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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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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