Melissa Birdsell has been named the Interim Executive Director of the Northwest MO Children’s Advocacy Center. Melissa has been with the CAC for 7 months, previously serving as the Development Director. She has served in other capacities with the organization over the past six years as a board member or volunteer. She is replacing the recently retired Executive Director, Joyce Estes.
Lisa Rock is the President of the Center’s Board of Directors. She expressed the Board’s appreciation of Joyce’s contribution to the children of Northwest Missouri over the past two decades. “We appreciate how far Joyce brought the Center and we truly hope she enjoys her retirement,” stated Rock. “We are fortunate to have a new Interim Executive Director that knows and has been involved with the Center for so long.”
The Children’s Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization that serves two main functions for nine counties in Northwest Missouri. First they provide forensic interviews for use in child abuse investigations. Second, they provide free counseling for abused children for as long as they are in need of the service. They utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to investigating child abuse and neglect, seeking justice for child victims of abuse for the past 24 years. The Children’s Advocacy Center was founded in 1993, originally operating out of the Noyes Home. In 2006, they moved to their current location on North Woodbine Road.
Regarding her new position, Birdsell stated, “Over the past several years I have developed a real love for this organization and its mission. I am honored to be able to serve in this new role at the CAC. I am looking forward to continuing our work with the staff and Board of Directors to make a real difference in kids’ lives. Our potential for growth is great and I am excited to see where we are headed.” Birdsell will begin her new duties on March 1, overseeing a staff of seven employees.