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.

Francesca Zarcone

Executive Director

Francesca Zarcone

Executive 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. She accepted the Executive Director position in May 2023.

Chloe Nelson

Forensic Interview Specialist

Chloe Nelson

Forensic Interview Specialist

Chloe is a Forensic Interview Specialist for the CYAC. Chloe joined the team in February 2023. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Born and raised in Greenbrier County, Chloe’s dedication to the future of her community is a driving force in her involvement in social service and child welfare. Chloe believes in fostering hope and healing for children through supporting their voices and advocating for their needs. Chloe will assist in the facilitation of MDIT meetings for Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas counties.

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.

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.”

Tonya also serves as the Greenbrier and Monroe County MDIT Coordinator.

Francesca Zarcone

Executive 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. She accepted the Executive Director position in May 2023.

Chloe Nelson

Forensic Interview Specialist

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Chloe is a Forensic Interview Specialist for the CYAC. Chloe joined the team in February 2023. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Born and raised in Greenbrier County, Chloe’s dedication to the future of her community is a driving force in her involvement in social service and child welfare. Chloe believes in fostering hope and healing for children through supporting their voices and advocating for their needs. Chloe will assist in the facilitation of MDIT meetings for Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas counties.

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.

Tonya Redden

Family Advocate

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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.”

Tonya also serves as the Greenbrier and Monroe County MDIT Coordinator.

The Child and Youth Advocacy Center Board Of Directors

Emily Lanseidel

Assistant Professor of Social Work, Concord University Greenbrier County, WV

Amber Hinkle

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

Grady Ford

Attorney Greenbrier 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