Forensic DNA Consulting Team

Team

Tim Schellberg

President

Tim Schellberg is the Founder and President of GTH Consulting and serves as the General Manger of GTH DNA…

Dave Reichert

Senior Director

Former Congressman and King County Sheriff Dave Reichert brings nearly 50 years of public service experience…

Lisa Hurst

Director North America

Lisa Hurst primarily represents clients in the multi-state division of the firm. She regularly consults with members…

Vanessa Lynch

Director Africa

Vanessa Lynch is a Senior Government Affairs Consultant based in Cape Town, South Africa. She represents…

Saurabh Marya

Director Asia

Saurabh is a Senior Government Affairs Consultant based in New Delhi, India. He represents clients in the Asia…

Kevin Mills

Director Latin America

Kevin Mills is a Senior Government Affairs Consultant based in Bogota, Colombia. He represents clients in…

Hanna Jones

Regional Director Europe & Central America

Hanna joined Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs as an intern…

Kyle Schroeder

Regional Director Europe, CIS, & Central America

Kyle works primarily with Central American, Western European, and Eastern European governments…

Sue Foy

Grant Manager

Sue Foy provides governmental affair services in partnership with client activities managed by firm…

Mayra Ciraiz

Guatemala Country Manager

Mayra Ciraiz Rivera is based in Guatemala City, Guatemala and provides governmental relations and public…

Ed McConnell

Thailand Country Manager

Ed is based in Bangkok and provides government relations and public affairs services to GTH-GA’s clients in Thailand…

Patricia Lee

Panama Country Manager

Patricia Lee is based in Panama City, Panama and provides governmental relations and public affairs…

Muji

Muji Novrita Surahmi

Indonesia Country Manager

Muji is based in Jakarta and provides government relations and public affairs services for GTH’s clients in Indonesia…

Tania Montoya

El Salvador Country Manager

Tania Beatriz Montoya de Amaya provides government relations, public affairs, and legal advisor services…

Salomon Nazar

Honduras Country Manager

Salomon Nazar is based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and provides governmental relations and public affairs services…

Daniela Suarez

Latin American Associate

Daniela Suarez is a Latin America Associate based in Medellin, Colombia…

Lauren Schellberg

Government Solutions Associate

Lauren joined the firm as a Government Solutions Associate in 2022. Lauren provides support services throughout the United States to selected clients…

Tania Montoya

El Salvador Country Manager

Tania Beatriz Montoya de Amaya provides government relations, public affairs, and legal advisor services…

Salomon Nazar

Honduras Country Manager

Salomon Nazar is based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and provides governmental relations and public affairs services…

Edgar McConnell

Thailand Country Manager

Ed is based in Bangkok and provides government relations and public affairs services to GTH-GA’s clients in Thailand…

+1 253.209.8818

tims@gth-gov.com

Tim Schellberg

President

Tim Schellberg is the Founder and President of GTH Consulting and serves as the General Manager of GTH DNA, a GTH Consulting Company. Tim provides business management and strategic direction to all GTH Consulting companies.

As General Manager of GTH DNA, Tim uses nearly 25 years of forensic DNA experience to manage a team of 17 people committed to advancing forensic DNA policies and projects globally. Tim is internationally recognized for his work in developing forensic DNA legislation and policy.  Tim has advised over 60 countries during their efforts to establish or expand national DNA database programs.  

Tim received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University in 1988 and his law degree from Seattle University in 1991. Upon graduating from law school, Tim served as a legal advisor and legislative liaison to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. From 1994-2006, Tim was a partner at the law firm of Smith Alling, PS.  Tim continues to serve as a senior advisor to the Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Relations firm, a GTH Consulting company.

425.599.5542

dreichert@gth-gov.com

Dave Reichert

Senior Director
Former Congressman and King County Sheriff Dave Reichert brings nearly 50 years of public service experience to GTH-GA. Dave is in Federal Delegation lobbying team , advising clients on many issues, with an emphasis on public safety and trade.
Prior to joining the firm, Dave served fourteen years as a member of the United States Congress representing Washington State’s 8th Congressional District (2005 – 2018). While in Congress, Dave was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade. Earlier in his congressional career, Dave was a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chaired the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness.
Dave began his public service career as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves before joining the King County Sheriff’s Office. His 33-year law enforcement career at the King County Sheriff’s Office culminated in Dave’s service as the elected sheriff, leading the 1,100-person organization for eight years. For a significant portion of his law enforcement career, he worked as the lead investigator on the Green River serial killer case in which 49 young women were murdered during the 1980s – the most prolific serial murder case in U.S. history. While serving as Sheriff, Dave reopened the investigation in 2001, allowing advances in DNA technology to identify the killer and solve the case.
202.251.8978

lhurst@gth-gov.com

Lisa Hurst

Director North America

Lisa Hurst primarily represents clients in the multi-state division of the firm. She regularly consults with members of state legislatures, legislative staff, state agency officials, and a variety of interest groups throughout the country. She actively represents clients in matters relating to legislative appropriations and authorizations, as well as state agency budgets and regulations. In addition to her governmental affairs activities, Lisa has become well known for her ability to organize and administer significant government research projects. In 2003 Lisa was the project manager when the firm received a Department of Justice grant to study forensic DNA backlogs and has subsequently been selected to run other government research projects.

Working in governmental affairs since 1995, Lisa has experience working on Capitol Hill for a member of Congress and as an Associate with a large Washington, D.C. lobbying firm. Her federal background and experience working with state legislative and regulatory bodies, gives her a unique perspective in working with a wide variety of client interests. A native of Kentucky, Lisa received her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio. She currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, daughter, and son.

+27 83 281 0509

vlynch@gth-gov.com

Vanessa Lynch

Director Africa

Vanessa Lynch is a Senior Government Affairs Consultant based in Cape Town, South Africa. She represents clients throughout Africa where she focuses on market development and advocacy services. Vanessa has extensive experience leading nationwide policy initiatives and working with the highest levels of government to advance dynamic legislative and policy changes.

 

Vanessa joins the firm after serving as the Founder and Executive Director of The DNA Project and The DNA Project Africa, both non-profit organizations dedicated to the use of advocacy outreach and  forensic expertise  to aid the development of DNA databases and casework programs throughout Africa. Vanessa is regarded as a key opinion leader in the field of Forensic DNA policy and law has been lauded for her leadership to drive the adoption of legislation to administer South Africa’s national DNA database, the first of its kind on the African continent. Vanessa served as Deputy Chair of the National Forensic Oversight and Ethics Board which monitored the implementation of the provisions of the DNA Act in its first five years. Prior to her work in forensic DNA, Vanessa held various legal positions, including leading the legal department for an African subsidiary of an international contactless payment solutions company.

 

Vanessa was born in Kenya and raised in South Africa where she completed her Law degree at the University of Cape Town in 1992. Vanessa is currently researching for her doctorate in Law at the University of Stellenbosch.

+91 9899696857

smarya@gth-gov.com

Saurabh Marya

Director Asia

Saurabh is a Senior Government Affairs Consultant based in New Delhi, India. He represents clients in the Asia Pacific region where he focuses on market development, strategic communications, and advocacy services.

He has extensive experience in public affairs, policy advocacy, government relations, multi-stakeholder communications, and cause-related marketing.

 

As part of the firm’s International Public Affairs team specializing in forensic DNA policy, he has been actively engaging multiple stakeholders groups across the region on policies and regulation to establish and expand the use of DNA technologies.

He has led several initiatives to raise awareness on policies in countries like India, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and Malaysia through communication campaigns, educational and training initiatives, and institutional partnerships.

 

Saurabh’s media and communications background has given him the opportunity to work for clients in sectors as diverse as technology, life sciences, manufacturing, defense, aviation, mobility, economic and social development, giving him a unique and multi-disciplinary perspective.

Previously, he has led the public affairs capability for Ogilvy India ‘PR & Influence’ practice where he successfully conceptualised, planned, and executed award-winning campaigns. Starting his career as a journalist, he has held senior editorial and production positions with news broadcasters like CNBC-TV18, CNN-IBN, and Zee Network.

 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Manipal University, India, and completed his Master’s in Business Administration (Marketing) from Durham University Business School, United Kingdom.

+57 3112759191

kmills@gth-gov.com

Kevin Mills

Director Latin America

Kevin Mills is a Senior Government Affairs Consultant based in Bogota, Colombia. He represents clients in the Latin America region where he focuses on market development, advocacy services and strategic relationships. He has extensive experience in national and regional public affairs initiatives and managing diplomatic, law enforcement and government relationships to achieve legislative and policy changes.

 

Kevin joins the firm after three decades working for British law enforcement, both in the UK and many overseas positions, including as a Regional Director for Latin America. More recently he has acted as a Senior Consultant for the Pan American Development Foundation in Washington D.C. He has worked with political, justice, police, intelligence, military, and NGO leaders throughout Latin America for the last 15 years and partnered with US and European government and federal agencies on many complex regional cooperation programs.

 

Throughout his career Kevin has led and mentored others in many serious and organized crime strategies and techniques including the use of forensic, digital, and covert technologies. In 1997 he received a national police bravery award and has been decorated since with eleven UK and foreign exemplary police service medals.

 

Kevin was born and raised in the UK where he obtained his bachelor´s degree in Criminology and a post graduate diploma in International Criminal Justice. He also has a post graduate diploma in Public Policy Management from AIPM in Sydney, Australia.

+1 360.584.4198

hjones@gth-gov.com

Hanna Jones

Regional Director Europe & Central America
Hanna has worked as a Governmental Relations consultant in various capacities at GTH-GA since 2016. Hanna serves on the firm’s International Public Affairs team, specializing in DNA policy. She currently works with a State Department-sponsored grant, advocating for public policy solutions involving DNA technology to identify missing persons and reunite them with their families, and to prevent human trafficking. In this project, Hanna has served in the position of Regional Manager for Public Policy and Legislation in El Salvador and Costa Rica since 2018. In addition, Hanna works with the private DNA industry to advance government affairs strategies, public policy and outreach in Europe.
At the Washington State Legislature, Hanna provides legislative consultation, strategy development and advocacy as a contract lobbyist. She specializes in transportation and technology public policy issues. Hanna has worked with firm clients with diverse sets of issues, including health care, technology, transportation, budget appropriations, and local government issues. Hanna has demonstrated a successful track record in assisting firm clients with development and execution of legislative strategy. She has been successful in securing millions in legislative budget appropriations for her clients and in executing creative public policy solutions to achieve client objectives.
Hanna holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Seattle University, a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from Gonzaga University, and resides in Seattle, Washington.
+1 360.929.2106

kschroeder@gth-gov.com

Kyle Schroeder

Regional Director, Europe, CIS, and Central America

Kyle Schroeder joined the firm as an intern in May of 2013. He now works primarily in the GTH DNA group. His work focuses largely on a U.S. State Department project to strengthen the legal framework in forensic DNA databasing in Central America.


Before joining GTH, Kyle interned at the Washington State Senate Majority Coalition Caucus as a policy intern, where he research a variety of state-level issues for Senate Counsel staff, including transportation, education, and labor. During law school, Kyle was a member of the University of School of Law’s Technology and Public Policy clinic. There, he worked on civil rights issues in Artificial Intelligence and on regulatory issues created by blockchain technologies. Kyle also worked as a judicial extern at King County Superior Court and the Washington State Supreme Court.

Kyle graduated the University of Washington School of Law in 2018 and Pacific Lutheran University in 2015. He speaks French and Spanish.

sfoy@gth-gov.com

Sue Foy

Grant Manager

Sue Foy provides governmental affair services in partnership with client activities managed by firm Vice President, Dave Reichert. Sue joined the firm after 14 years of working for Dave Reichert in his congressional office, holding positions of Deputy District Director, District Director, and Chief of Staff, in which she oversaw federal legislation and constituent services in the Washington, DC and District offices.

 

Prior to her congressional work, Sue spent 24 years in the King County Sheriff’s Office working her way from entry level administrative support services to supporting the Intelligence Unit; Confidential Secretary to a Division Chief; and the last 17 years as Executive Assistant to the Sheriff. Sue’s knowledge and contacts with County, State and Federal agencies provides her with an in-depth understanding in all areas of government.

 

A passionate volunteer, Sue has spent numerous hours advocating on behalf of charities that provide opportunities for sick children and for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. She previously served on the Board of Starlight Children’s Foundation of Washington State. She also served as the Secretary of the King County Police Officers’ Association for 20 years. She has two adult sons and lives in Edmonds with her husband, Charlie, and their youngest disabled son.

+502 3020-6823

mciraiz@gth-gov.com

Mayra Ciraiz

Guatemala Country Manager

Mayra Ciraiz Rivera is based in Guatemala City, Guatemala and provides governmental relations and public affairs services for GTH’s clients in Guatemala. Since joining GTH, Mayra has focused on public policy development with various Guatemalan government institutions and as an advisor in Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama.

 

Prior to joining GTH-GA, Mayra served as a consultant for the UNODC in Guatemala, a consultant for BlueForce/INL Guatemala, a legal and technical consultant for IEPADES-UNICEF, a legal/technical advisor for Civil Intelligence at the Ministry of Government of the State of Guatemala, a Foreign Service National Investigator ICE/DHS at the U.S. Embassy Guatemala, and as a legal representative in lawsuits for the National Bank of Guatemala.

 

Within the private sector she has provided professional legal services to clients in different areas, including civil, labor law, immigration, commercial, family law, disputes related to children/minors, human rights, trademarks and intellectual property, constitutional law and international private law, public notary services and legal and business specialist and advisor to local companies in Guatemala.

 

Mayra is a Guatemalan attorney, a public notary, and a graduate of the Rafale Landivar University of Guatemala with a Major in Social and Judicial Sciences, a Master Degree in Human Rights, and an MBA. She is Spanish native and is fluent in English.

+66.091.793.4913

emcconnell@gth-gov.com

Ed McConnell

Thailand Country Manager

Ed is based in Bangkok and provides government relations and public affairs services to GTH-GA’s clients in Thailand.

 

A veteran in international law enforcement & diplomacy, he is a retired US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent with 22 years of experience in national security, international criminal investigations, and crisis management.

 

After serving as FBI Supervisory Special Agent in San Francisco and Washington DC for 10 years, he spent 3 years as the FBI Assistant Legal Attaché & Acting Legal Attaché at the US Embassy in Thailand.

As one of the leading FBI officers in the region, he managed and directed the agency’s criminal, cyber, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence investigations in Thailand, Myanmar, & Laos. He was also responsible for capacity building and training with law enforcement and justice liaison partners in these countries.

 

After retiring from FBI, Ed worked in the non-profit sector as Project Manager with Immigration & Border Management Unit of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bangkok. There he was responsible for funding and execution of donor project activities with Thai governmental counterparts, including Royal Thai Police agencies to strengthen migration and border management systems, processes, policies, and capacities.

Presently, as part of GTH-GA’s International Public Affairs team specializing in forensic DNA, he has been actively engaging multiple stakeholder groups across Thailand on policies and regulation to establish and expand the use of DNA technologies.

 

A firm understanding of the political and cultural landscape of the region; strong networks in international law enforcement and diplomatic communities; and policy exposure to sectors like biotechnology, cybersecurity, defense, & infrastructure make Ed a strong asset to our clients.

+507 6676 9234

plee@gth-gov.com

Patricia Lee

Panama Country Manager

Patricia Lee is based in Panama City, Panama and provides governmental relations and public affairs services for GTH’s clients in Panama. Since joining GTH, Patricia has focused on public policy development with various Panamanian government institutions.

 

Prior to joining GTH-GA, Patricia served as the Director of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Public Security in Panama. At the Ministry, she worked on international and regional security matters, ranging from managing bilateral and multilateral security relations, negotiating cooperation agreements, and overseeing interagency projects such as the Facial Recognition and Fingerprint Database Projects at Tocumen International Airport. In addition, she was also responsible for managing the Ministry’s relationship with the U.S. Embassy in Panama.

 

Within the private sector, she worked at the Maersk Line Shipping Company within its Latin America Division as a Senior Cost Control Analyst. At Maersk, she was responsible for coordinating cost assessments related to regional operations for River Plate, Middle America, and West Coast South America Clusters.

 

Patricia is a Panamanian attorney and a graduate of the University of Panama with a bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science. She also holds a certificate in Mediation, Negotiation, and Conflict Management from the Latin University of Panama. She is Spanish native, is fluent in English and has a good understanding of French.

Muji
+62-813 3330 9798

mnovrita@gth-gov.com

Muji Novrita Surahmi

Indonesia Country Manager

Muji is based in Jakarta and provides government relations and public affairs services for GTH’s clients in Indonesia.

 

As part of the firm’s International Public Affairs team specializing in forensic DNA policy, she has been actively engaging multiple stakeholder groups across Indonesia on policies and regulation to establish and expand the use of DNA technologies.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Muji has had a long career with law enforcement and international government agencies. She previously worked 14 years as the head of the Jakarta Office Secretariat at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC), which is a joint initiative between the Indonesian National Police and the Australian Federal Police.

 

She has also worked at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as a Border Management Consultant and served as a freelance consultant and researcher for several government agencies and private corporations on areas related to security, law, infrastructure, and governance.

 

Muji holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gunadarma University in Jakarta and a master’s degree in Terrorism Studies from the University of Indonesia. She is a certified diver and enjoys traveling, looking for unique diving spots.

+503 7683 5156

tmontoya@gth-gov.com

Tania Montoya

El Salvador Country Manager

Tania Beatriz Montoya de Amaya provides government relations, public affairs, and legal advisor services for the firm’s clients in El Salvador. Since joining GTH, Tania has advanced various public sector initiatives in El Salvador and in broader regional efforts throughout Central America.

 

Prior to joining GTH, Ms. Montoya worked as a highly regarded Salvadoran attorney for nearly 30 years, first as a staff prosecutor and later as a division chief within the Attorney General’s Office in San Miguel. She has worked in civil, tax, and commercial areas of the law, representing clients in administrative and judicial proceedings for nearly a decade.

 

Ms. Montoya has worked for international cooperation programs financed by USAID, the US State Department, and the United Nations Development Program. Her work under these organizations has included leading efforts to strengthen Central American forensic capacities, improving juvenile justice response, and leading grassroots efforts to organize within the LGBTI community. She has written books and articles about many criminal justice topics.

 

Tania has worked internationally throughout her career, managing initiatives in Guatemala, Panama, Belize, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Paraguay. Her extensive network throughout Latin America, especially in El Salvador, has contributed to her expertise in government and public relations. Ms. Montoya is based in San Salvador, El Salvador.

+504 94314842

snazar@gth-gov.com

Salomon Nazar

Honduras Country Manager

Salomon Nazar is based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and provides governmental relations and public affairs services for GTH’s clients in Honduras. Since joining GTH, Salomon has focused on public policy development with various Honduran government institutions.

 

Before joining GTH-GA, Salomon served as the Public Information Officer for the Honduran Health Ministry in its Transparency Department, where he worked closely with multiple NGOs and Civil Society Organizations in the implementation of different programs to improve the overall performance of the Ministry.

 

Salomon has also worked for international organizations like the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Regional Anti-Doping Organization for Central America as a Results Management Specialist. His work included designing and drafting sports legislation for the Central American region.

 

Within the private sector, he worked at Anheuser-Busch InBev as a Legal and Corporate Affairs Counsel for its Honduras Business Unit, where he was responsible for overseeing nationwide labor and civil lawsuits, contract drafting, supplier negotiations, import of production materials and controlled substances, and stakeholder management.

 

Salomon is a Honduras attorney and a graduate of the Catholic University of Honduras with a bachelor’s degree in Law. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Law from the Central American Technological University of Honduras and an MBA from the National Taiwan Normal University. He is a Spanish native speaker, fluent in English, and has a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

+57 310.739.7281

dsaurez@gth-gov.com

Daniela Suarez

Latin America Associate

Daniela Suarez is a Government Affairs Consultant based in Medellin, Colombia. She represents clients in Latin America region and helps develop criminal policy, institutional relationships, and advocacy support. Daniela has 12 years’ experience working across Latin America on matters relating to crime, justice, and security both at the operational and policy level.


Daniela joins the firm following five years’ experience representing the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime and a further five years as Director of the “Disruptive Ideas Against Crime” Think Tank inside the Colombian Attorney General´s Office where she led research strategies to combat illicit economies, cybercrime, terrorism, and organized crime. Daniela is a well-known academic speaker and teacher having delivered keynote presentations at various national and international seminars across the hemisphere.


She is author of several articles and publications and most recently (2020) published the “Disruptive Strategy Against Illegal Drugs” on behalf of the Colombian Attorney General. She is the founding director of a US based NGO called “Disruptive Ideas” aimed at developing crime and justice projects through applied science.


Daniela studied her bachelor´s degree in Political Science at the University of Antioquia in Colombia and is currently finalizing her master’s degree in Cybercrime at the University of Rioja in Spain. She has undertaken specialist studies in Counter Terrorism at the Institute of Security Studies in Europe at the George Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany and was the recipient of a study award “Community Surveillance and the Law” from the Visiting Leaders program of the Department of State in Washington D.C.


She has received various awards and accolades including the “Pedro Alejandro Rojas Betancourt” Medal from Interpol, Colombia.

253.282.8163

lschellberg@gth-gov.com

Lauren Schellberg

Government Solutions Associate

Lauren joined the firm as a Government Solutions Associate in 2022. Lauren provides support services throughout the United States to selected clients aiming to bring their solutions to government at the state and local level. In this role, Lauren helps achieve client objectives through the creation and distribution of materials, social media promotion, and event management. Lauren also provides research and executes impactful strategies to further bring client solutions to the attention of government.


Prior to joining the firm Lauren worked as a criminal justice juvenile rehabilitation counselor and held management related positions in the food service industry.


Lauren received her MBA from Seattle University in 2021 and her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University in 2019.