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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.

In 2018 DCAC was named a "Best Place to Work" by Dallas Business Journal.

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 served as president and CEO of DCAC since 2005 and strives to improve the lives of children who have been abused. He leads the executive team, sets the vision and direction of the Center, and manages the organization through change. 

Under Lynn's leadership, DCAC has undergone expansive growth, including an $11 million Capital Campaign in 2012. DCAC currently has over 100 employees and serves over 6,500 victims and their non-offending family members; educates over 100,000 people and raises over $10 million each year. In 2018 DCAC was named a "Best Place to Work" by Dallas Business Journal. 

Lynn is a highly sought-after speaker and often trains on effective nonprofit management and on the Children's Advocacy Center model. He has trained in both the UK and Australia. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at both The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of North Texas. In 2013 Lynn received the Nonprofit CEO of the Year Award from the Center for Nonprofit Management and in 2018 he was voted by peers as the recipient of the inaugural CAC TX Most Valuable Director of the Year Award.

Prior to joining DCAC, Lynn was the president and CEO of Dallas Challenge, a nonprofit substance abuse organization, where for 16 years he coordinated the growth and expansion and directed the overall operations.

Lynn holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas, an MS from the University of North Texas and a BA from the University of Pittsburgh.

A lifelong volunteer, Lynn has served on the board of Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas, the executive committee of the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation, the board of Sunnyvale ISD Education Foundation, and 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, advocacy efforts and manages event production to help "Save Jane."

Sarah has worked in nonprofit marketing her entire career. She joined DCAC after serving as senior communications director at Dallas Women’s Foundation, now Texas Women's Foundation. Prior to that she worked in service line marketing and internal communications at Children’s Health and in marketing at Genesis Women’s Shelter.

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 is an active volunteer, currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Division in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. 

Please click here to contact Sarah.

Matt Gilbert - Chief Partner Relations Officer

Matt Gilbert serves as chief partner relations officer where he oversees High-Risk Victims, Mulitidisciplinary Team Enhancement Program (MEP) and Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Services. Prior to joining DCAC, Matt served as the Region 3 East Director for the Child Protective Investigations division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Region 3 East includes Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Fannin, Hunt, Rockwall, Kaufman, Navarro, and Ellis Counties. During his twelve years with DFPS, Matt was a caseworker, investigator, supervisor, and held multiple regional management positions.

Matt graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science and from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration. Matt has also worked as a crime scene investigator and emergency medical technician. He is a happy (yet mostly unlucky) fisherman and an Eagle Scout.

Please click here to contact Matt.

Heather Ormand - Chief Operations Officer

Heather Ormand serves as Chief Operations Officer where she oversees finance, IT, education and the Crimes Against Children Conference. 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 improving the lives of children. She has actively volunteered 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 and one son.

Please click here to contact Heather.

Carrie Paschall - Chief Investigation and Support Services Officer

Carrie Paschall serves as chief investigative and support services officer where she oversees the management and operations of the Forensic Interview and Family Support Services teams. Previously she served as director of forensic interview services at DCAC.

Carrie has conducted over 5,450 video recorded child forensic interviews and has over 1,100 hours of training in the field of child abuse and child abuse dynamics, with just over 400 of those hours specifically focused on conducting child forensic interviews. A sought-after speaker, Carrie has over 900 hours of presentation experience and trains other professionals in the field about how interviews of children are conducted in child abuse investigations. She also presents on other topics such as grooming, recantation, and disclosure dynamics.

Carrie is often called upon by prosecutors to testify as an expert witness in forensic interviews of children in both civil and criminal cases and has testified in numerous criminal and civil trials in both juvenile and district court in Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana.

Prior to coming to DCAC in 2014 she was with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office as the child forensic interviewer for the Crimes Against Children Unit for 14 years. As an interviewer, Carrie assisted local, state and federal law enforcement officials by conducting video recorded forensic interviews of children in cases where the child is alleged to have been the victim of, or witness to, child abuse and other violent crimes.

Prior to working for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office Carrie was an investigator for Child Protective Services where she was the primary investigator in over 500 child abuse investigations.

Carrie has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law and a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Please click here to contact Carrie.

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 over $4 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 (now Texas 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.

Murphey received her Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Vanderbilt University and is a native of Houston. A lifelong volunteer, she has held 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.

Please click here to contact Murphey.

Kelly Slaven - Chief Clinical Officer

Kelly Slaven, LCSW, serves as chief clinical officer where she leads a team of over 30 clinicians and students and supervises over 19,000 clinical hours. The clinicians at DCAC provide evidence-based treatment for the worst child abuse cases in the Dallas area. 

Kelly has been a social worker in the field of family violence for over 17 years. Most recently, Kelly was director of clinical services at DCAC and prior to that was director of clinical and professional services at Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support. Kelly worked at Genesis for 12 years as a therapist, assistant clinical director and clinical director. 

Kelly frequently provides expert testimony in civil and criminal matters. Kelly is trained in Dr. Bruce Perry's Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics; is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified, as well as an EMDR consultant; and is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment. 

Kelly graduated from The University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s in English and California State University, Long Beach, with a Master’s in Social Work.

Please click here to contact Kelly.

Crimes Against Children Conference 

Holly Hopkins - Director of Crimes Against Children Conference

Ashton Abbott - Conference Associate

LeighAnn Lozano - Conference Associate

Guadalupe Mata - Conference Associate


Claire Collins - Director of Foundations and Development Operations

Becky Aguilar- Director of Community Engagement

Leila Bergquist - Development Officer

Laura Boelsche - Development Operations Associate

Ellen Hatcher - Development Officer

Jenna Sampson - Volunteer Coordinator

Jessica Short - Development Officer


Lana Ahrens - Director of Education

Nancy Arreguin - Bilingual Education Specialist

Brittany McGowan - Education Specialist

Family Assistance

Mindy Jackson - Director of Support Services

Yesenia Altamirano - Assistant Director of Support Services

Sara Campbell  - Assistant Director of Support Services

Lexi Allman - Family Advocate

Aishah Bilal - Family Advocate

Jennifer Cano - Bilingual Family Advocate

Marcie Chavez - Bilingual Family Advocate

Marisha DeVore - Children's Programming Advocate

Rene Gonzalez - Family Advocate

Suzzie Gonzalez - Bilingual Family Advocate

Melissa Hale - Client Services Associate, Therapy and Family Assistance

Melissa Hernandez - Bilingual Family Advocate

Summer Junior- Children's Programming Advocate

Claudia Martinez - Family Advocate

Kelsey Moore - Family Advocate

Karla Moreno - Bilingual Family Advocate

Ali Piepenbrok - Family Advocate

Rachel Rivera - Bilingual Family Advocate

Cristina Velazquez - Client Services Associate, Forensic Services

Rosalinda Zubiate - Client Services Associate Family Assistance

Finance/Operations/Administrative Support

Mariama Maiga - Director of Finance

Erin Banister - Director of Operations 

Katie Overman - Director of Information Services

Ben Greenberg - Outcomes Analyst, Direct Services

Jacoby Moore - Facilities Team

Alicia Robledo - Associate Accountant/Bookkeeper

Julie Smith - HR Administrator

Ashley Southerland -  Outcomes Analyst, Indirect Services

Sean Wolford - Facilities Manager

Forensic Services

Kim Skidmore - Director of Forensic Services

Bernadette Yupit-Martinez - Assistant Director of Forensic Services

Pat Bastidas - Forensic Services Associate

Stephanie Bernadac - Bilingual Forensic Interviewer

Bibiana Gutierrez - Bilingual Forensic Interviewer

Mike Margolis - Forensic Interviewer

Jessica Parada - Bilingual Forensic Interviewer

Megan Peterson - Forensic Interviewer

Chelsea Zortman - Forensic Interviewer


Sonya Naderi - Marketing Specialist

Partner Relations

Nakisha Biglow - Director of MDT Services

Carrie Wright- Director of MDT Services

Iliana Arambula-Dove - MDT Coordinator

Chelsea Comstock - MDT Coordinator

Octavia Davis - MDT Coordinator

Sally Frank - MDT Coordinator

Vernita Johnson- MDT Coordinator

Chris Maddox - MDT Coordinator

Jalisa McGinnis - MDT Coordinator

Marci Mondelo - Partner Relations Associate

Susan Rial - MDT Data Entry Clerk

Jennifer Steel - MDT Coordinator

Hillary Sullivan - MDT Coordinator


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

Elena Doskey, Ph.D. – Director of Clinical Training

Suzanne Anderson - Assistant Director of Clinical Services

Leslie Boutte - Assistant Director of Clinical Services

Holly Dotson - Assistant Clinical Director

Karla Auten - Bilingual Therapist

Keila Barrientos - Bilingual Therapist

Amy Bell - Therapist 

Hallie Brady - Therapist, Animal Assisted Therapy Coordinator

Jackie Chavez - Bilingual Therapist

Lauren Copenhaver - Therapist

Karen Esposito - Bilingual Therapist 

Meggie Evans - Therapist

Ana Guzmán - Bilingual Therapist

Melissa Hale - Client Services Associates

Joyce Hansen - Therapist

Tiana Johnson – Therapist

Jaki Lopez - Records Management Associate

Gloria Ortiz La Barba – Client Services Associates

DiTallianna Patterson - Therapist

Maria Ramirez - Bilingual Therapist

Michelle Rodgers - Therapist

Ana Schmitz - Bilingual Therapist

Jennifer Sherenian - Problematic Sexual Behavior Coordinator

Jen Spivey - Therapist

Sophie Stevens - Therapist

Lauren Tison - Therapist

Tama Walley - Therapist 

Clare Walters - Therapist

Gavi Wilkins - Bilingual Therapist

Deisy Ybarra - Bilingual Therapist

Board Members

Board of Trustees

Scott Breitkreutz - Chair
Chad Barrett - Chair-Elect/Secretary
Brooke Hopkins - Treasurer
Kimberly Jones - Immediate Past Chair

Brian Buffington
Rick Deitch
Amy Derrick
Cole Dulaney
Scott Everett
Philip Ewing
Katherine Findlay
Mike Giffin
Doyle Glass
Sally Pretorius Hodge
Chuck Jacaman
Ashley Kisner
Buena Vista Lyons
Rex Mann
Melinda Cheney Mathes
Dr. Christopher Menzies
Beth Minton
Laura Moore
Sean Douglas Murphy
Paula Richmond
Megan  Steinbach
Toni Sutton
Tonya Tarpeh
Craig Uebele
Lt.Carrie Wise

Foundation Board of Directors

Erin Schuhmacher
Cambridge Associates

Florence Hosanna
NXT Capital

Chris Flanagan
Merrill Lynch

Andrew Hill
Ranger Investments

Steve Martin
Frost Bank

Christian Moreno

Allen Pryor

Staci Roy
KMS Ventures

Michael Skipworth

Lauren Wheeler
BTH Bank

Circle of Hope

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

Deborah Ackerman
Ruth* and Ken Altshuler
Judee and Chad Barrett 
The Theodore and Beulah
Beasley Foundation
CEC Companies
City Electric Supply
Credit Union of Texas
Lisa and Lynn Davis
The Deitch Family
The Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell Foundation
The Giffin Family 

Somer and Doyle Glass
Kara and Randall Goss
Highland Capital Management
Michelle and Austin Hopper Houlihan Lokey
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
Laura and Scott Moore
Stacy and Sean Murphy
Heather and Corbett Nichter
Lee Ann and Joe Norville
Rees-Jones Foundation
Debbie and Ric Scripps
Susie Simon
Amy and Kelcy Warren
Meredith and Jack Woodworth
Katherine Wyker and Martha Rochelle

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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

11/5/2019Art for Advocacy Returns This Weekend With Its Biggest Art Auction Yet Read More
10/21/2019Dallas Children's Advocacy Center's Annual Art for Advocacy preview Watch Here
09/26/2019Culture Map: Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center presents Art for Advocacy Read More
08/26/2019MySweetCharity Opportunity: Art For Advocacy Read More
08/21/2019Thousands Discuss Crimes Against Children Read More
08/19/2019Let's Talk Safety: The Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas Read More
08/14/2019At the Crimes Against Children conference in Dallas thousands of voices speak out Read More
08/13/2019Here’s how tech companies are working with police to stop child predators online Read More
08/12/2019Thousands from Around the World Join in Dallas for Child Abuse Advocacy Conference Learn more
08/11/2019Thousands to Attend 'Crimes Against Children Conference' Watch Here
07/15/2019Consejos para prevenir accidentes en la piscina  Ver Aqui
5/30/2019Summer Safety Tips Watch here
5/3/2019Celebrities, volunteers remember 27,000+ victims of child abuse Watch here
5/2/2019Names of 27,000 Abused Children Read Watch Here
5/02/2019Sounds Of Remembrance: Names Of 27K Children Abused In 2018 Read Aloud Read More
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Launches #SaveJane Event Read More
04/05/2019Appetite for Advocacy Watch here
03/29/2019Those Who Help Victims Of Child Abuse Let Off Steam With Dunk Tank Watch here
02/27/2019NorthPark Ambassadors Take Over The Mansion Restaurant For Portrait Viewings And Dining By Candlelight And Cliburn See More
02/13/2019Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Shows How Kids Heal From Abuse Watch here
02/12/2019Parents arrested after 2 starving children found locked in dog kennel at Texas home Read More
02/11/2019CBS11: Dallas Children's Advocacy Center Talks Child Abuse Prevention Watch here
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center Talks Child Abuse Prevention Watch here
Predators Seek Children With Low Self Esteem And Vulnerable Parents, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Explains Read More
2/7/2019Dallas Art Crowd Hits a Warehouse for a Night of Heated Bidding Read More
2/6/2019Dollars for Good: Gov. Grants $18M to Prevent Trafficking, Southwest Airlines Selects Nonprofits for $1M Program Read More
1/23/2019Gov. Abbott Announces $18M In Grants To Combat Human Trafficking In Texas Watch here
1/8/2019After failure of KCPD program, Chief Smith looks for ideas in Dallas Watch here
1/4/2019Park Cities People: DCAC's Art for Advocacy Click to read
12/17/2018Dallas Children's Advocacy Center hopes to gift toys to 300 abused children Watch Here
12/8/2018Cold, Wet Start to BMW Dallas Marathon - DCAC Toy Drive Watch Here
12/7/2018Children’s Advocacy Center Working To Bring Smiles To Abuse Survivors At Christmas Watch here
11/28/2018KRLD: Dallas Children's Advocacy Center Begins 'Holiday For Hope' Toy Drive Click here
11/27/2018Local Charity Needs Help With Toy Drive Read Here
11/16/2018D Magazine: How to Volunteer During the Holidays in Dallas Read Here
11/16/2018News 8 Daybreak, Hannah Davis: Dallas Children's Advocacy Center is truly saving children’s lives! Watch here
11/14/2018DCAC's CEO, Lynn Davis was awarded the inaugural “Most Valuable Director” Award from CACTX Watch here
10/13/2018What does 'credibly accused' mean? 6 things to know about Texas Catholic dioceses' sex abuse inquiry Click here
09/27/2018North Texas Psychologists React To Ford, Kavanagh Hearing Watch here!
08/31/2018Dallas News: Fired up about helping out Click here
08/14/2018Investigators In Dallas For Conference On Child Abuse Click to read.
08/14/2018‘It’s An Epidemic’: Conference In Dallas Draws National Attention To Child Abuse Click here to read more!
08/14/2018The Dallas Police Association Says it ‘Likes Big Butts’ READ MORE
08/12/201822 years after Amber's death, alert system reminds us to be ever vigilant for our children. READ MORE
08/12/201821 years after North Texas radio broadcasters created the Amber Alert, police continue to push technology Click here to watch.
08/11/2018Crimes Against Children Conference READ MORE
08/07/2018Morning Hope: Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center helps rebuild lives
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