Alisha Blazevic RN, SANE-A

Alisha believes every person presenting for care after a sexual assault deserves the expertise and compassion of seeing a SANE. She has practiced SANE nursing for over ten years and is currently the Lead SANE for PAVSA, the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault in Duluth. Alisha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and has worked as a Registered Nurse for 16years. She is excited to continue the growth of SANE knowledge and practice not only in the Duluth region but throughout Minnesota. 

President Elect
Lacy Peters RN SANE 

Lacy has been a SANE since 2017 and an Emergency Department RN since 2012. Lacy is a compassionate advocate and caregiver for her patients and their families. In addition to being interested in forensic and emergency nursing, Lacy enjoys traveling and has worked overseas as a nurse in Cambodia. Lacy enjoys working with the diverse population that makes up the Twin Cities metropolitan area. 

Immediate Past President
Amy Schmitz RN SANE 

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. 

Education Director
Linda Walther RN, SANE A SANE P
Linda has been a SANE since 2007. 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.