Welcome to the Wisconsin Association for Identification, my name is Holly Schultz. It is truly an honor to be the 2018/2019 President of the WAI.
Five years ago, at the 2013 Educational Conference in Wausau, I took a deep breath and walked into a room filled with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced people in the field of forensics as a student member. To say that I was overwhelmed and nervous is an understatement. I found a seat by myself and anxiously waited for the events to begin. Within minutes members of the organization began introducing themselves to me, sharing their business cards, and discussing career experiences. By the end of the week I had an invaluable bank of resources and mentors that I was comfortable reaching out to at any time.
My career has literally “grown up” with the WAI. I have continued to lean on members for help with scenes and processing and have never had an evidence question go unanswered. I firmly believe that our chapter continues to thrive year after year because of the member’s support of one another. Each year at the educational conference you have the opportunity to cultivate those relationships with people from all across Wisconsin and to build your own network of experience. My goal during my term as President is to make sure that our membership stays strong and that all disciplines of forensics are represented.
The Wisconsin Association for Identification has continued to be a resource for me and I hope it will be for you.