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Garden City

Child Advocacy Center

Meet the Garden City Team

Family and Child Advocate - Forensic Interviewer

Melissa Fulton

Melissa is a Forensic Interviewer and Child and Family Advocate. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre & Voice and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance.  She performs  locally and with the Wichita Grand Opera.  Melissa is also a personal trainer who recently held a national boxing title. Melissa loves being part of the CAC team because every child that walks through the doors is special and amazing! 

Family and Child Advocate - Forensic Interviewer

Ashley Martinez

Ashley is a Family/Child Advocate and Forensic Interviewer. She graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and obtained her license in 2017. She has worked in the area of child abuse since graduating and has a passion for helping children overcome and heal from trauma. Ashley enjoys attending training and constantly learning about how to better serve our kids in the community. 

Youth Advocate

Ricardo Colas

Ricardo is a youth advocate. He is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in social work at Fort Hays State University. Ricardo was formally an education major and had aspirations to become a teacher. After working in a homeless shelter and seeing how badly social workers were needed, he decided to switch his major and came to work at the Child Advocacy Center where he can advocate for kids who need it the most. Ricardo used to be one of the kids who were labeled “at risk” so he feels for these kids who struggle in school and need a little more love and motivation. Ricardo wants to be a beacon of hope and inspiration for these kids. He wants to use his story and his past experiences in schools to show kids that they can make it out and be something in this world no matter what cards they were dealt! 

Therapy Dog


Zeus is an Aussie-doodle who is always ready to greet kids and families at the door. He is located in the Garden City CAC but also loves to jump on the Mobile CAC and help even more kids on the road!! However, be warned he loves snacks as much as he loves kids, so keep those snacks close and come in and meet our amazing therapy dog, Zeus!