About

Children's Advocacy Center - Hope House is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse in our community. We provide a path to recovery and a bridge to justice for victims of abuse. CAC Hope House provides forensic interviewing, family advocacy, counseling services, and prevention outreach within St. Tammany and Washington Parishes.

Our team is here to help.

All the professionals involved - forensic interviewers, clinical therapists, advocates, investigators, and more—meet with kids and families at our center. In fact, the St. Tammany Multidisciplinary Team and Washington Parish Multidisciplinary Teams are both headquartered at CAC Hope House. The team includes Hope House staff and representatives from 12 other agencies. Our child-centered environment is a central location for families to get the help they need after abuse has been reported.

We’re also working to prevent child sexual abuse.

We offer a nationally-recognized, evidence-informed child sexual abuse prevention program, Stewards of Children. If you’d like to learn more about our Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention and response training, click here.

Mission Statement

Children's Advocacy Center - Hope House is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse in our community. We provide a path to recovery and a bridge to justice for victims of abuse. 

Board of Directors

Executive Officers

Gia Baker

President

Baker Pile Driving

Rebecca Birkett

Secretary

Principal, Lyon Elementary School

Holly Boullion

Vice President

Chief Information Officer, CapinCrouse

John Barry

Past President

President, Velvet Pines Developers

Bonnie Dennis, CPA

Treasurer

Finance Manager, Royal Dutch Shell, Retired 

Board Members

Jamie Gabourel, J.D.

Vice President, Resource Bank

Danielle Fridge

Realtor

Peter McClenahan

Retired, Colonel, United States Marine Corps

Julie Philippus

Owner, Diefenthal Holdings, LLC

Tony LeMon, J.D.

Attorney

Stacey Whittemore

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sgt. Scott Davis

Sergeant, Special Victims Unit, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

Kathleen Martinell

Vice President, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust

Collin Sims, J.D.

Chief of the Criminal Division, 22nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Tracy Desselles

Regional Administrator, Department of Children and Family Services

Sheila Dugger

Community Leader

Sgt. Kevin Collins

Sergeant, Major Crimes - Investigations, Covington Police Department

Cody Guttierrez, CPA

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