Our Team

Laboratory Director

Daniel holds an M.S. in Forensic Science and is a 16+ year veteran of both Public and Private Crime Forensic DNA Laboratories.  He has served as a DNA analyst, technical leader and in executive management of Forensic DNA laboratories over that time.  He has provided training to hundreds of Forensic DNA labs and conferences on a variety of different topics. Armed with a black belt certification in Lean/Six Sigma process improvement and extensive experience in both quality and operational leadership, he provides executive direction and oversees the quality system of the Intermountain Forensics laboratory.   

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Daniel Hellwig

Derek brings 8+ years of Forensic DNA experience to the Intermountain Forensics Laboratory.  He has a Lean/Six Sigma green belt and boasts an amazingly efficient and quality driven interpretation, analysis and review process that he has honed over the years.  This has allowed him to author over 3000 Forensic DNA laboratory reports and testify in cases over 40+ times all over the United States from Hawaii to Alaska and Georgia to Michigan.

Derek's approach to Forensic DNA Analysis and Review will be a staple of the laboratory, maximizing our quality and efficiency.

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Senior DNA Analyst

Derek Cutler

Alyssa has over 14 years of experience in the field of forensics and investigations. She began working in the courts which soon led to working for law enforcement as a certified crime scene investigator. She received the Department Distinguished Service Medal twice for her contributions on multiple major cases. She developed a passion for DNA and its place in solving crimes. Alyssa has expanded her expertise in roles as a Forensic  Serologist, case consultant and private business owner.

Alyssa brings her case knowledge and extensive experience to assist in case consultation and wet lab case processing.

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Alyssa McElreath

Forensic Molecular Biologist

Francine brings twenty-five-plus years in the field of Criminal Justice to the Intermountain Forensics team. She has invested the past fifteen years becoming an expert in her field of Crime Scene Investigation and Forensics, educating students and investigators, helping solve cold cases,  discovering and implementing a superior tool for collecting DNA and
giving a voice to silent victims. 
Francine has graciously offered to volunteer her time to the IMF team.   She will act as a our primary cold case investigator and will initiate, coordinate and apply her expertise in case consultations with our Law Enforcement partners to understand the status of the cold case investigation and what the IMF lab can do to help.

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Francine Bardole

Forensic Cold Case Consultant

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