About Us

The Louisiana Alliance of Children’s Advocacy Centers is a state chapter organization that supports Children’s Advocacy Centers in Louisiana.

We provide training, technical support, and advocacy on issues impacting Children’s Advocacy Centers. Children’s Advocacy Centers are child-friendly facilities designed to coordinate services for children who have experienced a crime, such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect.

Our vision is for every child in Louisiana, regardless of their background or where they live, to have access to high-quality care.

Our Values

  • Integrity

    We are committed to implementing policies and practices that ensure transparency, accountability, authenticity, and high ethical standards.

  • Growth

    We believe in accessibility to all CAC services to those in need. We strive to increase the capacity of both LACAC and local organizations to serve Louisiana.

  • Advocacy

    We provide a collective voice for CAC's by engaging with decision-makers and advocates for laws/policies that benefit children and families in Louisiana.

  • Excellence

    We aim to create a culture of quality by modeling continuous improvement systems internally and externally. We use evidence-based practices and data-driven programs to ensure the utmost care is given to Louisiana’s children and families.

  • Collaboration

    We believe in the power of relationships: we are committed to building and sustaining relationships to foster cohesiveness within the CAC network and externally with our partners to improve outcomes for children.

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Our Team

Jennifer Dexter

JENNIFER DEXTER
Executive Director

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Krystle Mitchell

KRYSTLE MITCHELL
Program Director

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Leander Johnson

LEANDER JOHNSON
Grants & Subcontracts Manager

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Jennifer Dexter is the incoming Executive Director of the Louisiana Alliance of Children’s Advocacy Centers. Jennifer has been working in leadership roles in the non-profit industry for more than 20 years, with a variety of programs centered around parenting and family support, residential treatment for foster children, supported independent living for individuals with developmental and other disabilities, and affordable housing. She also worked as a Legislative Assistant for State Representative Mary DuBuisson, District 90 to provide support services in the areas of administration, communication, research, and public relations.

Jennifer believes in helping people reach their potential and achieve their goals by providing the tools and resources needed for them to do so with independence and a sense of accomplishment.

Jennifer holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology from the University of South Alabama and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans.

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Krystle Mitchell serves as the Program Director of the Louisiana Alliance of Children's Advocacy Centers In her role, Krystle supports the Executive Director in the management of daily operations and programming of LACAC. She works to empower CAC’s across Louisiana to better serve victims and families, increase access to quality training, develop statewide resources, and provide support for CAC’s to achieve and maintain national accreditation standards.

Krystle attended Alcorn State University (ASU) and has over a decade of experience working with children and families. Of those experiences, the most rewarding are her time in the non-profit sector at the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence and the South Mississippi Children's Advocacy Center. Most notably during her time at SMCAC, Krystle held various roles from a Child and Family Advocate in which she supported families who experienced trauma and abuse. She later advanced to the MDT Facilitator and finally to Director. During her tenure, the SMCAC grew in capacity from 4 staff members to 16 as well as expanded services to include a satellite office in a rural community. Krystle oversaw the day-to-day operations working with staff to care for the needs of individuals served by the center. She was also instrumental in grant preparation and reporting as well as building and sustaining relationships with the public and community leaders. She helped to promote and deliver education and awareness initiatives for the community that focus on essential programming particularly involving abuse, violence, and human trafficking.

Krystle is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She walks every day in her God-given purpose to live out the values of the LACAC organization and fulfill her goal of assisting others in their fight against interpersonal violence.

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Mr. Leander Johnson the Grants and Subcontracts Manager. Leander has over 30 years of experience working within Non-for-Profit agencies. His professional background includes Business Director with Catholic Charities, overseeing its Padua Division; Program Director for Volunteers of America; Vice-President of Operations for Methodist Home; CEO of Boys and Girls Town of New Orleans; and Business Manager for local churches providing fiscal management and overseeing budgets. In his capacity as an executive-level administrator, he was responsible for annual budgets exceeding 7.5 million.

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Our Board of Directors

Aelania Auzenne
Board President

Monica Tayler
Vice President

Tiffany O'Neal
Secretary

Anna Grimmett
Treasurer

Joelle Henderson
Past President

Christina Johnson
Member

Charlie Picou
Member

Tara Gauthier
Member

Rashida Keith
Member

Tracy Dahmer Farris
Member

Luci Collins
Member

Bernadette Pickett
Member