The newest board member of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is Candace Vlahos, an attorney serving as General Counsel for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WSCO), and a resident of Miramar Beach for the past six years.
Originally from Monroe, La., Vlahos earned her Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., in 2006, and proceeded to work at a law firm in Los Angeles upon passing the California bar exam. She later moved to Massachusetts where she received a Masters of Laws degree in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, before returning to Louisiana where she worked as an Assistant Attorney General for U.S. Congressman Bill Cassidy, and at a regional law firm in Baton Rouge. During that time period, she met her now husband and ultimately made the move to the Emerald Coast.
Vlahos and her husband now have a 3 year old son and 21 month old daughter. She commented, “I have a strong passion for faith, family, children and education. There is no work more admirable or important than that which seeks to provide for our children and their future. The ECCAC is an incredible organization, fully devoted to the welfare and healing of the most-worthy and yet vulnerable among us; I am honored to serve on their board and hope to help further their mission in this wonderful community.”
Vlahos also serves on the Board of Directors for the Tree House Episcopal Montessori School in Santa Rosa Beach and as the secretary of the Mighty Oaks, a parent board for the school.
ECCAC CEO Julie Porterfield commented, “On behalf of ECCAC, we are grateful to have Candace on our board, especially with her relevant background – we work closely with WCSO. She will certainly be an excellent resource in our efforts to help children in their healing process.”
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) provides services in a child-friendly environment to help identify, treat and support children in abusive situations. ECCAC serves Okaloosa and Walton counties and houses representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families, Child Protection Team, State Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement, licensed mental health counselors, and ECCAC’s staff and volunteers. Over the past 20 years, ECCAC has provided more than 150,000 services at no cost to over 15,000 children.
For further information about the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, visit www.eccac.org
or call 850-833-9237. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.