On October 11th, 2017

Attorney General Awards CSLEA Members for Achievements in 2016


SACRAMENTO – On October 10, 2017, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra held an awards ceremony at the Courtyard Marriott Midtown, to thank Department of Justice employees for their excellent work and outstanding accomplishments.

Among those awarded were California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) and California Association of Law Enforcement Employees (CALEE) Members Reva Headley, Sara Morin, and Ashlee Onwurah.  The three received recognition for their work on the Violent Crime Investigation Support Team.

Also awarded were CSLEA-CALEE Members Carmen Keeler, Samira Nassar, Marie Perez-Gonzalo, and Sarah Wesley for their work on the APPS Historical Team.

In addition, Attorney General Becerra recognized CSLEA – Association of Criminalists-DOJ Members from Sacramento, Ripon, Fresno, Redding and Eureka for excellence in Rapid DNA Service.

“The RADS program is designed to get the most probative DNA samples in sexual assaults analyzed in 20 days or less,” said John Miller, president of AC-DOJ.  “The law requires this be done in four months (120 days), but the DOJ Bureau of Forensic Science is getting this analysis done in less than three weeks. It can take up to 60 days to get DNA analysis done in a typical lab, due to heavy casework loads, but RADS is designed to get the most egregious offenders off the street as soon as possible.  The program is just about a year old now.”

CSLEA – AC-DOJ members recognized by Attorney General Becerra were criminalist and senior criminalists:


Lillian Burt

Stephanie Carpenter

Nathan Himes

Lisa Langford

Jonathan Sewell

Shavonne Sicher

Heather Tomchick

Central Velley (Ripon)

Stephen Cavanaugh

Bobby Cheseldine

Katy Ciula

Sheltri Gresham

Kimberly Keane

Pin Kyo

Jennai Lawson

Sara Penn

Nancy Seger

Michelle Terra

Gordon Wincott


Mindy Crow

Korie Faber-Neale

Julie Hale

Christopher Johnson

Adrian Mendoza

Holly Scott

Joel Thomas

Johnny Upshaw

Kara Ward

Maria Woodcock


Rebecca Gaziola

Sara Larson

Simone Pugh


Kay Belschner

CSLEA – CALEE Member David Sanchez, Department of Law Enforcement, San Diego received a  Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award.

And three CSLEA – Association of Special Agents-DOJ member were awarded, one for Excellence in Supervision and two for Excellence.

“We congratulate all of our members on receiving these very special awards from Attorney General Becerra,” said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona.  “Some we have not named here due to the nature of their duties, and or upon request.   But each of these members deserves our praise and our thanks for jobs well done.”

California Attorney General Awards 2017 - Rapid DNA Service Team

California Attorney General Awards 2017 - APPS Historical Team & Violent Crime Investigation Support Team

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