Britney Barker has served as the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center’s Executive Director since July of 2016. She is responsible for ensuring compliance with statutory requirements and standards, overseeing all daily operations, fiscal responsibility and management, fundraising, staff supervision, public accountability, and communication and transparency with the board of directors, as well as state and national associations. Britney holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She has worked in CAC’s for 14 years, first at a CAC in a neighboring county. In that time she has served in a variety of capacities including Forensic Interviewer, Family Advocate, Program Director, and MDT Coordinator. These positions have uniquely prepared Britney for her role as Executive Director. Britney has dedicated her entire professional career to helping children and families the CAC serves. When she’s not working she enjoys spending time at home with her husband, daughter, cows, dogs & cat.
Dana Reynolds is the Program Director for the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center. Dana oversees the Forensic Interview and Family Advocacy programs at the CAC, conducts forensic interviews and is also responsible for reporting, data oversight and for ensuring the efficiency and quality of these critical services. Dana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She began her career as a Child Protective Services Investigator in 2004 and has been the field of social work for the last 16 years. Dana joined the Grayson County CAC in 2014 as a Family Advocate and Forensic Interviewer before moving to her current position. Dana enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Sarah McKendree is the Multi-Disciplinary Coordinator at the Grayson County CAC. She has been in this position since 2016, and is responsible for team coordination among all partner agencies. Sarah schedules interviews, facilitates our bi-weekly Case Review, reviews statewide intake, develops and maintains partner relationships and ensures a coordinated MDT response to all child abuse cases.Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining us at the Grayson County CAC she worked as an investigator for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She is a certified educator in both Texas and Oklahoma. While obtaining her college degree she worked at North Texas Youth Connection, a local non-profit emergency shelter for at-risk youth. She has a love of children, and enjoys being a part of a team that helps bring justice to abused children and their families. Sarah was born and raised in Grayson County where she currently resides with her husband, their child, and their Labrador retriever, Clyde.
Development & Outreach Coordinator
Abigail Hill is the Development and Outreach Coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating and providing prevention education programming for children and adults, applying for grants, assisting with fundraising, providing community outreach, social media, and coordinates the volunteer and intern program. She has a passion for protecting children and enjoys educating and engaging with the public about the important work of the CAC. Abigail, often called Abby, has worked with children and teens all her life, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Youth and Family Ministry and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. Initially joining our staff in 2016 as a clinical therapist, she discovered her love of fundraising, educating, and public relationship building and transitioned to her current role. Now, Abby dedicates her time to ensuring that the CAC provides the highest quality, evidence based education and training for adults and children and obtaining funds necessary to continue fighting against child abuse and serving victims. When she is not working, Abby enjoys attending community events and spending time with her niece.
Aubrey Smith is the Administrative Assistant for the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center. She is responsible for providing administrative support, assisting with statewide intake review, and creating a welcoming environment for clients. Aubrey joined the Grayson County CAC in 2018 and works diligently to build a rapport with children and their caregivers to create a nurturing atmosphere. Prior to her work with the CAC, Aubrey spent several years in Early Childhood Education as a teacher and in administration and has over a decade of experience assisting management of small business operations and non-profit organizations. In her free time Aubrey enjoys spending time with her husband and children at the lake.
Melisa Harris, MSNAL, MSEICD
Melisa Harris is the Forensic Interviewer for the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center. She is responsible for forensically interviewing child victims in a developmentally appropriate, legally sound manner. She has conducted over 1000 forensic interviews and provided child protection services to children and families for more than 20 years. Melisa was a welcome addition to our staff in October of 2018. Melisa holds a bachelor’s in Sociology, and a master’s degree in Native American Leadership from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She will graduate in December 2020 with her master’s in Early Intervention and Childhood Development, also from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Melisa is extremely experienced with the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) model, having participated in numerous MDT’s and coalitions throughout the United States, and provides training at national and state levels on topics such as forensic interviewing, the importance of MDT’s, historical trauma, ICWA, and cultural considerations in working with minority populations, as well as training on recognizing child abuse and neglect. Melisa serves on the Board of Directors for Native American Children’s Alliance and is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. She was born and raised in Southern Oklahoma. She brings a unique perspective to child abuse and maltreatment within tribal communities, having experienced “the system” as a youth in foster care, as well as a social worker, and a foster parent. Melisa enjoys traveling, painting, and drawing in her free time.
Denise Strekel is a Family Advocate for the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center. She is responsible for providing ongoing support to the non-offending family members of child victims, by providing crisis intervention, connection to community resources, case coordination with the MDT team, and assisting the family throughout the criminal justice process. Denise holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Akron. She is passionate about the work that she does and the families that she has served in the decade she has worked at the Grayson County CAC. In her free time Denise enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and playing tennis.
Nicole West is a Family Advocate for the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center. She is responsible for providing ongoing support to the non-offending family members of child victims, by providing crisis intervention, connection to community resources, case coordination with the MDT team, and assisting the family throughout the criminal justice process. Nicole has more than 28 years of experience working with youth and families. Prior to joining the CAC in October of 2019 she served as a Youth Advisor for a residential youth shelter, as a Prevention Specialist and Safe Place Coordinator, and as a therapeutic foster parent. Nicole served on the National Safe Place Advisory Board and won Safe Place Coordinator of the Year in 2008. She is currently serving as the Grayson County CAC representative on the C7 Human Trafficking Coalition. Nicole enjoys volunteering for a local soup kitchen and church missions. She and her husband love spending time in Arkansas and with their three children and four grandchildren.
Laura Fox, M.Ed, LPC-S
Lead Clinical Therapist
Laura Fox is the Lead Clinical Therapist for the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center. She is responsible for providing evidence based, trauma focused therapy to children and their non offending caregivers as well as providing supervision and guidance to clinical therapists at the Grayson County CAC. Laura holds a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of North Texas Counselor Education Program, a program ranked number one in Texas and among the top fifteen in the nation. Laura has over ten years of experience seeing adults, teens, tweens and children. She specializes in treating trauma and holds national certifications in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She holds over eight hundred continuing education unit hours on topics relating to children, adolescents, adults, and families. In her free time Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
Colleen Blakeley, MS, LPC, RPT
Colleen Blakeley is a Clinical Therapist for the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center. Colleen is responsible for providing evidence based, trauma-focused therapy to children and their non-offending caregivers. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, Colleen is also a Registered Play Therapist, and is Nationally Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas A & M University-Commerce. Before joining the Grayson County CAC in October of 2018, she worked with children, adolescents, and adults at a sister CAC, and spent time counseling victims of domestic violence, patients in a psychiatric hospital, and a counseling clinic in a large school district. When she’s not helping children and families at work, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and two spoiled fur babies.
Rachel Johnson, MS, LMFT-Associate
Rachel Johnson is a Clinical Therapist for the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center. Rachel is responsible for providing evidence based, trauma-focused therapy to children and their non-offending caregivers. Prior to joining the Grayson County CAC in September of 2019, Rachel spent time at another Children’s Advocacy Center providing trauma therapy, and in private practice counseling families and couples. Rachel is in the final stages of becoming Nationally Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. After graduating from Stephen F. Austin with a BA in Child and Family Development, she moved to Denton and completed her MS in Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. Additionally, she is fluent in American Sign Language and enjoys art, cooking, and swimming in her free time.
Client Services & Outreach Associate
Nikki Torres is the Client Services & Outreach Associate for the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center. Nikki is responsible for providing prevention education to children and adults, coordinating childcare onsite at the CAC, and preparing cases for staffing by the clinical team. While completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Nikki served as an intern and then a long term volunteer at the CAC. During that time she discovered her passion for educating children of all ages on body safety. She was beyond thrilled to join the staff full time in September of 2019. In her free time Nikki enjoys going on walks with her husband and their dog Teddy.
Lisa Fox is the Finance Associate for the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center. She is responsible for providing support and assistance for the day-to-day financial management of the organization and ensuring the data integrity of the financial management system. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With over 25 years of accounting experience, Lisa became a welcome addition to the CAC staff in 2019. Lisa generously chooses to donate her time to the CAC. In her free time Lisa enjoys reading and spending time with her grandchildren.