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.” She loves spending time with her two teenage children, as well as traveling (New Orleans and Boston are favorite destinations), staying active and watching Netflix.

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.

Megan Marchman

Education Advocate

BIO

Megan has been with the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center since 2021 and has served as the Education Advocate. Previously, she was with the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center since 2017 where she was working with the students in schools and adults in the community to educate individuals about what abuse looks like and how to respond.

Prior to working with CAC’S, she worked as a child protective investigator for the State of Florida Department of Children and families for several years. Megan graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a bachelors of science in Social Work degree. Megan strives to educate children and others in the community on abuse with the hope of preventing future abuse from occurring. Megan resides in Headland with her husband, Drew, her sweet baby girl Willa, and three pets. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time relaxing and traveling with her family.

Laurabeth Thomas

Community Advocate

BIO

Laurabeth is a graduate of Auburn University, where she majored in Public Relations. A native of Headland, Alabama, she resides in Dothan with her daughter Ella. She comes to the CAC with several years of experience in the field of Marketing and Public Relations. Through her work at the Child Advocacy Center, Laurabeth’s goal is to keep the community aware of happenings within the CAC, as well as how to get the community involved while encouraging others to see the heart of the organization. Laurabeth is passionate about helping others and adds value to the CAC team by using that passion to spread awareness and grow support for the 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.”

Allie Anderson

Forensic Interviewer/Family Advocate

BIO

Allie graduated from Auburn University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), with a concentration in middle childhood and adolescence. She joined the team in Summer 2021 as a Forensic Interviewer. As a former Air Force brat turned Army spouse, she has had the opportunity to experience a variety of different cultures and peoples. Allie has a heart for children and adolescents in need, and strives to provide empathy and support to the children here at the CAC. She lives at Fort Rucker with her husband, Kyle, and their cat, Bryer. When she’s not working, she enjoys cooking, singing, watching Auburn football and spending time with her family and friends.

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 two furry children. 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 one year old Australian Shepherd, is the furriest member of the CAC team. He has been in 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

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

2022 Junior Board of Directors

Kayla Redmon, President

Hunter Skipper, Vice President

Lydia Wright, Secretary

Shandell Foy, Marketing Officer

Christen Bane

Martika Craig

Madison Hobbs

Jerica Knight

Abby Sparkman

Kristy Turner

Mara Underwood

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