IACA Committees

The IACA depends on committees and appointed positions (committees of one) to accomplish most of its major goals. The IACA bylaws establish certain permanent committees such as the Ethics Committee, the Parliamentarian, and the Conference Committee. Others are created by the Executive Board to manage certain projects, such as the Training Committee and the Publications Committee.

Each committee receives a charter that spells out its goals, restrictions, resources, and guidelines. Charters are intended to give committees guidance and parameters in the absence of day-to-day management from the Executive Board.

The IACA currently has the following committees and appointed positions. If you would like to contribute to any of the committees, please contact the respective chairperson.

The Awards Committee is in charge of overseeing, administering and ensuring the integrity of various IACA awards, contest and scholarships and find fun and motivating ways to recognize IACA members’ contributions to their jurisdictions and to the profession of crime analysis.

Danelle DiGiosio

The Certification Commission administers the IACA’s Certified Law Enforcement Analyst (CLEA) program, reviewing applicants’ criteria, delivering the certification exam, and setting certification policy. They are responsible for updating certification materials and arranging for international adaptations of the certification test.

Kimm Barnes


The Conference Committee is the oldest and one of the most important IACA committees, planning and running the IACA Annual Training Conference, including training, registration, facilities, food, activities, entertainment, promotions, and other logistics. The Conference Committee spends the entire year planning each annual training conference.

Albert Mesa 

Newly re-established in 2019, the Educational and Student Affairs Committee exists to serve as a liaison between colleges and universities offering crime analysis degrees and certificates, to advocate for good crime analysis educational standards, and to advocate for educator and student interests within the IACA. In 2019, the committee, in conjunction with the mentoring committee, established a formal mentoring program for students, to include a Career Discovery Day at the annual conference. They have begun cataloging the various college and university programs offered throughout the world and have begun developing a model curriculum to share with those programs. They have engaged with the criminology and crime analysis subscribers on Reddit.com to answer common student questions and are exploring IACA partnerships with academic and student organizations.


Jason Paynich


The Elections Committee began work on the 2019 Elections during the second quarter of 2019. This year the Vice President of Membership and Secretary positions are up for election. The committee is in the process of overseeing nominations and plans to host a meet the candidates/question session at this year’s conference in Oxon Hill. Members should consult the most up-to-date event schedule on the conference app for dates, location and times. Currently, there are three candidates running for Vice President of Membership, and two candidates for Secretary. The Elections Committee anticipates a strong voter turnout for these key positions in the IACA. Members can follow the election status, forums, and online voting on the IACA website.


Amy Metcalf


The Ethics Committee investigates ethical grievances received from IACA members concerning other IACA members, IACA committees, IACA projects, or IACA board members. After investigating, they recommend sanctions or resolutions based on the grievances.

Rhea-Lyn Gerstenkorn

The International Outreach Committee exists to represent the interests of our increasingly diverse membership. Our goal is to ensure that the products and services of the IACA are relevant, valuable and accessible to our global community of analysts.

Yarisa Walsh

International Symposium

The Symposium Committee plans and runs the IACA’s annual spring symposium, a two-day event held each year outside the United States.

Annie Mitchell

The Mail Assistant is an appointed position who processes the IACA’s physical mail. He or she picks up the mail at our Overland Park, Kansas post office box and distributes it to the appropriate IACA board members and committees.

Darcy Boorem

Throughout 2019, the Marketing Committee continued their focus on general marketing, branding, and editing for the association. They welcomed new committee members, Seth Potts (Logistics Coordinator) and Mike Winslow (Memes/General Marketing), to help with the ever-expanding needs of the IACA.


Mike Winslow

The Membership Committee helps process new and renewing IACA memberships, keeps the membership database current and organized, and otherwise helps the Vice President of Membership with his duties. The committee’s efforts in 2018 and 2019 helped manage a record-high volume of members and process applications and renewals swiftly and efficiently. In early 2019, the committee had to adjust operations to accommodate a new web site, database, and commerce system.


Rachel Carson

The Mentoring Program pairs new members with veteran members who can provide advice on topics like skill development, better integration within the agency, dealing with difficult co-workers, and designing quality crime analysis products. The Mentoring Committee in 2019 finally recruited enough mentors to pair with its list of mentees. They worked with the Educational and Student Affairs Committee to establish a mentoring program specific to students and began a systematic process of surveying mentors and mentees about their experiences.


Sally P. Rawlings

The Publications Committee is committed to developing key resources for crime analysts, IACA committees, members of law enforcement (including senior leadership), researchers, and the broader public that supports and promotes the growth, institutionalization, and professionalization in the field of crime analysis. The Committee will focus on products that are meaningful and accessible by exploring various media (including social media) and gaining input from the IACA membership. Our work will be focused on the development of a professional newsletter, supporting and digitizing the IACA’s foundational text Exploring Crime Analysis, and collaborating with other IACA committees.

John Ng

The Regional Associations Committee (RAC) was established in 2020 in order to provide support to local and regional crime analyst associations affiliated with the IACA. This committee exists to improve communications between regional crime analysis associations, assist members wishing to establish new regional associations in their areas, provide information on the creation, standards, protocols and best practices of longstanding organizations, assist regional associations with conference planning and training initiatives, and increase communication between the regional associations and the IACA.

Glen Mills

The Site Selection Committee is responsible for researching potential locations for future annual conferences, international symposiums, and other IACA events. The committee works with representatives of Helms Briscoe to identify host properties in choice regions or cities which would serve as premium sites for IACA activities. The goal of the IACA is to identify, select, and contract with properties at least 3 years in advance, in order to capitalize on premium pricing, locations, and broaden our vendor representation at training events.


Rhonda Maher

The Technology Director manages the IACA’s technology products, including the web site, social media presence, and telecommunications. Acts as a liaison to all other committees for their technology needs. This web site is the primary responsibility of the Technology Director, and it includes both programming and content development. This team also moderates the ListServe/Discussion Forum, Announce List and the IACA GIS Portal, ensuring that they keep in compliance with the guidelines.

Manny San Pedro

Run by the Training Director, the Training Committee administers the IACA’s Professional Training Series, planning and delivering the core courses, special contract classes, international classes and, soon, online classes. The Committee selects instructors, approves curriculum, tracks registrations and payment, and handles all other logistics associated with IACA training except the training offered at the Conference and the Symposium.

Kyle Stoker

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