Christopher Bommarito is the technical leader and forensic scientist for Forensic Science Consultants. He retired from his role as a forensic scientist in trace evidence with the Michigan State Police in 2011 after a 20 year career and an additional two and a half years as a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration. His areas of expertise include the analysis of paint, glass, filaments, explosives, drugs, impression evidence, crime scene reconstruction and bloodstain pattern analysis. In addition to his work with FCS and the Michigan State Police, Christopher has taught graduate courses in forensic science as an adjunct professor at Michigan State University and the Michigan State University College of Law.
Christopher has testified as an expert over 250 times in eight different states and Canada. He was named "outstanding scientist" at the 2003 meeting of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS), an organization of over 1000 forensic scientists from 35 states. In 2007-08, Christopher served as president of MAFS. In 2007, he was selected to the Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis (SWGMAT), a U.S. Department of Justice sponsored international group of trace examiners that sets international standards for trace evidence analysis.
In 2014, he was appointed by the federal government as one of 15 members of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis Committee, the NIST-administered body that seeks to strengthen forensic science through the identification and development of consistant standards and guidelines. This committee is charged with oversight of subcommittees in Trace Evidence, Drug Analysis, Gunshot Residue Analysis, Fire Debris Analysis, Explosives Analysis, Toxicology, and Geological Materials Analysis. Christopher also was a founding member and past-president of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE). As of 11/2012, Christopher was one of only 47 certified bloodstain pattern examiners in the country.
Michele Darling has over 22 years of forensic experience. A graduate of the Michigan State University Forensic Science Program, she has worked in the Michigan State Police Forensic Laboratories as a Latent Fingerprint Expert for over 12 years doing latent fingerprint casework and crime scenes. She has been qualified as an expert numerous times in the field and has been an instrumental witness in several high profile homicide cases. Over the past 7 years, Michele has taught over 30 Latent Fingerprint courses to Michigan Law Enforcement. Michele has taught as an instructor for the Michigan State University Forensic Science Program as well as Michigan State University Law School. Michele has been performing latent fingerprint casework for Forensic Science Consultants since 2006. Due to her dual employment with the Michigan State Police, Michele cannot perform casework in criminal matters within the State of Michigan.
Tara A. Reinholz is an ASCP certified Medical Technologist with over a decade of experience in both forensic and research-based DNA testing methodologies. Her areas of expertise include DNA isolation, DNA quantification, whole genome amplification, and PCR-based genotyping (STR/fragment analysis, single-nucleotide polymorphism [SNP] analysis, etc.). Formally employed as a Forensic DNA Analyst with the Michigan State Police, Tara has been court-qualified as an expert in both District and Circuit courts in the State of Michigan for crime scene processing, forensic serology, and forensic DNA testing. Currently employed as a Research Assistant at Wayne State University’s Applied Genomics Technology Center, Ms. Reinholz’s memberships in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists keep her fully abreast of developments in the world of forensic DNA testing while pursuing her career in genomics research.
Kristy Sekedat received her B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 2001 and her M.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College in 2010. During graduate school, she conducted research at the FBI Counter Terrorism Forensic Science Research Unit, where she received an ORISE grant to analyze U.S. currency for trace amounts of cocaine using LC-MS. Kristy is an 8-year veteran of the New York City Police Department Crime Laboratory. As a Criminalist in the Hair and Fiber Unit, she worked on hundreds of cases ranging from high-profile homicides and rapes, to pattern robberies and burglaries. She has been deemed an expert for the City of New York in hair evidence and trace evidence collection. During her time at the NYPD Lab, Kristy was involved with several research projects such as the Biotracks Project, which was a grant-funded study investigating recidivism patterns by analyzing DNA evidence from robberies and burglaries. Kristy Sekedat was also an instructor for the NYPD Homicide Investigations Course, and at the Police Academy where she taught the Criminalistics course for detectives of the NYPD Detective Bureaus. Currently, Kristy is a Forensic Scientist at the Lansing Laboratory of the Michigan State Police in the Controlled Substances Unit. Due to her dual employment with the Michigan State Police, Kristy cannot perform casework in criminal matters within the State of Michigan.
David Stephens is an Executive in Residence at Michigan State University. He is retired from the Michigan State Police after a long career as a Laboratory Director and Trace Evidence Analyst. His areas of expertise include the analysis of hair, fibers, impression and biological evidence. In addition to his work with our company, Michigan State University and the Michigan State Police, David has served as a privately contracted forensic instructor for the U.S. Department of State in Uganda, Kosovo, Bosnia, Lebanon and Haiti. David has testified as an expert over 100 times in various disciplines.
David Szymanski is a professor at Bentley University, a geologist and forensic scientist. As a practicing forensic scientist, David specializes in trace evidence examination and consults in both criminal and civil investigations. In geology, his research interests focus on the chemical changes that occur in magmas and rocks at the Earth's surface. His research and teaching interests in both disciplines focus on how matter moves and changes with time and how understanding complex systems can help non-scientists solve real-world problems. David has academic research experience in college teaching and learning, attempting to understand how non-scientists learn complex systems in geology and biology. He is also interested in communicating science for policy development on issues of energy, natural resources, and climate change, most recently serving a Congressional Fellow and science policy advisor to U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) in Washington, D.C. David was formerly the director of the Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry Facility at Michigan State University. David was awarded the MAFS New Scientist Award for his outstanding contribution to the forensic sciences. His forensic research has been presented at meetings of the MAFS and AAFS.