Southeast CAC

Our office is operating as normal but due to COVID-19 health mandates we will be limiting the amount of visitors entering our facility. Please call ahead at (334) 671-1779 if you are experiencing symptoms or need assistance. We hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you suspect child abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4ACHILD (800-422-4453)

Southeast CAC

Our Staff

Terri DuBose Executive Director

Terri DuBose, Executive Director

Terri joined the CAC in 2018 and brings with her over 20 years’ experience working with children and families in non-profit settings. She graduated from Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Troy University with a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology. She has worked as a mental health therapist and administrator in school, community, correctional and inpatient psychiatric settings. Terri has worked extensively in the areas of crisis prevention and intervention, the treatment of sexually abusive behaviors and the assessment and treatment of serious mental illnesses. Working to help vulnerable children was an easy choice for someone who is a big believer in Muhammed Ali’s quote that “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” She loves spending time with her two teenage children, as well as traveling (New Orleans and Boston are favorite destinations), staying active and watching Netflix.
Jennifer Kennedy Victim Services

Jennifer Kennedy, Victim Services

Jennifer has been with the CAC since 2003 and has a wealth of knowledge regarding the children and families we serve. She received her Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration from Wallace Community College. When children enter the CAC, they are always greeted by Jennifer’s smile and hello! Jennifer stays busy answering the phone, scheduling appointments, and helping our team members when they come in for meetings or forensic interviews. Jennifer lives in Kinsey and attends New Freedom Church in Webb. She is a thrift store shopaholic, and enjoys painting and crafting, spending quality time with her family and being active with her church.
Marie McCarty Forensic Interviewer

Marie McCarty, Forensic Interviewer

Marie began working in the child advocacy center field in 1998 as a Parent Enrichment Specialist. Marie worked with the CAC in various positions until 2005, when she left to work as a child abuse and neglect worker with the Department of Human Resources. She returned to the CAC in 2010 as a forensic interviewer and has been in that position since. Marie has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy University and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice, with a forensic psychology concentration, from Liberty University. During her time at the CAC, Marie has served thousands of children and families from around the Wiregrass area and has provided expert testimony in criminal court. Marie is married to Steven and they have three children and four grandchildren. Marie enjoys spending time with her family, camping, boating and going to the beach.
Amber Dye Forensic Interviewer

Amber Dye, Forensic Interviewer

Amber joined the CAC team in 2018, and brings medical and educational experience to the center. Amber graduated from Wallace Community College in 2008 with an Associate’s in Applied Science and became a Registered Nurse. After working in a clinical setting for several years, she felt called to education and taught preschool for 4 years. Amber is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Troy University. She resides in Headland with her husband, Ben, and their daughter. Amber loves children, is very active in her community, and is a member of First Baptist Church in Headland. She is a huge Auburn fan, enjoys camping, spending time with her friends and family, and spoiling her dog, Evie.
Grace Geisler Education Advocate

Grace Geisler, Multi Disciplinary Team Coordinator/Family Advocate

Grace began working with the CAC in November of 2012. While recovering from an eating disorder during her teens, Grace decided to commit her life to helping others by working towards her degree in counseling. She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology in 2001 and her Master's degree in Community Counseling in 2003 from Troy University. Since then, Grace has worked in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, and her truest joy is helping children feel valued, loved and understood. Grace spends most of her workday educating students and community members about the signs and symptoms of child abuse and how to report it. A native of Headland, Alabama, Grace resides there with her husband, Matt, daughter, Maggie, and their beloved pets. She enjoys being a board member of the local dog shelter, singing, traveling and reading. A huge fan of Mr. Rogers, one of Grace's favorite quotes from the influential child advocate is "It's easy to say, 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes."
Lindsey Wagner Community Advocate

Lindsey Wagner, Community Advocate

Lindsey joined our team in 2019 and brought with her 15 years of sales and marketing experience. A native of Montgomery, she moved to the Wiregrass after graduating in 2005 from Auburn University Montgomery with a BSBA in Marketing. Lindsey has always enjoyed working with children and volunteering for various non-profits so a job at the CAC was a perfect fit! She has two children, a son, Easton, and a daughter Holland Grace and a spoiled Goldendoodle named Pearl. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her children, family, and friends, visiting the beach and the lake, traveling and shopping.
Aline Mays-Easley Therapist

Aline Mays-Easley, Therapist

Aline Mays-Easley has worked as a mental health professional for over 20 years. Aline has been employed at the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center since 2011. She loves working with children and providing Trauma Focused Therapy to hurting families. She also works as a Forensic Interviewer when needed to assist families. Aline has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fresno and Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University in Fresno, California. She is an Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health Therapist, and Entrepreneur. Aline desires to empower and educate women on the importance of dealing with past hurts and trauma through her public speaking awareness events. She enjoys spending time with her family, supporting the community, and her involvement in her church.
Laura Bertagnolli Therapist

Laura Bertagnolli, Therapist

Laura began work as a therapist at the Child Advocacy Center in October 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University in Dothan. Laura spent years working in office administration before returning to school to earn her degrees and follow her heart into victim advocacy. Laura provides trauma-focused therapy services to victims of all ages to help them begin their journey toward healing. Along with the other members of the therapy and advocacy team, Laura works with adult survivors and caregivers in therapeutic therapy groups. Laura is a native of the Mobile area but has lived in Ashford for many years. She has one adult son and two furry children. When she isn’t working, Laura enjoys reading, traveling, and scavenging antique and junk stores for treasures.

Meet Cole and Mandy!

Meet Cole and Mandy, our four-legged friends and miracle workers. Since Spring 2017, the CAC has partnered with the Angel Paws program to offer therapy dog sessions to our clients. We love these two so much and are so happy when they are able to join us. We are privileged to witness them work their magic, bringing joy and comfort to children and families who are struggling through difficult times. They are each highly-trained “professionals”, as well.



Cole is a 4 ½ year old Labrador Retriever certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, The Canine Good Citizen program and holds an AKC Advance Therapy Dog Title. Cole was our first love at the CAC and so always knows who keeps the good treats in their offices. Cole loves belly rubs and always seems to know when a child needs a paw to hold.


Mandy was donated free of charge to the Wiregrass Angel House Angel Paws program by Canine Companions for Independence. Mandy is a certified Facility Dog with over two years of specialized training to teach her to respond to over 40 commands and perform basic helping skills to the disabled. Mandy loves everyone and it shows. Mandy likes to chase balls and admire stuffed animals when she’s not working.
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