Handing Over the Torch

March 21, 2018

For over 43 years I have worked in a variety of social service agencies. However, it has now come time for me to retire from full time work. The past 5+ years that I have spent with Children’s Advocacy Centers of Washington has been wonderful, challenging and fulfilling. Working to help find hope and healing for neglected and abused children was a new and different challenge for me when I started in January 2013. Over the years I have found the work rewarding and my colleagues pleasure to work with. I have learned so much from the many professionals in the CAC world, here is Washington and around the nation, and applaud their dedication and hard work in serving these kids. The CAC model is truly unique in the way it meets the needs of each local community.

I believe I have received much more from those I have worked with over the past 5 years, than I have given to them. I appreciate each of you and pray you continue to move the work of CACs forward in our state.


New Executive Director for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Washington (CACWA)
On March 7th, Paula Reed began her new role as Executive Director of CACWA. Paula comes to us from Duluth, Minnesota where she was the President of the United Way of Greater Duluth for 13 years and until this month, was the Manager of Workforce Development for the City of Duluth.

Paula is a dynamic and motivated professional with 17+ years of experience in government and nonprofit sectors. She comes to us highly skilled at engaging volunteers, managing multiple priorities, administering grant funding, facilitating projects, implementing strategies, generating and building relationships, and working with cross-functional teams. She proved to the selections committee that she is a results-oriented strategic thinker with excellent communication, organization, and collaboration skills.

Please welcome Paula to our state as she begins her work with us.

Best Regards,

Randy Ryan