Roxanne StevensonExecutive Director
Roxanne Stevenson was named Executive Director of The Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center in October 2011. She is responsible for the oversight, coordination, and direction of the day-to-day administrative operations, provides public education and community awareness presentations regarding child abuse issues and the purpose of the CAC, and develops fundraising and program expansion initiatives. Roxanne served in a variety of management roles for other non-profit organizations before joining the CAC, and received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from LeTourneau University. In her spare time, Roxanne enjoys horseback riding, golfing, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with her husband and six grandchildren - who call her "G-Roxy".
Kimberly LaraProgram Director/Bilingual Forensic Interviewer
Kimberly Lara joined the staff of The Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center in February 2013 as a Forensic Interviewer and Family Advocate. She was promoted to Program Director in 2016 and continues to serve as the center's Bilingual Forensic Interviewer. Kimberly earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas in Denton and graduated Cum Laude from Tarleton State University with a Master's degree in Criminal Justice. Kimberly wears many hats for The Martin House CAC assisting with grant and statistical reports, personnel and program management, and ensuring children and families affected by abuse have the support and resources they need throughout the case investigation and prosecution process.
Jordan BeardsleyMEP Specialist
Jordan Beardsley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas Woman's University in Denton. She joined The Martin House CAC team in September 2015 as Intake Coordinator and helped establish and organize the center's MDT Enhancement Program. In 2016, Jordan began training as a Forensic Interviewer and continues to assist with the MDT Enhancement Program and the scheduling of forensic interviews for alleged victims in Gregg and Marion Counties. When not assisting team members or children at the CAC, Jordan is a volunteer mentor through the Partners in Prevention organization and enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband.
Jaleesa NelsonChild & Family Advocate
As Child and Family Advocate, Jaleesa Nelson is most often the friendly face that greets children and families arriving at the center for services. Jaleesa has worked for The Martin House CAC since February 2016 and provides critical follow-up support and assistance throughout the investigation and prosecution process of a child abuse case. Jaleesa attended The University of Texas at Tyler where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. While attending college, she worked with children at a daycare center, then gained experience as a substance abuse counselor intern in the prison system. In her spare time, Jaleesa enjoys being a sports mom and volunteering with the youth group at her church.
Christie Glenn-MooreIntake Coordinator/Forensic Interviewer
In February 2017, Christie Glenn-Moore joined The Martin House CAC team as Intake Coordinator and Forensic Interviewer. Christie has strong connections with team members in Child Protective Services from Harrison, Marion, Panola, and Rusk counties due to her extensive experience working for the Department of Family and Protective Services in Investigations and Family Based Safety Services. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Development from Stephen F. Austin University and will continue utilizing her knowledge, experience, and skills in reviewing and tracking notifications of child abuse and coordinating and conducting forensic interviews for The Martin House. Christie and her husband have five fantastic children who keep the family pleasantly busy. Christie also enjoys her involvement as a Youth Director at her church.
Misty KaleForensic Interviewer
In October 2017, Misty Kale joined the Martin House CAC team as a Forensic Interviewer. Misty has a strong passion for ensuring child safety having worked with Child Protective Services in various surrounding counties with Family Based Safety Services. Misty has also worked in a private school teaching children and currently enjoys volunteering/teaching children at her church. Misty attended Louisiana State University of Shreveport where she earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. While at LSU, she served as secretary for the History club and still enjoys anything related to history. Misty enjoys reading John Grisham books, prior criminal case studies, Shakespeare, studying different cultures, listening to NPR each morning for current events taking place in the domestic and foreign political spectrum, and spoiling her BIG dog at home.
Tracey Moore, M.S., CAMS-1, LPC-InternTherapist
Tracey Moore joined The Martin House CAC on October 16, 2017. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Tyler in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and in 2015 she graduated with a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology. Tracey is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern, under the supervision of Carol Pendley, LPC-S. Before joining The Martin House CAC, Tracey worked with children ages 3-17 and their families who were dealing with trauma, a range of mental disorders, anger, and oppositional defiant behavior. Due to a growing concern about families dealing with conflict resolutions, she attended a training to become a Certified Anger Management Specialist-I (CAMS-1) in 2017. "Counseling is one of the keys to the healing process for every child of abuse and trauma," explains Tracey, who will provide in-house counseling/intervention services to child abuse victims as well as for the non-offending caregivers/family members from Gregg, Harrison, and Marion Counties.
Rachel SpurgeonChild & Family Advocate
Rachel Spurgeon joined the Martin House CAC team in November 2017. She graduated from Texas A&M- Commerce with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and earned a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from The University of Texas at Tyler. Before joining The Martin House team, Rachel worked as a therapist intern at the Smith county CAC and also provided crisis intervention and assessment for both a crisis hotline and the Andrews Center. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and archery.
Rainy is a two-year-old female Labrador/Golden Retriever, specially bred, trained, and certified by Canine Companions for Independence to work with her handlers at the CAC. Having joined the center in August 2017, Rainy is available to comfort, entertain, or just sit quietly by children during their time at the center before or after forensic interviews, medical exams, therapy sessions, or can accompany children to court who must testify against their offenders. Rainy's hobbies include playing hide and seek with her favorite squeaky toy, rolling over to beg for belly rubs, and trying to entice her feline brothers at home into playing with her.