Candidates for the 2016
CAC Board of Directors

VINCENT VILLENA FOR
PRESIDENT-ELECT

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 president’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 Master’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.

MEGAN CAULDER FOR
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

It is an honor to be nominated for the CAC board position of Membership Secretary. I first joined the CAC in 2005 as a student affiliate member while working on my Forensic Science Master’s degree at the University of California, Davis. In 2009 I started working at the CA Department of Justice Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory as a criminalist in the Databank unit. I had the opportunity to do work with the CODIS and familial searching programs, and in 2014 I transitioned to the Biology unit. In 2011 I became a full CAC member and in 2013 I began serving as the Northern DNA Study Group Chairperson. Since early 2013 I have organized seven meetings of the DNA study group. The chairperson position has been a great opportunity to facilitate communication amongst my colleagues about current forensic technologies, issues, and cases. I have continued to pursue my passion in the forensic field by attending several CAC seminars, and I was recently certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. I would like to continue to be involved in the forensic community and I am certain holding a position on the CAC board would be a valuable and rewarding experience. Thank you for your consideration for the position of Membership Secretary.

GUNTHER SCHARNHORST FOR
RECORDING SECRETARY

I am a criminalist working for the California Department of Justice at the Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory in Richmond. I joined the CAC as a forensic science graduate student at UC Davis in 2008 and began working for the DOJ shortly thereafter. I began serving the Bureau of Forensic Services in the Data Bank unit and worked there until 2013 when I moved into my current position in the Method Development unit. I also hold a certification in Molecular Biology by the American Board of Criminalistics.

I have been involved in attending CAC seminars and study groups since first becoming a member and really enjoy the wonderful people and presentations at every event. I also had the pleasure of presenting at the fall 2015 seminar; the first of what I hope will be many opportunities to address the membership.

It is an honor to be nominated for the position of Recording Secretary where I expect to continue to broaden my knowledge of the CAC, its talented members, and our profession. I will do my utmost to serve the CAC as a member of the Board of Directors and would greatly appreciate your support. Thank you.

CINDY ANZALONE FOR
REGIONAL DIRECTOR NORTH

I am excited to run for the office of CAC Regional Director - North. I began this adventure into forensic science in 1997 when I opened up the yellow pages and called all the Bay Area Crime Laboratories and Coroner’s Offices asking if they were taking any interns. At different points in time, I was fortunate to volunteer with the San Mateo County Coroner, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory, and the San Diego Police Department Crime Laboratory. After earning my degree in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California in San Diego, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office hired me as a Criminalist in the Controlled Substances and Toxicology sections. I have been here ever since and am currently assigned to DNA/Forensic Biology as well as Crime Scene Investigation.

I have been a CAC member since 1999 and previously served as Assistant Treasurer from 2002 - 2008. I have attended numerous CAC seminars and study groups and have always enjoyed the professionalism, comradery, and sense of purpose as to why our organization exists. I would like the opportunity to help plan study groups and seminars, to represent the CAC members in northern California, and to serve as your CAC Regional Director - North.