Dear ASCLD Colleagues,

ASCLD develops leaders through our Leadership Academy, Train the Directors and Emerging Issues Webinar Series, and the Annual Symposia. We shape the development of standards through our leadership and involvement in OSAC and the US TAG to ISO TC 272. We provide many resources for our membership in our Manager’s Toolkit. We assist laboratories in achieving accreditation, advocate for legislation that supports forensic science, and develop innovative research partnerships; the list goes on and on. 

For this great work to continue, and for ASCLD to grow and thrive, we need our members to step up and lead the organization by serving on the ASCLD Board of Directors. Our roles as leaders in the forensic science profession have become more and more complex. On top of this, add the complexities of our personal lives and sprinkle it with pandemic stress. Many of us have little time and energy to spare - I understand. However, being a Board member is not an independent journey. You are a member of a high-performing team of leaders working collectively to move ASCLD forward in pursuit of our mission.

As a Board member you are a voice representing your laboratory, the ASCLD members, and all of forensics on matters that impact our profession locally, nationally, and internationally. Current and previous Board members have testified in front of Congress, participated in national task groups, traveled internationally to represent the United States forensic science community, and so many more unique opportunities. Accreditation in forensics, certification, and centers of excellence can track their history back to ASCLD in which the Board of Directors supported these initiatives both financially and with volunteers to set them on a path to success. 

Representing our more than 650 members has been one of the greatest honors, and challenges, I have experienced. I invite you to become a member of our Board of Directors and help us in continuing the legacy which has shaped our profession.

For additional information please contact Executive Director John Byrd at 

Be well,


Erin P. Forry

ASCLD President