Kristen Howell, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer
Kristen Howell, LMSW, is the new Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County. She has worked in the field of social work and family violence for the last 20 years. Kristen graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and the University of North Carolina with her MSW. She was most recently the Chief Programs Officer at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, where she provided oversight to all of the direct service programs at the Advocacy Center, including the Forensic Services team, the Clinical Services team, the Family Advocate team, and the Research Institute. Prior to that, Kristen worked for three years at Momentous Institute as Director of Development and Genesis Women’s Shelter for ten years as Clinical Director and Director of Development. Kristen is married to Bill Howell, an attorney in Dallas, and has two daughters. Kristen trains and speaks nationally on the impact of violence and trauma on families.
Chief Financial Officer
Art Davila is the Chief Financial Officer for Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County. Art has over ten years of experience in accounting including five years in public accounting and seven years’ in non-profit accounting. He was most recently the Director of Finance at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Prior to DCAC he worked at The Bridge for two years as the Finance Manager and five years at Philip Vogel & Company as a Senior Auditor.
Art holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas. He graduated cum laude from UTD in 2006. Art is married to Tina Davila and has three daughters.
Director of Partner Relations
Lori Nelson is the Director of Partner Relations for Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County. She has been with the Advocacy Center since 2001, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas. In her current position, one of her primary duties is to build and maintain professional relationships with the 40 partner agencies on the Advocacy Center’s team. She supervises the Multidisciplinary Enhancement Program to identify cases needing a coordinated response and ensuring access to the Advocacy Center full wraparound services. She is also responsible for programmatic data management and grant reporting. She’s been a forensic interviewer since 2007 and to date has conducted over 1,050 interviews. In 2014, she joined the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas’ Forensic Interviewer Training Faculty as a contract trainer to train forensic interviewers from CACs across the State of Texas in the art and science of forensic interviewing.
Patrice Odle, LMSW
Director of Client Services
Patrice Odle, LMSW is the Director of Client Services; she oversees the Forensic Interview and Family Advocacy components of our services.
Patrice’s experience in the CAC world began as a college student, when she interned at Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County; this internship was the start of her passion for the collaborative model to addressing child abuse and trauma. Patrice earned a BS in Social Work from Tarleton State University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. While in school, Patrice worked at First Street Methodist Mission, providing case management services to low-income families. Upon graduation, Patrice spent about 3 years working as a case manager at a day-shelter for the homeless in Fort Worth. She began working at the Advocacy Center in March of 2013, conducting Forensic Interviews and providing family advocacy services.
Director of Clinical Services
Suzy Gange, M.A., LPC-S is the Director of Clinical Services at Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County. Suzy has over 20 years’ experience in comprehensive clinical programs, including approximately 16 years of LPC supervisory experience. Suzy began her career as a Child Protective Service worker in 1994. She was a Clinical Supervisor for CAC for Collin County and has worked in private practice, psychiatric hospital settings and crisis counseling in the public school setting, working with intense suicidal and mental health issues. One of her greatest strengths is assessing dynamics and identifying client needs. She is passionate about serving victims of child abuse and neglect and looks to develop other therapists who can draw from diverse experiences to improve their assessment skills.
Director of Development
Amy Ferdinando is the Director of Development for Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County. Amy has over 15 years of experience in development and client/donor relations. She has been with The Advocacy Center for two years, most recently serving as the Assistant Director of Development. Prior to joining the Advocacy Center, Amy served as the Donations Relations Manager for UMOM New Day Center in Phoenix, Arizona and Senior Business Development Officer with Unitus Community Credit Union in Portland, Oregon.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and daughter Rooney.
Director of Facilities and Property Management
Terri Turrubiarte serves as Director of Facilities and Property Management and has been with Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County for 15 years. Terri is responsible for the everyday functions of both the Lewisville and Denton office. Her duties include facilities management, purchasing, maintaining vendor records/relationships, accounts payable, general human resource tasks and supporting the Advocacy Center team. Terri is very passionate about her family and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.