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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

Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer provides oversight and direction to the planning, development, and management of the daily operation of the state association. Oversees all CAC Kentucky services and activity.


Laura Kretzer

Chief Strategy Officer

The Chief Strategy Officer provides guidance and leadership in program initiatives and organizational strategy, including data analysis, stakeholder relationships, and training.


Blair Lee

Chief Financial Officer

The Chief Financial Officer manages all financial and accounting functions of the agency and provides current data to the Chief Executive Officer and its Board of Directors, including managing a budget of over $10 million annually. In addition, this position monitors all CAC subcontracts for financial compliance. This includes site visits, desk reviews, financial technical assistance and fiscal and administrative oversight. 


Ellie Young

Program Compliance Manager

The Program Compliance Manager oversees all program monitoring activities performed in accordance with state and national standards for CACs. This includes site visits, desk reviews, programmatic technical assistance, data tracking, and the provision of compliance training for local Children's Advocacy Centers. 


Shelly Kidd

Finance Manager

The Finance Manager is responsible for the activities and functions of CAC Kentucky’s finances while ensuring compliance and execution of financial policies. The Finance Manager is charged with the oversight of all pass-through funding to the state’s 15 CACs. 


Jackie Kuryla

Multidisciplinary Enhancement Project Manager

The Multidisciplinary Enhancement Program Manager oversees all Multidisciplinary Enhancement Program and MDT activitiesThis includes programmatic technical assistance, site visits, desk review, case review observation, data tracking, and the creation of relevant training content for local Children’s Advocacy Centers.


Candice Humphrey

Communications & Outreach Coordinator

The Communications & Outreach Coordinator is responsible for developing communications strategies and initiatives. This includes the design of assets that promote, educate, and bring awareness to CAC Kentucky’s mission to provide the best possible response to child abuse.  

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Jacqueline Sugarman, MD, FAAP

Medical Director

Jacqueline M Sugarman, MD, FAAP, currently serves as the statewide medical director for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kentucky, the medical provider/director for the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, as well as Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of 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
Stites & Harbison, PLLC

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

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

Amy Wickliffe
McCarthy Strategic Solutions

Jason Sauer
Churchill Downs, Inc.

Janine Webb
Yum Brands, Inc.

Catherine Robinette, DMD
Dentistry for Children

Carolina Weatherford
Mountain Top Media 

Jillian Carden, Psy.D.
Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services

Kristin Jacobson
Lake Cumberland Children's Advocacy Center

Gary McCollum
Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

Jamie Mullins
Windstream Corporation

Renee Shepard
Energy Insurance