2022 TN IAI Educational Conference
September 13 - 15, 2022
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901 R.S. Gass Blvd
Nashville, TN 37216
Ryan Kent began working for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Crime Laboratory as a Forensic Scientist III / Firearm and Toolmark Examiner in October of 2015. He is a certified firearms examiner with the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners and started his career 15 years ago with the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory. He continued his career as a Special Agent-Firearm and Toolmark Examiner with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation prior to joining the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Crime Laboratory. He is an active regular member of Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners where he served on the annual training seminar committee as the co-chair in 2019.
Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Arkansas Tech University.
Metro Nashville Police Department Firearms and Tool Mark Supervisor
Stephanie Shappee is an IAI Certified Latent Print Analyst and is currently employed by the Montana DOJ Forensic Science Division. She holds a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science from National University and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from American InterContinental University. Stephanie is a part of the Board of Director’s for the Pacific Northwest Division of the IAI (PNWDIAI). As well as a technical assessor for ANAB and Montana’s representative on the Western Identification Network (WIN) Latent Print Committee. In her spare time, Stephanie loves going on road trips, attending music festivals, or simply relaxing at home with a good book.
IAI Certified Latent Print Analyst
Montana DOJ Forensic Science Division
Pat Wertheim earned his bachelor’s degree in geophysics from Texas A&M University in 1971 and began his law enforcement career in 1973. Working crime scenes from his earliest days, Pat progressed to latent print comparisons in 1977 and first testified to identifications by 1979. He has worked for the Kerrville, TX, Police Department; the Plano, TX, Police Department; the Arizona Department of Public Safety; the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory; and as a private consultant. Pat is currently employed as a Latent Print Examiner with the Fort Worth, TX, Police Crime Laboratory.
Pat began teaching latent print comparison classes in 1986. He has taught courses in 25 states, as well as in the UK, the Netherlands, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific islands. He has testified at all levels of court from municipal, justice, state, and Federal to internationally in Scotland, England, and South Africa.
Pat had originally “retired” from teaching, but he is returning to the classroom for occasional courses in fingerprint comparison and testimony skills through Tri-Tech Training for the IAI.
Latent Print Examiner - Fort Worth, TX Police Crime Laboratory
Instructor - Tri-Tech Training
Owner/Operator WYNN CONSULTING
Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Training and Consulting
“Mark is woven into the fabric of the battered women’s movement”, said Lynn Rosenthal, our country’s first White House adviser on violence against women. He is a national trainer to police executives, patrol officers, training officers, prosecutors, judges, legislators, social service providers, healthcare professionals and victim advocates in all fifty states for over thirty years. An international lecturer at police academies in Australia, Canada, Germany, England, Northern Ireland, Russia, the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Georgia, the Federated States of Micronesia, Aruba, China, the Islands of the Bahamas, Brazil, Turkey, Cyprus, Singapore, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Moldova. He is a Fulbright Specialist for the Department of State and is a survivor, enabling him to teach both effectively and passionately. In short, he is devoted to ending domestic/sexual, elder and child abuse as a police officer, detective, educator, program supervisor and now consultant and advisor. In past 20 years he has traveled 2,478,313 miles to all 50 states and 16 other countries while visiting 1,250 cities, towns and villages..
NamUs Regional System Administrator
Amy Jenkinson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, Georgia. In 2011, she joined the Knox County Sheriff's Office Forensic Unit and became a full-time Crime Analyst shortly thereafter. In November 2011, she became the NamUs Victim's Advocate Representative for the State of Tennessee and was chosen to attend the NamUs Training Academy. This allowed Ms. Jenkinson to train other Tennessee agencies on the importance and use of NamUs. The following year, Ms. Jenkinson was reassigned to the Major Crimes/Cold Case Unit of the Knox County Sheriff's Office, where she continued to focus on missing and unidentified person cases. She was later promoted to the position of Cold Case Investigator. Ms. Jenkinson also served as the ViCAP Liaison for the Knox County Sheriff's Office and managed their budget for private laboratory forensic testing.
Ms. Jenkinson received Detective of the Month for her work on a 1981 homicide involving an unidentified victim whose skeletal remains were found in a wooded lot. Her investigation led to the identification of the decedent after 32 years as a cold case with no leads. She has received local, state and national media coverage of her cases, including Unsolved Mysteries documenting one as the "featured case of the week".
Ms. Jenkinson joined the NamUs team in February 2015 as a Regional Program Specialist (RPS), where she currently works with law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, family members, and public users across six states. As an RPS, Ms. Jenkinson reconciles NamUs entries with agency reports, provides investigative support, and secures biometric information for forensic analysis.
In 2015, Ms. Jenkinson also served as a member of the NIJ Cold Case Working Group, where she helped with the creation of a new policy and procedure manual to support the establishment and maintenance of cold case units within agencies and detail the resources available for cold case investigations.
Additionally, she is currently a part of the FBI Cold Case/Unknown Deceased Focus Group, where she has provided input on identifying information gaps, implementing strategies to streamline and standardize deceased person identification request, and make recommendations to reduce the length of time to solve unknown deceased and cold cases.
Currently, Ms. Jenkinson is working on a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology with an emphasis in Victimology from Walden University. Her anticipated graduation date is Spring 2023.