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Mailing Address:  6755 Business Parkway, Ste 303, Elkridge, MD 21075

(p) 410-626-7805
(f) 410-626-7804
Email:  info@ForensicNurses.org

 

   

Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P 

Chief Executive Officer 

410-626-7805 ext 107

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Jennifer Pierce-Weeks 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 was responsible for creating the Association's adult/adolescent and pediatric online SANE trainings and implementing the Online Learning Center. She has served IAFN in various roles including Chief Operations Officer, Education Director, Interim CEO, and Board President. She brings nearly 30 years of nursing experience, focusing on forensic nursing since 1995.

 

Jennifer presents nationally and internationally on a variety of forensic nursing related topics, including sexual assault and abuse, intimate partner violence, strangulation, child maltreatment and program management and sustainability. In addition, Jennifer has written, edited and reviewed state-specific protocols and customized protocols for hospitals, journal articles, SARTs and tribal communities.  

 


 

 

 

Bonnie Barsa 
Project Manager - Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training Project

410-626-7805 ext 109

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Ms. Barsa manages the Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training Project  (www.tribalforensichealthcare.org) which launched in March 2013.  The Indian Health Service (IHS) has funded the Association to develop, deliver, and evaluate in-person and web-based training related to the identification, collection, and preservation of medical forensic evidence obtained during the treatment of victims of sexual and domestic violence. 

 

Ms. Barsa has 30 years of experience in the non-profit sector which has focused on education and certification of professionals in various industries.

 


 

 

 

Pam Bruggeman

Meetings & Events Manager

410-626-7805 ext 101

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 Pam brings more than 20 years of experience to her role as Meetings and Events Manager.  Pam works with the planning committee to organize the conference and manages the logistics for the conference.  She also arranges other meetings and events for the Association.

 


 

 


Andrea Cavanagh

Online Learning Coordinator

410-626-7805 ext 108 

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Ms. Cavanagh has provided administrative support to Association staff and projects since 2011. Since joining the organization full time in 2012, she has primarily focused on supporting the Certification program. Currently she supports a variety of education programs and activities. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with a concentration in accounting. After 5 years of accounting/finance experience, she expanded her education to include law enforcement and worked 7 years on the road with some undercover assignments and specialized task force work.

 


 

 

Diane Daiber, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P 

Education Director

 410-626-7805 ext 114

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As Education Director, Ms. Daiber works to strengthen the quality of medical forensic care through the development and delivery of quality education.  She offers expert training and technical assistance to sexual assault forensic nurses and allied professionals. A forensic nurse examiner with 35 years of nursing experience, including forensic nursing program development and sustainability under her management, Diane has been an integral member of Sexual Assault Response Teams in her community, the Ohio Attorney General Sexual Assault Response Training Team, a preferred trainer for Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, and the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking. Additionally, she presents the Association's Adolescent/Adult and Pediatric SANE courses, and lectures globally on a variety of forensic nursing related topics.

 


 


 

Kim Day, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P 

Forensic Nursing Director

410-626-7805 ext 103

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Mrs. Day serves as the Forensic Nursing Director, providing content expertise and leadership on issues of Forensic Nursing Practice, Policy and Protocol.  She continues to be the lead Technical Assistance provider for the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance (SAFE-TA) Project that is funded by the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. A forensic nurse examiner with 40 years of nursing experience—as well as program development and coordination expertise—Mrs. Day consults on all aspects related to the medical forensic examination in sexual assault cases, training standards, and the SAFEta.org website. In collaboration with expert faculty, Ms. Day has developed and delivers two-day multidisciplinary Regional Training for Communities that seek to create or improve medical forensic examination protocols.


Kim presents nationally and internationally on a variety of forensic nursing related topics, including sexual assault and abuse, intimate partner violence, strangulation, child maltreatment and program management and sustainability. In addition, she has written, edited and reviewed the state-specific protocols and customized protocols for hospitals, journal articles, SARTs and tribal communities.  

 


 


 

Sarah Jimenez-Valdez

Executive Assistant

410-626-7805 ext 102

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Sarah Jimenez-Valdez has provided support to the organization since April 2018. She joined full time in October 2018. She serves as the Executive Assistant, by providing support to the CEO and assisting with various projects. Sarah has a passion for working for the under-served population and thus has been in the non-profit sector for over 13 years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services from the University of Arizona. Sarah most recently worked in the field of domestic violence where she focused on administrative projects while also providing community education. Sarah also has a background in women’s health issues and security. Among Sarah's skills, are organizational development, in which she's worked with organizational culture and the Enneagram personality typing tool. 

 


 


 

Dreama Kirby

HR and Finance Coordinator

 410-626-7805 ext 110

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Dreama brings over 15 years of accounting, HR and customer service experience to her role as HR and Finance Coordinator. She began working with the Association in 2013, before joining the organization full time in 2014. If you have questions about the Marketplace, general finance inquiries, or overall office operations, Dreama is eager to assist.


 


 

 

 

Kathleen Maguire, BSN, BS, JD, RN 

Certification Director 

410-626-7805 ext 106

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Kathleen Maguire serves as the Director for the Association's certification program (e.g., SANE-A; SANE-P; and in collaboration with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), AFN-BC via portfolio). 

Immediately prior to joining IAFN, Ms. Maguire had worked at ANCC as a Senior Editor--the only nurse in the department responsible for developing professional certification examinations for 36 different nursing specialties. Ms. Maguire began her career as a neuroscience research nurse at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), While at NIH, Ms. Maguire decided to obtain a law degree from Georgetown University, where she was hired upon graduation as a legal researcher, writer, and editor. 


In addition to her full-time work addressing any and all issues related to forensic nursing certification, she has served as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Forensic Nursing and as the co-editor of the Core Curriculum for Forensic Nursing.

 


 

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Kim Nash, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

Forensic Nursing Specialist

410-626-7805 ext 117

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Kim Nash serves as a Forensic Nursing Specialist, providing training and technical assistance. Ms. Nash has been a practicing registered nurse for 19 years. She has made her impact in the field worldwide. At the local level, she has been a practicing SANE in Colorado Springs, CO. She is also a Colorado state SANE/SAFE Project Trainer. Nationally, her involvement includes teaching on issues ranging from sexual violence, intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and strangulation. In 2012, she was one of two forensic nurse consultants for an IAFN/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 has been a highly involved member of IAFN, serving on the IAFN Board of Directors as Secretary (2012-2014), as a Past President of the Colorado Chapter of IAFN (2011), and as a consultant on a number of IAFN projects.

 


 

 

 

Angelita Olowu, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

Forensic Nursing Specialist

410-626-7805 ext 104

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Angelita Olowu serves as a Forensic Nursing Specialist, providing training and technical assistance. 

She has 10 years of nursing experience, and has practiced as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) since 2010. She received her certification for SANE-A in 2015 and SANE-P in 2016. Within her role as a full-time forensic nurse at Hillcrest Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, OH, Angelita provided education and leadership to the forensic nursing staff,  guidance around her patient population to the Hospital, and community education and outreach to various entities including schools, colleges and universities, and others on prevention and caring for those who have experienced trauma of personal violence.

 

She has served as a member of a hospital based Domestic Violence Committee, a hospital-based Child Protection Team, and the Cuyahoga County Child Advocacy Center Advisory Committee. She is a member of various professional organizations including IAFN, the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team, and the Civil Rights Task Force. Additionally, she serves on a committee with the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking. 



 

 

 

Christina Presenti

Membership Manager

410-626-7805 ext 120

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Christina Presenti serves new, existing, and future IAFN members to ensure folks are taking advantage of everything IAFN has to offer including its community, programs, training, and access to experts that IAFN provides. Christina is happy to chat with and answer anyone’s questions about becoming a member and joining the IAFN member community. Call, email, reach out anytime and tell a friend too!


Christina has a deep dedication to empowering victims of violence and healthcare providers that care for them. She previously held positions at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the New Hampshire Coalition of Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Bridges Domestic and Sexual Violence Support, her local crisis center. Christina is a graduate of Assumption College and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global Studies with minors in Women's Studies and Economics. She is happy to help with any membership questions or needs!

 

 

Stacy Robertson 

Finance Director


410-626-7805 ext 100

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Since joining the Association in 2006, Ms. Robertson has worn many hats.  As one of only three employees in the Association's early years, Ms. Robertson has done everything from answering the phone to managing the store to staffing the registration desk at the annual conference.  In her current role as Finance Director, you're most likely to find her chasing down credit card receipts or triple checking our daily ledger to make sure the Association's finances are in order.

 


 

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Ecoee Rooney, DNP, MSN, RN-BC

Continuing Education Manager

410-626-7805 ext 116

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Ecoee Rooney serves as the Continuing Education Manager, working, leading Educational initiatives, and administering the Association’s ANCC Provider and Approver Units. Dr. Rooney has worked in Nursing Professional Development since 2002, in nursing leadership since 2004. She worked with victims of crime from 2000-2013 in the role of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (Adult/Adolescent), with victims of trauma since 1999 as an Emergency Department Nurse, and with people with disabilities from 1996-2009. She is board certified in Nursing Professional Development and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Adult/Adolescent.

Dr. Rooney served as the Chair for the Rape Crisis Network of New Orleans from 2005 - 2007 and was instrumental in serving to reconnect and rebuild sexual assault forensic services and networks in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She has been a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses since 2000 and has served in numerous roles supporting the organization such as Awards Committee member, Disaster Planning Task Force, Awards Committee Chair, webinar presenter, and consultant.




 

Sarah Tucker

Communications and Technology Director

410-626-7805 ext 105

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Ms. Tucker manages the Association's Communications and Technology.  She has been with the Association since 2012, first managing the SANE Sustainability Project and later managing the Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training Project and serving as the Online Learning and Technology Director.  She has 18 years of experience in the domestic violence/sexual assault field, including more than a decade providing training, technical assistance, and advocacy in the US and internationally.  She has written several journal articles and delivered Congressional testimony on the use of technology to perpetrate violence against women.  Sarah holds a bachelors degree in Rhetoric/Writing and Foreign Languages and has completed graduate work in cybersecurity.

 




 

Amy Valentine

Education Coordinator

410-626-7805 ext 115

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Ms. Valentine provides administrative support to Association staff for live training and continuing nursing education. She has supported certification and membership in her time at IAFN and is excited about the opportunity to offer her skills ensure successful training and educational opportunities for our members. 

Ms. Valentine has over 20 years of experience in administration, finance, and customer service. Prior to joining IAFN, she spent 15 years providing administrative support to the Emergency Department and then the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, MD.

 



 

 

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