Our People

Alison Gray, Executive Director / (814) 431-8151

Alison has promoted change in the field of child abuse and multidisciplinary teams for 35 years. She has served local, state, federal and international organizations providing consultation, training, research, public policy, organizational development and program innovation. As Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams since 2007, Alison advances the PA Chapter Growth Plan, promotes CAC and MDT development statewide, coordinates training and technical assistance in line with the National Children’s Alliance CAC Standards of Practice, and oversees the Continuing Practice Improvement Program (CPIP), Tech Smart Program, Outcome Measures System, and ongoing Technical Assistance and training – all with the end goal of ensuring all children in Pennsylvania have access to the services of Children’s Advocacy Centers.

Terri Hess, Accountant/Data Analyst / (814) 737-9137

Terri is the Accountant/Data Analyst with PA Chapter of CACs & MDTs. Terri is responsible for the day to day accounting function as well as cash management, grant budget management, Chapter budget management, Human Resources, and the Chapter Membership Database.  She also works closely with the Chapter’s Information technology vendor to create and implement technology improvements. She is responsible for the analysis of data both internal and external used to strengthen the PA Chapter.  Terri attended Gannon University where she majored in Accounting.  She has worked in manufacturing as a cost accountant and supervisor, and in the banking and non-profit industries.  Terri spent the majority of her career as an Accountant for PNC Bank both in Erie, PA and Pittsburgh, PA and most recently at Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy where she was an Accountant and also managed Prep and Villa’s alumni databases.

Connie Miller, Program Manager / (814) 490-1025

In her role as Program Manager with the PA Chapter CACs & MDTs, Connie Miller is an advocate for MDTs and CACs on behalf of the Chapter.  Trained in National Children’s Alliance Standards, Connie delivers technical assistance, training and support to assist in developing and sustaining strong teams across Pennsylvania.  Connie has many years of experience coordinating and managing personnel and resources for the purpose of strengthening multidisciplinary team service delivery.

Lynelle Nowakowski, Program Specialist / (814) 490-3692

In her role as Program Specialist with the PA Chapter of CACs & MDTs, Lynelle is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in the development and maintenance of grants management, education resource development, including web-based resources and program evaluation; as well as communications management. Lynelle has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Canisius College, and more than 20 years of experience in corporate and nonprofit program management, training and special event coordination, fundraising, member relations, website design, public relations and marketing. Lynelle’s professional background includes: Project Coordinator, PNC Bank, NA, Corporate Retail Division; Communications Director, Medical Society of the County of Erie (Buffalo, NY) ; Community Relations Coordinator, Univera Healthcare; Public Relations Specialist, Canisius College; and Program Coordinator, Development Department, Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


Pennsylvania Chapter Board of Directors

PA Chapter Board of Directors’ Resources


Michael Gaines – (Chapter President) Executive Director, Bradley H. Foulk Children’s Advocacy Center of Erie County, Inc.

John Bout Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of Lawrence County, Inc.

Tammy Barbour Executive Director, Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center

Dr. Mary Carrasco – Executive Director, A Child’s Place (Allegheny County CAC)

Pat Kosinski  Executive Director, Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center

Lynn Carson – Manager, Children’s Resource Center of PinnacleHealth System

Jessica Clark – Executive Director, The CARE Center of Indiana County

Steve Doerner CAC Director, Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center

Deborah Harrison – Executive Director, York County Child Advocacy Center

Melissa Haydt – Vice President, Children’s Alliance Center of Berks County

Mary Halye  Manager, Lancaster County Children’s Alliance

Katy VanDewark – Interim Executive Director, The Advocacy Center at the Children’s House

Chris Kirchner – Executive Director, Philadelphia Children’s Alliance

Mary Ann LaPorta – Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA)

Jamie Mesar Manager, UPMC Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Center

Joan Mills A Child’s Place (Allegheny County)

Abbie Newman – CEO, Mission Kids CAC of Montgomery County

Srgnt. David Sassa – Director, Chester County Children’s Advocacy Center

Kristina Taylor-Porter – Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County, Mount Nittany Health

Melissa Wagner – Executive Director, Child Advocacy Center of the Central Susquehanna Valley

Shannon Peduto – Executive Director, Luzerne County CAC

Pat Berger  Director/FI, Western PA Cares For Kids


Mikele Bay  Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County

Mary Ann Daniels CEO, Mercer County Children’s Advocacy Center

Janine A. Fortney  Program Director, Children’s Center of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties

Denna Hays  Executive Director, Butler County Alliance for Children

Diana Grosik Executive Director, Cambria County Child Advocacy Center

Mike Kapustik MDIT Coordinator, HAVIN (Armstrong County)

Dianne Kelso Executive Director, Over The Rainbow Children’s Advocacy Center

Mary Ellen O’Connell – Director, John Van Brakle Child Advocacy Center of Lehigh County

Curtis Rogers Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of Monroe County

Mary Tatum – Director, Child Advocacy Center of Clearfield County