Dr. Linda E. Ledray is the founder and director of the SANE-SART Resource Service (SSRS) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the principal investigator and managed many federally funded research grants.
Currently, she provides training and consultation to many SANE–SART programs throughout the United States and overseas and, in partnership with Kinetic Learning, the SANE-SART Online + Clinical program.
In 1977, Dr. Ledray is also the founder of the Minneapolis-based Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS), one of the nation’s first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs. SARS provides competent medical-forensic services to sexual assault survivors at seven hospital sites in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Dr. Ledray served as SARS director from 1977 until 2009.
In 1992 Dr. Ledray convened the first meeting of SANEs in Minneapolis; this resulted in the founding of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). She is on the IAFN Certification Board and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Forensic Nursing, the official journal of the IAFN.
Dr. Ledray has published many articles and books, including Recovering from Rape (1994) and The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Development and Operation Guide (1999). She also co-authored Medical Responses to Adult Sexual Assault, A Resource for Clinicians and Related Professionals (2011). Her television appearances include CNN, Arthur Frommer’s Almanac and CBS This Morning.
Dr. Ledray is also the co-founder of the National Sexual Assault Response Team Training Conference. The SART Training Conference met every other year from 2001 until 2011 to provide interdisciplinary training to SART members. In 2012 Dr. Ledray received the National Crime Victim Service Award from Attorney General Eric Holder for her more than 35 years of service to sexual assault victims and survivors.
Dr. Ledray received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a master’s degree in community/mental health nursing, both from the University of Washington. She earned a master’s degree in psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology and personality research from the University of Minnesota.
Jim Markey is a 30-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. He retired in 2012 as a sergeant.
In 1998, Mr. Markey was assigned as a detective sergeant to the Adult Sex Crime Unit, which is housed in the City of Phoenix Family Advocacy Center. During this time, he responded to and supervised over 7,000 sexual assault investigations, which included over 80 serial rapists.
In 2000, Mr. Markey developed the Phoenix Police Department Sexual Assault Cold Case Team. This team received the Arizona Attorney General Innovation in Law Enforcement award in 2002. To date the team has reviewed over 3,500 cold case sexual assaults and received more than 1,000 DNA CODIS matches.
During his time in the sexual assault unit, Mr. Markey managed and led several high-profile intensive serial rape cases, including the 10-month taskforce AM Rapist serial investigation; he was a member of and supervisor in the Baseline Killer Taskforce, as well as the taskforce manager in the Spiky Hair Molester, Southside Vacant House Rapes, and the Coffelt-Marcos Child Abduction Cases.
Mr. Markey is an Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board instructor and a certified instructor for Franklin-Covey in the Nobility of Policing. He continues to train and consult for groups such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Department of Justice, Southwest Center for Law and Policy, University of Tennessee’s National Forensic Academy, and over 25 other criminal justice organizations. He has presented trainings across the United States to hundreds of law enforcement investigators on sex crimes; crime scene investigation; interviewing and interrogation; DNA and untested and backlog evidence; and cold case investigations.
Mr. Markey co-authored the law enforcement help manual, Patrol Response to Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault, a Guide for Patrol Officers. He has written articles for the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin on the investigation of cold case sexual assaults and also wrote for the Violence Against Women Journal.
Mr. Markey’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Amy Pollpeter is a criminalist with the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation Crime Laboratory in Ankeny, Iowa.
She has been a DNA analyst with the lab since 2006 and has served on the crime scene team since 2007. Ms. Pollpeter has analyzed approximately 1,000 forensic cases including homicides, sexual assaults and property crimes.
Since 2008, Ms. Pollpeter has been active in the sexual assault response community, training nurses and law enforcement in evidence collection for sexual assault cases, as well as serving as a liaison between the crime lab and the sexual assault response community. She has presented to advocates on the role of DNA in sexual assault investigations and is an active member of the Mid-Iowa Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
In addition to her duties as a forensic scientist, Ms. Pollpeter is a member of the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Speaker’s Bureau. As a survivor of non-stranger sexual assault, she speaks publicly about the prevalence and affects of the crime of sexual assault. She has been profiled by the Rape, Abuse and Incents National Network (RAINN) for their Speaker’s Bureau Spotlight and interviewed by the Des Moines Register for a feature article about sexual assault and the influence of sexual assault response teams.
Ms. Pollpeter became certified as a Molecular Biology Fellow with the American Board of Criminalistics in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Iowa State University, a Master of Science degree in biology from University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a Master of Science degree in forensic DNA and serology from the University of Florida. She is a member of the Midwest Association of Forensic Scientists and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and an associate member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Michelle Corrao is the assistant director for Prevail, a victim awareness and support program in Hamilton County, Indiana.
She has worked with Prevail since 2001 and has held a number of positions including sexual assault advocate, director of community relations and interim executive director.
Ms. Corrao has been the featured presenter at regional conferences in Indiana, Idaho, Michigan and New Hampshire, sharing her story as a victim to promote awareness of sexual assault. She was the keynote speaker at the National SART conference in Austin, Texas, presented by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). She has been instrumental in working with the prosecutor’s office to set up a sexual assault response team (SART) for adults and pediatrics in Hamilton County.
In April 2010, Ms. Corrao was honored in Washington D.C., by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder with the Special Courage Award, and in June she was the first to receive the Distinguished Hoosier Award, presented to her by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Neil Moore, executive director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Most recently she was named Distinguished Alumni at South Side High School. Ms. Corrao has also been featured on the Biography Channel series I Survived.
Lisa Timbes-Zapata is a Licensed Social Worker with the Texas Board of Social Workers.
She is a Nationally Credentialed Advanced Advocate with designated specialties in sexual assault, domestic violence, homicide, child abuse, and program management from the National Credentialing Program with the National Office for Victims of Crime. She is a recipient of the Vivian Miles Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ms. Timbes-Zapata’s work as an advocate providing and coordinating direct services for crime victims began in 1989. During her tenure she has assisted in the development and sustainment of sexual assault nurse examiner and sexual assault response team (SANE-SART) programs statewide in Texas. In 2002 she became the designated SART coordinator for the Crime Victim Services Division of the Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG). She is now the Technical Assistance Program coordinator for the state coalition, the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.
Ms. Timbes-Zapata’s joined TAASA as the Technical Assistance Program Coordinator in October, 2012. Her responsibilities include the development, enhancement, expansion and standardization of minimum services and community protocols with community partners (SARTs) for all victims of sexual assault in rural and urban communities. Additionally, she works with the sexual assault programs in Texas to obtain OAG certification of their sexual assault training programs (SATP).
Misty Marra serves as a forensic DNA analyst, as well as the DNA laboratory coordinator, at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center in Huntington, West Virginia.
She has analyzed approximately 500 forensic DNA cases, which have included homicides, sexual assaults and property crimes, as well as approximately 9,000 convicted offender samples.
Ms. Marra is also an associate faculty member in the Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program. She is an instructor for the Genetics and DNA Technologies Advanced DNA Technologies and Biochemistry courses.
Ms. Marra began a sexual assault initiative at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center in January 2001 by becoming a member of the West Virginia sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) Advisory Board. As a result of this involvement, the center began in 2005 to host adult and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner trainings for nurses in West Virginia and around the United States.
As a part of the sexual assault initiative, the center is also the host facility for monthly meetings for the Cabell County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), of which Ms. Marra is a member.
Anjali Ranadive is the president of SciLawForensics, Ltd., a forensic science and legal consulting firm in Brookings, South Dakota.
Ms. Ranadive is member of the National Forensic Science Commission Sub-Committee on Accreditation and Proficiency Testing, an advisory commissioner on the American Academy of Forensic Science’s (AAFS) Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission, and a public member of the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board. She has served on the AAFS program committee in various capacities for the last 10 years; she was the 2009–2010 Criminalistics Section chair and the 2009 and 2010 program Plenary Session co-chair.
Through a subcontract to the Pennsylvania State University, Ms. Ranadive manages a National Institute of Standards and Technology-funded working group on the presentation of statistical forensic data in court. She drafted a report on the efficacy of the last five years of funding under the Paul Coverdell Grant program under a contract funded by the Library of Congress.
In recent years, Ms. Ranadive has coordinated, facilitated and lectured at numerous national training conferences on forensic science for attorneys under multiple grants from the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and Law.
She recently managed and contributed to two National Institute of Justice training projects under the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and Law: Law 101, a training guide for expert witnesses, and DNA for the Defense, a guidebook for defense attorneys. Ms. Ranadive also co-edited Ethics in Forensic Science, published by Elsevier Press in April 2012. She conducts training of law enforcement, attorneys, judges, forensic scientists and other experts in various aspects of forensic science and law, and consults on criminal cases involving complex scientific evidence.
Ms. Ranadive holds a B.A. in biology from Johns Hopkins University, an M.F.S. in forensic science from The George Washington University, and a JD from the American University, Washington College of Law.
Patricia (Patti) Powers, J.D., is a career prosecutor and trial attorney as well as a national keynote speaker, consultant and trainer, presenting frequently throughout the United States to civilian and military organizations and conferences.
She has prosecuted adult and child sexual assault cases, including related homicides, for 26 years. She has tried over 200 felony jury trials, frequently including experts from diverse areas including pathology, psychology, psychiatry, medicine, forensics and DNA, as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Yakima County, Washington.
Ms. Powers is recognized nationally as an expert in sexual assault investigation, prosecution and trial advocacy. She has participated as an expert in the National CSOM Symposium, Colorado National Sexual Assault Symposium, and the FBI Family Violence Symposium. She was as a member of the VAWnet advisory committee and was a contributing editor for the STOP Technical Assistance Program Promising Practices Manual.
Ms. Powers was appointed in 2009 as a highly qualified expert (HQE) for the US Army CID and provided professional service for five years, including faculty presentations at SVU training at Ft. Leonard Wood and in Germany. As part of the adjunct AEquitas faculty, she has been a presenter and trainer in Prosecution of Alcohol Facilitated Rape at the Naval Justice Training School in Newport, Rhode Island.
In addition to national training, Ms. Powers frequently presents to Prosecuting Attorneys’ Associations, State Attorneys General Task Forces on Sexual Assault, State Sexual Assault Advocacy Programs, law enforcement and medical professionals throughout the country.
Ms. Powers is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and a past President of the Yakima County Bar Association. She has served as a member of the Yakima County Bar Associations Bench-Bar-Press Committee. She was a charter member of the John Gavin Chapter of American Inns of Court with the distinction of Master of the Bar.