What made you choose the job you're doing now? How long have you been doing it?
I have been a Latent Print Examiner for almost 10 years. I graduated from IUSB with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry in 2005. I was in the process of looking for a career when a position in the Crime Lab opened up. I thought I would need more schooling, specifically in forensics or criminal justice, but I applied anyway. I was always interested in forensics, but figured I would probably have to move away from the South Bend area in order to find a job in the field. When I interviewed for the position, I was confident that I would excel in the Latent Print field. Thankfully, they thought so, too!
Was there an influential person or incident that made you chose your career?
Growing up, I had many family members in service related fields. In my family, there were two police officers, three firefighters and an Emergency Room Nurse. Their dedication to their jobs made me want to help people as well. My parents always encouraged my love of science, so a science based position at the South Bend Police Department seemed like a perfect fit.
When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be?
A Marine Biologist
What have you achieved in your position (awards, rank)?
I received the Chief’s Award of Merit in 2007 for my part in solving 36 residential burglaries, and the Unit Meritorious Performance Award in 2015.
If you could be remembered for one thing within your career, what would that be?
Making a difference in the life of a victim or the lives of their family.
Is there something in your life that you are very proud of?
What do you like to do when you're not working?
I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, working on puzzles, building Legos, collecting shells and rocks, and working on my family tree.
Whats your favorite type of music, artist, movie, sport, actor or actress?
My taste in music is very eclectic, I like a little of everything. My favorite artist is Van Gogh. I have too many favorite movies to list. I enjoy watching football and baseball.
Are you from South Bend? If not where are you from?
I was born and raised in South Bend!
Do you have a favorite quote?
One of my favorite quotes is “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” – Kurt Cobain
What inspires you?
Many things inspire me. I guess it just depends on what I need at that moment.