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Gov. Perry Appoints Six to Forensic Science Commission

Friday, March 28, 2014  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed six members to the Forensic Science Commission. The commission oversees professional conduct in forensic laboratories and facilities in Texas.

Richard Alpert of North Richland Hills is an assistant criminal district attorney for the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, National College of District Attorneys, Texas District and County Attorneys Association, and Tarrant County Bar Association. He is also a past board member of Metroplex Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Alpert received a bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is reappointed to the commission for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2015.

Jeffrey Barnard of Dallas is chief medical examiner for Dallas County, director of the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science and a professor of pathology for the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center at Dallas. He is commissioner for the National Commission on Forensic Science and a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners and Southwest Organ Bank Advisory Council. He is also chairman and past treasurer of the Rapport Society at Texas A&M University (TAMU) Health Science Center, member and past president of the Irish-American Society of Dallas and past director of the Forensic Pathology Fellowship and autopsy residency training at UTSW Medical Center at Dallas. Barnard received a bachelor's degree from TAMU, a medical degree from the TAMU Health Science Center College of Medicine, and completed his anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Scott and White Healthcare hospital in Temple and his forensic pathology fellowship at the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office in New York. He is appointed to the commission for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2015.

Vincent Di Maio of San Antonio is a board-certified anatomical, clinical and forensic pathologist, a private forensic pathology consultant and former chief medical examiner for Bexar County. He is a fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners and American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Di Maio received a medical degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, and completed his pathology internship at Duke University Hospital, his residency in pathology at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and his fellowship in forensic pathology at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland. He is reappointed to the commission for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2015, and will continue to serve as chair for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

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 also a fellow of the American and International colleges of Dentists, and a 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 appointed to the commission for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2014.

Ashraf Mozayani of Houston is executive director of forensic sciences and a professor at Texas Southern University. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT), a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse, Council of Forensic Science Educators, and International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. She is a laboratory inspector for the ABFT, an on-site evaluator for the AAFS Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission, a laboratory auditor for the National Forensic Science Technology Center and a national laboratory certification program inspector for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She is also a laboratory assessor and past laboratory accreditation board member for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, a senior forensic advisor of crime laboratories 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 appointed to the commission for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2014.

Nizam Peerwani of Fort Worth is chief medical examiner for Tarrant, Denton, Johnson and Parker counties. He is a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, Texas Medical Association, Tarrant County Medical Society, Physicians for Human Rights Advisory Board, Amnesty International and International Forensic Program Advisory Council. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, College of American Pathologists and American Society for Clinical Pathologists. He is also a forensic advisor for the Texas State Fire Marshall's Office, a past member of the Journal of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine Editorial Board, and a past board member and trustee of the Al-Hedayah Academy Board of Directors. Peerwani received a bachelor's degree from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and a medical degree from the AUB School of Medicine, and completed his anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. He is reappointed to the commission for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2015.

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