At their annual symposium in 2022, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) awarded the 2022 ASCLD Member of the Year award to Henry Maynard of the Defense Forensic Science Center.

Henry Maynard was nominated for his outstanding work in leading the ASCLD Forensic Research Committee (FRC). As the chair, Henry was instrumental in revitalizing the FRC and ensuring all programs were active and moving forward. Noteworthy is the fact that the chair is normally a member of the ASCLD Board of Directors; however, Henry volunteered for several years to lead this committee before being elected to the board. Key initiatives that have thrived under Henry’s leadership include refreshing and expanding the FRC Validation & Evaluation Repository and growing the membership of the Laboratories and Educators Alliance Program (LEAP). Both programs support key ASCLD objectives found within the ASCLD Strategic Priorities. Henry’s dynamic leadership has made a positive impact on ASCLD and other organizations within the forensic science community.

Henry is Chief Scientist at the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) under the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) located at Gillem Enclave in Forest Park, Georgia.

About the ASCLD FRC Validation & Evaluation Repository: The goal of this initiative is to further information sharing within the forensic science community by maintaining an ever-growing repository of validations and evaluations conducted by forensic labs and universities. The ASCLD FRC Validation & Evaluation Repository can be publicly accessed through the ASCLD FRC website.

About LEAP: The goal of the Laboratories and Educators Alliance Program (LEAP) is to facilitate collaborative research between academia and forensic science laboratories. This joint effort between the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) and the Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE) identifies forensic science needs and provides a platform for laboratories, researchers, and students to
seek projects aligning with their mutual research capabilities.

About ASCLD: ASCLD is a nonprofit professional society of crime laboratory directors and
forensic science managers dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through
leadership and innovation. Founded in 1974, the purpose of the organization is to foster
professional interests; assist the development of laboratory management principles and
techniques; acquire, preserve, and disseminate forensic based information; maintain and
improve communications among crime laboratory directors; and to promote, encourage and
maintain the highest standards of practice in the field.