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Kelly Robbins and David Fyler

 Program Director and Therapist

Kelly Robbins and David Fyler co-founded the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center (WKCAC) in 2004. They are both Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapists. Kelly is the Program Director and prior Executive Director for 18 years.

 

Kelly’s 20 years of experience with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation including seven years as a Special Agent in western Kansas and David’s mental health background is what prompted them to create an organization that would bring help and healing to hurting children and families.

  

Kelly is also the Executive Director for ChildFirst, a forensic interviewing protocol that enhances the education of front-line child abuse professionals. Kelly and David have been ChildFirst faculty members since its founding in 2005.

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Layla Mumgaard

Executive Director

Layla Mumgaard is a Therapist and the Executive Director at WKCAC. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Layla is originally from Garden City but lived in Omaha, Nebraska for 5 years prior to moving back in 2015. She and her husband have three boys who keep them on their toes every minute of the day. Layla enjoys working at the WKCAC because of the impact we have on the children and their families. These kids save the lives of other kids by sharing their stories.

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Chandra Hughes

Office Manager - Family and Child Advocate 

Chandra is our Office Manager. She is located in our Scott City CAC. As Office Manager she helps out all of the WKCAC staff with paperwork, scheduling and more. Chandra keeps all our offices organized and allows for the WKCAC staff to focus on the families and kiddos we serve. 

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Open Position

Family and Child Advocate - Forensic Interviewer

Now hiring

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Open Position

Case Coordinator and Child and Family Advocate

Now hiring 

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Open Position

Family and Child Advocate

Now Hiring 

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Open Position

Development Director

Now Hiring 

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Melissa Fulton

Family and Child Advocate - Forensic Interviewer

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! 

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Raquel Perez

Family and Child Advocate - Forensic Interviewer

Raquel is a Family/Child Advocate and Forensic Interviewer. She is in our Garden City Center. Raquel was born and raised in Garden City. She is currently studying to get her degree in social work. She enjoys working with children and families in the community. Her husband and two kids keep her very busy; she enjoys being out in the community with her family and friends. She is dedicated to helping children and families start their healing process of trauma. 

Monica Limon

Youth Advocate

Monica is the new Youth Mentor for south west Kansas. After working with students at Garden City Public Schools for 5 years, she pursued a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration & Marketing and graduated with honors. Monica is passionate and committed to helping kids find their place in life. Monica has devoted many years to coaching youth soccer for boys and girls from intermediate to college level. Her greatest accomplishment so far is working alongside other members of the community to create a program in which youth soccer players develop their athletic skills, learn teamwork and respect, build self-esteem, and grow their love for soccer. In addition to helping players become better athletes and young adults, she believes in emphasizing each child’s mental health and awareness in her work. Monica is excited to be a part of the WKCAC.

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Zeus

CAC 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 CAC dog, Zeus! 

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Brenda Serrato

Medical Advocate 

Brenda is a medical child and family advocate located in Garden City. She is passionate about families and loves working with children. Her priority is to make sure the children are safe. She has been married for 21 years, she has four wonderful children, six wonderful grandchildren, and one husky. She loves spending time with her family and traveling. She got her CNA and worked as a Home Health Aid for two years. After that, she decided she wanted to open her own in-home daycare and worked that for 5 years until her older sister ended up with an illness. After her passing, she went to work for St Francis as a family support worker in reintegration for 2 years and moved to the adoption department for about 4 months. She decided she needed something where she could do more for children and families.

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Marshmello

CAC Dog

Marshmello is a bichon poodle who is ready to greet kids and families with the sweetest smile! Besides hanging out with kids Marshmello loves to run around and around with his best pal Zues in Garden City!

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Haley Rutherford

Family and Child Advocate 

Haley is a Child and Family Advocate. She graduated from Fort Hays State University in 2017 with her bachelors degree in Social Work. She loves working at the CAC because she gets to help kids and families heal from trauma! 

Tracy Kinderknecht

Family and Child Advocate 

Hi, My name is Tracy Kinderknecht, I am a child/family advocate with the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center.  I was hired on in January of 2016, and have loved my job ever since! I have been given an opportunity to work with an amazing team here with WKCAC and I have met more awesome kiddos than I ever thought I could. Along with these kids I get to meet and visit/play with, I enjoy spending time with our adult children, and our grandchildren. My husband and I are blessed with a wonderful big family! I also enjoy reading/listening to audio books, quilting,  painting and spending time with our dog, Yogi.

 

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin  

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Victoria Brady

Family and Child Advocate - Forensic Interviewer

Victoria is a Forensic Interview and is based out of our Hays office but travels wherever a family and kiddo needs services. She is also a Family and Child Advocate so when she is not doing interviews she is working with families and kiddos as an advocate.

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Julie Tschanz

Family and Child Advocate - Forensic Interviewer

My name is Julie Tschanz. I am a Forensic Interviewer and Child & Family Advocate in the Hays office. I graduated from Fort Hays State University with a BS in Psychology. My husband and I have three wonderful children who are active in disc golf and enjoy being outdoors. Providing advocacy for survivors has always been close to my heart. I am passionate about helping families heal after traumatic events in their lives. I am thrilled to be working here with the dedicated team at WKCAC!
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Teddy

CAC dog

Teddy is our Hays CAC dog. He is a very energetic toy Poodle. Teddy enjoys being next to people and cuddling in their laps. Snack time and snuggles are his favorites. Teddy naturally reduces stress and anxiety by spreading joy to everyone he meets. Don't be surprised if you see him offering you a toy at the door. 
I'm Tabitha, a Mental Health Therapist here at the WKCAC! My husband, our two sons, and I are new to Scott City and enjoy meeting new people in the community. After two years of working as a Forensic Interviewer for the WKCAC, I decided to further my education to become a therapist. I graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Master of Social Work degree. I believe that each and every child deserves love and safe spaces while processing through their hardest days.

Meet Our Therapists!

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Tabitha Keith

Scott City, Kansas

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Dev Hewler

Scott City & Garden City, Kansas

I graduated from KU with my Master's in Social Welfare in May of 2020, and I was looking for a way to expand my horizons. I was previously working as an addiction counselor in three levels of treatment, and in that population, it was apparent abuse and trauma were a part of a client's history. When the opportunity arose for me to apply at WKCAC, it was an eye-opener to me of how I could intervene in the area of abuse at an early age to possibly prevent a person resorting in self-medicating due to trauma they have experienced. What a wonderful door to open for me to be a part of the WKCAC team and implement my life experience along with my education I received to benefit our younger generations. I am a mother of three daughters, and a nana to six beautiful grandchildren who I absolutely love. I love the colleagues I get to work with daily and the willingness they have to share their knowledge and time with me. I look forward to working with my clientele and seeing purpose and hope in their eyes!"

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Abby Luebbers

Scott City, Kansas

Abby is a trauma-focused therapist out of Scott City, Kansas! She graduated from Fort Hays State University with a bachelor's in business management and is currently working towards her Masters in Social Work. She loves to paint and draw. She hopes to foster creativity in the communities around her and use art as a way to prompt open communication and connectivity. She wants to help kids find sources to openly communicate through the CAC as well and be there for them to help them express themselves and begin the healing process. 
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Heather Barney

Hays, Kansas

My name is Heather Barney. I received my master's degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Fort Hays State University, and am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. I work out of the office in Hays, KS as well as travel in a mobile unit to surrounding counties.  I have worked with traumatized children and teens for over 15 years, and have a strong passion to advocate for them. My own children remind me that everyone experiences life differently and we all need someone who cares about us, to listen. The act of "holding space" for someone is sacred. I am honored to partake in these emotional experiences and to assist in the process of healing.  
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Don Eves

Garden City, Kansas

Don has a Masters of Science in Family Therapy degree from Friends University in Wichita, KS.  He provides therapeutic services to individuals and families in the western Kansas area through the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Agency (WKCAC). Don has worked with this agency for nearly four years providing outpatient psychotherapy services primarily for children and teenagers. He finds it extremely rewarding to work with kids which often have come from abusive situations. According to Don,  “It is great to work with this organization and share in the vision of helping families. It is rewarding to make a difference.”  
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Lisa Reed

Hays, Kansas

My name is Lisa Reed and I am a therapist intern and art facilitator at WKCAC.  I was born and raised in Nebraska and in my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going hiking, crocheting, and traveling.  I received a BS in Psychology and MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix.  I am passionate about working with children and families as they work towards healing and living life to the fullest. I have worked with children and families in different capacities for the past 6 years and I am excited to further my journey and passion with the WKCAC.
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Haydee Rodriguez

Family and Child Advocate 

Haydee is an integral part of our Liberal team, she is a Family and Child Advocate out of our Liberal CAC. She is always on the go and ready to help families and kiddos when needed!
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Kari Adams

Garden City, Kansas

My name is Kari Adams, and I am a Mental Health Therapist for the WKCAC. I have been fortunate to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Studies and have just received a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Services, both from Emporia State University. Though I learned many things throughout my schooling, what I hope to do most is to view children and families holistically so that they can feel safe, heard, and validated throughout the experiences that they encounter.  Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, hanging out with Emersyn (my dog), creating different types of art, listening to music, reading, and long walks on the beach (just kidding). 
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Cindy Geist

Scott City, Kansas

Cindy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, who has been a teacher, and school counselor, and works now with both kids and adults. She has experience in counseling for grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. She works part-time for the WKCAC.

Meet our Nurse!

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Dr. Viry Dummermuth

Forensic Nurse, DNP, APRN,FNP-BC,CPN

My name is Viry Dummermuth and I am the Forensic Nurse Examiner for the WKCAC. I have lived in Garden City most of my life. I graduated from Washburn University in 2008 with my BSN and have been an RN for 13 years. I received my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) through the University of Kansas School of Nursing in May of 2022. I have been involved with the WKCAC as a volunteer in the past but joining the team officially is an honor. I have the most incredible son, Oliver (8), and two very sweet pups, Charlie (2) and Marshmellow (1). My hobbies include traveling, spending time with Oliver and fur babies, reading, interior decorating, and spending time with my nephews. I hope to contribute to the mission of the WKCAC by providing safe, empathetic, and compassionate care to every child and family that come through our door.

Meet Our Board Members!

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Diane Gentry

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Jessica Vanderweide

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Brandon Mumgaard

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Stephanie Frohlich

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Linda Taylor

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Jan Huck

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Jenny Newberry

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David Post

Secretary

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Tiffany Gasseling

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Whitney Savolt

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Liz Kopfmann

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Jennifer Walter

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Garret Wright

WKCAC Board meets every third wednesday of the month. Meeting dates are listed below:

February 16, 2022

April 20, 2022 (annual meeting)

June 15, 2022

August 17, 2022

October 19, 2022

December 21, 2022

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Renee McCurry

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Ashley Jackson

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Karma Huck

President

Treasurer

Vice President