  Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/  Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0  Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.
Ep. 06 The Skills Needed to Thrive as a Medical Death Investigator with Phillip Verso
16-03-2023
Ep. 06 The Skills Needed to Thrive as a Medical Death Investigator with Phillip Verso
On this episode of the Forensics Found Podcast, listen to Phillip Verso's story as he shares his journey to becoming a Death Investigator, how he handles hard cases, and two cases he will never forget. Phillip began by majoring in anthropology, but later found his true calling when he became a Medical Death Investigator, now working for Maricopa County, Arizona.  Phillip explains how there is no manual on how to do this type of job; you have to figure it out along the way - and the skills needed to be successful are both learned and earned. He further describes how developing trust and relationships with others is absolutely key, and that going into management would assist him in training new investigators so that they feel confident and comfortable doing their work.  Phillip has worked a few cases that stick out in his mind. From a case involving You Tubers, a high profile homicide, and one case that hit close to home, and the song playing at the scene still haunts Phillip to this day.  He leaves one simple piece of advice..."expect the unexpected."   Hit the follow button; it's time to thrive, not just survive!   Podcast + Newsletter sign up → www.forensicsfound.com/podcast  Connect → mentor@forensicsfound.com  Free Community → https://www.facebook.com/groups/471306163206486/  Paid Community (monthly calls and support)→ https://forensicsfound.thinkific.com/communities/Q29tbXVuaXR5LTM0NTA0  Courses → www.forensicsfound.thinkific.com FREE Life Kit for Death Investigators: learn the six most important skills needed to prevent burnout and maintain focus on the job and at home → www.forensicsfound.com/life-kit-ebook-opt-in   Connect on social! Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/ForensicsFoundMentor Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/forensics_found/    *All conversations between guest and host represent the opinions of the participants and do not reflect official statements or facts from any represented agencies.