Staff and Contractors
Rebekah Perethian, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Rebekah provides leadership and oversight of all programs and services and is responsible for the consistent achievement of the Center’s mission and financial objectives. Rebekah 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 been promoted to Direct Services Manager and now Executive Director! Rebekah is trained in ChildFirst to better understand the conducting of forensic interviews and is an authorized facilitator in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training. She is a graduate of Leadership Lumpkin County and Leadership White County and currently serves as co-chair of Lumpkin County Domestic Violence Taskforce. 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
Carlyn Hearn, Family Advocate
Carlyn has worked with children and families in a variety of settings since she graduated from Young Harris College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Communications Studies with a minor in Appalachian Studies. Carlyn currently works with parents and caregivers of children and teens effected by child abuse, advocating for them through the investigative forensic interview and medical exam process, and working with them through the healing process and connecting them with resources and services. She is also trained in A Window Between Worlds, which allows her to facilitate creative art workshops using a trauma-informed approach.
Megan Holcombe, Family Advocate
Megan Holcombe is a native to Flowery Branch, Georgia. She 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 now serves as our Family Advocate in our Parent Education Program!
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!
Jake, Facility Dog
Jake is trained by Dog Obedience Group (DOG), a dog training program that teaches owners to train their dogs with Positive Motivational Techniques. Jake passed his test and is an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC). CGC is a ten-skill training program that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between a dog and owner. Jake is certified as a Therapy Dog through Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD), an international registry of certified therapy dog teams. ATD provides testing, certification, and support, for members who volunteer with their dogs in animal-assisted activities. Through ATD, Jake has a liability insurance policy. Jake has a good temperament and loves children. He is able to serve children receiving services through the South Enotah Child Advocacy Center and will support them through out the criminal justice process.
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.