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Kids' Advocacy Place

Stopping Child Abuse    -    One Child at a Time

Kids' Advocacy Place employs a total of four staff members.

Their names and titles and brief biographies are listed here.

Kids' Advocacy Place Staff

Judy Sullivan, Executive Director


Judy Sullivan held the position of Executive Director of KAP for four years before she took over that role with Hill Country Cares and brought KAP into the HCC management structure.  Before working with abused children, Judy managed wide-ranging services and large staffs for MHMR.  She was the energy pump behind KAP operations and she now brings that energetic, can-do style to HCC.  While still watching over KAP and attending MDT meetings, Judy stays busy with managing HCC's day-to-day operations, fundraising, community relations, grant writing, and works closely with the HCC Board of Directors on all budgetary decision-making.  Her ability to motivate is one of her strongest assets.

Brent Ives, KAP Coordinator


Brent Ives took over the controls at Kid's Advocacy Place in August of 2010.  Brent's career started with his educational background when he graduated from Sam Houston State in 1994 with a BA in Criminal Justice.  He worked with the Dallas County Youth Village, a childcare facility, for two years before becoming a Juvenile Probation Officer, where he served for seven years. Brent's wife, Amy, and their two daughters moved to Kerrville in November of 2003 after falling in love with the area following a family visit to the Hill Country.  Brent served as a Family Specialist with Kerrville's K'STAR Youth & Family Services for more than six years and fine-tuned his skills by working with families in crisis through counseling.  Brent's presence at KAP has had an energizing effect and his calm, steady demeanor seems perfectly suited to the demands found in working with abused young people.

Mission Statement:

  

To rebuild the lives of abused children by supporting them through the investigative process, partnering with local professional agencies, and educating the community on child abuse issues.


About KAP

Nanette Carpenter- Forensic Interviewer, Case Manager, Prevention Specialist


Nanette Carpenter joined KAP on a full time basis in July of 2012.  Nanette graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Child Development.  Nanette serves as a Bilingual Forensic Interviewer, Case Manager, and Prevention Specialist. As a Case Manager, she is responsible for updates and information being documented into a case tracking system as well as the coordination of social and family services to the families we serve.  When requested by District Attorneys, Nanette also helps victims and their families prepare for upcoming trials and assists clients with victim impact statements.  As a Prevention Specialist, she works in our area schools to present programs on Internet safety, bullying, and sexual harassment.     

Max Swafford, M.Ed., Lead Forensic Interviewer


Max joined the KAP team in January 2009.  He was trained in Austin as a Forensic Interviewer, and combines those skills with a Masters degree and a long history of crisis intervention and counseling experience with the children and families of several Hill Country schools. He previously served as a Charter Board Member for Kerrville's Big Brothers & Big Sisters, has published two books on crisis intervention, and maintains a diverse background of experience with at- risk youths.  Max functions as our lead Forensic Interviewer and manages basic web site content for HCC, KAP, and ReRuns. He maintains update information on the ongoing MDT case list, and when requested, provides on-site crisis counseling or expert testimony in criminal court cases.


Haley Spencer - Prevention Specialist / Schools

 

 

Haley graduated from Schreiner University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She will be coordinating prevention programs in the area schools of our five county coverage zone. The current focus of our programs joins national efforts to stop bullying in the schools. Prior to joining Kids' Advocacy Place, Haley's love of children led her to work at Hermann Sons Youth Camp each summer for eight years. She has also worked at The Boys and Girls Club in Comfort. Her youthful enthusiasm is a great addition.

 

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