The Children’s Advocacy Center: The Emmy Haney House (CAC) announced Kristen Pavlik McCallie as its new executive director.
Ms. McCallie is stepping into the role following the great work done by Shelley McGraw, who served the agency for 12 years.
“We are so excited to have Kristen stepping into this role. She brings a deep passion for the agency and the work it does for the community,” said Jennie Hobbs, CAC co-chair of their board of directors.
Ms. McCallie brings over 10 years of nonprofit experience to the CAC. Prior to joining the CAC, she worked providing advocacy at the national, state and local levels. She served as the project coordinator at the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence on many projects including, the Centers for Disease Control DELTA FOCUS grant, a statewide Medical Advocacy Project, and the Office of Violence Against Women’s (OVW) Engaging Boys Prevention Grant. She also managed the Florida Peace of Mind Project, a collaboration between the Brain Injury Association of Florida and local domestic violence centers statewide which was funded through OVW.
Her favorite project was the Survivor Listening Project where she facilitated focus groups with domestic violence survivors. The results were used to improve program implementation, grant opportunities, and ensure survivor focused services. She has a master's in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State University, where her focus was violence against women. She started her career at a local domestic violence center in Connecticut primarily developing, implementing, and evaluating violence prevention programing. She also worked on crisis hotline and in the emergency domestic violence shelter.
Ms. McCallie and her husband, Michael, and their three-month old daughter, Nora, live in Chattanooga. She is originally from Connecticut and moved to the Scenic City in 2015. She loves the vibrancy of Chattanooga and doing collaborative work to change the world for the better.