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Board & Staff

Board of Directors Executive Board

  • Stephen M. Billy


  • Heath Jackson

    Vice President

  • Vicki Fussell


  • Lynn Barnes


Board Members

  • Dale Ash
  • Alan Baker
  • Tammy Coale
  • Sherry Hutto Cooper
  • Roberto Flores
  • Jean Johnson
  • ​Synethia Thomas


  • Stephanie Myrick
    Stephanie Myrick

    Executive Director | Forensic interviewer

    Stephanie serves as the Executive Director and Child Forensic Interview Specialist and is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice and Public Safety and from Southern Union State Community College where she obtained an Associate Degree in Registered Nursing. She has worked in the victim services field since 2004. Stephanie has served as the Executive Director of Escambia County Regional CAC since 2008. In addition to her duties as the executive director, she also provides forensic interviews for children and adolescents in Escambia, Conecuh and Monroe Counties in cases of alleged abuse. During her time working in the field, she has conducted thousands of forensic interviews of abused children and has testified as an expert in criminal court numerous times. Stephanie is extremely passionate about her work with the local community and advocates for support to maintain services to the children and families in the service area. She is married to Mike and they have a son and a daughter. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and being outdoors.

  • Kayla Gassner
    Kayla Gassner

    Family/Victim Advocate | MDT Coordinator

    Kayla serves as our Family/Victim Advocate and MDT Coordinator and has been with the Child Advocacy Center since September 2019. Kayla assists victims in accessing needed resources and other victim related needs. She also provides emotional support to child victims and their caregivers and frequently accompanies victims and their family members to various criminal justice and court proceedings. As the MDT Coordinator, Kayla facilitates and promotes partnerships with other organizations and social
    service agencies to ensure a team approach is achieved. Kayla is a graduate of Penn Foster College where she earned her Associates Degree in Business Management and attended Victim Advocacy training at the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She is married to Adam and they have one son. Kayla enjoys spending time with her family, their two fur babies and crafting.

  • Wendell

    Wendell serves as one of Alabama's Facility Dogs with the HERO program through the Office of Prosecution Services. As a Facility Dog, Wendell is highly trained in over 40 commands, that he uses to engage with victims or witnesses of traumatic crime, to help them through the difficult criminal justice process. He will assist his clients in forensic interviews, counseling sessions, Grand Jury sessions and in Jury trials by lying quietly at their feet during theses times. He has proven to be a great comfort while he helps relieve his clients of stress, anxiety, fear and other emotions, so they can get through the difficult task of disclosing, and testifying about their event.