Category Archives: About

NFSTC publishes 2010 Annual Report

NFSTC is proud to present our Annual Report for 2010. This year’s report is aptly themed, “We Deliver”. In 2010, NFSTC was honored to deliver more services to a wider variety of agencies and stakeholders than ever before.

Some impressive deliverables for 2010 included:

  • 55 case resolution assists for the NamUs program
  • 33,596 training hours to professionals from across the country
  • publication of 12 technology evaluations through the Center of Excellence
  • launch of the Forensic Innovation Center
  • assessment of almost $150 million in NIJ grant awards

This demand for services drove total revenue up 75% and added 16 additional staff positions to the organization. And once again, NFSTC was ranked a Best Places to Work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

To view the eBook version of the report online, click this image: Click to view the full digital publication online

or download the report.

NFSTC a 2011 Best Place to Work

NFSTC is proud to be selected by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as a 2011 Best Places to Work finalist–the third year in a row.  The organization is among 57 companies named for this honor in four size categories.   The Tampa Bay Business Journal  has been recognizing the area’s Best Places to Work for six years, and the event is highly regarded in the region.

“Every member of the NFSTC team makes this organization a great place to work every day,” says Kevin Lothridge, CEO.  “We consider it an honor to do the work that we do, and we are proud to be considered one of the best companies to work for in Tampa Bay.”

Winners will be announced at the 2011 Best Places to Work Awards luncheon on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the New Safari Lodge at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. For more information, please visit:

Students learn about forensic science careers

A student searches for evidence in NFSTC's mock crime scene.

Students from two Pinellas County schools participated in tours of NFSTC’s training warehouse.  The event, coordinated by Junior Acheivement of West Central Florida, was part of their Groundhog Shadow Day, an opportunity for students to visit business to learn about various career fields. 

Nearly 20 high school students and their teachers spent the morning marking mock crime scenes to learn about crime scene investigation; learning some of the basic forensic tests that investigators perform like using alternative light sources and chemical identification tests using Raman technology; and asking questions of scientists about careers and opportunities in forensics.

NFSTC chemist Kirk Grates explains mobile chemical detection technology to students from Pinellas County.

Forensic science and crime scene investigation are gaining mainstream popularity as career opportunities due, in large part, to television shows depicting the work of medical examiners, CSI teams, forensic anthropologists and others. 

Learn more about forensic science careers:

  Forensic Science: A Career for You?

NFSTC’s Thureson named a CFO of the Year finalist

Dennis Thureson, financial services manager, has been named as a finalist for CFO of the Year.

NFSTC is proud to announce that Dennis Thureson, financial services manager, has been named to the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s list of finalists for 2011 CFO of the Year.  This is the second time Thureson has received this honor.

An NFSTC team member since 2000, Dennis has seen a great deal of growth and expansion and has been instrumental in developing innovative ways to manage all aspects of the organization’s financial health and stability.  His efforts have included restructuring the financial systems to incorporate a high level of compliance and ensure solid audit outcomes, establishing policies, procedures and controls to assist project managers, and increasing transparency.

Dennis is a Florida Certified Public Accountant and has worked as a Chief Financial Officer for both profit and not-for-profit organizations.  He is an active member of the American Institute for CPAs, the Florida Institute for CPAs, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the honorary accounting fraternity of Beta Alpha Psi.

The winner will be named at a luncheon on February 24, 2011.

NFSTC is now on Facebook!

Check the NFSTC Facebook page for updates from forensic science conferences and events.
Most recently, Kevin Lothridge, CEO, and David Epstein, COO, attended the ANZFSS 2010 International International Symposium on Forensic Science in Sydney, Australia.  More than 1,000 other forensic service professionals were in attendance and shared expertise and ideas from around the globe.