Chief Executive Officer
Lynne McLean, MSSW
Lynne McLean is the CEO of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County and a veteran in the field of child protection. Lynne got her start in child welfare with Child Protective Services where she served for 14 years as an investigation caseworker, then supervisor and later program director. She holds a master’s degree in social work from University of Texas at Arlington and also holds distinctions as a member of Leadership Texas Alumni (2007), a recipient of the Child Advocate of the Year Award from the Mental Health Association (2005) and a graduate of the Non-Profit Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University.
Lynne’s non-profit career began at Child and Family Guidance Center where she served as Director of Family Life Education and greatly expanded the organization's educational outreach to parents and under-served families to help prevent child abuse. Lynne is also past Executive Director of Community Partners of Dallas and Greater Texas Community Partners where she oversaw the establishment of the statewide umbrella organization providing goods and services to 124 volunteer groups operating 136 Rainbow Rooms and serving 187 Texas counties. Under Lynne's leadership, the CACCC staff has grown from 29 to 45 employees who work collaboratively with board members, community stakeholders, partner agencies and the community at large to facilitate the provision of no cost services to abused children and their non-offending family members.
Senior Vice-President and Clinical Director
Dan Powers, LCSW
Dan Powers, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has served as Senior Vice-President and Clinical Director for Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County since 2000. Dan received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of North Texas, a master’s degree in Social Work from University of Texas at Arlington and a Certificate in Non-Profit leadership from Sothern Methodist University. He supervises a staff of 22 therapists and clinical interns providing no cost services to victims of child abuse and family violence as well as their non-offending family members. As Senior Vice-President he is responsible for clinical operations and program development as well as directing the Advocacy Center’s clinical internship and training program. Dan has also provided guidance and mentoring to many Children’s Advocacy Center clinical programs throughout Texas.
Dan has more than 25 years of experience working within the field of child abuse, sex offenders and family violence. Dan frequently testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts and also has testified on several occasions before Texas legislative committees. He has been appointed by the governor on two occasions to state agency boards and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force. Dan has made numerous presentations at major national and regional conferences on the sexual victimization of children, sex offenders and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse. He is best known for his spirited presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse and family violence professionals.
Vice-President of Finance, CFO
Marcy K. Cortez
Marcy Cortez has been the Vice-President of Finance, CFO at Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County for six years. She has more than 30 years of accounting and financial experience in the banking, industrial and non-profit sectors. Marcy graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She has a Graduate Finance Certificate and a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from Southern Methodist University and has participated in many financial training programs, both domestically and internationally. Marcy has been instrumental in helping the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County achieve a 4-Star Charity rating by Charity Navigator for the last five years.
Throughout her career, Marcy has volunteered with many agencies related to crisis and children. She came to Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County in order to unite her passion with her profession. To her, the most heartbreaking situation in life is a child who feels unloved or unwanted.
Vice-President of Development
Melanie R. Carroll, CFRE
Melanie R. Carroll has served as Vice-President of Development for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County since August 2010. She received a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies from Texas Tech University and has amassed more than 20 years of service to Dallas area non-profit organizations. She began her career assisting low-income families with child care in order to attain self-sufficiency. More recently, she managed a program providing home remodels and repairs for the elderly and low-income and facilitated alcohol education for high school and college students.
Melanie oversees all aspects of the Center's fundraising, special events and development projects to meet the Center's $3.4 million dollar annual budget so that no child victimized by abuse or neglect goes without services and support. Melanie implemented the Center's planned giving program and has contributed significantly to the growth of special events such as Gala and Teddy Bear Ride. She also has increased corporate community outreach, major gifts development and foundation grants support. She holds accreditation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Vice President of Programs
Michelle Schuback, LCSW
Michelle Schuback, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been employed at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County since 2002. Michelle currently serves as the Vice President of Programs and a Forensic Interviewer. In this capacity, Michelle is directly responsible for program development and implementation, staff development, and coordination of all client services with the exception of the Center's clinical program. Michelle received a bachelor's degree in child development from the University of Texas at Austin and obtained her master's in Social Work from the University of Texas in Arlington.
Michelle has over 15 years of experience working in the field of child abuse and neglect. Michelle has conducted more than 2,000 forensic interviews of children and frequently provides expert testimony on forensic interviewing and the dynamics of child abuse. Michelle has presented both locally and Nationally on topics related to conducting forensic interviews with children, dynamics of child abuse, and child development. Michelle has been involved in the Collin County Council on Family Violence, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County Training Institute, and the Collin County Faith Alliance for Children.
Director of Family Advocacy and Support Services
Erica Stanley, LCSW
Erica Stanley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently serves as Director of Family Advocacy and Support Services at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. Erica holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Northwestern State University in Louisiana and a master's in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. As Director of Family Advocacy and Support Services, Erica oversees the Family Advocate Program, Rainbow Room, Child Care, Back to School Fair and Holiday Project for the Center. These outreach programs provide for the most basic needs of children and families impacted by abuse. Erica has worked in the field of child abuse for the past 11 years as a therapist, forensic interviewer, supervisor and now as a director. She has interviewed more than 1,000 children and still retains the role of forensic interviewer along with her responsibilities overseeing the Family Advocate and Support Services program at the Center. She has presented locally and statewide on child abuse-related topics and on the ethics of social work.