WSLREA 2020 Conference - Presenter Bios

Dr. Stephen Goldsmith is a principal in the FBI’s agricultural sector outreach, US and International Animal-Plant Health Criminal-Epidemiological Investigations
courses, and is an analyst for threats to the U.S. agricultural sector. From 2006 to 2012, he was a member of the FBI Hazardous Materials Science Response Unit, Laboratory Division, Quantico, VA where he responded to biological crime scene investigations and led agricultural sector outreach-training programs. 

Prior to joining the FBI, Goldsmith worked with US Department of Agriculture-APHIS-Veterinary Services, as a Field Veterinary Medical Officer-Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician in Georgia, Bolivia, and North Carolina. In this role, he investigated unusual disease outbreaks in livestock and directed disease surveillance programs in farms-livestock markets. From 2000-2002 he was assigned as the Chief of Mission, Joint US-Bolivian Foot and Mouth Disease Eradication Program, US Embassy- LaPaz and was the US lead for the joint program with the Bolivian Department of Agriculture to vaccinate and control FMD outbreaks in Trinidad, Beni Department. He began his military career in 1969 in University of Georgia ROTC program; in 1973 he was assigned as the Veterinary Activities, Post Veterinarian, The Presidio of San Francisco, CA. 

In 1992 Goldsmith joined the Alabama Army National Guard and served for 16 years in Infantry and Special Forces units. He was deployed to Central and South America multiple times and later served 3 combat tours for nearly 4 years assigned to the Special Operations Task Force, Bagram AF, WSLREA 2020 Conference - Presenter Bios Afghanistan. He also did 3 combat tours assigned to the Special Operations Task Force in Mindanao, Philippines. As a member of the US Army Reserves, he was an instructor in the John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School, the Special Warfare Medical Group (Airborne) in Ft. Bragg, NC, and the 352nd Civil Affairs Command (Airborne) in Ft. Meade, MD. He retired from the military in 2016 as a Colonel in the US Army Veterinary Corps. From 1989-1991 Goldsmith was the Assistant Bureau Chief for Contagious and Infectious Diseases in the Florida Department of Agriculture-State Veterinarian’s Office he oversaw disease control programs. From 1989-2000, he worked in a small animal/pet emergency medicine specialty practice in Tallahassee, FL that provided 24 hour emergency medical-surgical care services. 

Prior to joining the public sector, he had a private veterinary practice for 10 years (1979-1989) in South Georgia where he was a rural/mixed farm/ livestock veterinarian. The practice served farming operations for beef cattle, swine, horses, goats, dairies as well as pets and hunting/working dogs. Dr. Goldsmith has a B.S. in Animal Science (1973) and a DVM (1977) both from the University of Georgia.

Timothy E. Huntington, Ph.D., DABFE, is an Associate Professor of Biology and Criminal Justice at Concordia University, Nebraska and one of 17 board certified forensic entomologists in the United States. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska where his research focused on the ecology and physiology of forensically important WSLREA 2020 Conference - Presenter Bios blow flies. His current research and publications in the area of forensic entomology focus on the use of insects for the estimation of postmortem intervals. Dr. Huntington also serves as a part-time deputy sheriff for the Seward County Sheriff’s Office. 

As a forensic entomology consultant, Dr. Huntington has consulted on more than 150 death investigations spanning seventeen states and four countries for various local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as for defense practices and private companies. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, a Charter Board member of the American Board of Forensic Taphonomy, and a member of the Entomological Society of America, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, North American Forensic Entomology Association, and the Nebraska Chapter of the International Association for Identification. 

Lindsey Anderson has been working with the RCMP since 2003. She is currently the livestock investigator for Southern Alberta, one of three livestock investigators in Canada. Prior to livestock, Lindsey worked in Auto Theft, Homicide, Crime Reduction and 8 years in uniform. She has received awards and
certificates of appreciation for exemplary leadership relating to the arrest of dangerous murder suspects, utilization of confidential informants, and her involvement in complex covert operations.

David Hubbard has a Master of Science in Administration Degree, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management and an Associate of Science in the
Administration of Justice. David began his career in 2007 with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office where he has advanced to the rank of Sergeant. David has worked in numerous assignments throughout his career including as a Detective in the Robbery/Homicide Unit, Sexual Assault and Abuse Investigations Unit and Burglary/Theft Unit. David is also certified as a Bomb Technician and Post Blast Investigator and has completed numerous state and federal investigations in this capacity. As a Sergeant, David has supervised patrol squads and currently supervises the Homicide Unit and Bomb Squad for Kern County. David has developed a passion for criminal law, specifically in the area of constitutional law and search warrants. David has trained law enforcement from throughout the state in Search and Seizure, Sexual Assault Investigations, Interview and Interrogation and Search Warrants. David assisted in the development of one of the first electronic search warrant systems in the State of California. David is also an instructor for the Kern Regional Training Center in the topics of Search and Seizure, Laws of Arrest and Presentation of Evidence and Courtroom Testimony.

Judge Tom Watkins is a 1982 graduate of the University of New Mexico, and a 1985 graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law. He spent 15 years as a prosecutor for the Boise City Attorney’s Office and the Idaho Attorney General's Office.  prosecuting crimes ranging from whitecollar crime to first-degree murder. For three years, he served as the chief legal adviser for the Idaho Department of Law Enforcement, where he was introduced to agricultural crimes through his work with the Idaho Brand Board. He took the bench in 1999 as a magistrate judge, and has served in that capacity for the past 20 years. 

Scott James graduated from The College of Idaho in 1982 and the University of Idaho College of Law in 1985. He began his career as a prosecutor reaching the position of Criminal Division Chief of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office in 1995. Scott has been in private practice representing law enforcement
officers in employment and criminal cases. Currently, Scott is the Chief Deputy Public Defender for Canyon County, Idaho.

Both Tom and Scott have been long-time friends and supporters of the Association and we are happy to have them back again this year.

Christopher Sanford is an investigator with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations in California, and has been employed there since 2008. In San Joaquin County he has been involved in Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigations, Welfare Fraud Investigations, Insurance Fraud Investigations, Witness Protection Detail, Terrorism Liaison Officer, and Animal Abuse/Cruelty Investigations.

Prior to the San Joaquin County DA’s Office, Chris worked for the Galt Police Department from 1980-2006 where he had experience as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Supervisor, Juvenile Officer, and as an investigator in Narcotics.

His animal fighting investigations and experience include over 100 dog fighting and 200 cockfighting investigations while working narcotics. He has assisted other Law Enforcement agencies throughout the US with these types of investigations, and has taught dog fighting and cockfighting investigation classes to law enforcement throughout the United States, and in Brazil.

Due to CDC Guidelines and Guidelines imposed by the Governor of Nevada in response to COVID-19, the WSLREA conference has been cancelled. 


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