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. She started volunteering with the CASA program in 2001 and took a CASA supervisor position with the agency in 2004. Tess took the Executive Director position with the agency in 2008 when the CASA program merged with the Central Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center to become the Children’s Advocacy Alliance. Tess is a member of the Conway Morning Rotary Club and enjoys giving back to the community. She was born and raised in Louisiana but now calls Arkansas home. Tess resides in Conway with her husband, Eric; has two children, Abbey and Keegan and a fabulous daughter-in-law, Pearl.
Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
Karli Goheen graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2017 Summa Cum Laude with a bachelors in Sociology. After working at the Children’s Advocacy Alliance as the lead forensic interviewer and program coordinator, Karli is now is in the process of obtaining her Masters of Social Work at ULAR. Karli firmly believes that if we can help children with the healing process then we can in turn help our community in the future. Her ultimate goal is to become a licensed social worker and continue working with children in our community. In her free time, Karli enjoys cooking, listening to music, and spending time with her loved ones and pets.
Courtney McPherson, LCSW, is a licensed certified social worker and the trauma psychotherapist for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance. She holds a graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Oregon State University. Courtney is a certified clinical trauma professional and has clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Uniquely, Courtney has vast experience and education working with victims of domestic minor sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Courtney utilizes evidence-based treatments such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy (EMDR), cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and aspects of art and play therapy, among others, to help children and adolescents process the trauma(s) they’ve endured and grow from their experiences. When necessary, Courtney also assists our clients and their families by being a support to them as they navigate the justice system. Through the agency’s training series, Courtney shares education on domestic minor sex trafficking and trauma informed caregiving. Courtney resides in Conway with her husband, Justin, and their two cats, Georgia and Charles. She enjoys game nights, costume parties, beach trips, and a good 90s/00s hip-hop playlist. She dislikes coffee, humidity, road trips, and Spanx.
Julia Greer, originally from Little Rock, graduated Cum Laude from Hendrix College in 2022 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She developed her passion for advocacy early in life through years of volunteer work with Easterseals AR and, later, by serving three terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Our House Shelter. In her spare time, Julia loves to read mystery novels and hangout with her pet frog, Basil. She also enjoys going canoeing on the Buffalo River and spending time with friends and family.
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Vivian Norris, originally from Fayetteville, graduated Cum Laude as an Undergraduate Scholar from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor’s of Art in Political Science and Spanish. As a member of the Schedler Honors program, she also received a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies which emphasized the importance of a community-oriented mindset. Vivian’s passion for child advocacy started at a young age and continues to grow with every child she meets. She learned the powerful impact of love in the form of advocacy from her godmother, Amanda Robinson, who served as a mentor to hundreds of vulnerable children throughout her careers as an educator and Episcopal Youth Minister.
Brooke Lasley is a Family Advocate in our satellite office in Clinton. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Child Advocacy from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Brooke started working as a Family Service Worker for the Department of Children and Family Services in 2019 and is looking forward to using that experience to help the satellite office grow and become a stronger resource for the community. Brooke is originally from Bryant, AR but currently resides in Shirley.
Alyssa graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Juvenile Justice. Alyssa has experience working with kids in various types of platforms working with at-risk youth in her community. She is a Conway native, but spent her college years studying in Atlanta, Georgia. She came back to Conway after obtaining her degree and fell in love with the mission and vision of the CAA. “My goal as a Forensic Interviewer is to provide a safe, open place for children to talk about abuse and neglect. I’m so honored that I get the opportunity to provide hope, healing, and justice for each child that comes into the interview room and often be the first person to listen to their experiences.” Alyssa loves to serve alongside the CAA in creating awareness for preventing child abuse and the involvement we have with our community.
In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her Great Dane and spend time outdoors. She loves game nights and spending time with her family, but also loves a quiet night at home with a good book.
“It’s a privilege to be able to bear witness to someone’s story when they may not have had the chance to tell it before.” -Lindy Alexander
Kennedy is originally from the town of Springdale, Arkansas and moved to Conway when she decided to pursue a degree through the University of Central Arkansas. She graduated in May 2020 with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. From a very young age Kennedy knew she wanted to work with children and help be the voice for them. Through various opportunities in Kennedy’s educational career, she has seen first hand how much of a difference one person can be for a child. Education and prevention is something that Kennedy holds close to her heart, and believes everyone, no matter what their profession is, should have training or basic information on what to do if something is to happen. In her spare time, Kennedy enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with her husband and dogs.
“As hard and uncomfortable the conversation is surrounding child abuse and neglect, it still needs to happen. The more we try to hide from it, the more we aren’t able to help the kids who need us.”
APRN, SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner)
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CASA Program Director
Tracie Cadiente is an alumna of Central Baptist College with a B.S. in Psychology and Christian Counseling. Tracie is a Community of Hope Chaplin, a Stephens Minister, and a Marriage Mentor. Her prior work experience includes being a caseworker for the Department of Children and Family Services. She was also an investigator and litigation claims specialist for two major insurance companies. Tracie has been married for 34 years has 6 grown children and 3 grandchildren. She loves to travel and her hobbies include scuba, snorkeling, and spending time with her family.
Tracie is the founder of a non-profit agency, whose mission is to demonstrate God’s Love is an action by providing programs that will transform the lives of families before they enter a crisis situation. Tracie’s words to live by: Mercy, Grace, and Forgiveness. God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All we need is faith, hard work, and a passion for those in need.
Carrie was born and raised here in Arkansas and spent most of her childhood in Pangburn, Arkansas. She moved to Conway after high school to attend the University of Central Arkansas. She graduated from UCA in 1998 and remained in Conway for the community. “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 her 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. She is thrilled to continue her career in helping protect and serve the smallest of those that need us the most.
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)
Jasmin is a graduate of Central Baptist College and holds 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 the small town of McCrory, Arkansas. After moving to Conway in 1997, Jasmin was blessed to meet her husband of 18 years, who is equally passionate about children who have suffered hardships at no fault of their own. Chef King is employed in an impoverished community where he enjoys bringing smiles to kiddos faces by making sure every child has nutritious meals. Together they champion bringing hope and healing.
She has lived in Chicago, Illinois and Longview, Texas but somehow, kept making her way back to Arkansas. Now she has a purpose that keeps her grounded here.
“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 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
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 Advocate Engagement Specialist. She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to joining the CAA team, she worked in state government and nonprofit leadership.
Crystal is a Central Arkansas native. Originally from Cabot, she moved to Conway in 2005, fell in love with the community, and resides here still with her husband, Chris, their four children, and three dogs. On any given weekend you can find her in her kitchen baking and decorating cakes.
CASA Teen Specialist
Terrie Harris is a mother of 6 (4 boys and 2 girls), all of which are grown except for her 17 year old son who has recently graduated Conway High School. She is an alumna of Arkansas State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a collective of 23 years of teaching in the early childhood, from Head Start, ABC Pre K, and Kids for the Future.
She wanted to expand her experience and took a position at Arkansas Department of Youth Services. She worked with youth that had been in some trouble, and learned that a few of the youth were in foster care. After hearing some of their stories, she wanted to get involved with working with foster youth. She applied for a program assistant position and was hired in St. Francis County (Forrest City). While working there for almost two years, a position came open where she could work directly with teens. She applied and was blessed to receive the position. She has had the opportunity to work with some amazing youth and help to develop a connection to their future.
“That is what has brought me to CASA. I have seen the way CASA has been making a difference in children and families that are in foster care. I wanted to be involved with these amazing people. I do believe God has brought me to this point. I want to ensure the needs of our foster children are met. I am very blessed to have been chosen for this position. I pray that my experience and passion for working with children and youth will bring continued success to the CASA Program.” – Terrie Harris