|VINCENT VILLENA FOR
As the first student to graduate in the forensic science program with a chemistry background in 2006 at San Jose State University, I have had the pleasure to intern at the current CAC presidentâ€™s laboratory at the Santa Clara County Crime Lab. I was also mentored by a former CAC President, Lisa Brewer. (Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory). I then started my forensics career at the Kern County Crime Lab assigned in the Toxicology unit, and further expanded my knowledge in the field at the Scottsdale PD Crime Lab in AZ where it provided me with countless testimony hours in over a hundred cases. I recently started and am currently enjoying my position at the Henderson PD Crime Lab in NV.
I have been a member of the CAC since 2008 and have served as the Awards Committee Chair since then. I have attended a number of CAC Seminars which has always provided me not just with information in my field, but also well-roundedness in the other facets of forensic science. Not to mention that it is the best way to network with other members of the forensic community. I am also a member of the California Association of Toxicologists (CAT) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). After receiving my Masterâ€™s Degree in 2011 and, more recently, obtaining my certification from the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists (ABFT), it seems to be the appropriate time to take on more responsibilities in the community. As president, I would reach out to newer, younger forensic scientists who will be paving way to the next generation of criminalistics.