Our Team

Carlos A. Gutierrez, M.S.F.S, Ph.D.
Science Director, Instructor, & Consultant
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Carlos A. Gutierrez, M.S.F.S., Ph.D. is TFS’s Science Director and Associate Professor of Forensic Sciences at Chaminade University of Honolulu. He received his B.S. in Public Security Administration from the Carabineros de Chile’s School in 2001. In 2016 he earned his M.Sc. in Forensic Science from Chaminade University of Honolulu, United States. In October 2020 he earned his Ph.D….

Charlotte A. Carter, M.S., D-ABMDI
Instructor
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Charlotte A. Carter, M.S., D-ABMDI is a medicolegal death investigator at the Honolulu Medical Examiners Office. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Davis in 2000. In 2003, he earned her Master of Science in Forensic Science, Advanced Investigation from the University of New Haven. Mrs. Carter’s primary area of expertise is in Death Scene Investigation…

Carmen Cerda, M.D.
Instructor & Consultant
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Carmen Cerda, M.D. is a former Medical Criminalistics Sub-Commissar of the Chilean National Investigation Police. She is an Anatomopathologist and has specialized in Medicolegal Death Investigation. Dr. Cerda is the former Director and Professor of the Anatomy and Legal Medicine Department of the University of Chile. Her primary area of expertise is Death Investigation…

David O. Carter, PhD
Instructor
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David O. Carter, PhD is Director and Associate Professor of Forensic Sciences at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Dr. Carter received his B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Idaho in 1999. In 2011 he earned his M.Sc. in Forensic Archaeology from Bournemouth University, United Kingdom. And in 2005 he earned his PhD from James Cook University, Australia. Dr. Carter’s primary…

Jennifer F. Byrnes, PhD
Instructor
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Jennifer Byrnes, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Forensic Anthropology at the University of Hawaii – West Oahu. Dr. Byrnes received her B.S. in Biology (2006) from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo. She earned her M.A. (2009) and Ph.D. in Anthropology (2015) from the Sate University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Byrnes’ primary area of research is social theory and bioarchaeology…

Ron Becker, J.D.
Film Orientation Expert
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Ron Becker completed his studies for a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Science at Sam Houston State University in 1969. He went on to finish his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Agricultural & Mechanical University in 1972. He worked with the Mineral County Montana Sheriff’s Office culminating his work there as a criminal investigator. He was responsible for all felony investigations…

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