Assistant Director & Child Forensic Interview Specialist
Emily has worked in the child advocacy center field since 2006 and brings tons of experience to Butterfly Bridge
CAC from her many years working in victim services. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Auburn
University and a Masters of Education in Counseling from Auburn University Montgomery. She began working as a
Forensic Interviewer and Therapist at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Montgomery in 2006 and provided
leadership in establishing the child advocacy center satellite offices in Elmore and Autauga counties in 2016.
She joined the Butterfly Bridge CAC team in 2017 and serves as the Assistant Director and Child Forensic
Interview Specialist. Emily primarily serves in our Autauga and Elmore county satellite offices where she
conducts most of the forensic interviews in cases of alleged physical or sexual abuse. In her time working in
the field, she has interviewed thousands of children in reported cases of abuse, counseled hundreds, and provided
expert testimony in criminal court. She lives in Prattville and serves as an Ambassador with the Prattville Area
Chamber of Commerce and attends First Baptist Church in Prattville. She is married to Matt and they have two
daughters. Emily is a huge Auburn fan, enjoys running, spending time with her family, and being involved in her
Forensic Interviewer & Therapist
Bethany serves as a Forensic Interviewer and Therapist in our Chilton County office. She enthusiastically began
her employment with Butterfly Bridge CAC in 2017 after falling in love with the mission of the CACs after her
experiences interning at the CAC in Bessemer, Alabama during her graduate work. Bethany earned a Bachelor’s
degree in Biology/Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Montevallo. She is
currently a National Certified Counselor and an Associate Licensed Counselor with specialized training
in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy. Bethany loves working with children and adolescents and helping them heal from traumatic experiences.
In addition to providing therapeutic services, she also conducts forensic interviews with children and
adolescents in cases of alleged abuse in Chilton County. Bethany grew up in Chilton County and currently lives
in Hoover with her dog Claire. In her spare time, she likes to binge watch her favorite Netflix shows and read
a good book.
Family Advocate & Multi-disciplinary Team Coordinator
Elizabeth serves as our Family Advocate and MDT Coordinator in our satellite office in Autauga County. She is
a licensed social worker who earned her Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. Since 2011, Elizabeth has
dedicated her life to serving children and families. She has gained experience through working with the
Department of Human Resources and Alabama Mentor. Elizabeth joined the Butterfly Bridge CAC team in 2017 and
has such an excitement and passion in her role where she helps to bridge the gap for families in need. This
Prattville native is honored to be assisting families in her home community by providing support, connecting
them to resources, and accompanying them to court appearances. Elizabeth enjoys being outdoors, watching Auburn
football, and spending time with her daughter.
Events & Development Coordinator, Community Outreach Advocate
Brittani began working with Butterfly Bridge as volunteer in 2015 and quickly became very passionate about the
mission of the center. She served as a board member for one year and is now enjoying her new role as the Events
and Development Coordinator. She attended Troy and graduated from Huntingdon College with a Bachelors degree in
Business Management. Brittani and her husband Ryan, a native of Chilton County, have two children. They enjoy
spending time with family and staying active in the community.
Family Advocate, Multi-disciplinary Team Coordinator & Facility Dog Handler
Stephanie began work at Butterfly Bridge CAC in 2015 upon completion of her internship with the organization. She serves as the Family Advocate and MDT Coordinator in our Chilton County office. In her primary role as the Family Advocate, she compassionately provides help and support for the children and their caregivers throughout the long, confusing ordeal surrounding a child abuse allegation. She is also the designated and trained handler for the organization’s facility dog, Zurg. Stephanie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to her work with Butterfly Bridge, Stephanie started her own environmental services business in 2009, which she successfully ran while still attending college. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog
Zurg’s socialization and training began at 8 weeks of age with a volunteer puppy raiser and continued for 14 months. Zurg was then returned to the Canine Companions for Independence center in Orlando, Fl where he completed 6 additional months of Advanced Training with a professional Canine Companions trainer.
Fun fact: Zurg was the third puppy and first facility dog that his volunteer puppy raisers have raised. He was raised in Wilmington, NC. Apparently Zurg loves the water, he would go to the beach with his puppy raisers and while at professional training the trainers stated he would just lounge in the dog bone shaped pool.
He loves to play with other dogs and loves his toys. He likes to play fetch and catch his frisbee midair. His favorite toy of all is his beaver, his puppy raiser brought it back to him at graduation and he never leaves home without it. At work or home he always carries it around in his mouth.
Zurg loves to interact and show off all his commands to the kids.
Family Advocate & Multi-disciplinary Team Coordinator
After re-locating from Nebraska back to her hometown of Wetumpka, Leslie started serving as our Family Advocate and MDT Coordinator for the Elmore County satellite office in 2017. In her role, she not only provides resources and support for the children and caregivers, she also ensures that all agency partners collaborate together in the most effective way in order to minimize any further trauma to the child and families as they navigate through the investigation and criminal justice system. Leslie earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Faulkner University, which included elected coursework in counseling and psychology. She has work experience as a case manager for Nebraska Families Collaborative, a Department of Health and Human Services contractor, as well as providing office support to child advocacy centers as a transcriptionist. Leslie and her husband, Randall, have one son. She has many interests, but she most enjoys music and video games.
Lisa has served as our contract bookkeeper since 2013. She studied accounting and business at Methodist University in North Carolina. Since moving to Alabama in 1987, she has worked in many capacities, therefore, she has developed quite a unique skill set that she brings to the agency. Lisa also currently serves as the volunteer coordinator at Southern Care New Beacon in Clanton, which enables her to provide activities for the patients and educate people about Hospice. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, river life, and spending time with her family. Lisa truly believes that laughter is the best medicine and is one of Butterfly Bridge’s biggest cheerleaders.
Therapist & Forensic Interviewer
LaChandra has been employed with Butterfly Bridge CAC as a Therapist and Forensic Interviewer since 2014 and currently serves in both our Autauga and Elmore county satellite offices. She began her work in the child advocacy center field as an intern at Butterfly Bridge as well as at the CAC in Montgomery before joining the staff as a full-time employee. LaChandra is a Nationally Certified, Associate Licensed Counselor in the State of Alabama with expertise in trauma-focused interventions for children and adolescents. She is a graduate of Troy University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She also received a Master of Science in Counseling from Faulkner University. LaChandra and her husband, Kendrick, have two daughters and one son and currently reside in Montgomery. They also have a “fur-baby” who is an Old English Bulldog named Ginger. In her spare time, LaChandra enjoys watching college football with her family and shopping. She has a passion for people and enjoys serving the children and families that come through the center. Her goal is to help provide every family with the skills and resources they need to overcome such a tragic experience in their lives.
Therapist & Forensic Interviewer
Erin’s love for CACs and childhood trauma began in 2007 during her internship at Clay House, formerly Bessemer Cut-Off Advocacy Center, in Bessemer, AL. She has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings, which include, a domestic violence shelter for women and children, therapeutic foster care, mental health and school counseling. Erin completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Alabama and her Master of Education in Mental Health and School Counseling from the University of Montevallo. She is a National Certified Counselor and Associate Licensed Counselor, currently working to complete requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Erin provides therapy to children who are victims of traumatic events and caregiver support to assist family members. Both therapy and caregiver support are client centered and based on the principles of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Along with therapy and caregiver support, Erin also serves as a forensic interviewer. Erin has previously worked with BBCAC as a contract therapist and forensic interviewer, and is excited about coming on board as a full time staff member. She believes BBCAC is an integral part of the community and looks forward to continuing working with children and families. Erin grew up in Thorsby and now resides there with her husband, Micah, and their five children. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading.