Dr. Stacey Mitchell, chair of the Houston Forensic Science Center's board of directors, is a clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing. She previously served as the administrative director for Harris Health System’s Risk Management/Patient Safety and Forensic Nursing Services. Dr. Mitchell has more than 20 years of experience as a forensic nurse, and has been a key contributor to a diverse team that helped eliminate Houston’s backlog of 6,663 sexual assault kits and researched what created the problem. In 2015, the International Association of Forensic Nursing awarded Dr. Mitchell the Virginia Lynch Award. This is the highest award the association bestows on individuals who have made exceptional contributions to forensic nursing.