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Friday, April 19, 2024 and / or Saturday, April 20, 2024

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The 1st Annual Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE): Strength in Knowledge Symposium, is an exclusive event crafted to empower and elevate the skills of SANEs through continuing professional development. Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to advance your expertise and make a significant impact in the critical field of sexual assault nursing. Join us for two days of empowerment, learning, and professional growth.

Day 1 of the conference is dedicated to all SANEs, both Novice and Experienced, and any other nurse interested in becoming a SANE. This day will cover a wide range of topics relevant to sexual assault care, providing valuable insights and updates for both seasoned practitioners and those new to the field.

Day 2 is specifically designed for Novice SANEs only, defined as those who have completed all the didactic components per the NCBON requirements and have completed fewer than 5 Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs). This day offers a full day of hands-on clinical skills refresher, allowing Novice SANEs to hone their skills under the guidance of experienced instructors.


Josh Stein

Josh Stein, was sworn in for his first term as North Carolina’s 50th Attorney General in 2017 and his second term in 2021. As Attorney General, he is focused on protecting North Carolina families from crime and consumer fraud. His Department of Justice houses the State Crime Lab, which is working to test the backlog of sexual assault kits and help law enforcement find new leads to move cases forward and bring closure to sexual assault victims. Stein and the Department of Justice are also working to train more Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners so our state is better quipped to provide expert, compassionate care and facilitate healing.

Skye David, JD,

Skye David, JD, is the staff attorney at North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and has been in the intimate partner violence field for well over a decade. She specializes in policy, Title IX, and campus communities. The effects of her work have been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, Marie Claire, NBC News, among other outlets.

Michelle Hannon, BS

Michelle Hannon, BS, NC SBI Special Agent, began her career in biotechnology, contributing to a startup focused on genetic research for neurodegenerative diseases and stroke rescue programs. In 2004, she transitioned to the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory as a forensic DNA analyst, eventually rising to supervisor in 2018. Michelle led the SAK outsourcing project, aimed at testing older sexual assault kits to provide closure for survivors. In May 2022, she took on the role of North Carolina Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Tracking and Information Management System (STIMS) administrator, showcasing her dedication to operational efficiency and comprehensive approaches within the field.

Elizabeth A. Goodman, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, FNP-C, AFN-BC, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P

Elizabeth A. Goodman, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, FNP-C, AFN-BC, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P, has been a nurse for 29 years, worked in the ED setting for 20 of those years, and a SANE for the past 26 years. She is currently the APP for the Child Protection Team at Atrium Health Wake Forest Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston Salem, works PRN as a SANE in both the adult and pediatric emergency departments and has a small pediatric primary care practice in Winston Salem. Elizabeth has participated in research and assisted in authorship of publications related to HPV vaccination following pediatric sexual abuse, SANE nurse burnout, and pain and somatic symptoms following adult sexual abuse. Elizabeth has been recently certified to teach Trauma Informed Care to various populations.

Holli E. Sink, PhD

Holli E. Sink, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist and the Chief Program Officer at Southmountain Children and Family Services. Dr. Sink obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Miami University and completed her Clinical Psychology pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, where she received specialized training in childhood trauma through the Center for Child and Family Health. Dr. Sink is a certified consultant for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a Level 1 Trainer for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and a Master Trainer for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) trauma-informed Resource Parenting Curriculum. She has been with Southmountain since 2012 and helps operate the agency’s residential foster community, eleven Children’s Advocacy Centers, , and evidence-based mental health program.

Katherine M. Wasowski, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE-P

Katherine M. Wasowski, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE-P, has almost 11 years of experience as an emergency department nurse and has been a dedicated Sexual Assault Nurse examiner since 2019. Kate cares for the adult and pediatric populations and it was her experience as a SANE that motivated her to return to school. Kate’s doctoral project focused on developing a mentor model for newly trained SANEs to reduce burnout and increase longevity. Kate will confer her degree with East Carolina University this July 2024.


Katherine (Kat) Ariano, MSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A/P

Katherine (Kat) Ariano, MSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A/P is the Population Health Nurse for Duke Health’s Foster Care Clinic where she currently serves children who have entered foster care in the surrounding counties. Prior to this position with the Foster Care and Child Abuse team, she managed the SANE Program with Duke Health. Her nursing career began in Duke University Hospital Emergency Department, and in the Duke Health Transfer Center. She became a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) 2016 and has been practicing since. In August 2020 she completed her MSN in Nursing Informatics and is passionate about leveraging data and technology to identify and assist vulnerable populations.

Angela (Angie) D. Alexander, MSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC, FAEN

Angela (Angie) D. Alexander, MSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC, FAEN, is a board certified Advanced Forensic Nurse and has been a member of the IAFN since 2004. She is the SANE coordinator of Charlotte Metro Atrium Health Sexual Assault Team and Domestic Violence Healthcare Program responds to 10 Atrium Hospitals in the Charlotte area. Angie is the president of the Metrolina ENA chapter; and has previously been the NC IAFN state president and the ENA state president. She was inducted into the Academy of Emergency Nursing as a fellow in 2022 for her work in forensic nursing. Angie has worked in the Emergency Department at Carolinas Medical Center for 34 years.

Corrie Jolly, MSN, CPNP-PC, SANE-A, SANE-P,

Corrie Jolly, MSN, CPNP-PC, SANE-A, SANE-P, is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner providing child medical evaluations in Western North Carolina, as well as the President of the NC Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nursing. Corrie was the second full-time Forensic Nurse at UNC Medical Center, working to develop the Forensic Nursing program and nursing response to child maltreatment in the Emergency Department. Corrie has a degree in Sociology and Legal Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, BSN from Emory University, and a MSN from the University of NC at Chapel Hill. Corrie works to provide compassionate, trauma-informed care for families, promote safe environments for children, and disrupt multigenerational violence. She conducts SANE training statewide to improve access to services, especially in rural and underserved communities.


Deb Flowers, MSN, CPNP-PC, SANE-A, SANE-P, is the Medical Provider for the Moore County and Harnett County Child Advocacy Centers. She also serves as the Medical Services Coordinator for the Child Advocacy Centers of North Carolina. Deb has been a nurse for 38 years, retiring from UNC after 31 years. During this time, she worked in the UNC Emergency Department for 19 years and then transferred to the Department of Pediatrics where she worked for 12.5 years with the NC Child Medical Evaluation Program as the Nurse Consultant. Deb continues her work with UNC by working with the Beacon Team seeing children for maltreatment concerns.

Heather Waleski, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, SANE-A

Heather Waleski, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, SANE-A is a Family Nurse Practitioner for the Atrium Health Child Protection team. In her role Heather conducts Child Medical Evaluations for children who may have experienced child maltreatment in the form of neglect, physical or sexual abuse, in the outpatient and inpatient setting. Heather was previously the Forensic Program Coordinator at Atrium Health Union in Monroe, North Carolina for 7 years. Heather has been a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner since 2008 and has been teaching SANE training courses since 2011. Heather is currently one of the lead SANE content experts for Fayetteville State University’s SANE training.