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 60 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 over 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 of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force and currently 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 – Maria Strong
Maria Strong is the Vice President of Development and joined Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County in the summer of 2019. She has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, having previously worked for the Blanton Museum of Art, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, and Dini Spheris- a consulting firm focused on helping nonprofit organizations with fundraising, leadership, and performance. Maria earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Seton Hall University. She is a graduate of the Communities Foundation of Texas Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program and has taught fundraising seminar courses through the Center for Nonprofit Management and Serve Denton Nonprofit Leadership Program.
Maria oversees all aspects of the Center’s fundraising, special events, and development projects to meet the Center’s $5.6 million-dollar annual budget so that no child victimized by abuse or neglect goes without services and support.
Chief Financial Officer – Randi Smith
Randi Smith is the Chief Financial Officer for Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. She has worked in the accounting and finance field in different industries in the DFW area for more than 20 years and now leads the financial team for the advocacy center. In this role, Randi seeks to provide the financial controls, reporting, and transparency that allows the Center to continue to build on its already strong fiscal foundation.
Randi holds an BBA in accounting from Texas A&M University at Commerce and is pursuing her MBA from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.
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.