Board of Directors

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS is responsible for developing the policy and direction of ILE and has voting power. The Executive Director is responsible for executing the policy, direction and projects determined by the Board. The Executive Director also engages administrative and research support as needed, manages the day-to-day operations and works with other board members on specific projects (such as fundraising, publishing and dissemination of results, and research collaboration).


Forrest C. Lamb, MS, CFP [Chair-2020]

Forrest C. Lamb is the CEO/Principal of MetroScape LLC, a firm which provides outsourced GIS (geographic information system) service for very small planning companies – companies that are too small or unable to support a full-time in-house GIS function. MetroScape targets companies interested in performing work for the military. Lamb earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University and his MS degree in Aerospace Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Lamb served as the Base Civil Engineer at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans for twelve years, where he directed all aspects of facility management for the 926th Fighter Wing Air Force Reserves. His responsibilities included budgeting, planning, programming, maintenance, repair, construction and operation.

Lt. Col. Lamb is a General Engineer for the Marine Forces Reserve Facilities Branch and has served in that position since May 2006. In this position, Lt. Col. Lamb is responsible for providing professional Civil Engineering services of a planning nature to the Installation Directorate for the entire 186 MARFORRES site located in 48 of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He holds secret security clearance.

Prior to joining MARFORRES, Lt. Col. Lamb was Base Civil Engineer at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, where he directed all aspects of facility management for the 926th Fighter Wing Air Force Reserves to include budgeting, planning, programming, maintenance, repair, construction and operation. Lamb began his federal career in 1979 when he received his active duty commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps after graduation. He entered active duty at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas in June of the same year. He served 13 years active duty, all within the civil engineering career field before transferring to the reserves.

Lamb retired as a Lt. Colonel on June 1, 2007 from the Air Force after 28 years of commissioned service while serving as the Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for the state of Louisiana. Lamb is a Certified Facility Manager and is the immediate past president of the New Orleans Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Carole E. Chaski, PhD [Executive Director]

Dr. Carole Chaski earned her AB magna cum laude in English and Ancient Greek from Bryn Mawr College (1975), her MEd in Psychology of Reading from the University of Delaware (1981), and her MA and PhD in Linguistics from Brown University (1987). She has taught a wide range of students, from sixth graders through doctoral, in a wide range of environments, including prep schools, Ivy League institutions and public research universities, impoverished public schools, and ambitious community colleges over a 20-year span. Her teaching ability has been recognized in each of these environments and clearly shows in her ability as an expert witness.

While she was teaching linguistics at North Carolina State University (1990-1994), she was contacted by Detective W. Allison Blackman of the Raleigh Major Crimes Unit regarding the authorship of suicide notes left on a home computer. Using syntactic and statistical analysis, Dr. Chaski was able to show that the decedent had not authored the suicide notes, and that one roommate was a likely author. This result provided probable cause for the arrest of Joseph Mannino. During the trial of North Carolina v Joseph Mannino for the murder of Michael Hunter, Mr. Mannino confessed on the witness stand that he had authored the suicide notes. The popular television show Forensic Files produced the first episode on forensic linguistics covering this case, Letter Perfect, in 2003.

After another case with similar results, Dr. Chaski sought and won a Visiting Research Fellowship (1995-1998) at the US Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Science and Technology, Investigative and Forensic Sciences Division, where she began the validation testing which has become an increasingly important aspect of forensic sciences since the Daubert ruling. Dr. Chaski’s research included creating the first database for forensic authorship identification and resulted in a (2001) publication, which demonstrated that previously untested methods were not reliable enough for evidentiary use, while a syntactic approach produced high accuracy of authorship identifications. These results have subsequently been replicated by other independent researchers on Chaski’s and other databases.

At the urging of her NIJ program manager, Dr. Chaski founded ILE to continue the work of validation testing for linguistic evidence. She serves as Executive Director and the primary developer of ALIAS: Automated Linguistic Identification and Assessment System. Dr. Chaski programs in Python, Groovy and several database applications, having found that there are no reasons to code in LISP or Pascal anymore.

Dr. Chaski has consulted as an expert witness in Federal and State Courts in the United States, in Canada and in The Hague. Her clients include governments; major corporations; multinational law firms; major corporate human resources; federal, state and local law enforcement agencies; prosecutors; defense attorneys; plaintiff attorneys; security consultants; and private individuals working with attorneys and police detectives.  She has provided testimony using ALIAS, without any restrictions on her ability to state conclusions, after Daubert and Frye hearings in federal and state courts.

Randall W. Grubb 

Mr. Randy Grubb is an independent consultant in cybersecurity and military training, serving clients throughout the East Coast.

Mr. Grubb was formerly Vice President of Cyber Law Enforcement and Intelligence for Cypherpath LLC, a cybersecurity training and education company that provides innovative workforce development solutions to government, academic and private sector organizations, and the Executive Director and founder of the Cyber Security Research Institute at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Grubb also served as the Executive Director of the AASU Cyber Security Research Foundation. The CSR Institute and Foundation utilize the computer science, criminal justice and information technology intellectual resources of the university in support of cyber and homeland security initiatives. Through public/private partnerships the Institute developed training, technologies and methodologies relevant to cyber security, information assurance, computer forensics and internet-related investigations. Grubb was responsible for the development, implementation, and funding of the Institute’s new Cyber Affairs and Security Masters level Certificate Program. The program focused on the professional education needs in the field of cyber forensics, cyber investigations, and cyber-based policy and law. Prior to coming to AASU, Mr. Grubb was a senior instructor in the Technical Investigations Branch of the Computer & Financial Investigations Division of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal law Enforcement Training Center. He was the primary developer and program coordinator for the Cyber Counterterrorism Investigations Training Program (CCITP). The program deals with investigations and operations against terrorist and transnational related crimes and targets involving the use of computers and the Internet.

Mr. Grubb began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Department before joining the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as a Special Agent. While with NCIS, he was involved in the investigation of general and foreign counter-intelligence cases before being assigned to investigate computer crimes. Grubb was the first special agent attached to the Navy’s Fleet Information Warfare Center where he worked with the Navy Computer Incident Response Team.

Mr. Grubb serves as a fellow with the George Mason University School of Law Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security.