About Diane Nelson
My name is Diane Nelson, and I graduated with my MA in Human Services - Criminal Justice Leadership from Concordia University in 2006. My undergraduate degree is a BA from the University of St. Thomas, in Criminal Justice/Sociology, with a Minor in Legal Studies. I have been employed by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office since 1996, and since 2001 I have been assigned to the Crime Laboratory Unit, as both a Crime Scene Investigator and a Certified Latent Print Examiner. I also have a sub-discipline as a blood stain pattern analyst, and I am the technical lead for the Crime Scene Section. I was previously assigned to the Background Investigation Unit, the Court Security Division, and the Adult Detention Center.
At Concordia as an Adjunct Faculty member, I have taught the Capstone Class in the MA program and the Criminal Justice Portfolio in the BA program. I have also been a Capstone reader for students in the MA program for several years. My educational philosophy is that learning should be interesting, fun and meaningful.
I am married to my best friend, Sam, and we have a daughter named Olivia, who constantly keeps us on our toes.