Meet the Training Team

Our training team are trusted experts with real world experience in Apple®, Windows® and mobile forensic analysis who deliver practical training you can use immediately.


Matt McFadden

Director of Training
Directs efforts to provide realistic digital forensic training in our courses delivered worldwide.

Matt is an honorably retired Police Sergeant with the Clovis Police Department with over 20 years of digital forensic experience including expert testimony in state superior and U.S. federal courts. His digital forensic case work has been featured by CNN, People Magazine, New York Times, TruTV, Oxygen Channel’s show Snapped, and in the book “Caught in the Web – Inside the Police Hunt to Rescue Children from Online Predators” by Julian Sher. In addition to holding multiple industry recognized digital forensic and incident response certifications, Matt has been writing and instructing digital forensic curriculum at domestic and international venues for over 16 years. In his downtime, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering time to coach youth volleyball leagues.


Bruce Hunter

Senior Forensic Engineer
Uses his law enforcement background for researching and teaching BlackBag’s iOS and macOS training classes.

Bruce retired after 29 years of policing split between Toronto and Guelph Police Departments in Ontario, Canada.  Bruce worked in several investigative units throughout his career including; General Investigations, Youth Crime, Gangs/Street Crime, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse.  He was instrumental in creating the Internet Child Exploitation and Technological Crimes Unit at the Guelph Police.  Bruce has testified at court on both numerous Child Exploitation and Computer/Mobile Forensics cases and has been declared an expert in a number of fields in Ontario, and New York.  Bruce has lectured and presented at a number of forensic and legal conferences.


Larissa Tran

Training Coordinator
Manages support of training customers and coordinates the global delivery of courses and certifications

Larissa has a business degree from Virginia Tech and over 10 years of experience in professional training operations. She has managed over 500 courses and helped guide thousands of digital forensic examiners and cyber security professionals through training and certification on industry-leading tools. Larissa has helped make forensic training more accessible around the world by managing training partner programs and bringing expert instructor knowledge straight to the customer with onsite classes.


Stephen Villere

Forensic Engineer
A digital forensic explorer at heart, ready to use his skills to help those on the front lines.

Stephen has been in Law Enforcement since 2002 and started his career in Digital Forensics in 2003 prior to coming to BlackBag. His background includes being directly involved in creating/building two Digital Forensic Units and conducting Digital Forensic Examinations for Criminal Investigations of all types. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Information Science from Loyola University of New Orleans, a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) from the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialist (IACIS), a GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) from the Global Information Assurance Certification, and over eight hundred hours of DFIR training. He has lectured at Loyola University, University of New Orleans, and with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Train the Director Series.


Sarah Davis

Forensic Engineer
Utilizes her forensic background to deliver live online training, self-paced on-demand training and in person course instruction.

Sarah has a Masters of Science in Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from Gardner-Webb University. Sarah has experience working directly with the training and support of forensics software and instructing courses centered on digital forensics tools and software. Sarah has presented at digital forensic conferences and taught lectures at George Mason University.


Lexi Michaels 

Forensic Engineer
Develops and delivers digital forensic training curriculum in both live and virtual formats.

Lexi brings experience to BlackBag as a digital forensic examiner at a consulting company in Philadelphia. She worked for years seizing, imaging, and analyzing digital evidence in internal investigations, intellectual property theft, employment litigation, and hacking cases. Lexi’s skills have been utilized in high profile cases involving public figures. As Lexi developed her field experience, it built her desire to teach in the digital forensic community to serve examiners by increasing their case analysis expertise. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Forensics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.


Tim Thorne

Solutions Engineer
Uses his background in law enforcement to assist users with BlackBag tools and products.

Tim has been a Solutions Engineer with BlackBag since April 2016.  Before his time with BlackBag, he completed 30 years of service with the Metropolitan Police in London where, prior to roles in Digital Forensics, he worked from New Scotland Yard engaged in drugs, murder and robbery investigations across London.  He specialized in long term covert internal corruption investigations and later became the Anti-Corruption Command lab manager for network and digital forensic investigations targeting corrupt police officers and those seeking to corrupt them. He went on to become a Digital Forensic Operations Manager for the New Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism unit where he managed a team responsible for exploiting digital media associated with those engaged in acts of terrorism. Tim enjoys travelling with his family, walking his dog and recently moved to France to enjoy, amongst other things, the weather and amazing road cycling.


Justin Matsuhara

Team Lead, Solutions Engineer
Assists customers with determining which digital forensic solution fits their current workflow.

Prior to retiring as a detective in California, Justin completed California DOJ’s computer and mobile device training and conducted digital evidence exams for investigations. As a detective, he investigated missing persons, domestic violence, burglaries, major accidents, and homicides.  In 2012, Justin retired from the Navy after 20 years of active and reserve duty as a Navy SWCC.


Stephanie Thompson

Solutions Engineer
Supports both government and corporate customers by helping them become comfortable and confident with our tools.

Stephanie has a been a digital forensics analyst working in the Federal Government space for 15 years prior to coming to BlackBag. Her background is primarily in Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Intelligence investigations, but also worked closely with federal law enforcement agencies on a routine basis. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from George Mason University, and Masters of Forensic Science degree from George Washington University. She loves to tackle interesting problems in the community, and hopes to go back for her PhD in the next couple of years.


Sara Newcomer

Technical Writer
Supports the BlackBag Training, Marketing, and the Development teams by writing and editing content.

Sara has worked in digital forensics since 2005.  She spent the first part of her career teaching and creating digital forensic courses.  After that she performed digital forensic examinations for law enforcement, qualifying as an expert witness.  Sara has her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and her Master’s in Applied Information Technology.  Her Master’s thesis was A Case Study in Computer Forensics.

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