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SNA International (SNA) staff are the core of our success. SNA hires scientists, emergency responders and business professionals with significant research and operational laboratory experience to meet the needs of each customer. We also ensure an appropriate organizational fit between the individual and customer. Because SNA is a leader in forensics and biometrics and owned by a forensic scientist with 25 years of experience, we are able to attract the most talented scientists in the industry. Scientists dedicated to innovation consistently tell us that a small company run by a forensic scientist provides a more interesting work environment than a large company with investor demands and a broad array of offerings. This results in low turnover and our ability to retain top talent.


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Amanda Sozer, Ph.D.
President of SNA International

Dr. Amanda Sozer is the founder and president of SNA International, which provides expertise, education, technology solutions and management for forensic laboratory and mass fatality identification projects. She has received much recognition for her invaluable contributions to the forensic industry during 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Apart from having extensive international forensics experience, she has also… Read More


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Stephen Niezgoda, M.B.A.
Founder of SNA International

Since 2004, Mr. Niezgoda has been a trusted advisor to the U.S. Government’s national security mission, including helping to define the policies, business processes, and technologies for applying biometrics to human identification. Prior to that, he assisted several public crime laboratories in successfully implementing Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), helping to improve overall cost-effectiveness and… Read More


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Arbie Goings, A.A.S.
Director of Mass Fatality Planning and Response Services

Arbie Goings specializes in family assistance. With over 10 years’ experience in mass fatality work, his career includes many notable achievements including 9/11, American Airlines flight 587, Comair flight 5191, Continental Airlines flight 3407, the Columbia Space Shuttle search operations and several hurricane relief efforts including Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. His contributions to numerous… Read More


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Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice, M.F.A.
Editor and Communications Coordinator

Her extensive experience includes television production, new media, and publishing. She is a past Editor-in-Chief of FOLIO: A Literary Journal at American University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Educational Background M.F.A. Creative Writing, American University, College of Arts and Sciences B.A. English, Penn State University, Schreyer Honors College Resume available upon request.


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Susan Docherty Peters, M.S.
Certified Process Manager

Susan Docherty Peters, Certified Process Manager, provides expertise in management consulting, technology solutions, and health information management systems. Her management career spans 25 noteworthy years with many highlights including her 16 year term as a medical officer in the United States Air Force. She has helped both federal and other government organizations with strategic and… Read More


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Michelle Marie Beckwith, B.S.
Biological Relationship Subject-Matter Expert

Michelle Marie Beckwith provides support and input on population statistics regarding paternity and complex kinship issues to laboratories around the world. She has contributed her experience and knowledge in the DNA human identity industry to help plan and organize DNA projects. She continues to facilitate various types of laboratories at the University of Missouri-Columbia with… Read More


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Donald Bloom, B.S.
Mass Fatality Subject-Matter Expert

Donald Bloom specializes in mass fatality disaster responses. He is the author of the Victim Identification Profile (VIP Program) used by the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) / Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT). The program is used to collect ante mortem information from Reported Missing and compare it to the post mortem data collected… Read More


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Julia Powers, M.A., M.S.
Forensic Anthropologist

Julia Powers is a forensic anthropologist, body recovery specialist and forensic investigator with extensive mass fatality response and family assistance center experience. Read More… Accomplishments/Achievements: Forensic anthropologist NDMS/DMORT United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in Bosnia Law enforcement agencies ME/Coroners’ Offices Disaster response Hurricane Floyd Egypt Air plane crash Alaska Air plane… Read More


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Karoline Shannon, B.A., M.F.S.
Forensic Specialist

Ms. Shannon graduated from The George Washington University in 1996 with a Masters of Forensic Science and a concentration in forensic toxicology. From 1996 to 2012 Ms. Shannon worked for the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES), and starting in 2004, she served as the Deputy Chief of Laboratory Operations within the Division of Forensic… Read More


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Frank Ciaccio, B.A., M.P.A.
Medical Legal Expert

Mr. Ciaccio has responded to over 75 transportation accidents, terrorist events and natural disasters. He worked both in the public sector (Federal & State government) and the private sector. As a former forensic investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), he has conducted numerous trainings and educational seminars. He has been an invited guest… Read More