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DCAC is the only agency of its kind in Dallas County, working in agreement with public and private agencies to investigate, prosecute and provide healing services for child abuse cases in Dallas County.  We reduce the re-victimization of the child, remove barriers to investigation and treatment, and enhance criminal prosecution with our distinctive multidisciplinary and united approach to these complex and severe cases.

We are a national and international leader in the Children's Advocacy Center movement, recognized for our expertise in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse cases;  cutting-edge clinical services and programs for victims and their non-offending family members; and our community and professional training programs.

Everyone involved in DCAC's work shares a common set of core values:
The children come first in all that we do.
We operate as a seamless team.
Each of us acts with a servant's heart.


Lynn M. Davis - President & Chief Executive Officer

Lynn M. Davis has been president and CEO since 2005. As part of this organization, he strives to improve the lives of children who have been abused. In his current position, he leads the executive team, creates the vision and direction of the Center, and manages the organization through change. Under Lynn's leadership, DCAC has served more families, educated more professionals and raised more funds than in any other time period in DCAC history.

Prior to joining DCAC, Lynn was the president and CEO of Dallas Challenge, Inc.For 16 years, Lynn coordinated the growth and expansion of this nonprofit substance abuse organization, while also directing the company's overall operations.His strategic vision for organizational growth, as well as fund development expertise, helped him create eight new programs and greatly increase annual revenues.

Lynn also served at Dallas Challenge as director of community services and as a counselor. During this time, he provided counseling and assessment services to Dallas-area high schools, promoted services to expand revenue streams, and managed internal and external training programs. His work outside the non-profit sector includes teaching at The University of Texas at Arlington and at The University of North Texas.

In 1999, Lynn completed his MBA at the University of Texas at Dallas. His education also includes an MS from the University of North Texas and a BA from the University of Pittsburgh.

An active member in the community, Lynn currently sits on the statewide board of Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas and has previously participated on the executive committee of the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation and the Sunnyvale ISD Education Foundation, in addition to serving on the Executive Committee of the Statewide Association of Substance Abuse Programs.

Please click here to contact Lynn.

Sarah Burns - Chief Marketing Officer

Sarah Burns serves as chief marketing officer where she leads and directs marketing, public relations, events and education efforts to illuminate the truth about child abuse and elevate DCAC’s role within the community.

Sarah joined the team after serving as senior communications director at Dallas Women’s Foundation, the largest regional women’s foundation in the world. During her tenure there she elevated the Foundation’s brand and awareness to surpass fundraising and grantmaking goals. Prior to that she worked in service line marketing and internal communications at Children’s Health and in marketing at Genesis Women’s Shelter.

Sarah has worked in nonprofit marketing her entire career. She attended Oklahoma State University and graduated from the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a focus on Public Relations and a double minor of Marketing and Management.

Sarah is a 2018 recipient of Dallas Business Journal's 40 Under 40 and in her spare time she volunteers with the Junior League of Dallas, where she served on the 95th Anniversary Board of Directors. Her other volunteer commitments include New Friends New Life, Genesis Women’s Shelter, the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center and Preston Hollow Presbyterian School. Sarah is married to Jon, an educator, and they have one son.

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Heather Ormand - Chief Operations Officer

Heather Ormand serves as Chief Operations Officer where she oversees finance, IT, human resources and the Crimes Against Children Conference for DCAC. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Texas and has over 12 years of experience in public accounting.

Prior to joining DCAC, she was a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and specialized in providing assurance and business advisory services for Fortune 500 companies. Her clients were primarily SEC registered pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, as well as several non-public hedge funds and private equity partnerships.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a double concentration in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Richmond.

Heather has a passion for community service and improvingthe lives of children. She has been actively volunteering in the Dallas Community with organizations such as the Family Place, Austin Street Center and DCAC.

Heather is married to Jason, and they have a one daughter.

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Carrie Paschall - Chief Investigation and Support Services Officer

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Murphey Sears - Chief Development Officer

Murphey Sears is the Chief Development Officer and leads the development team to raise critical funds to provide services at DCAC. She provides strategic direction and initiatives for donor cultivation, grants, corporate engagement, and volunteers to raise $3.9 million a year.

Murphey has worked in the nonprofit sector for 10 years and most recently was the Annual Giving Director at Dallas Women’s Foundation, managing a donor portfolio of $2 million per year. Prior to her role at the Foundation, she worked at Genesis Women’s Shelter as the Director of Outreach and at the Perot Museum running the membership program and

Murphey received her Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Vanderbilt University and is a native of Houston. A lifelong volunteer, she has leadership roles in the Junior League of Dallas, Junior Garden Club of Dallas, MS Society, and HPUMC Day School. At home, she is surrounded by boys including her husband and three sons.

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Kelly Slaven - Chief Clinical Services & Research Officer

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Crimes Against Children Conference 

Holly Hopkins - Director of Crimes Against Children Conference

Guadalupe Mata - Conference Associate


Claire Collins - Director of Foundations and Operations

Becky Aguilar- Director of Community Engagement

Erica Denton - Development Officer

Ellen Hatcher - Development Officer

Laura Lynn - Development Operations Associate

Jenna Sampson - Volunteer Coordinator


Dianna Smoot - Director of Community Education

Ray Lara - Education Specialist

Brittany McGowan - Education Specialist


Sonya Naderi - Marketing Specialist

Katie Overman - Project Manager

Family Assistance

Mindy Jackson - Director of Support Services

Yesenia Altamirano - Bilingual Case Manager 

Aishah Bilal - Family Advocate

Marci Chavez - Bilingual Case Manager

Suzzie Gonzalez - Bilingual Case Manager 

Summer Junior- Children's Case Manager

Karla Brother-Lopez - Family Advocate

Kelsey Moore - Family Advocate

Karla Moreno - Lead Administrative Assistant 

Nancy Rodriguez - Bilingual Case Manager 

Clare Walters - Family Advocate

Cristina Limongi - Receptionist

Rachel Andrade - Receptionist

Finance/Operations/Administrative Support

Erin Banister - Director of Operations 

Natasha Bullard - Director of Culture & HR

Matthew Dwight - Database Administrator

Alicia Robledo - Associate Accountant/Bookkeeper

Julie Smith - HR Administrator

Sean Wolford - Facilities Manager

Jacoby Moore - Facilities Team

Forensic Services

Jesse Gonzalez - Director of Forensic Services

Kim Skidmore - Assistant Director of Forensic Services

Pat Bastidas - Forensic Services Associate

Bibiana Dominguez - Bilingual Forensic Interviewer

Mike Margolis - Forensic Interviewer

Jessica Parada - Bilingual Forensic Interviewer

Megan Peterson - Forensic Interviewer

Bernadette Yupit-Martinez - Bilingual Forensic Interviewer

Chelsea Zortman - Forensic Interviewer

Partner Operations 

Nakisha Biglow - Director of MDT Services

Octavia Davis - MDT Intake Liaison

Illiana Arambula-Dove - CST/HRY Care Coordinator

Sally Frank - CST/HRV Care Coordinator

Vernita Johnson- MDT Intake Liaison

Jalisa McGinnis - MDT Intake Specialist

Marci Mondelo - Partner Relations Associate

Eden Ramirez - MDT Intake Liaison

Jennifer Sherenian - Problematic Sexualized Behavior Coordinator

Jennifer Steel - MDT Intake Liaison

Hillary Sullivan - MDT Intake Liaison

Carrie Wright- Director of High-Risk Youth


Katrina Cook, Ph.D. - Director of Clinical Services

Jennifer Cano - Prevention Services Specialist

Jackie Chavez - Therapist

Chelsea Comstock - Prevention Services Specialist 

Suzanne Anderson - Assistant Clinical Director

Karla Auten - Therapist

Hallie Brady - Therapist

Leslie Boutte - Assistant Clinical Director

Karen Esposito - Therapist

Meggie Evans - Therapist

Ana Guzmán - Therapist

Melissa Hale - Administrative Assistant 

Joyce Hansen - Therapist

Lauren Hurley - Therapist

Colton Kurth - Clinical Intake Assessment Specialist

Jaki Lopez - Administrative Assistant 

Veronica Lopez - Therapist

Kim Montgomery - Therapist

Sylvia Morris - Therapist

DiTallianna Patterson - Therapist

Laura Orr - Therapist

Ana Schmitz - Therapist 

Jen Spivey - Therapist

Tama Walley - Therapist 

Board Members

2018 Board of Trustees

John Slates  - Chair
Kimberly Jones  - Chair Elect / Treasurer
Lindsay Jacaman  - Immediate Past Chair
Chad Barrett - Secretary

Terry Bennett
Julie Bernhard
Mary Black
Scott Breitkreutz
Brian Buffington
Melanie Wick Daugherty
Cole Dulaney
Travis Ewert
Philip Ewing
Norma Garcia
Mike Giffin
Matt Gilbert
Doyle Glass
Brooke Hopkins
Lindsay Jacaman
Faith Johnson
Kimberly Jones
Leah Koontz
John Kunasek
Buena Vista Lyons
Rex Mann
Christopher Menzies
Steve Rado
Paula Richmond
Kimberly Royal
John Slates
Megan Steinbach
Jeff Strasner
Tonya Tarpeh
Craig Uebele
Clay Weaver
Carrie Wise

Foundation Board of Directors

Chris Flanagan
Merrill Lynch

Andrew Hill
Ranger Investments

Gary Moor

Rick Deitch

Austin Hopper
AWH Capital, L.P.

Steve Martin
Frost Bank

Chuck Meadows
Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch and Ungerman, LLP

Joseph S. Norville

Allen Pryor

Chris Ratterree
Lincoln Financial Group

Erin Schuhmacher
Cambridge Associates

Circle of Hope

Circle of Hope members have committed to giving $25,000 or more over a three-year period.

*Please note: this donor listing is for the 2016 calendar year. Every effort was made to ensure a correct listing of donors is reflected, however, we apologize for any oversights and would be happy to accommodate revisions. For corrections, please email dcac@dcac.org

Deborah Ackerman
Ruth and Ken Altshuler
The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation
Lisa and Lynn Davis
The Deitch Family
The Giffin Family
Somer and Doyle Glass
Kara and Randall Goss

Puneet and Richa Gupta
Houlihan Lokey
Michelle and Austin Hopper
Kristen and Bill Howell
Kline Family Foundation
Leah and Kyle Koontz
Tracey and Aaron Kozmetsky
Kate and John Kunasek

Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows
Minda and Gary Moor
Lee Ann and Joe Norville
Rees-Jones Foundation
Debbie and Ric Scripps
Susie Simon
Amy and Kelcy Warren
Meredith and Jack Woodworth

Employment and Internships


See what's happening at the Center, check out DCAC's press mentions or look through one of the most recent Annual Reports.

For all media inquiries, contact Sarah Burns, Chief Marketing Officer.

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Press Mentions

CultureMap Charity Guide: Dallas Children's Advocacy Click here
How To Know What Summer Camp Is Right For Your Child. Click here to watch!
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center offers advice on talking to your children
about abuse at summer camp. Click here to watch!
Five Tips for Making the Right Impression at Charity Events pg. 58!
Read more.
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center fostering an "Appetite for Advocacy" click here to watch!
Dallas’ Most Stylish Women Paint the Town Blue for a Heartbreaking Cause. Click here to read more!
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Wants North Texans to Wear Blue Today to Raise Awareness About Child Abuse. Click here to read more.
AP Hosts Charity Golf Classic Benefitting Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. Click here!
Fox 4: Ruth Altshuler, a pillar of charitable and civic efforts in Dallas, dies at 93. Click here to read more.
Dallas civic leader Ruth Altshuler dies at 93. Click here to read more.
Guiding Hand, Giving Heart: The Legacy of Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler. Click here to read more.
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center hosts toy drive for abused kids. READ
Lindsey Carneal and Alan Simmons along with art donor, Carmen Menza visited Good Day to discuss the Art for Advocacy Event benefiting. READ
For Home - Forty Five Ten hosts a vibrant evening with Ashley Longshore to celebrate Art for Advocacy!  READ
Feds cracking down on adults using 'sextortion' to force kids into sending nude photos Read more
NBC 5 checked in with the Dallas Child Advocacy Center for resources for parents wanting to keep up with the latest smartphone apps. Click here
Senator Cornyn Visits the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center to discuss the PROTECT Our Children Act. READ
WFAA- Vic Bonin Speaks on Dallas Children's Advocacy Center's Aim for Advocacy Clay Shoot Click here
Man Arrested After Bringing Alcohol And Condoms To Meet Kid READ
Law enforcement, tech companies team up to fight online abuse at Crimes Against Children Conference READ
Conference on Crimes Against Children Starts in Dallas READ
Crimes Against Children Conference Draws 4,300 to Downtown Dallas READ
Former Dallas teacher sentenced to 40 years for sexually assaulting students READ
A survivor's courage: Recognizing child sex abuse READ
Dallas Man Sentenced For Repeatedly Sexually Abusing Child READ
Dallas man killed 4-year-old, even as CPS investigated him for another abused child, police say READ MORE
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center fighting child abuse cases READ
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Month READ
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Brings NFL’s “Magic Man” Jon Dorenbos to its 10th Annual Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon READ 
Feb. 2017
Art for Advocacy, PaperCity Magazine PaperCity Magazine Feb. 2017
Music, Dinner and Art "Ramped Up" Dallas Children's Advocacy Center's Art for Advocacy Fundraiser to the Next Level READ

Annual Reports