TEAM

Meet Our Team

The Child and Youth Advocacy Center Team

Our staff of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping victims of abuse find hope and healing through high-quality, evidence-based treatment services.

Staci Russell-Teaney

Executive Director

Staci Russell-Teaney

Executive Director

Staci became the Executive Director of the CYAC in April of 2018 after previously working hand in hand with CYAC and it’s staff for many years as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate at Family Refuge Center, and as a Victim’s Advocate at the Greenbrier County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. She comes to CYAC with a determination for and dedication to improving the live’s of our community’s children and families.

Francesca Zarcone

Resource Development Director

Francesca Zarcone

Resource Development Director

Francesca joined the CYAC team in July of 2019 as the new Community Education Coordinator. Francesca graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master’s in Social Work, and her concentration was Non-Profit Administration. Through the development of a new prevention education program, she was able to offer child abuse prevention education training to the community, including but not limited to school staff, daycare staff, and school-aged children.

Currently, Francesca oversees all community education and outreach services in addition to aiding in fundraising efforts and grant writing for CYAC.

Susan Vlajk

Therapist

Susan Vlajk

Therapist

Susan is a founding member of the CYAC and has been with the organization since its beginning. She provides evidence-based, trauma-focused therapy to children and families and participates in the Greenbrier County Multidisciplinary Investigative Team. Susan has a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping children to recover from abuse. She trains other child welfare professionals at local, state, and national conferences.

Sydney Hopkins

Forensic Interviewer

Sydney Hopkins

Forensic Interviewer

Sydney joined the CYAC in September of 2016. She is a graduate of Concord University and a licensed social worker. Sydney’s passion for working with children and families began while she was working at a child care facility, shortly after graduating from high school. While attending college, she worked as a Family Support Specialist, providing direct services to children and families with open CPS cases. Sydney has gained a significant amount of knowledge and experience in working with children and families over the years. She is now a certified Forensic Interviewer. As a Forensic Interviewer, Sydney talks to children who are suspected to be victims of abuse and neglect. She also coordinates the Monroe, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas County Multidisciplinary Investigative Teams.

Tonya Redden

Family Advocate

Tonya Redden

Family Advocate

Tonya joined the CYAC team in August 2017. She provides families with support and advocacy services in cases of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and/or neglect. Tonya maintains contact with the family throughout the investigation and prosecution processes. She also works to connect families in need to community resources. Tonya graduated from New River Community & Technical College with a degree in Legal Assisting. Her previous jobs in the legal field and law enforcement have led her to her current position in advocacy. She is here not only to provide resources for families, but also to listen and inspire a positive change. Tonya believes that people can start to heal if they feel heard. A positive attitude can transform life, regardless of what one is going through. “Heal the mind and the rest will follow.”

Keri Larson

Outreach Advocate

Keri Larson

Outreach Advocate

Keri joined the CYAC team in January 2020. She has been a youth leader for several different organizations over the years, and likes seeing the world through a child’s perspective. She believes that any small act of kindness or support can alter a child’s path in life. She hopes with community outreach, education, and a listening ear we can begin to put broken pieces back together and heal from trauma.

Staci Russell-Teaney

Executive Director

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Staci became the Executive Director of the CYAC in April of 2018 after previously working hand in hand with CYAC and it’s staff for many years as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate at Family Refuge Center, and as a Victim’s Advocate at the Greenbrier County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. She comes to CYAC with a determination for and dedication to improving the live’s of our community’s children and families.

Francesca Zarcone

Resource Development Director

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Francesca joined the CYAC team in July of 2019 as the new Community Education Coordinator. Francesca graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master’s in Social Work, and her concentration was Non-Profit Administration. Through the development of a new prevention education program, she was able to offer child abuse prevention education training to the community, including but not limited to school staff, daycare staff, and school-aged children.

Currently, Francesca oversees all community education and outreach services in addition to aiding in fundraising efforts and grant writing for CYAC.

Susan Vlajk

Therapist

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Susan is a founding member of the CYAC and has been with the organization since its beginning. She provides evidence-based, trauma-focused therapy to children and families and participates in the Greenbrier County Multidisciplinary Investigative Team. Susan has a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping children to recover from abuse. She trains other child welfare professionals at local, state, and national conferences.

Sydney Hopkins

Forensic Interviewer

Read Bio

Sydney joined the CYAC in September of 2016. She is a graduate of Concord University and a licensed social worker. Sydney’s passion for working with children and families began while she was working at a child care facility, shortly after graduating from high school. While attending college, she worked as a Family Support Specialist, providing direct services to children and families with open CPS cases. Sydney has gained a significant amount of knowledge and experience in working with children and families over the years. She is now a certified Forensic Interviewer. As a Forensic Interviewer, Sydney talks to children who are suspected to be victims of abuse and neglect. She also coordinates the Monroe, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas County Multidisciplinary Investigative Teams.

Tonya Redden

Family Advocate

Read Bio

Tonya joined the CYAC team in August 2017. She provides families with support and advocacy services in cases of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and/or neglect. Tonya maintains contact with the family throughout the investigation and prosecution processes. She also works to connect families in need to community resources. Tonya graduated from New River Community & Technical College with a degree in Legal Assisting. Her previous jobs in the legal field and law enforcement have led her to her current position in advocacy. She is here not only to provide resources for families, but also to listen and inspire a positive change. Tonya believes that people can start to heal if they feel heard. A positive attitude can transform life, regardless of what one is going through. “Heal the mind and the rest will follow.”

Keri Larson

Outreach Advocate

Read Bio

Keri joined the CYAC team in January 2020. She has been a youth leader for several different organizations over the years, and likes seeing the world through a child’s perspective. She believes that any small act of kindness or support can alter a child’s path in life. She hopes with community outreach, education, and a listening ear we can begin to put broken pieces back together and heal from trauma.

The Child and Youth Advocacy Center Board Of Directors

Amber Hinkle

Executive Director, Open Doors, Inc. Greenbrier County, WV

Ann Rapp

Guidance Counselor Greenbrier County, WV

Grady Ford

Attorney Greenbrier County, WV

Harvey Cohen

Real Estate Properties Management Monroe County, WV

Herb Montgomery

Director, Renewed Heart Ministries Greenbrier County, WV

Katy Montgomery

Teacher Greenbrier County, WV

Mary Treece

Retried Child Protective Services Greenbrier County, WV

Naomi Cohen

Real Estate Properties Management Monroe County, WV