Executive Director/ Forensic Interviewer
Kendra Eads is the Executive Director and a Forensic Interviewer. She 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 is the Operations Director and 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.
Nurse Practitioner and Forensic Interviewer
Corrie Dudley is a Nurse Practitioner and Forensic Interviewer and has been with SEMO-NASV since 2017. Corrie graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2001, and her Master’s in Science in Nursing in 2011. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Maryville University in 2017. As a registered nurse, Corrie worked for nearly a decade at Saint Francis’s Family Birthplace, leaving to work as a Family Nurse practitioner. Corrie worked for nearly five years in an outpatient women’s health setting and then practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner in an urgent care setting before joining SEMO-NASV. Corrie is a certified SAFE-CARE provider in the state of Missouri.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Forensic Interviewer
Tracy Smith is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Forensic Interviewer. She rejoined SEMO-NASV in 2018. Tracy attended nursing school at Southeast Missouri State University but 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 originally certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Pediatric and Adult in 2011 and trained as a Forensic Interviewer the same year. As a SANE nurse at NASV and Southeast Health ER, Tracy has performed over 700 sexual assault exams and more than 200 forensic interviews. Prior to coming to NASV, most of Tracy’s 25 year nursing career has been in the area of Women’s Health, Family Health and Emergency Medicine.
Paula Martell is a Therapist and joined SEMO-NASV in 2018. Her educational background includes a BA in Psychology from University of Illinois and a MA in Counseling from Washington University. Paula is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. Her passion is helping people- whether it is a child, teen, or adult- heal from trauma. Some of the therapy approaches Paula uses includes EMDR, and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Amber Rigdon is a Victims’ Advocate and has been with SEMO-NASV since 2013. She is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Social Science at Southeast Missouri State University. Upon graduating, Amber hopes to attend Forensic Interview training allowing her to interview victims of abuse as well as continuing to fulfill her role as an Advocate.
Michelle Burgess is a Victims’ Advocate and has been with SEMO-NASV since 2018. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration through Southeast Missouri State University. Upon completion of this degree she hopes to use her education to help the agency grow through public awareness, trainings, and collaborative partnerships to ensure that all victim’s voices are heard and understood.
Leasa Stone is the Prevention/Education Coordinator for Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence and 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.
Leigh Jinks is the Prevention Specialist and has been with SEMO-NASV since 2017. Leigh attended Phillips Community College in Arkansas achieving a certificate for Phlebotomy as well as Practical Nursing. Leigh’s prior experience includes working at Pyramid Home Health for 3 ½ years as the accounts payable clerk, working with State Farm for 10 years and as a surgical nurse for 11 years in the Mississippi Fire Fighters Memorial Burn Center. Leigh is a licensed insurance agent for the State of Missouri and a Notary Public for Cape Girardeau County.
Jessica Mangels is the Intake Coordinator and has been with SEMO-NASV since 2017. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies in 2014. Jessica’s background is in Psychiatrics with Southeast Hospital.
Tucker, Therapy Dog, is a Black Labrador Retriever Mix and an alumni of the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. He has been through several basic obedience courses as well as two advanced obedience courses. Tucker earned his Canine Good Citizen title before he was one year old. Tucker became a Pet Pal through the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. As a Pet Pal, he went to local nursing homes to provide comfort to the elderly residents. Tucker was part of the D.A.R.T (Dog Assisted Reading Therapy) Reading Program at Perryville Riverside Library for children who struggle with reading. Tucker also visited Jackson School District schools to help children with their reading in the summer school programs as well as educate students on the appropriate way to greet a dog. In October of 2017, he earned the Therapy Dog International title. With this title, he comes to work with his Mom, Jessica, to provide comfort, joy and company to the children and adults that walk through SEMO-NASV’s doors. Tucker loves everyone and lives to play ball!
Amanda L. Oesch