Mark J. Casalinova
President & CEO
Mark J. Casalinova has been a fire investigator since 1984. Mark graduated from the University of Akron with an Associates of Applied Sciences Degree in Fire Protection Technology in 1986 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Education in Fire Protection Technology in 1987.
He founded Casalinova Investigation, Inc. in Akron, Ohio in September of 1994. While working numerous fires, he taught as an adjunct instructor for the University Of Akron’s Fire Program from 1986-1992 and returned from 2000-2007 to introduce and advanced the Fire Investigations Program. Even when the National Fire Protection Association Guideline for Fire Investigators (NFPA 921) wasn’t popular, he was a huge advocate for it. Today (NFPA 921) is the most widely used fire investigation publication in the World.
Mark has been a member of three widely recognized Fire Investigation organizations, the International Association of Fire Investigators (IAAI), National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) and the Nation Fire Protection Association for over 25 years. He has instructed various seminars over the past 25 years and has testified and deposed as an expert in the field numerous times.
He has investigated fire from Washington State to Florida and most everywhere in-between. Today, Casalinova Investigation, Inc. has grown into a nationwide company because of our reputation of hiring only the best investigators.
Mark’s strong reputation for finding the TRUE CAUSE of every fire and producing millions of dollars in subrogation recovery and Arson denials is why Casalinova Investigations, Inc. remains an industry leader.
Mark has been married to his wife Kaedra since 1989 and has four children; BreAnna, Kyra, Mark Jr. and Dominic.
Aaron D. Hurd
Senior Investigator / National Consultant
IAAI-(CFI), NAFI-(CFEI, CFII)
Aaron has been with Casalinova Investigation, Inc. from 2004 –present. Aaron has two degrees from the University of Akron an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management.
Mr. Hurd is also is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator, and Certified Fire Investigator Instructor through the National Association of Fire Investigators. Aaron has been qualified as an expert witness in both Civil and Criminal cases. He has investigated over 1000 criminal and civil fire scene investigations.
Mr. Hurd has investigated fires throughout the country for both the insurance industry and manufacturing companies. He has played a key role in recovering millions of dollars through subrogation.
Most importantly Aaron’s greatest accomplishment is his wife Jennifer and his two daughters.
Akron, Ohio / National Consultant
Matthew R. Gardner
Senior Fire and Electrical / Technical Consultant
IAAI-(CFI), NAFI-(CFEI, CFII)
Matthew has been working with Casalinova Investigations, Inc. from 2009 –present. Matthew obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from Calvin College in Engineering with an Electrical and Computer Concentration.
Mr. Gardner is also is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators. His experience in the investigation of fires rang from small single-family dwellings to large multi-million dollar commercial losses.
Matthew has vast experiences in product failure analysis including technical examinations of products and appliances. He is nationally known for his extensive expertise in the failure analysis of sump pumps having tested over 1,000 pumps. He is available throughout the United States.
One of Matthew’s biggest assets is his wife Ashley and their one child.
Columbus, Ohio / National Consultant
Aaron T. Bartel
Senior Investigator / Mechanical / Technical Expert
Aaron has been with Casalinova Investigations Inc since November of 2014 – Present. He earned his Bachelor if Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996. His over 25 years of mechanical engineering experience has been engaged in the scientific investigation of the various aspects of fire origin and cause, the evaluation of electrical and mechanical accidents, product and appliance failure and analysis, and water damage claims.
Mr. Bartel has participated in the analysis and evaluation of more than 800 fires, accidents, product and appliance failures, and water damage claims. This experience includes commercial, industrial, and residential. In addition to the preparation of detailed expert reports and technical photographic documentation, Aaron has also conducted laboratory testing including: X-ray analysis, thermographic analysis, microscopic digital imaging analysis, oven testing, electronic device testing and evaluation, and product identification.
He has also developed effective trial demonstrations using physical evidence, microphotography, and video documentation of work done in the laboratory. Aaron is available for both Fire and water loss investigation analysis nationwide.
He resides in McKees Rocks, PA with his wife.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania / West Virginia Region
Tennessee Regional Manager
IAAI-(CFI), NAFI-(CFEI, CFII, CFVI)
Mr. Weaver has been with Casalinova Investigations Inc., since May 2017. He has worked professionally as a career firefighter where he was tasked with conducting and overseeing fire investigations for the
municipality. He also has worked in law enforcement with experience as a criminal investigator, and having duties which includes conducting and supervising fire/explosion scenes.
Mr. Weaver is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). He also is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, and Certified Fire Investigator Instructor through the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). He also holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science through Keiser University in Sarasota Florida.
His experience in fire investigations ranges from the investigations of single-family residential dwellings to large and complex multi-million-dollar scenes. He also has testified in criminal court on fire-related cases.
He resides in Middle Tennessee, with his wife and two children.
Tennessee / Kentucky
Jose Gutierrez Jr.
Jose Gutierrez, Jr. joined Casalinova Investigations, Inc. in February of 2020. Jose has over 20 years of Fire and EMS service, being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with the Montgomery County, MD Fire and Rescue Services. During his career Jose was assigned to the Montgomery County, MD, Fire Marshal’s Office, where he assisted in the field of origin and cause investigations and life safety code compliances. Jose is a Nationally Certified Fire Investigator, Nationally Certified Code Inspector (Level II), Plans Examiner (Level II), a Nationally Certified Instructor (Level III), as well as Maryland Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Squad Officer (Ret.).
Following his retirement in November of 2010, Jose has continued his career in the field of fire origin & cause investigations in the private sector. He first received his Certified Fire and Explosive Investigator certification through the National Association of Arson Investigators in June 2011. In May of 2012 he received his Fire Investigation Technician certification through the International Association of Arson Investigators, followed by his Certified Fire Investigator certification, also through the International Association of Arson Investigators, in March of 2016. Jose’s experience in fire origin and cause investigations ranges from single and multi-family residential dwellings, large commercial structures as well as vehicle fires.
Jose currently lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina providing fire origin and cause investigation services to the southeast region including but not limited to South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida
Myrtle Beach, SC
John A. Reid
Senior Investigator / National Consultant
IAAI-(CFI), NFBSPQ-(CFI), NAFI-(CFEI)
John A. Reid began his career as a Regional Occupational Program-Fire Control Technician in 1983. After graduating from high school in 1984, he was hired by Roseville City (CA) Fire Department as a Reserve Firefighter. He also worked as a Firefighter/EMT for the California Department of Forestry, and obtained his California State Firefighter 1 Certification. In 1994 he moved to the State of Ohio. John has over 32 years of Fire Service and EMS experience.
John has attended fire investigation courses from around the United States in the field of Origin and Cause Investigations, including courses from the National Fire Academy as well as local seminars and college courses. In 2009, John attended a fire investigator internship through Fire Explosion Consultants in Dayton Ohio. In April 2010, John became a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). While interning, John attended an International Association of Fire Investigators (IAAI) and New Hampshire Chapter IAAI Expert Witness Testimony Course, held in Manchester, New Hampshire in November 2011.
In March 2012, he became a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), and became a Certified Fire Investigator through the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications. In addition to the above certifications, John holds certifications in Ohio and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, as a Paramedic.
John maintains several professional memberships in the field of fire and explosion investigations. He is currently active in the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), and the Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. He is also an active member and past President of the Miami Valley Fire Investigators Association, located in Dayton, Ohio.
Cincinnati, Ohio / Kentucky / Indiana
CFEI, BCO, NICET Level 2, PF640, PS55, Backflow
Al Hussey joined Casalinova Investigations, Inc. in April, 2017. Al has worked professionally as a career fire inspector for over 25 years, and currently serves as a sworn and elected Fire Marshal & Fire Code Official for the Borough of Wilmerding.
He has over 17 years of professional fire fighting, training and education experience.
A graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police Academy, Al earned his ACT 120 Certification, and while attending Allegheny County Community College, he earned an Associate Degree in Fire Science & Administration.
Al has accumulated over 34,000 hours of continuing education and training in fire science and fire dynamics. He is extremely meticulous and detail oriented in every aspect of his professional career, and is determined in finding the true origin and cause of a fire event.
Al has been happily married to his wife Heather for 13 years.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania / Erie Region
Dave Whitacre began his career with Casalinova Investigations Inc. in September of 2019. Dave worked in a professional fire department for over 30 years, the last ten of which were as a sworn law enforcement fire investigator / fire inspector.
Mr. Whitacre is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) in addition to certification as a Fire Investigator through the Commonwealth of Virginia.
His experience in fire investigations ranges from single-family dwellings to large commercial scenes. He has also qualified as an expert witness in federal court related to the cause of fires
Mr. Whitacre is a frequent invited participant at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy program at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. .
Khyrstyne Quigley –M.S, B.S,NAFI-(CFEI)
Khyrstyne Quigley joined Casalinova Investigations in August of 2019. Khyrstyne attended Eastern Kentucky University where she obtained a Bachelor Degree in Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation. While attending school in Kentucky she worked as a Fire and Explosion Intern at the Victoria Crime Lab in Melbourne, Australia. Following her time at Eastern Kentucky, Khyrstyne then attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she obtained a Masters Degree in Fire Protection Engineering. Following her time at UNCC she went on to work for American International Group (AIG) as a Loss Protection Engineer.
Khyrstyne has over 10 years of firefighter training and experience. Khyrstyne has accumulated countless hours of training and education on firefighting, fire science, and fire dynamics. She is also capable of producing Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) computer fire models. Her first model was constructed while attending EKU and was later published. Khyrstyne is extremely dedicated to her career and finding the true origin and cause of any fire. She has a passion for her craft and that sets her apart from many others.
Khyrstyne currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana with her fiancé Seth and their two dogs Haix and Ruxin.
Chris Schenk began his career with Casalinova Investigations, Inc. in October of 2019. Chris has been a professional fire fighter for over 32 years. He has been doing fire investigations since 2006. He was the commander of the Indianapolis Fire Department/Metropolitan Police Department Fire Investigation Bureau from 2014-2016.
Mr. Schenk is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and Instructor through the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). He is also certified through the State of Indiana as a Fire Investigator since 2003. He has over 19 years in law enforcement.
Chris’s experience in fire investigations ranges from single-family dwellings to large commercial scenes. He has also qualified as an expert witness in court related to the cause of fires. He also has knowledge, experience and training in vehicle fires.
Joe Boisseau has been in the fire service in 1987, obtaining his Virginia Certified Fire Investigator in 1995. From 1991 – 1994 Joe was a patrol officer for the City of Colonial Heights, VA handling criminal and traffic offenses. Joe moved over from volunteer to the career side of the fire department in 1994. Joe was appointed as a Fire Marshal for the City of Colonial Heights, VA in 1998. He obtain Virginia Fire Official Certification in 2003 and his IAAI-CFI in 2005. Joe was the lead investigator for all fires, arsons, and environmental crimes. Joe has been called numerous times to assist the surrounding jurisdictions with fire investigations.
Being in fire investigations since 1995, Joe has taken advantage of the opportunity to receive fire and explosive investigation training at the FBI Academy, ATF in Glynco, Improvise Explosive Device Response at New Mexico Tech, and Terrorism Training in Anniston AL.
In addition, Joe has received hazardous materials training through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and recognized as a Hazardous Material Specialist by the City of Colonial Heights.
He is an adjunct instructor with the Virginia Department of Fire Programs for NFPA Firefighter I and II and Hazardous Materials Operations. Additionally, he is an instructor for the Virginia Fire Marshal Academy helping teach fire investigations, environmental crimes, and basic law enforcement. He is now a Private Investigator Instructor with Chesterfield Security Training Academy. Joe has taught classes in for the Virginia Hazardous Materials Conference and the Virginia Chapter of the IAAI.
Joe has been declared an expert in fire investigations by the courts in the City of Colonial Heights, City of Hopewell, and City of Petersburg. In 2004, his work led to two defendants pleading guilty to arson, 2nd degree homicide, and malicious wounding. In another case, a co-defendant plead guilty to arson for his part in a breaking and entering and grand larceny. Throughout his career, Joe has had several successful convictions for arson and various other crimes.
Joe has lived in the area of Colonial Heights and Petersburg, VA all his life. He currently lives in Chester, a small community of Chesterfield County, VA. The City of Richmond is only 30 minutes away.
Angela has been with Casalinova Investigations, Inc since April of 2017. She has an Administrative Office certification from the Wayne County Schools Career Center. She is certified in bank reconciliation, filing, keyboarding, proofreading, applied mathematics, and business writing. She is proficient with Microsoft and Google programs. Angela resides in the Wadsworth, Ohio area with her two children, Brian and Brody.
We have fire experts located all over the midwest and parts of the midwest and south. The cities that we service are Cleveland/Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Charleston, Louisville, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Tampa. We are ready for your call 24 hours of the day and 7 days a week!
3 Reasons Why Casalinova Investigations Should Handle Your Next Case
More than just a consulting firm, Casalinova Investigations, Inc. has a close working relationship with specialized testing laboratories, on-line background information, and training services.
On staff we have IAAI Certified Fire Investigators, NAFI Certified Fire & Explosion Investigators, and Certified Fire Investigation Instructors to meet all of your investigation needs.
Telephones are monitored 24 hours a day to ensure that our clients' needs are met on a timely basis.
All fires have a starting point. No matter how big or how small, fires begin somewhere. When it comes to fatal fire investigations, Casalinova Investigations, Inc is tried and tested after 23 years of service. Our fire investigators specialize in origin and cause, commerical fire investigations, arson cases and subrogation insurance claims in Cleveland, Ohio and beyond. Whether that be a residential home, a vehicle, or a commercial building, we have the tools and knowledge to get you the answers that you need.
Our fire analysis includes the basic investigative plan - determine the origin of the fire, the method of its spread through the home, the probable ignition sequence or cause of the fire, and the responsibility for its cause.
With fire investigators that hold certifications from National Association of Fire Investigators and the International Association of Fire Investigators, and constant education we make sure that nothing goes unnoticed. No matter what you need, our fire experts are here for you. Our phone lines are open 24/7, don't hesitate to contact us.
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