Session 2D: Rural CAC and Chapter Partnerships
Track: Chapter, Rural
CACs in rural communities have unique challenges and opportunities. However, at times the challenges can seem insurmountable and the opportunities just out of reach because of limited capacity. Chapters can play a unique role in bridging the gap and channeling collective energy for positive change in partnership with rural centers. This workshop will explore three Chapter/rural CAC partnerships—medical, tele-mental health, and coalition building—and include a group discussion about potential additional partnerships for change.
Children's Alliance of Montana
Brenda George has been working in the child abuse field since 1994. She is currently the Executive Director of the Children’s Alliance of Montana and has been for the past 6.5 years. She served as the Chapter Director in Utah for 10 years and as an Outreach Coordinator for the Western Regional CAC for 7.5 years. Brenda is a site reviewer for the National Children’s Alliance and served as a Senior Program Analyst for NCA. The accreditation coordinator was a part of her job duties in this role. During her career, Brenda has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences including the International San Diego Child Maltreatment Conference and the National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference. Brenda has been helping to develop multidisciplinary teams and child advocacy centers for 25 years.
Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center
Patty Terzian has 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector developing and directing programs, providing outreach and trainings, and managing grants. In her previous role, Patty served for nine years as the Executive Director/Statewide Coordinator of the Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers, the accredited state chapter of children’s advocacy centers. She led the chapter through considerable growth and development and collaborated with professionals across the state to improve services for Oregon’s children when there were concerns of abuse. Patty’s skills in project coordination, communications and training were honed through her early-career work in both the non-profit and corporate sectors