Ms. East, an international court qualified Forensic Document Examiner, is Ethics Officer of the International Association of Document Examiners, the organization that certifies and monitors the profession, which has less than 2,000 practitioners in the world. East is also holds a Masters in Graphology, and a member of the International Graphoanalysis Society, the British Society of Graphoanalysts and a member of the Association of Qualified Graphologists. In this regard, East stands out as the first woman of color practicing in both fields of this elite profession in the world.
Beverley East, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but raised and educated in London where her family had immigrated. After working 14 years in the private and public sector in London, she took a leap of faith making an unusual career change to study handwriting analysis. She subsequently established her company Strokes & Slants in London. Ms. East migrated to Washington, DC to join her husband. She has practiced the science of Forensic Document Examination for over twenty six years becoming a leading expert in a male dominated field. As an international court qualified expert, many government agencies retain her for her expertise in areas of fraud and money laundering matters.
Ms. East facilitates accredited, sold out seminars through the General Legal Counsel. She designed an 18 month course in Document Examination and trained members of the Jamaican Constabulary Force Technical Division in 2012. She trains bankers and insurance brokers hosted by the Jamaican Financial Institute Services. This year the first accredited two year course taught in Forensic Document Examination in the Caribbean region in collaboration with JFIS and Gomex Institute of Technology. She also provides profiling for recruitment selection for major corporations in the U.S.A, Brazil, and Jamaica.
Her opinion was used in a 2009 television documentary by National Geographic on the Anthrax letter, "Uncover History-Hunting the Anthrax Killer" which aired nationally and internationally. Another significant examination resulted in a $4.5 million settlement for a DC attorney from the Smithsonian for authenticating the 18th century explorer Alfred Wallace's 1,700 item collection. A request from the Washington Post came in 2014 for her to analyze signatures of historical figures such as Fredrick Douglass, Jacqueline Kennedy for the National Archives exhibit.
Her TV appearances include Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC Homepage, BET Africa and Fox 5. She has been interviewed by the Washington Post, Emerge Magazine, Golf Digest, Pen World, HR Magazine and Womans World. She has hosted several radio shows on RJR 94FM in Jamaica, 'Frank and Upfront', 'Tell me About it', and 'Living True' and is a frequent guest on US radio (WMAL, WOL, WHUR, WMZQ and USA LIVE).
She was appointed to the Ethics Committee of the International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) and served as the 2015 Conference Chair of the first annual conference held in the Caribbean region, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
East is also a successful author. After appearing on "Good Morning America" with Diane Sawyer, her first book "Finding Mr. Write" (Random House) became an international best seller. In 2003, she returned to Jamaica to research and write "Reaper of Souls," the story of Jamaica's historical 1957 Kendal train crash. During her sojourn, she discovered not only her family's history, but a niche market professionally in the area of white collar crime. She now dominates the Caribbean region examining documents in Trinidad, Turks and Ciaos, Antigua, Bahamas, The British Virgin Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
Ms. East has received many literary accolades and fellowships. Both from the International Calabash Literary Festival and from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) is where she completed her third book "Bat Mitzvah Girl - Memories of a Jamaican Child" (selected by the Jamaica Library Service National Reading Competition). She is currently working on her fourth book - a mystery series based on some of the cases she solved as a document examiner. She commutes between her Jamaican and Washington, DC offices.