Gov. Perry Appoints Five to Texas Forensic Science Commission
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the Texas Forensic Science Commission. The commission oversees professional conduct in forensic laboratories and facilities in Texas.
Arthur “Art” Eisenberg of North Richland Hills is chairman and professor in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center, and is co-director of the UNT Center for Human Identification. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science and American Association of Blood Banks, and a past member and past chairman of the Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators. He is also a past invited member and past chairman of the United States DNA Advisory Board, and past invited member of the College of American Pathologists Histocompatibility and Identity Testing Resource Committee, National Forensic DNA Review Panel and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Scientific Working Group for DNA Analysis Methods. Eisenberg received a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in molecular biology from the State University of New York at Albany. He is appointed to the commission for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2016.
Sheree Hughes-Stamm of Spring is a clinical assistant professor of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science, SHSU Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Research Committee, SHSU Faculty Women’s Advisory Committee and Walker County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, and chairwoman of the SHSU Forensic Science Graduate Standards and Admissions Committee. She is also a past member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Queensland Branch Executive Committee, SHSU Forensic Science Advisory Committee and Bond University Women’s Network Steering Committee. Hughes-Stamm received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland and a doctorate from Bond University, Australia. She is appointed to the commission for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2016.
Harvey Kessler of Southlake is a professor of oral pathology at the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. He is a diplomate and fellow of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and a diplomate and member of the American Academy of Oral Medicine. He is a fellow of the American and International colleges of Dentists, and member of the American and Texas Dental associations. He served in the U.S. Army. Kessler received a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and a master’s degree in oral biology from The George Washington University, and completed his fellowship in oral pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He is reappointed to the commission for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2016.
Robert “Bobby” Lerma of Brownsville is an attorney in private practice and a Brownsville assistant city attorney. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas DWI Defense Lawyers Association and Cameron County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and a board member and past president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a member of the South Texas Independent School District Board of Trustees, board member and past president of the Sombrero Festival, and past president of the Cameron County Sheriff’s Reserve. He is also a past board member of the American Cancer Society of Brownsville, Valley Zoological Society and Brownsville Community Health Clinic, and past member of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and the Governor’s Criminal Justice Advisory Council. Lerma received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&I University and a law degree from the South Texas College of Law. He is reappointed to the commission for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2015.
Ashraf Mozayani of Houston is executive director of Forensic Sciences and a professor at Texas Southern University. She is an emeritus member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), laboratory assessor for the ASCLD Laboratory Accreditation Program, and past member of the ASCLD Laboratory Accreditation Board. She is a fellow and laboratory inspector for the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and an on-site evaluator for the AAFS Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. She is a laboratory auditor for the National Institute on Drug Abuse National Laboratory Certification Program, and member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse, Council of Forensic Science Educators, and The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. She is also a senior forensic advisor for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program and past president of the Southwestern Association of Toxicologists. Mozayani received a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tehran and a Doctorate of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Toxicology from the University of Alberta. She is reappointed to the commission for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2016.