Joyce Prusak

Joyce Prusak has been named chairwoman of the Tennessee Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Center. She is also the executive director of the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Joyce Prusak, executive director of the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) has been selected to serve as a chair of the Tennessee Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Center (TNCAC).

Prusak will take on her duties as a chair at the end of the month.

She has been involved with TNCAC since 2007, which is also the year she joined the Coffee County CAC. In 2016, she began serving on the board of directors for the state chapter.

Board members at the state level are selected by the membership, consisting of executive directors of advocacy centers across Tennessee. The chair of the board is then selected by the board of directors.

As chair, Prusak will provide support to all advocacy centers in Tennessee.

“The main responsibility is to help provide oversight to the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Tennessee and make sure that the board of directors is helping the staff meet the needs of the members of the organization,” Prusak said.

The TNCAC is responsible for providing resources, including training and support, to children’s advocacy centers across Tennessee, said Prusak.

There are more than 40 advocacy centers in the state.

“They have a lot of responsibility and a wonderful staff to implement the strategic plan and goals that the board helps set,” Prusak said. “It is my goal to make sure that the TNCAC feels it has the full support of its board and can be sustainable into the future in order to continue to provide these services.”

By helping strengthen the statewide organization, individual centers will be stronger and better equipped to meet the needs of children across the state who may be victims of abuse, she added.

She is eager to take on her new role.

“I’m looking forward to working with the staff of this wonderful statewide organization,” she said.

Prusak added she will work hard to make sure all members receive what they need to thrive. She will also use that opportunity to strengthen partnerships with other agencies and organizations across the state.

“Each and every day, children’s advocacy centers are meeting the most critical needs of children and families across the state that have experienced significant trauma of severe child abuse,” she said. “The impact isn’t always recognized, but the children and families that begin the healing journey through these centers feel the support and love that each of the centers offer to them. It is a journey that every advocacy center is honored to play a role in.”

TNCAC is dedicated to make sure that this important work continues throughout the state and that all children have access to a center, she added. 


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