Michele Thames is the Executive Director of SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center. Michele holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College. She was previously the Supervisor of the Forensic Interview Program at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Child Abuse Program in Norfolk, Virginia. Michele is a trained Forensic Interviewer that has conducted over 3,000 forensic interviews in a multidisciplinary team setting for local, state, federal and military agencies. Michele is a board member of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Virginia and faculty for ChildFirst Virginia.
Lindsey Kerber, Clinical Director
Lindsey Kerber is an LCSW. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and also holds a Master of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University. She is trained in TF-CBT and has 4 years of experience conducting acute mental health crisis assessments in the community and hospital setting.
Leannah Farbotko, Therapist
Leannah Farbotko, MSW is a therapist at SafeSpot. She graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and received her Masters of Social Work from George Mason University. Currently, Leannah is working towards her License in Clinical Social Work and registration in play therapy. She will be training to become a TF-CBT provider. Previously, she served as a CAC Family Advocate, Education, and Support Specialist working collaboratively with children and families who experienced domestic and/or sexual violence. At SafeSpot, Leannah strives to provide children with a safe environment to empower them to overcome challenges and discover their inner strength.
Lindsay Bullock, Therapist
Lindsay Bullock, ATR-P, is a therapist for SafeSpot. She has a bachelors degree in Art, and minor in Psychology from Marymount University. Lindsay earned her Master of Science in Art Therapy degree from Florida State University. She currently is in TF-CBT training, and in supervision to earn her license as a professional counselor. Lindsay has experience serving families in transitional housing, community based mental health facilities, in an inpatient hospital and in juvenile corrections.
Alexsandra Mendez, Program Assistant
Alexsandra is a program assistant at SafeSpot. She holds a bachelor in Political Science from the University of California Riverside. Alexsandra has worked with nonprofit programs where she learned the importance of programming, team works and development. She has a worked with underserved youth in Washington D.C. while serving a year of service in City Year Americorp. She has a passion for helping others and working towards the best interest of the child.
Angela Haslett, Forensic Interviewer
Angela Haslett is the Forensic Interviewer at SafeSpot. Angela holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work degree from Eastern University. She has over ten years of social work experience working with families and children. Angela is knowledgeable about the resources available to families as she has six years of working experience in Fairfax County. Angela worked for a non-profit as a case management to women and children who experienced homelessness as a result of domestic violence. Prior to that, her employment was in child welfare working with families and their children investigating allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Angela has also been trained in the APSAC Child Forensic Interview Clinic and has also conducted forensic interviews.
Anissa Tanksley, Forensic Interviewer
Anissa Tanksley is a Forensic Interviewer at SafeSpot. Anissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language from Bowdoin College and brings with her experience in the fields of victim advocacy, child sexual abuse prevention and intervention, family service coordination and child forensic interviewing. Anissa was formally the primary forensic interviewer for both the Children’s Advocacy Center of York County and the Cumberland County Children’s Advocacy Center in the state of Maine. Anissa is a trained Forensic Interviewer with specific expertise in interviewing children with disabilities and delays and child victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Tyler Lunsford, Family Advocate
Tyler Lunsford is the Family Advocate at SafeSpot. Tyler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Flagler College, and she is currently pursuing two Master of Arts degrees in Forensic and Legal Psychology as well as Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University. Tyler brings experience working in a local non-profit agency, where she connected families leaving the family homelessness shelter or the domestic violence safe house with community resources and advocated on behalf of clients to schools, social services, community resources, and housing agencies to ensure family stability and wellbeing. Tyler began her professional career in child welfare as a Child Protective Investigator in Orange County, Florida.
Pecos, Facility Dog
Pecos, the Facility Dog, joined SafeSpot in July 2015. He provides comfort and stress reduction to children, families, staff and multidisciplinary team members. Pecos accompanies children in forensic interviews, therapy sessions and in court proceedings. Pecos also has experience working with children in medical exams and attending multidisciplinary team meetings. Pecos was provided to SafeSpot by Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people by providing highly trained assistance dogs.