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

Krystle Mitchell

Executive Director

Linsey Courville

Strategic Projects Manager

Leander Johnson

Grants & Subcontracts Manager


Krystle Mitchell serves as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Alliance of Children's Advocacy Centers In her role, Krystle is responsible for 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.


Linsey B. Courville was the Regional Child and Youth Trafficking Coordinator at Hearts of Hope and worked improving the care for victims of human trafficking. She received her Bachelors degree in 2017 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in a double major of Psychology and Criminal Justice. In 2019, she completed her Masters degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on juvenile justice and sexual violence. For the past three years, Linsey has worked in her current role, creating a multidisciplinary team response to human trafficking victims in the Acadiana area. She has worked with and advocated for many children and youth victims of human trafficking. She started the first Human Trafficking Care Coordination team in the region to focus on providing care to these victims from a Multidisciplinary preceptive. Linsey’s passion is to empower victims, raise awareness about trafficking, and improve the response to serving these individuals in the state of Louisiana.


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.


Our Board of Directors

Aelania Auzenne
Board President

Monica Tayler
Vice President

Tiffany O'Neal

Anna Grimmett

Joelle Henderson
Past President

Bernadette Pickett