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:
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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
Mindy Jackson - Director of Support Services
Yesenia Altamirano - Assistant Director of Support Services
Sara Campbell - Assistant Director of Support Services
Lexi Allman - Family Advocate
Rachel Andrade - Client Services Associate, Family Assistance
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
Cristina Velazquez - Client Services Associate, Forensic Services
Rosalinda Zubiate - Client Services Associate Family Assistance
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
Sean Wolford - Facilities Manager
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
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 of Trustees
Scott Breitkreutz - ChairChad Barrett - Chair-Elect/Secretary Brooke Hopkins - Treasurer Kimberly Jones - Immediate Past ChairBrian BuffingtonRick DeitchAmy DerrickCole DulaneyScott EverettPhilip EwingKatherine FindlayMike GiffinDoyle GlassSally Pretorius HodgeChuck JacamanAshley KisnerBuena Vista LyonsRex MannMelinda Cheney Mathes Dr. Christopher MenziesBeth MintonLaura MooreSean Douglas MurphyPaula RichmondMegan SteinbachToni SuttonTonya TarpehCraig UebeleLt.Carrie Wise
Foundation Board of Directors
Erin Schuhmacher President
Florence Hosanna Treasurer
Chris Flanagan Merrill Lynch
Andrew Hill Ranger Investments
Steve Martin Frost Bank
Christian Moreno Lockton
Allen Pryor PwC
Staci RoyKMS Ventures
Lauren WheelerBTH Bank
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 BeulahBeasley Foundation CEC CompaniesCity Electric SupplyCredit Union of TexasLisa and Lynn DavisThe Deitch FamilyThe Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell FoundationThe Giffin Family
Somer and Doyle Glass Kara and Randall GossHighland Capital ManagementMichelle and Austin Hopper Houlihan Lokey Kristen and Bill Howell Kline Family Foundation Leah and Kyle Koontz Tracey and Aaron Kozmetsky KPMG Kate and John KunasekMary Blake and Chuck Meadows
Minda and Gary MoorStacy and Sean MurphyLee Ann and Joe Norville Rees-Jones Foundation Debbie and Ric Scripps Susie SimonAmy and Kelcy Warren Meredith and Jack Woodworth*deceased
Audited Financials for the year ended September 30, 2018
Report of Independent Auditors with Years Ended September 30, 2018 and 2017
Audited Financials for the year ended September 30, 2017
DCAC Form 990 - 2017
DCAC Foundation Form 990 - 2017
Audited Financials for the year ended September 30, 2016
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