Meet Our Staff
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.
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.
Morgan Morris, Statewide Intake Coordinator
Morgan attended Tarleton State, before coming to work at JCCAC she worked at Joshua ISD in the special education department. Morgan 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.
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.
Isabel Mendez, Bilingual Forensic Interviewer/Bilingual Family Advocate
Isabel received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southwestern Adventist university. Isabel is trained to conduct non-leading, fact finding interviews with children who are alleged victims of abuse. Isabel plans to go back to school to school to complete her Masters of Social Work in order to continue working with children in the future.
Philena Bridgewater, Clinical Director
Philena, is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), serving as the Clinical Director. Philena oversees the therapy department at JCCAC. Philena earned her Bachelor degree in Social Work with a Minor is Psychology from TAMU-Commerce in 2004. Philena graduated from TAMU-Commerce with her Master degree in Social Work in 2005. Philena obtained her TBRI-Practitioner from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU in 2019. Philena’s experience includes working with children and adolescents in an individual, family, group, and inpatient acute care environment. Philena’s passion is to support youth and their families and educate on coping and social skills that will best suite them in their healing process.
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.
Rachel Young, Therapist
Rachel is credentialed as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), in the states of Arkansas and Texas. Rachel serves as a therapist at our center and provides services for children, adolescents, and families. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR, completing her graduate education in May of 2020. Rachel is trained in TF-CBT, play therapy, and behavioral health therapy with individuals, families, and groups, but is most passionate about the healing and restorative nature of trauma-based therapy with children and adolescents. Rachel’s goal is to create a uniquely safe and empowering environment for children and families to get back to a happy and healthy state of being. Rachel is excited and thankful to have begun her career as a mental health therapist at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County.
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.
Fernando Reynaga, Bilingual Family Advocate
Fernando graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2019. Fernando is currently pursuing his master degree in Clinical Psychology at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Once completed, Fernando would like to continue to help children and adolescents. Before coming to JCCAC, Fernando worked as a Qualified Mental Health Professional where he helped connect families to resources, provide basic skill training, and be an open ear to those that needed it.