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.
VIVIAN DOBBSDirector of Finance
Vivian joined the Child Advocacy Center staff in July of 2020 as the Accounts Manager. He has a Bsc. in Business Administration and he is a Certified Bookkeeper/Accountant. He has many years’ experience working in Not-for-Profit organization as Accountant and Auditor. Vivian has a passion for working in organization that provide services to children and families. In the past fifteen years working with organizations that provide services to children and families. Vivian is passionate about the mission of the Child Advocacy Center and loves the opportunity to keep all records and filing requirements up to date.
SABRINA HARRISDevelopment Director
Sabrina is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education and then moved to Gainesville for a Development job at a local school. She has two baby girls, Charlotte (3 years) and Cecilia (2 years). 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 daughters, playing tennis, hiking, traveling and eating out at local restaurants!
LISA SICKELSQuality Assurance Manager
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.
ROSE WILDERVolunteer Coordinator/Development Specialist
Rose Wilder joined the Child Advocacy Center in June 2019. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Physiology and Kinesiology. Upon graduating, she decided to follow her passion for helping others. She spent four years preventing youth substance use and promoting positive mental health at a local nonprofit. She is now pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. During her free time she is either lounging in nature, playing the violin, running, sharing laughs with friends, dancing around her apartment, or watching Netflix with her cats, Chicken and Ono.
DEVON SHEROTSKIVictim Services Coordinator
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!
ERICA JONESForensic Interviewer/Community Education Specialist
Erica Jones was born and raised in the Northwest Panhandle of Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1996 from the College of Health and Human Performance with a Bachelor’s of Science in Recreation (emphasis Therapeutic Recreation). Shortly after graduation, Erica began her career in social services, working in the substance abuse and mental health fields with adults and juveniles for 3 years. She then worked as a Family Services Counselor for 3 years before becoming a Child Protection Investigator for Department of Children and Families. Erica became well versed in the risk assessment of the safety of children; development of safety plans and identifying needed services to protect the family unit. Erica worked as a Child Protection Investigator for a little over 7 years in both the Northwest Panhandle and Gainesville before transitioning to the University of Florida Child Protection Team. Erica worked with the UF-Child Protection Team for 8 years as a Case Coordinator. Erica obtained forensic interviewing certification from both the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the National Children’s Advocacy Center. Erica has developed strong relationships with community partners and looks forward to continuing to build bridges and collaboration across the child protection community.
BETH MACKAdvocate/Case Manager
Beth is from Gainesville and graduated from Saint Leo with her BA in Criminology and worked as a law enforcement officer for 16 years with several agencies to include Alachua Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, 8th Judicial Circuit State Attorneys Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement. She then began working for Department of Children and Families as a Child Protective investigator and was a Child Protective Investigator Supervisor for 3.5 years prior to coming to Child Advocacy Center. Her experience is such an asset to our work at the CAC.  
VAL BYRONAdvocate/Case Manager
Val joined the Child Advocacy Center in 2017. He has always had a passion for helping those in need. When he is not at the CAC, he is enjoying being a father to his two daughters.
MELISSA REYESAdvocate/Case Manager
Melissa moved to Gainesville from Austin,Texas where she earned a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from St. Edward’s University. In Austin, she worked at a residential treatment center for children affected by trauma, abuse, and neglect where she helped manage and direct their behaviors. She then found a love for working with case management teams as part of the effort to better the lives of the children she worked with. Melissa found a connection with the mission of the Child Advocacy Center and hopes to help her new community through her work. Outside of the office, Melissa can be found eating popcorn, walking with her 2 puppies, or searching the city for the best pizza.  
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.
EVA PAGETherapist
Eva Page is thrilled to have joined Child Advocacy Center as a full time therapist in 2020; she loves working with children and their families. Eva received a Master of Social Work degree in 2017 from Florida State University and a Master of Public Health degree with a Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration in 2013 from the University of Florida. Eva’s learning experiences include Healthy Families Alachua, Florida Department Children and Families, and Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection in Ocala. Prior to joining CAC, Eva worked for several years in health care, first in the United States Public Health Service, and then with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. When not at the CAC, Eva can be found reading or watching movies at home with her family. She also loves being outdoors, listening to the birds and the frogs, while walking her dog, Mickey.
Megan joined the team as a staff therapist in November 2020. She recieved her M.Ed/Ed.S in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida in 2020 where her course work focused on child and adolescent counseling and play therapy. Megan is a two time Gator as she also recieved her B.S in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2016 with a minor in Disability Studies. Megan has a passion for crisis intervention and suicide prevention and has been involved in crisis intervention work since 2016. It was her continued volunteer work with the Alachua County Crisis Center that cemented her love for community mental health and non-profit work. When Megan is not at work she can be found at home with her husband and their three rescue dogs. Megan is a passionate animal rescue advocate and has had a number of foster dogs over the years. She now supports her local rescue in other ways after adopting her most recent foster dog and foster failing for a second time.
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.
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.
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!
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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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.