New Executive Director
Katie Beth McCarthy has been selected as the new Executive Director for the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers (ANCAC). Following an extensive search and selection process, the ANCAC Board of Directors announced the new hiring at their quarterly meeting on September 19, 2017. The Alabama Network is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping communities through local child advocacy centers respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first. ANCAC also exists to provide training and technical assistance to all the Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Alabama. There are currently 33 CACs in Alabama serving child abuse victims and assisting in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, as well as providing services for child victims and their non-offending caregivers.
“Katie Beth’s previous experience with Child Advocacy Centers, as well as her education and her personal attributes, give her a rare and valuable skill set that will help her lead and grow the Network,” said Jim Ed Clayton, the President of the ANCAC Board of Directors. The Chair of the Executive Director Search Committee, Elizabeth Wheatley, said, “At the beginning of the search process, we knew that the new director would probably become obvious to us as we interviewed candidates, and Katie Beth McCarthy became the obvious choice. As a former CAC director herself, she understands how to help each center maximize our capacity to serve Alabama’s child victims.”
McCarthy’s resume includes over ten years of working in the non-profit sector. She was the Director of a CAC in Tennessee for three years before moving to Montgomery. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Jones School of Law after earning Master’s degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Freed-Hardeman University. Her past work experience includes working with mentally challenged adults, college students and small claims court mediations. She has taught classes at Faulkner University and Alabama Christian Academy. She interned with One Place Family Justice Center, Tennessee’s Juvenile Court and Faulkner University’s Elder Law Clinic. She received her certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution; she facilitated and coordinated the Multi-Disciplinary Team in Chester County, Tennessee; and she received certification for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She has also served on multiple non-profit, community boards such as Foster Care Review Board, Truancy Board, Pre-K Advisory Board and the Family Resource Board, to name a few. McCarthy is also experienced in non-profit fundraising and community development.
“I feel extremely blessed and overwhelmed by the opportunity to work closely with Alabama’s Children’s Advocacy Centers. Our CACs are a crucial component to combating child abuse; I’m honored to be serving these front-line workers. My goal is to increase funding and support to our existing CACs and to add more centers across the state to reach more children and families.”
Personally, Katie Beth is married to Faulkner University’s Head Baseball coach, Patrick McCarthy, and they have three sons, Miller, age 14, Andre, age 13 and Keenan, age 7.