The mission of Children’s Protection Center is to provide a child-friendly facility where professionals work together to protect and treat child abuse victims and their families, to prevent child abuse in all its forms, and to hold offenders accountable.

CPC goals


Our response to abuse of a child places the welfare of the child first. We work to meet the needs of children and their non-offending families with sensitivity and competent care. Our team of professionals does everything possible to prevent re-traumatizing a child.

  • Meet the needs of abused children in Pulaski County and the surrounding community

  • Assure that children are protected and safe

  • Minimize the trauma that abused children experience

  • Make sure that every child receives sensitive care and competent service

  • Contribute to the successful prosecution of offenders

  • Provide a safe place where children can feel comfortable and protected

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our staff

Executive Board

Ashley East,

Gareth Hughes,
Vice Chair

Itzel Meador,

Kevin Chaloner,


Laverne Bell-Tolliver

Adam Benton

Christy Cobb

Adam Dunaway

Shannon Everett

Shane Frazier

John Garrison

Frank Spence

Peggy Starling

Anthony Valley

Mike Vanderford

Janelle Von Storch


Jennifer Long,
Executive Director

Lisette Yang,
Forensic Interviewer

Jenny Conrad,
Family Advocate

Kayla Wood,
Family Advocate / Forensic Interviewer

Melanie Kaufman,
Administrative Assistant

Michelle Ketzscher,
Development Coordinator

Shalae Hesselbein,
Clinical Services Coordinator