Staff and Contractors
Katherine Thompson, MPA, MSW, Executive Director
Katherine (Kat) is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2010. In 2015, she received her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recently, Kat served as the Executive Director of the Child and Youth Advocacy Center (CYAC), a nonprofit child advocacy center in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Prior to the Directorship, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the CYAC for two years. Kat has also worked for Wake County Child Protective Services in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Orange County Department of Social Services in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Currently, Kat chairs the Lumpkin and White County Child Abuse Protocol Committees and serves as Board Secretary for both Lumpkin County Family Connection and White County Family Connection. Additionally, she serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the High Rocks Educational Corporation in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Kat believes wholeheartedly in the multidisciplinary team approach to child abuse and neglect. She is thrilled to be at the South Enotah Child Advocacy Center, where she can work to protect children and families in her home state.
Rebekah Poponi, Direct Services Manager
Rebekah has worked with children and families in a variety of settings since she graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She first joined our team as the Family Advocate in February of 2018 and has since been promoted to Direct Services Manager. Rebekah is trained in ChildFirst to better understand the conducting of forensic interviews, and is responsible for providing assessments and therapeutic interventions to child and adolescent survivors of abuse. Rebekah also provides support and education to their non-offending caregivers. She is an authorized trained facilitator in the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training program and helps manage the Center’s community awareness efforts. Rebekah is a graduate of Leadership Lumpkin and currently serves as Board Secretary for Northern Star in Lumpkin County. She is passionate about helping others in the community and believes wholeheartedly in the quote, “We change the world when we simply meet the needs of another”-Kristen Welch
Megan Holcombe, Family Advocate
Megan Holcombe is a native to Flowery Branch, Georgia. She recently graduated from the University of North Georgia with a degree in Criminal Justice! While at college, she was an active member of Kappa Delta sorority, and was able to learn more about this career field through opportunities with non-profit organizations. Back in 2016, she worked hands-on in fundraising for South Enotah Child Advocacy Center, and instantly fell in love with our non-profit and what it stands for. For her last semester in school, she had the opportunity to intern with our facility and we are excited to bring her on board as a full-time advocate this May!
Kylee Martin, Full-Time Forensic Interviewer
Kylee holds a Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Forensic Psychology. Initially after obtaining her Bachelor’s, she began working in child welfare at the Division of Family and Children Services in Lumpkin County. After this, she continued in child welfare, but in a different role working with Court Appointed Special Advocates. She has stated that she is passionate about serving society’s most vulnerable through advocacy. Kylee brings a wealth of knowledge to our team and we are lucky to have her serving with us!
Lisa Mallory, Contract Forensic Interviewer
Lisa earned her BA in Psychology from The University of Michigan in 1988 and her MSW in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University Chicago in 1990. She has been a forensic interviewer for 15 years in 6 different states, and has conducted close to 1000 interviews of children, adolescents and vulnerable adults. Prior to becoming a forensic interviewer, she was a child and family therapist specializing in sexual abuse. Lisa and her husband, Doug, have lived all over the country and currently reside in Flowery Branch, GA. They are the parents of three grown daughters and three dogs.
Cheyenne Thornton, Contract Forensic Interviewer
Cheyenne is a graduate of the University of North Georgia with a degree in Criminal Justice and a concentration in Forensics. Cheyenne was our very first Executive Director at South Enotah CAC and previously our first Board President. Prior to this, she was the Victim’s Assistance Coordinator at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office where she assisted crime victims. She currently holds the Executive Director position for White County Family Connection. We are so lucky to still have Cheyenne working with our office and helping children in our community.
Marlyn Darragh RN SANE-P, Contract Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
Marlyn Darragh is a wife, mother of three adult children and grandmother to four. She is a registered nurse with 30 plus years of experience in various areas of nursing. Having worked almost a decade caring for the under served population in Gainesville, she became aware of how much she loved helping those who were in need who had no where to go for help. Since this was where her heart was, she jumped at a chance to take the training to become certified as a pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner. Her training was completed 2 years ago and she has begun to work with different counties in need of her services.
Dr. Krista Barker, Ph.D., LCSW Contract Therapist
Dr. Krista Barker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, specializing in the areas of trauma, post-traumatic stress, and child sexual abuse. She has a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Georgia State University. Dr. Barker is the owner and director of Turning Points Counseling and Consulting Services, an agency that provides trauma focused assessment and treatment for children, families, and adults healing from trauma and abuse. She has extensive training and education in evidence-based models of trauma treatment including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment, Regulation and Competency, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Dr. Barker works collaboratively with community agencies, including law enforcement, school systems, and children and family services, on behalf of maltreated children. In addition, Dr. Barker provides clinical supervision and mentoring to mental health professionals, testifies in criminal, civil and juvenile court settings as an expert witness in child abuse and sexual assault cases, and conducts workshops, lectures, and clinical consultations for individual practitioners and community organizations across the State of Georgia.
Megan Edge Vorees, LPC, NCC Contract Therapist
Megan is a graduate of the University of North Georgia with a Masters of Science in Community Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor who specializes in Trauma-Focused Therapy and Sexual Abuse. Megan starting working as a therapist with Center Point in Gainesville during her graduate school internship serving children and adolescents. From here, her passion to help children and their families grew. Upon graduation in 2011, Megan has worked with Turning Points Counseling, an agency that offers counseling services in house with the South Enotah CAC, along with the Power House CAC in Toccoa. In addition to offering trauma-focused counseling, Megan also sees private clients for a range of other issues. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and little boy, with another baby boy on the way! Megan has a passion for art and photography, with a strong interest in art therapy, training in mindfulness, and other creative coping skills.