Allison O’Neal, MA, joined the NamUs team as a Regional Program Specialist for the state of California in March 2018. Prior to joining NamUs, she served as a Deputy Coroner, Senior Deputy Coroner, Field Training Officer, and finally, a Supervising Deputy Coroner for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. In November 2000, she won the Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County’s “Hero with a Heart” Award. Ms. O’Neal led the unidentified deceased team and oversaw the unidentified deceased cases dating back to the 1950s. In 2015, she was the co-coordinator of Orange County’s first “Identify the Missing Day.” Ms. O’Neal attended Chapman University for both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics and minor in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice.