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Brent Furbee, MD, FACMT

Professor Emeritus, Indiana University, Indiana Poison Center

furbee.jpgBrent Furbee received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine (1977). He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Methodist Hospital in 1981. After several years practicing clinical Emergency Medicine, he completed a Medical Toxicology fellowship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix in 1991 and subsequently returned to Indianapolis where he founded the Medical Toxicology service in 1992 and the Medical Toxicology Fellowship in 1994. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Toxicology, the American Board of Emergency Medicine – Medical Toxicology and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology.  He served as the Medical Director of the Indiana Poison Center from (1988-2015) and Division Chief, Medical Toxicology (2011-2015). He currently serves as a consultant to the Indiana Poison Center and participates in the education of physicians, nurses, residents, fellows, respiratory therapists, and EMS personnel.  Dr. Furbee’s areas of interest include criminal poisoning, forensic toxicology, and drugs of abuse.

Stacey Hail, MD, FACMT

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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Dr. Hail is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She currently serves as attending physician in the Parkland Hospital Emergency Department and the North Texas Poison Center. Dr. Hail received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Southern Methodist University in 1995. After receiving her Medical Degree at the Medical College of Georgia in 1999, she completed both her emergency medicine residency and medical toxicology fellowship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Hail has a prolific forensic toxicology practice serving as an expert witness for attorneys throughout the United States. She has testified multiple times as a witness for the Department of Justice involving federal drug crimes. Her toxicology interests include methodology for cause of death determinations, sudden death in custody and the excited delirium syndrome, and the national opioid epidemic. Dr. Hail also has provided toxicology commentary for local and national news venues and for documentaries on the National Geographic channel, the BBC, and the Oxygen channel.

Christopher P. Holstege, MD, FACMT

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Virginia School of Medicine

holstege.jpgDr. Holstege is the Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology within the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center. He is also chair of the steering committee of the University of Virginia’s Critical Incident Analysis Group. Dr. Holstege clinically provides care for poisoned patients and serves as a practicing member of the emergency medicine faculty. He is also leading efforts in the care, health surveillance, and protection of all students at the University of Virginia through his leadership in the Student Health & Wellness Department. He has been integrally involved in the diagnosis and management of a number of high-profile criminal poisonings. He has numerous ongoing research projects in clinical, basic science and epidemiologic arenas. Dr. Holstege has over 200 publications in medical journals, periodicals, and books. He has edited or authored 10 books and is the lead editor of the book entitled Criminal Poisoning – Clinical and Forensic Perspectives. He is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Medical Toxicology.

Stephen M. Howe, JD

Johnson County District Attorney, Olathe, KS

01-SteveHowe_04r_flag01092017.jpgMr. Howe is a native Kansan. He graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Criminal Justice and Political Science in 1985. Shortly after graduation, he entered Washburn Law School with a goal of becoming a prosecutor and graduated in 1988. Following graduation, Mr. Howe worked for 2 ½ years as an assistant district attorney in Shawnee County.  In 1991, Mr. Howe was hired by the Johnson County District Attorney’s office as an assistant district attorney and worked in the Juvenile and Drug unit. He then became the Supervisor of the White Collar Unit in 2002. Mr. Howe is a widely recognized expert in the prosecution of those who abuse dependent and elder adults and his expertise in this area led to appearances before the Kansas Legislature while spearheading the successful passage of legislation protecting the most vulnerable in our community. In 2008, with 18 years of experience as a prosecutor, scores of prosecutions and over 90 jury trials, Mr. Howe successfully ran for and was elected as Johnson County District Attorney. He ran unopposed and was re-elected as District Attorney in 2012 and 2016. Johnson County is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area and has a population of over 600,000. The District Attorney’s office files over 7,000 cases each year. Mr. Howe has led the way to many innovative approaches to support and protect victims of crime. During his 27 years as a prosecutor he has presented on a number of topics to prosecutors, law enforcement and various social agencies.

Bryan Judge, MD, FACMT

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners

B_Judge_-_2019_2_.jpgDr. Judge is an emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist and practices in Grand Rapids, MI, and Laurium, MI. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI and completed his residency in emergency medicine in Grand Rapids at the Grand Rapids Medical Education & Research Center | Michigan State University, and his medical toxicology fellowship at Indiana University | Indiana Poison Center in Indianapolis, IN. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Michigan State University | College of Human Medicine. Academic interests include a broad array of topics within the disciplines of emergency medicine, medical toxicology, and medical education. His most fascinating scientific achievement is helping ‘discover’ a new poisonous mushroom species, Cortinarius orellanosus. When not in search of another mountain hunting adventure across the globe, you’ll find him enjoying his family, friends, or occasionally the complexities of a fine scotch.

Roman Karas

Forensic Chemist / Toxicology Technical Leader, FBI Laboratory Chemistry Unit

Karas_image.jpgRoman Karas is a forensic examiner at the FBI Laboratory located in Quantico, Virginia. As the current technical lead for toxicology, he brings over 20 years of experience at the state and federal level to bear on difficult analytical problems. Interests include high resolution mass spectrometry, forensic examination of non-traditional specimens, and chemometric methods of analysis.

Beth Klein, JD

Trial Attorney, Klein Frank, P.C. 

KleinB.jpgBeth Klein has been a trial lawyer since 1988.  She tried multi-million dollar cases across the United States.  During her career she represented human trafficking victims in cases to recover damages for the harms that they endured. Ms. Klein was one of the pioneers in civil-side representation for human trafficking victims and has been involved in anti-child abuse and anti-human trafficking work since 1979. She has written and assisted in passing anti-human trafficking law in 39 states and many nations.
 
Beth Klein received the Women’s eNews 21 Leaders Award for her work as an attorney advocate for the enslaved, as well as for writing one of the most effective anti-trafficking laws, pro bono.

In 2010, More Magazine named Beth Klein on its Fierce List as one of the “50 Women That You Want On Your Side.” According to More Magazine, this honor is reserved for women who have shown “true grit and true wit,” and who are the best examples of “attitude, fortitude, resilience, and endurance.” Beth is among 49 other accomplished women to earn this prestigious honor, including Arianna Huffington, Tina Brown, Sheryl Sandberg, Supreme Court Justices Kagan, Ginsberg, and Sotomayor, Aung San Suu Kyi, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Michelle Obama. Beth Klein was named by the Denver Post as one of the most influential women in Colorado. Beth Klein’s legal work has also broken records and garnered awards. Dawson v. Fluor won case of the year. And because of the size of the verdict, Beth Klein, a Colorado lawyer was inducted into the Texas Verdict Hall of Fame. She is featured in the IndieFlix documentary, The Empowerment Project. The Empowerment Project has screened in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, universities, organizations and corporations across the United States.

Ken Kulig, MD, FACMT

Medical Toxicologist, Toxicology Associates Prof LLC

 
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Dr. Kulig is a graduate of Wayne State University Medical School, the Emergency Medicine Residency at Denver Health, and the Toxicology Fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Poison Center. He was the Director of that Toxicology Fellowship for 10 years. He has been board certified in Medical Toxicology for over 30 years and in Emergency Medicine for 20. He is one of the founding partners of Toxicology Associates, Prof LLC in Denver in 1995. He has been involved in numerous medication safety initiatives locally and nationally. He is the 2017 ACMT Ellenhorn Award recipient.

Rob Middleberg, PhD, DABCC(TC), F-ABFT

Laboratory Director, NMS Labs

Middleberg.jpgRobert A. Middleberg, Ph.D., DABCC(TC), DABFT is the Laboratory Director and Sr. VP Operations and QA NMS Labs.  Dr. Middleberg earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Thomas Jefferson University in 1990 and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic toxicology at NMS Labs.  He also holds a BA and MS in Chemistry Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was an analytical forensic chemist for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Bureau of Forensic Sciences.  Dr. Middleberg is a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in Toxicological Chemistry and a fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (DABFT) as well as a member of several scientific societies.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and has served as Toxicology Section Chair for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  From its inception through its completion in 2014, he was the Chair of SWGTOX (the Scientific Working Group in Toxicology), the government-sponsored group charged with producing standards of practice for forensic toxicology in the U.S.  He has also completed two terms on the toxicology subcommittee of the NIST OSAC. In 2013, Dr. Middleberg was awarded the Rolla N. Harger Award by the Toxicology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for his contributions to the field and profession of forensic toxicology.  He currently is a member of the College of American Pathologists’ Toxicology Resource Committee.

Cynthia Morris-Kukoski, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT

Forensic Examiner, Chemistry Unit - Toxicology, FBI Laboratory

morris.jpgDr. Cynthia L. Morris-Kukoski is a Forensic Examiner in the Chemistry Unit - Toxicology, Department of Justice, FBI Laboratory, Quantico. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy from Mass College of Pharmacy (Boston, Ma). She completed a Clinical Toxicology Residency from Hennepin County Medical Center (Mpls, Mn) and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Applied Toxicology (ABAT) since 1996. Dr. Morris-Kukoski has been an active member of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) since 1991, a member of SOFT since 2006, and a member of TIAFT since 2006. She served on the ABAT Board of Directors from 2002 to 2014 and received AACT Fellow status in 2011. Dr. Morris-Kukoski has authored many scientific articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and has been research investigator for several research projects. She has provided numerous lectures in forensic toxicology, drug-facilitated sexual assault, postmortem toxicology, and clinical toxicology.

Tom Neer, BA

Executive Director, Operational Behavioral Services, Inc.; Supervisory Special Agent, FBI-BAU (Ret.)

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Michelle Peace, MFS, PhD

Past President, Society of Forensic Toxicologists; Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Science, Virginia Commonwealth University

peace.jpgDr. Peace received her B.A. in Chemistry from Wittenberg University, a Master of Forensic Science from George Washington University, and her Ph.D. from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  The focus of her doctoral work was to study entomological evidence as an alternative matrix for toxicological analyses. Dr. Peace is currently an Associate Professor for the Department of Forensic Science at VCU (FEPAC-accredited) and is one of the founding faculty for the Department. She served as Associate Chair and as the Interim Chair for nearly a decade. Dr. Peace has served as a manager in a private forensic drug testing laboratory and has worked as a scientist for Procter & Gamble, where she holds 3 patents. Dr. Peace has been funded by the NIJ since 2014 to study the efficacy of electronic cigarettes, particularly as they pertain to substance use and abuse.  Her current project is a clinical study to evaluate the impact of vaping on roadside impairment evaluations for suspected DUI. Dr. Peace is currently the Immediate Past President of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), and is a member of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, and the Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She is a member of the National Safety Council’s Alcohol, Drugs, and Impaired Driving Division. She has also served on the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology (SWGTOX) for 4 years to help develop standards in the practice of forensic toxicology.

Gregory Saathoff, MD

Professor, School of Medicine, University of Virginia

saathoff.jpgGregory Saathoff MD is a Professor of Emergency Medicine in the University of Virginia  (UVA) School of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences.  A board certified psychiatrist, since 1996 he has served as the consulting psychiatrist to the FBI’s Behavioral Science Units in Quantico, Virginia.  Since 1992, Dr. Saathoff has maintained a teaching role in prison psychiatry to  UVA medical students, residents and fellows,  who are taught on-site in a men’s maximum security prison. In relation to his role as a forensic psychiatrist, he has testified before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and has served as an expert witness regarding espionage and terrorism in federal court. He has served as a PI on grants relating to the  DOD and NIJ.

Scott T. Stanley, PhD

Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

 
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Scott T. Stanley is a graduate of Siena College where he earned his B.S. Degree in biology. Mr. Stanley entered his postgraduate education earning his M.S./Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the State University of New York at Albany, in affiliation with Albany Medical College in upstate New York. Prior to joining the FBI in 1998, Mr. Stanley conducted biomedical research at the New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center. He was a member of the New York State regional USAR team and served in the EMS community in various capacities. Mr. Stanley began his career as a microbiological forensic examiner at the FBI Laboratory. He was assigned to the Operational Response Section and was an original member of the Hazardous Materials Response Unit, which specializes in cases involving biological/chemical agents and nuclear materials. In 2000, Mr. Stanley was assigned to the Washington Field Office, Joint Terrorism Task Force. After the 9/11 attacks, he was placed in a specialty assignment on the Amerithrax Task Force, which conducted the investigation into the Fall 2001 anthrax attacks in Florida, the District of Columbia, and New York. Throughout his career, Mr. Stanley has served as the Unit Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit-1, acting Assistant Legal Attaché in Rome, and is currently serving as the National Program Manager over the four FBI Rapid Deployment Teams in the Critical Incident Response Group’s Tactical Section.

Jordan Trecki, PhD

Pharmacologist, Drug & Chemical Evaluation Section, Diversion Control Division, Drug Enforcement Administration

 
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Dr. Trecki is a pharmacologist within the Drug & Chemical Evaluation Section, Diversion Control Division, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA, U.S. Department of Justice). Since joining the DEA in 2012, his responsibilities have included collecting and reviewing scientific, health and law enforcement data regarding abused substances, as well as providing scientific support to federal, state, and local public health and law enforcement officials related to various drugs of abuse. Dr. Trecki routinely works with medical examiners, coroners and hospital physicians in determining which substance is responsible for the various effects of drugs of abuse in users. He has published his findings in multiple medical journals including two recent publications on synthetic cannabinoids in the New England Journal of Medicine and a commentary on the current state of the opioid epidemic in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In addition, Dr. Trecki has provided scientific support in over 50 federal drug cases across the United States. Prior to joining DEA, Dr. Trecki served in positions including as a neurotoxicologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as a Research Fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Paul Wax, MD, FACMT

Executive Director, American College of Medical Toxicology

Wax_Paul.jpgDr. Wax is the Executive Director of the American College of Medical Toxicology. He received his B.A from Dartmouth College, his M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, his Emergency Medicine training at the UCLA Hospitals, and his Medical Toxicology training at Bellevue Medicine Center / New York University. He is Board-certified in both Medical Toxicology and Emergency Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology.
 
Along with his part time role as the Executive Director of ACMT, Dr. Wax is a Clinical Professor in Surgery (Emergency Medicine) at the University of Texas, Southwestern School of Medicine where he is a member of the Section of Medical Toxicology and Director of the Medical Toxicology Clinic. Before joining ACMT in 2008 as its Executive Director, and the University of Texas Southwestern in 2006 as a part-time faculty member, Dr. Wax had faculty appointments in the Departments of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine from 1991-2001 and the University of Arizona School of Medicine from 2001-2006. Dr. Wax previously served on the Board of Directors of ACMT from 1998-2008 serving as ACMT President from 2006-2008. During this tenure he chaired the ACMT Education Committee from 1998-2002. From 2002-2006 Dr. Wax served as the National Director of ACMT's Consultation Network to support the ATSDR Regional Offices and was co-founder of ACMT’s Chemical Agent of Opportunity course. From 1997-2006 Dr. Wax also served as one of the American Board of Emergency Medicine’s appointee’s on the Medical Toxicology Subboard. During this time Dr. Wax served as Editor of the Medical Toxicology Board Certification Examination as well as Chairman of the Subboard, and was also the primary author of the 2004 Core Content of Medical Toxicology. Dr. Wax has also served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control NCEH’s Division of Laboratory Sciences and was a member of NCEH/ATSDR Board of Scientific Counselors from 2006-2008.  

Jessica Young, MSFS

Management and Program Analyst, DOJ-FBI

 
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Jessica Young has been with the FBI since 2006 and is currently a Management and Program Analyst in the FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in Washington, D.C. Ms. Young co-manages the Joint FBI and CDC Criminal-Epidemiologic Investigations Initiative. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Young has served the Bureau in a variety of capacities including: Biologist in the Mitochondrial DNA Unit’s Missing Person section, Microbiologist in the Scientific Response Unit, and Policy Program Specialist in the National Policy and Planning Office. Ms. Young received her Bachelors of Arts degrees from Miami University of Ohio in Microbiology and French, and attended the Miami University Dubois European Center in Differdange, Luxembourg. Later, she received her Master of Science in Forensic Science (with an emphasis in Biology and Chemistry) degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She is currently pursuing a Public Health certificate from Saint Louis University in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness.