Kira Shipley, Community Educator
Kira has a Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from the Citadel Graduate College. She has 6+ years of experience as an elementary and middle school counselor and is certified in Primary Care Triple P. She has also been trained in Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention with Darkness to Light, NASP PREPaRE Crisis Intervention, and Signs of Safety with Buncombe County DHHS.
Kristin Ledford, Family Advocate
Kristin graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of South Carolina. She has 5+ years of experience working with child,
adult, and secondary survivors of sexual abuse. Before moving to Asheville she worked as a Victim Services Coordinator & Volunteer Services Coordinator for
a sexual assault agency in SC. She created the volunteer advocate program and did a lot of research and collaboration to educate and prevent abuse with the IDD population. Kristin joined Mountain CAC in April of 2016 and is happy to be part of such a wonderful team.
Xia Bell M.S., LPC, LCAS-A, NCC, Contract Therapist
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.
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.
Johnny Evans, MA, LMFT, Lead Therapist
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), and Gestalt 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.
Amy Purdy, Program and Administrative 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.
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.
Sara Taylor, MA, LPC, Contract Therapist
Sara has 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in a mental health setting. Sara's background include, music therapy, working with children
and adolescents in a residential / foster care setting, and utilizing a variety of evidence based practices including, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Sara is a rostered clinician
with the North Carolina Child Treatment Program in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. TFCBT is the current focus of her work with clients and their families.
Chris Blanc, MS, LPC, Contract 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.