“Bernie” is on the FBI Evidence Response Team in Charlotte and is the lead forensic photographer for the FBI in North Carolina. He teaches surveillance photography at the FBI academy at Quantico, VA, and has done forensic photography assignments in Baghdad, Iraq, and with the FBI Miami Division. His experience includes crime scenes, plane crashes, homicides, body recovery, and terrorism type cases.
Ross M. Gardner
Ross is co-author of the text Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, with an Introduction to Crime Scene Reconstruction, 2nd Edition, and author of Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation. He is certified by the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a senior crime scene analyst who has served on the boards of the Rocky Mountain Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (RMABPA), Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction (ACSR), and International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA).
Eddie is a crime scene investigator with the Gaston County Police Department, where he was also a criminal investigations detective. His experience includes various types of crime scenes, homicides, body recovery, and death investigation cases. He has trained hundreds of students in various topics, including surveying use of force, digital evidence recovery, and criminal investigation.
Lisa has over 27 years of experience as a child development specialist in North Carolina, specializing in the 0-3 year population, children with special needs, and interdisciplinary collaboration. She provides training to local and state law enforcement agencies across the U.S. and has served as the child death investigator/trainer for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner since 2000. In addition, Lisa operates the Child Death Investigation Training Program in conjunction with the North Carolina Justice Academy to assist agencies statewide involved in the investigation of child fatalities.
Detective Garry McFadden
Garry is a veteran of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department with 25 years of experience as a detective. He has been assigned to the Homicide Unit since 1991, where he has personally investigated several hundred death investigations along with assisting other agencies throughout the United States. Gary has been locally and nationally recognized for his commitment and longevity in death investigation, which includes providing lectures on homicide investigations and violence in the community, and educational seminars to reduce violence in at-risk communities. Gary is a member of several local and international homicide investigation associations, including the International Association of Blood Stain Pattern Analysts (IABPA- member), which he completed through the American Academy of Applied Forensics (AAAF) at Central Piedmont Community College.
Don is currently president of Forensic Firearms Training Seminars, Inc., and a retired chief warrant officer who served in the United States Army. He spent most of his military career as a special agent in the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC). Don has served as a forensic firearm and toolmark examiner since 1990 and is an ASCLD/lab inspector and ISO 17025 assessor, certified by the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE) in all three forensic disciplines, which is extremely rare. He previously served as chief of the firearms branch at the United States Army Crime Laboratory (USACIL), Fort Gillem, GA, and as the director of the Atlanta Police Department Crime Laboratory. Don is an adjunct professor for Southern Griffin Technical College and is a member of multiple professional organizations, including AFTE, FBIINAA, IAI, IAA, and NRA.
Donald is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law with a Juris Doctorate, who has worked continuously as a trial attorney since 2006. He has prosecuted hundreds of cases — from driving while impaired and domestic violence to first degree murder — in both district and superior court. He works with local law enforcement agencies teaching in-service training and he has taught courses in evidence and constitutional law for the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Gaston College.