The Children’s Advocacy Center for the 31st Judicial District has a new executive director.
“I am really looking forward to working with the communities of Warren and Van Buren counties while serving our children and families when they are at their most vulnerable,” said Children’s Advocacy Center executive director Cassell Galligan-Davis. “I also want to thank the people of Warren and Van Buren counties for their continued support of the Children’s Advocacy Center, which in turn helps victims and our communities.”
Davis served on the board of directors for the Children’s Advocacy Center from 2013 to 2017.
“I was so excited and humbled when the executive director position was offered to me in January with my first day being Feb. 3,” said Davis. “I am very passionate about the Children’s Advocacy Center as I believe that it is a place of hope and healing.”
That excitement is a two-way street.
“I am thrilled to have Cassell with us,” said Dianne Gillespie, treasurer of the board. “I have been working with her over the last three weeks. I’m just thrilled to have someone with her integrity and experience being our new executive director.”
Davis previously worked for the Children’s Advocacy Center for Rutherford and Cannon counties. In Cannon County, she served as the Family Services Coordinator for two and a half years. Job titles included Forensic Interviewer, Family/ Victim’s Advocate, and the Drug Endangered Children’s Program coordinator.
“I am a Middle Tennessee State University graduate with a BS in sociology and minors in psychology and English,” she said.
CAC works to break the cycle of child abuse by providing prevention services through education. Using identification, intervention, and treatment, the center strives to reduce the long-term adverse consequences for identified victims of child maltreatment.