Welcome to the Nevada State Division of the International Association for Identification


Do you enjoy volunteering and making things happen?

Do you feel a need to serve your fellow forensic professionals?

Do you want to meet new people and help shape the future of our industry?

Do you know someone else who fits this description?

If so, we need your help!


We are currently taking nominations for the VICE PRESIDENT and TREASURER positions. A brief description of the positions will be listed below. For a full and complete list of duties please refer to our By-Laws under articles 5 & 7 which are posted here on the About page.



          Will take over the duties of the President in the event of absence, resignation, or removal


          Will be responsible for the Annual Membership Meeting and Educational Conferences/   trainings



          Will receive all moneys and keep and accurate accounting record


          Will be in charge of check writing and annual financial/activities reports


          Will be responsible for Annual Tax/ Secretary of State filing for the Organization


The positions are to be held for two (2) years, at which point, the positions will be voted on again.


June 20th will be the final day nominations will be accepted.  After that date, a ballot will be sent to all members with a list of the nominees. The final day for voting will be July 9th, with Monday, July 16th being the start date of the new Board Members.


The dream to reinvigorate the NSDIAI and create an Organization that truly is useful in bringing together the Forensic Science community in Nevada as well as providing training and inspire greater public confidence can only be achieved with the help of its members. 

If you are interested in one of the positions please submit your nomination electronically to president@nsdiai.net and include a request for inclusion on the ballot with the name of office; printed name, signature, and Membership number; and the name and signature of one other Active Member in good standing with their membership number. You will also need to attach a photo and resume.

2018 Western States Joint Conference

Thanks to everyone who made the 2018 Western States Joint Conference a success! Additional photos will be posted as soon as they are available.



Congratulations to the following people for receiving their certification or re-certification:


Kristin Grammas – Bloodstain Pattern


Do you know someone who deserves recognition? Is someone you work with about to retire, publish a paper, obtain certification, or receiving an award? Please share it with us so we can all join in congratulating that person. Submissions can be sent to Elisha Sorum at president@nsdiai.net.



President’s Message



Greetings Members,


I’d like to start by saying thank you to everyone involved with the recent Western State’s Joint Conference (WSJC) held at the Westgate in Las Vegas. It was an enormous undertaking that the California State Division took lead on and did a great job in the execution. We were able to benefit alongside close to 500 attendees primarily from the Pacific Northwest Division, Rocky Mountain Division, Utah, and Arizona Divisions from the experience of the fantastic speakers who filled up the week with great lectures and hands-on workshops. To those who volunteered and worked in various capacities throughout the week and prior to the conference, I want to personally thank you all. Even though CSDIAI did most of the work, I know many of you worked hard to assist and took time out from classes in order to help when needed. I really appreciate your dedication.


Now that the regional conference is behind us, it’s time to start looking forward to the future. First and foremost on the list is growth. We are slowly increasing membership numbers, and hopefully we can continue to do so. The more members we have, the stronger we will be as a division, and the more we will all benefit from that strength.  I am honored to have met so many of our members at the conference and during my recent visit to Reno. We have a lot of fantastic resources in this state and hopefully we will be able to come together to help each other grow. Please help us spread the word and share the NSDIAI with all of your colleagues, interns, students, and anyone else you know in forensics who could benefit from being part of our organization.


Adding more members is not the only area in which we are in need. We currently have vacant board positions that need to be filled. The Vice-President and Treasurer positions are both vacant and we will be taking nominations until June 20th with voting to be held July 9th. If you or someone you know may be interested, please submit a nomination to president@nsdiai.net. Details on how to submit can be found above. Serving on the board not only looks great in court and on a resume, but is very rewarding both personally and professionally. Being President during the WSJC gave me a new appreciation for having a complete board filled with people I can count on, having active members willing to help when asked, and for my own capabilities. I stepped out of my comfort zone to step up to this position and surprised myself at what I’ve already been able to do in the short time I’ve been in place. I look forward to growing even more in the near future and making new connections with more people.


As our membership numbers increase, we will be able to offer more training and teaching opportunities. For now, we are looking at the possibility of a training seminar in the fall. Please check back here regularly for details as we work towards that. If you have any suggestions or topics that you’d like to learn more about, please email me at president@nsdiai.net.


Next year, we have the honor of hosting the 104th Annual IAI International Forensic Educational Conference at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, August 11 – 17, 2019. This is a great opportunity for so many of us who don’t otherwise have the chance to travel to the big conferences every year. I hope we are able to take advantage of the proximity and make a large showing at this conference despite the travel involved for many in the Division. While the educational opportunity this presents is enormous, it brings the additional opportunity of volunteering and getting involved on a larger level. As the hosting Division, we will be responsible for providing some volunteers to help ensure that the conference runs smoothly. If this is something you’re interested in, please contact any of the board members and let us know.


I am excited at everything we have going on right now and I hope many of you will be, too. We have a lot to look forward to in the very near future and need help in order to accomplish these tasks. Don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the board members with questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions.