Tess Fletcher, Executive Director
Tess Fletcher is the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Alliance. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Baptist College in Management Information Systems and her Master’s in Public Administration from Arkansas State University.
Tess currently serves on the board of directors for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas and is a member of the Conway Morning Rotary Club. She was born and raised in Louisiana and moved to Conway to attend college. Tess resides in Conway with her husband, Eric, and two children, Abbey and Keegan.
Leia Smith, Development Coordinator
Leia Smith is an Alumni of the North American Montessori Center, with a specialization in art and music early education. She began working with the Children’s Advocacy Alliance in 2015, and fell in love with the mission of the non-profit. Leia is also an alumni of the University of Central Arkansas holding a B.A., in communication and public relations. Leia has spent the past four years in the International Public Debate Association, and has maintained the status of the top ranking speaker in the nation for all four years. She has been the number one professional debater in the nation for the past two years. In 2017, Leia opened her own marketing business missioned at provident marketing consultation to all local business while incentivising philanthropic activity. Leia plans on obtaining a masters in non-profit administration. She is a passionate advocate of child rights, community development, and humanitarian efforts.
Karli Potratz, Forensic Interviewer
Lacy Taylor, Family Advocate
Lacy is the Family Advocate at the Children’s Advocacy Center. She began volunteering for the Central Arkansas CAC in August 2017 and became a staff member in March 2018. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas and has plans to move forward with a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is originally from Kansas, but Arkansas is now her home. It is her aim to bring her passion and determination to better serve our kids hope and support.
Tracie Cadiente, CASA Coordinator
Carrie Curtis, CASA Supervisor
Carrie was born and raised here in Arkansas, and spent most of my childhood in Pangburn, AR. I moved to Conway after high school to attend University of Central Arkansas. “I graduated in 1998. I remained living in Conway, I loved the community and felt like a could make my home here. I have resided here ever since raising my 13 year old daughter and our assorted pets.” Carrie had many opportunities in my youth to be able to volunteer for multiple organizations and learned quickly how fulfilling it was to help others and become a part of healing experiences. Carrie has spent almost two decades working with victims of abuse and am beyond thrilled to continue my career in helping protect and service the smallest of those that need us the most.
Jasmin Joseph, CASA Supervisor
Colossians 3:12 “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”Jasmin is a graduate of Central Baptist College, holding a B.S. in Psychology. Initially, Jasmin started as a CASA volunteer before being presented with the opportunity to become a staff member at Children’s Advocacy Alliance as a CASA Coordinator. Jasmin is originally from a small town in McCrory, AR. and moved to Conway in 1997. After moving to Conway, Jasmin was blessed to meet her husband, the Chef. They have been married 16 years. I have lived in Chicago, IL and Longview, TX. but somehow, kept making my way back to Arkansas and now I have a purpose that keeps me grounded here. Working for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance has touched my heart and given my life better meaning
“Working for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance has touched my heart and given my life better meaning.Growing up my mom noticed how empathetic I was towards those around me and so she would say “you know you can’t fix everyone’s problems” this is true but if I can only provide hope, care, and compassion to just one I will have given that one hope and joy when before they felt hopeless and helpless. The Children’s Advocacy Alliance gives that voice to the voiceless and I am honored to be a part of an organization that has a HEART!” – Jasmin Joseph
Debra Lance, Financial Coordinator
Debra is the Financial Coordinator for the agency. She served the agency for 6 years as a CASA Supervisor and loves meeting new people and helping children in need. Debra chose this profession to help those children who are in need of safe permanent homes find their forever home. Debra is originally from Whittier, CA and loves spending time with her Parrot, Sweetie, and being involved with her church. Debra’s favorite motto she relishes is having the faith of a mustard seed.
Crystal Dendy, CASA Recruiter Trainer
Crystal brings with her a decade of experience in the child welfare field. In addition to being a former foster and adoptive parent, she also trained prospective foster and adoptive families across the state, and coordinated awareness efforts for foster care regionally. She brings both a personal and professional devotion to the mission of the CAA and to her role as CASA Recruiter & Trainer. She earned her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to joining the CAA team, she worked in state government and non-profit leadership.
Michelle DuVall, Education Specialist
Michelle L. DuVall is a 35-year-old Little Rock, Arkansas native who joined our team in late 2018. Michelle was introduced to the Children’s Advocacy Alliance as a result of being on the Woman of Inspiration committee for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas for the past four years. Michelle has expertise in media relations, non-profit fundraising & awareness, as well as her true passion-ALL THINGS FASHION. Now that Michelle is on board as CAA’s Education Specialist, she will invest her time in educating children and adults on reporting child abuse and maltreatment to schools, churches, and organizations throughout her assigned service areas: Faulkner County, Conway County, Perry County, and Van Buren County. Michelle is extremely excited to join the CAA and aims to fulfill the mission of providing hope, healing, and justice to the abused and neglected children of our community.