The OSBI 2011 Criminalist of the Year is Lesley Katzilierakis.
She played a major role in the CODIS Training Program re-write and the most recent CODIS Policy and Procedure Manual revision. In addition, Lesley played an integral part in the successful completion of a recent validation – a project that is anticipated to save the Bureau approximately $75,000 annually.
She has assisted in giving presentations explaining the CODIS requirements and processes to law enforcement agencies as well as academic institutions. Having such a passionate CODIS analyst give these presentations is meaningful to not only the officers and students who can gain a better understanding of CODIS, but also to other presenters at these gatherings.
This year, Lesley took the initiative to attend the ASCLD/ISO Auditor training and is now an ASCLD Assessor. She is only one of two non-supervisors within the OSBI to become a certified ASCLD Assessor. Lesley was a tremendous asset during the laboratory’s recent ISO audit, during which she was called upon many times to assist Assessors due to her familiarity with our practices.
Lesely also volunteers to help with the Cops & Robbers run as well as the Crime Scene Response Team.
Many of these accomplishments are beyond the scope of her duties as an analyst; however, Lesley approachs each task with an incredibly positive attitude – never expecting a word of gratitude from the people she continually helps.
Lesley's diligence as a CODIS analyst, her recurrent commitment to excel at every task, and her positive attitude make Lesley this year’s Criminalist of the Year.