Erika is the Executive Director and Senior Forensic Interviewer of the Jefferson Children’s Advocacy Center. She has worked with children and families since 2001 and in the field of child abuse since 2006. In addition to non-profit management and fundraising, her areas of expertise include working with child abuse survivors and their families, forensic interviewing, child development, victim advocacy and the multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach. She has testified in dozens of child abuse cases, provides forensic interviewer supervision and serves as an MDT and community educator.
A founding member of the Louisiana Alliance of Children’s Advocacy Centers, she currently serves on their Executive Board, is a community representative for the Jefferson Parish Children & Youth Planning Board, a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the former Vice-Chair of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Louisiana Program Advisory Council.She earned both her Master’s in Counseling and Bachelor’s in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans.She is a Nationally Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor, a state qualified Forensic Interviewer and Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Facilitator.
Gail is employed by the Jefferson Parish DA’s Office and served for 13 years as the Family Violence Unit’s Administrative Assistant before becoming the Jefferson CAC’s Office Manager in 2014. Prior to her work with the DA’s Office, Gail retired from Entergy after completing 30 years of service as a Senior Account Specialist. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and family, as well as planning and participating in church activities, where she serves as the Financial Secretary of the music ministry. Gail enjoys working and interacting with the many families she encounters daily at the Jefferson CAC.
Aubrey is the Jefferson CAC’s primary Forensic Interviewer and a Jefferson Parish Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Spanish from Tulane University. Proficient in Spanish, Aubrey completed her internships and practicums, with a focus on domestic violence and trauma, while at Project Safe, Hall County Division of Family & Children Services and Metro Centers for Community Advocacy. A former Assistant Director and Counselor in Training Director of Camp Juliette Low, she has worked with children and families since 2011. Aubrey is trained in the National CAC’s Forensic Interviewing Protocol, is a qualified Forensic Interviewer in the state of Louisiana, a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and a Darkness to Light (D2L) Stewards of Children Authorized Facilitator.
Angele became the Jefferson CAC’s first Community Care Coordinator in 2016 and now also serves as a Jefferson Parish Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator. A Paralegal by training, and the former Administrative Assistant of the Jefferson Parish DA’s Family Violence Unit, Angele has extensive experience working with survivors of child abuse and domestic violence. She completed the National CAC’s Victim Advocacy Training in 2017 and has since received Forensic Interview Training with NCAC. She regularly provides our Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education Program throughout Jefferson Parish schools, is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), a Darkness to Light (D2L) Stewards of Children Authorized Facilitator and, most recently, a qualified Forensic Interviewer in the state of Louisiana.
Kelli is a licensed professional and nationally certified counselor employed by Children’s Bureau of New Orleans. She serves as the Jefferson Children’s Advocacy Center’s on-site therapist, through a partnership with Children’s Bureau of New Orleans and Project LAST (Loss and Survival Team). Kelli received her Master of Education from the University of New Orleans’ Counselor Education Program with a focus on Clinical Mental Health. She completed her practicum and internships at the Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services by providing individual, family, and group counseling to detained youth, as well as those on probation. Formerly with Milestones Mental Health Agency for over 6 years, Kelli has extensive experience providing individual and family counseling in the community, schools and homes. She specializes and is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), clinical assessments (CALOCUS), and Grief and Trauma Interventions. She is a Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Certified Facilitator and clinical consultant of the Jefferson Parish Multidisciplinary Team (MDT), who has presented on topics including: LBGTQ youth; the treatment of child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, and problematic sexualized behaviors.