Staff & Board

Staff & Board

Kendra Eads

Kendra Eads

Executive Director

Kendra rejoined SEMO-NASV in 2016 after previously working for the agency from 2004 to 2013. Kendra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University.
Uzma Aziz

Uzma Aziz

Operations Director

Uzma Aziz joined SEMO-NASV in 2004.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Karachi and taught Home Economics in high school for 10 years before coming to the United States in 2001. Uzma received her certification in Business Office Technology, Billing, Coding, and Excel from the Career and Technology Center in Cape Girardeau.
Beth Simmons

Beth Simmons

Physician Assistant and Forensic Interviewer

Beth has been with SEMO-NASV since February of 2020.  She is a board-certified physician assistant. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University, where she majored in biology and minored in chemistry and French. She graduated from Bethel University with a Master of Science in 2018. She has worked as a physician assistant in both family medicine and orthopedics. Beth is also a forensic interviewer and a certified SAFE-CARE provider.
Tracy Smith

Tracy Smith

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Forensic Interviewer

Tracy rejoined SEMO-NASV in 2018. Tracy attended nursing school at Southeast Missouri State University and graduated from New York State University College of Nursing in 1993 with an Associate of Science in Nursing.  In 1999 Tracy completed the Women’s Health Ob/Gyn certification program at University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Tracy was certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Pediatric and Adult in 2011 and trained as a Forensic Interviewer the same year. Tracy has also worked as a SANE nurse at Southeast Health ER.
Hope Nanney

Hope Nanney

Therapist

Hope joined SEMO-NASV in 2019. She graduated from Central Methodist University in 2008 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. She obtained her Master of Counseling in 2011 from Webster University. Hope is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. She has been trained in several trauma focused therapy models and is currently working on certifications for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Her background includes substance abuse treatment, community and home-based therapy services for rural areas, and private practice.

Rebecca Marquis

Rebecca Marquis

Forensic Support Specialist and Forensic Interviewer

Rebecca joined SEMO-NASV in 2019. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Hollins University in Virginia and has spent over 10 years working as an advocate for vulnerable populations in healthcare and non-profit agencies in Illinois and Virginia. In 2019, she completed ChildFirst training, Team Facilitator training and works with SEMO-NASV partners to coordinate services for clients and provide Forensic Interviews.
Brandie Bell

Brandie Bell

Victims' Advocate

Brandie joined SEMO-NASV in 2019. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 2010, where she also studied Social Work and earned a minor in Criminology. Brandie has a background working with the Missouri Department of Social Services.
Renee Bailey

Renee Bailey

Victims' Advocate

Renee joined SEMO-NASV in 2019. She is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors degree in Social Work. She has 10 years of experience as a Police Communications Officer.
Heather Moore

Heather Moore

Medical Assistant

Heather joined SEMO-NASV in 2019. Heather received her certification as a Nurse’s Assistant at Cape Career Technology Center in 2006. In 2008 Heather graduated from Metro Business College and received her certification as a Medical Administrative Assistant. Heather has 13 years of experience assisting medical professionals for child and adult healthcare.
Teresa Warner

Teresa Warner

Office Manager

Teresa joined SEMO-NASV in 2018. She received her Medical Office Specialist certification from Cape Girardeau Career Technology Center in 2012, showing proficiency in Medical Billing and Coding, Computerized Medical Office Procedures, Electronic Health Records, Accounting and Medical Assisting. Teresa has fifteen years of experience in Administrative Support.
Leasa Stone

Leasa Stone

Prevention Education Coordinator

Leasa Stone has been with SEMO-NASV since 2002. As a former foster parent and pediatric registered nurse, Leasa has worked primarily with children since graduating from Southeast Missouri State University in 1989 with an Associates Degree in nursing. In addition to working for SEMO NASV, Leasa has been a pediatric staff nurse at Saint Francis Medical Center since 1990.  Leasa & Pam Rampley travel to schools and other organizations in southeast Missouri discussing child abuse education and prevention.
Janet Abernathy

Janet Abernathy

Prevention Specialist

Janet joined SEMO-NASV in 2019. Janet received her Bachelor’s Degree from Southeast Missouri State University and taught junior high and high school mathematics for 13 years. She received her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling and a Psychological Examiner Certification in 1990 from Southeast Missouri State University. Janet worked as a School Counselor and Psychological Examiner for 23 years. She retired from Poplar Bluff Schools in 2013.

Our Board

Randall Sparkman

President

Christy Mershon

Vice President

Leslie Herbst

Secretary

Terry Gibson

Treasurer

Tim Goodman

Lisa Newcomer

Amanda L. Oesch

Advisory

William Kiel

Dr. Laura Holmes

Benjamin Porter

Ruth Ann Dickerson