Melissa Garrett, MSW, Prevention Educator for schools
Amy Purdy, Assistant Director
Amy Purdy graduated from the University of Georgia and began a career in business, working in packaged goods marketing and new product development for ConAgra and Plaid Enterprises. She left the corporate world to raise a family, and when she returned to working full time desired to put her business skills to use for a non-profit. Amy worked four years as the Administrative Assistant at the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County and then moved to Asheville and joined the team at Mountain Child Advocacy Center in May of 2016. She is also a licensed NC Real Estate Broker and a NC Notary Public. Amy is not all business; a dabbler in creative arts and master in none, she enjoys painting, pottery, and quilting.
Geoff Sidoli, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director
Geoff Sidoli has an extensive history working in the sexual abuse field for the past 26 years with victims of sexual abuse and those who sexually abused others. He holds a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and master’s degree in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill. He speaks regionally and nationally on the topic of sexual abuse treatment and prevention. He serves on several state and national boards that focus on sexual abuse assessment, intervention and prevention. When not spending time with his wife and three children, he occasionally gets to run, climb or cook.
Ashley Fiore, MSW, LCSW, Contract Therapist
Ashley is a clinician with over 20 years experience treating childhood trauma, primarily in Children’s Advocacy Centers and DV/SA agencies. She is on faculty as a TFCBT trainer for
the NC Child Treatment Program at Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Health where she provides training and clinical consultation to clinicians across the state in TFCBT.
She has developed successful TFCBT programs in several agencies, serves as a clinical consultant to the Partnering for Excellence Project, and provides implementation support of evidence-based models to agencies in NC as well as other states. Ashely is also rostered in Alternatives For Families, a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AFCBT).
Johnny Evans, MA, LMFT, Clinical Programs Manager
Johnny is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), who has received extensive training in a range of treatment modalities & theories consistent with family systems theory. Additionally, he has received training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Addictions Counseling (certificate from Appalachian State University), Trauma-Focused Cognitive
Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and advanced training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. He has had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. Johnny believes that the core of meaningful, effective therapy lies in developing strong therapeutic relationships and working in a collaborative manner toward desired goals.
Colleen Burnet. Community Prevention Educator
Ebony Ward, MSW, LCSW-A, Family Advocate
Xia Bell M.S., LCMHC, LCAS-A, NCC, Clinical Supervisor
Xia has provided therapy to children and adolescents and their families for 8 years. She is trained in TFCBT, EMDR, SMART, BAT, Ecopsychology, and Triple P. Xia is inspired by
seeing her clients grow over the course of their therapy and by seeing changes in family systems. Xia is also trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Alternatives For
Families, a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AFCBT).
Heidi Kixmiller, MSW, LCSW, Contract Therapist
Angela Austin, LCMHC, LCAS-A, Contract Therapist
Chris Blanc, MS,LCMHC, Full Time Therapist
Chris Blanc, MS, LPC has over 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. She has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from the University
of Akron. She has experience working with the Juvenile Justice population and children in foster care. She was rostered in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
in 2011 through the North Carolina Child Treatment Program. She has been exclusively doing TFCBT since that time. She has treated nearly 100 children and families who have experienced various types of trauma including sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, parental substance abuse, abandonment, and foster care placement. She works with children aged 3-18 and their families and especially likes working with adolescents.
Chris is originally from Ohio and has been in the Asheville area since 2005. She loves the area and enjoys hiking and outdoor activities with her two children and her dog. An avid fitness enthusiast, she also is the co-owner of two local kickboxing gyms.
Carla Musgrove, Fund Developer
Carla is an experienced development professional joining the team at Mountain CAC in 2018. Upon graduation from the College of Charleston, SC, she worked in corporate
operations, brand development, and management for eight years before finding her calling in the nonprofits. Raising awareness, advocacy, and funding for communities and causes continues to bring Carla joy, fulfillment, and gratification, over ten years later. Her passions include cooking, the arts, and adventures in nature with her partner and dog.
Betsy Hurd, MSW, LCSW, Contract Therapist