As an analytical mind from a law enforcement family, I searched for a way to satisfy these two seemingly divergent interests. My struggle was before the booming popularity of forensic science in pop culture so when I realized that my real desire was to apply science to help solve crimes, it was an epiphany.
I realized that while I thoroughly enjoyed working in a laboratory, my real interest was the crime scene where I could help make sense of the chaos. It was with that goal in mind that I became a Connecticut State Trooper soon after I graduated with a BS in forensic science-an unusual career choice.
I spent the majority of the next ten years investigating crime scenes and honing the skills needed to document and analyze crime scenes. I realized the dream of being the criminalist at the crime scene, which was an ideal advocated by my forensic science mentor, Dr. Peter De Forest. His insistance on objectivty and true scientific inquiry helped me see what information the crime scene really did provide and not what we wanted it to provide.
I've been teaching forensics for a long time becuase I am truly passionate about my field and I enjoy sharing that knowledge with others. Since 2011, I have been a full-time lecturer at the University of New Haven where I am privileged to teach at one of the most prestigous forensic science programs in the United States.