Erica Olson – Consultant; Subject Matter Expert, Anassa Consulting
Erica Olson, owner of Anassa Consulting, is a consultant and subject matter expert specializing in gender-based violence and trauma-informed care and management. Ms. Olson draws on her 20 years of experience in direct services, advocacy, policy, and applied research to advise and support nonprofits, government agencies, and the private sector in advancing their knowledge and practices around interpersonal violence and abuse, gender inequality, and trauma. She has been appointed to multiple state and national efforts, including the CDC’s Rape Prevention and Education Program and the National Violent Death Reporting System. Ms. Olson is the former Director of the NJ Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board and has co-authored curricula, policy, regulations, and legislation.
Kimberly Orts is a detective with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, specializing solely in criminal investigations involving intimate partners for the past 6 years. Her 27-year career has given her learning opportunities exploring the criminal justice system from the onset of the investigation through completion of the court processes. Through her service as a Crisis Negotiator and Mental Health Officer, she’s gained valuable first-hand knowledge of how to work with individuals in crisis and experiencing trauma. As a patrolman, she found her calling for investigating domestic violence, crediting colleagues to include detectives, advocates, and prosecutors for teaching her appropriate responses by understanding the dynamics of these relationships. During her time in Community Outreach, she drew on these experiences developing community education programs and partnering with a variety of disciplines to provide training opportunities from experts within her own community. In her role as a detective, she brings this cumulative education to each case she investigates and shares what she learns with others. As one of her agency’s adjunct instructors since 2011, she’s provided hundreds of hours of formal classroom and scenario-based training related to Crisis Intervention, Crisis Negotiations, and Family Violence. Through these classes, informal conversations, and “curbside classrooms” she’s gained the trust of countless officers, consulting on specific cases, and giving them sustainable tools to become independent in their investigations, focusing on better understanding the victim’s experience, recognizing trauma, detecting abuser behavior, and how to incorporate these into a more thorough investigation. Her professional affiliations have included over 10 years as a volunteer with People Against Violent Crime, service as a board member and instructor with the Texas Association of Hostages Negotiators, and currently as a board member and instructor with Respond Against Violence. She is proud to have been previously recognized by her Victim Services peers both as Deputy and Detective of the Year. Kimberly believes wholeheartedly in a team approach to combating domestic violence and hopes the skillsets she’s learned, developed, and shared will not only increase offender accountability but also strengthen safety and the overall justice for the survivor.
Suzan Marshall, DO, C-MDI
Dr. Marshall holds degrees from American and Columbia Universities. After medical school in Philadelphia, she completed a 5-year General Surgery Residency, the 4th woman in 50 years to finish the rigorous program. Dr. Marshall has extensive training in trauma and emergency surgery and surgical critical care. She is an Army veteran, having deployed for 4 years to Seoul, S. Korea to the 121st Combat Support Hospital and the 127th Forward Surgical Team, training for operations in an austere environment. Tragically, Dr. Marshall has had a 360°-view of trauma and death investigation. In 2016, her husband, also a surgeon, disappeared while jogging and was found dead, leaving her a widow with young children. She opened the cloud-based Plan B Forensics in 2018 after becoming a certified medicolegal investigator. She performs top to bottom death investigations and serves as an expert witness for traumatic injuries and death. Her new book, The Ménage à Trois of Death Investigations in the U.S., is currently under review at the agency level. Dr. Marshall is also a farmer, raising chickens and breeding Cleveland Bay Sporthorses, who are currently endangered.
Khara Breeden, DNP, MS, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC
Khara Breeden completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, in August 2016. Khara holds a Master’s of Science in Patient Safety Leadership from the University of Chicago at Illinois. Her Bachelor’s degree is from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Her nursing career spans over 18 years with experience in critical care, emergency services, women’s health, academia and most currently, forensic nursing.
Khara began working as a forensic nurse in 2011 and immersed herself in the field. In 2017, while working with community partners, the gap in forensic nursing services was recognized, in response Khara formulated Harris County Forensic Nursing Services (HCFNE), now Texas Forensic Nurse Examiners, a non-profit, community based forensic nursing program, where she currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.
In 2018, Khara was recognized by the Texas Nurses Association as one of the “Top 20 Nurses” in the region. In 2019, she was honored by The Houston Business Journal as an “Outstanding Health Care practitioner.” In 2020, she was recognized as Houston Business Journal’s, “Most Admired CEO” award.
Khara serves as the Board Secretary for Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) and is the President of the board of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). She is also a working group member of the Texas Sexual Assault Survivor’s Task Force, led by the Governor’s office.
Jennifer L. Ross, MD
Dr. Jennifer L. Ross graduated from University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1997 with a Bachelors Degree in Biology and from the University of Texas Medical Branch with an MD Degree in 2005.
Dr. Ross completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2009. She then completed her fellowship in forensic pathology at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in 2010 and a fellowship in neuropathology at the Methodist Hospital in 2012. She joined the HCIFS staff in 2012. Dr. Ross is certified in anatomic pathology, forensic pathology and neuropathology.
Her interests include multidisciplinary involvement in the community to try to prevent child fatalities and fatalities associated with domestic violence. She is the Medical Examiner representative on the Harris County Child Fatality Review Team, the State of Texas Child Fatality Review Team and the Harris County Domestic Violence Death Review Team.