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Clinical Ethics Fellowship – Charles W. Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics-IU Health –Methodist, Indianapolis, IN
Certificate in Clinical Ethics – May 2013

Thomas M. Cooley Law School-Lansing, MI
Juris Doctor
Certificate of Merit – Family Violence Project
Moot Court Competition – Finalist and Winner – Trinity Term 2006
Externship – Child Advocates, Inc., Sept – Dec 2006

Northern Kentucky University -Highland Heights, KY
Post Master’s – Pediatrics Course

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

Master’s of Science in Nursing, Primary Health-Adult Nurse Practitioner

Currently certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners through October 31, 2019

North Dakota State University-Fargo, ND
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing

North Dakota State School of Science-Wahpeton, ND
Certificate of Practical Nursing


  • 2007 – Present Indiana State Bar-licensed as an Attorney
  • 1996 – Present Indiana: Nurse Practitioner
  • 1990 – Present Indiana: Registered Nurse
  • 2001 – 2006 Michigan: Nurse Practitioner
  • 2001 – 2006 Michigan: Registered Nurse
  • 1990 – 1988 North Dakota/Minnesota: Registered Nurse
  • 1989 – 1991 Texas: Registered Nurse
  • 1982 – 1988 North Dakota/Minnesota: Practical Nurse


January 2010 to Present – Solo Attorney – Guardian Ad Litem and Guardianship Practice

November 2009 to Present– IU Health – Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
July 2007- Dec 2007
Nurse Practitioner/Forensic Nurse Examiner
Evaluation and treatment of patients with non-urgent chief complaints
Evaluation and treatment of sexually assaulted patients from ages 14 and older
Responsibilities as previously employed 1995-2003

April 2010 to September 2011– Nurse Practitioner – Logistics Health Inc. – LaCross,
Wisconsin – DOD contractor – performed Periodic Health Assessment for US Army National Guard, US Army Reserve, US Marine Corps Reserve, and US Navy Reserve Service members

Dec 2007 – August 2009
U.S. Army
Lieutenant Colonel – Chief of Iraq-Based Industrial Zone (I-BIZ) operations
Worked with U.S. combat forces, Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT)-State Department, Air Force Installation Command, Local Iraqi Officials, and Iraqi businessmen to build a sustainable enduring economy

Operations Officer for 371st Sustainment Brigade – Officer in Charge for a logistics brigade that moved supplies, fuel and other commodities in the Iraqi Theater of Operations.

May 2007 – Dec 2007
Community Health Network, Castleton Medcheck, Indianapolis, IN
Sept 2009 to July 2012
Nurse Practitioner
Provide primary/urgent care to patients from infant to the elderly population

April 2007 – Dec 2007
MedTech College, Indianapolis, IN
and Sept 2009 to Dec 2009
Adjunct Facility – Instructor in the Practical Nursing and Medical Assistant programs

June 2006 – Dec 2007 Wishard Health Services, Indianapolis, IN
and November 2009 to 2013
Nurse Practitioner/Forensic Nurse Examiner
Evaluation and treatment of sexually assaulted patients from ages 16 and older
Provided urgent medical care services to adult patients in the Urgent visit center (2009-2012)

April 2004 – Nov 2005
U.S. Army-37th Brigade Combat Team (BCT)
Major – Information Operations/ Assistant Inspector General
Deployed to Kosovo (July 04 – Feb 05) as Assistant Operations officer
Deployed to Bosnia (Feb 05 – Oct 05) as Assistant Inspector General

August 2001 -May 2004
Sparrow Hospital/St. Lawrence-Lansing, Michigan Staff Nurse in the Emergency Department
Supplemental staff nurse position in a Level 1 Trauma Center
Responsible for patient care of all ages presenting with various illnesses and injuries
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

1995 – 2003
Methodist Hospital-Indianapolis, Indiana Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department
Perform history and physical examinations
Diagnosis, initiate plan of care, ordering of appropriate diagnostic testing for emergency department patients
Management of acute and chronic illness in the Intensive Diagnostic Treatment Unit (IDTU)
Consult with subspecialties in the management of acute and chronic illnesses
Arrange follow-up for patients in Fastrack/IDTU
Perform forensic evaluations on sexually and physically assaulted children, adolescents and adult populations
Prescriptive authority schedule II – V drugs
Collaborative practice agreement with Emergency Medicine physicians

1995 – 1996
Dr. Robert Lebow-Indianapolis, Indiana
Nurse Practitioner
Performed history and physical examinations on geriatric population in Long Term care facilities
Diagnoses of acute illness, management of chronic and acute illness
Prescribe treatment regimens for patients

1993 – 1994
Vencor Hospital-Indianapolis, Indiana
Staff Nurse-Intensive Care Unit
Functioned in the role of a Staff Nurse
Nursing care of long term ventilator patients, debilitated patients, special nutritional needs and skin care needs
Certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support

1990 – 1993
Wishard Hospital-Indianapolis, IN
Staff Nurse-Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Functioned in the role of a Staff Nurse II
Nursing care of trauma patients as well as post-op surgical patients

1991 –1992
Indianapolis Surgery Center – Indianapolis, IN
Staff Nurse
Functioned as a staff nurse in an outpatient surgery center
Pre/Post-OP preparation of patients
Conducted follow-up calls to patients

1988 – 1990
St. John’s Hospital – Fargo, ND
Staff Nurse
Functioned in the role of a registered nurse on a Med-Surg and ICU

1986 – 1988
St. John’s/St. Ansgar –Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN
Licensed Practical Nurse
Functioned as a nurse under the supervision of a Registered Nurse providing direct patient care on a Medical/Surgical/Orthopedic floor

1982 -1986
Trinity Medical Center – Minot, ND
Licensed Practical Nurse
Functioned as a nurse under the supervision of a Registered Nurse providing direct patient care on Orthopedic unit

Military Experience

1980 – 2009
Retired 31 December 2009 as a Lieutenant Colonel – 29 years of service in the United States Army National Guard

2007 – 2009
Deployment to Iraq – Support of Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF) – Served in the capacity of Operations Officer and Officer-In-Charge of IBIZ (Iraqi Based Industrial Zone) operations

2004 – 2005
Deployment to Kosovo and Bosnia – Served in the capacity of Information Operations Officer in Kosovo (Camp Bondsteel) and Deputy to U.S. Army Inspector General in Bosnia (Camp Butmir)

1996 – 2009
Commissioned Officer/Quartermaster Corps Army National Guard

1988 – 1996
Commissioned Officer/Medical Service Corps Army National Guard

1980 – 1988
Enlisted/Non-Commissioned Officer Army National Guard

Military Courses

August 2007
Anti-Terrorism Officer Advance Course – Ft. Leonard, MO

April 2007
Facilitator Course ORTC-010 – Professional Education Center (PEC) – Camp Robinson, North Little Rock, Arkansas

March 2007
Anti-Terrorism Officer Basic Course – Ft. Leonard Wood, MO

Nursing Specialty Training/Certifications

2015 September
Pediatric Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner – 40-hour didactic course – California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center – Sacramento, CA

2013 October
Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC)
(Re-verification)ENA-Indiana Chapter, Indianapolis, IN
Certification current through August 2021

2013 November
Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) (Re-verification)
ENA-Indiana Chapter, Indianapolis, IN
Certification current through September 2021

2013 June
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)-Certified
IU Health-Methodist Hospital
Indianapolis, IN
Re-certification current through February 2019

2013 May
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-Certified
IU Health-Methodist Hospital
Indianapolis, IN
Re-certification current through January 2019

2012 March
Danger Assessment Certification
Danger Assessment Online Training – John Hopkins
University School of Nursing – Presented by Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN

2006 August
Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) Vicki Milazzo Institute, Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio

2000 December
Completed Advanced Pediatrics Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Clinical Preceptorship Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) – Madison, WI

2000 November
Advanced Burn Life Support Provider Course American Burn Association Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2000 June
Attended 22.2 contact hours of Advanced SANE (pediatric) didactic course Wisconsin Coalition against Sexual Assault (WCASA) – Madison, WI

1999 November
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners – Austin, TX
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Recertified Oct 2014 through Oct 2019

1999 July
Completed 60 hours of clinical for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training
St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond, VA. (Course completed for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

1998 November
St. Mary’s Hospital/FNE – Richmond, Virginia
Attended 40 hour didactic Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training seminar

1995 August
Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis Indiana
Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC)

1991 October
Community Hospital-North-Indianapolis, Indiana
Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)


Academy of Emergency Nurses (FAEN) – Induction as a Fellow – September 2018

Academy of Forensic Nursing – Distinguished Fellow (DF) – Awarded August 2018

2016 Voices for Victims Award – Awarded by Indiana Attorney General Gregory Zoeller

Volunteer Award – Awarded by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National ENA 2015 Nursing Practice and Professionalism Award – Awarded by National Emergency Nurses Association

Indiana ENA 2014 Nursing Practice of the Year Award

Community Outreach Award recipient – Indiana STAR Media’s Salute to Nurses – Honoring Nurses Who Have Made a Difference

Outstanding Medical Professional Award Awarded by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Distinguished Military Graduate Awarded by Professor of Military Science
North Dakota State University, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Outstanding Clinical Excellence
Awarded by Nursing Faculty
North Dakota State University

Outstanding Scholastic Achievement
Awarded by Nursing Faculty
North Dakota State College of Science

Teaching Appointments

2009 Sept-Dec MedTech College – Adjunct Professor, Practical Nursing Dept.

2007 April-Nov MedTech College – Adjunct Professor, Practical Nursing Dept.

1990 – 2000 Basic Life Support – CPR Instructor

Professional Publications/Teaching Assistant
Available on full CV

Legal Nurse Consultant

2018 May – July 2018 – Consultant in a Trust Litigation Case – Morris
Butler v. Betty Butler Estate – consultant to assist with medical
Records regarding capacity and to assist with locating expert

2017 October 2016 – March 2017– Consultant for the Defense in State of New York – Forensic Nursing Expert consultant on Felony Murder case involving strangulation

2015 May – August
State v. McNary – Consultant for Defense Sexual Assault case– Forensic Nursing Expert Consultant

Professional Memberships

  • 2018 to Present Academy of Forensic Nursing (AFN)
  • 2018 to Present National Association for Council of Children (NACC)
  • 2016 to Present American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP)
  • 2013 to Present Indiana State Guardianship Association (ISGA)
  • 2012 to Present National Guardianship Association (NGA)
  • 2011 to 2015 Prevent Child Abuse of Indiana (PCAIN)
  • 2011 to 2015 National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (NCASA)
  • 2009 to Present Indiana Association of Mediators (IAM) Secretary October 2009 to October 2011
  • 2007 to Present Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • 2007 to Present Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana (CAPNI)
  • 2006 to Present Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA)
  • 2005 to Present American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC)
    GIAALNC – Director at Large – May 2010 to October 2011
  • 2003 to Present The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA)
  • 2003 to Present American Bar Association (ABA)
  • 2000 to Present Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV)
  • Task Force Member PREA SART Curriculum Revision (November 2018- June 2019)
  • 1998 to 2017 International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)
  • ICIAFN Legislative representative (June – December 2016)
  • 1998 to Present American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
  • 1996 to Present Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) member IN Chapter Forensic Nursing Chair – September 2011 to December 2014, 2016
  • 1994 to Present American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • 1993 to Present Sigma Theta Tau International-Honor Society of Nursing,Alpha Chapter member
  • 1990 to Present Indiana State Nurses Association (ISNA)
  • 1988 to Present American Nurses Association (ANA)

Committee/Board Member

  • 2017 to Present Medical Working Group member for The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention (Appointed January 2017)
  • 2016 to Present Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition – Board Member – Appointed February 15, 2016
  • 2016 to Present Appointed January 1, 2016 – ICADV Board Member
  • 2015 to 2016 International Association of Forensic Nurses Strangulation Task Force – Chair
  • 2014 to 2015 ICADV Title IX Advisory Focus Group
  • 2014 to Present ICADV Domestic Violence Fatality Review Advisory Council member
  • 2013 to 2016 International Association Forensic Nurses Scope and Standards Task Force Review and Revision Committee
  • 2013 to 2016 Marion County Domestic Violence Response Team – Co-Developer of Marion County Strangulation Response Protocol
  • 2013 to Present IU Health-Methodist Ethics Committee Member
  • 2013 to 2016 IUPUI Sexual Assault Primary Prevention, Intervention and Response Task Force
  • 2012, 2014 ICIAFN Fall Conference Planning Committee
  • 2011 to 2012 ICADV Legal Resource Committee
  • 2011 to Present Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Indiana Chapter Forensics Committee – (Chair 2010-2014, 2016)2011 to 2016 IU Health Emergency Medicine – Advanced Practice Planning Committee- Methodist Campus
  • 2010 to Present IU Health Coalition Against Domestic Violence (IUHCADV)
  • 1999 – 2001 Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Marion County, Indianapolis, IN
  • 1997 – 2001 Continuing Education for Advanced Practice Nurses Pharmacology committee

Volunteer Work

2013 to 2014 Indiana Protections for Abused and Trafficked Persons (IPATH) Health Care Committee and Volunteer for Speakers Bureau

2011 to 2013 Wishard Volunteer Advocates Program (WVAP)-Indianapolis, IN (2018) currently court-appointed Guardian for 3 incapacitated Adults

2011 to present Hamilton County Guardian Ad Litem Program – Noblesville, IN
30-hour didactic training
Guardian Ad Litem for abused, neglected and delinquent minors
Advocate for child in the Hamilton County Courts

2010 to 2012 Indiana Health Advocacy Coalitions/ Medical-Legal Partnership Wishard Hospital

2010 to 2013 Pro Bono Attorney for Protective Order Pro Bono Project (POPBP) Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV)

2006 to 2007 Biotech Bound Mentoring Program – sponsored by the Private Industry Council of Indianapolis
Business led organization serving as advisor, advocate, and agenda setter for workforce development by integrating resources and leveraging funding based on the needs of the employers and job seekers
Mentor for Ivy Tech students pursuing a career in the medical field

2003 March
to April 2004 Michigan Supreme Court – Judicial Learning Division, Lansing, Michigan
Conduct tours as a docent for the Distance Learning Center

2002 March
to February 2003 Project CLAY (Community Love Activated Youth)
Working with children at risk – Lansing, Michigan

1999 January
to June 2001 Child Advocates of Marion County
30 hours didactic training Guardian Ad Litem for abused, neglected and delinquent minors
Advocate for the child in the Juvenile Court in Marion County

Post Graduate Continuing Legal/Mediation/Ethics/Guardianship/GAL Education
Available on full CV

Professional Advance Practice Development
Available on full CV

Professional Forensic Nursing Education
Available on full CV

Legal Nurse Consulting Continuing Education
Available on full CV

Clinical Ethics Continuing Education
Available on full CV