Dr. Peace holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where she majored in Chemistry and minored in Biology. She has worked as a research technician for Liqui-Box Corporation, developing flavored bottled water and improved delivery systems for wine and condiments in bag-in-box units. She was also a research technician for Procter and Gamble in the Paper Products Division, improving diaper and feminine hygiene products.
After several years at the bench, she returned to school to receive her Master of Forensic Science degree from George Washington University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical Campus, specializing in Forensic Toxicology.
She helped develop the undergraduate program in Forensic Science at VCU. She has served as the Laboratory manager of Kroll Laboratories, a private forensic toxicology laboratory specializing in urine drug testing, where she monitored and optimized work flow of approximately 4,000 specimens per day, interpreted results and testified for clients, and trained staff and probation officers. She returned to VCU in August 2007 as the Associate Chairperson of the Department of Forensic Science.
Dr. Peace continues to consult for Kroll Laboratories and private companies developing drug testing programs. She also helps to train crime scene investigators in the Mid-Atlantic region in the identification, collection, and preservation of entomological evidence and develops and teaches forensic science workshops for elementary and high school teachers.