Vickie Whitson R.N. B.S.N. went to nursing school at Solano College, but did not stop there. She went on to earn a B.S.N. from University of California, Dominguez Hills. She has been an RN for 18 years and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner(SANE-A) for 13 years.
When she is not with her patients, she enjoys being a grandmother, rooting for the San Diego Chargers, reading and crocheting. One book she recommends reading related to Sexual Assault and Trafficking is called, “Someone’s Daughter: In Search of Justice for Jane Doe” by Silvia Pettem.
When I asked her if she had any heroes, she responded humbly, “All of the Nurses on our team!” Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner,Vickie Whitson Though she currently is retired, she still serves SANE SART as an SANE-A Educator. She helps train our new nurses and consults with our contracted nurses.
Sara Zambrano, RN, BSN attended Samuel Merritt College in Oakland where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2001. This mother of two also received her RN and PHN (public health nurse). She was the guest Speaker at our Inaugural SANE SART outreach event, “Just Below the Surface”~a deeper look into Human Sex Trafficking.
“As an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse I always knew that I wanted to reach out to help others who have been affected.”
Working in the field of Forensic Nursing allows her the opportunity to combine my nursing background with a very personal understanding of what her patients are going through.
When she is not working she enjoys being out doors, reading, cooking and spending time with her family. I enjoy being out doors, reading & cooking. ‘Currently she recommends reading, “The Long Shadow of Sexual Abuse” by Calvin Colarusso which talks about how sexual abuse can often have a life long impact.
“I am truly inspired by the other nurses on our team who are so devoted and driven. Their efforts are tireless and I am so fortunate to have this opportunity to work among them.”
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Sara Zambrano
Along with being a full-time R.N. at Kaiser Permanente, Lisa Lewis-Javar (middle) is a tireless Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner leading a team of 5 forensic nurses. She received her forensics degree at Kaplan University and has been a dedicated lead SANE for 12 years at SANE SART. She played an integral role in helping to start a Rape Crisis Center in Zambia and has her eyes on Rwanda in the near future. In Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia they can have up to 135 child sexual assaults in one month.
As the outspoken and fearless Executive Director of SANE SART, Lisa is determined to bring awareness to the issues of sexual assault, sexual trafficking and exploitation of children.
Lisa is an asset to our 503c non-profit and certainly to Napa, Marin and Solano Counties.The Napa Chamber of Commerce and Mechanics Bank has chosen our Executive Director Lisa Lewis-Javar as this 2012’s Medical Professional of the Year.
“This award is about so many women ,children, boys and girls who have been victimized. I hope this will bring more awareness to the silence that is so common among sexual assault survivors. Lots of work to be done! Thank you Napa Chamber of Commerce and Mechanics Bank!” Lisa Lewis-Javar ED sanesart.org
Kari Cordero earned her BSN from University of IL at Chicago; pursuing MSN as Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at UC San Francisco. As a SANE-A and SANE-P and RN since 2003, she bring experience and knowledge to the team.
“As a mental health nurse, I see the impact that sexual violence has on a person’s emotional well being. As a sexual assault nurse examiner, I can meet a victim’s emotional and medical needs during each examination. Ultimately my goal is to assist victims start the healing process. I find inspiration from each victim that has the courage to tell. Even in the 21st century, sexual violence is very taboo for most people. It takes so much courage and bravery to report – I admire each victim that does because that is where the violence ends and the healing starts.” Kari Cordero
Do you now see why we love her being on our forensic team?
Her favorite SART related book is “Searching for Angela Shelton” a documentary that is especially interesting to because it depicts the prevalence of sexual violence.
Karen Stewart RN SANE (more information to come)