Meet our team.

Our staff of experienced professionals are dedicated to serving the needs of our member centers, including collaboration, funding, evaluation and assessment, training and technical assistance, and more.

West Virginia Child Advocacy Center Network

Emily Chittenden-Laird

Executive Director

Emily Chittenden-Laird came to the CAC movement as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) in rural West Virginia as a forensic interviewer, and was involved in local and statewide development issues. Emily provides leadership in every aspect of our movement — from training to developing public policy. Her recognition as one of the State Journal’s 2013 40 Under 40, and for multiple child advocacy honors, is a nod to her continued commitment toward changing our state for our children, and for the better. Where she leads, we’ll follow. Email Emily

West Virginia Child Advocacy Center Network

Grace Stewart

Director of Program Services

Grace Stewart joined WVCAN following five years of international work in Kenya, South Sudan and the United Kingdom. As our designated world traveler and Director of Program Services, Grace’s passion for grassroots movements and social justice translates to the many ways she supports us at WVCAN — providing technical assistance, facilitating strategic planning, and supporting program development throughout the state. As Grace plants her own roots in “The Mountain State”, she’s taking the work of West Virginia’s child advocacy centers to new heights. Email Grace

West Virginia Child Advocacy Center Network

Caitlin Smith

Program Services Specialist

Caitlin Smith came to WVCAN as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) in 2011. As a West Virginia native drawn to protect its next generation, she stayed on to direct WVCAN’s medical initiative, WV-CHAMP, improving the state’s medical response to child abuse. Now, as the Program Services Specialist, Caitlin’s leadership ranges from heading up WV-CHAMP to staffing special projects and training. Her passion for using research, data, and partner collaboration to improve the care for children and their families is powerful, and changing the way we operate for good. Email Caitlin

West Virginia Child Advocacy Center Network

Stacy Deel

Awareness & Development Specialist

With over a decade of experience in the communications industry, Stacy Deel is our marketing guru. In 2015, she joined WVCAN as the Awareness & Development Specialist handling public awareness and fundraising, and ensuring all resources are consistent and compatible with our mission and vision. A West Virginia native, proud Mountaineer alum, and past president of the West Virginia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Stacy represents us well and makes sure we consistently send positive, powerful messages to the communities we serve. Email Stacy

WVCAN Board of Directors

John Artimez
Bordas and Bordas Attorneys, PLLC
Wheeling, WV

Kevin Highlander
Arnett Carbis Toothman LLP
Charleston, WV

Joe Kenaston
WV Conference of the United Methodist Church
Beckley, WV

Lynda Lancaster
REACHH-Summers County CAC
Hinton, WV

Jennifer McPherson
WV House of Delegates
Charleston, WV

Jayne Landacre
Harrison County CAC
Clarksburg, WV

Erica Lord
Lord Hoosier, PLLC
Charleston, WV

Scott Miller
Just for Kids, Inc.
Beckley, WV


Jessica Tice
Higher Education Policy Commission
Charleston, WV

Shawn Romano
Romano & Associates, PLLC
Charleston, WV

Barbara Rose
Rose Law Office
Charleston, WV

Sheri Ryder
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Charleston, WV

Megan Simpson
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Charleston, WV

Shiloh Woodard
Child Protect of Mercer County
Princeton, WV

Mimi Wilson
Community Member
Morgantown, WV