My name is Pamela Hernandez. I was born and raised in Garden City, Kansas. I graduated from GCCC and then left home for the first time to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Kansas State University. I continued my education and graduated with my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University in Wichita, KS. I’ve worked with kids and families since my career began in a variety of different contexts and I was blessed with the opportunity to come back to my roots to complete my grad school internship at the WKCAC in 2019. I feel privileged to do the work that I do and to be able to stay and work with “my kids” and their families who have made such an impact in my life. “Children are one third of our population and all of our future.”
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.
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 was 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!"
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.”