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.

Bailey Payne

Bailey Payne

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Bailey joined SEMO-NASV in 2020. She attended the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center where she obtained her License in Practical Nursing in 2014. Bailey graduated from Southeast Health College of Nursing and Health Sciences with an Associates of Science degree in Nursing in 2017 and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2020.

Tamra Ray

Tamra Ray

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Tamra joined SEMO-NASV in May of 2020. She attended Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences and obtained an Associates of Science in Nursing in 2015.  She has been employed at Southeast Health ER since 2015 as a RN. In 2017, Tamra became SANE trained and has been practicing at Southeast ER as a SANE nurse since.

Megan Hecht

Megan Hecht

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Megan joined SEMO-NASV in the summer of 2021.  She is a board-certified nurse practitioner as well as a certified SAFE-CARE provider.  She completed her bachelors in nursing in 2012 from Murray State University and practiced as a registered nurse for greater than 5 years.  She then went on to graduate with her Masters as a family nurse practitioner from Southeast Missouri State University in 2016.  She has practiced in primary care and most recently emergency medicine since that time.

Dr. Lauren Miller

Dr. Lauren Miller

Medical Director

Dr. Miller, a certified SAFE-CARE provider, joined SEMO-NASV as Medical Director in April 2020. She graduated from medical school in 2013 after attending Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Miller completed her Emergency Medicine residency training at Lakeland Health. Since 2017 she has been an attending physician in the Southeast Health Emergency Department.

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 more than 13 years of experience assisting medical professionals who provide both child and adult healthcare.

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

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.

Angel Haslett

Angel Haslett

Advocate

Angel joined SEMO-NASV in 2020 after completing her practicum with the agency. She graduated from Lakeland Community College with her associates degree in Social Work in 2018 and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2020 with her bachelor of science degree in Social Work.

Rhonda Wilson

Rhonda Wilson

Advocate

Rhonda joined SEMO-NASV in 2021. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2020. Rhonda is currently enrolled at the University of Missouri – Columbia taking online courses in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Rhonda has a background of over 20 years in Rural Healthcare Management and in 2019 became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteer.

Teresa Warner

Teresa Warner

Office Manager

Teresa Warner joined SEMO-NASV in 2018. She received her Medical Office Specialist certification from Cape Girardeau Career Technology Center in 2012 where she studied medical billing and coding, computerized medical office procedures, electronic health records, accounting, and medical assisting. Teresa has fifteen years experience in administrative support.

Alix Gasser

Alix Gasser

Development Director

Alix joined SEMO-NASV in 2021. She has a background in marketing, membership, recruitment, and business development. Alix received her Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Southeast Missouri State University in 2010. In 2015, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurship also from Southeast Missouri State University.

Cindy Burlingame

Cindy Burlingame

Therapist

Cindy joined SEMO-NASV in April of 2021. She graduated from Park University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California. Cindy is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and is pursuing certifications in both. Cindy is also pursuing certification in sex therapy from the Buehler Institute in Newport Beach, California. Cindy has worked in both private practice as well as psychiatric hospitals and in crisis stabilization units. She also has experience working with active duty and retired military members.

DeAnna Whittaker

DeAnna Whittaker

Therapist

DeAnna joined SEMO-NASV in 2020. She graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2007 with her Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She obtained her Master is Social Work in 2009 from Missouri State University. DeAnna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker trained in several trauma focused therapy models including ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) and is currently working on certification in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Her background includes residential and acute, community mental health, behavioral health and private practice.

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 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

Lisa Newcomer

President

Christy Mershon

Vice President

Leslie Herbst

Secretary

Terry Gibson

Treasurer

Wes Blair

Advisory

Amanda Oesch

Advisory

Tim Goodman

William Kiel

Laura Holmes

Benjamin Porter

Ruth Ann Dickerson

Barb Gleason

Morgan Nesselrodt

Phillip Heimbecker