Texas Forensic Nurse Examiners
Center of Forensic Excellence

Our Leaders

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chief executive officer 

Khara Breeden 

Khara Breeden, DNP, MS, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC, 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 15 years with experience in critical care, emergency services, women’s health, and most currently, forensic nursing and academia.

Khara started working at Harris Health as a Forensic Nurse Examiner in 2011, and immersed herself within the field. In 2015, she became the Program Manager of Forensic Nursing Services, and was responsible for the day to day management of the department. After achieving her doctorate, Khara decided to pursue her goal of teaching, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Houston Baptist University.

While working with community partners, the gap in forensic nursing services was recognized, in response Khara formulated Harris County Forensic Nursing Services (HCFNE), DBA Texas Forensic Nurse Examiners (TxFNE) a non-profit, community based forensic nursing program, where she currently serves as the Executive Director.

Khara serves as a Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) board member and has served on the board of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). She has served as the Board liaison of the Strangulation Task Force, Title IX Task Force and the Suspect Exam Task Force. She serves on the policy committee for the Texas Council on Family Violence and is currently the IAFN Texas Chapter’s President.



Chief Operating oficer

Julie Sengstacken

Julie Sengstacken has been a registered nurse for 45 years, has a Master's degree in Patient Safety Leadership, a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and is certified in Quality Management and Accreditation and Regulatory Affairs.  She is a past adjunct professor at the Southern New Hampshire University where she taught Quality Improvement for Healthcare Entities.  Julie has also served as the Risk Manager for the State of Kansas' Health Facilities Division of the Department of Health.  Julie is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Nonprofit Management certification program which she will finish in the late spring, 2019.  Julie won the Flame Award at Memorial Hermann Health System in 2018 for Excellence in Leadership Management.  Julie is the Chief Operating Officer for the Harris County Forensic Nurse Examiner's (HCFNE).



Nurse Practioner, Medical Advisor

Katie Daniels

Katie Daniels is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for HCFNE. Katie has been a nurse for 8 years with experience in Forensic and Emergency nursing. She received her BSN, MSN from UT Health Science Center at Houston. Katie started her nursing career at St Luke's Episcopal Hospital as an Emergency Room nurse. A year into her nursing career she became a forensic nurse at Harris Health systems. She then moved to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center Emergency room. Katie was a Nurse in the Memorial Hermann ER for a year and a half before getting a promotion to Clinical Coordinator. Katie recently finished her MSN at UT Houston with a focus in Family Nurse Practitioner and has successfully passed her AANP board exam.  



Program manager

Monica Clark  

Monica Clark, BSN, RN, completed her Associate of Arts at Houston Community College in 2012. Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas in December 2014. Her nursing experience includes medical-surgical, orthopedics, home health, and forensic nursing. Monica started working at Memorial Hermann as a Forensic Nurse Examiner in 2015. Prior to nursing, Monica was a controller for a Norwegian based oil and gas services company, owner of a retail-based hobby store, a controller for the largest independently owned land surveying company in Texas and a human resource paralegal. Monica currently enjoys creative projects, spending time with her husband and daughter who attends Blinn Community College in College Station, Texas. Additionally, Monica runs a small business Etsy personalization store. 




Katelynne Gonzalez

Katelynne Gonzalez LPC Intern is supervised by Clara Monroe LPC-S. Her masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling was obtained at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in May 2017. She also received her Bachelors Degree from Sam Houston State University where she double majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice in August 2014. While in graduate school, she interned at Montgomery County Women’s Center (MCWC) where she completed a 40 hour Office of the Attorney General training on working with survivors of sexual assault. At MCWC, she provided trauma-focused counseling services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault of all ages while under supervision by Vicki Zarate, LCSW. 

In 2017, Katelynne began harnessing her passion for counseling trauma survivors by working with Bay Area Turning Point, Chamber’s County. Here she provided school-based counseling services to child survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault along with seeing adult survivors in a clinical setting until 2019. Currently, Katelynne provides advocacy services for TxFNE, where she focuses on connection and trauma-informed care. 

Katelynne is a member of the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) and participates in the Harris County Domestic Violence High Risk Team.