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Children and Resources


We believe that when we work as a united force, communities are empowered to take effective, efficient, and compassionate action to end the cycle of child abuse.

CAC Kentucky About Mission


As a membership organization, Children's Advocacy Centers of Kentucky employs a staff of experienced professionals dedicated to serving the needs of its member centers. Services include advocacy, collaboration, funding, networking, evaluation and assessment, training and technical assistance, and more


Caroline Ruschell

Executive Director

The Executive Director provides oversight of all aspects of the organization’s operations including monitoring activities, training and education programs, legislative affairs, and all financial and administrative activities.


Laura Kretzer

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programming

The Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programming provides oversight and direction for all organizational program trainings and special projects.

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Blair Lee

Finance Director

The Finance Director provides financial oversight of the coalition’s accounting activities. This position is charged with development and analysis of the organization’s budgets and provides monitoring, training, and technical assistance to the CACs across Kentucky.


Ellie Young

Program Compliance Specialist

The Program Compliance Specialist provides monitoring and technical assistance to all 15 Children Advocacy Centers in Kentucky.


Shelly Kidd


The Accountant provides financial services for the coalition and technical assistance to the CACs across Kentucky.

Governing Board

The governing Board of Directors for Children's Advocacy Centers of Kentucky bring a variety of vital professional expertise and experience to the organization.

Brady Dunnigan, President
Dinsmore and Shohl, LLP

Lisa Phelps
Hope’s Place

Winn Stephens, Secretary
Children's Advocacy Centers of the Bluegrass

Renee Shepard
Graves Shepard Consulting, LLC

Rick Shields, CPA, CFE, Treasurer
Blue & Co., LLC

Catherine Robinette, DMD
Dentistry for Children

Amy Wickliffe
McCarthy Strategy Solutions

Carolina Weatherford
Eastern Kentucky Broadcasting

Jason Sauer
Churchill Downs, Inc.

Vickie Henderson
Northern Kentucky Children’s
Advocacy Center