The CNCAC Team: CNCAC is fortunate to have a wide array of talent, professionalism, skill set, and passion dedicated to the mission of serving child victims of abuse and sexual assault and their non-offending family members. The CNCAC team consists of four full time employees, one contracted medical physician, three contracted registered nurses, two contracted forensic interviewers, and a community support leader who serves as a volunteer. As a result of the commitment by the team, CNCAC is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to provide services at the request of its community partners; law enforcement, Department of Health and Human Services, and county attorneys.
Executive Director: Shannon Krejci
Shannon Krejci has been the Executive Director with Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center since November 2016. She received her Bachelors in Social Work from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. Prior to moving to Nebraska August 2016, Shannon worked eight years as an investigator for Child Protective Services in Charlottesville, Virginia. Shannon’s forensic interview training includes ChildFirst, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), and The Reid Technique of Investigative Interviewing and Positive Persuasion for Child Abuse Investigations. Shannon has also attended training on the medical component of sexual/physical abuse by Dr. Suzanne Starling child abuse specific pediatrician. During the eight years working in Virginia Shannon conducted forensic interviews at Foothills Child Advocacy Center, participated in monthly peer reviews, was an active member on MDT, and worked collaboratively with community partners on a daily basis.
Shannon is very passionate about Child Welfare, and loves her role as Executive Director at Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center. When Shannon is not advocating for children, she enjoys relaxing at her farm with her husband Jared, daughter Virginia, two horses, two dogs, cat, and parakeet.
Lead Forensic Interviewer: Cassie Hennings
Cassie is our Lead Forensic Interviewer. Cassie’s past work experience with The Nebraska State Patrol as Investigative Services Secretary and Dispatcher for over 10 years has provided her with the knowledge and understanding of multi-agency collaboration, excellent leadership and communication skills. Cassie was born and raised in the Northeast Nebraska town of Bloomfield. She continued her education in Vancouver, Washington where she received her degree in Travel and Tourism. After several years in the airline industry Cassie settled down in Grand Island, where she has made her home for almost 20 years. Cassie is a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Cassie is the mother of two boys Jett and Cooper. Cassie enjoys antiquing, camping, traveling and watching her boys in several youth activities including baseball, football, bowling, archery, and soccer.
MDT Coordinator: Gabriella Ochoa
Gabriella Ochoa is our bilingual Multi-Disciplinary Coordinator. She received her Bachelors in Child Youth and Family Studies with minors in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Gabriella was able to achieve being on the Dean’s list for numerous semesters and being a recipient of the Oasis/NCPA Academic Award. Gabriella was born in Grand Island, Nebraska. Gabriella enjoys having cookouts with her family, watching movies, reading, and attending church in her spare time.
Family Advocate: Ana Medina Chavez
Ana is our bilingual Family Advocate. Ana’s as a Family advocate will be to assist in educating, guiding and providing assistance to victims and non-offending family throughout the investigation and prosecution of the case. Ana’s experience in family intervention services and family dynamics will be of great use in her role as Family Advocate.
Currently, Bilingual Family Support is underserved with Hispanic workers. The importance of being knowledgeable in our cultural barriers, beliefs and fears are very important factors to understand when assessing our victim’s needs.
Ana believes that many factors such as socio-economics, education, degree of acculturation and English proficiency have an enormous impact on an individual’s beliefs and behaviors. All these factors challenge their ability to report abuse and find help.
Ana’s experiences make her a great fit for the Family Advocate role. Her previous work experience as a Child Advocate , Family Support Worker and Child Care Provider have taught her the importance of creating an atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, safe, and adaptive to each child’s individual needs.
Ana enjoys volunteering and serve as a community resource to the Latino community by providing assistance with filling out and understanding business aspects and educating them on resources available to them to assist with any needs.
Board of Directors:
Tracy McGahan, Board Chair
Scott Grafton, Vice Chair
Robert Pavelka, Finance Chair/Treasurer
Laura Dexter, Community Relations & Fundraising Chair
Keanna Leonard, Governance Committee Chair
Karen Hastings, Secretary