Dr. James Anstead joined DNA Solutions in 2013 and is the Laboratory Director. Dr. Anstead has over 15 years of experience in molecular biology, population genetics and entomology. His prior experience includes working as a Research Associate at Pennsylvania State University and Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Anstead has published numerous articles and abstracts in a variety of fields including population genetics, plant biology and entomology. He is an active member of a number of scientific organizations including the International Society for Animal Genetics, the Royal Entomological Society, the Entomological Society of America and the American Society of Plant Biologists.
Dr. Anstead received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, he received his MS in Entomology from Oklahoma State University and his PhD from University College London.
Elizabeth O’Bannon, QAS Technical Leader, Forensic Testing
Elizabeth O'Bannon joined DNA Solutions in 2014 as a laboratory technician and worked diligently to quickly advance to DNA analyst. In 2020, she was promoted to Technical Leader and Laboratory Supervisor. Ms. O'Bannon is a FBI-QAS qualified analyst and holds her individual license with the Texas Forensic Science Commission. She has tested thousands of relationship cases and participated in over one hundred seventy-five forensic cases.
Ms. O'Bannon received her bachelor's degree in zoology and biomedical sciences from the University of Oklahoma, with a minor in history of science. She completed her master's degree in forensic science at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Nick Peeples, IT Director
Nick Peeples is the IT Director for ARL Bio Pharma and DNA Solutions. Nick is a seasoned Information Technology leader and administrator with extensive service-oriented experience. His consistently level-headed approach to mediation and problem resolution, along with a customer-first work ethic, has allowed him to professionally manage the diverse needs of business and technology.
With a technical background reinforcing his management abilities he has consistently and insightfully aligned IT and business needs while working as a servant leader.
Amy Dean - Marketing / Public Relations
Amy Dean is the marketing and public relations executive for DNA Solutions, ARL Bio Pharma, and the Kupiec Group. She joined DNA Solutions in June 2007. Her responsibilities include graphic design, advertising, public relations, and the research, planning, implementation and evaluation of marketing campaigns.
Prior to joining ARL, Amy served in the financial industry for nine years.
Amy received her bachelor's degree in public relations from the University of Central Oklahoma and her master's degree in business administration specializing in leadership and organizational development from Oklahoma Christian University.
Dr. Thomas Kupiec, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Thomas Kupiec is the CEO of Analytical Research Laboratories (ARL) and DNA Solutions Inc. Dr. Kupiec received his Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy. He currently serves as a graduate faculty member at the OU Health Sciences Center and has held teaching appointments at several universities. He has published numerous articles and abstracts in a variety of fields including pharmaceutical sciences, forensic sciences and pharmacogenomics. Dr. Kupiec is often requested as a speaker at national pharmaceutical conferences and has spoken at ASHP, IACP, ACA and for state pharmaceutical associations.
Dr. Kupiec's vision of entrepreneurial research is manifested by his responsibilities at DNA Solutions and ARL, which include supplying technical expertise and business development in the pharmaceutical and forensic fields. Additionally, Dr. Kupiec offers consultation services for a variety of pharmacy related fields as well as expert witness testimony in the fields of forensic toxicology and pharmaceutical sciences. He has testified in over a hundred cases, both civil and criminal, in federal, state and municipal courts.
His professional experience includes various appointments at Northwest Toxicology Inc. (NWT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Oklahoma City Police Department. Dr. Kupiec is affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
Jonthan Krummel, CPA, CFA - Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan Krummel is the Chief Financial Officer for DNA Solutions and ARL Bio Pharma. As, CFO he oversees all financial, administrative, and information technology functions. Prior to joining DNAS and ARL, Jonathan held various roles in the finance, real estate, and investment industries.
Jonathan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a CFA Charterholder and Certified Public Accountant.
Elena Chitsey, CPA - Controller
Elena Chitsey serves as the Controller for DNA Solutions and ARL Bio Pharma. Elena was appointed as Controller by the CEO, Dr. Thomas Kupiec in March of 2012.
As Controller for DNA Solutions and ARL Bio Pharma, Elena provides oversight to and is responsible for all accounting functions within the company.
Elena has been with the companies for over 17 years and during this time she has worked in various positions with increasing responsibility. Elena is dedicated in her pursuit to develop and maintain a system of accounting policies and procedures, internal accounting controls, and manage the operations of the Accounting Department.
Elena graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Oklahoma and is a member of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board.
Dr. Nicole Vu, Scientific Director
Dr. Nicole Vu is the scientific director for DNA Solutions and our sister company ARL Bio Pharma, Inc. She is focused on ensuring the science and technology that both companies utilize is of the highest quality. Before joining the team in 2004, Dr. Vu spent over 7 years with the Federal Aviation Administration in the Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory. Her primary responsibilities included design, implementation and conducting research projects, specifically related to human toxicology.
Dr. Vu has numerous educational credentials including a bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry from The University of the Ozarks, a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology from Arkansas State University and a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from The University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center. Dr. Vu has also received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from The University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center.
Maria Engel, Laboratory Technician III
Maria Engel is a Laboratory Technician III at DNA Solutions. She has been employed since 2009 and performs tests for Species ID, Microbiology ID, and Human and Non-human Forensics. Maria received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Oklahoma City University.