Meet Kristin Cook
This entry is part of a new series where WVCAN is bringing recognition to everyday heroes throughout the state. Each week through the end of the year, we’ll be highlighting a different team member – CAC staff or allied professional working with a center – who is a hero to us and the kids they serve.
Meet Kristin Cook. She is the Summers County Prosecuting Attorney and has been in the field for over five years. Kristin is a team member at REACHH Child Advocacy Center.
What drew you to this work? Student loan forgiveness – haha. No really, it’s the need for someone to make a change in Summers County and my protective personality.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Being able to interact with the community. It’s a leadership role, but really I get to help folks. Being in a courtroom is easy – it’s going out in the community that makes a difference.
Tell me what an average work day looks like. Getting text messages from 12:01 am and go through 11:59 pm. Then phone calls start at 8:30 am. I’m on phone calls all day until the afternoon. I have court hearings, meeting with victims, solving problems, and sometimes creating them. Every now and then, I get to go read to children at school or judge a social studies fair, which is cool.
What keeps you up at night? Other than the buzzing of the telephone… mistakes you make, or reflecting on what you should have done or shouldn’t have.
What motivates you? The sense of relief on a victim’s face once the case is resolved.
What’s the best thing about working as a multidisciplinary team on child abuse investigations? The different ideas and skills the team can bring to the table.
What was your first paying job? Bellacino’s – a shout out to the Fama family!
Best stress relief. Jamming to tunes and doing some car dancing alone.
Favorite vacation spot. Warrenton, VA in wine country
Favorite childhood memory. Playing neighborhood spotlight at night. I grew up in a neighborhood with 180 houses. We played sports all year long depending on the season. The kids were ages 5-15. The older kids took care of the smaller ones. It was great!
One gadget you can’t live without. Sirius XM
If you could binge watch something this weekend, what is it? Games of Thrones or The Walking Dead