Coroner Staff

Orlando Portillo - Chief Deputy Coroner

Honor Graduate from Crown College, Tacoma, WA with an Associates of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor's in Public Administration with further studies in Practical Homicide Investigations. Honor Graduate from San Joaquin Valley College, Visalia, CA as a Medical Assistant. National Registration as a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) since 1993 and member of American Medical Technologist since 1993. Completed Medicolegal Death Investigator training course at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Illinois State Certified Evidence Technician, with further training in Interviews & Interrogations, Grade Crossing Collision Investigation. Employed with Lake County Coroner's Office since July 2003.

Michael Reid - Deputy Coroner

Graduate of Deerfield High School. Graduated Iowa State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Pre-Med. Additional course work in Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Abnormal Psychology and Counseling. Completed Medicolegal Death Investigator training course, St. Louis University School of Medicine and is an Illinois State Certified Evidence Technician and Lead Homicide Investigation. Received training in Arson Investigation, Response to Terrorism, and Accident Investigation. Certified by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Employed by the Coroner’s Office since July 2003.

Jason Patt - Deputy Coroner

Graduate of Niles North High School. An 8-year military veteran with qualification as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, with service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Completed the Department of Defense Police Academy, as well as with the State of Illinois Corrections Academy. Previously employed with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support instructor.  Special training in interviews and interrogation along with suicide prevention and crisis intervention. State of Illinois Certifications in Evidence Technician, Lead Homicide Investigation, Lead Narcotic Investigation, Accident Investigation, Crisis and Hostage Negotiation and Handcuff Instruction. Certified in Advanced Homicide Investigations and Cold Case Investigations.  Along with Deputy Reid, runs the satellite location for Safe Kids Chicago and is certified as a Senior Child Passenger Safety Technician.  Employed with the Lake  County Coroner’s Office in September, 2007.

Kathie Galvani - Sr. Laboratory Technician, Forensic Lab

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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa. Graduate of the Medical Technology program from Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. Registered Medical Technologist (MT) with American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Certified as a Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.

Previous work experience includes Laboratory supervisor of Hematology, Blood Bank and satellite lab at Highland Park Hospital/Consolidated Medical Labs and a senior clinical research position at Abbott Labs, Diagnostics Division.

Employed with the Lake County Coroner’s Office since June 2013.

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