About Us

Child Advocates champions children and families across Indiana advocating for justice, equity, and well-being for children and youth in child welfare; seeking racial equity to help build them a better future; and connecting them to mental health services that can change their lives.

You can read more about our mission.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Our experienced leaders are dedicated and passionate about working on behalf of children. Child Advocates has been serving vulnerable children and youth for more than forty years. 


Cynthia K. Booth, Esq.

Chief Executive Officer

Phyllis Armstrong, Esq.

Vice President of Program Operations

Felicia Brown

Chief Financial Officer

Jill English

Chief of Community, Equity, and Inclusion
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Carey J. Haley, Esq.

Chief Legal Counsel

Rachel Vilensky

Director of Direct Representation

Sophie Foster

Director of Children's Mental Health Program

Angela Cain

Chief Communications Officer

Tanisha Stewart

Human Resources Director

Meet Our Board of Directors

Katherine Malarsky

President and Treasurer
Katz Sapper & Miller LLP

Tracy Betz

Immediate Past President
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Beth Bingman

Huntington National Bank

The Honorable David Dreyer

Retired, Marion County Superior Court Judge

Scott Duncan

PNC Bank

Jaclyn Gessner

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

Ron Gifford

RDG Strategies LLC

Rhonda Harper

Retired, Citizens Energy Group

Demetrice Hicks

Children's Bureau, Inc.

Shelly Langona

RJE Business Interiors

Bryant Reed

UPS & Pacers Behavioral Services, LLC

Kenneth Riggins

Kenneth L. Riggins Attorney at Law

August Haven

Indiana Youth Institute

Charles Grandy

Retired, Lilly