Introducing Amber

By Rogue Heart,

Meet Amber

Client Relations Manager, Musical Mom, and Housing advocate

Introducing Amber

“Every case has its own story, its own world.” – Amber Roy

Twenty years ago, Amber Roy and Josiah Roloff, shared the same workplace and similar interests in digital forensics. Their professional paths diverged, eventually meeting again when Amber joined Roloff Digital Forensics (RDF) in late January. Having a trifold love for relations, technology, and servant leadership, Amber saw an opportunity to be creative at RDF. The daughter of Shriners and a nurse, servant leadership and relationship management runs in the family. Her work/life balance harmonizes through creativity: she, her husband, and her children are all musicians.

On working at RDF, “[e]very single person here is solution-minded. Their approaches are going to be completely different [with unique perspectives]. I work with people who genuinely enjoy one another. It’s impossible to not be creative in an environment that promotes that kind of growth and culture.”

 

Being the Cheese

Amber wears many hats as the Client Relations Manager, SCRUM master, Evidence Custodian, and Continuous Improvement Manager.

“I am the person that puts folks together. [Clients] have a problem and we have folks here that can help solve that problem. And I’m here to be the cheese.” Can you tell Amber grew up in Wisconsin?

RDF’s services and expertise span the expanse of technology from the Consumer Internet of Things (CIoT) to consulting on prosecution or defense in criminal cases or military-related cases.

“We’re creating a path, a footprint everywhere we go. And sometimes folks need help preserving that information. Sometimes they need our examiners to analyze the information and document what they find. Our focus is to be factual to those that we serve.”

 

What is digital evidence? 

Amber and her colleagues help clients understand digital evidence through intentional processes, including but not limited to: 

  • Photo restoration
  • Authentic documentation 
  • Document verification
  • Recovering deleted material
  • Discovery 
  • Record preservation 
  • User journeys

“There are people behind every problem. It’s really important to be sensitive to that fact. For us, we want to make forensics understandable to the people that come to us for help.”

 

No day is Groundhog’s Day

“You’re constantly learning. There’s never not a day that you don’t learn at least five new things. I love that about our firm. These five new things can be about the people I’ve known for so long. About the technology [that] I think I’m great at using then learned how to make my life so much easier.”

Wall art that says "Be a voice, not an echo"

An ideal coworker is not a copy

“Diversity is hugely important here, especially with our size. You’ve got to have that comfort among the group. It even takes some interpersonal risk. You might not necessarily want me to be honest, but I’m going to be. That’s important because Inspecting, adapting and moving forward are all part of the agile process with our data, individual culture and how we interact.”

 

Passing down, giving back

Amber is a first-time homeowner learning about yard work and upkeep. As she makes a home, she cares about the housing crisis in Spokane and wants to help direct people to resources. Or she wishes for a million dollars to build affordable housing. 

Right now, my volunteerism has been funneled into some of the things my parents raised me with.” Amber’s parents were street riders part of the Northwest Car Club. The club provides scholarships for kids wanting to continue their education and helps people get access to cars.

Amber is involved in the community and finds it in special places. A video game lover, she found a second family in the World of Warcraft community when she was a stay-at-home mom.

In her spare time, Amber reads medieval lit and poetry, keeps learning, and plays music with her family. Already a cellist and violinist, Amber’s husband is teaching her how to drum and play bass guitar.

Want to jam with Amber? Apply to join our team! 

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Meet Josh

By Rogue Heart,

Joosh Michel smiling in professional attire

Meet Josh

Senior Forensic Examiner with 8+ years in the field, Photographer, and Dad

Growing up playing video games, old game consoles, and building his first computer, Josh has always had a fascination with technology and the digital forensics field. The industry is ever-evolving, fast-paced, and RDF is on the cutting edge of what’s possible in evidence and legal technology.

“Not only is technology a kind of living, breathing entity,” says Josh. “You could be part of a case that creates new laws.”

To keep up with big tech, Josh and other examiners at RDF frequently attend trainings and update certifications (such as Cellebrite) and document learnings from conferences and programs. Roloff Digital Forensics’s examiners juggle research to keep up and adapt to changes in technology, testing of the evidence, and production, where someone goes to present the evidence.

“Part of forensics is you test your theory and the theory should be repeatable and verifiable. That’s what makes the evidence solid. Otherwise it’s an opinion.”

A father, artist, and Indigenous rights advocate, Josh is more than an examiner. He’s a truth seeker.

And truth reveals itself through art, continuous learning, and curiosity.

“It kind of drives us to find information,” says Josh, “to prove or disprove what might be presented as the truth. Then to keep an open eye or keep an open mind about it and try to show it and tell [clients] the best way, that I think, is representative of the truth.”

An enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation in northwest Montana, Josh reaches out to various Native government agencies in his downtime. His interest lies in Native American industries, legal systems, and people. He also offers his services to help locate missing individuals.

“It’s an epidemic that I think most people don’t know about. Indigenous communities have a very high rate of going missing, especially young women.

But that’s the first thing I think of…taking the skills and the talent that I have and making a difference. Especially with young people. I think that’s what’s closest to my heart.”

Offline and unplugged, Josh and his family go for bike rides, runs, or to the park. The family squeezes in screen time, too, when they play video games together.

Chest-down photo of three people using cellphones

Stay on your toes: Digital forensics is an ever-changing playbook

“One of the most exciting parts about this job is just being a part of that creative aspect of the law, the creative aspect of understanding what’s possible with technology and evidence.”

Josh changes lenses as an examiner and a photographer.

“I love art in general. And you wouldn’t think that digital forensics would be an art, but the art form comes in the person that presents it to the person that collects it. The person that analyzes it, and then ultimately tells you about it. Which is kind of like an artist. An artist collects data. Whether it’s a picture, a moving image, they collect the information to show you or tell you something.”

Interested in working with teammates like Josh? Apply today to become the next Roloff Digital Forensics Examiner.

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