Tammy King, Executive Director
Tammy has served as director of The Johnson County Children’s Advocacy Center since 2000. Since assuming the directorship of JCCAC in 2000, Tammy has worked tirelessly alongside her board, staff and team members to move the Center forward. The Children’s Advocacy Center has been recognized both nationally and internationally for innovative approaches to helping children in trouble. The Center has been called on to manage the Baby Moses Project, the Child Fatality Review Team and the Johnson County Christian Network for Foster Care and Adoption.
Brandon Morris, Program Director
Brandon, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), serving as Program Director. Brandon oversees the daily operation of direct care services at JCCAC. Brandon also provides therapeutic services for individuals and families. Brandon graduated from the Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2011. Brandon earned a Master of Science degree in Social Work from Abilene Christian University in 2013. Brandon’s experience also includes working with children, adolescents and foster families within the foster care system.
Kevin Sellers, Development Director
Kevin retired from public school education with 30 years of service in 2015. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Southwestern Adventist University, his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Tarleton State University and his School Superintendent’s Certification from the Region 11 Educational Service Center in Fort Worth. Kevin also had the privilege of serving on the JCCAC Board of Directors from 2013-2015.
Linda Starnes, Office Manager/Intake Coordinator
Linda is a graduate of Joshua High School. Before joining the JCCAC staff, Linda was employed by the Joshua Independent School District as an Administrative Assistant at the Joshua High School Ninth Grade Campus. Linda provides an array of office management duties for the Center and services for families who are victims of crime. Linda is a family favorite she has the unique ability to make families feel welcomed, even in the most difficult of situations. Linda believes that her own early life experiences have prepared her to show compassion, love, guidance and security to our families.
Rylee Friesen, Statewide Intake Coordinator
Rylee was born and raised in Midland, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tarleton State University in 2012. Rylee was a 4th and 1st grade classroom teacher at Cooke Elementary in Cleburne until 2017. While teaching she found her passion for helping families and children in need. She is a member of Kings Daughter in Cleburne, Christmas in Action volunteer, and 6 Stones volunteer; anything to help the residents of Johnson County succeed. Here at the center Rylee works hand-in-hand with Law Enforcement and CPS, receiving Johnson County CPS reports from the Statewide Intake in Austin. She communicates with investigators on reported cases in order to schedule the forensic interviews, which may include the presence of our K-9 Advocates and Therapy Dogs.
Carolyn Carlson, Family Greeter/Volunteer Coordinator/Advocate
Carolyn is a graduate of Dodge City High School and attended Cowley Community College. Carolyn has the amazing gift of making the families feel comfortable and at home as they begin their journey of justice, hope and healing. Carolyn is the first person to greet the children and the families as they enter the Center. Carolyn’s duties include assisting families in completing their initial paperwork, showing them around the facility. Carolyn also leads out in coordinating the Center’s volunteer program.
Mia Hudson, Clinical Director
Mia is a Licensed Master Social Worker, serving as a Clinical Director. Mia oversees the therapy team at the Johnson County CAC. Mia earned a Master’s degree in Social Work and two Bachelor degrees in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Mia’s experience has been working with children, adults, and families in individual and group therapy for ranging from depression, ADHD, low self-esteem, social skills, parenting skills, crisis intervention, couple counseling, and trauma. Mia’s goal, using the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Play Therapy, is to provide children and their non-offending caregivers healing resources and life skills to recover from traumatic experience to provide a brighter future.
Lindsey Pinkerton, Therapist
Lindsey is a licensed master Social Worker (LMSW), serving as one of the Center’s therapists. Lindsey earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2015 from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO. In early 2017, Lindsey returned to her home state of Texas and began graduate school at the University of Texas at Arlington. Lindsey graduated from UTA with her Master’s degree in Social Work in August of 2017. Prior to becoming a therapist, Lindsey worked in rural Missouri as an Intensive Level Community Support Caseworker for a community mental health agency. Lindsey greatly enjoys the field of social work and meeting new children and families daily. Lindsey’s passion is to help guide families to their happiest and healthiest states of being, while lending a listening and empathetic ear.
Lisset Darnall, Therapist
Lisset is a licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), serving as a therapist. Lisset earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2001 from Southwestern Adventist University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2017. Prior to becoming a therapist, Lisset worked with children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and families that have experienced domestic violence. Lisset’s passion is to help bring healing and support to families that have experienced trauma through the Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) model and other modalities.
Stacey Selby, Therapist
Stacey is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-Intern). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Education degree in Counseling from Tarleton State University. Prior to becoming a therapist, Stacey was a high school mathematics and special education teacher. Stacey has prior clinical experience in the field of substance use. Stacey’s goal is to provide children, teens, and their families a path for healing and empowerment through Trauma Informed Therapy, Solution Focused therapy, and other therapeutic strategies.
Thomas Macalik, Therapist
Thomas, or Tall Tom, is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-Intern) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC), supervised by Dr. Terri Gonzales-Ball, LPC-S, RPT-S. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences with a specialty in Early Childhood Development from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Science in Counseling with a Child Clinical Mental Health focus from the University of North Texas in Denton. Tom specializes in Child-Centered Play Therapy, and has previous therapy experience working with children, adolescents, and adult clients that were victims of abuse at another CAC prior to joining Johnson County CAC. Tom has also had the opportunity to work with psychiatric and crisis services, women, children, and family shelters, and community mental health services. By utilizing a more holistic approach to counseling, he hopes to use the therapeutic relationship to help client’s become more self-empowered, self-regulated, and self-sufficient.
Alex Vazquez, Forensic Interviewer
Alex was born in Mexico City and arrived in the U. S. at age eight. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Professional Development with a Minor in Foreign Language at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. A previous college soccer coach and bilingual translator for Granbury ISD, he most recently was an investigator with the State Department of Protective Services. Alex is a specially trained professional who conducts fact-finding interviews with children who have been alleged victims of sexual or physical abuse or have witnessed a crime.
Kacie Hand, Forensic Interviewer
Kacie received her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies from Tarleton State University. Kacie is a specially trained professional who conducts fact-finding interviews with children who have been alleged victims of sexual or physical abuse or have witnessed a crime.
Deidra Morgan, Family Advocate
Deidra earned her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development with a Minor in Early Childhood Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Deidra is responsible for assisting the families that visit the center, providing and/or locating services to help meet their needs.
Carlos Benitez, Bilingual Family Advocate
Carlos earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management and Leadership at California State University, Fullerton. He most recently was a caseworker with the Department of Family & Protective Services. Carlos is responsible for assisting families that visit the center and locating services to help families meet their immediate needs.