This generous little CAPS supporter brought us donations from his birthday party. Thanks Avion!
We’ve had so much fun at Comic Con. Thanks to Clint and Doug Randolph for remembering the kids who need a voice.
Our partners, Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) are here supporting survivors at Ad Astra. Come join us!
Happy Bear makes her debut for this school year today at the Salina Public Library. Parents and children ages 3-8 will learn personal safety skills. Come join her!
Thank you, Shane McClintock and 99KG. You have shared the joy of Christmas with our families for the last 3 years and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Join us next Thursday, December 13th to discuss tips for handling holiday stress!
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Travis Williams is CAPS’ Youth and Family Services Specialist, investing in juvenile offenders and their families since June 2020. He provides support, education, problem-solving skills, and guidance that empower juveniles for changes and choices to prevent future delinquency. Travis earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Kansas. He is committed to building relationships with youth, equipping them with the connections and skills they deserve to be successful at home and in school. Travis and his wife Erin of 19 years have one son who loves Hot Wheels, treasure hunting at garage sales, and muscle cars — especially Dad’s 1966 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 — as much as Travis. He is also an avid sports fan, especially KU basketball and the Kansas City Chiefs.
I am married to Colleen and have two daughters, Emily and Rebecca, and a son, Patrick. Sam, Conner, and Max are my three grandchildren. My career has been as a Public Educator, employed as a middle school teacher and counselor. Football and Basketball were sports I coached.
Emily Walker has been with CAPS since April 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education as well as Early Childhood Special Education. She previously spent 12 years in early intervention working with children birth-3 years old, with developmental delays and disabilities. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, spending time at the lake and cooking.
Lora Kirmer is the Community Engagement Coordinator and joined the CAPS team in 2021. She earned her B.A. in Communication from McPherson College in 2016 and her M.A. in Communication Studies from Kansas State University in 2020. She also holds a graduate certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement. Lora previously worked as the Communications Coordinator and social media manager for the Lyon County History Center in Emporia. She enjoys adventuring all over Kansas, researching autonomous vehicle technology, reading odd history, crafting, baking, and spending quality time with her partner.
Bridget graduated with her Master of Social Work from Washburn University. Bridget has dedicated her time and career to serving children and families. She believes strongly in supporting and advocating for her clients and helping them see their personal worth. She continues this in her role as a Victim Advocate for Chris’s Place Child Advocacy Center. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.
Eliza Hemmer joined the CAPS team in 2019, after graduating from the University of Kansas. She has a B.A. in Slavic Literature and Languages, Russian track, and a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience. She is a trained Victim Advocate and Forensic Interviewer for Chris’s Place. She is passionate about the CAC mission, community service and life long learning. Outside of work, Eliza enjoys running, cooking and reading.
Melissa has spent most of her career working with families and children who are at risk, or in the foster care system. She has a heart for children who have endured tremendous loss.
Melissa and her husband Berkley have 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren. They are committed to building secure family connections and they spend as much time with their grandchildren as they can. They love to take small trips, attend concerts of their favorite artists, and are both very involved in their church.
Melissa loves Jesus, her family, laughter, and shopping. Her hobbies include event planning for family, ministries they are involved in, and home decorating.
Grecia Castaneda-Torres is a parent educator and family mentor at CAPS. Grecia was born in Mexico, but has lived in Salina, Ks since the age of 8. She graduated from Fort Hays state University with a bachelor’s in social work and is licensed through the state of Kansas. She has worked as a reintegration case manager at St. Francis Ministries, and was a social services director at Salina Presbyterian Manor for three years before coming to Caps. In her spare time, Grecia enjoys spending time with her family and running after her daughter.
Megan is a graduate of Kansas State University, where she first discovered her passion for making positive impacts in the world. She has experience working with youth in a school setting, as a case manager for fostered youth, and as a mentor for those who have experienced trauma in the home. She has training in Trauma-Informed Care and Mental Health First Aid. Megan grew up in Solomon and maintains close ties to the surrounding communities. She enjoys her personal roles as a Troop Leader for the local Girl Scouts and a Big for BBBS. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her three dogs, reading, board games, and spending time with family.
Fernando Rodriguez is a Family Mentor at CAPS. Born in the Mexican border town of Laredo, Texas, Fernando grew up in a struggling single-parent household. After becoming a father at a young age and wanting to break free of the norm of stifled dreams in a small-town community that he witnessed time and time again, as well as to provide for his then growing family, he then made the decision to join the United States Marine Corps. Fernando would continue his search for the right career, with focus on law enforcement. After moving to Kansas, he never stopped working toward his goal, and in his mid-30s decided it was time to pursue his dream by becoming a police officer. The experience then gained from the Marine Corps, his years in security and law enforcement, going through divorce, marrying again, blending families and raising four daughters helps Fernando to be understanding and empathetic toward his CAPS families. In his free time, you’ll almost always find him spending quality family time with his wife and children, while always continuing on the quest of self-growth and finding the joy in life.
Claudia Quezada-Commerford is a Bilingual Victim Advocate at CAPS. She has had a calling to work with youth and children for as long as she can recall. This led to receiving her Bachelor’s in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University. Claudia enjoys being involved in her community and is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Salina. She has a strong passion in pursuing Jesus and taking care of her family . Hobbies are baking, cooking and interior design.
Kristi Green is a Family Mentor, Youth and Family Services Specialist who works with juvenile offenders and their families. Kristi has been in this position since March 2018. She provides support, education, problem-solving skills, and guidance to help juveniles make the necessary changes to prevent future delinquency. Kristi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Lincoln University of Missouri and a Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University. Kristi has a true passion for helping youth and supporting them in reaching their full potential. Kristi is the mother of 3 wonderfully spirited children who are the light of her life. She and her husband keep busy by keeping the 3 of them happy!
Jakyma Roughton has been working in childcare for nine years. She has two beautiful daughters and enjoys painting and drawing her free time.
Michele Hays works as a childcare provider as she has since 1992. She is a Kansas Wesleyan graduate with an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys cross-stitch, word searches and playing games on her IPAD when she’s not working.
Carmen L. San Martin J.D. is a CASA Volunteer Supervisor and trainer for the Saline County CASA Program. She has worked in this role since September 2013. Carmen is an attorney whose former practice focused on family law, child custody, child abuse and domestic violence cases. Prior to being employed by CAPS, Carmen volunteered as a member of the CAPS Board of Directors. In her free time, she volunteers on the board of non-profit organizations including the Salina Regional Health Foundation Board, United Methodist Health Ministries Board and the Board of Angel Academy Preschool. She is the mother of 2 active children who keep she and her husband busy attending their concerts and sporting events. Carmen and her husband are avid Jayhawk Basketball fans and enjoy traveling with their family.
Katy Vinson is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. She has taught in Salina and Solomon for more than 21 years. Her focus is on early childhood education and teacher education with classes in parenting and child development. Katy has taught parent ed courses for CAPS for many years. She has taught all ages of students from grade school age to adult. Her favorite students are parents who are anxious to learn about being the very best parent they can be.
Angela Owens has been on the staff here at CAPS for 18 years. Currently, Angela is a CASA Volunteer Supervisor/Victim Advocate and has been in this role since December of 2017. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Administration from Kansas State University. Angela’s previous experience includes Early Childhood Teacher in the public schools and non-profit child care centers, Executive Director of several non-profit child care centers, Child Care Consultant with the Child and Adult Care Food Program and her past position here at CAPS, Program Director/Assessor with the Saline County School Readiness Project (formerly Smart Start of Saline County). Angela is married and has a high school age son. In her spare time, she keeps busy as an active CASA Volunteer, bird watching and engaging in retail therapy.
Egla Eikleberry is a Family Mentor and Parent Educator at CAPS. Born in Mexico, the descendant of Spanish and Cuban parents, she graduated from the Interamerican University with a Bachelor in Science degree in International relations and from the University of Monterrey with a minor in Political Sciences. She is married with 2 kids. Egla developed the program “Save our children” to create consciousness in the Hispanic population about child abuse. While working with parents and families, individually or in a group, she has a passion for supporting parents in the walk of parenthood.
Egla es Mentora familiar y Educadora para padres en CAPS, Nacida en México de descendencia Española y cubana, ella se gradúa de la Universidad Interamericana en la licenciatura de Relaciones internacionales y con una sub especialización en ciencias políticas. Casada con dos hijos. Egla desarrollo el programa “salvemos a nuestros niños” para crear conciencia con la populación Hispana sobre el abuso infantil. Ya sea trabajando con familias individualmente o en grupo, ella tiene una pasión de apoyar a los padres y madres, en el camino de paternidad y maternidad.
Joan Ray has been employed by CAPS since 1996. She has a Bachelor of Science in Management and Ethics and a certificate in Field Service Engineering Technology. She has been trained as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate. Joan is married and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren. She is currently serving as a Family Mentor and as Happy Bear. Joan is the lead facilitator for the monthly Grandparent Discussion Group.
Necol Sample is the Childcare Service Director and Early Education Assessor. She has worked in the childcare field for 29 years and is the proud mom of 2 girls, 5 dogs, 3 cats, a ferret and several fish. When she’s not caring for children, she enjoys drawing, reading, cooking and playing board games.
Vicki Price, B.A. University of Northern Colorado, M.S. Kansas State University, has been the Director of Education at CAPS since 1992. Prior to that, she was an elementary school teacher and USD #305 school board member. She and her husband, Scott, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Chelsea Sutton is a Social Worker and Director of the CAPS Family Mentoring Program and joined the CAPS team in 2010. Chelsea received her Bachelor’s Degree at Bethany College in 2005. Prior to joining the CAPS staff, Chelsea was employed with the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (DCF) as a social work specialist in the children protection services unit. Chelsea has one son who is 18 years old, and she lists parenting as her lifetime passion. Other hobbies include politics, yard work and spending time with friends and family.
Melinda Hansen has served as CAPS Bookkeeper since 2005. She is married to Steve Hansen, a Commodity Manager at REV Corp, and mother of Kirsten Nusser, a Middle School Match teacher at Auburn/Washburn Rural; Christian Hansen, graduating in 2019 from K-State as a Mechanical Engineer with the ROTC Air Force; and Kaylee Hansen a 2019 Smoky Valley High School graduate from Lindsborg, KS. Melinda is actively involved as church choir director and worship planner and the Administrative Director of Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers. She enjoys scrapbooking while living on her rural farm in Falun, KS with their cats, dogs, and goats.
Carolyn Lathan is the Office Manager at CAPS. She has been with the organization since June of 2015. Carolyn loves providing assistance and support to our staff and clients in all aspects of the organization. She keeps busy in her spare time as a mother of 2 wonderful children, and loves camping trips with her friends and family.
Lori Blake is a Central KS leader choosing to be a change-maker, a wife and mother of three trying to find balance between home and work while sharing God’s light with all. She has served professionally as an advocate for human rights and universal access to quality education from cradle to grave. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Business from Bethany College. After starting her career at CAPS in 1998, she returned as the Executive Director in 2015.
As a parent, community leader and business owner, she is honored to serve USD 306 on the Board of Education and on the Board of Directors for Kansas Association of School Boards where she is currently on the executive council as President-Elect. She enjoys problem solving with creativity, transparency and diversity that results in achieving the group mind and thinks it is fun to see what can be accomplished when people work together.