Forensic Science Faculty Members:

Dr. Casie Parish-Fisher

casiep@stedwards.edu                (512) 428-1283

Associate Professor, Director of the Forensic Science Program

Primary Sponsor: Alpha Chi Honor Society and Forensic Association Committed to Truth (FACT)

Dr. Casie Parish Fisher has a B.S. in Forensic Science from Baylor University, a M.Sc. in DNA Profiling and has just completed her PhD defense from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England.  Her PhD research primarily focuses on the ability to use direct amplification to develop DNA profiles from surfaces which have been processed with field techniques such as fingerprint powders and blood enhancement chemicals.  She has previously worked as a crime scene technician with the Austin Police Department and also as a DNA analyst at the Texas Department of Public Safety CODIS Laboratory. For the past 8 years, she has been the Director of the Forensic Science Program at St. Edward’s University where she oversees two degree programs.  She has two publications; an anthology titled Pioneering Research in Forensic Science, and a workbook titled Crime Scene Processing and Investigations Workbook which complements the text written by Ross Gardner.  She is also involved in numerous organizations including the Texas Division of the International Association for Identification where she has served on the Board of Directors, as Chair of the Student Membership Committee, Standing Chair of the Host Committee and is currently the 2nd Vice President.

Education:

Ph.D. in Forensic and Investigative Sciences – Genetics from the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England.

M.Sc. in DNA Profiling from the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England.

B.S. in Forensic Science from Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

 

Emily Bowers

emilybow@stedwards.edu               (512) 448-8550

Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Forensic Science

Emily Bowers is an Adjunct Professor for the Forensic Science Program at St. Edwards University. She has more than 7 years’ experience as a DNA analyst, working for the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab (CODIS Laboratory). Emily completed her Research Thesis in preliminary testing of several procedures to reduce the processing time of sexual assault kits (SAKs) in the San Francisco Police Department Crime Lab.  She holds training in Tecan Liquid EVO Handling and FBI DNA Auditor.

Education:

M.Sc. in DNA Profiling from the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England.

B.S. in Genetics from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

 

Richard Guajardo

richg@stedwards.edu                (512) 428-1204

Adjunct Professor, Death Investigations

Assistant Chief,  Austin Police Department

Richard Guajardo has recently been assigned as the commander for Region III, which encompasses east and southeast Austin. The command currently has over 218 sworn and non-sworn personnel serving the citizens of Region III, by following our mission statement to “keep you, your family and our community safe.” Paramount to this mission, is our commitment to neighborhood-based policing. Our goal is to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for each and every one of our citizens of Region III.

Commander Guajardo has been with the Austin Police Department since 1997 and during this time he has served in and supervised many areas in the department, including Patrol, Street Response, Immigrant Protection Team, Robbery Unit, Homicide Unit, Park Unit, Internal Affairs Unit and the Risk Management Unit.

Commander Guajardo earned his Bachelor of Arts – Government degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. Commander Guajardo also volunteers his time with the Refugee and Immigrant Safety Education (RISE) program, sponsored by CARITAS of Austin, as well as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his TCOLE Instructor Proficiency certificate in 2009, and uses that certificate to teach and speak to various citizens’ groups throughout the City of Austin. He also has been teaching classes at St. Edwards University since 2010.

Education:

B.A. in Government, minor in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

 

Jennifer Aguirre

              (512) 448-8550

Adjunct Professor, Crime Scene Photography

Jennifer is a Sr. Crime Scene Specialist for Austin Police Department.

Education:

B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

 

Guest Lecturers:

Jack Flanders

Forensic Scientist CLPE, CCSI at Texas Department of Public Safety

Jack Flanders, CLPE, CCSI, has eight years of experience in an accredited Texas crime laboratory processing and comparing latent prints and nine and a half years of experience comparing friction ridge detail.  He holds both Latent Print and Crime Scene Investigator certifications through the International Association for Identification (IAI).  Mr. Flanders has served on the Latent Print and Crime Scene Advisory Boards for the crime laboratory and Board of Directors for the Texas Division of the IAI. He graduated from the National Forensic Academy and was the 2015 Session XLI recipient of the Dr. Bill Bass award.  Mr. Flanders is an active instructor for Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service (TEEX) and the National Forensic Academy.

Education:

B.S. in Physical and Biological Anthropology from the Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

 

Marissa Valencia

Deputy Chief Investigator at Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office

 

 

Education:

B.S. (Dual Major) in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science from the St. Edwards University, Austin, TX.

 

 Christine Ramirez

Training Coordinator at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Christine is the Coordinator of the Texas Forensic Science Academy within the Public Safety and Security Training Division of Texas A&M University System’s Texas Engineering Extension Service. Christine has 18 years of experience within the law enforcement/forensics profession, including 12 years of instruction. In this position, she coordinates and supervises the academy; develops, designs, and implements forensics training programs; instructs forensics courses; interacts with state and local law enforcement/forensics representatives; and supervises adjunct staff.

Christine’s certifications through Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education include: Master Peace Officer license and Police Instructor. She is a court-qualified expert in latent print examination and bloodstain pattern analysis. She is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association for Identification.

Education:

B.S. in Criminal Justice from the Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.