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Kara LaTessa RN, MSN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program Manager at Children's Mercy Hospital

Kara LaTessa is a registered nurse, who has been certified as a SANE nurse (or sexual assault nurse examiner) since 2010. She recently graduated with her Masters of Science in Nursing degree, with a focus on Forensic Nursing. Starting in the adult/adolescent world, she now specializes in pediatric and adolescent abuse and sexual assault and works as a SANE Program Manager at Children's Mercy Hospital. Kara holds dual certifications as both a SANE for adults and pediatrics (or children). She works with children who have been abused - and especially with those who have been sexually abused. Kara is a leader in her field and serves on a number of boards and councils to counter child abuse and sexual assault. Her current work role includes performing forensic and medical exams on children who have been victims of sexual assault, following up with victims and their families after discharge, communicating with law enforcement and the FBI, serving as an expert witness, and educating the healthcare staff and others on child abuse and sexual exploitation.

Heidi Olson RN, MSN, CPN, SANE-P
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program Manager at Children's Mercy Hospital

Heidi Olson is a registered nurse who has her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing, with an emphasis in public health. She is also certified as both a pediatrics nurse and a SANE (or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner). Heidi has a wide range of experience in pediatrics and forensic nursing. She works as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program Manager at Children's Mercy Hospital. Her current role includes working with children who have been abused and sexually assaulted, performing forensic exams on children who have been victims of sexual assault, communicating with law enforcement and child protective services, and serving as an expert witness in criminal trials. Heidi has worked closely with child victims of assault and their families, and has presented around the United States about various aspects of child abuse, including human trafficking, child-on-child sexual assault, pornography, and the abuse, exploitation and sexual assault of children. Heidi serves on a number of boards and groups, including leading the human trafficking work group at Children's Mercy - and she organized Empower KC, a community event to raise awareness about sexual exploitation in Kansas City.

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