I’m Laurie Doehass. I came to work for the WKCAC as a child advocate in August of 2009. I am now one of the Mental Health Therapists on staff that helps cover our thirty two counties here in Western Kansas. I am a Clinically Licensed Social Worker (LSCSW); a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and I offer faith based counseling when requested. I am the mother of four grown children and recently became a grandmother. My time at the WKCAC has brought so many opportunities to serve the children and families of Western Kansas and to increase my skills in driving an RV.
Garden City, Kansas
Layla Mumgaard is a Therapist. 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 two 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 are saving lives of other kids by sharing their stories.
Hi! I’m Kelli Steele and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I have been working as a counselor at the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center since 2013, and have loved it for so many reasons! I have been given the opportunity to work with children and adults who have gone through significant traumas, and have been able to assist in the healing process. Until working at the WKCAC, I had only a faint idea of how common sexual abuse is among children in our communities. Once I began working at the WKCAC, I knew that this was something that I needed to learn more about, in hopes to become a strong advocate for victims of abuse and their families. I feel very fortunate to be a part of something bigger than myself, and can only hope to provide care and understanding to those in need of comfort and peace. Thank you for allowing myself and the other members of the WKCAC team to be a part of your journey!
Credentials - I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology, and received my Master’s in Counseling from the University of Phoenix, Utah Campus. I am nationally certified as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, and have been trained in Play Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and other forms of psycho-therapeutic treatments.
Garden City, Kansas
My name is Traci Martinez and I was born and raised in Garden City, Kansas. I graduated from Fort Hays State University in 2015, then moved home and had the incredible opportunity to work for Jobs for America's Graduates - Kansas (JAG-K) at Garden City High School. The students I worked with and the relationships I got to build with "my kids" inspired me to go back to school to further my education and knowledge, in order to advocate, support, and empower others, especially those in my community. I recently graduated with my Master's in Social Work from the University of Kansas and am excited to be a part of the WKCAC family.
I am always amazed at how resilient and strong people can be in the face of traumatic and tragic circumstances. I believe part of my purpose is to be a listening ear for those who deserve and desire to be heard, so they can navigate their way to discovering how amazing they truly are and to reach their fullest potential!
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller
My name is Heather Barney. I have been with the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center for 2 1/2 years now. I received my master's degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Fort Hays State University, and am a Licensed Professional Counselor. 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 about 12 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.
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.”