Volunteer since 2013 in Certification.
Early in his law enforcement career, Dave became aware of the Computer Forensic Unit within his agency and immediately knew that he wanted to transition to that unit. Unsure of how to get started, he signed up for digital forensics courses in his area to learn more about the field. At his first class, Dave met Eric Oldenburg, who was already a Computer Forensic Examiner in the very unit that Dave wanted to join. Eric became a mentor for Dave, facilitated long-term shadows with him and the unit, and ultimately advocated for Dave when a position opened in the unit. This example of mentorship really made an impact on Dave, inspiring him to look for opportunities to give back to the community and to support other forensic examiners with their goals and careers. Dave attended BCFE and earned his CFCE in 2012. He immediately jumped in to serve as a peer review coach the following year.
Aside from his work as a police detective in Phoenix, Dave creates free software for digital forensic examiners that he releases under his business, Breakpoint Forensics (breakpointforensics.com). When not working, he enjoys a busy life with his wife and their five children (ages 1 to 17), including a girl whom they fostered since she was 4 days old. Having a love for the outdoors and hunting, the family likes to camp in the middle of nowhere for a week. Dave is also an avid mountain biker and hits the trails to recharge his batteries.