Meet the SAFE-T Team


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Sheridan Miyamoto, PhD, FNP, RN, FAAN

Founder, Director & Principal Investigator

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Cynthia Bittner, RN, BS

Assistant Director

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Jen Delwiche, PhD, RN, CNE

Research Associate

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Katherine Veerhusen, DNP, MEd, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

Clinical Education & Advanced Practice Coordinator

Jessica Birbeck, BSN, RN, SANE-A

Clinical Education & Advanced Practice Coordinator


Clinical Education & Advanced Practice Coordinator

Marsha M. Freije, MSN

Outreach Program Specialist

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Jonathan Essick, BS

Telehealth IT Manager

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Ian Spears

Telehealth IT Consultant

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Thomas Rodgers

Director of Operational Technology

Jeff Kline

Business Advisor

Jocelyn Delgado, PhD

Research Project Manager

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Alessandro Gubbini

Technology Development

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

SAFE-T System’s expert staff of telehealth Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (TeleSANEs) meet high standards of qualification and expertise. TeleSANEs are Registered Nurses or Advanced Practice Nurses experienced in the field of sexual assault forensic examinations. They are board-certified by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (SANE-A or SANE-P) and have passed a comprehensive background check.

SAFE-T teleSANEs are based throughout the United States and all maintain active nursing licensure in both their home state and the state where they provide telehealth support. Collectively, they have over 140 years of sexual assault exam and forensic nursing experience, conducted over 5,000 sexual assault examinations, and testified over 100 times in court. Each team member has a minimum of 5 years of independent clinical practice as a forensic nurse and has content expertise that they share through educational offerings. SAFE-T teleSANEs are selected for this unique role due to their strong desire to mentor and support new nurses in this field.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are vital to providing access to quality sexual assault care. The SAFE-T telehealth model helps solve the concerns of local SANE availability by increasing the SANE workforce through tele-consultations, overcoming geographic barriers.

Research Team

The SAFE-T Center lab is accepting graduate students. Click HERE to learn about graduate programs and send us an email about your interest in working with SAFE-T:

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