Staff and Board

Staff Dedicated to Impacting the Lives of Others

At the Children & Family Advocacy Center our staff brings expertise and a dedicated passion to those we serve. The leadership team boasts a varied background across disciplines from advocacy and interviewing, to business and finance. Together each leader guides a dedicated team of staff members to help our clients build resilient lives.

The leadership team works closely with our Board of Directors to make strategic decisions that impact our organization and those we serve as we follow our core value of growth. Each director humbly serves in their role to put the needs of the client – and therefore the organization – first: this can often take grit, another core value at the CFAC. As one team they strive to achieve excellence, creating a safe space for staff to serve.

Leadership Team

Individual Woman, Natalie Tibbs, Executive Director of the Children and Family Advocacy Center

Natalie Tibbs

Executive Director

Natalie has been with CFAC since 2006, holding several roles including advocate, educator, sexual assault nurse examiner, and assistant director. She graduated from Northwest Arkansas Community College with her associate degree in nursing and from John Brown University in 2020 with an understudy in psychology. In 2023, she received a master’s degree in leadership from John Brown University. Natalie currently serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas and for Mercy Health System of NWA.

Natalie Tibbs

Executive
Director

Individual Woman, Erin Kraner, Director of Operations at the Children and Family Advocacy Center

Erin Kraner

Director of Operations

Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, including biology, psychology, and kinesiology from Hendrix College, and a dual-focused master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and community counseling from John Brown University. She is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), a certified law enforcement instructor, and is the Program Coordinator for ChildFirst Arkansas. She serves on the Forensic Interviewing Committee for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas (CACAr) and assists with facilitating their state-wide peer review program for all forensic interviewers.

Erin Kraner

Director of Operations

Individual Woman, Melanie Halbrook, Director of Community Relations at the Children and Family Advocacy Center

Melanie Halbrook

Director of Community Relations

Melanie is a certified law enforcement instructor who works closely with the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy, a provider for the Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas Professional Development Registry, an authorized facilitator for Stewards of Children, serves as a faculty member for ChildFirst Arkansas, and assists with mentoring in the state-wide peer review for all forensic interviewers in Arkansas. Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Life Sciences with a concentration in Child Development from the University of Arkansas.

Melanie Halbrook

Director of Community Relations

Individual Woman, Kathy Fisher, Director of Finance at the Children and Family Advocacy Center

Kathy Fisher

Director of Finance

Kathy is the Director of Finance for the Children & Family Advocacy Center (CFAC). Kathy graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University and then embarked her career at the CFAC, where she has been a steadfast pillar for over two decades. Her commitment and expertise have played a pivotal role in ensuring the financial stability of the center. Kathy’s dedication and experience make her an indispensable part of the CFAC’s team, contributing significantly to the center's ability to serve and support the community's most vulnerable members.

Kathy Morrison Fisher

Director of Finance

Early Mallow

Director of Programs

Early is the Director of Programs for the CFAC, currently serves as the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Coordinator for Benton County, and is one of the Bilingual Forensic Interviewers. Early holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology from Northeastern State University and a master’s degree in public safety leadership from Mercer University. She is a dedicated member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), a valued faculty member for ChildFirst Arkansas, and a crucial contributor to the mentoring and peer review processes for forensic interviewers throughout Arkansas.

Early Mallow

Director of Programs

Brooke Boles

Director of Development

Brooke brings a passionate commitment to improving the lives of those impacted by trauma, leading the development team in their mission to raise funds for the center's crucial services. Brooke provides strategic direction and drives initiatives for donor cultivation, stewardship and corporate engagement. Under her leadership, the center has achieved remarkable success, including raising over $1.1 million in a capital campaign instrumental in the construction of a satellite facility in Western Benton County. As a native of Northwest Arkansas, Brooke's connection to the community fuels her passion for giving back. She is a tireless advocate for the well-being of those impacted by trauma, striving to create a brighter future for those who have faced abuse and neglect.

Brooke Boles

Director of Development

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Board of Directors

The Children & Family Advocacy Center is grateful for those community members who choose to serve on our Board of Directors. Each of these board members brings a unique skill set and perspective to the organization, allowing our center to continue to grow and best serve those experiencing crisis in Northwest Arkansas and beyond.

Chuck Hyde

Founder and Principal – C3 Advisors,                     

Chairman

Tommy Coughlin

Market President – Grand Savings Bank,

Vice-Chairman

John Scudder

SVP Chief Ethics and Compliance – Dollar Tree, Inc, 

Treasurer

Jessica Waller

General Manager, Away From Home – Kellanova, 

Secretary

Lee Mackey

 Partner and President at Mach-1 Financial Group

Chad Raith

Chief Mission Integration Officer: Strategy, Innovation, R1, and Horizontals – Ascension Health

Chris Sparks

Director Global Investigations – Walmart

Allisha Watkins

Founder, CEO – Paradox Retail

Kim Lane

Retired VP Real Estate – Walmart

Rob Cowgur
Executive Vice President – Advantage Solutions

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