The best.

That’s what we expect from our instructors, and that’s what they deliver each day.

Our team is comprised of the best of the best in the field of Crime Scene Investigation. Each of our instructors is an expert–many recognized nationally–in his respective field. They’ll help take your CSI skills to the next level and train you in critical thinking and the most advanced techniques in forensic science. Each of them has extensive education and experience in the private and public sector, and each maintains a current Florida license or certificate in their respective fields.

Course exercises are based on real-life cases that the instructors have dealt with over the course of their careers. Instructor expertise includes forensic examination of blood, forensic entomology, ballistics and wound analysis, fingerprint detection, blood pattern analysis, alternative light source training and how to present evidence in court.

Anthony B. Falsetti, Dean

Education:

  • PhD Anthropology at the University of Tennessee

Experience:

  • Deputy Director, Forensic Science Department of the International Commission on Missing Persons
  • Associate Professor & Co-Director of W.R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida
  • Director of C.A. Pound Human Identification Lab

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Anthropology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Karen L. Smith
Director of Forensic Education

Education:

  • M.S. in Pharmacy/Forensic Science at the University of Florida
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida
  • Ph.D. student at University of Florida, School of Sociology and Criminology & Law

Experience:

  • Police Officer, Delta Task Force, Detective/Training Coordinator at the
    Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Patrol and Crime Scene Unit
  • Training Consultant, National Forensic Academy, University of Tennessee

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Member of the International Association for Identification
  • Provisional Member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts
  • Law Enforcement Certification
  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Instructor Certification
  • Member, American Psychology-Law Society
Karen Smith, Director of Forensic Education

Michael C. Thompson
Program Director, Law Enforcement and Investigations Training

Education:

  • CJST Standards at the Santa Fe College Police Academy
  • FBI NA Graduate at the FBI National Academy

Experience:

  • Special Operations Bureau Lieutenant at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
  • Director, Eighth Judicial Circuit Special Investigation Unit
  • FL Licensed Private Investigator

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Florida Police Certification (Retired)
  • Florida Licensed Private Investigator
  • Board Accredited Investigator

Amy M. Kinsey, Instructor

Education:

  • MS Forensics at the University of Florida

Experience:

  • Victim Advocate at the Alachua County Sheriffs Office
  • Crime Scene Investigator at the Alachua County Sheriffs Office
  • Veterinary Forensic Analyst at the University of Florida
  • Chemist, Forensic Toxicology at the University of Florida
  • Adjunct Instructor, Law Enforcement Academy at Santa Fe College of Institute of Public Safety

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Criminal Justice Instructor, Criminal Justice Standards and Training – Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Certified Crime Scene Investigator, International Association for Identification
Dan Gerard, CSI Instructor

Daniel A. Gerard, Instructor

Education:

  • BA Criminal Justice at Saint Leo College

Experience:

  • Military Police Investigator in the Army
  • Police Officer at the Gainesville Police Department
  • Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant, Crime Scene Supervisor

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Law Enforcement Certification
  • International Association for Identification
  • Law Enforcement Instructors Certification

David J. Thomas, Instructor

Education:

  • PhD Forensic Psychology at The Union Institute

Experience:

  • Associate Professor, Forensic Studies at the Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Assistant Professor Criminal Justice at St Petersburg College
  • Assistant Professor at SUNY Fredonia
  • Assistant professor, Ran the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Police academy at St Johns River Community College
  • Police Officer Gainesville Police Department

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Police Officer (Retired)
  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Instructor Certification
Derek Schmidt, CSI Instructor

Derek Schmidt, Instructor

Education:

  • Criminology at Florida State University
  • BA Criminology at Saint Leo University

Experience:

  • Corrections Officer at the Lancaster Correctional Institution
  • Evidence/Crime Scene Manager/LPE at the Levy County Sheriffs Office
  • Senior Certified Latent Print Examiner

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • International Association for Identification Certified Latent Print Examiner

Kathleen L. New, Instructor

Education:

  • MA English at the University of Florida

Experience:

  • Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant, Detective (Homicide, Sex Crimes, Child Abuse, and Computer Pornography including “Innocent Images” and “Traveler Cases”), Internal Affairs, Inspector at the Alachua County Sheriffs Office
  • Police Officer at the Gainesville Police Department
  • Adjunct Professor at Santa Fe College
  • Graduate Research Assistant and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Florida, Secondary School AP and Duel Enrollment Instructor
  • Independent Contractual Case Work for Private Attorneys

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Law Enforcement Certification
  • Innocent Images Certification

Marc Trahan, Instructor

Education:

  • BA History at the University of Florida
  • Criminal Justice at Santa Fe College
  • State of Florida Police Certification at Santa Fe College Police Academy

Experience:

  • Police Officer/Crime Scene Investigator for the City of Gainesville
  • Adjunct Instructor for Police Academy at Santa Fe College

Occupational Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Instructor Certification
  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Police Officer Certification
  • Senior Crime Scene Analyst Certification with the International Association for Identification