GU Forensics Conference 2018 - About the Speakers


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John S. Pistole became President of Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.) on March 1, 2015, the fifth person in the nearly 100-year history of the University to serve as president.

Pistole earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude from Anderson University in 1978. He went on to earn a juris doctorate from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University before going into practice for two years. During his undergraduate years at Anderson University, Pistole was involved in a wide range of university activities, including the Center for Public Service, Tri-S (Serve, Study, Share), and men’s varsity basketball and tennis teams.  He and his wife Kathy, also a 1978 AU Alum, recently went on a Tri-S student mission trip to Uganda.

In 1983, Pistole began his 26-year career with the FBI and served in Minneapolis, New York, Indianapolis, Boston, and FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C. on multiple assignments. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Pistole was placed in charge of the FBI’s counterterrorism (CT) program, eventually becoming the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for national security (CT and Counterintelligence). In 2004, Pistole was named Deputy Director for the FBI. In March 2006, Pistole was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive.  In 2007, Pistole received the Department of Justice Edward H. Levi Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity

President Obama nominated Pistole as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the spring of 2010. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate 60 days later.  Under Pistole, the TSA moved from a “one-size-fits-all” approach to a risk-based, intelligence driven agency which has changed the way millions of people fly every year. Risk-Based Security, or RBS, is best known through TSA’s Pre ü, a known and trusted traveler initiative. In his role as Administrator of the TSA, Pistole led a 60,000-strong workforce and the security operations of more than 450 airports throughout the United States.

In 2006, Anderson University honored Pistole with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.  In 2009, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University. In June, 2015, Pistole was appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.  He was also appointed to the Aspen Institute for Homeland Security, and serves as an advisor to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Thomson Rueters Special Services, and as an Advisor for several other companies, primarily dealing with national security matters.  Locally, he serves on the Boards of the Madison County Foundation and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital.

Pistole and his wife were married in 1979 and have two adult daughters.


Jill B. Smerick

Received my Bachelors (1983) and Masters (1985) degrees in Biochemistry from Mississippi State University.

(March 1986):  Joined the FBI and was assigned to the FBI Laboratory, Washington DC, as a physical scientist in the Serology Unit.  My principle duties were to examine forensic evidence for biological stains and to test the stains in a step-wise fashion to determine the presence of blood or semen and further characterize the stain through ABO blood typing and enzyme testing.

(July 1986): Transferred to the Forensic Science Research and Training Center of the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia.  Principle duties were to improve current methodologies/techniques or develop new methodologies/techniques for the analysis of biological forensic evidence. 

(1987): Chosen to be a member of a 4 person team to research, develop and implement DNA forensic testing to the FBI Laboratory.  The FBI performed its first DNA testing on case evidence in December of 1988. Research and validation continued (to current day) to keep pace with rapidly emerging DNA technologies (RFLP, HLA-DQ alpha and Polymarker, D1S80, STRs, NexGen Sequencing).

(1990-1995): The FBI recognized the need for an ambitious training program to educate the local and state forensic laboratories on the principles and application of DNA testing to forensic evidence.  The course was offered through the University of Virginia and taught at the FBI Academy. Each class was composed of 30 local, state, and international criminalists who attended lectures during the morning hours and performed laboratory exercises during the afternoon hours.  I was responsible for all of the laboratory sessions and trained over 500 criminalists in the art of DNA forensic testing. In addition to providing training at the FBI Academy, I traveled to Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Estonia to fulfill their requests for DNA forensic training.

(1990-1998): Performed DNA typing on thousands of samples generating population databases used for statistical calculations in determining genetic population frequency.

(1998): Promoted to the DNA Unit of the FBI Laboratory, Washington DC.  Principle duties to be responsible for all QA/QC procedures for the instrumentation and reagents required for DNA forensic testing.  Additionally, train and qualify DNA Unit personnel on the latest DNA forensic protocols-- STR Typing using capillary electrophoresis on the 310 Genetic Analyzer. 

(1999-2016): Continued to perform validation studies on reagents/kits/instruments as they became available through private vendors at the new FBI Laboratory, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia.

Performed validation studies and developed protocols for processing DNA samples for the Convicted Offender Program of the Federal DNA Database Unit of the FBI.

(2014): Received the Directors Award for Scientific Achievement for streamlining and incorporating automation in the DNA process.  The net effect of this endeavor eliminated the FBI DNA backlog that existed since the DNA forensic program was initiated in 1988.

(December 2016): Retired from the FBI-- taking over 30 years of memories with me.  A truly rewarding career possible due to the talented and committed colleagues that joined me on my journey.

Peter A. Smerick

Peter A. Smerick has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Penn State University in Political Science and a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Virginia in the field of Instructional Technology.  He served in Vietnam as a U.S. Army Combat Photography Officer and at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, as an Army Intelligence Officer. 

Upon completion of his military service, he was appointed a Special Agent for the U. S. Naval Investigative Service (NIS), Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was responsible for criminal/counterintelligence investigations and photographic operations.

As a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Smerick became the Photography Coordinator in the Los Angeles, California; and New York City, New York, FBI field offices and was responsible for surveillance/crime scene operations during major criminal, organized crime, drug, gang, counterintelligence, and terrorism investigations.

He was promoted to the FBI Laboratory as a Supervisory Special Agent where he was certified as an expert in Forensic Photography and Questioned Document Examinations. He and his colleagues analyzed the “Zapruder film” regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy to determine if there was a second gunman concealed in the shadows of a grassy knoll.  (NOTE: There wasn’t a second gunman in the shadows.)

He received a transfer to the FBI Laboratory’s Forensic Science Unit, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, as an Instructor in Crime Scene/ Surveillance Photography, Handwriting Examinations, Forensic Science, and Crime Scene Investigations.

Mr. Smerick became a Violent Crime Analyst-Criminal Profiler for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC).  He was the first FBI Document Examiner/Violent Crime Analyst to testify in court regarding a missing person case  where the subject, (Jack Crescenzi), was convicted of his wife’s death based upon Forensic Linguistics.   Her body was never found.  He was also the lead FBI Profiler initially engaged in the David Koresch (Branch Davidian’s) standoff against the FBI in Waco, Texas, where he strongly recommended in writing that force not be used against the compound.

Upon his retirement from the FBI, Mr. Smerick became a partner in the Academy Group Inc, Manassas, Virginia, the largest behavioral/forensic science consulting firm in the world consisting primarily of retired FBI trained Violent Crime Analysts/Criminal Profilers.  He had been an instructor for the Southern Police Institute, (SPI), University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, training Homicide and Sex Crime Investigators the art of Criminal Profiling.

Upon his second retirement, Mr. Smerick continues to train law enforcement officers in Criminal Profiling techniques and assists in Cold Case investigations.

Craig A. Holloway

Assistant Country Attaché

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

U.S. Department of Justice

Special Agent Craig Holloway was appointed as an Assistant Country Attaché in the Mexico Country Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in January 2015.

ACA Holloway supervises the Mexico Country Office’s Training Section.  His responsibilities include the delivery of firearms and explosives training to various prosecutorial, law enforcement, and military agencies within the Government of Mexico. 

Prior to this appointment, ACA Holloway served as a Special Agent assigned to the Jefferson City Satellite Office in Missouri.  There, he investigated federal crimes involving firearms, explosives and arson throughout Central Missouri. 

ACA Holloway began his law enforcement career as a military policeman in the U.S. Army Reserve.  He later served as a police officer for the Village of Skokie, Illinois.  He began his federal law enforcement career in 1998 as a Deputy U.S. Marshal with the U.S. Marshals Service in Omaha, Nebraska.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bellevue University.

Gary D. Cumberland, M.D.

2060 East Cross St.

Pensacola, Florida 32503


Personal Statistics


Place of Birth:    East St. Louis, Illinois

                Date of Birth:     January 3, 1952


Educational Background


East St. Louis Senior High School

                East St. Louis, Illinois


                January 1970


                Westminster College

                BA Honors

                Fulton, Missouri



                Southern Illinois University

                Master’s Program Biological Sciences

                Carbondale, Illinois



                Southern Illinois University

                School of Medicine

                Doctor of Medicine

                Springfield, Illinois



                University of South Alabama Medical Center

                Residency – Anatomic, Clinical Pathology

                Mobile, Alabama



                State of Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences

                Fellowship – Forensic Pathology

Mobile, Alabama




Troy University

                Troy, Alabama

                Master of Science in Management

December 2009



Professional Experience


Pensacola Pathologists, P.A.

                Pensacola, Florida

                Partner 1988-2008

President, 2004-2008


Medical Examiner’s Office

District One, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Chief Medical Examiner


Associate Medical Examiner



Sacred Heart Hospital

Pensacola, Florida

Pathology Staff


Chairman, Department of Pathology


Director Clinical laboratory



State of Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences

Mobile, Alabama


State Medical Examiner

Associate Medical Examiner Mobile County Alabama


Medical Facility Affiliations


Sacred Heart Hospital

5151 N. 9th Avenue

Pensacola, Florida 32504-8721


Santa Rosa County Medical Center

6002 Berryhill Road

Milton, Florida

Staff Pathologist





Board Certifications and Licensures


American Board of Pathology

Certified Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

November 1982

Certified Forensic Pathology

May 1984


Licensed to Practice Medicine


Alabama License # 0008857 (1979)

Florida License # ME53456  (1988)




Journal Articles


Cumberland, G.D., Riddick, L.:”Earlobe Creases and Coronary Atherosclerosis: The View from Forensic Pathology”, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 1987


Mussell, P.G., Cumberland, G.D.: Use of Art in Forensic Psychiatric Death Investigation”, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 1987


Cumberland, G.D., Riddick, L.:”Cure for the AA Battery Blues – Use of Previously Discarded Polaroid Battery Packs to Power a 35mm Camera Flash”, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 1989


Riddick, L., Brissie, R., Cumberland, G., et al.: Homicide in Alabama: An Analysis of Urban, Suburban and Rural Murders in the Deep South”, Forensic Science International 1989


Riddick, L., Mussell, P., Cumberland, G.: The Mirror’s Use in Suicide”, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 1989


Cumberland, G., Riddick, L., McConnell, C.: Intimal Tears of the Right Atrium of the Heart Due to Blunt Force Injuries to the Abdomen – Its Mechanism and Implications”, 1991


Cumberland, G., Titford, M., Riddick, L.: Demonstration of a Fatal Hemolytic Transfusion Reaction Using Immunoperoxidase Techniques”, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 1991




Cumberland, G. (2015) My Life with Death: Memoirs of a Journeyman Medical Examiner. Xlibris.

Autopsies Performed


4500+ to include 350+ homicides




Qualified as Expert Witness


300+ Court Appearances


Qualified as Expert in United States District Courts of Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida


Qualified as Expert in the First, Thirteenth, Twenty-First, and Thirty-Fifth Circuit Courts of Alabama and First, Fourteenth and Twenty-First Circuit Courts of Florida.

Rhonda Craig

Ms. Rhonda Craig- Supervisory Physical Scientist- Unit Chief of the Evidence Management Unit

Ms. Craig hails from the state of North Carolina where she graduated from the University of NC Greensboro with a Bachelors in Biology and minor in Chemistry.  After working for a genetic testing company from 1991-1994, she moved to Charlotte NC and obtained a Master’s Degree in Biology- Concentration in Molecular Biology, from the University of NC Charlotte. Following graduate school, Ms. Craig was a Genetic Research Assistant at Carolina’s Medical Center.  In 1998, Ms. Craig began working for the FBI in Washington DC in the DNA Unit.  After working for two years as a Biologist, she began training to become a Forensic Serology/DNA and Bloodstain Pattern Examiner and was qualified in 2002. Over the course her career, she reported more than 1200 cases, served as the Program Manager for DNA Training, Program Manager of the DNA Counter-Terrorism/Intelligence casework, and has testified approximately 82 times in various state, federal, and international courts of law.  In 2014, Ms. Craig was promoted to the Unit Chief Position of the Evidence Management Unit for the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) Section of the FBI Laboratory.

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