Staff

When we go global, we impact local.

Abbie Newman, R.N., J.D.

Our team believes in triumph over trauma. Made up of highly experienced, local professionals, Mission Kids’ Staff is carefully trained to handle highly complex and emotional cases. Each professional is dedicated to the physical and emotional wellbeing of sexually and physically abused children.

Mission Kids’ Staff Members with the Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder Award in October, 2018.

Abbie Newman, RN, JD | Chief Executive Officer

Abbie R. Newman, R.N., J.D., is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center. Abbie began her professional career as a registered nurse specializing in pediatrics before returning to law school and obtaining her degree from Fordham University School of Law. She practiced law in Philadelphia and became a shareholder at Post & Schell, P.C., specializing in medical malpractice defense of medical professionals for almost 20 years.

Abbie began her work with the organization as the founding Executive Director of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Montgomery County in 2008. As Executive Director she built the collaborative Multidisciplinary Team into a nationally Accredited CAC which has served nearly 5,000 abused children and families. As CEO she brings the leadership of Mission Kids statewide, nationally, and internationally to help victims of child abuse, including victims of human trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. Abbie is the past-President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of CACs, and the current and founding Chair of the External Affairs Committee of the State Chapter. Abbie serves on the CAC Advisory Committee in Pennsylvania, charged with awarding state funds to both established and developing CACs. She was also appointed by Gov. Corbett to the Pennsylvania Victim Services Advisory Committee, charged with awarding $100M in funds to victim agencies across Pennsylvania, and re-appointed to that committee by Gov. Wolfe in 2018. Ms. Newman also works on the state and national levels with legislators to strengthen child protection laws, increase funding to agencies serving victims of child abuse and neglect, and develop and sustain child advocacy centers as a model for child abuse investigation and prevention.

Leslie Slingsby, L.S.W. | Executive Director

Leslie Slingsby, L.S.W., is the Executive Director of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center. Leslie has a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in non-profit management and social policy from the University of Michigan.  Previously, she was the first Continuous Quality Improvement Manager for Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency.  Prior to her experience in public child welfare, she was the founding Director of the Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center.  In addition, Leslie has over a decade of experience in victim services overseeing mental health services, legal and medical advocacy, hotline and cyber services.  She has been responsible for implementing and monitoring several state and federal grant projects and assisted with the coordination of several local program initiatives involving partnership including Child Death Review Team, Sexual Assault Response Team, the Crimes against Older Adults Task Force and the Domestic Abuse Fatality Review Team.

Jane Kim, Esq. | Program Director

Jane Kim, Esq. is the Program Director for Mission Kids. She began her career as a public high school teacher in Delaware County before pursuing a law degree at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Ms. Kim began her legal career in the District Attorney's Office in Montgomery County, focusing on appellate matters, human trafficking, and community engagement.  Ms. Kim also worked as a civil attorney representing adult victims of sexual assault in family law, immigration, and Protection from Abuse. To pursue her passion for advocating for child victims, she became a staff attorney at the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. She represented child victims of sexual abuse in dependency hearings, criminal trials, and appellate matters. While in Philadelphia, she co-chaired the Children's Rights Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Her work at the Support Center first introduced her to the valuable work of child advocacy centers, where she saw first-hand how its multidisciplinary approach can bring justice and holistic healing to child victims of abuse and their families. Before arriving at Mission Kids, Ms. Kim worked as the Director of the Bucks County Children's Advocacy Center.

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Temple University. Shannon had an amazing experience interning with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and after graduation, accepted a position as a legal assistant for Fox & Fox Attorney’s in Norristown. Through her experiences, she has come to find a passion for helping victims achieve justice and is excited to join the Mission Kids team to fulfill that passion. Shannon came to Mission Kids highly recommended for all of her dedicated work.

Denia Bullock | Bilingual Family Advocate

As a survivor herself, Denia’s desires have always consisted of being a voice for the unheard. She continues to be an advocate and mentor for young women in her community, serving as a Community Leader in Pottstown for over 12 years. Denia received her Bachelor’s Degree from Kutztown University as a Spanish Major and is Bi-lingual. She has studied in Spain as well as Guatemala (putting on musical productions in Guatemala) and is excited to utilize her love for the Spanish language and cultures here at Mission Kids! Prior to Mission Kids, Denia worked for Aetna Behavioral Health as a Care Planner, as well as taught children with Autism and other special needs.

Felicia Castellanos | Family Advocate

Felicia joined the Mission Kids team in November 2019 as a Family Advocate.  Prior to working at Mission Kids, Felicia worked for Penn Foundation in Family Based Services, providing intensive, team-delivered services to address presenting mental health concerns related to the child, as well as promote the functioning and well-being of the family. Felicia also worked for Arizona Department of Child Safety where she assessed child safety and risk, and supported children and families through the court process and their case plans with the goal of reunification. Felicia received her BS in Disability and Community services with concentrations in elementary education, social work and special education from Lock Haven University where she completed an internship at Clinton County Children and Youth.

Felicia is passionate about working with child abuse victims as she feels that every victim has the right to achieve healing and justice.  Felicia enjoys working as a Family Advocate as she knows it can be daunting and overwhelming to navigate this process on your own.  In her role, Felicia is glad to be able to support children and their families as they navigate the investigative and criminal court system while supporting families in attaining necessary services and advocating for the rights of the victim.

Christin Salazar | Family Advocate, Forensic Interviewer

Christin Salazar, BSW, joined the Mission Kids team in July 2017 as a Family Advocate and attended the forensic interviewing training at the National CAC in Huntsville, AL in September 2017. Prior to coming to Mission Kids, Christin was employed for seven years as an investigative caseworker for the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth, and brings a lot of experience working with children and families who are impacted by abuse and neglect.

Christin has a minor in Spanish and is bi-lingual, enabling her to work closely with Spanish speaking families receiving services at Mission Kids. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Christin is passionate about ensuring that parents and communities are adequately educated in prevention, and in supporting families who are dealing with the trauma that surrounds childhood abuse. Most importantly, Christin advocates for the healing that can be achieved with the help of supportive services available to families, and the inner strength and resilience that we as human beings already possess.

Clare Henderson | CSEC Case Coordinator and Advocate

Clare Henderson, CSEC Case Coordinator and Advocate, received her Bachelor’s Degree from DeSales University. Prior to working at Mission Kids, she worked for Montgomery County Children and Youth (OCY) as an Intake case worker for 9 years and her last year at Children and Youth she was an Intake Supervisor for the Pottstown Unit. Clare joined the Mission Kids Team as the Supervisor of the Family Advocacy Program in September 2018. In October 2021, Clare transitioned to become Mission Kids first ever Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, or “CSEC” Case Coordinator and Advocate. Clare is responsible for coordinating and advocating for any child/teen suspected of be a victim of commercial sexual exploitation in Montgomery County. In this position, she is responsible for notifying multidisciplinary team (MDT) members about all meetings as dictated by the protocol developed in Montgomery County. In addition, works collaboratively with the MDT by being a liaison between the child/teen and MDT partners as appropriate.

Madeline Mitchell, MS | Forensic Interviewer

Madeline Mitchell joined the Mission Kids team as a Forensic Interviewer in August 2019. Prior to working at Mission Kids, she worked for the Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center as the Family Support Advocate. Madeline earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Shippensburg University where she completed an internship at The Head Start Program. Madeline also completed her MS in Psychology at Shippensburg University.

In the past, Madeline worked for Franklin County Children and Youth Services as an Intake Caseworker II where she investigated allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Madeline has also worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support Personnel at Momentum Services where she provided behavioral management intervention to children and adolescents, and as a lead teacher in a before and after school program for elementary age children. In preparation for becoming a Forensic Interviewer, Madeline attended the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC)’s Forensic Interviewing of Children Protocol Training along with their Victim Advocacy Training.

Tamara Noel | Forensic Interviewer and Internship Coordinator

Tamara earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from DeSale’s University and has additionally completed her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with focus Investigative Forensics. Prior to Mission Kids, Tamara worked as a Victim Advocate in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Her advocacy experience encompasses a wide range of services including criminal, civil and medical advocacy. Along with her experience in Lehigh and Northampton County, Tamara assisted Federal and local agencies in Human Trafficking operations to provide victim services and trauma response to victims of sexual exploitation. Tamara has more than 200 hours of training focused on victimization, trauma and sexual assault. Tamara has completed the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC)’s Forensic Interviewing of Children Protocol Training and looks forward to growing her Forensic Interview skillets. Tamara is also responsible for the continuing development of our Internship Program.

Susan Tymon | Case Coordinator

Susan joined Mission Kids as the Case Coordinator in August 2016. Prior to working at Mission Kids, Susan worked at the YWCA of Trenton, NJ for 21 years as Director of Youth Services where she served as an advocate for children and their families by providing resource referrals for educational, medical and financial aid services. She was the Director of the Daycare, After School and Summer Camp Programs, working hands-on with at-risk youth in the community, serving as a mentor, life-skills counselor and academic tutor. Susan has many years of experience in non-profit administration and operations as well as program development and community outreach. She served as an advisor on the Mercer County, NJ Youth Services Commission, the Mayor’s Youth Initiative Committee and the Mercer County, NJ Cultural Diversity Committee.

Susan has a passion for helping children and families and believes that “no concern is too small when it involves a child”. She is very proud to be part of the Mission Kids team, working together to ensure the safety and well-being of all children.

Michelle McDyre | Prevention Education & Outreach Manager

Michelle McDyre graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Legal Studies and a minor in Sociology before working at the Montgomery District Attorney’s Office. Michelle joined the Mission Kids team in 2015 as the Case Coordinator, and then moved on to spend her days as a full-time Family Advocate, where she provided support and advocacy for families as they dealt child abuse and to helped them on their path toward healing.

In November 2017, Michelle took on a new role and joined the Development Department at Mission Kids. In November 2018, Michelle earned her Certification as a Professional Fundraiser through Villanova University’s College of Professional Studies. As the Outreach & Development Manager, Michelle was responsible for fundraising, event management, and community outreach through various fundraisers, community outreach events, and presentations.

In July 2019, Michelle was excited to expand her role at Mission Kids as the Prevention Education & Outreach Manager at Mission Kids. She is now responsible for coordinating and managing child abuse education efforts, including trainings, speaking engagements, presentations, fairs, and volunteer recruitment. Mission Kids offers “ROAR” Child Abuse Prevention training to elementary-aged students, along with Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” Adult Education for educators, child-serving professionals, community leaders, businesses, and foster care families. Michelle also provides “Mission Kids 101” Presentations for interested organizations, and has presented on topics including Human Trafficking and The Effects of Child Abuse and Trauma on Students in the classroom. Presentations can be tailored to fit the needs of any groups or organizations.

Michelle thrives on the opportunity to share the story of Mission Kids’ 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. Michelle’s favorite part of her job is getting out into the community and connecting with new people to educate them about the dynamics of child abuse, and see how we can best work together to make our community better!

Michelle is also responsible for Mission Kids’ social media presence and encourages you to follow along!

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Morgan Croak | Community Prevention Educator

Morgan Croak joined Mission Kids team as a part-time community educator and has been instrumental in facilitating prevention education lessons across Montgomery County! Prior to working at Mission Kids, Morgan was an Adult Blended Case Manager at Lenape Valley Foundation from 2010-2013 and a Caseworker at Bucks County Children and Youth from 2013-2019. Morgan graduated from Millersville University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Athletic Coaching (she is always keeping up with all Philadelphia Sports)!

Morgan has always had a strong passion for helping people. While working in child welfare, she came across so many kids who were victims of child abuse, and she just wanted to help all of them! Here at Mission Kids, she is able to work on preventing child abuse by giving kids the tools they need to help keep their bodies safe. When she is not “ROAR”-ing with students, or facilitating our “Darkness to Light” Lessons, Morgan loves spending time with her two kids, husband, family and friends. 

Hannah Cornell, MPP | External Affairs Manager

​Hannah Cornell, MPP, is the External Affairs Manager at Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center. Hannah completed her B.A. in Psychology from Houghton College and earned her Master of Public Policy degree from Delaware Valley University with a concentration in Community and International Development.

Prior to joining the Mission Kids team, Hannah was a Blended Case Manager at Child and Family Focus. In this role, Hannah assisted children and adolescents with mental health disorders access services and resources in the community. As a Blended Case Manager, Hannah worked to facilitate coordinated care, develop individual-driven service plans, and provide in-home crisis management and intervention.

Hannah also worked as a Project Manager at a market research and technology company. In this position, Hannah operationally led research teams and suppliers to execute national and international qualitative market research projects. Hannah specialized in both community management and technology programming in this role.

Hannah joined Mission Kids in 2018 as the Project Manager for the Sex Trafficking Response Team under the STOP Human Trafficking Grant. Hannah was responsible for coordinating and managing the development of county-wide sex trafficking protocols for both adults and minors by a multidisciplinary team. She oversaw the development and distribution of the county’s Sex Trafficking Response Team work products, and collaborated with experts in the field to ensure that state-of-the-art methodologies, practices and programs were presented in the team’s work products. As part of her work with the STOP Grant, Hannah also helped to facilitate and present training curricula on human trafficking to different disciplines.

In January 2021, Hannah took on a new role as the External Affairs Manager at Mission Kids. Hannah continues to facilitate professional trainings on human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and provides consultation to county multidisciplinary teams on the development and implementation of protocols related to CSE. She also is responsible for monitoring and advocating for public policies and laws related to child sexual abuse on state and federal levels, as well as performing research and supporting research initiatives related to child abuse in which Mission Kids is participating. Hannah also works to ethically develop and prepare stories of the survivors served by Mission Kids.

Hannah is deeply passionate about creating meaningful systems change and promoting awareness about the issue of child abuse and maltreatment. Hannah’s favorite part of her job is working alongside multidisciplinary partners to create effective and lasting change that will empower and support victims of child abuse throughout their journey of healing.

Liz Evans | Executive Administrative Assistant​

Liz Evans, Executive Administrative Assistant, joined the Mission Kids team in January 2018. She has advocated on behalf of children in a number of capacities -- as an elementary PTA co-president, secretary of the Abington School District’s Parent Council, and as a contributing member of character education and anti-bullying initiatives. For roughly ten years she volunteered time and expertise to the Abington YMCA Young People’s Theater and US Youth Soccer Region I Olympic Development Program. A former board member of the Willow Grove Branch of Settlement Music School and the board’s Education Committee chairperson, Liz actively worked in partnership with the board, staff and donors on behalf of students, their families and the community, at large.

In 1983, Liz earned a BA in English with a minor in Studio Art from Chestnut Hill College and entered the field of publishing. Earning her PA teacher’s certification in Secondary English from Villanova, she taught briefly before becoming a full-time mother of four. In 2012, after leaving full-time employment as an executive assistant to assist a family member, Liz attended Montgomery County Community College, earning nine of twelve prerequisite credits needed to pursue a graduate degree in social work or counseling. Putting that on hold for practical reasons, Liz earned her PA property and casualty license and worked in the insurance field, before coming across Mission Kids’ job posting on Facebook. Knowing their mom’s lifelong goals and passion for helping others, Liz’s family strongly encouraged her to apply, and she has been providing invaluable support to Mission Kids, ever since.

Ruth James |Development and Outreach Associate

Prior to working at Mission Kids, she worked for the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia as a Prospect Research Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO. Ruth also worked for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as Manager of Data and Research as well as Prospect Research Manager.  Ruth spent over 12 years commuting back and forth to the Diocese of Trenton as a Development Associate where she was the primary agent for prospect research and comprehensive donor profiles.  She was also the principal data administrator, responsible for data integrity of over 235,000 constituent records. Ruth has an extensive background in development, fundraising, marketing, donor events and planned giving.  Ruth received her BA in Geography from Millersville University. Ruth’s compassion and empathy combined with her desire for helping others makes Mission Kids the perfect place for her to make a difference in our community and help victims of abuse in their healing journey.

Judy Sborlini | Finance Manager

Kala Fell, LMFT | Creative Health Services Clinical Liason to Mission Kids

Kala Fell, LMFT began her career at Mission Kids in 2011 serving first as a Case Coordinator and later contributing to the development of the Family Advocacy program. Kala attended graduate school while employed with Mission Kids and was awarded her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014. She completed her clinical internship and later began working as a Family Based Therapist at Creative Health Services. Kala became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2017. Kala remained with Creative Health for several years before transitioning to Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, where she worked in their Montgomery County Trauma Services Program (TSP) and received specialized training and supervision in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).

Kala’s background and understanding of the function and importance of Children’s Advocacy Centers, coupled with her specialized training in providing trauma-focused therapy uniquely prepare her to serve as the Creative Health Services Clinical Liaison to Mission Kids.