A Bridge Between
Children and Resources

Mission

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

Staff

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

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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.

cruschell@kacac.org

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Mel Cowan

Program Director

The Program Director provides oversight and direction for all organizational program trainings and special projects. The position conducts monitoring, training, and technical assistance to Kentucky CACs.

mcowan@kacac.org

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Blair Lee

Accountant

The Accountant 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.

blee@kacac.org

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

Erin Frazier, Vice President
Norton HealthCare

Renee Shepard
Graves Shepard Consulting, LLC

Laura Kretzer, Secretary
Judi’s Place for Kids

Rick Shields
Blue & Co., LLC

Jason Sauer, Treasurer
Churchill Downs, Inc.

Carolina Weatherford
Eastern Kentucky Broadcasting

Loretta Coppage
Lake Cumberland Children’s
Advocacy Center

Whitney Westerfield
Kentucky State Senate

Vickie Henderson
Northern Kentucky Children’s
Advocacy Center