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 McElreath

Forensic Molecular Biologist

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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Elena Rojas

Forensic Molecular Biologist

Elena has over 5 years of forensic experience. Previously she worked as a Paralegal for 8+ years. Elena has held positions as a Forensic Serologist, Forensic Evidence Technician, and Forensic Account Manager. Among other things, she has several certifications including, Collecting DNA at Crime Scenes, Crime Scene, and DNA for Forensic Analysts, Response and Understanding Death Investigations. Elena is also a licensed Private Investigator. Working at a forensics crime lab she developed a true passion for DNA and forensics.

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