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Meet The Team

 Our team members bring years of experience from a variety of backgrounds to help our clients solve their cases with investigative genetic genealogy. We view our clients as collaborators, communicate with them regularly, and work one-on-one throughout the process.

 

 

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Christa Stalcup

Director of Investigative

Genetic Genealogy

Christa Stalcup was an early adopter in the field of genetic genealogy. Testing in 2011 in the hopes of solving her unknown father mystery, she has spent nearly a decade learning, mentoring, and being an active leading member in the genetic genealogy community solving unknown parentage and misattributed paternity cases. As a recognized expert in this emerging field, not only has Christa worked with individuals to fill in the missing branches of their family tree, she has consulted with and trained others in techniques and methodologies of genetic genealogy.

Jennifer Moore

Director of Investigative

Genetic Genealogy

Jennifer Moore, an Investigative Genetic Genealogist and Licensed Private Investigator in Virginia, comes to the team with genetic genealogy experience dating back to 2014 and ten-plus years of traditional genealogy. She has solved hundreds of unknown parentage searches since her start in genetic genealogy in 2014. Jennifer is experienced in using DNA profiles from crime scenes and unidentified remains along with investigative genetic genealogy techniques to determine how closely related two people are. This methodology produces leads to the identity of unknown subjects. She has a particular interest in working the toughest of DNA cases (e.g., searches involving: matches who share relatively low centimorgan counts, pedigree collapse, endogamy, uncommon ethnicity, and recent immigration). Working the last few years of her career as a legal assistant has also driven her to use her skills to assist law enforcement, and families of victims to gain hope for answers from some of the most devasting times of their lives, in making sure the right persons are held accountable for their actions.

 

 

S. Ashley Link, Attorney At Law

Director of Client & Media Relations

Ashley Link, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in the State of Virginia, has been licensed to practice law in the State of Virginia since 2016 and in North Carolina since 2018. While attending Regent University School of Law, she interned in the local Commonwealth's Attorney office and upon graduation practiced criminal defense until she took her current position as an assistant prosecutor. Ashley graduated in December 2015 with her Juris Doctor degree and a master's degree in government. She hopes to bring her skills and knowledge from her combined background to the team to continue helping victims, families, and law enforcement receive closure.

Jen Spears

Law Enforcement Liason

Keith Prince, City of Emporia Sheriff

Client & Media Relations

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Jen Spears

Law Enforcement Liason

Jen Spears is an experienced homicide/cold case detective in the state of Florida. She has been a deputy since 1999, the majority of that time spent in criminal investigations serving in a variety of assignments. She has collaborated with numerous agencies around the nation through her casework and has received several accolades for her accomplishments in cold case investigations. Jen also serves on several boards and advisory commissions pertaining to cold cases and homicides. She recently resolved a 1984 cold case using genetic geneaology and has a passion for helping other detectives using the same process.  

Keith Prince, City of Emporia Sheriff

Client & Media Relations

Keith Prince, Sheriff of the City of Emporia, Virginia, has been in law enforcement since 1998, bringing over twenty-two years of experience with him working with the Emporia Police Department before becoming a sheriff in 2018. Having criminal cases adopted on the federal and state level has built a variety of long-lasting relationships to help make the city of Emporia a safer place. In 2010, he received the Public Service Award from the United States Attorney General for his role in a case that eventually led to the arrest for two unsolved homicides in Florida and twenty arrests total. Working as a General Instructor and a Field Training Officer throughout his career, he was able to pass along his skills to others and still is not hesitant to assist in any way today through his role as sheriff and working with the community. Keith has joined the team to continue helping others because he knows how important it is for victims and families to have closure.

Katherine Turner, LPC

Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit

Client & Media Relations

Family & Victim Advocate

Katherine, a Licensed Professional Counselor, brings over fifteen years of experience in human services, advocacy, and public speaking. After working at Jackson-Field Behavioral Health Services for over a decade assisting children who have experienced trauma, she completed her professional counseling degree in 2014 and has since been able to help the community where she resides at large. Katherine is currently the Director of the Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit, Child Advocacy Center in Greensville County. She works with children and adolescents who have been victims of a variety of crimes and maintains close relationships with law enforcement in ensuring the best services are provided, and the victim's voices are adequately heard through the justice system. Katherine hopes to use her skills as part of the team to help victims and families understand the process and advocate for them in any way possible through the justice system.