Women in Biometrics Awards

Recognizing Innovative Women in the Biometrics Technology Market

About the Women in Biometrics Awards

The Women in Biometrics Awards are dedicated to recognizing innovative women creating a more secure world by guiding the biometrics technology market. The Women in Biometrics Awards will be presented each year at SIA GovSummit.

More information, including details on how to submit nominations, criteria and the judging process, is available at womeninbiometrics.com.

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Women in Biometrics Awards recipients 2019

2019 Women in Biometrics Awards Recipients

  • Debra Marcopulos, Planning and Assurance Section Chief, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Dana Michalski, Science Team Lead in Biometrics, Defence Science and Technology Group, Government of Australia
  • Nicole Spaun, Senior Principal Face Biometric Expert, IDEMIA National Security Solutions
  • Sherry Stein, Identity Management Program Manager, SITA

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Previous Women in Biometrics Award Winners


  • Kelly Gallagher (NEC Corporation of America)
  • Lisa MacDonald (OBIM, DHS)
  • Colleen Manaher (U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS)
  • Lora Sims (Ideal Innovations, Inc.)
  • Anne Wang (Gemalto Cogent)


  • Kimberly Del Greco (Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI))
  • Isabelle Moeller (Biometrics Institute)
  • Liane Moriyama (Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center)
  • Stephanie Schuckers (Clarkson University)
  • Frances Zelazny (BioCatch)


  • JoAnn Buscaglia (FBI Laboratory)
  • Tovah LaDier (IBIA)
  • Elham Tobassi (National Insitute of Standards and Technology)
  • Teresa Wu (MorphoTrak)


  • Janice Kephart
  • Kimberly Mills
  • Celeste Thomasson
  • Kathy Tilton
  • Patricia Wolfhope