A Passion For ALL Things Evidence...

The IAPE board consists of current and former law enforcement officials with extensive background in property and evidence. Their diverse skills and experience help the IAPE to continue to offer world leading training, resources and materials catering evidence for law enforcement and commercial institutions. The board helps to guide who and what the IAPE stands for and to help keep it current to meet trends and needs regarding ALL things evidence for today and in the future.

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Joe Moralli

Joe Moralli

President | Support Operations Manager, City of Chico Police Department

Joe Moralli is presently employed by the City of Chico as the Support Operations Manager. In this capacity he is required to secure and maintain evidence as well as oversight of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit.

Joe has previously held the position of President of the C.A.P.E. State Executive Board. Additionally, he has held the position of Conference Director twice




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Ellen B. Spain

1st Vice President | Forensic Evidence Manager, Virgina Department of Forensic Science

Ellen Spain is the Forensic Evidence Manager for the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, where she manages the statewide evidence-receiving program. She previously worked for the Department of Criminal Justice Services as the Program Manager and Regulatory Coordinator for the Special Conservator of the Peace Program.




Kerstin Hammarberg

Kerstin Hammarberg

2nd Vice President | Director (2022) | Director, Instructor, CPES

Kerstin Hammarberg is the Manager for the Property and Evidence Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department. She has been a member of IAPE since 1997 and has served the Board of Directors for IAPE since 2010. She achieved the status of Certified Evidence Technician in 2003. Her experience with the Crystal Police Department (26 sworn) and with the Minneapolis Police Department (850 sworn) has given her a unique perspective of managing evidence from both a smaller department and a larger department...




Lindsey Smith

Lindsey Guice Smith

Secretary (2021)

Lindsey Guice Smith was appointed to the IAPE board in 2019. She currently serves as the IAPE Board Secretary and is a lead instructor for the 2-Day Evidence Management class, Advanced Concepts in Evidence Management class, and Evidence Management for Clerk of Courts class. She has been a member of IAPE since 2010 and an IAPE Certified Property and Evidence Specialist since 2011.

Lindsey is the former Executive Director of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, the first and only state agency in the United States charged with the neutral investigation of post-conviction claims of factual innocence. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Commission, while at the Commission, Lindsey served as the Commission’s certified evidence custodian, managed the Commission’s federal grant to support post-conviction DNA testing, and conducted investigations for the Commission.



Rick Meadows

Richard Meadows

IAPE Director

Richard Meadows joined the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy (OPOTA) – Advanced Training staff in May 2012 as a Law Enforcement Training Officer. Richard was responsible for a majority of the evidence related classes at OPOTA. The topics he was responsible for include crime scene processing, latent fingerprint development and identification, crime scene photography, evidence room management, core criminal investigation and death investigation. In this capacity, he wrote curriculum for his subject areas based on national and accepted standards, negotiated contracts with guest instructors as needed, and taught a majority of the classes in his assigned areas. 





Caryn Barab

Caryn Barab

IAPE Board Member

Police Sergeant (Retired) – Eugene Police Department: 

Caryn Barab is a retired sergeant from the Eugene Police department where she was a member or supervisor of many special teams including Crisis Intervention, Hostage Negotiation, Major Collision Investigation, and Peer Support. Caryn was assigned to the property room as a working supervisor after an audit revealed significant issues. She worked to improve the facilities, policies and procedures, staffing, and training to improve the functions and reliability of the property and evidence managed by the police department.



Hope Williams

Hope Martin

IAPE Board Member

Law Enforcement Experience: 

Hope Martin is the Evidence Manager for the Madison, NC Police Department. She has a 19-year law enforcement background, spending the last 10 years in the evidence room.

She started her career as a police officer for the Greensboro, NC Police Department. In 2014, Hope became the first Evidence Specialist for the Reidsville, NC Police Department. This was after a state investigation of theft and mishandling in the evidence room. Although she was new to the evidence world, she quickly realized the crisis in Reidsville could have been prevented. It became Hope’s passion to one day educate the law enforcement community on how to properly manage their evidence rooms to prevent theft and mishandling.



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Alexis Grochmal

IAPE Board Member

Law Enforcement Experience: 

Alexis Grochmal was recently appointed to the IAPE board. She has been a member of IAPE since 2015, and an IAPE Certified Property and Evidence Specialist since 2020. Alexis is an Administrative Officer with 17 years of experience with the Prince George Police Department in Virginia. Alexis specializes in Property and Evidence management and is a Digital Evidence Specialist. Alexis's current roles include Property and Evidence manager, Public Safety IT, and Public Information Officer. She has also managed several other areas within her department, gaining experience in asset forfeiture and records management at the State and Federal levels.



William Kiley

William P. Kiley

Ex-Officio Member (2020) - President Emeritus & Interim Director (Past President, Instructor)

Law Enforcement Experience: 

For three decades Bill Kiley served in the Suffolk County (New York) Police Department as a Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Detective Captain, Deputy Inspector and Deputy Chief. His service included assignments in the Patrol Division, the Detective Division and the Support Services Division as well as serving as his department’s Public Information Officer and an Assistant to the Commissioner of Police. He served as a Regional Expert for the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy – Counter Drug Technology Assessment Center (CTAC), where he represented law enforcement agencies of seven states...



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Joseph T. Latta

Exec. Dir., Lead Instructor, CPES

Joseph T. Latta is a retired police Lieutenant who served with the City of Burbank Police Department, California for thirty years. Joseph has an Associates Degree in Business Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is a graduate of the California Command College were he conducted a two year research project related to “Management of Property and Evidence Operations.” In 1986, Joseph Latta graduated from the prestigious F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia...





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Past Board Members



Robert Giles

In Memory - Robert E. Giles

President Emeritus

Lieutenant Robert Giles retired from the Burbank Police Department in 2004 after 32 years of service. Lt. Giles’ varied experience includes assignments as a Bureau Commander in both the investigations and uniform divisions. He obtained specialized experience supervising the Vice/Narcotics Detail, Special Enforcement Detail, Property Crimes Bureau, Communications, and Police Reserve personnel. Lt. Giles developed significant expertise in drug asset forfeiture, Emergency Operations Center activities and was the Administrative Manager of the Burbank Police Department's Special Response Team.





Suzanne Cox

Suzanne Embree

Treasurer Emeritus(2017)

Suzanne Embree has been an integral member of IAPE Board of Directors since 1993. Her primary function has been to handle the finances of the International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. Mrs. Embree was originally recruited by IAPE as its first financial officer because of her reputation offering highly skilled bookkeeping and tax preparation services, and expertise with the unique aspects required for non-profit organizations...



Gordon Bowers

Gordon A. Bowers

President Emeritus (Past President, Instructor)

Police Chief Gordon A. Bowers (ret.) recently returned to California after “failing retirement” for the third time! His 38 years in law enforcement began as a volunteer Reserve Police Officer, and he progressed through the ranks to Burbank’s Captain of Investigations. For 15 years his responsibilities included departmental Master Planning regardless of his assignment. Bowers also taught personal development and other professional topics for the City of Burbank, Criminal Law for Glendale Community College, and “Law Enforcement Futures” for the Advanced POST class at California State University-Northridge. He received commendations from the California Peace Officers Association for co-authoring California model policies on “Conduct Review” and “Use of Force.” In addition to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Chief Bowers is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, California POST Command College, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.

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Robin Lynn Trench


Our founder and Past-President Robin Trench committed her career to professional property management, and to providing a forum for training sworn and civilian managers, supervisors, and property officers in the fundamentals of property room management.

Robin’s commitment, dedication and knowledge will be greatly missed. Prior to her untimely death, Robin spent a great deal of time preparing and editing the Evidence Log, in addition to preparing the various workbooks, manuals and handouts needed for the training seminars.



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