History

History1

The Wisconsin Association for Identification (WAI) held its first organizational meeting on October 5, 1966.  The WAI is a chartered division of the International Association for Identification and was incorporated in the State of Wisconsin as a non-profit organization on May 5, 1967.

The Association was formed to accomplish the following objectives: To associate persons who are actively engaged in the profession of forensic identification, investigation and scientific crime detection in an organized body, so that the profession, in all of its branches may be standardized and effectively and scientifically practiced. To encourage the enlargement and improvement of the science of forensic identification and other branches of scientific crime detection. Encourage research in scientific crime detection. To keep its members appraised of the latest techniques and discoveries in forensic identification and scientific crime detection. To continue to improve the high professional standards of law enforcement officials at all levels of government who have charge of crime scene units, and/or forensic laboratories. The WAI provides the opportunity to employ the collective wisdom of the profession to advance the scientific techniques of forensic identification and scientific crime detection. The WAI shall do everything possible to improve the high professional standards of law enforcement officials at all levels of government who have charge of crime scene units, and/or forensic laboratories. The members of the WAI shall employ the collective wisdom of the profession to advance the scientific techniques of forensic identification and scientific crime detection. The WAI shall inform legislative bodies of the importance of general laws making it mandatory to fingerprint every person who is arrested. The WAI shall provide training, education, and the publication of information related to forensic identification and scientific crime detection.

     The Association has taken several actions to accomplish these goals. There is a 3-day annual educational conference with both lectures and hands-on workshops. The topics covered at these conferences range from an update on the criminal history records and changes in the state AFIS system to the latest techniques in crime scene processing and laboratory examinations of physical evidence. All members receive a quarterly newsletter that includes professional articles in addition to Association news. The AFIS-CIB Technology Committee is unique in that this committee provides a direct line of communication between the Wisconsin State Criminal Information Bureau and law enforcement agencies at all levels of government within the state. The Association has been the co-host division for two annual IAI International Educational Conferences (1972 and 1999). The WAI worked together with six other Midwest divisions of the IAI in 1998 to bring to the Midwest the highly successful Mid-States Educational Conference in Davenport, Iowa. The WAI is now expanding its web site to meet the growing needs of its membership.

History2
Wisconsin Association for Identification
1999 IAI Conference Committee

History3Robert Sanders, a member and Past-President of the Wisconsin Association for Identification, was elected President of the International Association for Identification at their Annual General Membership Meeting held in July 2000 in Charleston, West Virginia.   At the Annual IAI Banquet, Robert expressed his thanks to all the members of the WAI who have given him their active support, including the current WAI President, Jim Bruno who led the team of photographers covering the 1999 IAI Annual Educational Conference; the current WAI Secretary-Treasurer, Melissa Graf who was on the WAI 1999 IAI Conference Committee and who also serves on several IAI committees; and the current Chair of the WAI Board of Directors, Mike Campbell who was the chair of the WAI 1999 IAI Conference Committee and who also serves on the IAI Board of Directors.

WAI Past Presidents

1966-1967
1967-1968
1968-1969
1969-1970
1970-1971
1971-1972
1972-1973
1973-1974
1974-1975
1975-1976
1976-1977
1977-1978
1978-1979
1979-1980
1980-1981
1981-1982
1982-1983
1983-1984
1984-1985
1985-1986
1986-1987
1987-1988
1988-1989
1989-1990
1990-1991
1991-1992
1992-1993
1993-1994
1994-1995
1995-1996
1996-1997
1997-1998
1998-1999
1999-2000
2000-2001
2001-2002
2002-2003
2003-2004
2004-2005
2005-2006
2006-2007
2007-2008
2008-2009
2009-2010
2010-2011
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
2015-2016



Andrew F. Kashuba
Robert C. Lathrop
Michael T. Feider
Stanley C. Klein
Charles R. Race
Roland L Recker
Sylvester Gajewski
Howard L. Jennrich
Herbert J. Breske
Charles L. McElroy
Abraham L. Toigo
Robert R. Exner
Jerome D. Gartner
Herman R. Steinke
Walter C. Fuhrman
Edmund F. Jakubowski
Robert T. Shunk
Donald C. Ramthun
Ronald E. Dick
John M. Hermann
John R. Stransky
William F. Wangemann
Roger W. Heiligenthal
Wayne M. Peterson
Erlan R. Wenzel
Floyd D. June
Edwin L. Bandi
Milton L. Swantz
Daniel A. Feucht
Daniel R. Andersen
Roger R. Lenzner
Robert C. Sanders
James Bruno
Mike Campbell
Ronald L.  Groffy
Todd Thorne
Suzanne Martin
Stu Nelson
Thomas Johnson, Dr.
Melissa Graf
Dan Roman
Gordon Kowaleski
Lee Mikulec
Marie Burgette Bach
Charles Wysocky
Lisa Hudson
Melissa Graf
Vickie Brugger
Lee Mikulec  
Julie Mead  

 
PAST CONFERENCE SITES

1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
Appleton
Sheboygan
Wauwatosa
Madison
Wausau
1972 Milwaukee, Co-host Annual IAI International Educational Conference
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
Cable
Racine
Appleton
Oconomowoc
Kenosha
Janesville
Madison
Appleton
Brookfield
Green Lake
Eau Claire
Racine
Brookfield
Marshfield
Madison
Janesville
Appleton
Milwaukee
Fond Du Lac
Marshfield
Kenosha
Green Bay
Pewaukee
Eau Claire
Wausau
Appleton
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Milwaukee Co-host IAI Educational Conference
Madison
Pleasant Prairie
Janesville
Fond du Lac
Shawano
Madison
Green Bay
Eau Claire
Wauwatosa
Appleton
Stevens Point
Milwaukee – Co-Host IAI Educational Conference
Green Bay
Wausau
Brookfield
Eau Claire
Green Bay – 50th Annual WAI Conference
   

Good of the Association Awards

1998
1998
1999
2000
2001
2013
2014
Wayne Peterson
Bruce Freistadt
Keith Brzezinski
Robert Sanders
Mike Campbell
Ron Groffy
Melissa Graf

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WAI SECRETARY/TREASURERS

  • 1.     Henry Peters (temporary appointment): 1966
  • 2.     John Lauber: 1966 - 1967(?)
  • 3.     Charles R. Race: 1969
  • 4.     Michael Hanrahan:  1969
  • 5.     Herbert Breske: 1970 - May, 1973
  • 6.     Abe Toigo: May, 1973 - June, 1974
  • 7.     Robert Exner: June, 1974 -  May, 1975
  • 8.     Jerome D. Gartner:  May, 1975 - April, 1976
  • 9.     Edmond Jakubowski:  April, 1976 - April, 1978
  • 10.  Donald Ramthun:  April, 1978 - May, 1981
  • 11.  Kathryn Kohn:  May, 1981 - April, 1982
  • 12.  Roger Heiligenthal:  April 1982 - April, 1986
  • 13.  Edwin L. Bandi:  April, 1986 - April, 1988 -
  • 14.  James Yoghourtjian:  November, 1988 - until May, 1991
  • 15.  Roger Heiligenthal:  May 1991 – 1997
  • 16.  Janell Robinson  1997-1998
  • 17.  Melissa Graf:  1998  - until 2003
  • 18.  Michael Davis:  2003 - until 2005
  • 19.  Julie Avila:  2005 - Present


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