Chief Executive Officer – Lynne McLean, MSSW
Lynne McLean is the CEO of Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County and a veteran in the field of child protection. Lynne got her start in child welfare with Child Protective Services where she served for 14 years as an investigation caseworker, supervisor, and then program director. She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and also holds distinctions as a member of Leadership Texas Alumni (2007), a recipient of the Child Advocate of the Year Award from the Mental Health Association (2005), and a graduate of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University.
Lynne began her career in nonprofit at Child and Family Guidance Center where she served as Director of Family Life Education and greatly expanded the organization’s educational outreach to parents and under-served families to help prevent child abuse. Lynne is also past Executive Director of Community Partners of Dallas and Greater Texas Community Partners where she oversaw the establishment of the statewide umbrella organization providing goods and services to 124 volunteer groups, operating 136 Rainbow Rooms, and serving 187 Texas counties. Under Lynne’s leadership, the Center staff has grown from 29 to 45 employees who work collaboratively with board members, community stakeholders, partner agencies, and the community at large to facilitate the provision of services to abused children and their non-offending family members at no cost.
Chief Operating Officer – Dan Powers, LCSW
Dan Powers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer. He has been with Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County since 2000. Dan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Texas, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Southern Methodist University. Dan directs all professional services offered to victims of child abuse, family violence, and their non-offending family members. In addition, he oversees the Center’s community relations and education programs.
Dan has 30 years of experience working within the field of child abuse, sex offenders, and family violence. He frequently testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts. He has also testified on several occasions before Texas legislative committees. Dan has been appointed by the governor on two occasions to state agency boards addressing sex offender treatment and violent sex offender management. He is the past chairman and current member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force and is also a member of the Texas Statewide Multidisciplinary Team. Dan is a nationally recognized expert and speaker in the areas of sex offenders, the sexual victimization of children, and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse. He is best known for his spirited presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse and family violence professionals.
Vice President of Development – Lori Geer
Lori Geer is the Vice President of Development at Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. She has over 15 years of experience in non-profit development and event management. Lori is responsible for the implementation of the organization’s strategic development plan and the cultivation and stewardship of donors with the goal of fostering long-term strategic partnerships. She leads a team of five development professionals. In this role, Lori relishes the opportunity to share the story of the Center’s impact on the lives of abused and neglected children in our community and finding ways to connect potential supporters to our mission, or to express to an existing supporter how their patronage has made an impact.
Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern Methodist University. She has a strong commitment to the community and is involved with many social and civic organizations.
Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer – Marcy Cortez
Marcy Cortez has served as the Vice President of Finance and CFO at Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County since 2009. She has more than 30 years of accounting and financial experience in the banking, industrial, and nonprofit sectors. Marcy graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She has a Graduate Finance Certificate and a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from Southern Methodist University and has participated in many financial training programs, both domestically and internationally. Marcy has been instrumental in Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County’s achievement of a 4-Star Charity rating by Charity Navigator for the last six years.
Throughout her career, Marcy has volunteered with many agencies related to crisis and children. She came to Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County to unite her passion with her profession.
Vice President of Programs – Michelle Lanier, LCSW
Michelle Lanier is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been employed at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County since 2002. Michelle serves as the Vice President of Programs and a Forensic Interviewer. Michelle is directly responsible for program development and implementation, staff development, and coordination of all client services. Michelle received a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from the University of Texas at Austin and obtained her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas in Arlington.
Michelle has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of child abuse and neglect. Michelle has conducted more than 2,000 forensic interviews of children and frequently provides expert testimony on forensic interviewing and the dynamics of child abuse. Michelle has presented both locally and nationally on topics related to conducting forensic interviews with children, dynamics of child abuse, and child development. Michelle has been involved in the Collin County Council on Family Violence, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County Training Institute, and the Collin County Faith Alliance for Children.