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Dr. Adams has been involved in the medical evaluation of suspected sexual abuse since 1984, first as the director of the Sexual Abuse Evaluation Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and then at Valley Medical Center in Fresno, California. From 1994 through 2014, she was faculty in Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She also worked as a specialist in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego for 10 years. Dr. Adams currently provides expert review of cases of suspected child sexual abuse for medical providers at several locations inside and outside the United States.
Dr. Adams has published extensively in the field of medical evaluation of suspected sexual abuse and is known for the development and continuing revision of a medical literature-based tool for interpreting medical findings in suspected sexual abuse. She speaks at national and international meetings on topics of sexual abuse and adolescent gynecology, and is active as an expert witness in child sexual abuse cases nationwide.
Dr. Adams has been active in several professional organizations for physicians and is also an elected member of an honorary society for physicians involved in the field of child maltreatment, the Ray E. Helfer Society. Dr. Adams was among the first group of pediatricians to become Board Certified in the newly recognized subspecialty of Child Abuse Pediatrics.
Dr. Bechtel is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Bechtel is Medical Director, Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program; Chairperson, Yale Traffic Safety Subcommittee; Co-Chairperson, State of Connecticut Child Fatality Review Panel; and Co-Principal Investigator, Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. She received her Medical Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Rutgers Medical School; completed her pediatric residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and completed her fellowship training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Bechtel’s academic career has focused on the social welfare and medical well-being of children. Her clinical research focuses on the evaluation of children with head trauma, the prevention of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), the evaluation of children and adolescents after acute sexual assault, the evaluation of children with traumatic injuries, such as abdominal trauma, and the prevention of interpersonal violence and prevention of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in children and adolescents with injuries.
As a Forensic Nursing Specialist for the International Association of Forensic Nurses( IAFN), Diane was responsible for the collaborative development of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women’s, National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations: Pediatric (Pediatric SAFE Protocol).
Since the release of the Protocol, Diane has been providing technical assistance and training on both the National SAFE Protocol and the Pediatric SAFE Protocol. In this role, she participated in the 2017 revision of the National SAFE Training Standards and was a contributing author to the IAFN’s Pediatric Strangulation Case Review and Assessment Program.
A forensic nurse examiner with extensive experience, including program development and management, she is both online and live trainer for the Indian Health Service and IAFN Adolescent/Adult and Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Course as well as a member of the Ohio Attorney General Sexual Assault Response Training Team, a preferred trainer for the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, and the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking.
Rachell Ekroos is recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally as a forensic nursing leader, particularly for her impact in the areas of clinical services for people affected by violence, multidisciplinary responses to violence, and ethics. Dr. Ekroos is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She holds two national board certifications frostyle => "width:100%; margin-top: 50px;m the American Nurses Credentialing Center—one as a Family Nurse Practitioner and the second in Advanced Forensic Nursing.
Having served as a clinical forensic resource and consultant to numerous organizations and government entities, Dr. Ekroos contributes as an adviser or subject matter expert on local, regional, national, and international committees. Her areas of expertise include sexual violence, intimate partner violence, interpersonal violence, multidisciplinary response to violence, and ethics. In addition, she has specialized expertise in the areas of human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, and technology-enabled crimes against children.
Dr. Ekroos is committed to achieving excellence through innovative strategies and best practices. Through her analytical approach to solution development, Dr. Ekroos has enacted effective strategies across diverse business models including for-profit, non-profit, academic, and government agencies. Her solutions driven processes incorporate the needs of target populations, data informed best practices, resource availability or scarcity, organizational strategic goals, stakeholder interests, system wide implications, and potential unintended consequences.
Dr. Ekroos maintains a continued commitment to advancing evidence-based practices across the multidisciplinary teams responding to violence or mass disaster and increasing access to services for populations affected by violence. She remains actively involved in addressing social determinants of health involving exposure to violence and advancing ethically sound nursing practices. She continues to engage current partners and develop new relationships to impact practice and policy.
Dr. Ekroos actively mentors up-and-coming nurse leaders to be better positioned to serve as positive change agents across traditional and non-traditional sectors. She is a respected nurse leader whose work is grounded in the core values of personal, professional, and organizational integrity, accountability, respect for persons, and moral courage. Dr. Ekroos welcomes potential collaborations with scholars, students, community partners, governmental agencies, and industry in the overarching areas of violence, forensic nursing, public health, policy, and ethics.
Diana Faugno graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing-University of North Dakota and a Master of Science in Nursing-University of Phoenix. Ms. Faugno is a Founding Board Director for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) She is a member of the Board of Directors for the California American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.She is the current president of the Academy of Forensic Nurses as well as a retired-fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science and a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She currently is the nurse examiner at the Barbara Sinatra Childrens Center and a nurse examiner for Eisenhower Medical Center’s SART team. She is the co-author on numerous textbooks and papers on dealing with the forensic medical aspects of violence.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine
Staff Physician, Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Jordan Greenbaum is a child abuse physician who received her degree from Yale School of Medicine. She works with victims of suspected physical/sexual abuse, neglect and sex trafficking at the Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In addition, she is the director of the Global Health and Wellbeing Initiative with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. Jordan provides trainings on all aspects of child maltreatment for medical and nonmedical professionals locally, nationally and internationally. Her research interests focus on child sex and labor trafficking and child sexual exploitation.
A registered nurse for 21 years working in acute and long-term care settings including emergency services at York Hospital where she began performing Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations 16 years ago.
Holds certifications in Emergency Nursing, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-A and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner- P. Current responsibilities as the Forensic Program Manager include, direct patient service, development and implementation of policy related to forensic nursing practice, coordination of quality improvement initiatives, staff education for Wellspan Health, and serving as a consultant to community agencies for education, coordination of care, and public speaking needs. Serving as a member of Pennsylvania’s Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Committee, assisting in the development and review of Pennsylvania's minimum standard requirements for evidence collection. A member of the York County and Adams Counties multidisciplinary teams for victims of child abuse participating with case review in both counties. Serving York County Children’s Advocacy Center’s Advisory Board. Trained and participated in writing questions for the International Association of Forensic Nurses Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Pediatric examination. A member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Two peer reviewed publications written related to the care of forensic medical patients.
Nancy Kellogg completed medical school and pediatric residency at the University of Texas Health-San Antonio. She evaluates children and adolescents for suspected abuse or neglect at Center for Miracles. She is medical director of the Forensic Nurse Examiner program at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, and as Program Director, established one of the first Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowships following accreditation of the new subspecialty. She served for 6 years on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and was appointed as Medical Editor for the American Board of Pediatrics Child Abuse Pediatrics sub-board. She has presented numerous times on a variety of topics to national and international audiences.
David L. Kerns, M.D., F.A.A.P. served as the Chief Medical Officer at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California and Director of the county’s hospital-based Center for Child Protection. He is also a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Principal Investigator of CRESAC (Collaboration for Research on the Sexual Abuse of Children). His academic efforts have included the development and publication of a comprehensive medical research agenda for child sexual abuse, the ongoing development of a collaborative medical research data base, and numerous individual investigations focussed on anatomic changes in sexually abused children. He has worked in child abuse and neglect for more than 25 years and has participated in the medical evaluation of over 5,000 suspected child sexual abuse victims.
Megan Lechner has been practicing as a nurse for 20 years and as a forensic nurse for 10 years. She earned her MSN and CNS in Forensic became a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in 2007. Dual board certified as a SANE-A and a SANE-P, she is the clinical manager of Forensic Nurse Examiner Team at Memorial Hospital, University of Colorado Health in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This team provides medical forensic care to more than 1800 patients per year who are victims of violence (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse, strangulation, human trafficking).
Ms. Lechner serves as the Director of the Colorado SANE/SAFE Project, which provides medical forensic education to healthcare clinicians throughout Colorado. Ms. Lechner also serves as a Principal Investigator for the Women’s Health Study, a national research project seeking to better understand the recovery process after sexual assault. Ms. Lechner provides clinical skills training through Memorial Hospital’s Simulation Laboratory, teaching sexual assault care to clinicians from across the US, with a special emphasis on those working in rural or underserved areas. Ms. Lechner’s work on a national level includes expert testimony consultation and teaching on issues ranging from sexual violence, intimate partner violence, human trafficking and strangulation. Ms. Lechner also serves as an adjunct professor at The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, developing and teaching forensic nursing courses. In 2012, she served as an international consultant for a USAID project in Swaziland, Africa, mentoring local health care professionals in the care of pediatric rape patients with an emphasis on the prevention of HIV.
Dr. McCann served as the Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director of the Child Protection Center at the University of California, Davis Medical Center located in Sacramento, California. He has been dealing with issues of child abuse for more than 25 years and his research has helped to set the standards for the medical evaluation of children suspected of having been sexually abused. This research has included studies of children selected for non-abuse, longitudinal evaluation of the healing process of children injured as the result of a sexual assault, and the use of the multimethod examination technique in the identification of the physical changes that have resulted from this form of child abuse. Widely regarded nationally and internationally as an expert diagnostician in the field, he has conducted or supervised medical evaluations of over 10,000 child sexual abuse victims.Original author of The Anatomy of Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse: A CD-ROM Atlas/Reference
A member of Sigma Theta Tau, International, Dr. Mitchell holds a Doctorate in Forensic Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Her Master’s Degree in Nursing has a focus in trauma and forensic nursing from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Mitchell’s bachelor’s degree is in Nursing from the Medical College of Virginia. Her nursing career spans over twenty-five years with experience in critical care, emergency nursing, forensic nursing, and risk management.
Dr. Mitchell began her forensic nursing career as the coordinator of the Forensic Nurse Examiners of St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. She has served as a Director at Large for two terms, Treasurer, President- Elect and President on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).
Dr. Mitchell held the position of Deputy Chief Forensic Nurse Investigator at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office in Houston, Texas, for six years. From 2008 to 2017, she was the Administrative Director of Forensic Nursing Services and Risk Management and Patient Safety for the Harris Health System. Currently, she is a Clinical Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Forensic Health Care Program at Texas A&M University College of Nursing.
In October 2017, Dr. Mitchell was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In 2015, Dr. Mitchell was honored as one of the Top 20 Outstanding Nurses by the Texas Nurses Association District 9. She also received the Virginia Lynch Pioneer in Forensic Nursing award that year. Dr. Mitchell is a frequent invited speaker at both domestic and international nursing conferences and training seminars, and she is regularly called upon to provide expert testimony regarding forensic nursing, sexual assault, child abuse, child sexual abuse, and trauma.
Kim Nash is a Forensic Nursing Specialist for the International Association of Forensic Nurses, providing medical forensic training and technical assistance.
She earned her BSN from Regis University in 1998 and became a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in 2006. Dual board certified as a SANE-A and a SANE-P, she is also part of a team of forensic nurses at Memorial Hospital, University of Colorado Health in Colorado Springs, Colorado who provide medical forensic care to more than 1800 patients per year who are victims of violence (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse, strangulation, human trafficking). She served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) 2012-2014, and is a Past President of the Colorado Chapter of IAFN. Additionally, she provides clinical skills training through Memorial Hospital’s Simulation Laboratory, utilizing live models and teaching sexual assault care to clinicians from across the US, with a special emphasis on those working in rural or underserved areas. In 2012, she served as an international consultant for a USAID project in Swaziland, Africa, mentoring local health care professionals in the care of pediatric rape patients with an emphasis on the prevention of HIV. Ms. Nash was involved as the medical consultant for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for a project addressing the response to sexual gender based violence in Egypt and in August 2015 and October 2016 she traveled to Cairo to teach. She was involved with a similar international project (2017) with the IAFN and IACP addressing organized crime and gender-based violence in Mexico.
Tracy O’Brien has been practicing as a registered nurse since receiving her BSN in 1997 at York College of Pennsylvania.
Her nursing experience includes, medical-surgical, ambulatory surgery center, emergency department, electrophysiology, and forensic nursing. She has been a practicing sexual assault nurse with WellSpan Health’s Forensic Examiner Program since 2001. Through the Forensic examiner program, she provides forensic services to patients in the emergency department/hospital and at 2 local Children’s Advocacy Center. As program coordinator since 2011, she assists in managing the daily functioning of the program, policy development related to forensic nursing practice, best practice research, staff/hospital based/community education, and 100% peer review of examinations provided by the program.
SANE-A certified since 2006 and SANE-P certified since 2008. She co-presented “Who Said What”, a pediatric case study presentation through IAFN/Tribal Forensic Health Care. She is a member of the Multidisciplinary team in York and Adam’s County participating in case review for victims of abuse. She serves as a member on the York County Sexual Assault Alliance Committee, the York County Task Force for Human Trafficking, and the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, serves as the Chief Executive Officer, overseeing all programming offered by the Association, including the annual conference and all grant-funded projects and programming.
She comes with 30 years nursing experience, with a focus on forensic nursing since 1995. She presents nationally on a variety of forensic nursing-related topics, including sexual assault and abuse, intimate partner violence, strangulation, child maltreatment and program management and sustainability. Jennifer's work at a national level includes being Interim CEO and Past-President of the International Association of Forensic Nurses where she served on the Board from 2006-2010, serving as a consultant for the Southwest Center for Law and Policy’s SAFESTAR Project, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's SANE Sustainability Project. In addition, Jennifer has written, edited and reviewed state-specific protocols and customized protocols for hospitals, SARTs and tribal communities. Jennifer was a contributing author for the most recent edition of the Atlas of Sexual Violence; co-authored USAID's Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence and Exploitation, Technical Considerations for PEPFAR Programs, has contributed to Forensic Health Online; has published in the Journal of Forensic Nursing as well as the Journal of Emergency Nursing; and has edited the STM Learning text Violence Against Women, co-authoring the chapter on strangulation in the living patient.
Heather Rozzi is a core faculty member in the New York Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency.
Since 2004, she has served as the Medical Director for the York Hospital Forensic Examiner Team. The Team cares for approximately 400 adult and pediatric victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, elder mistreatment, and child abuse per year. She has written and lectured extensively on forensic topics including domestic violence, child and elder maltreatment, ballistics, sexual assault, human trafficking, and the link between family violence and animal cruelty. Heather currently serves as Chair for the Forensic Medicine Section of ACEP. She is co-editor of the revised ACEP handbook, Evaluation and Management of the Sexually Assaulted or Sexually Abused Patient, and is co-developer of a web-based curriculum on clinical forensic medicine.
Ralph Riviello is Professor and Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations, Department of Emergency Medicine, at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
In addition to being a board-certified emergency physician, he holds a Masters in Forensic Medicine. Dr. Riviello also serves as Founder and Medical Director for the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Center. Dr. Riviello is also a member of the Advisory Panel and Faculty for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. He is the editor of the textbook, “Manual of Clinical Forensic Emergency Medicine: a guide for clinicians”. He is a Past-President of the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians and Past-Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians Forensic Medicine Section. Dr. Riviello Co-chaired the committee that revised the American College of Emergency Physicians handbook, “Evaluation and Management of the Sexually Assaulted or Sexually Abused Patient”. Recently, Dr. Riviello served on the Advisory Panel that created “A National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical, Forensic Examination-Pediatric” (a project of OVW) and the planning committee that produced the “SANE Program Development and Operation Guide” (a project of OVC).
Patricia M. Speck graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing in 1982 (BSN), 1985 (MSN), and 2005 (DNSc). After retiring from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing as the DNP Public Health Nursing and DNP Forensic Nursing Concentration Coordinator, she joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing in the Department of Community Health, Outcomes, and Systems.
Currently, Dr. Speck is a Professor and Coordinator of the graduate Advanced Forensic Nursing program. She is internationally recognized as a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and expert in advanced forensic nursing care of patients experiencing an intersection with the legal system. She consults with the Department of Justice as a subject matter expert, with universities, and internationally in Africa, Eurasia, the Caribbean, and Central, South and North America with governments, universities, institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations to evaluate and implement infrastructure change in response to victims of violence. As a forensic nursing practice expert and researcher, she develops policy, evaluates programs and builds nursing workforce capacity through publication, education, and violence prevention initiatives. Her research currently focuses on health outcomes following violence and DNA detection. She was President of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (2003-2004), Chair, American Public Health Association's Family Violence Prevention Forum/Caucus (2011-2013), Her awards include: Fellow American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2008), Distinguished Fellow, International Association of Forensic Nurses (2001) and Distinguished Fellow, Academy of Forensic Nursing (2018), and Fellow, American Academy of Nurses (2002). She is the recipient of over 25 awards and received the Lifetime Professional Impact Award from End Violence Against Women International in 2017.
Dr. Vargas-Whale is the Medical Director and Attending Physician for the CARE (Child Abuse Resource & Evaluation) Team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. Dr. Vargas-Whale graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch medical school in 2005, and completed her pediatric residency in 2008 at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. After graduation, Dr. Vargas-Whale served as an Indian Health Services Scholar and staff pediatrician for the Choctaw Nation Health Service Authority in Oklahoma. Her practice emphasis was in the area of behavioral health and child development. In 2012, Dr. Vargas-Whale entered into fellowship training in Child Abuse Pediatrics at The University of Utah and Obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Science Investigation, graduating in July 2015. Dr. Vargas-Whale is Board Certified in both General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.