Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Parker Recommends Board of Directors for Proposed Houston Forensic Science Center



May 17, 2012 -- Mayor Annise Parker today recommended to City Council the appointment of a nine-member board of directors for the proposed Houston Forensic Science Local Government Corporation (LGC). The names and resumes of the mayor's selections were forwarded to City Council in advance of a June 6, 2012, request to council to formally create the LGC and confirm the nine member panel.


"The people I have selected have varied backgrounds in science, law enforcement, public policy, business and defense of the accused," said Mayor Parker. "Their perspective will be invaluable as we proceed forward toward my goal of a crime lab that is truly independent from law enforcement, prosecutors and political influence. I said we would get this done during my second term in office and we remain on track to meet that timeline."


The mayor is recommending the following for the board of director's:


  • The Honorable Scott Hochberg, Texas House of Representatives, District 137
    (The mayor is recommending Representative Hochberg for chair of the board.)
  • Enrique V. Barrera, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Rice University
  • Willie E. B. Blackmon, retired, Judge Advocate, United State Air Force
  • Nicole B. Ca'sarez, Professor, Communication Department, University of St. Thomas
  • Donna Fujimoto Cole, Founder, Cole Chemical and Distributing, Inc.
  • Art Contreras, retired United States Marshal, Southern District of Texas
  • Marcia Johnson, Professor, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Catherine Lamboley, retired, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Shell Oil Company
  • Sandra Guerra Thompson, Professor, University of Houston Law Center


Once created, the Houston Forensic Science Center LGC will oversee operation of an independent center providing the city and area communities with accurate and timely analysis of forensic evidence and related services.