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Administrative Director

photo of Administrative Director Clayton Schuneman
Clayton Schuneman, BA, NREMT, F-ABMDI, is the Administrative Director of the Johnson County Medical Examiner Department. Clayton is a Board Certified Fellow of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (F-ABMDI), a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT), an Iowa Mortuary Operational Response Team (IMORT) Advisory Board Committee member, and a National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) Investigator Affiliate member. Schuneman holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Iowa. Clayton was a Medical Examiner Investigator with the County from 2010 to 2017. Prior to that, he was employed by the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist where he worked for the Burials Program and as a field and laboratory technician.

Investigators

Medical Examiner Investigators (MEIs) perform death investigations under the supervision of the Medical Examiner and the Medical Examiner Administrator. MEIs gather information and evidence in order to make preliminary determinations of cause and manner of death. The Johnson County MEIs are either board or registry certified medicolegal death investigators with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI), a national, independent professional certification board. The ABMDI is accredited by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board and was established to promote the highest standards of practice for medicolegal death investigators.


Kate Bengtson
Kate Bengtson, LMSW, NREMT, F-ABMDI, is a Medical Examiner Investigator for the Johnson County Medical Examiner Department. Kate is a Board Certified Fellow of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (F-ABMDI). Kate received her BSW and MSW from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Kate has previous work experience with Iowa City Hospice and Iowa Donor Network and has been affiliated with the Medical Examiner Department since 2010.


photo of Amanda Fink
Amanda Fink, MA, is a Medical Examiner Investigator for the Johnson County Medical Examiner Department. Amanda received both her BA and her BS from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in communication studies and archaeology with a focus in bioarchaeology. She received her MA from the University of Tennessee in biological anthropology focusing in forensic anthropology. Her master’s research involved postmortem interval estimation of human remains recovered in mid-western waterways. Amanda has been with the Medical Examiner Department since 2017.


photo of Investigator Rebecca Franklin
Rebecca Franklin, RN, BSN, CCRN, D-ABMDI, is a Medical Examiner Investigator for the Johnson County Medical Examiner Department. Rebecca is a Registry Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Rebecca received her BSN from the University of Iowa College of Nursing, and has worked as a Staff Nurse at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for the past 15 years. Rebecca currently works in the Surgical and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, and has received certification in critical-care nursing. Rebecca has been with the Medical Examiner Department since 2012.


photo of Investigator Heather Sanderson
Heather Sanderson, RN, BA, is a Medical Examiner Investigator for the Johnson County Medical Examiner Department. Heather received her ADN from Kirkwood Community College and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Iowa. Heather previously worked as a RN case manager at Iowa City Hospice and as a staff nurse in the operating room at Mercy Hospital. Heather has been with the Medical Examiner Department since 2017.


photo of Investigator Guy Sommers
Guy Sommers, BS, D-ABMDI, is the Medical Examiner Supervisor for the Johnson County Medical Examiner Department. Guy is a Registry Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Guy is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he studied mortuary science, and is a former funeral director, and has been with the Medical Examiner Department since 2002.