If you suspect child abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4ACHILD (800-422-4453)

Meet Our Team and Board

Terri DuBose

Executive Director

BIO

Terri joined the CAC in 2018 and brings with her over 20 years’ experience working with children and families in non-profit settings. She graduated from Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Troy University with a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology. She has worked as a mental health therapist and administrator in school, community, correctional and inpatient psychiatric settings. Terri has worked extensively in the areas of crisis prevention and intervention, the treatment of sexually abusive behaviors and the assessment and treatment of serious mental illnesses. Working to help vulnerable children was an easy choice for someone who is a big believer in Muhammed Ali’s quote that “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” A parent of two teenagers, Terri currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, and was selected by Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center to participate in their Leadership Exchange & Coaching Project.

Jennifer Kennedy

Victim Services Advocate

BIO

Jennifer has been with the CAC since 2003 and has a wealth of knowledge regarding the children and families we serve. She received her Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration from Wallace Community College. When children enter the CAC, they are always greeted by Jennifer’s smile and hello! Jennifer stays busy answering the phone, scheduling appointments, and helping our team members when they come in for meetings or forensic interviews. Jennifer lives in Kinsey and attends New Freedom Church in Webb. She is a thrift store shopaholic, and enjoys painting and crafting, spending quality time with her family and being active with her church.

William McKissic

Education Advocate

BIO

William joined the Child Advocacy Center’s team in August of 2022.  Prior to him becoming part of the CAC, he worked for the Dothan City School District for five years.  Four of those years he worked as a Parent Involvement Specialist, and one year as a Speech Pathologist Assistant.  He is an Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University alumnus.  William resides here in Dothan, AL with his wife Rochelle, and when he’s not working, he is spending time with family and watching sports.

Laurabeth Thomas

Community Advocate

BIO

Laurabeth has been with the CAC since September 2021. After working in retail marketing, Laurabeth decided to shift gears and explore her passion for helping others by joining our team. She is a graduate of Auburn University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. Laurabeth is a native of Headland, Alabama, where she resides with her daughter, Ella Sterling. Through her work as a member of the Junior League of the Wiregrass and Ambassador for the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Laurabeth stays deeply involved in the community. As Community Advocate, her goal is to be a bridge between the CAC and our community in an effort to keep community members aware of the importance of the CAC, as well as how they can be involved in furthering our mission. Laurabeth strives to create space for our community to take part in changing the lives of the children that walk through the doors of our center.

Grace Geisler

MDT Coordinator/Family Advocate, Associate Licensed Counselor

BIO

Grace began working with the CAC in November of 2012. While recovering from an eating disorder during her teens, Grace decided to commit her life to helping others by working towards her degree in counseling. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2001 and her Master’s degree in Community Counseling in 2003 from Troy University. Since then, Grace has worked in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, and her truest joy is helping children feel valued, loved and understood. Grace spends most of her workday educating students and community members about the signs and symptoms of child abuse and how to report it. A native of Headland, Alabama, Grace resides there with her husband, Matt, daughter, Maggie, and their beloved pets. She enjoys being a board member of the local dog shelter, singing, traveling and reading. A huge fan of Mr. Rogers, one of Grace’s favorite quotes from the influential child advocate is “It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”

Savannah Taylor

Forensic Interviewer/Family Advocate

BIO

Savannah interned with the CAC while working on her Bachelors Degree in Social Work at Liberty University. She fell in love with the work and mission of the CAC while here, and it encouraged her to pursue a career working with children who have experienced trauma. After receiving her Bachelors degree she attended Auburn University where she gained her Master’s in Social Work. She has worked in multiple settings including mental health therapy and therapeutic foster care which has given her an even greater passion for working with children who are on their own journey of healing. Savannah spends her free time with her husband, and they enjoy traveling, watching movies, and playing with their dogs, Jake and Polly.

Lynette Robles-Mena

Bilingual Forensic Interviewer/Family Advocate

BIO

Lynette joined the CAC Team during the Summer of 2021 and brings experience of working with children on the Autism spectrum as well as being bilingual. With a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Troy University and a Venezuelan/Puerto Rican heritage, Lynette can help bridge the gap of our need for interpreters for exclusively Spanish speaking children and parents here at the CAC. (She is also teaching Spanish commands to Henry, too!) Lynette firmly believes in the Maya Angelou quote “I’ve learned people will forget what you say, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. Lynette admires each precious, resilient child who walks through our doors while finding purpose and joy in helping them use their voice to tell their stories and heal at their own pace. She enjoys studying astrology, traveling, pet sitting and spending time with her loved ones.

Laura Bertagnolli

Mental Health Counselor, Associate Licensed Counselor

BIO

Laura began work as a therapist at the Child Advocacy Center in October 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University in Dothan. Laura spent years working in office administration before returning to school to earn her degrees and follow her heart into victim advocacy. Laura provides trauma-focused therapy services to victims of all ages to help them begin their journey toward healing. Along with the other members of the therapy and advocacy team, Laura works with adult survivors and caregivers in therapeutic therapy groups. Laura is a native of the Mobile area but has lived in Ashford for many years. She has one adult son and one furry son, our very own Henry. When she isn’t working, Laura enjoys reading, traveling, and scavenging antique and junk stores for treasures.

Aline Mays-Easley

Mental Health Counselor, LMFT

BIO

Aline Mays-Easley has worked as a mental health professional for over 20 years. Aline has been employed at the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center since 2011. She loves working with children and providing Trauma Focused Therapy to hurting families. Aline has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fresno and Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University in Fresno, California. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health Therapist, and Entrepreneur. Aline desires to empower and educate women on the importance of dealing with past hurts and trauma through her public speaking awareness events. She enjoys spending time with her family, supporting the community, and her involvement in her church.

Henry Elton Bertagnolli

Resident Therapy Dog

BIO

Henry, a two year old Australian Shepherd, is the furriest member of the CAC team. He has completed his special training to be a certified therapy dog onsite. He provides comfort and affection to clients at the center, whether it be in therapy sessions, or simply interacting with him around our facility. Research shows that interacting with therapy dogs can temporarily affect neurotransmitters in the brain, raising levels of oxytocin and dopamine (feel-good hormones) while suppressing those hormones linked with stress. Therapy dogs can also help with self-confidence, brighten the day, lift spirits and motivate people. Henry was handpicked by his breeder to be our therapy dog. When he isn’t at work, Henry lives with our therapist Laura.

2022 Board of Directors

  • Mike Martin - President
  • Karen Morris - Vice President
  • Michelle Freeman, MD - Secretary
  • Gunter Price - Treasurer
  • Ron Watts - Member at Large
  • Scott Applefield
  • Melanie Cotter, PhD
  • Deborah Crawford
  • Emily Darnell
  • Sarah Germanson, MD
  • Neil Guess
  • Ken Lane
  • Ellen Lee
  • Trevor Parrish
  • Bob Sanders
  • Keith Saulsberry
  • Carolyn West

2022 Junior Board of Directors

Christen Bane, Vice President

Kristy Turner, Secretary

Katie Banister

Cheyanne Bolin

Martika Craig

Sarah Daye, Outreach Co-Chair

Taylor Edwards, Marketing Co-Officer

Heather Gatewood, Fundraising Chair

Jerica Knight, Outreach Co-Chair

Kristien Pierce, Marketing Co-Officer

Alex Rainey

Kayla Redmon

Jessica Sacarratt

Hunter Skipper

If you suspect child abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4ACHILD (800-422-4453)