Kelsey McKay is the President of RESPOND Against Violence and McKay Training & Consulting, LLC. Ms. McKay trains and consults nationally to strengthen how communities collaborate, investigate, and prosecute strangulation, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence cases. She develops experts to testify and trains on the implementation of a strangulation supplement and community collaboration.
Khara Breeden is the past president for the IAFN Texas Chapter, assistant Clinical faculty Houston Baptist University, and is president of the Board of Directors for RESPOND. Dr. Breeden has been a nurse for 16 years and a forensic nurse in various capacities since 2011. Dr. Breeden serves as the chief executive officer for Forensic Center of Excellence, a non-profit, community based forensic nursing program that provides comprehensive medical forensic exams, including strangulation assessments. Dr. Breeden is the president of the Board of Directors for RESPOND Against Violence
Carvana Cloud is the executive director of Community Empowerment Solutions, a legal services collaborative designed to support and empower victims and communities affected by crime. As a former prosecutor, Ms. Cloud structured and managed the Special Victims Bureau of the Harris Co. District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Cloud’s litigation experience informed the creation of several homicide prevention initiatives such as the Harris Co. Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) and the Cultural Outreach Program (COP), which are systems-based advocacy programs designed to provide crisis intervention, victim stabilization, and safety planning to survivors in a trauma-informed manner.
Andrea Zaferes is a medicolegal death investigator who specializes in the handling of aquatic cases from the scene to the courtroom. She trains law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, domestic violence workers, medical personnel, and jurisprudence members to recognize, document, and investigate aquatic homicide, death, assault, and abuse cases. She assists in analyzing and building such cases in the U.S. and abroad and has developed standards for their investigation. For more than 30 years, she has been teaching dive and surface teams around the world to perform water rescue and to find and recover submerged evidence and bodies.