Meet the Board 2017

MN IAFN Board of Directors 2015

Ellen Johnson 

Ellen Johnson RN is a certified SANE-A, CEN, CPEN nurse.  She has been with the Regions Hospital SANE Program since it began in 2002, and it’s Supervisor since 2005.  She has been an ER nurse since 1976, and has worked at Regions for 30 years.  Ellen is very interested in providing education for SANEs as well as our community partners and the public.


President Elect
Amy Schmitz 

Amy Schmitz RN, BSN, PHN
Amy has worked for the Allina Forensic Nursing Program for 5 years and HCMC SARS program, 3 years.  She currently holds a permanent position with the Allina Forensic Program as the Lead Nurse for the program. She also worked in Emergency Nursing for 9 years, ICU for 1 year at Allina Health.  Amy’s goals for 2017 are to obtain her SANE- A certification and grow within her position in forensic nursing!


Immediate Past President
Linda Walther

 Linda has been a SANE at the Hennepin SARS program since 2007 and in 2015 started working with the Regions SANE program as well.  She is both SANE-A and SANE-P certified.  Linda currently has a grant funded position with MNCASA as the Lead SANE consultant for the Medical Forensic Exam Access Project, where she has additional opportunities to reach out to nurses and hospitals throughout the state and improve their care of sexual assault victims.


Barb Kern-Pieh

I have an alphabet soup following my name on my professional signature!  I received my B.S. degree in Family Life and Health, followed by RN, Then MSN as a CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife).   I practiced in Women’s health and Midwifery for  many years.  During that time I have been honored to be a teacher to many of the SANE’s in training – on the art and science of speculum use. 

In 2004 I began to provide direct care as a SANE.  In  2010 I became the Clinical Care Supervisor of the Sexual Assault Program at HCMC.  In 2015 I retired so that I could expand my clinical practice into Advanced Forensic Nursing with the Allina Program, and I work with the Child Advocacy Center -“CornerHouse”.   CornerHouse is the Multidisciplinary agency  providing services to children, adolescents,  and developmentally disabled adults, who may have been victims or witness to violence.  I also continue to be a provider at a local adolescent clinic and Minnesota now credentials us as “Advanced Practice Registered Nurse” – APRN.

I was the first Treasurer for MNIAFN, and am pleased to join the leadership team again as Secretary – Treasurer.  Welcome to the alphabet! Barbara Kern-Pieh 

BS  RN  MSN  CNM  SANE-A  SANE-P  APRN  Forensic Interviewer and Trainer

MNIAFN – Secretary/Treasurer






Education Director
Legislative Liaison

Karine Zakroczymski

Karine Zakroczymski RN, BSN, SANE-A is the creator and manager the Unity SANE program  The program provides sexual assault services to seven sites, both metro and rural.  More recently, Karine expanded forensic services provided by the SANE staff to include patients needing forensic care as a result of intimate partner violence, non-sexual child abuse, elder abuse, strangulation, and other assault injuries.  Karine is an expert in sexual violence and speaks on topics related to sexual and family violence across the state



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