Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

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And improve more lives.

Who We Are

Our Center

Cooper‐Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center (CAMCAC) was founded in Hot Springs, Arkansas by Mercy in 2003. The Center is a Mercy outreach ministry and serves its surrounding communities with satellite centers in Saline and Polk counties.

CAMCAC offers a safe, child-friendly environment, where a comprehensive and coordinated approach is taken in response to allegations of child abuse for children ages birth to 18 years. The Center is one of 17 advocacy centers in the state of Arkansas and has the unique distinction of being the only hospital-based child advocacy center in the state. The CAMCAC serves more than 600 clients annually in a six county geographic area and has offices located in both Hot Springs and Mena. In 2012, CAMCAC was awarded the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance, which is the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers.

CAMCAC is a nonprofit organization and does not charge patients for utilizing any of the Center’s numerous services, thanks to the generosity of donors like you. Donations to CAMCAC help the center meet the needs of these vulnerable children. When you donate to CAMCAC, you help us continue our goal of empowering children to find their voice, heal from previous abuse and prevent further abuse.

Our Focus

Catherine McAuley, Mercy’s founder, had a particular concern for the poor. Even more specifically, she worked to assist women and children in need.

CAMCAC does not charge patients for utilizing any of the center’s numerous services. The advocacy center is an outreach ministry provided by Mercy, and relies on grants and the philanthropic support of community members and friends like you to provide care and services for the children and their families.

All services are individualized to meet the personal needs of each child and family that comes through our doors. These services include:

  • Forensic Interviews
  • Forensic Medical Exams
  • Child Advocacy
  • Mental Health Services
  • Prevention Services
  • Training Programs

Your support helps CAMCAC continue to meet the needs of these vulnerable children.

Providing a safe, child-friendly and caring place where children are assessed when allegations of child abuse arise.

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Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center Staff and Board of Directors

CAMCAC Administrative Staff

Clark Ellison

Vice President of Development, South Central Communities and Ministries

Tracey Childress

Executive Director

Holly Heer

Development Coordinator


Brandi Cannon

Lead Forensic Interviewer

Whitney Freeman

Child Advocate

Shannon Gachot-Ridgley

Contract Mental Health Counselor

Samantha Galster, RN

Tanja Huber, RN

Desiree Huskey


Kiesa Kay

Forensic Interviewer

Jill Lacomfora

Supervisor Prevention/ Community Education

Taylor May

Lead Child Advocate

Alethea McNary

Admin Assistant II

Gina Rockwell


Saundra Schultz

Contract Mental Health Counselor

Morgan Stidham

Forensic Interviewer

Jason Waller

Supervisor Counselor

Lauren Walker

Forensic Interviewer

Morgan Stidham

Forensic Interviewer

Jen Williams

Child Educator/Child Advocate

Board of Directors

Lamar Trieschmann


Samantha Christian, MD

Cheryl Cooper-Palmese

Tanya Lanier

Patrick McCruden

Heather McKim

Sister Cheryl Marie Quave, RSM

Charles Reeves, MD

Bruce Westerman

Philip Wheeler

Bryan Williams

Ex Officio Officers

Tracey Childress

Executive Director

Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

Cooper-Anthony Mercy
Child Advocacy Center

216 McAuley Court
Hot Springs, AR 71913