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.
Kristin Mitchell, Data/Outcome Grant Specialist
Kristin received her bachelor’s degree from Furman University and master’s degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary. She worked for 10+ years in direct service to children and persons with disabilities before working as a grant writer/administrator in educational and municipal settings, most recently as Grant Coordinator for the City of Cleburne. Kristin is excited to return to the non-profit setting, combining her passion for philanthropy and professional experience to support children and families.
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.
Alexander Kelly, Controller
Alexander earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a Minor in History from Houghton College, a Christian college located in Western New York. He holds previous experience in law and taxation, having worked as both a law clerk and a tax auditor. Alexander went on to graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with his Master’s degree in Business Administration. He also holds previous experience in accounting, as a Staff Accountant, Senior Accountant, Controller.
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.
Emberly Shields, Forensic Interviewer/Case Manager
Emberly received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tarleton State University. Emberly is a specially trained professional who conducts non-leading, fact-finding interviews with children who have been an alleged victim of sexual or physical abuse, or have witnessed violent crimes. Emberly’s goal is to eventually go back to school and get her Masters of Social Work and become a therapist for kids of trauma.
Mia Bakke, 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.
Rebekah Steadman, Therapist
Rebekah is a licensed master Social Worker (LMSW), serving as one of the Center’s therapists. Rebekah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2014 from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Tx. In 2016, Rebekah began graduate school at The Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University in Waco, Tx. Rebekah graduated from Baylor University with her Master’s degree in Social Work in May of 2018. Prior to becoming a therapist, Rebekah worked as a Counselor with victims of domestic violence and complex trauma. Rebekah’s goal in using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy with children and families is to assist individuals in healing through their unique experience. Rebekah is passionate to see recovery take place in families, while offering safety and empathy to every family and child.
Shannon Engbrecht, Therapist
Shannon is a licensed master Social Worker (LMSW), serving as one of the Center’s therapists. Shannon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2014 from Tarleton State University. Shannon graduated from the Texas A&M University – Commerce with her Master’s degree in Social Work in August of 2017. Prior to becoming a therapist, Shannon has worked with youth, families, adults in the mental health field, and elderly adults. Shannon greatly enjoys the field of social work and connecting with and meeting new children and families daily. Shannon’s passion is to help guide families to recognizing and building upon their strengths, while helping them work towards goals that will help them to be their happiest, most fulfilled selves.
Francine Esquiliano, Therapist
Francine is Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern serving as a therapist at the center. Francine obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2014 and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2017 from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. Francine holds previous experience in mental health as both a case manager and a counselor. Francine has experience working with men, women, and children. She has experience in crisis intervention, individual counseling, and case management working with a population ranging from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, substance use disorders, borderline personality disorder, gender Identity disorder, disruptive behavior disorders, anger management, low self-esteem, Autism, PTSD and other traumas. Francine enjoys guiding people to point of healing and encouraging others to push through barriers that impedes their personal growth. Francine’s goal as a therapist is to provide nonjudgmental therapy in safe atmosphere where families can find healing using trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
Isabel Mendez, Forensic Interviewer/Case Manager
Isabel 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. She earned her bachelors in Psychology from Southwestern Adventist University. While completing her bachelors, Isabel interned as a school counselor at Dallas Christian Academy. Her role as a Family Advocate is to support the families that come into the center, and provide them with resources in the community.
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.
Isabel Mendez, Bilingual Family Advocate
Isabel is our Bilingual Family Advocate. She earned her bachelors in Psychology from Southwestern Adventist University. While completing her bachelors, Isabel interned as a school counselor at Dallas Christian Academy. Her role as a Family Advocate is to support the families that come into the center, and provide them with resources in the community.