Staff and Board

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


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

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

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

Melanie is the Director of Community Relations at CFAC. 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

Our Board

Chuck Hyde

Founder and Principal – C3 Advisors,                     


Tommy Coughlin

Market President – Grand Savings Bank,


John Scudder

SVP Chief Ethics and Compliance – Dollar Tree, Inc, 


Jessica Waller

General Manager, Away From Home – Kellanova, 


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

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