Duties: Review all membership applications and recommend honorary and sponsoring memberships, be responsible for recruiting forensic science educators as COFSE members, oversee all external communications including the website and newsletters, and oversee any other appropriate communications with Council members, educators, and the general public. The Chair shall prepare a written report of committee activities annually and present it at the annual meeting of COFSE.

Outreach: Newsletter and Social Media Pages

Committee: Chaired by the President-Elect and comprised of the Secretary and two additional members appointed by the President in staggered two-year terms.


Jason Byrd, PhD (term ends 2021)
Associate Professor, Dept. of Pathology
University of Florida College of Medicine
1600 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32610
352.265.0680, ext. 72217


Lyndsie Ferrara, PhD (term ends 2024)
Teaching Assistant Professor
Forensic Science and Law Program
Duquesne University
309 Fisher Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Melinda McPherson (term ends 2023)
Associate Professor, Physical and Biological Sciences
Columbia College
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216

Catherine G. Rushton, MSFS, EdD (term ends 2023)
Director, Forensic Science Program
Assistant Professor
Marshall University
1401 Forensic Science Drive
Huntington, WV 25701