A Noted PI Recounts The Life of A Heroine

March 3, 2011
Hosted by Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

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After studying the tumultuous history of the Afghani’s and hearing about a woman named Meena, Private Investigator Melody Ermachild Chauvis traveled to Afghanistan to research the remarkable story of Meena, the founder of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). The result was an inspirational book chronicling Meena’s amazing life, her work, her struggles, her traumas and her tragedies against the backdrop of the ruthless Taliban that followed the years of harsh Russian occupation. Tune in to hear Melody describe the journey she traveled while using her investigative skills to create this important and timely story.

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Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

Francie Koehler’s career as a licensed private investigator includes cases that have sparked media projects. "Unsolved Mysteries" portrayed one of her missing person cases. British author Val McDermid featured her capital case in "A Suitable Job for A Woman" and true crime writer Ann Rule chronicled a case she investigated involving a missing nightclub owner entitled "In The Name Of Love." Francie drew on her investigative and retail experience to create the 3-part video, "Loss Prevention - The Big Picture." International results included an invitation to Moscow, where she spoke to Russian nationals interested in privatization. Francie is the former two-term president of both the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) and the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). Awarded by each organization for her work, she serves as Legislative Chair for both and regularly testifies before the California State Legislature regarding bills of concern to PI’s. Francie has been recognized by her state regulatory agency for outstanding service to her profession. In addition, she holds memberships in the Council for International Investigators, National Association of Legal Investigators, World Association of Detectives, and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Francie also works with the Innocence Project and holds certifications as a Conflict Mediator, Legal Investigator, Professional Investigator and Criminal Defense Investigator.

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