Our Team 2019-08-19T15:38:37-04:00
Sherry Kitchens became the President/CEO of the Child Advocacy Center in June of 2005. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Emory University in 1992 and her M.Ed./Ed.S from the University of Florida in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1996. She became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 1999. Sherry began her work in the child abuse prevention and intervention field in Atlanta while working with the Georgia Council on Child Abuse in the Home Visitor Program, a precursor to Healthy Start and Healthy Families. From 1996 until 2005, Sherry worked with the Corner Drug Store, Inc. in the Family Action Program and the Drug Free Communities Support Program first as a Counselor/Case Manager and then as a Regional Coordinator. With a positive attitude, history of successful community relationships, and passion for helping children, at the Child Advocacy Center she hopes to continue her efforts of bringing partners together to create the safety and community support children need to grow and flourish in our community.
KIM BRYANTProgram Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator
Kim Bryant joined the Child Advocacy Center staff in August of 2011 as the Program Assistant/ Volunteer Coordinator. She has a B.A. in Christian Education and a B.A. in Theology. Her practical experience includes many years in the hospitality industry (working in her parents’ various business ventures) and 10 years as the office manager/ personal assistant to a traveling minister. She and her husband (of almost 40 years) have three grown children, 3 grand-puppies and a little fluffy princess, Sophie, a miniature poodle. She likes spreadsheets that balance and dislikes early morning meetings (unless there is really good coffee waiting).
Sabrina Sy
Sabrina SyDevelopment Director
Sabrina is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University 7 years ago with a degree in Elementary Education. She has two baby girls, Charlotte (2.5 years) and Cecilia (1.5 years) with her husband, Miko. Sabrina is passionate about the mission of the Child Advocacy Center and loves the opportunity to bring in funds for the Center and raise awareness of the CAC within the Gainesville community. In her free time, Sabrina enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, hiking and eating out at local restaurants!
ROSE WILDERDevelopment Specialist/Volunteer Coordinator
Zoie was born and raised in Dunedin, Florida. She attended the University of Florida and received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health in 2017. Through her role she is able to combine her background in sales and marketing with her passion for the Child Advocacy Center’s mission. Professional hobbies include: motivating the volunteers, planning fundraising events and creating marketing graphics. Fun Facts: Zoie has 2 cats (Willow and Frank) and 1 dog (Rillie), has rewatched every season of The Office multiple times, enjoys traveling to new places.
LISA SICKELSVictim Services Coordinator/Forensic Interviewer
Lisa Sickels joined the Child Advocacy Center in December 2014. She has earned a BA in Criminal Justice and a M.S. in Criminal Justice with a focus in Forensic Psychology from Saint Leo University. Lisa has worked with the Marion County Human Trafficking Task Force and the Alachua County Jail helping to educate the community. Lisa has been trained by the International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators (IAHTI), the Human Trafficking Summit at the University of South Florida, and training held by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Lisa has been trained in Forensic Interviewing by the NCAC and has a great passion for helping the children coming to the Center. Lisa is addicted to audio books, a collector of hippopotamuses, and a lover of Labradors Retrievers.
Patty Bent began working with the Child Advocacy Center in September 2012. She graduated with a dual degree in History and Sociology from Flagler College in 2006. Patty is currently working on her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University and expects to graduate May of 2017. Patty realized she had a desire to work with youth after she had worked in a treatment program for juvenile sex offenders. She discovered her love for non-profit organizations after serving in Americorps NCCC where she volunteered with a group of other young adults across the US. If you are looking for Patty she can often be found raiding through the office supply closet, her love of colored pens is only matched by her fondness for sweet tea and iced coffee.
DEVON SHEROTSKIAdvocate/Case Manager
Devon Sherotski began working at the Child Advocacy Center in August 2013. She graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and Law from the University of Florida with a minor in Leadership Development in 2013. She spent many years working in hospitality and early childhood education. After working with a kindergarten class and studying Criminology, she realized she had a passion to help children through the Criminal Justice System. Devon began her journey with the Center during her internship in 2012 with the Forensic Interviewing Program. She loved it and has been with the Center ever since. To make it through the day, Devon needs her daily iced coffee from Starbucks. She also is obsessed with all things pineapple!
Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saint Leo University in 2010. She graduated from the University of Florida in May 2014 with her M.Ed./Ed.S in Marriage and Family Therapy. After completing a clinical internship at the Child Advocacy Center, Melissa realized she had a passion for play therapy and helping children and families in a community setting. She has been employed at the Center since June 2014. Melissa is excited about her career at the Center and being able to have an impact on families in the area and the community as a whole. She loves to spend time with family, friends, and her dog and enjoys traveling.
SARANEAL JOHNSTON, LCSWLead Therapist & Clinical Supervisor
SaraNeal Johnston joined the Child Advocacy Center in June of 2010. She received her Bachelor of Music Therapy from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. and her Master of Social Work from Florida State University. SaraNeal became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1999. She has worked for many years with children of all ages providing school based and in-home counseling services. When not at work, SaraNeal enjoys time with her cats and playing her clarinet; she is the principal clarinetist in The Gainesville Orchestra. She is proud to be part of the family at the Center.
Jamie received her B.A. in Forensic Psychology from Florida Tech in 2007 and her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2014. She began her work with children as a preschool teacher for special needs children as well as through IMPACT; a mentoring and tutoring program that focuses on serving children and families in East Gainesville. She is very passionate about working with survivors of childhood trauma as well as with children who have experience in the juvenile justice system. Jamie joined the Child Advocacy Center in 2014 and is excited to be a part of the team, working together to serve our most vulnerable population. She also enjoys running, watching basketball, reading, and being a mentor for children in the community.
ALEA WISETherapist
Alea received her Bachelor’s in Psychology, in 2012, from the University of Florida. In 2015, she earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and an Education Specialist degree from the University of Florida. She completed both her practicum and clinical internship at the Child Advocacy Center and fell in love with the clientele, community, and cause. Alea became an official part of the team in July 2016. She is extraordinarily passionate about providing a safe space to empower and guide children to fully express their emotions and needs. Alea loves manatees, mermaids, and her dog, Ellie. She frequently finger paints as a form of self-care.
HANKResident Advo-Cat
Hank received a BA in pet therapy from Garfield University in 2015 and began working part time at the Center in June 2016. He began his full time social science residency in August 2016. Hank was working in the community as a food critic prior to joining the therapy team. He enjoys napping in the sun, chasing after things, and hanging out with the kids at the Center. Hank has traveled far and wide and is pleased to have found a home at the Center.

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Oliver received a BS in animal therapy from Bark Bark Wag University in 2018 and began working part-time at the Center in April 2019. He began his full-time social science residency in April 2019. Oliver was a full-time fetch player and squirrel chaser before pursuing higher education. He enjoys belly rubs, naps, toys, and hanging out with the kids at the Center. Oliver loves life and loves the Center!
Colleen became a therapist at the Child Advocacy Center in December 2017. She triple-majored at Cornell College with Bachelor’s degrees in Latin American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Spanish in 2012. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College in 2017 with a specialization in Trauma & Interpersonal Violence. Helping survivors heal from trauma has always been a primary goal for Colleen. She was a legal intern at the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence in 2014, researching and writing on issues and policies that impact survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Vermont. Colleen completed her foundational field placement as a therapy intern at the Child Advocacy Center in 2016, cementing her passion for working with children and families who have been impacted by trauma and abuse. She completed her advanced field placement as a therapy intern at the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2017, providing therapy for survivors of domestic violence in both English and Spanish. Colleen is particularly passionate about working with children and caregivers who have experienced domestic violence, as well as adolescents exhibiting at-risk behaviors in their communities. When she’s not working, Colleen can usually be found relaxing with her husband Jakob and their dogs and cats or out in the garden. 
NARDLEY DOCTEURAdvocate/Case Manager
Nardley has been a community partner of the Child Advocacy Center Inc since 2015 and became a full time employee in 2017. Nardley graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology in 2011 and in 2018 graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with her Master’s of Social Work. Nardley has spent the last 9 years working within the community as a basketball coach to the youth, a child welfare case manager, a certified Human Trafficking advocate, and a resource to the families she serves. With her hard work in the community, she was recently recognized by the Alachua County Coalition Against Human Trafficking in 2019. When she is not advocating for the voiceless, you can find her and her daughters cheering on the Florida Gators.



Chair – Jeff Quigley

Treasurer – Stacy Joyner

Secretary – Dr. Tara Ezzell

Vice President – John Roberts


Greg Banks

Jennifer Taylor

Will Halvosa

Bobbie Robinson

Linda Shaw

Lynda Tealer

Donna Weseman

Paige Lunger

Dr. Christina Zeretzke-Bien


Leslie Bram

Scott Costello

Dr. Jay Herrington*

Alan Hitchcock

Bobbie Eubank Holden*

Susan Chauncey Horky

Liz Jones

Dee Dee Cain Smith

Rod Smith

Together, we can break the cycle of child abuse.