Charter Board Members included:
- John Caldwell, Family Law Attorney
- Rex Cotton, Financial Advisor and Community Volunteer
- Linda Duncan (Goss), Director - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Greg Dunham, OB/Gyn. Physician-Shannon Clinic
- Linda Knightstep, Registered Nurse - Shannon Hospital
- Dorothy Lane, Community Volunteer
- Jim Lane, Community Volunteer
- Jackie Martin, Community Volunteer
- Craig Meyer, Minister - St. Paul Presbyterian Church
- Debra Muse, Psychological Counselor
- Kay Noelke (Vossler), Community Liaison - Texas Dept of Human Services
- Richey Oliver, Certified Public Accountant - Oliver, Rainey and Associates
- D'Arcy Poulson, Hospital Administrator - St. John's Hospital
- Russell Smith, Chief of Police - San Angelo Police Department
- Steve Smith, Tom Green County District Attorney
- Diane Wilson, Investigator - Tom Green County District Attorney's office
Brian Martin, an attorney in Midland, volunteered to help create the Articles of Incorporation and initial By-Laws, and assisted in the application for 501c3 Non- Profit status for the organization.
In order to conduct initial business such as grant applications and meetings, the need for an Executive Director became clear; however, funding was not yet in place to hire one. Jackie Martin and D'Arcy Poulson agreed to serve as Co-Directors, and for the first several months they received modest paychecks that were donated back to the project. Earliest funding sources included the Texas Department of Human Services, the United Way of the Concho Valley and the Junior League of San Angelo.
The Charter Board was truly an amazing, synergistic group who worked many hours to develop a strong meaningful mission statement and revised by-laws. At some point early on, it was decided that professionals like the District Attorney, Physician Advisor, CASA Director, Law Enforcement, etc. should be Advisory Board members so that they could remain on the Board without term limits.
Once the Board defined how the program would operate within the community, it sought a location that could be both functional and non-threatening to children and families. After considering several other locations, the Board decided that the Ridgway home located at 317 Koberlin Street (built in 1906 by the Austin family) would make an excellent facility and the Ridgway family agreed to sell it to our organization for that purpose. Grant applications were written and funding procured to purchase, renovate and operate "Hope House", as the Koberlin house was christened. Within a year, the Board hired Stacy Smith (Page) as the program's Executive Director.
From its earliest days, the Children's Advocacy Center has been successful in dramatically improving services to child victims of abuse, coordinated investigation of abuse allegations, and successful prosecution of abuse perpetrators. Its survival and continued growth over the past twenty years is testament to its vital role within our community.