2020 Conference Information

The 36th Annual Nebraska IAI Educational Conference

April 7-8, 2020 - CANCELLED!

On behalf of the Nebraska Division of the International Association for Identification, we regret to inform you that due to the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Nebraska IAI Board of Directors has decided to cancel this year’s NEIAI Educational conference scheduled for April 7th and 8th, 2020.

An emergency NEIAI board meeting was held via teleconference on March 16, 2020. Our decision to cancel was based off guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the health departments from the State of Nebraska, Lancaster County, Douglas County and the recommendation from the parent body IAI.

We deeply apologize for this inconvenience, as we know that all of our LEOs are mandated to attend annual continuing education training. However, we have to follow the CDC guidelines, and more so, we don’t want to take unnecessary risks, and potentially expose our members to a virus.

Due to the uncertainty of the future spread of COVID-19 to the State of Nebraska and all of our communities, the NEIAI Board has made the decision not to hold the 2020 conference. Instead, our goal is to have the same instructors and curriculum when we gather again for the 2021 conference.

In regards to the paid or pending 2020-2021 membership dues:

Membership/conference dues reimbursement will be offered to all registered. However, if you would like to remain as a member of the Nebraska IAI for the fiscal year 2020-2021, please let Mariana Ward (NEIAI Secretary/Treasurer) know and she will keep your name on the membership list.

We are asking that ALL who registered please send an email to mariana.ward@nebraska.gov ASAP indicating whether or not you want to remain a member of the NEIAI for the 2020-21 year.

For those choosing to maintain their membership:

-  If your dues have already been paid, they will be automatically applied toward the 2020-2021 membership.

-  If your dues have not been paid yet, please send a check (no PayPal invoices will be issued) to:

Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory

Attn: Mariana Ward / Nebraska IAI

3977 Air Park Rd.

Lincoln, NE 68524

For those choosing to terminate their membership:

-  If you choose to have your membership dues reimbursed, a PayPal reimbursement will be issued to all who paid electronically.

-  If your dues have been paid by a personal or an agency check, the Nebraska IAI will be issuing a reimbursement check.  Please provide an address and a name of the person that the check should be sent to.

Please keep in mind that maintaining your annual membership with the Nebraska IAI is important for all needing to take the IAI’s re-certification in their respective discipline, as well as for running for a position on the Nebraska IAI BOD in the future.

If you have not already done so and would like to renew your membership or apply for new membership, you may do so at the following link:


In regards to the Board of Directors (BOD) election for the 2020-2022 positions:

Due to the unforeseen circumstances, the Nebraska IAI BOD has decided to suspend the elections this year, and will retain the following BOD members in their current positions for another 2-year term:

·  President: Robert Hurley (Lincoln Police Department)

·  Secretary/Treasurer: Mariana Ward (Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory)

·  Board Member at Large: LaVone Tienken (Federal Bureau of Investigations)

·  Historian: Antonina Anderson-Trumble (Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory)

·  WebMaster: Joshua Connelly (Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Division)

The elections will resume in 2021, as per the By Laws schedule, at which time the Vice President, Board Member at Large and the Newsletter Editor positions will be up for election.

Based on local health concerns regarding COVID-19, we feel that it is our responsibility to do our part to lessen the spread of this pandemic, and to protect our membership and the larger community. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we regroup for the 2021 Nebraska IAI conference, and work through this situation together.

Robert S. Hurley


Nebraska Division of the International Association for Identification