The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) announced its 2021/2022 line-up of Board members and officers.
They are Janet Parker, President; Renee Pellegrino, Vice President; Alan Wood, Treasurer; WCSO Chief Audie Rowell, Past President; and Shaun Eubanks, member at large. Other Board members are Todd Bierbaum, Stephanie Brannon, Cindy Cole, Christen Cowgill, Bill Fletcher, Velia Lala, Tracy McLean, Tammy Pierce, Artie Rodriguez, Tom Saffel, Annie Stutts, OCSO Lt. Nesli Suhi-Moore, Michael Thompson, Candace Vlahos and WCSO Sgt. Khaliqa Wheatley.
Janet Parker commented, "It is such an honor to have been selected to chair the Board of ECCAC. Healing children and ending child abuse is not only the vision for our organization, but the reality of what is done every day at our Niceville Center and Pierce Family Center in DeFuniak Springs. It is truly a safe haven for the children and families. While everyone's needs are different, this year there will be increased need for support and education for the caregivers because they are so critical to the healing process. We are so thankful for the leadership of our CEO Julie Porterfield, the dedication and compassion of her team, the vision of the Board of Directors, the support of our volunteers and donors, and the many partnerships that we have in the community."
ECCAC provides services in a child-friendly environment to help identify, treat and support children in abusive situations, as well as helping to prevent child abuse through education and prevention programs. With a Center in Okaloosa County and the Pierce Family Center in Walton County, they house 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.
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.