DFBA Team Members Win 2018 Women in Biometrics Award

By Jennifer SchroederNovember 6, 2018

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Past and Present DFBA Team Members win the co-founded Security Industry Association (SIA) and SecureIDNews 2018 Women in Biometrics Award.

Winners will be awarded at the annual recognition dinner on November 14, 2018, in New York City. The two DFBA-affiliated team winners of the 2018 Women in Biometrics award are: Ms. Lora Sims, Ideal Innovations, Inc (I-3), and Ms. Lisa MacDonald, former Booz Allen Hamilton and DFBA (BIMA) employee now with the Department of Homeland Security.

Below are excerpts from their award nominations. Information about the award and each winner is listed on the SIA website in the related links section at the bottom of this article.

Lora Sims, Senior Biometric Examiner, Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I-3)

An International Association for Identification-certified tenprint examiner and senior biometric examiner at I-3, Sims supports the Defense Biometric and Forensic Agency's examination services branch in fingerprint, face and iris compositions. She is a co-author of a training-to-competency program on facial identification and comparisons and the main author of the facial identification training curriculum I-3 offers worldwide. She has trained hundreds of individuals in the facial identification field, including intelligence analysts, police officers and forensic artists, and has traveled worldwide to train personnel in international, federal, state, local and commercial organizations. She chairs both the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group and the Organization of Scientific Area Committees' Facial Identification Subcommittee and is a frequent presenter on facial identification at biometric and forensic conferences.

Lisa MacDonald, Director, Identity Capabilities Management Division, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

A leader in DHS' biometrics organization, Macdonald has more than 25 years of professional experience spanning all facets of organizational transformation in both public- and private-sector organizations with high-impact results. Highlights include leading a successful campaign to garner $200 million for a replacement biometric system for DHS, then spearheading the source selection; designing and executing repeatable strategic planning and implementation processes for both DHS and the Department of the Army's biometrics organizations; leading process improvement efforts for more than 100 DHS and Army processes, using interactive SharePoint functionality for enduring benefit; and serving federal clients in all facets of organizational transformation, including supporting the development of the Office of Management and Budget's performance reference model. MacDonald is a certified project management professional and previously served as an examiner for the state of Virginia's Baldrige program.

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