(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – The Director of Noah’s Hope Child Advocacy Center has accepted a position as the director of statewide programming for the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers.
Noah’s Hope Child Advocacy Center is designed to encourage teamwork across multiple professionals who are involved in child abuse cases. Tasks of the organization include recording testimonies from abuse victim’s so to prevent them from having to repeat their stories over and over again throughout an investigation. Vanessa Stergios has served in the role in Tuscarawas County since 2012. She will end her tenure with the local organization in December.
In a press release, the organization credits Sergios with the following accomplishments:
- Implemented a first-of-its-kind telemedicine connection between Akron Children’s Hospital and its local office so that CAC clients could have specialized medical exams by Child Abuse Specialists locally; presented at national conferences as to how other CACs in rural areas may implement such a program.
- Accomplished accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance.
- Developed a program for a facility dog that is available to children served by the CAC.
- Prolifically sought sustainable and diversified operating income from granting agencies and sources, taking the CAC from a shoestring budget that barely supported a part-time director to a sustained budget that supports a full-time director, three employees, and several programs for the children served by the CAC.
- Developed a program for educating the region on human trafficking.
- Sought and found a new home for the CAC, which has outgrown its original space and will be ideally suited as a child-friendly environment for interviewing children.
- Built the multi-disciplinary team process to widespread commitment by local mental health and law enforcement agencies, Akron Children’s Hospital, Children Services, prosecutors and victim advocates.
- Developed a responsive approach to victim advocacy with a partnership with Family and Children’s First Council and Service Coordination.
- Represented the CAC as a leader in the Ohio Network of CAC’s
“I am honored to have been a part of growing and developing the Noah’s Hope Child Advocacy Center, and I am very excited to be able to watch and support from my new position at the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers – and to see where we go from here,” explained Stergios “I am extremely proud of the work we have done here, but it is critical that the community know that it is the hard working and committed members of the Multidisciplinary Team, Our Community Partners, Our Board of Directors and EVERYONE that has supported our agency – no matter how big or small that has really made it all happen. It truly takes a COMMUNITY to respond to child abuse and Tuscarawas County – YOU have responded.”
Additional members of the Noah’s Hope CAC governing board include David Haverfield, Director of the Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services, vice president; Sheriff Orvis Campbell, secretary; Dough Shoup, manager at JLG Industries, Inc. and Noah’s Hope Co-Founder; Travis Alberts, chief operating officer of New Philadelphia Schools; Brian Flood, pastor at Faith Christian Church; Susan Custer, CPA, manager at Rea & Associates.
Members of the advisory board include Kristen Shoup, Noah’s Hope Co-Founder; and Natalie Bollon, executive director of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties.
Over the next much the organization indicated a plan to conduct a search to fill the position. Local attorney and board member, Tara Timberlake, has volunteered to act as the Interim Director during the transition period. “During this transition, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead the CAC and continue its successful trajectory,” explained the board. “We encourage all interested applicants to immediately submit their resume and letter of interest to Board President, Ryan Styer at firstname.lastname@example.org.”