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Chris Kirchner, Interim Executive Director
chriskirchner@penncac.org / (814) 969-6993

Chris Kirchner, MSW, is proud to be the Interim Executive Director of the PA Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multi-Disciplinary Teams. Chris has worked in the field of child welfare for the past thirty-four years. For twenty-eight of those years she was the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance. In her leadership role at the Children’s Alliance, an accredited children’s advocacy center, Chris oversaw collaborative investigations of child sexual abuse cases in Philadelphia, an average of 160 cases per month. Located in North Philadelphia, the Children’s Alliance offers a child friendly facility where child welfare and law enforcement professionals collaborate with the specialized forensic interviewers and victim advocates on the staff of the Children’s Alliance, to ensure that abused children receive a coordinated and compassionate response. Medical evaluations and therapeutic services are also offered on site. As part of her work at PCA, Chris led a federal project, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, to provide training and technical assistance to communities in the northeastern United States that seek to improve their response in child abuse cases. In her new role at the PA Chapter Chris will continue to work with Children’s Advocacy Centers, providing support to existing and developing programs across the State of PA.

Terri Hess, Accountant/Data Analyst
accountant@penncac.org / (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
conniemiller@penncac.org / (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.